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District Tournament Opens Thursday At WPHS -- Wolves, Lady Wolves Win Against Plentywood, Drop Final District Games To Glasgow

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The first photo is Dalton Hafner (3) driving the ball down the court after a steal. Markell Blount (5) is in front of Hafner.  The second picture is Wolf Point’s Shelby Hanks (2) guarding Plentywood’s Victoria Obergfell (20).  The third photo is Aaron D'Ambrosio scoring for the Wolves.  The fourth picture is Wolf Point's Mahala Shawl.  The fifth picture is senior night for the girls' team.  (Photos by John Plestina)

The Wolves tamed the Wildcats 68-37 in the final regular season home game, Friday, Feb. 13, and the Lady Wolves beat Plentywood 45-41.
It was also senior night.
Regular season play ended in Glasgow the following day with the Glasgow girls coming from behind late in the fourth quarter and upsetting the Lady Wolves 45-44. The Scotties defeated the Wolves 70-52.
The game with the Lady Cats was closer than Wolf Point head coach Jeff Neubauer had expected.
“I probably underestimated Plentywood a little bit. I thought it would be more than that [45-41],” he said.
“We missed several lay-ups. Plentywood shot 17 free throws in the first half. The second half they only shot six free throws, so we did a better job on defense,” Neubauer said.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Plentywood’s defense,” he said.
“We’re going to do some boxing out drills this week,” Neubauer said.
“Ashtyn Hentges had a big offensive rebound and put back in the fourth quarter. That gave us a little bit of breathing room,” he said.
The Wolves recently snapped a losing streak.
“We’re putting some stuff together. We’re getting more confident. That’s a lot of it,” head coach Kelly Nieskens said after the game with Plentywood.
“It was good to get younger kids in the game. We got everybody in there. Everybody scored but two,” he said.
“I think we will be third or fourth,” Nieskens predicted for the district tournament.
Wolf Point hosts the double-elimination 2B District Tournament, opening Thursday, Feb. 19 and running through Saturday, Feb. 21.
The Lady Wolves are seeded second behind undefeated Malta and will have an opening round bye. Wolf Point will first play Friday, at 8 p.m., against the winner of an opening-round game between Poplar and Glasgow. A win would likely put the Lady Wolves in the championship game against Malta, assuming the M-Ettes win their first game against the winner of an opening round game between Plentywood and Harlem. Losers are moved into a consolation bracket.
The No. 4 seed Wolves will open against Poplar, Thursday at 1 p.m. The winner plays No. 1 seed Glasgow Friday at 1 p.m. The championship game will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The top four finishers out of district tournaments will advance to the divisional tournaments.
Girls’ divisionals will be at Malta Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28.
The boys’ divisional tournament will be in Shelby Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7.
The state tournaments for boys and girls will be in Great Falls March 12-14.

Glasgow 70, WPHS 52
WPHS       12  14    8  18―52
Glasgow    19  22  11  18―70
Andrew Heser 4, Dalton Hafner 15, Trevor Hamilton 4, Markell Blount 3, Hayden Hanks 8, Josh Nieskens 4, Tyson Bridges 6, Kenny Boos 2, Ira Follet 6.
Jason Thibault 15, Jake Page 11, Chase Fossum 20, Keil Krumwiede 14, Jake Kolstad 8, Zach Miller 2.

WPHS 68, Plentywood 37
Plentywood  7  13    8    9―37
WPHS        21  12  25  10―68
Nate Harris 3, Andrew Eberling 5, Austin Wirtz 5, Justin Marsh 14, Taylor Hilyard 2, Hunter Ruud 2.
Aaron D’Ambrosio 5, Andrew Heser 2, Dalton Hafner 8, Trevor Hamilton 9, Markell Blount 15, Hayden Hanks 5, Owen Lepper 1, Tyson Bridges 16, Kenny Boos 2, Ira Follet 5.

Glasgow 45, WPHS 44
WPHS        17  10  10    7―44
Glasgow     13    7  11  14―45
Brenna Kurokawa 2, Mariah Weeks 12, Emma Gourneau 10, Ky’Lee Driftwood 16, Mahala Shawl 4
Amanda Wolff 10, Abbi Kolstad 23, Lexie Nixdorf 4, L. Hughes 8.

WPHS 45, Plentywood 41
Plentywood  4  11  15  11―41
WPHS        12    7    8  18―45
Lizzy Gomez 7, Paige Harris 5, Victoria Obergfell 10, Hallie Wangerin 2, Ally Bummer 2, Lindsay Wangerin 15.
Shelby Hanks 7, Mariah Weeks 3, Emma Gourneau 9, Ashtyn Hentges 2, Ky’lee Driftwood 12, Jessica Bauer 2, Mahala Shawl 8, Mandi Martin 2.

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Cheerleaders Perform


The Wolf Point cheerleaders perform a halftime show during the boys’ game with Plentywood. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Thea Smith, Tavie Reum, (back) Alecia Macdonald, Lindsey Dahl, Alexandria Rodriguez and Aiyana Bridges.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Matmen End Season At State Meet

The three Wolves that qualified for the Class B-C State Wrestling Tournament all had a great weekend in Billings, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14.
Junior David Knerr, who wrestled in the 205-pound weight class, opened his tournament by wrestling the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Class B, Eli Hohn, who ended up winning the state championship, but Knerr had him on his back twice and couldn’t quite hold him for a pin call either time. Hohn ended up pinning Knerr in the third period.
“David wrestled maybe his best match all season in that match,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
In his second match, Knerr ended up pinning a wrestler from Lincoln County [Eureka] in the first period to advance and score team points for the Wolves. In his third match on Friday, Knerr drew a Choteau wrestler who also was wrestling to stay alive in the tourney. Knerr wrestled well and was trailing 6-2 when he was pinned in the third period.
“David set a goal to get to state, then he added winning at least one match for the weekend. I am very proud of him. He wrestled his strongest tournament at the best time against the best in the state,” Knerr said.
Freshman Quinn Whitmus started his tournament by pinning a wrestler from Shelby to advance to the quarterfinals and score team points. He wrestled a No. 1 seed from Ronan who ended up placing. Whitmus wrestled him tough and close, and ended up losing by points. Whitmus wrestled for a third time Friday and won for the second time, advancing with the chance to place at state.
“Saturday morning, he dropped a heartbreaker in his valiant effort to advance and bring home a state metal,” Knerr said. “Quinn wrestled so well this weekend, he ended up being ranked in the Top 8 in his weight class. Not too bad for a freshman.”
Senior Slade Martinez had the best weekend of all the Wolf Point wrestlers. He opened up the state tournament, pinning his opponent in the first period of the first match. He then wrestled a No. 1 seed from the Western Division and beat him 8-2 to advance to the semifinals, a guarantee of him placing Top 6 in the tournament and the opportunity to advance. Saturday morning, he wrestled the No. 1 state ranked wrestler who was 40-2. Martinez had lost to him at Choteau.
“Slade wrestled well but came up short and dropped back to the consolation semifinals,” Knerr said.
Martinez dominated the Huntley wrestler that beat him at divisionals to get into the championships.
“Slade was in total control and showed him no mercy,” Knerr said.
By winning that match, Martinez advanced to the consolation finals in a rematch with the Thompson Falls wrestler and he totally dominating him, earning the third place spot on the podium.
Knerr said the Wolves had three goals for the state tournament and accomplished two of the three, and came up just short of that third one.
The Wolves finished in 23rd place out of 42 with 25 team points. Wolf Point had entered the tournament wanting to finish in the top 20.
Glasgow finished 16th with 38 pints and Poplar was 34th with five points.
The three wrestlers combined for seven wins.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them for all their efforts,” Knerr said.
Poplar’s Angel Boyd [120] lost by a decision in the consolation quarterfinals.

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Wolves Snap Losing Streak

Shooting 54 percent in Baker, Friday, Feb. 6, the Wolves snapped an six-game losing streak.
The Wolves reversed an early Baker lead with a 9-0 run. By the third stanza, Wolf Point enjoyed an 18-point lead. The point spread narrowed to 10 points by the final quarter break. The Wolves won 56-51, for the second win over Baker this year.
The Wolves lost on free throws, 40-38, to Glendive at Wolf Point, Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Lady Wolves also took a second win from Baker with 13-4 and 22-9 leads after the first two quarters. Wolf Point finished with a 24-point, 50-26 blowout of the Spartans and then lost a close game at Glendive.
Glendive 45, WPHS 42
Glendive    11   7  11   16―45
WPHS       14    5    9  14―42
Teia Knutson 10, Lexi Pettersen 6, Wyniah Mintz 10, Sara Hilbert 5, Steph Carney 6, Karrie Nagle 8.
Shelby Hanks 7, Mariah Weeks 3, Emma Gourneau 16, Ky’Lee Driftwood 6, Mahala Shawl 10.
Wolf Point 50, Baker 26
WPHS    13   9  12   16―50
Baker       4   5    3   14―26
Mahala Shawl 11, Emma Gourneau 10, Ky’Lee Driftwood 9, Shelby Hanks 8, Jessica Bauer 4, Brenna Kurokawa 4, Loverty Lindsay 2, Mariah Weeks 2.
Madison Reddick 7, Lauren Wang 5, Kylie Hadley 4, Solenn Jacobsen 4, Karlee Murnion 2, Cheyenne Perry 2, Taylyn Koenig 2.

Wolf Point 56, Baker 51
WPHS    11  14  16   15―56
Baker       7    7  14   23―51
Dalton Hafner 10, Trevor Hamilton 6, Markell Blount 2, Hayden Hanks 8, Josh Nieskens 10, Owen Lepper 5, Tyson Bridges 15.
Dallas Arnell 13, Joe Fisher 3, Nic Bohle 2, Luke Gonsioroski 3, Seth Barkley 6, Brady Varner 16, Clint Lesh 6, Matt Packer 2.

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Three Wolves, One Indian Advance To State Wrestling

Three Wolves and one Indian will advance to the state wrestling tournament at the Metra in Billings, this coming weekend as Wolf Point finished seventh and Poplar ninth in team scores at the Eastern B-C divisional tournament in Shepherd, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7.
Colstrip finished first and Forsyth second. Glasgow finished fifth and Circle was eighth.
The top four individuals in each weight class advance to the state tournament in Billings, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14.
Advancing to state for Wolf Point: Slade Martinez, senior, 103-pound weight class; freshman Quinn Whitmus, 113; and junior David Knerr, 205.
Poplar’s Angel Boyd [120] advances.
“The guys all did great we had three other boys place in the top six,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Senior Ty Nygard [205] finished fifth, freshman Jeremiah Paine [126] took fifth and sophomore Brandin Kolski took sixth.
Martinez and Whitmus both drew first round matches against northern division wrestlers they have both beat during the season at Cut Bank and Choteau.
Knerr said he believes the Wolf Point wrestlers have an excellent chance at early success at the state tournament.
He said his son David has a little tougher draw by getting the No. 1 ranked 205-pound Class B wrestler from Townsend.
“The boys are going to give a great effort and lay it all on the line this weekend and do Wolf Point proud,” Knerr said.

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