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Six- to 8-year-olds play for third place in the Wolf Point Youth Soccer playoffs at Borge Park Saturday, Oct. 4. Wolf Point Youth Soccer has leagues for children up to age 14. (Photos by John Plestina)
The 2014 Wolf Point Youth season has ended for the 120 children that played over the last five weeks. In the playoffs: 4- and 5-year-olds, double elimination, Hi-Line Sports was the champion and Subs and Such finished second; 6- to 8-year-olds, double elimination, Tande Grocery, champions, Paul’s Glass, second; 9- to 14-year-olds, Western Bank Maroon Team, champions, Western Bank White Team, second.
Written by John Plestina
In Hot Pursuit -- Wolf Point’s Tyson Bridges (42) and Cole Grandchamp (33) chase a Harlem ball carrier. (Photo by Blaine County Journal)
One week before Wolf Point (1-0, 3-3) hosts Glasgow (2-0, 6-0) for the Homecoming game, the Wolves got a win in their first Northern 2B District game and evened up the overall season tally with a 43-8 win at Harlem, Friday, Oct. 3.
Against Harlem (now 0-2, 1-5), the Wolves posted 478 yards of offense, 251 passing and 227 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Senior quarterback Dalton Hafner was 14 for 24 passing for 251 yards and scored three touchdowns while running the football 10 times for 60 yards and scoring one rushing touchdown.
Senior Cam Quincy had a 1-yard touchdown run and junior David Knerr led the Wolves rushing attack with 128 yards on 14 carries.
Senior receiver Tyson Bridges recorded five catches for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Senior receivers Trevor Hamilton and Aaron D’Ambrosio each caught three passes for 21 and 44 yards respectively. Sophomore quarterback Brady Babb filled in at receiver due injuries and caught two passes for 93 yards.
The Wolves starting defensive players held Harlem scoreless until the fourth quarter when the Wildcats scored against the second team defense.
The Wolves leading tackler was junior linebacker David Knerr who had 10 tackles.
Other Wolves who made key plays for the defense were sophomore Kenny Boos who had five tackles and three quarterback sacks, senior linebacker D’Ambrosio had an interception and six tackles, junior defensive lineman Austyn Juve had seven tackles and two quarterback sacks and Quincy had seven tackles and two quarterback sacks.
“Sophomore Morty Manning had the gem of plays for the defense with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Wolf Point is going into the Homecoming game with the best Wolves football record in several years, bettering 1-7 finishes each of the last three seasons.
The Wolves will have two remaining district games after Glasgow: at Malta (1-1, 2-3), Wednesday, Oct. 15; and Plentywood (0-2, 0-6) visits for the senior night game, Friday, Oct. 24, both at 7 p.m.
Glasgow beat Malta 35-0, Friday, Oct. 3. Wolf Point beat Plentywood 25-8 in the zero week game and the Wildcats have lost every game since.
“They [Glasgow] abused Malta pretty bad,” Knerr said. “They couldn’t do anything against them.”
He said he expects the Glasgow offense to throw the ball a lot.
Injuries have plagued Wolf Point this season, but one of the Wolves weapons is expected to return for the Homecoming game. Senior running back Josh Nieskens, who suffered a concussion during the game with Forsyth, Friday, Sept. 19, has been medically cleared and is likely to play against Glasgow.
Sophomore running back Owen Lepper was injured at Baker, Friday, Sept. 5, and had been on light duty, but is now unable to play the remainder of the season.
Junior offensive and defensive lineman Patrick Szymanski might be able to play in the Homecoming game. He was injured in a junior varsity game at Circle, Saturday, Sept. 20.
Two Wolves were injured in the Harlem game.
Sophomore offensive and defensive lineman Kenny Boos suffered a shoulder injury at Harlem and is unlikely to play in the Homecoming game.
Freshman running back Cole Grandchamp sprained an ankle on a play where he had an interception. He is unlikely to play against Glasgow.
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PJ Day -- Monday, Oct. 6, was PJ Spirit Dress Up Day at Wolf Point High School. There is something different going on for Homecoming every day this week, with the parade starting at noon, Friday, Oct. 10. (Photos by John Plestina)
WPHS Homecoming Week Schedule
Mon. Oct 6
Spirit dress up, PJs day.
JV football vs. Scobey, 6 p.m.
Tues. Oct 7
Spirit dress up, celebrity and animated characters.
C/JV VB vs. Scobey, 6 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 8
Spirit dress up, gender bender.
Family Night, no Homecoming activities.
Thurs. Oct. 9
Spirit dress up, maroon and white.
Decorate walls, theme is board games, and parade float, theme is movies.
Hootenanny in the gym, 1:30 p.m., theme is mini class competitions.
Varsity volleyball vs. Glasgow, 4:45 p.m.
Bon fire following games. Honorary fire starter is Pat Will.
Fri. Oct. 10
Parade at noon. Line up at 11:30 a.m.
Homecoming football game vs. Glasgow, 7 p.m.
Dance, 9 p.m. to midnight.
Sat. Oct. 11
Junior high volleyball at Poplar.
Cross country at Sidney
Varsity volleyball vs. Harlem, 1 p.m.
Queen candidates: Ky’Anna Broesder, Mecaila Martin, Thea Smith and Maria Vega.
King candidates: Dalton Hafner, Trevor Hamilton, Slade Martinez and Josh Nieskens.
Other royalty: freshman princess, Ayanna Archdale, freshman escort, Deshon Smoker-DeWitt; sophomore princess, Haron Eymard, sophomore escort, Cale Evans; junior princess, Loverty Lindsay, junior escort, Logan Nefzger.
Written by John Plestina
Poplar’s Jeffrey Berger (25) getting an early first down in the first quarter. Also pictured include Poplar’s Layne Gorder (14) and Coy Atkinson (36). Berger scored two touchdowns and ran one into the end zone that was called back on a penalty. The second photo is Homecoming king and queen Myltin Bighorn and Jessica Pipe. The third picture is Berger scoring a touchdown. The fourth photo is an interception of a pass from Poplar quarterback Layne Gorder to receiver Alex Lone Bear (10). The last picture is the Homecoming royalty. (Photos by John Plestina)
A 21-16 win over the Rocky Boy Stars, Friday, Sept. 26, gave the Indians a Homecoming game win and a 4-1 overall record.
Yellow polyester flying from the hands of officials marred all four quarters of the junior varsity non-conference matchup.
“A lot of flags. Emotions ran high in this game. Emotions always run high against Rocky Boy,” head coach Brent Moore said.
The Indians lit up the board with 2:26 clock minutes elapsed on a pass of about 30 yards from quarterback Layne Gorder to Myltin Bighorn. A pass from Gorder to Jeffrey Berger added a conversion. The Indians took a 8-0 lead into the second quarter and quickly scored again on a 3-yard run by Berger and an extra point kicked by Bighorn.
Near the mid point in the quarter, Rocky Boy started to chip away at the 15-0 Poplar lead, blocking a punt and recovering the ball deep inside Poplar territory. Rocky Boy’s Kolie Small ran the ball into the end zone from three yards out. Levi Olson ran the ball for a conversion and it was 15-8. The Indians added six points with a 4-yard run by Berger, making the halftime tally 21-8.
The Stars narrowed the point spread with a touchdown and conversion with 5:55 on the third quarter clock. The 21-16 Poplar lead stood for the final score. A 38-yard run by Berger into the end zone during the fourth quarter was called back on a penalty.
The Indians next play the JV Wolves at Wolf Point, Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
The Indians beat the Wolves 18-8 in Poplar, Saturday, Sept. 13.
“It was nip and tuck,” Moore said of the first game with Wolf Point. “It was a good contest. They hit hard.”
He said he expects the Indians to win that game.
Rocky Boy 0 8 8 0––16
Poplar 8 13 0 0––21
P: Bighorn, 30 pass from Gorder (Gorder to Berger conversion), 9:34
P: Berger, 3 run (Bighorn kick), 11:51
RB: Small, 3 run (Olson run conversion) 4:09
P: Berger, 4 run (conversion failed), 2:22
RB: TD, (Laforge run conversion) 5:55
Written by Stacey Summers
Wolves’ runner Gillian Medicine Cloud is shown running next to a Frazer runner in the varsity girls’ race last Saturday in Fort Peck. In the second photo, Poplar’s Aaron Ayers shown running in the junior high boys’ race. (Photos by John Summers)
The Wolf Point Wolves cross country team traveled to Fort Peck Kiwanis Park for the annual Glasgow Invitational Cross Country Meet.
The meet features the best runners from around northeastern Montana. The flat course winding through the many trees of the park always makes for fast times for the runners as most set personal best records at the meet.
The Wolves elementary runners competed together in the race which grouped female with male runners over a 1.5-mile course. Leading the elementary team was Dominique Gourneau with a quick time of 10:19, placing him in 17th place. He was followed closely by teammates Sage Hutchison and Roderick Speed, who finished in 10:41 and 10:48 for 23rd and 24th place. Russell Turcotte ran hard finishing the course in 15:18.
In the junior high boys race, Cade Baker led the team with a time of 9:18 over the 1.5 mile course knocking nearly 50 seconds off his personal best. Right behind Baker was teammate Isaiah Rusch who ran a 9:34 knocking over half a minute off his season best. Zane Falcon posted a time of 9:44 also improving by roughly half a minute on his personal best. The trio of Baker, Rusch and Falcon finished in the top 10 claiming the sixth, seventh and 10th places in the race. Koa Hutchison improved by over a minute and a half from his previous outing with a time of 11:00 flat while teammate Caleb Blount finished the course in 14:03 in a good effort.
In the junior high girls race, the Wolves placed three runners in the top 20 places led by Cyreena Standing who finished second overall with a season best time of 9:45. She was followed closely by teammate Journey Erickson who finished in sixth place with a fast time of 9:58 also a season best. Laressa Dale was next in 10:49 knocking nearly half a minute off her previous best. Lauren Crawford finished 23rd showing much improvement dropping 32 seconds off her personal best. Mystic Baker and Alex Sutton ran hard covering the course in 13:38 and 14:01. Both posting good times.
In the high school boys race, Jeremy Azure and Cody Melbourne posted season best times over the three mile course. Melbourne finished the course in 22:55 shaving a minute and a half off his previous best time while Azure knocked off two minutes from his previous best time; both improving vastly with a handful of meets to go in the season, said coach Stacey Summers.
In the varsity girls race, Kateri Rush and Gillian Medicine Cloud competed in a packed field. Rush posted a season best time of 22:55 placing ninth overall while reducing her season best by a minute and 20 seconds. Medicine Cloud finished in 32:42 while running hard the entire race.
“I’m pleased with so many of the kids showing vast improvement this weekend,” said Summers. “The Glasgow course is very fast and our runners enjoy competing there.”
The Havre meet is next.
“This weekend we should be at full strength for the Havre meet as some of our young runners will return and some who were physically ailing will also be back as we wind down the season,” Summers said.