Bigfork's Morley among area girls at Foot Locker nationals

She’s been building to it all year and Saturday marks the do-or-die moment for Bigfork senior runner Makena Morley.

Morley — along with her freshman sister Bryn and Kalispell Glacier freshman Annie Hil — will run in the national finals of the 36th annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this weekend in San Diego.

And you can watch the West Regional champ and her pals live online for free at www.footlockercc.com or get updates via Twitter at @FLRun or using the hashtag #FLCCC.

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MCA fall 2014 'Coaches of the Year'

The following is a complete list of fall 2014 Coach of the Year recipients for Montana high school athletics, as voted on by fellow Montana Coaches Association members.

All 21 honorees won their respective state titles this fall.

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Japanese wrestlers making stop at Missoula Big Sky

When most people think of Japanese wrestling, Sumo is the first discipline that comes to mind.

The island nation from Asia will have a chance to make Missoulians think twice next month when a team of 14 high-school aged wrestlers from Japan visit Big Sky High School on a wrestling cultural exchange trip.

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2014 Montana all-state football teams

The following is a full list of Montana all-state football teams for the fall 2014 season. The lists will be updated as new information is provided.

All-all-conference teams for the Missoulian’s coverage area in western Montana can be found here.

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Western Montana 2014 all-conference football

The following is a full list of Montana all-conference football teams within the Missoulian’s coverage area. The lists will be updated as new information is provided.

All-state teams for Montana football are also available on this site here.

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2014 Montana all-conference volleyball teams

The following is a full list of western Montana all-conference volleyball teams from the Missoulian’s coverage area. The list will be updated as new information is provided.

All-state teams from all classifications in Montana are also available here:

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MonDak comes 800 miles for win at Hot Springs

MonDak comes 800 miles for win at Hot Springs

The tiny towns of Westby and Grenora straddle the Montana-North Dakota border way up near where the United State meets Canada. Hot Springs in western Montana may as well be in a different country.

The MonDak Thunder 6-man football team, which comprises players from both towns, traveled almost 800 miles for its Class C quarterfinal playoff game at Hot Springs on Saturday on a journey split up into three days.

The drive home is always a little easier when there’s a win in tow.

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Arlee vs. Flint Creek: 8-man football's winner take all

The Western C 8-man football division title comes down to the last game of the year this Friday when the undefeated Arlee Warriors visit the equally unbeaten Flint Creek Titans in Drummond.

“It’s a huge matchup,” Arlee coach Mike Rogers said. “There’s gonna be a pile of talent on the football field Friday night. I think it’s gonna be a good game.”

Both teams come into the matchup 6-0 in league matches with the State C 8-man playoffs waiting the next weekend. Here’s a look at the winner-take-all matchup:

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  • 13 Jun 2014

    Sentinel grad, future Cowgirl faces best of Wyoming in all-star series

    Way back in November, Missoula Sentinel senior Olivia Roberts signed to play basketball at the University of Wyoming after graduation.

    Before she ever suits up for the Cowgirls, Roberts is getting a chance to play against some cowgirls this weekend as part of the Treasure State's roster in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star Basketball Series.

    "I think I'm most excited to play with all the best players in Montana," Roberts said this week before leaving for Billings to practice with her all-star squad. "Just to know that we all can step up and all know what it's like to have that same kind of mentality and motivation on the court." There are no Wyoming commits among the 10 girls on the state's all-star prep team. The school was most notably beat out by Stanford in the courting of Kaylee Johnson of Natrona County this past fall. Roberts said her loyalties haven't switched over from her home Montana quite yet. At least for a couple more months, until she makes the move to Laramie for school this fall, she's still a Montana girl.

    "I'm just excited to kick Wyoming's butt," she laughed. "And then when I go to school, it'll be vice versa."

    The former Spartan led Sentinel to three straight State AA basketball titles with a pair of all-state selections in her final two seasons. She averaged 18.3 and 8.3 points per game as a senior.

  • 23 May 2014

    Makena Morley gets creative to fund trip to track nationals

    Ever wanted an autographed photo of one of Montana's all-time record-breaking prep runners? Now's your chance. Bigfork High School junior and State B champion of champions Makena Morley is raising money through technology and grass roots to help her reach the New Balance Outdoor High School Track & Field Nationals meet in Greensboro, North Carolina in mid June. And any donors of $25 or more through the fundraising website IndieGoGo.com receive a Morley original complete with signature.  As of this posting, Morley is about 75 percent of the way to her goal of $2,300 for travel and lodging costs for her and her father to the national meet. Events run June 13-15. Morley isn't new to the national running scene, but she appears to be getting create in funding her trips there. She won the West Regional of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships back in December and then finished eighth in the ensuing national race. "As a junior I have been to 4 national championship races (three in cross country and one for indoor track) but I have never won a national title, so this one is very important to me because I would love for this to be the year for me to win," Morley wrote on her IndieGoGo.com fundraising page. "It is an important year for my college recruiting process, because this is the year when all colleges are looking at you and at what you have accomplished!" IndieGoGo is a kind of online kickstarter to raise money for a cause or idea. It's "the world’s most established crowdfunding platform," according to the organization's website. Crowdfunding is the process of pooling money from many different people for a cause. Morley, a three-time winner of the State B cross country title and Gatorade Runner of the Year for Montana, plans to run the 5,000 meters at the New Balance Nationals along with either the one or two mile. For more about her trip to nationals, or to donate, you can visit her page here.