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Boys Basketball

Class AA

Cade Tyson tossed in a career-high 33 points to help Billings West defeat Missoula Sentinel 63-59. Tyson made seven 3-pointers. “He had a great game. When he gets going, he plays with confidence,” said West coach Kelly Darragh. “When he shot it up, the boys started going the other way because they knew it was going in.” Darragh said a key play was an offensive rebound by Lucas Gibb off a missed free throw late in the game that allowed the Golden Bears to keep possession.

Cam Ketchum scored 17 points and Zach Schacht added 14 to lift Billings Skyview to a 69-47 road win over Missoula Big Sky. Camdyn LaRance led Big Sky with 25 points.

• Missoula Hellgate boosted its record to 2-0 with a 77-43 home win over Billings Senior. The Knights led by four at halftime before going on a 30-5 run in the third quarter. Rollie Worster led Hellgate with 22 points, followed by Dylan Holst and Abe Johnson with 15 apiece.

Ryan Lonergan scored 20 points to lead Bozeman to a 54-49 win over Helena Capital.

Bryce Depping scored 20 points, Russell Gagne and Keegan Barnes added 12 each, and Brenden Lindseth had 10 as Great Falls CMR overwhelmed Kalispell Flathead. Gabe Adams led Flathead with 12 points.

Blake Thelen led four players in double figures with 18 points as Great Falls downed Kalispell Glacier 68-58. Keegan Bistodeau had 16 points, Riley Callery 11 and Kyle Torgerson 10 for the Bison. KJ Johnson led Glacier with nine points.

Class A

Cade Baker scored 20 points and twin brother Zack Baker tossed in 15 to propel Frenchtown to a 61-56 win over Columbia Falls. Sam Hoyde scored 15 for Columbia Falls, which also got 13 from Drew Morgan and 10 from Dillon Shipp.

Keith Johnson scored 16 points and Ryggs Johnston -- fresh off signing his letter-of-intent to Arizona State for golf this past week -- added 11 as Libby staged a big fourth-quarter comeback to upend Corvallis 47-46. The Loggers trailed 42-29 entering the fourth quarter. Caseon Jessop led all scorers with 26 points. 

Michael Haverfield led all scorers with 26 points and Jace Fitzgerald contributed 15 to lead Dillon to a 74-55 win over Ronan. Anthony Camel topped Ronan with 22 points. Dillon jumped to a 20-6 lead after one quarter.

Braden Harrington poured in 24 points and Cade Holter chipped in with 12 as Butte Central staved off Browning 59-48. Riley Spoonhunter, a transfer from Heart Butte, led Browning with 16 points.

Cade Herriford and Sam Gray combined for 35 points as Billings Central won at Livingston 62-48. Herriford led the way with 18 points and Gray was close behind with 17. Central was up 23-19 at intermission, but scored 39 second-half points en route to victory. Gray scored 15 of his points during the second half, Herriford connected on five 3-pointers overall.

Tyson Sangrey scored 14 points to lead four players in double figures as Havre toppled Glendive 56-32. Thomas Brown had 11, and Jake Huston and Kellen Detrick each had 10 for the Blue Ponies. Logan Phipps had 11 points for Glendive.

Class B

• Clay Wolfe racked up a game-high 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting and Cade Briggs poured in 22 points as Whitehall posted a 56-37 victory over Ennis during the Manhattan Tip Off Tournament at Manhattan Christian. The Trojans started hot and rolled to a 30-12 lead by halftime. Brand Ostler led the Mustangs with 11.

Dyllon McDermid pumped in 28 points and Greydon Nicholson tossed in 11 as Deer Lodge overwhelmed Townsend 63-24.

Sayer Patton's 35's points were enough to beat Thompson Falls all by himself as Choteau rolled to a 76-34 win. Choteau led 35-9 at halftime. Riley Riffle led Thompson Falls with 10 points.

Teivon Ramos had 16 points and Jaxon McCormick added 15 as the Hardin junior varsity edged Lame Deer 72-70 at the All-American Indian Shootout in Billings. Tyren Washington scored 15 points and Journey Emerson added 13 to lead Lame Deer.

Makale Kembel scored 23 points and Tanner Rae had 18 as Roundup toppled Baker 59-52. Colter Peterson had 15 points and Riley O'Donnell 14 for Baker.

Keeley Bake scored 15 points and Dawson Allen 14 as Fairfield fought off Three Forks 44-42. Allen also grabbed nine rebounds. Colter Miller of Three Forks finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. 

Class C

Caleb Bellach amassed 28 points and nine rebounds as Manhattan Christian downed visiting Melstone 55-40 in a clash of Class C powers. Sam Leep added 13 points to the Eagles' attack. Melstone was led by the 19 points of Brody Grebe and 17 of Shayden Cook. Manhattan Christian, state runnersup the past two years, broke open a tight game with an 18-6 run in the second quarter that opened up a 34-17 bulge by halftime. Melstone was third in the state a year ago.

 Beau Kuhbacher scored 22 and Kashus Giacomiatto added 13 as Broadus topped Shields Valley 53-42. Aiden Jenkins hit for 13 for the Rebels.

Josh Herron scored 15 points and three other teammates also scored in double figures as Fairview won at home against Culbertson 64-40. Alex Schriver added 13 points and Cody Asbeck and Lak Kloker had 11 points apiece for the victors. Fairview raced ahead 16-3 in the first quarter and expanded its advantage to 38-16 by halftime. Eli Williams and Chase Lambert scored 12 points apiece for Culbertson.

• Darby defeated Plains 47-39  thanks to an 18-point performance from Dylan ParksNelson Smith added 11 for Darby. Matt McCracken led Plains with 11. 

Zachary Thomas scored 34 points, including eight 3-pointers, in leading Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap past Simms 69-59. Caden Smerker of Simms kept pace with Thomas in finishing with 35 points and nine 3-pointers. Smerker connected on four 3-pointers during the fourth quarter.


Tate Elkin scored 31 points and Nikola Sasarola contributed 22 as Billings Christian steamrolled Heritage Christian 81-28. Billings Christian led 52-16 at halftime.

Girls Basketball

Class AA

 Billings West broke away from Missoula Sentinel early and went on for a 55-41 win. The Golden Bears (2-0) bolted to a 15-0 lead and led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter. “Transition,” West coach Charlie Johnson said of his team’s strength. “Of those 20 points in the first quarter, 12 were from our transition game. And we get on them defensively. We took it to them in the first half.” Shayla Montague had four 3-pointers and led the Bears with 16 points. TyLee Manuel added 13. Sentinel’s Lexi Deden led all scorers with 22. The Spartans had just four players score.

Emma Blakeley scored 21 points and Kylie Lunday added 11 to lead Missoula Hellgate to a 62-55 win over Billings Senior. Jensen Keller had 15 points and Bailey King 10 for Senior.

• Missoula Big Sky raced past Billings Skyview 56-40 thanks to a 17-point performance from Chasity Foote. Big Sky held Skyview to five points in the first quarter. TiLynn McGreevey and Avari Batt each added eight points for the Knights. 

Aubrie Rademacher scored 12 points and Kali Gulick added 10 as Kalispell Glacier edged Great Falls 35-30.

Class A

Jayden Winslow scored 15 points and Alli Collins tossed in 14 as Libby fended off Corvallis 42-31. Calla Halderson had 13 points and Ashlynn Nixon 10 for Corvallis.

Madison Clairmont's 10 points were a team high as Ronan won a nip-and-tuck game against Dillon 42-39. Kylee Pittman scored 11 and Josey Jones added 10 for Dillon.

• Columbia Falls held off Frenchtown 41-36 at the Western A Tip-Off as Trista Cowan scored 12 points and Lakia Hill added 11. Claire Bagnell scored 11 to pace Frenchtown. 

• Despite a four 3-point outing from Tricia Joyce, Butte Central fell to Browning 61-44 at the Western A Tipoff. The Maroons will return home next week to take on Frenchtown on Friday and Stevensville on Saturday. 

Class B

Kenna Pitcher scored 23 points as Fairfield beat defending state champion Three Forks 47-41. Pitcher knocked down four 3-pointers. The Eagles led 24-17 at halftime and 37-27 going into the fourth quarter. Three Forks, which shot just 25.4 percent, received 11 points from Kyle Olson and 10 apiece from Kinzee Howey and Kendall Lynn. Olson also grabbed 12 rebounds.

• Whitehall collected a 35-29 win over Ennis in the Manhattan Tip-Off Tourney, led by a 15-point performance from Brynaa Wolfe and 10 from Asha Noyes. Wolfe drained three 3-pointer.

Tavia Rooney scored 16 points and Taylor Noyes added 10 as Townsend bolted to a 19-point lead after one quarter and held on for a 44-39 win over Deer Lodge at the Manhattan Tip-Off. Rachel Nicholson scored 15 points for Deer Lodge.

• A day after Kelsey Esh hit a 12-foot jumper from the baseline with 5 seconds left to give Missoula Loyola a win over host Shelby, the Breakers erased an early 18-point deficit in rallying to beat Cut Bank 58-50. Sam Clevenger scored 19 points and Lani Walker 18 for Loyola. 

Class C

• Molly Engle was a one-player show with 28 points in leading Shields Valley to a 44-19 win over Broadus. Engle, the only player to score in double figures, had 20 points by halftime.

• Melstone outscored Manhattan Christian 21-4 in the third quarter to pull away for a 43-27 win. The Broncs’ Draya Wacker led all scorers with 28 points and the Melstone defense limited the Eagles to 13 of 58 (21 percent) shooting.

• Plains used a strong second quarter to set the tone and race past Darby 62-42. Kassidy Kinzie scored 19 points and Kylee Altmiller added 15. Plains outscored Darby 15-2 in the second quarter to lead 35-15 at half. 

• Troy topped Valley Christian 49-33 behind 14 points from Katelynn TallmadgeMontana Rice added 10 for Troy, which held Valley Christian to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters. Kaytlin Kelly led the Eagles in scoring with nine points. 

20-Point Club

35: Sayer Patton, Choteau

35: Caden Smerker, Simms

34: Zachary Thomas, Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap

33: Cade Tyson, Billings West

32: Hayden Diekhans, Fort Benton

31: Tate Elkin, Billings Christian

30: Olivia Isakson, Augusta

29: Ty Herzog, Reed Point-Rapelje

28: Ryan Roth, Big Sandy

28: Molly Engle, Shields Valley

28: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

28: Dyllon McDermid, Deer Lodge

28: Draya Wacker, Melstone

26: Caseon Jessop, Corvallis

26: Clay Wolfe, Whitehall

26: Michael Haverfield, Dillon

26: Zane Stahl, Winnett-Grass Range

25: Camdyn LaRance, Missoula Big Sky

24: Brock Proulx, Big Sandy

24: Aspen Giese, Fort Benton

22: Lexi Deden, Missoula Sentinel

22: Anthony Camel, Ronan

22: Cade Briggs, Whitehall

22: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

22: Nikola Sasaroga, Billings Christian

22: Beau Kuhbacher, Broadus

22: Sydney VanBergen, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

22: Cameron Hickson, Broadview-Lavina

22: Alyssia Vanderburg, Arlee

21: Carson McGinnes, Centerville

21: Destynee Two Moons, St. Labre

21: Tyler Wanken, Chester-Joplin-Inverness

21: Carlee Blodgett, Reed Point-Rapelje

20: Cade Baker, Frenchtown

20: Bryce Depping, Great Falls CMR

20: Jared Pardee, Ekalaka

20: Colter Miller, Three Forks

20: Ryan Lonergan, Bozeman


For the first time in four years, a team not named the Havre Blue Ponies won the Mining City Duals. Great Falls High trailed Billings Senior for most of the championship dual, but the Bison took the final seven matches and won 39-21. The seven-match run included three pins and a forfeit at heavyweight, with two of those falls coming in the final three bouts. Bozeman took the third-place match 45-28 over Kalispell Flathead. Great Falls’ Braedon Lomas (132) and Cache Hilliard (138) earned four-point decision wins, and Caden Hilliard followed with a first-period fall. Elijah Davis and Noah Connors followed with back-to-back falls, giving the Bison a lead they’d never relinquish. Great Falls finished the tournament 6-0, with only one match closer than 11 points. 


• Missoula Hellgate dominated the girls side of the Butte High swim meet, scoring 477.5 points, over 100 more than Missoula Sentinel which finished in second. On the boys side the results flipped as Sentinel edged Hellgate for the top spot, scoring 381 to Hellgate's 359. Helena rounded out the top three on the boys side while Butte finished third for the girls. Missoula swimming coach Helen Houlihan said in the 10 years that she has been coaching the schools, she's never seen Sentinel top Hellgate or win a meet of this size before, crediting the depth and individual talent of the Sentinel boys team for breaking through. 


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