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Spring SportS Schedule
Park High
GIRLS TENNIS

2013

Gardiner
Bruin Invitational at Townsend at Columbus at Big Timber at Bridger at Ennis at Bozeman at Harlowton at Three Forks at Ennis State C at Ennis

RANGERS
BOYS TENNIS
Apr. 9 April. 13 Apr13. 16 April. 19-20 April. 23 April. 30 May 3-4 May 7 May 10 May 11 May 16-17 May 23-25 at Bozeman, Lewistown at Anaconda at Dillon at Hardin at Dillon vs. Bozeman at Helena vs. Butte Central vs. Anaconda at Lewistown Central A at Lewistown State A at Polson

Apr. 9 Apr. 11 Apr. 13 Apr. 16 Apr. 19-20 Apr. 23 Apr. 30 May 3-4 May 7 May 10 May 11 May 16-17 May 23-25

vs. Bozeman, Lewistown vs. Townsend, Whitehall at Anaconda at Dillon at Hardin at Dillon at Bozeman at Helena vs. Butte Central vs. Anaconda at Lewistown Central A Divisional at Lewistown State A at Polson at Anaconda at Belgrade tournament at Belgrade tournament at Belgrade vs. Lewistown vs. Laurel at Butte Central at Browning at Columbus vs. Havre vs. Belgrade at Lewistown at Laurel at Butte Central tournament Central A Divisional at Havre State A at Belgrade

GOLF
Apr. 11 Apr. 17 Apr. 18 Apr. 20 Apr. 22 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 4 May 9 May 13 May 20-22

BRUINS

Big Timber
Herder Invitational at Livingston at Bozeman Herder Invitational at Bozeman at Billings at Columbus at Bozeman at Harlowton at Three Forks Southern B Divisional at Bozeman State B at Bigfork at Columbus at Lewistown at Joliet at Belgrade at Bozeman Top 10 at Laurel at Livingston District 5B at Bozeman Southern B at Laurel State B at Bozeman

GOLF
Apr. 6 Apr. 11 Apr. 18 Apr. 20 Apr. 22 Apr. 25 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 4 May 9 May 14 May 21-22

HERDERS

SOFTBALL
March 26 Apr. 5 Apr. 6 Apr. 9 Apr. 11 Apr. 16 Apr. 18 Apr. 20 Apr. 25 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 3 May 6 May 10-11 May 17-18 May 23-25

TRACK
March 28 Apr. 13 Apr. 20 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 2 May 4 May 11 May 17-18 May 24-25 at Columbus at Bozeman at Belgrade at Bozeman Top 10 at Laurel Top 8 at Townsend at Laurel District 11/12C at Bozeman Western C at Missoula State C at Laurel

TRACK
March 28 Apr. 6 Apr. 13 Apr. 20 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 7 May 11 May 16 May 24-25 June 17 June 20

TRACK
March 28 Apr. 6 Apr. 11 Apr. 13 Apr. 16 Apr. 20 Apr. 23 Apr. 27 May 1 May 7 May 11 May 17-18 May 24-25 vs. Lewistown at Lewistown at Billings at Bozeman at Lewistown at Belgrade at Laurel at Butte Central Top 10 at Laurel Ranger Invitational at Dillon Central A Divisional at Livingston State A at Laurel

Livingston BRAVES
BASEBALL
Apr. 21 Apr. 28 May 4 May 5 May 18 May 19 May 22 May 25 May 26 June 7 June 8 June 9 June 12 June 15 at Laurel vs. Billings Blue Jays vs. Deer Lodge vs. Billings Halos at Gallatin Valley vs. Emmanuel Angels at Bozeman Bucks at Emmanuel Angels vs. Anaconda A’s at Deer Lodge vs. Bozeman Spikes vs. Butte Miners at Belgrade vs. Helena

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Apr. 12 Apr. 18 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 7 May 11 May 24-25

at Laurel at M. Christian at Bozeman Top 10 at Laurel Townsend Top 8 at WSS at laurel at Livingston District 11/12C at Bozeman State C at Laurel

vs. Laurel at Lewistown tournament June 27 at Belgrade tournament July 6 vs. Belgrade July 7 at Anaconda July 9 at Bozeman Spikes July 11 at Emmanuel tournament July 17 at Butte July 19 at Helena July 21 vs. Gallatin Valley July 25-29 Districts at Anaconda Aug. 1-5 State A tournament at Helena *Editor’s note: The above listed schedule is subject to change as the American Legion season progresses

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MHSA adds divisional tournament to softball lineup

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here’s been a change in Class A softball. In previous years, league records and a myriad of different tiebreaking systems decided which teams would advance to the season-ending State Class A softball tournament. This year, however, a divisional tournament will determine who qualifies. “I like it — well, I think I do anyway,” said Park third-year coach Jamie Isaly. “It should be a lot easier. You have a tournament, and the top three teams from that tournament move on to state — pretty simple.” In 2012, Park boasted one of the youngest squads in Class A. The team featured just one senior. But youth didn’t prevent Park from advancing to state. And once they got there, it didn’t prevent them from playing the role of spoiler, knocking off Laurel, one of the event’s favorites, in the first round. In 2013, Park is still relatively young, featuring just four seniors in Haley Dowdell, Alex Shaefer, Katie Kraus and Jamie Cahoon. “We’re a team that still has a lot of room to grow,” said the coach. “We are a year older and I really think a year better.” One of the biggest changes from last season is depth at pitching. In 2012, Dowdell did the bulk of the pitching for the Rangers. This season, Park has a pair of talented relievers in sophomore Ariel Howieson and freshman Sierra Higgs. “I feel a lot better about our depth at the position,” said Isaly. In the field, Park returns Shaefer, Kraus, Cahoon, Haley Versland, Jacy Schleicher, Vanessa Davaz, Meadow Ingram, and Cassie Versland. “We’re going into the season with more returning players than we ever have before in my time with the team,” said Isaly. “That’s a good thing to have. We’re definitely more experienced than we were a year ago.” In the Central A Conference, Belgrade remains the league favorite, according to the coach. “They have such a strong program,” said Isaly of the Panthers. “They did lose four to five seniors from last year’s team, but they’ll get those holes filled with quality players.” Nipping at the Panthers heels are the Rangers and Lewistown, according to Isaly. “It’s anyone’s game, really,” he said. “From now until the late part of the season, a lot can change, and probably will.”

RangeR softball
March 26 at Anaconda Apr. 5 at Belgrade tournament Apr. 6 at Belgrade tournament Apr. 9 at Belgrade Apr. 11 vs. Lewistown Apr. 16 vs. Laurel Apr. 18 at Butte Central Apr. 20 at Browning Apr. 25 at Columbus Apr. 27 vs. Havre Apr. 30 vs. Belgrade May 3 at Lewistown May 6 at Laurel May 10-11 at Butte Central tournament May 17-18 Central A Divisional at Havre May 23-25 State A at Belgrade • Home games in bold

Park High School’s Haley Dowdell releases a pitch during a 2012 regular season game.

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Members of Park High School’s track and field teams go through stretching drills before the start of a recent practice. The Rangers sprint into the spring sports season with their first home meet since the late 1980s on March 28.

Enterprise photo by Shawn Raecke

RangeR track and field
March 28 Apr. 6 Apr. 11 Apr. 13 Apr. 16 Apr. 20 Apr. 23 Apr. 27 May 1 May 7 May 11 May 17-18 vs. Lewistown at Lewistown at Billings at Bozeman at Lewistown at Belgrade at Laurel at Butte Central Top 10 at Laurel Ranger Invitational at Dillon Central A Divisional at Livingston May 24-25 State A at Laurel • Home meets in bold

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By Tom Gersack

he last time Park High School held a varsity track and field invitational meet was in the late 1980s. The reason is simple. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, schools around the state started constructing rubberized tracks — but not Park. Fortunately, that’s changed. With the $1 million-plus renovation to McLeod Field, the Ranger track teams’ days of practicing on a rock track and traveling for every meet are over. “Thank goodness,” said Park track coach Jim Johnson. “I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have a track.” Park will compete at home three times this season, the biggest event being the May 17-18 Central Class A Divsional tournament. “It rotates from school to school and it just worked out that it was our

time,” said Johnson. The McCleod Field track is getting plenty of use this spring, since Park has more than 60 athletes out for the sport. “It’s a good number,” said Johnson. “I’m expecting a lot of our kids to have a lot of success this season.” For the Ranger boys, seniors Brandon Toney (sprints), Chance Zahn (distance running), Charles Vance (middle distance and distance running), Charlie Mogen (distance running), junior Chris Emter (weight events), and sophomores Bobby Emter (pole vault) and Ryan Marks (sprints), are returning letter winners. The senior-less Lady Rangers return juniors Megan Hawkins (sprints, hurdles), and Marissa Westenskow (distance running), and sophomores MiKayla Clar (hurdles, high jump), Isis Covington (sprinting), Lexi Klawitter (hurdles), Laci Parker (weight events) and Shawn Redington (high jump and sprints). On the Ranger track teams this sea-

son are 27 freshmen. “We’ve got a great group of incoming athletes,” said Johnson. It’s not just a new track Park got for this season. Everything from the jumping pits to the high jump mats, hurdles, starting blocks, pole vault and high jump stands are all brand-new. In fact, Park has pole vault as a discipline for the first time since the late 1980s. “We didn’t have the equipment to offer it,” said Johnson. “Now we do.” In the Central A Division this season, Johnson is predicting Belgrade will again be the favorite in both boys and girls competition. “They’ve got the numbers,” said Johnson of Belgrade boasting more than 100 athletes. The coach is also expecting a lot from Lewistown, which he said features a number of talented distance athletes on both squads. “We’re expecting a lot of our team,” said Johnson. “We’re pretty talented, too. This should be a good season.”

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“Things are going really well. We’re off to a good start.”
– First-year Park tennis coach Kandy Chain

New coach for Park girls

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Park boys
he Park High School girls tennis team has a long and rich history of success. In the last 30 years, the Rangers have won five State A championships, multiple second- or third-place finishes and 16 Central Class A Division titles. The boys program, which was dormant until 2004, has gotten better and better since its return as a varsity sport at the school. Each program is looking to continue its success this season, but both will do so under new leadership. Park girls coach Chris Bausch retired from coaching after 29 years, while Kelvin Hoover retired as coach of the boys squad after eight seasons. Kandy Chain, a retired teacher who has 30 years of tennis coaching experience, has replaced them both, assuming the position of the boys and girls tennis coach. “Things are going really well,” said Chain. “We’re off to a good start.” In making sure the 45 girls and 17 boys out for the sport get all the instruction they can, Chain has broken the joint practice schedule into Group 1 and Group 2. One of the two groups begins practice after school, while the other arrives roughly 90 minutes later to begin its preparations for practice. “With the overlap, it adds up to about two hours of practice for each group,” said Chain. “Its working pretty well.” The Park girls return a cast of veter-

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Park High School tennis players Lindsay Lane, left, and Ciara Wallace stretch out before a recent practice at Sacajawea Park.
ans to the squad in Macy Ricketts, Mariel Kelly, Callie Ellingson, Courtney Dobrowski, Sonja McLain, Francesca Snow and Keegan Lane, and boasts some talented newcomers in Emily Coleman, Carlie Pitman and Amy Hartman. “We’ve got a number of good players that are returning and a lot of good players coming in,” aid Chain. The Lady Rangers enter the 2013 season on the heels of winning the Central A Divisional championship and placing

Enterprise photo by Shawn Raecke

fourth at the State A tourney. The Lady Rangers trailed third-place Glendive by just one point at state.

See Tennis, Page 7

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Park High School’s John Potenberg returns a volley during a recent practice. The Ranger tennis teams begin the 2013 season April 9 against Bozeman and Lewistown.

Enterprise photo by Shawn Raecke

RangeR girls
Apr. 9 Apr. 11 Apr. 13 Apr. 16 Apr. 19-20 Apr. 23 Apr. 30 May 3-4 May 7 May 10 May 11 May 16-17 May 23-25 vs. Bozeman, Lewistown vs. Townsend, Whitehall at Anaconda at Dillon at Hardin at Dillon at Bozeman at Helena vs. Butte Central vs. Anaconda at Lewistown Central A Divisional at Lewistown State A at Polson • Home matches in bold

Tennis, from Page 6
On the boys’ side, John Potenberg, Aidan Goodman, Isaac Richards, Alex Richards, Noble Vance, and Austin Lehrer return to the court for the Rangers, which finished second at divisionals and had a 12thplace finish at state last year. On both squads, one of Chain’s most pressing concerns is deciding who will play on the singles and doubles courts. So far this season, the weather has been mostly kind to Park tennis, according to Chain. The two groups have just once been unable to practice at the Sacajawea Park and Sleeping Giant Middle School courts. “There’s been a couple of days that the temperature was in the 20s,” said Chain. “But we’re doing it. I’ve got to say, we’ve got some pretty tough kids.” As a first-year coach, Chain knows little about the competition Park will get from the Central A Division. “The girls — I’m expecting them to do really well,” she said. “For some of the boys, it will be a building year, but I’m expecting them to do pretty well.” Havre won the boys Central A crown by fewer than a handful of points over Park last season, while Lewistown was a distant third. The Havre girls were second to Park last season at divisionals, while Lewistown was third. Park begins the season April 9 with the Ranger girls entertaining Lewistown and Bozeman in Livingston, while the Park boys will play the same two squads in Bozeman. “We’re just hoping that the weather continues to warm up,” laughed Chain, who resides in California during the winter months. “Either way, we’ll be getting out there to play.”

RangeR boys
Apr. 9 Apr. 13 Apr. 16 Apr. 19-20 Apr. 23 Apr. 30 May 3-4 May 7 May 10 May 11 May 16-17 May 23-25 at Bozeman, Lewistown at Anaconda at Dillon at Hardin at Dillon vs. Bozeman at Helena vs. Butte Central vs. Anaconda at Lewistown Central A at Lewistown State A at Polson • Home matches in bold

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“We’re looking really good. We’re young in a lot of ways, but pretty talented.”
– Livingston manager Matt Schad

Braves Baseball
Apr. 21 Apr. 28 May 4 May 5 May 18 May 19 May 22 May 25 May 26 June 7 June 8 June 9 June 12 June 15 June 17 June 20 at Laurel vs. Billings Blue Jays vs. Deer Lodge vs. Billings Halos at Gallatin Valley vs. Emmanuel Angels at Bozeman Bucks at Emmanuel Angels vs. Anaconda A’s at Deer Lodge vs. Bozeman Spikes vs. Butte Miners at Belgrade vs. Helena vs. Laurel at Lewistown tournament June 27 at Belgrade tournament July 6 vs. Belgrade July 7 at Anaconda July 9 at Bozeman Spikes July 11 at Emmanuel tournament July 17 at Butte July 19 at Helena July 21 vs. Gallatin Valley July 25-29 Districts at Anaconda Aug. 1-5 State A tournament at Helena
• Home games in bold

Livingston Braves third baseman Austin Carroll, left, gets a force out on a Laurel runner during a nonconference game in 2012. The Braves kick off the 2013 season April 21 at Laurel.

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The boys of summer are back
ivingston’s boys of summer are back, and, with a mix of veteran leadership and incoming talent, second-year Braves coach Matt Schad is expecting 2013 to be a good one for the Class A American Legion Baseball team. “We’re looking really good,” said the coach. “We’re young in a lot of ways, but pretty talented.” Of the 13 rostered players this season, veterans Austin Carroll, Bobby Wizneski and Tanner Hall are in their last year of eligibility. Livingston also returns Nolan Darr, Colton Landreth, Scott Wilson, Gunner Lahrer and Jordan Darr.

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“They’re all good players that know the program and what we’re trying to do,” said Schad. This season, what Livingston is trying to do is win the East District of the Southern Class A Division. The East also includes Belgrade, Gallatin Valley and Bozeman, while theWest District boasts Helena, Dillon, Anaconda, Deer Lodge and Butte. “I’d have to say that Gallatin Valley is probably the early favorite, but any of us can win it,” said Schad of the East District regular season title. The Braves enter the season with a pitching staff that is five arms deep. Carroll, Jordan Darr, newcomers Buck Spalone and Sterling Lay, and the southpaw Hall will get it done

from the mound for the Braves. “It’s a good number for us,” said Schad of the pitching staff. “We have some experienced throwers and some youth that has a lot of talent.” Since practice began in late January, one area the squad has focused on is offense, according to the coach. “You can’t win if you can’t score. Last season there were a lot of games that we didn’t score enough,” said Schad of the Braves’ 23-24 overall record. This season, the schedule is much better than in recent years — the furthest the Braves will travel for a game is Lewistown. “That’s nice. Being on the road can really wear you out,” said Schad.

Editor’s notE: the above listed schedule is subject to change as the American Legion season progresses.

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“We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success over the years. We’re hoping to see that continue.”
– Gardiner coach Dave Perius
Gardiner High School’s Nick Sabo gets some pointers from Bruin coach Dave Perius during a recent practice at the Livingston Golf Course driving range. The Bruin golf teams begin the season April 11.
Enterprise photo by Shawn Raecke

Bruin Golf
Apr. 11 Bruin Invitational Apr. 17 at Townsend Apr. 18 at Columbus Apr. 20 at Big Timber Apr. 22 at Bridger Apr. 27 at Ennis Apr. 30 at Bozeman May 4 at Harlowton May 9 at Three Forks May 13 at Ennis May 20-22 State C at Ennis • Home match in bold

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n the first 11 years Gardiner High School golf has competed in the Class C ranks, the boys and girls golf teams have left an impression. In just about every year, one or both of the Bruins’ two golf teams have finished in the top three at the season-ending State C tournament. Additionally, Gardiner golf has boasted one or more Class C Allstaters each season. “We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success over the years,” said Gardiner coach Dave Perius. “We’re hoping to see that continue.” Entering its 12th season of competition, Gardiner returns four athletes — two of which are all-staters — who competed at the 2012 finale. Bruin senior Sara Manry and junior teammate Taylor Perius tied for eighth at state last season. With fellow letter winner in

junior Kelly Harbach, the trio finished third in the team standings at state. This season, the three will attempt to improve on their success. “They’re all good,” said Perius. “They put the work in and have had a lot of success because of it.” Harbach’s sophomore season was her first on the links. “Kelly’s a really good athlete,” said Perius. “It was impressive to see how quickly she improved.” The three aren’t the only players for the Gardiner girls. The squad will also feature freshman newcomer Tristan Rhodes. “She really seems to enjoy the game,” said Perius. “It will be fun to watch her improve as the season goes on.” On the boys’ side, junior Parker Robinson is the only returning letter winner. Parker also competed at the State C finale last season. “He’s another one of those kids

that just really enjoys playing the sport,” said Perius. “I expect Parker to have another really good season.” Robinson will be joined by junior Peter Morey and sophomores Nick Sabo and Seth Tyson. “They all have a lot of potential,” said the coach of Morey, Sabo and Tyson. The biggest issue the Bruins deal with early each preseason is getting on the course to practice. This year is no different. Chilly temperatures and snow fall have hampered practice efforts. We’ve been out (to the golf course) once,” he said. “We have spent a lot of time hitting balls into nets. If we’re lucky enough to get some decent weather, maybe we can get out and play some golf.” Gardiner begins the season April 11 with the Bruin Invitational at the Livingston Golf Course. “It will be nice to get things started on our home course,” said Perius.

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Gardiner High School’s Forrest Reinhart competes in the pole vault during a 2012 track and field meet in Bozeman. The Bruins kick off the 2013 season March 28 at the Snowflake invitational at Columbus.

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he Montana High School Association’s spring sports season is off to a successful start, according to Gardiner High School track and field coach Paul Condon. “We can’t complain at the moment,” he said. “The weather has been good and our athletes are taking advantage of it.” Gardiner enters the season with 14 boys and nine girls. “Those aren’t bad numbers — we can work with it,” said Condon. “We have some really good athletes out.” The Gardiner girls feature senior distance specialists Rose Cote and Anna Gruber; Jessie Haefer will contend in the hurdles

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“We can’t complain at the moment. The weather has been good and our athletes are taking advantage of it.”
– Gardiner coach Paul Condon
and pole vault; Betsy Rodarte will compete in sprints and jumping events; Kelly Harbach, who advanced to state in pole vault as a freshman, returns with the hope of qualifying for the State C meet yet again; Rhianna Peck will contend in sprints; and Emma Burke adds depth to the short sprints and jumping events. On the boys’ side, the Bruins feature Forrest Reinhart, who will vie for wins in pole vaulting, sprints and jumping events; Cody Foster will also compete in pole vaulting, jumping and short sprints; Jay Bueter will vie for top finishes in hurdles; Austin Dryer and Robert Wickham will compete in distance running; Justin Kingman and Eddie Rodarte add depth to the sprinting department; and Wyatt Wilkerson will contend in the 400 meter and the hurdles. “There’s some real talent on our team,” said Condon. The Bruins kick off the season March 28 at the Columbus-based Snowflake Invitational, but are idle following the season opener until the April 13 Manhattan Invitational.

Bruin track and field
March 28 Apr. 13 Apr. 20 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 2 May 4 May 11 May 17-18 May 24-25 at Columbus at Bozeman at Belgrade at Bozeman Top 10 at Laurel Top 8 at Townsend at Laurel District 11/12C at Bozeman Western C at Missoula State C at Laurel

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Members of the Shields Valley High School track and field teams go through stretching drills before the start of a recent practice. The Rebel boys and girls begin the season March 28 at the Columbus-based Snowflake Invitational.

Enterprise photo by Shawn Raecke

Rebs hoping for continued success
ver the last three years, the Shields Valley High School girls track team has had its fair share of success. In that time span, they’ve finished third at the State Class C track and field meet — an event that features well over 50 teams — three times; they’ve won two Western C Divisional crowns and placed second once; and have won two District 11/12C titles and added a runner-up plaque. “We’ve definitely had some good fortune,” said Shields Valley coach Jim Rose. “We’ve had a good combination of talent and a little bit of luck.” This season, the nine-member Lady Rebels squad doesn’t have the depth of seasons’ past, but the will and desire are there, according to the 29-year coach.

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events; and Fairchild will vie for points in Shields Valley returns the multi-talented jumping events and relays. Mariah Hogenson to jumps and relays; Jessica In District 11/12C competiGagen will vie for wins in tion this season, Ennis is the middle distance running “We’ve definitely clear-cut favorite on the boys’ events; Casey McInerney will side, according to the coach, contend in everything from had some good while Twin Bridges, Manhatjumping and hurdling to relay fortune. We’ve had tan Christian, and the Rebels disciplines; Allison Arthun is chase after wins in girls the Rebs’ 400-meter specialist; a good combination will competition. and Shae Sager will compete in the short sprints, the long of talent and a little “All of the girls teams have gotten better,” said Rose. jump and on the relay teams. bit of luck.” “Winning like we’ve done in The 13-member Rebel boys team also boast some return– Shields Valley coach Jim Rose the past won’t be easy.” “The Ennis boys? They’re ing athletes in Matt Sarrazin, going to be amazing to watch,” Eric Zimmerman and Cole he added. “They very easily could be considFairchild. ered the favorite to win state.” Sarrazin, who advanced to the State C last Shields Valley begins the season at the year in the high jump, will also compete in Columbus-based Snowflake Invitational on throwing events, hurdles and the short sprints; March 28. Zimmerman will take aim at wins in throwing

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Herders swing into spring
Sweet Grass County High School golfers, from right, Maureen Galen, Jocelin Holman, Taryn Campbell and Jordan Moody practice at the Overland Golf Course driving range during a recent Herder practice. Sweet Grass begins the season on April 6.
Yellowstone Newspapers photo by Laura Nelson

Herder Golf
Apr. 6 Apr. 11 Apr. 18 Apr. 20 Apr. 22 Apr. 25 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 4 May 9 May 14 May 21-22 Herder Invitational at Livingston at Bozeman Herder Invitational at Bozeman at Billings at Columbus at Bozeman at Harlowton at Three Forks Southern B Divisional at Bozeman State B at Bigfork • Home match in bold

Sweet Grass girls vie for return trip to State B championship; Herder boys aim to get there
uck has been on the side of the Sweet Grass County High School golf teams so far in 2013. Since the Montana High School Association’s spring sports season began little more than two weeks ago, the boys and girls squads have been forced to practice indoors just once. And that one occasion was welcomed by coach Dan Campbell. It gave Sweet Grass’ long-standing coach the opportunity to test the 21 boys and 10 girls out for golf this season on the sports’ rules. “We’re off to a wonderful start,” he said. “We’re getting some good practice sessions in.” Although the Herder boys outnumber the Herder girls 2-1, the girls are the more seasoned of the two squads, boasting three athletes that competed at last seasons’ State Class B tournament. Taryn Campbell finished 13th and earned All-state honors, while Jordan Moody and Jocelin Holman gained invaluable experience the coach expects will greatly benefit the duo this season. The Herder girls get added depth from Maureen

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Galen, Sidney Arant and Rainy O’Connell. “Our girls are pretty deep,” said Campbell. “We’re expecting some good things from them this season.” On the boys’ side, Cole Groshens is the lone returning letter winner. “Cole had a good season for us last year, and I expect this season to be even better,” said Campbell. “He’s another one of our players that puts the work in to improve.” The coach anticipates that Herders Loren Alexander, Colton Bice and Brody Robertson will be ready to jump into the varsity fray. In the Southern B Division, Missoula Loyola is the “unquestioned” favorite in both boys and girls competition, Campbell said. The Loyola boys are the defending State B champions and return four of five players from last season, while the Missoula girls, which finished second last season, return the Crippen sisters. Campbell also expects the Townsend to compete with the Herder girls’ for the No. 2 spot in the division. On the boys’ side, the coach expects both Deer Lodge and Thompson Falls to be talented. Sweet Grass kicks off the 2013 season March 28 with the Herder Invitational.

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– Sweet Grass coach Laura Seitz

“We want to have fun and be at our best. You can’t ask for any more than that.”

Sweet Grass County High School’s Gabe McCauley and Ashley Gunlickson sprint from the starting blocks during a recent Herder track and field practice. Sweet Grass begins the season March 28 at Columbus.
Yellowstone Newspaper photo by Laura Nelson

Sweet Grass’ goal:

Improve on last season’s success
In ’12, the Herder boys and girls combined to win 4 plaques
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Herder track
March 28 Apr. 6 Apr. 13 Apr. 20 Apr. 27 Apr. 30 May 7 May 11 May 16 May 24-25 at Columbus at Lewistown at Joliet at Belgrade at Bozeman Top 10 at Laurel at Livingston District 5B at Bozeman Southern B at Laurel State B at Bozeman

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“One thing about my team this year is that it is the most athletic group I’ve ever had. They’re also motivated and work extremely hard.”
– Sweet GraSS coach Laura Seitz

If the coach sounds excited about the upcoming track and field season, it’s for good reason. On the girls’ side, three athletes from last season’s State Class B 1,600-meter championship foursome return to defend their title. Talented senior veterans Quinn Seitz and Nels Flanagan, and junior standout Darren Hecker return to the 24-member boys squad; and a group of nine “very talented” freshman are out for

the sport this season, according to Seitz. If the Herder girls have any hopes of repeating last year’s success, which included a Southern B Divisional meet win and third-place finish at state, each of the nine members of the squad are going to have to be at their best each meet. “They’re going to have to pull a lot of weight,” said Seitz. Haley Moen, Carly Rech and Madelyn Foulk along with graduated teammate Selene Johnson combined to win the 1,600m last season. In addition to the relay, Moen will also vie for wins in hurdles, Rech will contend in the 200m, 400m, and 800m, and Foulk will compete in jumping event and the short sprints. Senior Angie Fuller will compete for wins in the throwing events for Sweet Grass.

On the boys’ side, Seitz will run in short sprints and relays, Flanagan will compete in jumping and throwing events, and Hecker will vie for top finishes in distance running. The Herder boys finished second at both the District 5B and Southern B Divisional meets. “Our goal is to do better than we did last year,” said Seitz. In District 5B, Manhattan and Townsend will be the Herder girls stiffest competition, while in boys competition, Manhattan and Three Forks figure to be Herders biggest hurdles. Sweet Grass kicks off the track and field season March 28 at the Columbus-based Snowflake Invitational. “We want to have fun and be at our best,” said Seitz. “You can’t ask for any more than that.”

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