Written by John Plestina
The Wolves and Lady Wolves dropped District 2B conference games to Malta at Wolf Point, Saturday, Jan. 31. The Lady Wolves fell 69-42. The Malta boys won 72-26.
The Wolves dropped a non-conference game to Class A Sidney 61-47 at home Thursday, Jan. 29. The Lady Wolves rolled past Sidney 50-38, in the non-conference tilt.
The Lady Wolves (6-2, 11-3) are in sole possession of second place in District 2B, behind undefeated Malta. Both of the WPHS girls conference losses were to Malta.
The Wolves (4-4, 6-8) are in third place behind Glasgow and Malta.
The Lady Wolves held a 5-0 lead over Malta early in the first quarter. Malta came back and tied the game at 9-9 at the first quarter break. From then on, it was Malta’s game, leading 35-21 at halftime and winning by 27 points.
“Our whole problem is inconsistency. We can’t maintain that level yet,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said.
“Our passing, our bad passes; they [Malta] turned them into lay-ups,” he said.
Of the win over Class A Sidney, Neubauer said, “That was a really good win. Sidney is a quality team. We shot well. We ran the floor. It’s always good to go into one of those Class A schools and win.”
The Lady Wolves play Class A Dawson at Glendive, Thursday, Feb. 5. The Wolves and Lady Wolves play at Baker Friday, Feb. 6. The Wolves host Dawson for a boys only game Saturday, Feb. 7.
WPHS 50, Sidney 38
WPHS 12 16 12 10―50
Sidney 3 10 16 9―38
Ky’Lee Driftwood 16, Emma Gourneau 10, Mahala Shawl 6, Mariah Weeks 5, Mattia Black Eagle 4, Ashtyn Hentges 4, Shelby Hanks 3, Jessica Bauer 2.
Hailey Steinbeisser 13, Kortney Mayer 12, LaKayla Nentwig 4, LaTasha Weiferich 4, Ciara Sinks 3, Madison Thiessen 2.
Sidney 61, WPHS 47
WPHS 11 6 21 9―47
Sidney 16 12 22 11―61
Brady Babb 3, Dalton Hafner 11, Trevor Hamilton 9, Josh Nieskens 8, Tyson Bridges 16
Malta 69, WPHS 42
Malta 9 26 18 16―69
WPHS 9 12 10 11―42
Marley Manoukian 2, Sophia Stiles 28, Markelle Lett 8, Hailey Nicholson 6, Jada Nicholson 16, Kelsey Kuehn 2, Rebecca Smith 2, Darby Schye 2.
Shelby Hanks 8, Mariah Weeks 6, Aubrey Zilkoski 2, Emma Gourneau 7, Ashtyn Hentges 2, Ky’Lee Driftwood 12, Mahala Shawl 5.
Malta 72, WPHS 26
Malta 24 29 11 8―72
WPHS 8 1 12 5―26
Nate Costin 14, Jase Galt 13, Tyson Carney 9, Jeremy Costin 9, Allen Williamson 17, Jace Bishop 2, Blake Sjostrom 2, Ostin Welch 2, Devon Raybon 4.
Aaron D’Ambrosio 3, Dalton Hafner 2, Trevor Hamilton 6, Markell Blount 6, Hayden Hanks 4, Tyson Bridges 5.
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Wolf Point senior wrestler Slade Martinez is honored with his parents Chris Martinez and Stacey DeWitt for wrestling senior night during halftime of the boys’ basketball game Thursday, Jan. 29. (Photo by John Plestina)
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Quinn Whitmus, Angel Boyd and Jeremiah Paine.
Three Wolf Point Wolves placed at a meet in Malta Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31.
Freshmen Quinn Whitmus and Jeremiah Paine placed third and fourth respectively, and senior Slade Martinez was fourth.
Sophomore Ty Nygard came close to placing but finished one round short as did sophomores Karson Wortman and Adam Weinberger.
“Wortman is pushing hard and had a good weekend,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
“We did wrestle as good as we had the three previous weeks; having Havre the No. 1 ranked team in Class A there along with Choteau the No. 1 Class B school made it a strong tournament,” he said.
The Wolves will be preparing for the Eastern B Divisionals in Shepherd, Saturday, Feb. 7, with the top four from each weight class moving on to the state tournament at the Billings Metra, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14.
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Six gymnasts from Circle’s Eastern Montana Gymnastics Team attended the Yellowstone Invitational Gymnastics Meet in Billings, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31.
Gracie Ferdina, of Wolf Point; Leah Beery, of Vida; and Sierra Nagle, Cheyenne Clinton and Kirsten Wagner, all of Circle, competed in Level 3, with 81 gymnasts. Paige Inion of Circle competed in Level 5, with 23 gymnasts. It was the first Montana meet for the EMG Team that has attended three North Dakota meets.
Ferdina and Beery led the EMG Level 3 Team in both their scores and their rankings in their age divisions. Out of the 81 gymnasts in the Level 3 meet, Ferdina had an impressive ninth place finish on floor. In her Senior B age group of 14 girls, she was third on floor, tied for third on vault, fourth for her all-around, fifth on balance beam and 10th on bars.
Beery competed in the toughest age group, which had six of the top 10 scores of the entire Level 3 meet, and still managed to earn some top placings. Out of the 13 girls in the Junior C age group, she was tied for fifth on beam, sixth for her all-around, seventh on bars, tied for seventh on vault and ninth on floor.
Nagle competed in the Senior A age group and, out of 13 girls, was seventh on floor, 10th for her all-around, tied for 10th on beam and 11th on both vault and bars.
Wagner competed in the youngest age group, Junior A, with 14 girls, and earned a tie for 10th place on beam. She also was 11th for her all-around, vault and bars. Clinton also competed in the Senior B age group with Ferdina and was 11th on beam and floor. EMG’s Olivia Fletes was unable to attend, due to illness.
In her second meet at Level 5, Inion faced the tougher Montana competition and competed in the older age group of 11 gymnasts. She was tied for seventh on both bars and beam, was eighth for her all-around score and was ninth for both vault and floor.
Level 3 scores [vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around]: Ferdina, 9.2, 7.5, 8.5, 9.05, 34.25; Beery, 8.85, 8.1, 8.1, 8.3, 33.35; Sierra Nagle, 8.8, 7.55, 7.45, 8.35, 32.15; Cheyenne Clinton, 8.5, 6.2, 7.2, 7.55, 29.45; Kirsten Wagner, 8.6, 7.0, 7.5, 5.8, 28.9.
Level 5 scores: Inion, 7.8, 7.85, 8.05, 8.775, 32.475.
The EMG Team will have their last regular season meet in Helena in February before heading to Bozeman for the Montana State Gymnastics Championships in March.
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The first picture is Wolf Point’s Kenny Boos (20) shooting. Also pictured are Poplar’s Orlando Young (40), Boy Youngman (30) and Alex Lone Bear (10). The second picture is Wolf Point’s Ky’Lee Driftwood (12) scoring. Poplar’s Samantha Youngman (22) is also pictured. The third photo is Poplar’s Lane Headdress (42) grabbing a rebound. The fourth picture is Poplar’s Avery Azure (24) putting pressure on Wolf Point’s Mattia Black Eagle (5). (Photos by John Plestina)
The Wolves are looking to snap a four-game losing streak after dropping two District 2B conference games to Poplar and Harlem over the weekend while the Lady Wolves are on a roll winning the last five straight games.
Poplar [fifth place in district standings] defeated the Wolves in overtime at Wolf Point, Friday, Jan. 23, and then lost to Harlem the next night.
The Indians’ win was the first Poplar boys’ basketball win over WPHS in many years.
The Wolves are now 4-3 in District 2B and 6-6 overall. Wolf Point is tied with Malta for second place in the district standings.
The Lady Wolves (6-1, 10-2) are solidly in second place behind Malta.
The Lady Wolves led the entire game Friday night, beating Poplar 56-22.
The next night, Wolf Point beat Harlem 56-40.
However, WPHS girls’ head coach Jeff Neubauer was not completely pleased with the Lady Wolves performance.
”Tonight, I was disappointing with the fouling in the second half,” Neubauer said after the Harlem game.
“We gave up nine points in the first half and we gave up 31 in the second half,” he said.
“We lost a little bit of our bite,” Neubauer said.
He said several of his players had been sick during the preceding week.
“I got a look at a lot of young kids,” Neubauer said.
“You never know when they’re going to get thrown into the mix because of injuries,” he said.
One of the Lady Wolves loses was to district leading and undefeated Malta, which will be Wolf Point’s upcoming opponent Saturday, Jan. 31.
“You can check yourself and see where you’re at when you play teams like Malta,” Neubauer said.
“We’ve got to clean up some things and the fouling. We had eight in the first half [against Harlem] and ended the game with 16,” he said.
The Lady Indians are 0-7 in the district standings and 3-9 overall. Poplar defeated Nashua Thursday, Jan. 22.
“We’ve been working on it. They’re learning. They practice before every game,” Poplar head coach Les Bighorn said.
“We’ve been working on our press. We beat Nashua last night. We pressed the whole game,” he said. “We’re slowly getting there.”
In the boys game, the Indians led by four points at each of the quarter breaks. The Wolves tied the game at 47-47 at the end of regulation play. Poplar won 56-53 following a single four-minute overtime period.
Poplar head coach Frank Gourneau said he was was pleased with the Indians’ performance against Wolf Point.
“We’ve been coming to practice every day, making the effort and playing team basketball,” Gour-
“They finally refused to lose,” he said.
“I said [during a timeout late in the game], ‘We’re going for the win,’” Gourneau said.
“Hats off to [Wolf Point head coach Kelly] Nieskens and his boys. That’s a tough ball club. Nieskens is a tough competitor,” he said.
The next night, the Wolves led Harlem 22-18 at halftime, but trailed 37-28 at the final quarter break and lost 49-44.
Nieskens was not available for comment.
The Wolves host Class A Sidney Thursday, Jan. 29, while the Lady Wolves will visit Sidney. Malta visits Wolf Point Saturday, Jan. 31.
Poplar 56, WPHS 53
Poplar 7 13 12 15 9―56
WPHS 3 13 12 19 6―53
Damon Sadler 2, Alex Lone Bear 19, Waylon Youpee, 5, Myltin Bighorn 4, Coy Atkinson 11, Boy Youngman 6, Orlando Young 6, Lane Headdress 3.
Dalton Hafner 11, Trevor Hamilton 3, Hayden Hanks 12, Josh Nieskens 4, Owen Lepper 2, Tyson Bridges 8, Ira Follet 11.
WPHS 56, Poplar 22
Poplar 1 11 6 4―22
WPHS 18 14 13 11―56
Janaeya Sutherland 2, Samantha Youngman 5, Jessa Shields 7.
Brenna Kurokawa 8, Aubrey Zilkoski 4, Mariah Weeks 5, Mattia Black Eagle 11, Emma Gourneau 9, Ashtyn Hentges 4, Ky’lee Driftwood 5, Jessica Bauer 3, Mahala Shawl 18.
Harlem 49, WPHS 44
Harlem 13 5 19 12―49
WPHS 11 11 6 16―44
Corbin Brockie 8, Raymond Dutch Helgeson 7, Marcus Henry 10, Michael Butterfly 4, Keahna Little 13, Tristin Gone 7.
Trevor Hamilton 10, Hayden Hanks 10, Josh Nieskens 6, Owen Lepper 2, Tyson Bridges 10, Ira Follet 6.
Wolf Point 56, Harlem 40
Harlem 4 5 18 13―40
WPHS 14 20 8 14―56
Mari Ereaux 3, Autumn Little Plume 2, Tiche’ Ereaux 8, Ticia Cliff 7, Sami Werk 7, Brooke Lavaldo 12, Erin Lamere 1.
Loverty Lindsay 1, Shelby Hanks 11, Emma Gourneau 17, Ashtyn Hentges 6, Ky’Lee Driftwood 1, Aubrey Zilkoski 3, Jessica Bauer 5, Mahala Shawl 11, Kateri Rush 1.
Wolf Point 50, Sidney 42
WPHS 16 8 14 12—50
Sidney 7 11 16 8—42
Shelby Hanks 8, Emma Gourneau 20, Ky’Lee Driftwood 10, Jessica Bauer 7, Ashtyn Hentges 1, Mariah Weeks 4.
Lexi Haggerty 5, Lakayla Nentwig 2, LaTasha Wieferich 9, Logan Peterson 3, Hailey Steinbeisser 4, Kortney Mayer 3, Ciara Sinks 14, Madison Thiessen 2
Saturday, Jan. 24,
Malta 61, Poplar [boys] 24
Malta 71, Poplar [girls] 29