Written by John Plestina
A Scottie would be no match for a wolf in the wild, but that’s not the case on the football field, at least not this year.
The Glasgow Scotties bit hard and kept biting, blanking the Wolves 41-0 in the Wolf Point Homecoming game, Friday, Oct. 10.
Glasgow, ranked No. 3 in the state, remains undefeated at 3-0 in the Northern 2B District and 7-0 overall.
“Glasgow is as good as their ranking says,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“Our defense knew they had to contain their quarterback, who might be the best quarterback in the state,” he said.
That quarterback is Jason Thibault.
“Both edges of our defense contained Glasgow’s outside run but they gashed us up the middle,” Knerr said.
“Their 17 seniors are hard to man-up against. With nine total juniors, their juniors and seniors combined; not to mention the five sophomores we have starting,” he said.
Knerr said he is proud of the team.
“Being scared before the game starts is OK if you’re a freshman but not for a senior,” he said.
Offensively, senior Tyson Bridges caught four passes for 65 yards. Junior David Knerr recorded 76 yards rushing on 13 carries.
On defense, senior Josh Neiskens led the Wolves with 12 tackles, sophomore Brady Babb posted nine and David Knerr had 11 tackles and one quarterback sack. Bridges posted six tackles and one sack. Senior Cameron Quincy recorded seven tackles and junior Austyn Juve had nine.
The Wolves (1-1, 3-4) have two remaining games: at Malta (1-1, 3-3), Wednesday, Oct. 15; and Plentywood (1-2, 1-6) visits for the senior night game, Friday, Oct. 24, both at 7 p.m.
“This week, we go to Malta and, like us, they have a small number of seniors and juniors. It should be a good game,” Knerr said. “We are going to go into that game with one goal, to do whatever it takes to win.”
It is a must win for Wolf Point, as is the Plentywood game. The Wolves must win both remaining games to finish in second-place in the district and earn a playoff berth.
Glasgow 14 21 7 0––41
Wolf Point 0 0 0 0––0
G: Thibault, 9 run (kick failed), 7:38
G: Jake Hentges, 6 run (Chase Fossum fake kick, pass to Chase Fossum), :33
G: Thibault, 7-yard pass to Fossum (Fossum kick), 8:01
G: Benji Phillips, 6 run (Cache Younkin kick), 2:47
G: Dylan Guttenberg, 80 return on interception (Younkin kick), :41
G: Tanner Roness, 6 run (kick failed), 9:43
Written by John Plestina
The first photo is Shelby Hanks (3) with a defensive play. The second photo is Erin Presser (8) and Glasgow’s Amy Breigenzer (7). (Photos by John Plestina)
The Lady Wolves beat Harlem, Saturday, Oct. 11, two days after falling to Glasgow. Both matches were played at Wolf Point.
The Lady Wolves beat the Wildcats 3-1, 27-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-10.
Ashley Page and Mariah Weeks led the attack, counting 24 kills collectively, with 12 each of Wolf Point’s 43. Ky’lee Driftwood posted two of five blocks. (Christean Holen and Mattia Black Eagle each recorded three of 13 total aces. Page and Holen each registered 18 of the Lady Wolves 76 digs. Sierra Hanks recorded 22 of 35 assists.
When the Scotties came to town, Thursday, Oct. 9, the little wire-haired Scottish Terriers bit the Lady Wolves 22-25, 22-25, 16-25, but not very hard as Wolf Point played two close matches with the Scotties on the eve of Wolf Point’s Homecoming game against Glasgow.
Weeks led with kills, recording 12 of 25 and posted four of eight blocks. Holen recorded two of four aces. Shelby Hanks had 15 of 45 digs and Erin Presser recorded 12 of 19 assists.
“We’ve been working on developing consistency from the first ball to the last ball,” head coach John Sweet said after the Glasgow match.
“There were some nice long rallies. We came out on the short side of it,” he said.
“Glasgow is tough. You have to earn every point against them,” Sweet said.
Written by John Plestina
In the first photo, senior Ashley Page (6) with a kill. The ball is above the hands of Plentywood’s Paige Harris (0). The second and third photos are libero Ashtyn Hentges, the fourth is Shelby Hanks, the fifth picture is the Wolf Point cheerleaders, and the last two are the WPHS Pep Band.
(Photos by John Plestina)
The Lady Wolves lost to Plentywood 13-25, 18-25, 11-25, Friday, Oct. 3, and to Malta, 8-25, 17-25, 20-25, Thursday, Oct. 2.
Against Plentywood, Christean Holen recorded six of Wolf Point’s 13 kills. Kylee Driftwood posted three of six Wolf Point blocks, Ashley Page registered six aces and Ashtyn Hentges had 60 digs.
In contrast, Plentywood recorded 32 kills.
Holen and Page each posted six of the 16 kills against Malta.
“It’s a work in progress still,” head coach John Sweet said.
He said every team advances to the post season after the regular season ends and districts and divisionals is what counts.
The Lady Wolves seemed to change the tempo at the beginning of the second game against Plentywood.
Sweet said the players are trying to adjust to officials blowing a faster whistle.
“We’re struggling with it,” he said.
The Lady Wolves will host Glasgow, Thursday, Oct. 9, and Harlem, Saturday, Oct. 11.
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Six- to 8-year-olds play for third place in the Wolf Point Youth Soccer playoffs at Borge Park Saturday, Oct. 4. Wolf Point Youth Soccer has leagues for children up to age 14. (Photos by John Plestina)
The 2014 Wolf Point Youth season has ended for the 120 children that played over the last five weeks. In the playoffs: 4- and 5-year-olds, double elimination, Hi-Line Sports was the champion and Subs and Such finished second; 6- to 8-year-olds, double elimination, Tande Grocery, champions, Paul’s Glass, second; 9- to 14-year-olds, Western Bank Maroon Team, champions, Western Bank White Team, second.
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In Hot Pursuit -- Wolf Point’s Tyson Bridges (42) and Cole Grandchamp (33) chase a Harlem ball carrier. (Photo by Blaine County Journal)
One week before Wolf Point (1-0, 3-3) hosts Glasgow (2-0, 6-0) for the Homecoming game, the Wolves got a win in their first Northern 2B District game and evened up the overall season tally with a 43-8 win at Harlem, Friday, Oct. 3.
Against Harlem (now 0-2, 1-5), the Wolves posted 478 yards of offense, 251 passing and 227 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Senior quarterback Dalton Hafner was 14 for 24 passing for 251 yards and scored three touchdowns while running the football 10 times for 60 yards and scoring one rushing touchdown.
Senior Cam Quincy had a 1-yard touchdown run and junior David Knerr led the Wolves rushing attack with 128 yards on 14 carries.
Senior receiver Tyson Bridges recorded five catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Senior receivers Trevor Hamilton and Aaron D’Ambrosio each caught three passes for 21 and 44 yards respectively. Sophomore quarterback Brady Babb filled in at receiver due injuries and caught two passes for 93 yards.
The Wolves starting defensive players held Harlem scoreless until the fourth quarter when the Wildcats scored against the second team defense.
The Wolves leading tackler was junior linebacker David Knerr who had 10 tackles.
Other Wolves who made key plays for the defense were sophomore Kenny Boos who had five tackles and three quarterback sacks, senior linebacker D’Ambrosio had an interception and six tackles, junior defensive lineman Austyn Juve had seven tackles and two quarterback sacks and Quincy had seven tackles and two quarterback sacks.
“Sophomore Morty Manning had the gem of plays for the defense with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Wolf Point is going into the Homecoming game with the best Wolves football record in several years, bettering 1-7 finishes each of the last three seasons.
The Wolves will have two remaining district games after Glasgow: at Malta (1-1, 2-3), Wednesday, Oct. 15; and Plentywood (0-2, 0-6) visits for the senior night game, Friday, Oct. 24, both at 7 p.m.
Glasgow beat Malta 35-0, Friday, Oct. 3. Wolf Point beat Plentywood 25-8 in the zero week game and the Wildcats have lost every game since.
“They [Glasgow] abused Malta pretty bad,” Knerr said. “They couldn’t do anything against them.”
He said he expects the Glasgow offense to throw the ball a lot.
Injuries have plagued Wolf Point this season, but one of the Wolves weapons is expected to return for the Homecoming game. Senior running back Josh Nieskens, who suffered a concussion during the game with Forsyth, Friday, Sept. 19, has been medically cleared and is likely to play against Glasgow.
Sophomore running back Owen Lepper was injured at Baker, Friday, Sept. 5, and had been on light duty, but is now unable to play the remainder of the season.
Junior offensive and defensive lineman Patrick Szymanski might be able to play in the Homecoming game. He was injured in a junior varsity game at Circle, Saturday, Sept. 20.
Two Wolves were injured in the Harlem game.
Sophomore offensive and defensive lineman Kenny Boos suffered a shoulder injury at Harlem and is unlikely to play in the Homecoming game.
Freshman running back Cole Grandchamp sprained an ankle on a play where he had an interception. He is unlikely to play against Glasgow.