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Sofee Thatcher, Zoe Doherty and Emma Keeley combined for 10 hits as Butte Central topped Dillon 11-9 in a Southwest A conference matchup on Tuesday.

Trailing by four runs entering the third, the Maroons tied the game in the top of the inning and added three to take the lead in the fourth. The Beavers fought back and trailed by just one entering the final frame, but Central added three more insurance runs to give themselves some breathing room.

They needed it, too, as Dillon tacked on two runs in a seventh-inning rally. Shylee Ledbetter and Jess Zimmerman had three hits each to lead the Beavers, while Madi Ruegsegger tacked on a home run.

Keeley had four RBI for BC, while Doherty added on three more. The win moves Butte Central to 4-11-1 on the year with a 3-6 mark in conference play.

The Maroons will finish out their season at home against Stevensville on Saturday.

Bozeman chooses Raptors as new school mascot

BOZEMAN — The Bozeman school board has chosen dinosaur raptors as the mascot for Bozeman's Gallatin High and black and royal blue as the school colors.

The board voted 7-1 Monday in favor of Raptors.

The $78.7 million high school is under construction and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

Superintendent Rob Watson says the name raptors would be unique among Class AA schools, has a strong connection to the Museum of the Rockies, would not create gender problems for team names and would easily lend itself to branding and creating a culture for the new school.

Facilities director Todd Swinehart says builders will incorporate the colors in the school's hallway lockers, locker rooms and athletic spaces.

East Helena High has help picking mascot design

Hundreds of future East Helena High School Vigilantes helped select the school's mascot design, which was approved earlier this week.

After presenting five possible designs to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, East Helena’s school board unanimously approved the most popular option: a side view of a rugged-looking face obscured by a bandanna and a cowboy hat.

School district Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer said the silver and navy blue logo will be used on everything from football helmets to his official stationery.

“It’ll probably be in the brand new high school someplace prominently,” he said. “So when you walk in the door, there will be this image of the Vigilante.”

About 65% of the students who participated in the poll favored the design approved this week, Whitmoyer said. While that will be the primary logo, he said, the other options will also appear here and there.

Among the other designs are logos depicting the same face from a different angle, a cowboy hat, a cowboy hat on top of a pair of cowboy boots, and a law-enforcement badge emblazoned with the words “East Helena Vigilantes” and “EHHS.”

“This one design is going to be the brand, but these other designs are going to be used,” said Whitmoyer, who compared the collection of drawings to the many images of the University of Montana’s “Monte” grizzly bear mascot. “ … They don’t have just one logo. Monte is not only one image. There are hundreds of images of him.”

Several of the designs were inspired by drawings submitted by East Helena students and other community members and refined by graphic artists with Jostens, which specializes in school memorabilia.

“They gave us the ideas and we tuned them up,” Whitmoyer said.

The lower grades will continue to use the Tigers as their mascot.

“It’ll kind of be a rite of passage,” Whitmoyer said. “As an eighth grader, you’re going to leave the Tiger behind and you’re going to be a Vigilante.”

The East Helena High School building is under construction and slated to open by August 2020, but freshman classes will start in an unused wing of East Valley Middle School on Aug. 28 this year.

Bruins beat Hurricanes to take 3-0 lead in Eastern finals

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period, and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.

Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have won six straight postseason games for the first time since 1978. They are one victory away from their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years.

Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night.

Calvin de Haan scored and Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.

But it wasn't enough to keep alive Carolina's postseason perfection at home — where a pig named Hamilton looks on from behind the corner boards.

Now they're in an unenviable spot. Only four teams in NHL history have ever rallied to win a series they trailed 3-0, and none since Los Angeles in 2014 — though Carolina captain Justin Williams was on that Kings team that rallied to beat San Jose in the first round.

This one got away from them in the first 7½ minutes of the second, when the Bruins claimed control with their fourth line turning a turnover by Carolina's Brock McGinn into a 1-0 lead at 1:21.

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