Wolf Point Herald

Lady Wolves Hold Their Own With Western Montana Teams

The Lady Wolves emerged from the Choteau tournament, Saturday, Aug. 30, after holding their own against some of the best teams from the western part of the state.
“We won about half our matches which was good against that competition. It gave us a good idea of our performance level,” coach John Sweet said.
It wasn’t without casualties. Both setters were injured. Erin Presser sprained an ankle against Glasgow on the first day of the tournament and Sierra Hanks had an ankle sprain the second day.
“Mariah Weeks had a nice weekend. She hit the ball well. She really made her presence known at the net,” Sweet said.
He said Presser showed nice leadership.
Of Sierra Hanks, Sweet said, “She had to learn how to do all of the setting by herself when Erin went down.”
Her younger sister, sophomore Shelby Hanks was strong in every facet.
“She played on the right side. She passed well, she served well and she got a lot of balls we didn’t expect her to get,” Sweet said.
Christean Holen really showed some good aggression in her hitting. She passed extremely well,” he said.
“Ashley Page, another hitter for us, passed the ball extremely well and served extremely tough,” Sweet said.
He said Kendra Landrud went in wherever she was needed.
“Kylie Driftwood is an intimidating presence. She is considered an undersized middle blocker in this tournament. She normally plays as an outside or right side hitter. She really does a nice job wherever we put her,” Sweet said.
“Junior Loverty Lindsay came in with the back row and served really well. She got a few aces. She did a wonderful job wherever we asked her to,” he said.
“Ashton Hentges was all over the court. We asked her at the end of the weekend how she felt. She was bruised and battered,” Sweet said.

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Wolves Looking To Avenge 2013 Season Finale -- Kickoff Friday At 7 p.m., At Lowry Field

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Preparing For Opening Night -- Coach Bruce Knerr holds an indoor session because of heavy rainfall during a scheduled practice, Saturday, Aug. 30. (Photo by John Plestina)

 

The Wolves open the 2014 season, Friday, Aug. 29, at Lowry Field with a Northern 2B conference match up with Plentywood. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Wolves (1-7 in 2013) are looking to open the season with a win and even the score for the season-ending 54-13 loss to the Wildcats (4-6 in 2013).
The lopsided loss to Plentywood 10 months ago might be deceiving because Plentywood graduated nine seniors in may, leaving several possible voids in the Wildcats offense. The roster is down to 17 players and Plentywood will drop to Class C eight-man next year.
The Wolves lost three games last year after having first half leads, which is something head coach Bruce Knerr is working to overcome.
Former running back Dalton Hafner is replacing Tukker Toavs as starting quarterback. Hafner is a senior this year.
Wolf Point travels to Baker, Friday, Sept. 5, and hosts Lodge Grass, Friday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. The Homecoming Game will be Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., with Glasgow visiting.
The Wolves beat Lodge Grass 50-0 last year.

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Poplar Invitational Opens Cross Country Season

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Most cross country teams in the area will participate in the Poplar Invitational, Saturday, Aug. 30. The Wolf Point high school and junior high cross country teams do sit-ups during a practice in the gym during a period of heavy rain, Saturday, Aug. 23. Head coach Stacy Summers (standing) and assistant coach Janet Erickson (seated on the floor) supervise the practice. The elementary school team stand and wait their turn. (Photo by John Plestina)

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Wolves Hit The Field Running

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New Wolves Quarterback -- Starting quarterback Dalton Hafner throws a pass during the second practice of the season Friday, Aug. 15.  (Photo by John Plestina)

The 2014 football season is just over a week from starting and Wolves head coach Bruce Knerr is going into the new season with confidence that the Wolves will bounce back from a 1-7 2013 season.
“If I didn’t say we’re going to win the conference title, they can fire me,” Knerr said, Friday, Aug. 15, during the second practice on the first day that high school practices are permitted.
The first practice started at 12:01 a.m., with the 37 players hitting the gym for a boot camp session, followed by an overnight stay and ending with the second practice on the grass at Lowry Field.
“This is the year,” Knerr said. “Most of these seniors have been starters since they were sophomores.”
Bouncing back from a tough season last year, Knerr noted that the District 2B Wolves could have been 4-4.
“We actually lost three games in the fourth quarter,” Knerr said.
In one of those games, Harlem chipped away at a 19-point Wolf Point halftime lead for a come-from- behind win at the Wolves expense.
Starting quarterback Dalton Hafner was injured participating in a wild horse race during the summer. The senior is expected to be healthy and able to start for the season opener on Friday, Aug. 29.
A running back last year, Hafner is replacing Tukker Toavs in the quarterback position.
Senior wide receiver Tyson Bridges was an all-conference selection last year.
“He’s one of the best in the state,” Knerr said.
Cameron Quincy is a returning all-conference lineman.
A third all-conference returning player is David Knerr at running back and linebacker.
Wolf Point is returning seven starters on defense.
Senior Josh Nieskens will be a slot receiver and running back on offense and a linebacker on defense. He was ineligible to play last year.
“He’s had a great summer. He went to camp,” Knerr said. “He catches the ball really well.”
Sophomore wide receiver Morty Manning is returning to football after being hurt while playing in junior high. He attended camp with the team during the summer and is practicing with the team.
Sophomore Kenny Boos and junior Austin Juve will see playing time and both could be starters.
“The biggest battle in Wolf Point right now is the starting kicker spot with three guys vying for it,” Knerr said.
The three players are David Knerr, Logan Nefzger and Jeremiah Paine.
Handicapping the Wolves are some grade issues. Three starting impact players will miss the first three games due to end of the last school year grades. All three have attended summer school. I wish I had Tukker Toavs and David Hopson back,” Knerr said.
Both impact players graduated in May.
“These two are huge, huge loses,” Knerr said.
Knerr has banned all hazing and has instituted a mentoring program where each senior on the squad mentors at least one freshman.
“It’s bonded our team a little bit better,” Knerr said.
Two-a-day practices were only held twice — Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16. Single three-hour practices were held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 18-19.
The weekend overnight stay in the school allowed for the first two practices, team bonding and Knerr, assistant coaches and the managers cooked pancakes.
The Wolves open the season at home with Plentywood visiting Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. Wolf Point travels to Baker, Friday, Sept. 5, and hosts Lodge Grass, Friday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. The homecoming game will be Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., with Glasgow visiting.
Plentywood beat Wolf Point last year, but the Wildcats (4-6 in 2013) are struggling for numbers this year, barely fielding a team. Plentywood will drop to eight-man next year.
The Wolves beat up Lodge Grass 50-0 last year.

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City League Action

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These photos from a Wolf Point City League game were submitted by a parent. Several requests for all team photos and season results were unsuccessful.

Canyon Casterline is hitting and Gage Bushman catching.

Wyatt Babb swings the bat during one of the summer baseball program games.

Sage Hutchinson hits for the Friesen’s Floral withGage Bushman catching at one of the summer baseball program games.

Canyon Casterline watches for his Friesen’s Floral teammate to hit the ball during one of this summer’s youth baseball game. Christian Solberg (right) played second base for Western Bank.

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