Libby and Anaconda both opted to drop from Class A to B starting in the 2015-16 school year. But against whom and in what district would the newly minted B schools play?
The Montana High School Association answered that question Thursday by placing the Loggers in District 7-B and the Copperheads in District 6-B, for most sports at least, as well as finding Plentywood a home at the Class C ranks.
Missoula Big Sky sprinter Alex Mustard entered the 2014 track season with high expectations after a couple silver finishes from last spring.
But in mid-March, doubled over in pain in a Billings hotel room, his mind was a long way from this year’s State AA meet.
Mustard missed the beginning of this season’s competition after an emergency appendectomy last month. The senior Eagle is getting stronger by the day, though, inching closer to joining his teammates back on the track.
After a week of 50- and 60-degree weather throughout Montana, Saturday’s storms struck with vengeance leading to a slew of spring sporting event cancellations across the state.
The following is a (growing) list of athletic endeavors with western Montana interest that were called off or shortened because of snow, rain, cold or some combination thereof:
UPDATED: Libby voted this week to move from Class A to B.
The recent news that Southwestern A school Anaconda is , like its enrollment, dropping to Class B for athletics has generated a bit of discussion ’round these parts.
What are the enrollment restrictions for classifications in Montana? Who’s close to those limits and who could be on the move next?
Several other schools are on the verge, though not all have decided to pack their bags and move yet. Let’s take a look at the tape:
Following Tommy Tirrell’s tie-breaking chip-off victory Friday that earned him second place at the Loyola Sacred Heart Invitational golf tournament, he carried his iron off the 18th green to talk to a waiting reporter.
They introduced themselves, having never met before. Tirrell didn’t garner too many interviews in his sophomore or freshman seasons golfing at Loyola.
“You probably talked to Tom last year,” Tirrell said, no hint of animosity in his statement of fact, just an observation.
Tom Swanson, and with him Maggie Crippen on the girls’ side, dominated the action for the Rams and Breakers golf teams over the past few seasons. Each are gone now onto NCAA Division I programs, but the Loyola golf legacy still has some sheen on it.
Some sports are available to students no matter which Montana high school they attend. Others, like softball, can generally be found only at the larger classifications, Class B and up.
That leaves a void for many at smaller schools. Darby is filling one of those holes this spring for its diamond cravers, co-oping with Hamilton for spring girls’ softball.
From 2010 to 2013, Polson pitcher Shalaina Duford was a pain in the sides of more batters than possibly any other hurler in the history of the sport in Montana high schools.
She won three State A championships in ’10, ’11 and ’12 and more games than any other pitcher before or since. But strangely enough, Duford is out of the pitching circle now with the Community College of Spokane.
And killing it all the same
The MHSA/Army National Guard Academic All-Team Award winners were announced Monday for the winter sports seasons.
The awards are given to the top three teams that exhibit outstanding academic achievement during the school year’s second quarter of play for each respective activity in each of the MHSA schools’ classification (AA, A, B and C). Member schools calculate their students’ accumulative grade point average for the award.
This season’s varsity winners with cumulative team GPA: