Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point Mosquitoes are ready for the Babe Ruth District Tournament that will be held at Wolf Point’s Burke Field, Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Nick Page, Bryor Smith, Deshon Smoker-DeWitt, Karson Wortman, Trevor Bushman, and Raymond Knerr, (back) coach A.J. Allen, Jeremiah Paine, Zeke Zimmer, Dillon Wetsit, Chevy Boos and coach Bruce Knerr. Not pictured are Raymin Keiser, Xander Little Thunder, Sander St. Marks, Orlando Young and Boy Youngman. (Photos by John Plestina)
Wolf Point catcher Deshon Smoker-DeWitt tags out a Glasgow FES player at the plate during the first game.
Wolf Point will host the Hi-Line Babe Ruth District Tournament Friday through Sunday, June 20-22.
Six teams including the Wolf Point Mosquitoes and teams from Culbertson, two from Glasgow, Scobey and Plentywood will participate in the double-elimination tournament. Four games are scheduled for Friday night, four Saturday and two Sunday. The Mosquitoes (3-6, 4-14) are going into the tournament.
FES At Wolf Point
The Mosquitoes hosted Glasgow Farm Equipment Sales for a doubleheader Sunday, June 15.
FES took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader and kept going from there, adding two more runs in the second inning and another in the third. The 5-0 FES lead stood until Deshon Smoker-DeWitt scored for Wolf Point in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Mosquitoes added one more run in the sixth. A seven-run seventh and final inning sealed the deal for a 12-2 FES win.
The first game of doubleheaders counts toward district standings and tournament seeding.
The Mosquitoes had an early 5-0 lead in the second game that eroded to a 5-4 lead in the second inning. FES took a 7-5 lead in the third inning and went on to win 14-5.
“We started good. We were up 5-0. [FES] shut the gate on the pen,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“We’re super young,” Knerr said of the Mosquitoes, which are largely 12- and 13-year-olds.
“We have nine kids coming back next year. No other team has that many coming back,” he said. Fifteen is the maximum age for Babe Ruth Baseball. “They’re young. They’re competitive.”
Knerr noted that the Mosquitoes have beaten Scobey, which is the best team in the district.
During a previous doubleheader with FES that was played at Glasgow, Wolf Point lost both games after taking leads. The Mosquitoes recently split a doubleheader with the Oilers at Culbertson.
Plentywood visited Wolf Point for a doubleheader Monday, June 16. The results were not made available.
Written by John Plestina
Wolf Point School trustees approved the hiring and rehiring of several coaches during their monthly meeting Tuesday, June 10.
The school board discussed a district practice of not allowing administrators to serve as coaches.
They excluded two individuals from the list of people approved for coaching positions. Athletic director Mike Erickson was not approved as seventh grade girls’ basketball coach and Brett Scott was not approved as assistant football coach. Brent Nygard voted against the exclusions.
The following appointments were approved: football, head coach Bruce Knerr, assistant coach David D’Ambrosio, junior high head coach Scott Vandall; volleyball, head coach John Sweet, assistant coach KD Madison; cross country, head coach Janet Erickson, assistant coach Stacey Summers; boys’ basketball, head coach Kelly Nieskens, assistant coach Scott Nasner, eighth grade coach Tommy Olson; girls’ basketball, head coach Jeff Neubauer, assistant coaches Dave Allen and Danielle Solberg, eighth grade coach Melissa Cromwell; wrestling, head coach Ryan Helmer, assistant coach Eric Peterson, junior high head coach Vandall; track, head coach RC Page, assistant coach Eric Peterson, junior high head coach David D’Ambrosio, junior high assistant coach Bruce Knerr; tennis, head coach Nicole Boos; golf, head coach Rodney Paulson; and cheer, April Boitano, fall and winter seasons.
Written by Darla Downs
Pictured are Matt Poole, Kyle Vine and Colby Tognetti, Chuck Patterson and Steve Gorm, and Doug Quast and Cody Martinez. (Photos by Darla Downs)
Mother Nature cooperated with last weekend’s Rock Creek Walleye Tournament, giving anglers near-perfect fishing weather for the two-day tournament.
With just a breeze blowing across the water and temperatures that reached the mid-70s, 71 two-person teams hit the water Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, to match wits against the wily walleye of Fort Peck Reservoir in a quest for prize money.
Cody Martinez and Doug Quast, both of Billings, took first place with 41.52 pounds of walleye, followed by Randy Murie of Alexander, N.D., and William “Buzzy” Redfield of Sidney took second with 38.48 pounds.
Glasgow anglers JR Rasmusan and Norm Sillerud took third with 38.04 pounds of walleye. Luke Sundby of Williston, N.D., and Jake Hazenbiler of Belle Fourche, S.D., took fourth place with 36.7 pounds of walleye.
Tanner Pronto of Harlem and Gene Pronto of Wolf Point took fifth place with 35.84 pounds of walleye. In sixth place were Scott Woodward and Kim Knudson of Glendive with 34.82 pounds.
Rounding out the top 10 were Wolf Point anglers Paul Wemmer and Ted Toavs, eighth, 33.52; Shawn Hooks and Eric Jaeger, ninth, 33.5; and Matt Poole and Pete Bertram, 10th, 32.24.
Top adult/child team was Matt and Blake Cowen of Billings with 33.94 pounds, putting them in seventh place overall.
Top mixed couple team was Carl and Cathy Seil-stad of Roy, with 29.18 pounds of walleye which gave them 15th place overall.
Troy and Jamie Egge took 20th place and were second place for mixed couple with 26.46 pounds of walleye. They also won the Cool Under Pressure.
New this year was the Wild West Wee Walleye Award, sponsored by the Wolf Point Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, which earned $250 for the team with the smallest walleye under 10 inches weighed each day. Saturday, Martinez and Quast took the Wee Walleye prize money with a 7-inch walleye. Colby Tognetti of Bismarck, N.D., and Kyle Vine of Vida won Wee Walleye Award on Sunday with their 7-inch walleye.
Written by John Plestina
Despite no Wolf Point athletes making the top six in any Class B State Track meet events in Butte, Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, head coach R.C. Page sees successes.
“Even though we didn’t have any placers, it was nothing to hang our heads about because we have such a young team,” Page said.
“We still set some personal bests at the state track meet and I couldn’t ask for more,” he said.
“We don’t see the South and the West until we get to state,” Page said.
“I think the stage they performed on, the state track meet; everyone was in awe, especially the freshmen,” he said.
“There were so many different kids from so many different schools. It was really an eye opener for the kids,” Page said.
He said his team members believe they can make the top six at state next year.
“The next few years they are going to be on that podium [top six],” Page said.
He noted that the boys’ long relay team, all freshmen, improved their team personal best by five seconds. That team is Brady Babb, Kenny Boos, Owen Lepper and Wesley Weeks.
The following are individual results for Wolf Point and Poplar athletes only.
Weeks, WPHS, 18th, 11.97.
Lepper, WPHS, 14th, 23.92.
4x4 Meter Relay
WPHS, Austin Juve, Aaron D’Ambrosio, Lepper and Weeks, 18th in preliminaries, 46.68; 17th in finals, 3:46.59.
TJ Tuttle, Poplar, 11th, 134-03; Sheridan Stranger Horse, 15th, 121-05.
Sonica Archdale, WPHS, 17th, 1:06.81.
Drew Reum, Poplar, 17th place, 14:37.11.
Kateri Rush, WPHS, 17th, 52.31.
4x4 Meter Relay
WPHS, Archdale, Shelby Hanks, Ashley Page and Rush, 18th in preliminaries, 54.80; 15th in finals, 4:32.71.
Hanks, WPHS, tie for 14th, 4-06.00.
Archdale, WPHS, 17th, 30-11.00.
Shawna Hagadone, Poplar, 14th, 31-11.50.
Hagadone, Poplar, 13th, 99-09.
Page, WPHS, 12th, 105-04; Archdale, WPHS, 17th, 94-07.
Written by Karolyn Kohl
The Poplar High School cheerleading squad started out strong this year, with 10 girls participating in try-outs.
However, due to various factors, the season wrapped up with only four girls cheering at the district tournament in Malta.
Brooke Boyd, a sophomore this year, led the girls as the one returning member. Three new faces came from the freshmen class. They were Rachael Azure, Randi Azure and Courtney Martell.
Overall, it was a year of growth and development for the cheerleaders.
After an injury to Boyd’s knee, the freshmen were forced to step up and cheer on their own for three weeks. Boyd was cleared to participate again just in time for the final home game against Plentywood.
“It was great to see the amount of effort that the cheerleaders put in throughout the season. Even with such a young group, they were able to perform some difficult stunts and dismounts. There were some mishaps and falls along the way, but they kept trying and trying again. I hope to see all of them return next year, and encourage more girls to try out for the squad next November,” adviser Karolyn Kohl said.