Written by John Plestina
Blue Earth Boxing Club members Lance St. Germaine, 12, and Mason Garfield, 11, spar at the Fort Peck Community College Wellness Center in Wolf Point.
(Photo by John Plestina)
More than a year after Blue Earth Boxing Club became active again and began working with Wolf Point youth, the club is looking for a permanent home with more space.
Doug Garfield coaches the club and has kept it active since fall 2013. He works with as many as 15 youths at each session. Garfield, who was a member of the original Blue Earth Boxing Club in his youth, started by working with his own children and it grew from there.
“I really love the sport,” he said.
The late Roy Harris coached the original Blue Earth Boxing Club. He coached the late Robert Deserly, who became a three-time Golden Gloves champion.
Blue Earth has had three homes in a little more than a year since the club restarted and needs more space.
“At this facility, a little under a year,” Garfield said of the Fort Peck Community College Wellness Center in Wolf Point where the club has been since March.
“We were at the old Bryans store until Gysler Furniture burned down,” Garfield said.
A fire destroyed both Gysler Furniture and Appliance buildings on Anaconda Street in March. The business reopened soon after in the former Bryan’s building, necessitating the boxing club to move to the wellness center.
“We have a boxing ring and a lot of equipment. We are looking for a building of our own,” Garfield said.
Club members spar at the wellness center after it closes, but there is no space for storage of a ring and much of the equipment.
Blue Earth will compete against other boxing clubs during the coming months with meets planned in Helena, Feb. 28; Fort Belknap, March 7; and Wallace, Idaho, in April.
To compete against other clubs, youth boxers must obtain an Amateur Boxing Federation card through the Montana Boxing Association.
The young boxers wear protective headgear, gloves and mouth pieces while they spar with others that are at the same skill level and weight.
Garfield encourages parents to bring their children to the wellness center on nights Blue Earth Boxing Club is using the facility.
“I’ll train them to box,” Garfield said.
Blue Earth is planning a chili and frybread fundraiser at Horseshoe Bar in Oswego Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Boxing instruction is available for younger children, Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The older boxers come to the center Thursdays, from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
For additional information, contact Garfield at 650-7594.
Written by Herald-News
Several Wolf Point wrestlers placed at a three-round mixer at Chinook Friday, Jan. 23, and the Harlem Invitational Championship the next day.
The Wolves won a total of 11 matches and lost 14 at Chinook.
The “Match of the Night” had Wolf Point freshman Quinn Whitmus wrestling Malta freshman Trey Simonton, who took first place at the Choteau Classic one week earlier ahead of Whitmus who finished fourth.
“It’s a battle every time they meet up and this one was no different. At the end of the second period, Quinn had Trey on his back and the Wolf Point team, coaches and fans thought he was pinned before the period ended but the referee thought different,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Simonton scored at the end of the match to defeat Whitmus.
“The tension and emotions were so intense during that match, and electric. I was very proud of Quinn for one of the best matches he wrestled all year,” Knerr said.
The wrestlers then traveled to Harlem and slept on wrestling mats at Harlem High School.
On Saturday, Whitmus and Simonton paired up again after they both won two matches at the Harlem Invitational championship and, like the night before, it was a battle. Simonton ended up pinning Whitmus in the match, but Whitmus made him work for it.
Fellow freshman Jeremiah Paine was 3-1 Saturday and placed third for the Wolves. Sophomore Karson Wortman was 3-1 Saturday and placed third.
“In Wortman’s semi final match against the Glasgow wrestler, again a Wolf Point wrestler had his man stacked up on his back for over a full minute and could not get a pin call. Karson ended up losing the match which would have pitted him against teammate Slade Martinez,” Knerr said.
Martinez ended his match early by pinning a Glasgow wrestler and took first.
The Wolves had a team goal of 50 points, a top five team placing and to place higher than Malta. The team scored 65 points and placed sixth overall as a team, but couldn’t quite catch Malta which scored 12 more team points than Wolf Point.
This weekend, Wolf Point travels to Malta for the Mustangs’ invitational with a mixer Friday night and the tournament Saturday.
“This is the Wolves last chance of the season to get Malta in a team points battle and hope to get another one or two wrestlers in the placing rounds to add to scoring,” Knerr said.
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The Wolf Point wrestling team competed at the Choteau Classic and had a great weekend placing two wrestlers.
Senior Slade Martinez went 4-2 and placed fifth, and freshman Quinn Whitmus went 4-2 and placed fourth.
“We had a great showing as a team finishing in the top half of all the teams in team point scoring,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Freshman Jeremiah Paine had another good weekend by winning four matches and losing two.
“The real bright spot for the team was junior Logan Flynn got released by the doctor to wrestle and went 3-1 in his first ever weekend of high school wrestling,” Knerr said.
“The team now gets to wrestle a lot closer to home in Chinook on Friday and the Harlem Tourney on Saturday. We only have two weekends then we go to divisionals then state so we want to have a great showing in Harlem. Our team goal is scoring 50 plus team points and top five team standings. The way our boys are wrestling now those goals are attainable,” Knerr said.
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is Ky’Lee Driftwood (12) looking to pass the ball under pressure from a Baker player. The second photo is Tyson Bridges going up to shoot against Baker. He led with a game high 19 points. The third picture is Shelby Hanks (2) looking for a teammate to pass the ball to. The fourth is Markell Blount (5) driving to the basket around Baker’s Seth Barkley (32). The fifth photo is Emma Gourneau (10) passing the ball to Jessica Bauer (14) under pressure. The sixth picture is Mariah Weeks (3) being fouled attempting to shoot. She hit both ends of a one and one for the two points. The last photo is the Wolf Point cheerleaders. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolves and Lady Wolves beat Class A Baker at home, Friday, Jan. 9, and dropped both varsity games to the Dawson Red Devils the next day. The girls game was played in Wolf Point and the boys were in Glendive.
The Wolves (3-0, 5-2) and Lady Wolves (2-1, 5-2)
Wolves 53, Baker 46
The Wolves outscored Class A Baker in the second half, pocketing a 7-point win.
After struggling in the first quarter, the Wolves matched the Spartans’ 13 points in the second stanza and took control of the game in the second half.
Tyson Bridges led the Wolves, posting 19 points. Trevor Hamilton recorded 15. Baker’s Brady Varner led with 15. Hamilton had three 3-point goals.
“We didn’t have a very good week of practice and it showed. Hopefully they got it out of their system,” head coach Kelly Nieskens said.
He attributed the poor week of practice in part to a lot going on at school.
“I think we are finally getting some leadership on the floor. The younger kids are finally looking up to the seniors,” Nieskens said.
Lady Wolves 35, Baker 32
The Lady Wolves forced 22 turnovers while giving up the ball just 12 times and played a strong second half to beat Baker 35-32 after trailing much of the first half.
Going into the second half down 16-15, Wolf Point led 28-26 at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Spartans 7-6 in the final period.
Senior Emma Gourneau posted a team high 14 points. Baker’s Solenn Jacobsen posted a game high 17 points.
“It was a good game. A well-played game,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said.
“We had to take it up on defense. You’ve got to move the ball against a two-three zone,” he said.
Of Gourneau’s performance on the court, Neubauer said, “That’s the best game she has played this year. She took care of the basketball.”
Sophomore Ashtyn Hentges led defensively with nine rebounds and six steals.
“She’s our leading rebounder at 5-foot-4,” Neubauer said.
The Wolves and Lady Wolves lost to Class A Dawson, Saturday, Jan. 10.
The Wolves lost 41-23 to the Red Devils, playing in Glendive.
The Lady Wolves lost 37-33 in Wolf Point, after leading by five at halftime.
The tally was knotted 8-8 at the first quarter break and the Lady Wolves appeared to be heading for their sixth win of the season, leading 18-13 at the intermission. The Lady Devils came back in the second half, leading 28-23 after three periods and hanging on for a 4-point win. Wolf Point outscored Dawson 10-9 in the fourth quarter.
Gourneau led Wolf Point with six points. Maria Zimdars, Dawson’s 6-foot-2 senior, posted a game high 11 points.
WP next plays at Plentywood, Friday, Jan. 16. The Scotties visit WPHS Saturday, Jan. 17.
Wolf Point 53, Baker 46
Baker 14 12 7 13―46
WPHS 13 14 11 15―53
Dalton Hafner 7, Hamilton 15, Markell Blount 3, Hayden Hanks 7, Josh Nieskens 2, Bridges 19.
Dallas Arnell 7, Joe Fisher 15, Seth Barkley 6, Varner 15, Clint Lesh 2, Matt Packer 6.
Wolf Point 35, Baker 32
Baker 11 5 10 6―32
WPHS 6 9 13 7―35
Brenna Kurokawa 1, Shelby Hanks 6, Mariah Weeks 2, Gourneau 14, Hentges 2, Ky’Lee Driftwood 2, Jessica Bauer 14, Mahala Shawl 2.
Jacobsen 17, Anna Espeland 5, Lauren Wang 4, Kylie Hadley 4, Taylyn Koenig 1.
Dawson 37, Wolf Point 33
Dawson 8 10 10 9―37
WPHS 8 5 10 10―33
Shelby Hanks 5, Mariah Weeks 4, Mattia Black Eagle 3, Gourneau 6, Ashtyn Hentges 4, Ky’Lee Driftwood 5, Jessica Bauer 2, Mahala Shawl 4.
Teia Knutson 9, Alexis Pettersen 5, Wyniah Mintz 10, Taya Torres 1, Sara Hilbert 1, Zimdars 11.
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Wolf Point wrestled at the Cut Bank Invite, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10.
The Wolves had a good weekend, especially senior Slade Martinez, taking third place going 4-1 on the weekend. His only loss was to the No. 1 ranked Class B wrestler and led in points most that match.
“Slade wrestled amazing all weekend. He was patient and crisp in everything he did. He should move into the top six in the state rankings as he beat the No. 6 wrestler 8-2 and gave the No. 1 more than he wanted,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Freshmen Quinn Whitmus and Jeremiah Paine had good showings in the varsity tournament along with junior David Knerr.
Some wrestlers who were eliminated from the varsity tournament competed in the junior varsity tournament on the second day, combining for 11 wins and 14 loses.
Three Wolves made it to the second day of competition.
“Karson Wortman had a great weekend. He wrestled extremely well in all his matches so that is a great thing since we are at the halfway mark of the season,” Knerr said.
“Quinn Whitmus and Jeremiah Paine are having great freshman campaigns week in and week out,” he said.
“The Wolves have been battling the flu bug and it seemed to come at a great time over Christmas break as the boys for the most part seem healed up,” Knerr said.
“The best thing that happened for the team through hard work was Ty Nygaard and David Knerr making the 205-pound weight class, so Wolf Point didn’t have five heavy weights. Now there only three,” he said.
The travel to the Choteau, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10. The Choteau Classic is the largest Class B tournament in the state.
“We will see wrestlers from other divisions that will give us a scouting base for the state tourney. It will be tough but I think we could have a few boys place this weekend and give us great momentum down the home stretch,” Knerr said.