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Powell Shooters aim to sight in

DEER LODGE - The Powell County Shooters' Association will have its sighting-in day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, on the Spring-Emery Loop Road, 15 miles from Deer Lodge. Follow the signs. Concessions will be available.

Local high school bowling program set to start Oct. 6

Registration for the varsity/junior varsity high school bowling program at Star Lanes has begun with the season scheduled to start on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Those interested in participating can phone Brenda Preston at 490-9961 or Star Lanes at 494-3898 to sign up for the league or to gain more information about it.

Bowlers can also register at the Oct. 6 league opener, set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Roller derby event slated in Missoula

MISSOULA - The Hellgate Rollergirls women's flat track roller derby kicks off Oct. 9 in Missoula with a bout between the Brawlin' Mollies and the Dirt Road Dolls, the Missoulian reported.

The Dolls, formerly the Devils, and the Mollies, formerly the Angels, will square off at 7 p.m. at 812 Toole St.

Admissions is $10 and children under 3-feet tall get in free.

Both teams plan to form an all-star squad to battle the Toothless Annies of Spokane in November, while more home and away bouts will be announced as the season progresses.

Grey nabs MT MMA middleweight belt

MISSOULA - Chazz Grey won the Sportfight Montana MMA middleweight title on Friday in a three-round battle with Josh Wortman at the Wilma Theater, the Missoulian reported.

Other winners were Travis Johnson, Brandon Stedman, Sam Polk, Mark Johnson, Cameron Hegel, Adam Axelson, Ayden Markovich and Bobby Bordner, all from Missoula's Dogpound. Grey also competes out of the Dogpound.

The next local fights will be the Halloween Havoc on Oct. 15.

Grizzly women's netters make strong showing

PULLMAN, Wash. - The University of Montana women's tennis team made some ripples in one of the toughest Washington State Cougar Classic tournaments to date with a strong showing through three days in Pullman, the Missoulian reported.

Sophomores Heather Davidson and Constance Alexander played through quarterfinal matches to lead the Grizzlies.

With more than 100 athletes in singles play, both Davidson and Alexander worked their way to the round of 16.

Davidson lost to eventual champion Elyse Edwards, a sophomore from Boise State, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals Saturday, while Alexander fell 7-5, 6-0 in her match.

"When Washington State fields two nationally ranked players and then Boise can bring in athletes to top them, you see quality matches through almost every level," Montana coach Steve Ascher said. "To see our players compete on that same level, showing great heart and determination, it proves they belong at the top."

Boise State, ranked No. 2 in the region, went 16-3 in singles matches throughout the three-day tournament.

Montana senior Amanda Bran and Alexander combined to roll through an entire bracket in doubles play. The duo won five matches in the Gray bracket, including an 8-4 win over Air Force in the final.

Bran's sister, Rebecca, lost to Boise State's Marlena Pietzuch 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 in a second-round matchup. Pietzuch fell in a three-set semifinal to Edwards later.

Next up for Montana is the Boise State Invitational, another three-day tournament that begins Friday.

UM men's tennis team on a roll

CHENEY, Wash. - Three University of Montana men's tennis players advanced deep into the Eastern Washington/Gonzaga Classic last Friday and Saturday in Cheney.

The Missoulian reported that junior Carl Kuschke and senior Josh Smith both moved into the singles semifinals in the main bracket while freshman Eric Braun fell in the finals of the "B" bracket. Kuschke also teamed up with senior David Cysneiros for an appearance in the doubles championship.

Kuschke fell to Brian Thorpe of Portland 6-3, 7-6 (3-0) and Smith dropped his semifinal to Idaho's Alan Shin, 6-4, 6-4.

Braun, a Missoula Hellgate grad, won in straight sets leading up to his championship loss to Flavio Malagutti of Eastern Washington 6-2, 6-0.

Kuschke and Cysneiros defeated an Eastern Washington pair 8-1 in their semifinal before falling to Chong Zhi and Scott Sullivan of Gonzaga 8-2.

Moving wrestling tourneys hurts Billings' economy

BILLINGS (AP) - Billings Chamber of Commerce officials estimate the loss of the all-class state high school wrestling tournament will cost the area economy up to $2.7 million.

The Montana High School Association announced Tuesday that uncertainty over how soon tornado damage to Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark could be repaired led the association to move the February event. The Class AA tournament will be held in Great Falls, Class A in Butte and Class B-C in Hamilton.

Chamber President and CEO John Brewer says he was disappointed the MHSA didn't allow Billings to hold the tournament at three different venues - Montana State-Billings, Rocky Mountain College and Expo Center at MetraPark.

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau estimate of a $2.7 million economic impact is based on the wrestling tournament attracting 6,000 people for a two-time stay. That figure includes money that would be spent on hotels, gas, food and shopping.

 

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