Laurel's Sophie Timm and Taryn Wommack

Laurel's Sophie Timm and Taryn Wommack jump to block the ball at Laurel High School on Saturday, September 9.

BRONTE WITTPENN, Gazette staff


• Option quarterback Liang Liedle rushed for 104 yards and scored three touchdowns, including one on defense, in Class A third-ranked Corvallis' 37-14 win over visiting Polson. The Blue Devils (3-0) led 37-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Corvallis two-way threat Hunter Pinheiro had three sacks, scored a safety and scored on a 3-yard run.​

• Hamilton quarterback Carson Rostad completed 14 of 39 passes for 282 yards and seven touchdowns in a 57-22 Class A win over Browning. He threw touchdowns to five receivers. Camron Rothie caught three touchdowns, and Bridger Bauder ran for 142 yards. The Hamilton defense picked off Browning quarterback Derek Loring three times.

• Garrett Graves threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, and top-ranked Eureka scored five rushing touchdowns in a 45-0 Class B win over Thompson Falls. Brenton Pluid ran for 72 yards and two scores, and Chet McCully, Graves and Jake Kindel ran for one touchdown each. Eureka racked up 419 yards of offense and held Thompson Falls to 89 yards and six first downs on 40 plays.​

• Sixth-ranked Valier blanked Augusta 80-0 behind a three-touchdown performance by Trever VandenBos. Valier led 54-0 by halftime. Wacey RunningCrane and Brock Barcus ran for two touchdowns. Koltin Christiaens threw for two touchdowns for Valier (2-0).

• Eli Rosen ran for 124 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions as Victor rolled to a 30-8 Class C 8-Man win over Seeley-Swan. Victor quarterback JD Kay ran for a 1-yard score and had a 60-yard passing touchdown to Skylar Webberson as Victor built a 14-0 halftime lead. Rosen ran for scores of 17 and 18 yards in the third quarter. Seeley-Swan's lone score came on a 4-yard pass from Hunter Sokoloski to Caleb Maughan in the fourth quarter.​

• Early scoring was the key as Harlowton defeated Absarokee 40-14 on Friday in Class C 8-Man action. Joe Begger threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Engineers (1-2) to their first win. CJ McLeese caught two of those passes as Harlowton entered the half with a 28-0 lead.

• A hot third quarter helped propel the Bainville Bulldogs past the the Ekalaka Bulldogs 91-65. Tied 32-32 at halftime, Bainville outscored Ekalaka 32-7 in the third quarter. Ethan Romo threw six touchdown passes, four to AJ Ullmer. Will South also accounted for five touchdowns for Bainville (1-2). Caleb Fix had six touchdowns for Ekalaka (0-3). 

• Shad Mack had a day to remember as he took two interceptions back for touchdowns and ran for two more in leading Terry to a 43-22 victory in 6-Man play. Mack’s runs were of 8 and 6 yards. He also took picks of 72 and 27 yards back. Bowen Smith and Jacob Kinn each had a touchdown run for Terry as well. Caden McCarthy threw two touchdown passes for Winnett-Grass Range. 

• A 44-point first quarter set the tone for the day as White Sulphur Springs defeated St. Regis 56-13 in a 6-Man game. White Sulphur Springs forced three safeties in the first quarter, including one by Dawson Clayton, who also ran for a score later in the quarter. Isaac Collins had two touchdown runs and Will Collins added to kickoff returns for scores. 


• Bailey Kufeld and Olivia Moten-Schell had eight kills each to help Billings Central sweep Glendive 25-13, 25-17, 25-13 in Eastern A play. Kufeld also had 14 digs and Devin Nielsen added 29 assists. “Our back row did an excellent job keeping us in system, and Devin did great spreading it around to all of our hitters for a really balanced offensive attack,” said Central coach Kylie Reitz, whose team swept Sidney on Friday. “Overall, it was a good first weekend of conference play.”

• Raegan Steiner had 12 kills and four aces, and Kola Bad Bear added five kills and two blocks to help lift Billings Senior to a 25-13, 25-20 win over defending Class AA champion Missoula Sentinel in the title match of the Great Falls Invitational. Courtney Bad Bear and Hallee Conger both had 11 assists for the Broncs. Cassie North had six kills for Sentinel. Senior also beat Helena Capital 26-24, 25-17 and Kalispell Flathead 25-16, 25-19 to advance to the final. Kola Bad Bear combined for 16 kills and 10 blocks, and Steiner had 17 kills in the two matches.

• Billings Skyview went 3-0 in consolation bracket play at the Great Falls Invitational, beating Butte, Lewistown and Great Falls CMR. Four players – Bella Bryan, Jessica Ellis, Jenny English and Aspen Willems – had five kills to help the Falcons beat Butte 25-27, 25-10, 15-11. Bryan had three blocks in a 25-19, 25-19 sweep of Lewistown, and Kori Hensel had four aces and Ashlynee Copinga three in the Falcons’ 26-24, 25-14 win CMR.

• Laurel picked up an Eastern A win with a 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13 marathon victory over Sidney. Saige Weimer had 16 kills and Keeli Harris 11 to lead the Locomotives. Weimer added seven aces. Cassidy Larson had 10 kills and Brooke Franklin 35 digs for Sidney.

• Alana Graves had 13 kills and Maggie Taylor 18 digs as Huntley Project swept two-time defending Class B champion Red Lodge 25-16, 25-17, 25-12. The Red Devils allowed just 23 kills – Portia Cortner led Red Lodge with eight – and didn’t allow an ace.

• Ashley Revis piled up 13 kills and four aces in leading Arlee to a sweep at St. Regis, 25-18, 25-12, 25-20. Justice Tate had six kills and three blocks for the Tigers.

• Shainy Mack of Three Forks had eight kills, nine aces, two blocks and 14 digs to help lift the Wolves to a 25-10, 25-17, 25-9 sweep of Big Timber. Morgan Allen led Three Forks with 16 kills.

• Shelby Jordan (9), Amaya LaFranier (8) and Alicia Miller (8) combined for 25 kills in Colstrip’s 25-17, 25-12, 25-12 Class B sweep of Baker. Miller added six aces and LaFranier three blocks.

• Defending Class C champion Belt swept Simms 25-13, 26-24, 25-16 behind 37 kills and nine blocks. Morgan Cooper had 12 kills and Adrian Malek had 11 to lead the Huskies, who also got 17 digs and nine kills from Dani Urick.

• Siera Proff had team highs in kills and aces to help Dutton-Brady to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 sweep of Heart Butte. Proff finished with seven kills and 11 of the Diambondbacks’ 24 aces.

• Chloe Cota had nine kills and Megan Brewer served four of Roundup’s 10 aces as the Panthers defeated Columbus 25-19, 25-17, 25-21. Brewer also had a team-high 14 digs.

• Jaden Comings floored seven kills and six aces in a Philipsburg sweep at Sheridan, 25-20, 25-13, 25-7. Emma Grange chipped in with 10 assists and four digs.

• Sarah Hopcroft registered 13 kills, five aces and Florence's lone block in a 25-7, 25-21, 25-4 Class B win over Missoula Loyola. Shannon Byrne added fives aces, while Shay Waldbillig had 31 assists. Loyola had 11 kills, led by four from Brooke Twite.​

• Carrieanne Kunkel had 12 kills and 19 digs, both team highs, in Hamilton's 21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 win over Dillon. Royal Beyer had five of Hamilton's 12 aces, and Caitlin Dillon added 28 assists. Dillon's Brynley Fitzgerald had five of the team's 13 aces.

• Victor picked up its first win in a home match with Valley Christian, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15. Krissy Kuettel recorded 11 kills and Ellie Madrigul added 10 digs and three aces for the Pirates.

Boys Soccer

• Neither team could solve the other, and Billings Central and Polson played to a 0-0 draw. Michael Horrell made three saves for the Rams, and Tristan Clifford had five saves for Polson. Polson outshot Central 10-9.

• Whitefish scored two goals in the final 13 minutes to pull out of 3-2 road win over Laurel. Noah Romagnuolo scored twice, including the winner in the 76th minute with an assist from Marvin KimeraXander Burger had tied the game 2-2 with an assist from Eli Joos in the 67th minute. Whitefish had led 1-0 on a Romagnuolo goal assisted by Joos in the 24th minute, but Laurel's Logan Jones put Laurel ahead 2-1 with goals in the 26th and 63rd minutes.

Girls Soccer

• Morgan Ferestad had a hat trick in the first half and finished with four goals, as Billings Central topped Polson 6-0 to improve to 6-0-0. Zoie Althoff also scored for the two-time defending Class A champion Rams, who have outscored their opponents 51-4. 

• Olivia Abdallah scored two goals – the first came in the sixth minute – helping Billings Senior to a 6-0 win over Butte in Class AA play. Madison Winters and Blair Stapleton each had a goal and an assist.


• Tierney Messmer shot 76, two strokes ahead of teammate Kaelyn Volk, and the Sidney girls won their own invitational by 25 strokes over Lewistown. Billings Central’s Nick Pasquarello and Liam Clancy each shot 71 to lead the Rams boys to a first-place showing. Central finished at 311 and Laurel was second at 323.

Cross Country

• Missoula Hellgate’s Isaac Schmidt and Bozeman’s Camila Noe were individual winners of the Bozeman Invitational at Bridger Creek Golf Course. Schmidt earned the win in the boys division with a 15:18.47 timing, two seconds ahead of Bozeman’s Duncan Hamilton. Noe ran 17:51.62 in the girls division, with Bigfork’s Bryn Morley second in 18:12.41. Bozeman’s boys and girls swept the team titles.


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