Big Sky's Mustard working back after appendectomy

Big Sky's Mustard working back after appendectomy

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.

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Wintry weather cuts into Saturday's sports schedule

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:

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Sifting through Montana high school enrollments and reclassification

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:

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Latest Loyola golf stars ready to continue run

Latest Loyola golf stars ready to continue run

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.

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Hamilton co-op gives Darby girls swing at softball

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.

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Montana's winningest prep pitcher Duford in outfield now with Spokane

Montana's winningest prep pitcher Duford in outfield now with Spokane

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

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Winter academic all-team winners for 2013-14

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:

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Western Montana all-conference girls’ basketball 2013-14

The following is a list of western Montana all-conference girls’ basketball teams as released following the 2013-14 season.

The list will be updated as new information is provided.

A full compilation of all-state girls’ basketball teams from Montana can be found here.

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2013-14 Montana all-state girls' basketball teams

The following is a full list of Montana all-state girls’ basketball teams as released following the 2013-14 season.

The list will be updated as new information is provided.

A compilation of all-conference girls’ basketball teams from western Montana can be found here.

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