Written by Stacey Summers
The Wolf Point Wolves cross country team traveled to Helena, Saturday, Oct. 25, for the annual All Class State Cross country championships.
All teams throughout the state converged on Bill Robert’s Golf Course for eight races in both the boys and girls categories in the Class AA, A, B and C divisions.
Wolf Point brought five athletes to the state meet. In the boys’ Class B race, Wolf Point’s young runners Brandon Red Boy and Cody Melbourne put forth a good effort in the packed field. Red Boy completed the three-mile course in 21:42 while Melbourne finished in 24:45.
“Both boys are first year runners and improved immensely throughout the season,” said coach Stacey Summers. “They worked hard all season.”
Red Lodge won the boys’ team title with 74 points followed by Manhattan and Townsend with 86 and 192 points respectively. Individually, Bigfork’s Logan Morley defeated last year’s state champ Tyus Mendoza of Colstrip 15:29 to 15:59 to take the prize.
In the girls’ Class B race, freshman Sierra Summers claimed 10th place with a time of 20:04. Sophomore Kateri Rush ran hard, finishing 25th with a time of 21:21 while freshman Gillian Medicine Cloud who was feeling ill but still competed, finished the three-mile course in 31:45.
“I’m pleased with the weekly improvement of the girls. Rush and Medicine Cloud are first-year varsity runners and new to the program. All improved greatly from the first meet of the season to the state meet,” said Summers.
“Sierra ran a good race pacing herself off a few of the seniors who had been All State last year,” said Summers.
Individually, Makena Morely of Bigfork set a new all class state girls’ record breaking her record from last year while winning her fourth individual crown with a time of 16:33. Rounding out the top three places were: Brynn Morely, Bigfork, second, 16:59; and Tamia Two Moons, Lame Deer, third, 18:59.
Manhattan claimed the girls’ team title with 91 points. Red Lodge was second with 131 points while Bigfork was third with 134 points. The top 15 individuals in all classes received All State honors.
“We’re pleased with the kids’ performance as we had no seniors on the team with most of our athletes being underclassmen. With a strong incoming freshman class next year and continued improvement from our current squad, we should be much stronger next season,” said Summers.
Written by Brad Raab
The entire Poplar Indian cross country season centers on the final meet and that was the state meet that took place in Helena Saturday, Oct. 25.
The weather was decent for them to run.
Our goal heading into this meet was to finish with their personal best. I would say some of the runners did a great job of meeting that goal, where others just fell short of their personal best. I asked our runners to run the best race possible and to leave nothing in the tank. We all agreed that all seven boys runners and six girls did exactly that. They might not have had their best time or their best race of the state meet, but there was not a single young man or woman out there who did not give 100 percent of what their body was willing to give. Each runner went through many obstacles that they had to face throughout the season such as flu, colds, and injuries. One thing they never let up on was they kept trying.
There was disappointment at the end of the race because we knew that we had a shot to have most of our runners get their personal best but fell short of the goal. The biggest disappointment for all of us was knowing that our season had come to an end.
There are three seniors. Lane Headdress, Chris LeMay and Richard Brown ran their last high school meet. I’ve never been so proud for them. It was an honor to work with them and I wish them the best of luck in the future in whatever it takes them. They are going to be truly missed.
As a team, they finished 20th out of 32 teams with a score of 560 points. For the individual race the following runners that finished were Lane Headdress, 48th, 18:22; Andrew Moran, 110th, 19:58; Chris LeMay, 122nd, 20:28; Boy Youngman, 127th, 20:40; Richard Brown, 153rd, 22:09; Print Feather Earring, 159th, 23:17; and Dion Hopkins, 161st, 23:32. Jacob LoneBear was the alternate but did very well through the regular season.
The Lady Indians finished 16th out of 32 teams. The following runners that placed were: Drew Reum, 64th, 23:10; Little Skye Fasthorse, 91st, 24:09; Brooke Boyd, 24:23; Kamryn Azure, 111th, 25:35; Rachael Azure, 127th, 26:48; and Grace First, 139th, 31:16.
Our season has been a great success along many fronts. We may have finished our season, but those of us close to the program know that great things come to those who work hard and are dedicated to meeting their goals. I was pleased to see such a great group of athletes that worked together and supported one another with each and every practice and race. I hope to see all the runners return next season to continue to show pride for the Poplar School and surrounding community.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my assistance coach Dana Block for helping out and contributing to the team. He was definitely a great coach and was eager to learn the sport that he never coached. I wish him well in the future of coaching. Our wonderful manager Caitlyn Whiteman made sure that the meet stickers were ready and that we had the supplies that we needed. The athletic director Patricia Black got the meets, supplies and transportation set up throughout the season and came to support the team at meets. Support for the student athletes by parents, guardians and school staff was appreciated.
Written by Herald-News
Wolf Point Police were called to the Wolves’ football game at Wolf Point High School Friday, Oct. 24, when several adult Plentywood fans were asked to vacate the stands and school property by WPHS staff and failed to leave.
The incident happened during the fourth quarter with Wolf Point leading in the game.
Two officers entered the stands and ejected two adult males.
According to police, the two men are banned from Wolf Point High School property for one year.
Written by Herald-News
The Wolf Point eighth- grade junior high girls won their opening basketball games in the Wolf Point High School gym against Poplar and Plentywood Saturday, Nov. 1.
WP 72, Poplar 6
The Lady Wolves led the Lady Indians 41-0 at the end of the first quarter and 72-6 after the second and final period.
Cheryl Eagle led Wolf Point scoring with 13 points and Semarah Wells scored 12.
WP 35, Plentywood 21
Wolf Point led Plentywood 19-6 after the first quarter and won 35-21.
Hailey Brunelle led for the Lady Wolves with 10 points.
“The girls continued their great defensive game with the Indians and were able to get a lot of points off the fast break,” coach Melissa Cromwell said.
She said all of the girls saw playing time during the two games.
The Wolf Point girls next play in Scobey Saturday, Nov. 15.
Written by John Plestina
The first photo is Wolf Point sophomore Brady Babb (4) attempting a diving catch of a pass that is just out of his reach. The second picture is David Knerr (7) rushing for a first down during the first quarter. He is one of the leading rushers in the state. The third photo is senior football players, managers and cheerleaders being recognized before the game. (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolves rolled Plentywood 33-14 for a 2-2 Northern 2B finish, Friday, Oct. 24.
With playoff aspirations dashed in Malta earlier this month, the Wolves won the season finale at home, ending the best Wolf Point football season in several years.
Friday night was also senior night where all senior football players, managers and cheerleaders were recognized.
“The Wolf Point seniors played their last game at home like you should be ‘selling out,’” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“Senior quarterback Dalton Hafner saved his best game for his last one wearing the maroon and silver,” Knerr said. “He capped his night off on defense with two tackles and intercepting a pass.”
The Wolf Point stats were impressive.
Senior Tyson Bridges caught six passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns, had 10 yards rushing on four carries, had three tackles and a quarterback sack on defense. Senior Cameron Quincy had eight tackles on defense and anchored the offensive line that led the Wolves to getting 242 rushing yards. Senior Aaron D’Ambrosio caught three passes for 58 yards and had one rush for a touchdown.
“Senior Night is always very emotional as a coach and it being the last game of the year made it even harder on me because of having to say goodbye to the seniors,” Knerr said.
“Junior Austyn Juve had a great game with 11 tackles and sophomore Wesley Weeks had nine tackles and two rushes for 24 yards on offense. Sophomore Ty Nygard had five tackles on the defensive line and junior David Knerr led the Wolves defense with 13 tackles and two pass breakups, and caused one fumble. On offense, he had 101 yards rushing on 22 carries. Sophomore Brady Babb had seven tackles and also caught two passes for 56 yards and junior Logan Nefzger got another interception on defense,” Knerr said.
“Logan has been a key piece for the Wolves on offense and defense both. He never knows what side of the ball he will get most his time on until after the game but wherever he plays he makes things happen. Logan has become a great story. He got injured on the third day of practice last year and couldn’t play last season, and I didn’t know if he was going to play this year. Boy, has he been a welcomed addition to the team. He has been an ‘all in’ player since our first practice this year and he will be a huge part of the team next year on both sides of the ball,” Knerr said.
“The seniors will be greatly missed for all the non-football things they have done for this team. The leadership events they participated in all and the team building exercises the led,” he said.
Plentywood 0 0 8 6––14
Wolf Point 7 7 7 12––33
WP: Hafner, 2 run (Jeremiah Paine kick), 2:45
WP: D’Ambrosio, 1 run (Paine kick), 7:40
P: R.J. Becker, 62 run (conv. good), 4:44
WP: Bridges 15 pass from Hafner (Paine kick), :49
P: Tyler Michels, 5 run (conv. failed), 9:45
WP: Bridges, 9 pass from Hafner (conv. failed), 4:48
WP: Bridges, 4 pass from Hafner (conv. failed), :13