Billings Invite

Cathy Roberts of Sidney, right, cheers on runners in the varsity race at the Billings Invite cross country meet at Amend Park on Friday.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff


• Top-ranked and defending Class AA champion Billings Senior topped Helena 43-19, scoring all of its points in the first half. Senior quarterback Nolan Askelson was 12 for 18 for 235 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also ran for a score and had an interception on the defensive side of the ball. Ben LaBeau had five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, Gabe Sulser had seven catches for 112 yards and a touchdown as well as running for one. Cade Torgerson had his first touchdown as a Bronc, a passing score in the second quarter. Senior had four interceptions in the game, two from sophomore defensive back Nate Conger. Helena running back Kyle Tabbert had 24 carries for 101 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run.

• Quarterback Kevin Boes threw four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, as Great Falls rallied past visiting Billings Skyview 29-20 in a Class AA encounter. The Bison trailed 20-17 heading into the final quarter. Boes hooked up with Kyle Torgerson (50 yards) and Blake Thelen (21 yards) to complete the come-from-behind win. Thelen caught three TD passes. Skyview quarterback Brock Bushfield rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another. 

Alec Lovregren ran for a touchdown and returned an interception for another to help Sidney hold off Billings Central in Eastern A play at Herb Klindt Field. Lovegren had a 47-yard pick-6 in the third quarter. He also had another interception in the fourth. Sawyor Thorgersen rushed for 138 yards for the Eagles and a touchdown, and Jace Johnson had a 47-yard scoring pass to Garrison Hughes. Joe Byorth threw for two touchdowns for the Rams. Ben Voss had a 42-yard scoring run.

• Wyatt Alexander had a 40 yard touchdown catch and returned an interception for 49 yards for a score as fourth-ranked Whitehall allowed just 27 yards of total offense in topping Glasgow 54-0 in a Class B game. It matches the second-worst shutout loss in Scotties’ history, with the largest coming in 1927 to Williston, North Dakota. The Trojans mustered just 225 yards, but two interceptions returned for touchdowns and constant short fields made life difficult in Glasgow’s season-opener. 

Cade Dockter passed for two touchdowns and Stephen Steinbron returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown as Glendive beat visiting Hardin 28-0 to start its Class A season 2-0. Dockter passed 11 yards to Jayden Holley for one score and connected with Robbie Keiser on a 6-yard strike for another TD. Karsen Kelly opened the scoring in the Eastern A contest with a 4-yard touchdown jaunt. It is the first time since 1980 that Glendive has opened its season with two shutouts.

• Quarterback Jake Dyk passed for 349 yards and four touchdowns as No. 10 Manhattan opened its Class B season with a 24-13 win over No. 2 Huntley Project. Dyk completed 23 of 49 passes and hooked up with Cal Holgate (twice), Michael Nehring and Landon Liudahl on his TD strikes. 

• Austin Green scored one passing touchdown, one rushing TD and one interception return for a score in fifth-ranked Columbia Falls’ 23-20 Class A win over No. 3 Hamilton. His 2-yard rushing touchdown with 9:17 to play proved to be the winning score. Hamilton quarterback Carson Rostad threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score. ​

• Koby King completed 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in top-ranked Dillon’s 21-7 Class A win over Polson.​

• Dalton Herbst scored on touchdown runs of 2, 9, 7 and 1 yards to help Baker get by Columbus 25-18 in a Class B game. The Spartans built a 25-0 halftime lead before the Columbus defense stiffened and quarterback Eddie Foos threw two touchdown passes for the Cougars. 

Chet McCully scored three touchdowns on runs of 5, 43 and 2 yards as top-ranked Eureka cruised past Conrad 49-14 in a Class B game.

Randy Stultz scored on runs of 16, 13 and 3 yards as No. 6 Bigfork shrugged off an early 7-0 deficit and steamrolled No. 3 Anaconda 46-6 in a Class B showdown.

• Florence’s Kyler Alm ran for touchdowns of 8 and 15 yards in the fourth quarter as Florence beat Salmon, Idaho, 28-14. Quarterback Colby Kohlman threw two touchdowns to Marcus Zeiler and passed for a pair of two-point conversions, the second starting the scoring in the fourth quarter. Florence outscored Salmon 20-8 in the final frame.​

• Caleb Knoche rushed for 105 yards and four touchdowns to help Forsyth to a 72-10 Class C 8-Man win over Plentywood. The Dogies, who are No. 6 in the rankings, rushed for 392 yards. 

• Junior quarterback Carson Cayko passed for two touchdowns and ran for three more as No. 4-ranked Fairview rolled over visiting Lodge Grass 74-2 in Class C 8-Man play. Teammate Cody Asbeck rushed for 105 yards and tallied two touchdowns for the victors. 

• Brian Field caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Paine and then hauled in a two-point conversion pass from Paine, and top-ranked Westby-Grenora beat No. 5 Bridger 48-47 in overtime in a Class C 6-Man game. Bridger scored the first 22 points, but needed a Colter Zentner 6-yard run with 12 seconds left to send the game into OT. Bridger’s two-point conversion run at the end of regulation came up just short. Zentner threw a 20-yard pass on the first play of OT to Nick Althoff, but the Bridger conversion again failed.

• Ennis, the No. 1 team in the Class C 8-Man ranking, scored 40 first-quarter points on its way to a 56-12 win over Broadview-Lavina. Corbin Wood returned the opening kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown and Tanner Wood threw two touchdown passes and scored on an interception return for the Mustangs.

• Tyson Petticrew and Landers Smith scored three touchdowns apiece as No. 2 Charlo beat Alberton-Superior, 52-14. Petticrew had touchdown runs of 50 and 15 yards, and a 65-yard score on a punt return. Smith had touchdowns runs of 33, 76 and 50 yards. Clark Fork’s Connor Voll had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.​


• Billings Skyview went 1-2 at the Gillette Invitational, with the win coming in a 23-25, 25-13, 25-14 pool-play victory over Cheyenne South. Jessica Ellis had 11 kills and Ashlynne Copinga 28 digs to lead the Falcons, who also got 14 assists from Emilee Allred and 11 assists from Kori Hensel. The Falcons lost to Thunder Basin, Wyoming, and Gering, Nebraska, in pool play.

• Tayler Larsen had 29 assists and four aces to help Billings West defeat Butte 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18 in Class AA play. Catherine Follett led the Bears (2-1, 1-0) with 15 kills. Lauryn Wetzel had 178 digs. West finished with 15 aces. Kira Mortensen led the Bulldogs (0-3, 0-1) with 13 kills.

• Belgrade rebounded from a first-set loss and beat Jefferson in four behind 21 kills from Bailey Christensen and 26 digs from Taylor ChristensenEmily McGinnis had 12 kills for Jefferson.

• Bailey Christensen had 12 kills and Cassidy Catron 10 to help Belgrade sweep Havre 25-12, 25-10, 25-16. Taylor Christensen led the Panthers with 14 digs and Kaite Hoppe added 10. Jaiden Blakely had 32 assists in the three sets.

• Wolf Point beat Baker in four sets, but it was close all the way. Just two points overall separated the teams in a 25-23, 26-24, 21-25, 26-24 win over the Spartans. Mary Big Horn had 13 kills for Wolf Point. Wrenzi Wrzesinski led Baker with 12 kills.

• Ashley Revis floored nine kills and added eight blocks in leading Arlee to a road win over Lincoln, 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18.

• Kenzie Mueller had seven kills and three aces, both team highs, in Clark Fork's 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17) win over Victor. Montanna Baughman added 14 digs and 3 blocks, and Madison Mask chipped in 16 assists.

• Fromberg had just eight kills but used 27 aces to sweep Belfry 25-14, 25-8, 25-15. Reece Gleason and Sakara Reichert each had seven aces for Fromberg.

• Dani Leligdowicz had team highs in kills, aces, digs and blocks to help Custer-Hysham sweep Roberts 25-9, 25-9, 25-3. Leligdowicz finished with eight kills, eight aces, eight digs and three blocks. Tori Cybulski added 12 digs and seven kills.

• Kassi Peterson posted 15 kills and Erynn Their added 11 in leading Eureka to a home sweep over Anaconda, 25-17, 25-13, 25-22.

Boys soccer

• Senior Logan Jones scored two goals and assisted on another as Laurel posted a 3-0 victory over visiting Stevensville in Class A play. The Locomotives (2-1) got back-to-back goals from Jose Luis and Jones in a 30-second spurt in the second half. Cade McIlvein and Cy McMurrey were the goalies behind the shutout for Laurel. They made three saves. 

• Elliott Keller had two goals and Billings Central outshot visiting Corvallis 35-1 en route to a 6-0 win in a Class A matchup. The other Ram goals were by Camden Elletson, Braxton Ferraguti, Ethan Melder and Sean ComstockSean Khan was Central's winning goalie.

• Noah Romagnuolo scored two goals and assisted on two others as Whitefish held on for a 5-4 Class A win over Livingston after leading 5-1. Xander Burger added a goal and two assists for Whitefish, and Casey Schneider had a goal and an assist.​

• Jordan Schlauch scored three goals in the opening eight minutes as Belgrade rolled to a 9-0 Class A win over Libby. Six players scored for Belgrade.​

Girls soccer

• Morgan Ferestad scored four times and Zoie Althoff supplied three goals and three assists as Billings Central won at home over Corvallis 12-0 in Class A action. Chloe Paharik chipped in with two goals and an assist for the two-time reigning state champion Rams. Central led 5-0 at halftime. The Rams tallied five goals in a 10-minute stretch early in the second half.

• Morgan Maack recorded three goals and Laurel's girls remained unbeaten at 3-0 by beating visiting Stevensville 11-0 in a Class A match. Paige O'Toole, who was in goal during the first half, also scored two second-half goals and had an assist. Laurel scored seven times in the second half, with five of the goals coming in the first seven minutes following intermission.


• Great Falls CMR’s boys eked out a one-stroke win over Great Falls during the two-day Butte Invitational at Fairmont Hot Springs. As if to typify the close team race, CMR’s Ben Kaul and Keaton Sunchild of Great Falls each shot 72-75—147 to tie for first place. Kaul won the scorecard playoff to earn medalist honors as CMR finished at 617 to 618 for Great Falls. Bozeman’s girls continued to cruise, placing five golfers in the top seven to win by 175 strokes over Helena. Bozeman’s Annika Danenhauer (81-79—160) and Kameryn Bayse (79-84—163) finished 1-2, while teammate Laurel Ward tied for third with Butte Central’s Tricia Joyce at 82-84-166.

• Paul O’Neil of Laurel shot a 69 to win boys medalist honors and Sidney’s Tierney Messmer shot 78 to win girls medalist honors of the Hardin Invitational at Fort Custer. Billings Central won the boys title by 11 strokes over Laurel, and Sidney took the girls title by 42 strokes.

Cross country

• Defending Class AA cross country state champion Tiahna Vladic kicked off her 2017 campaign with a dominating victory at the Billings Invitational on a smoky afternoon at Amend Park. The Billings Senior girls captured the team title. Hardin finished in second place and Billings West took third. On the boys side, Sheridan, Wyoming, finished in first, thanks to a first-place finish from senior Brian Gonda, who out-sprinted Laurel junior Levi Taylor to win by 12 one-hundredths of a second. Senior junior Ethan Wilson, Cody senior Bailey Smith and Sheridan freshman David Standish completed the top five.

Brock Rugg of Frenchtown and Bea Frissell of Polson each took top honors individually in the Canal Bank meet in Ronan. Rugg won the boys' race in 16 minutes, 49 seconds, and Frissell won the girls' race in 19:29. The Frenchtown boys and Polson girls won the team competitions.​


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