Written by Al Stover
The sound of basketballs bouncing on the court and calls out for passes filled the air as youth ran up and down the court, trying to shoot the ball.
The Fort Peck Youth Recreation and Fort Peck Community College Wolf Point Wellness Center held a youth basketball tournament at the West End Playground.
There were over 100 kids, ranging from five to 17 years old, who came to play in the tournament or watch their friends. Players arrived hours before the actual start of the tournament, warming up with practice shots and quick pick-up games.
Jason Azure, who works at the youth recreation center, thanked all the players for coming to compete and all the volunteers for helping. He also said the tournament was not so much about winning, but rather about having fun before school starts.
Some teams paid homage to NBA franchises by picking names like Suns, Thunder and Celtics. Other teams were more creative and picked names like Cloud Hoop, The Outsiders and Rockstars.
Ryan Barnett and Jaki Harada, who were members of the team named Lightning, said their favorite part of the tournament was getting to play basketball. Sierra Summers, a member of Cloud Hoop, said she also had fun playing basketball.
In addition to the tournament, Charlie Four Bear brought horses. When teams were not playing on the basketball court, players were given a chance to ride horses around the playground.
The recreation center also cooked hamburgers and hotdogs for players and volunteers.
During the final set of games between the Celtics
and the Fantastic Four, players not on the court helped the volunteers clean up the playground.
Azure said it was a great turnout and he was thankful for all the players, volunteers and parents who came.
“It’s great that kids came together to have a good time,” Azure said.
He also thanked Stacey Summers, who was responsible for putting together the tournament.
Summers was happy about the turnout.
“It was hot, but a lot of kids came out,” she said. “I was surprised.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 18:39
Written by The Herald-News
Wolf Point Lifeguards Keep Swimmers Safe At The Pool
As the sound of giggling and splashing fill the air, K’Anna Broesder takes a group of children to one side of the pool and shows them how to bounce up and down in the water.
After the brief exercise, she gets them ready for the that morning’s swimming lesson.
Broesder, 16, is one of several lifeguards who work at the swimming pool, located at Borge Park complex.
For the lifeguards on duty, it is their responsibility to make sure that swimmers are safe while also making sure they are having fun.
Broesder learned about the lifeguard job from her friend Michaela Smith. Prior to her training, she volunteered in the pool house and by doing tasks such as handing out baskets. When she was old enough, she began training to become a lifeguard.
According to 16-year-old Thea Smith, who works at the front desk, lifeguards must go through a two-day training course in Glasgow before they can work in the pool.
An Bridges, 15, said the training was easy and fun because she worked with people she did not know that well. At the pool, Bridges enjoys the people with whom she works. She also enjoys watching and interacting with the children.
Besides keeping them safe, lifeguards take time to teach swimming classes for children in the mornings, as well as play games with them.
In addition to watching swimmers and teaching swimming lessons, lifeguards also clean the pool house and monitor the chlorine levels in the pool, and check for any items that were left behind by swimmers.
Although she enjoys the environment, Broesder said she also loves getting the chance to interact with the children on a personal level. During one of the classes, one of the children told her that his body “couldn’t handle” swimming. Broesder suggested he try, which gave the child some confidence.
“His parents came up to me later and said ‘you’re so good at what you do,’” Broesder said. “I love getting the chance to give them [encouragement and] positive [feedback].”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:51
Written by The Herald-News
Members of the Bike and Build Bicycle Club will be in Wolf Point on Monday, Aug. 5, as part of their annual trek across the Hi-Line and upper United States. The bicyclists come from across the United States to participate in this annual event and they make Wolf Point one of their stay-over stops and camp at First Lutheran Church.
The Optimist Club, with the help of several businesses and individuals in the community, will be providing them with their evening meal.
Following the meal, members of the bike club and Optimist Club members will be available to work with area bicyclists to teach safety tips, make minor repairs to bikes and just talk about their experiences.
Various businesses in Wolf Point have made monetary contributions to the bike safety clinic, making it possible for local youth to get their bikes repaired at no cost to the participant.
The bike safety session will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the First Lutheran Church parking lot. Participants will receive bike safety handouts and a certificate for attending as well as have their names entered into drawings for prizes. Wolf Point City Police Dept. will be on hand to register bikes as well.
All area youth and adult riders are welcome to attend this event.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:27
Written by The Herald-News
Kevin Heser did not know what to expect when he walked into his home and saw several friends and family who yelled, “Surprise.” They were there to celebrate his Wish Day as Kevin was visited by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, July 30. Kevin, a Wolf Point High School student who is also a fan of the Denver Nuggets basketball team, received several gifts including a basketball that was autographed by Denver players, a Nuggets jersey with his name on the back and a personal note from the team’s executive director. When a friend asked him what he thought of everyone being there, he threw up his hands and smiled.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 18:41
Written by The Herald-News
Results from the 26th annual Montana Governor’s Cup, held July 11-13, are as follows:
1. Mike & Sheryl Johnson (Leigh, Neb.) 43.64 lbs. $8,500
2. Dan & Cole Barton (Gillette, Wyo.) 41.6 lbs. $6,000
3. Ken Schmidt (Glasgow) & Mark Jones (Billings) 40.38 lbs. $3,550
4. Todd Young (Glasgow) & Trent Young (Columbia Falls) 37.34 lbs. $2,550
5. Kevin Harper (Billings) & Bill Legate (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 37.06 lbs. $2,150
6. Mark Ferrell & Dalon Dyke (Baker) 35.76 lbs. $2,000
7. Shawn Melland & Brad Sanford (Minot, N.D.) 34.4 lbs. $1,750
8. Brent Smith & Jake Morris (Williston, N.D.) 34.06 lbs. $1,250
9. Myron Sylte (Williston, N.D.,) & Michael Hartman (Grand Forks, N.D.) 33.2 lbs. $1,000
10. Dustin Mortenson & Jason Eggebrecht (Williston, N.D.) 32.64 lbs. $900
11. Kyle Huntley (Williston, N.D.) & Kyle Sando (Belgrade) 32.62 lbs. $800
12. Matt Cowen (Billings) & Nate McClenning (Huntley) 32.44 lbs. $750
13. Kyle Vine (Vida) & Colby Togretti (Bismarck, N.D.) 31.64 lbs. $700
14. Rick Pokszywinski (Watford City, N.D.) & Larry Durand (Minot, N.D.) 30.16 lbs. $650
15. Jerry Tade (Glasgow) & John French (Nashua) 30.14 lbs. $600
16. Ed Sugg & Bill Sugg (Glasgow) 29.96 lbs. $$550
17. Scott Woodward & Shawn Walker (Glendive) 29.84 lbs. $500
18. Kris Keller & Charlie Redfield (Wolf Point) 29.12 lbs. $450
19. Jack Lind & Luke Spencer (Malta) 29 lbs. $400
20. Mitch Griebel & Ron Sanford (Bismarck, N.D.) 28.87 lbs. $350
21. Clint Thomas & Layne Thomas (Jordan) 28.69 lbs. $300
22. Shannon Belik (Sawyer, N.D.) Shawn Iwen (Stanley, N.D.) 28.68 lbs. 2 Mon- Dak Marine Batteries
23. Harlyn Olson (Richey) & Jamie Olson (Billings) 28.2 lbs. 2 Mon-Dak Marine Batteries
24. Marvin Johnson (Ft. Peck) & Donald Johnson (Great Falls) 27.71 lbs. 2 Mon-Dak Marine Batteries
25. Cody Strohm (Richey) & Keeley Montgomery (Miles City) 27.32 lbs. 2 Mon-Dak Marine Batteries
26. Edgar Hoffman & Tom Chapman (Gillette, Wyo.) 26.56 lbs. 2 Mon-Dak Marine Batteries
Friday Day Money - Winners
1. Ken Schmidt (Glasgow) & Mark Jones (Billings) 27.12 lbs. $1,000
2. Myron Sylte (Williston, N.D.) & Michael Hartman (Grand Forks, N.D.) 24.54 lbs. $800
3. Steve Bell & Lisa Ball (Glasgow) 21.98 lbs. $700
4. Rick Pokszywinski (Watford City, N.D.) & Larry Durand (Minot, N.D.) 21.42 lbs. ($500)
5. Scott Woodward & Shawn Walker (Glendive) 20.34 lbs. $300
6. Todd Young (Glasgow) & Trent Young (Columbia Falls) 19.52 lbs. $250
7. Mike Johnson & Cheryl Johnson (Leigh, Neb.) 19.24 lbs. $225
8. Ray Glasoe (Glasgow) & Rodney Glasoe (Nashua) 18.96 lbs. $200
9. Kyle Huntley (Williston, N.D.) & Kyle Sando (Belgrade) 18.56 lbs. $175
10. Dave Burg (Williston, N.D.) & Kevin Miller (Glasgow) 17.92 lbs. $150
11. Brennan Simpson & Audie Simpson (Saco) 17.32 lbs. $125
12. Clint & Layne Thomas (Jordan) 17.18 lbs. $100
13. Kevin Harper, (Billings) & Bill Legate (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 16.74 lbs. $100
14. Mitch Griebel (Glasgow) & Ron Sanford (Bismarck, N.D.) 16.54 lbs. $100
15. Matt Cowen (Billings) & Nate McClenning (Huntley) 15.90 lbs. $100
16. Jill Meiers & Bob Meiers (Glasgow) 15.80 lbs. $75
17. Steve Harada & Traci Harada (Wolf Point) 15.78 lbs. $50
18. John Ferguson & Derrik Sonsalla (Parshall, N.D.) 15.58 lbs. $50
18. Crow Crawford & Bryce Kauffman (Glasgow) 15.58 lbs. $50
20. Bruce Riggin (Glasgow) & Chris Wallem (Sidney) 15.52 lbs. $50
Friday’s Big Fish - Walleye
1. #83 Brennan Simpson & Audie Simpson ($1,140)
2. #110 Myron Sylte & Michael Hartman ($684)
3. #60 Steve Bell & Lisa Ball ($456)
1. #28 Dave George & Chris George 40.5 Inches ($728) TIE
1. #97 Cody Dix & Jerrett Braaten 40.5 Inches ($728) TIE
2. #41 Cole Wirth & Dicki Wing 37 Inches ($182) TIE
2. #107 Luckie Bethel & John Stoller 37 Inches ($182) TIE
Saturday Day Money - Winners
1. Dan and Cole Barton (Gillette, Wyo.) 29.06 lbs. $1000
2. Mike and Sheryl Johnson (Leigh, Neb.) 24.4 lbs. $800
3. Mark Ferrell and Dalon Dyke (Baker) 21.58 lbs. $700
4. Marvin Johnson (Fort Peck) and Donald Johnson (Great Falls) 20.8 lbs. $500
5. Kevin Harper (Billings) and Bill Legate (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 20.32 lbs. $300
6. Brent Smith and Jake Morris (Williston, N.D.) 20.1 lbs. $250
7. Shannon Belik (Sawyer, N.D.) and Shawn Iwen (Stanley, N.D.) 20.04 lbs. $225
8. Shawn Melland and Brad Sanford (Minot, N.D.) 19.8 lbs. $200
9. Kyle Vine (Vida) and Colby Togretti (Bismarck, N.D.) 18.56 lbs. $175
10. Todd Young (Glasgow) and Trent Young (Columbia Falls) 17.82 lbs. $150
11. Dustin Mortenson & Jason Eggebrecht (Williston, N.D.) 17.8 lbs. $125
12. Kris Keller & Charlie Redfield (Wolf Point) 16.76 Lbs. $100
13. Matt Cowen (Billings) & Nate McClenning (Huntley 16.54 lbs. $100
14. Andy Hicks & Steve Schindler (Glasgow) 15.85 lbs. $100
15. Michael Herman (Miles City) & Richard Herman (Terry) 15.36 lbs. $100
16. Jack Lind (Malta) & Luke Spencer 15.36 lbs. $75
17. Ed Sugg & Bill Sugg (Glasgow) 14.84 lbs. $50
18. Jerry Tade (Glagsow) John French (Nashua) 14.78 Lbs. $50
19. Todd Dooley (Sidney) & Randy Hurst (Fairview) 14.42 Lbs. $50
20. Randy Wilke (Helena) & Pat Barnes (Jordan) 14.36 lbs. $50
Saturday’s Big Fish - Walleye
1st #98 Dan and Cole Barton (Gillette, Wyo.) 12.7 lbs. ($912) TIE
1st #15 Shawn Melland and Brad Sanford (Minot, N.D.) 12.7 lbs. ($912) TIE
2nd #9 Mike and Sheryl Johnson (Leigh, Neb.) 12.38 lbs. ($456)
1. #108 Paul McColly
(Hinsdale) and Andrew Malmend (Saco) 39.5 Inches $900
2. #94 Ryan McNary and Karl Merk (Williston, N.D.) 38 Inches $540
3. #31 Landon Holte (Fort Peck) and Casey Holte (Mandan, N.D.) 35 Inches $180
3. #110 - Myron Sylte (Williston, N.D.) and Michael Hartman (Grand Forks, N.D.) 35 Inches $180
2013 Governor’s Team
1. #9 Mike and Sheryl Johnson, Nebraska (1st Overall)
2. #30 Bill Legate and Kevin Harper, Michigan (5th Overall)
Zero to Hero
Sponsored by Glasgow/Ft. Peck Chapter Walleyes Unlimited
1. Ole Komrosky (Malta) & Doug Komrosky (Havre) 8.24 lbs. $200
SCHEELS Hard Luck Award
Sponsored by SCHEELS Sporting Goods
1. #104 David Corns (Pine Haven, Wyo.) & Joe Baird (Gillette, Wyo.) 2 Boat Bags & 2 $50 SCHEELS Gift Certificates
Golden Hook Award
1. Mike Dempsey
Mixed Couples Award
Sponsored by SCHEELS, Billings
1. #9 Mike & Cheryl Johnson (Leigh, Neb.) 43.64 lbs. Rod & Reel Combo
Sponsored by Glasgow/Ft. Peck Chapter Walleye’s Unlimited
1. #98 Dan & Cole Barton 41.6 lbs. $300
2. #3 Rick & Derrick Herman $200
3. #2 Mike & Aspen Gibbs $100
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:00