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 will also be posted as soon as the teams are available:

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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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Eagles D' solves -- mostly -- pesky Mickelson problem

Three weeks ago Misssoula Sentinel striker Adam Mickelson piled up three goals while leading the Spartans to an easy 4-1 win over the rival Big Sky Eagles.

Big Sky had a plan when the teams met to cap the Western AA soccer regular season Tuesday. It involved the big body of defender Viktor Lemeza playing the part of Mickelson’s shadow — and the scheme worked.

Well, mostly. The underdog Eagles pulled out the 1-1 draw that felt more like a win.

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Big Sky's Johnson, Hellgate's Softich reunite as coaches on football field

The last time that Matt Softich and Matt Johnson shared a football field, by the latter’s recollection at least, was somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years ago.

And the field wasn’t in Missoula where both men coach high school football now — Johnson at Big Sky, Softich at Hellgate. That last time was in Anaconda when Johnson was quarterbacking the Copperheads as a prep player and Softich was his QB coach.

They’re back together at Missoula County Stadium when the crosstown foes collide Friday night.

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Max Toenjes: Hamilton golfing cavalry

Sometimes reinforcements for a high school sports program come of age and up from the local middle school. Sometimes they come from Idaho.

The Hamilton boys’ golf team wrapped up the State A title Saturday at their home course behind five balanced scorers, one of whom wasn’t even enrolled at a school in Montana last year.

Max Toenjes, who moved to the Bitterroot since last fall from Sandpoint, Idaho, fired a team-best two-day 155 to finish fourth and help the Broncs bust Day-1 leader Billings Central.

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Freshman Bryn the next Morley standout runner

State hopefuls racing in Class B girls’ cross country have had the spring of 2015 circled on their calendars for three and a half years ever since Makena Morley won her first high school race for Bigfork. The all-everything distance runner is set to graduate soon, finally opening the door for someone else to win a few races.

Only another Morley, Bryn, is ready to step into that power void. And she may not even wait until Makena has moved on to an NCAA Division I collegiate program to do so.

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Sentinel's secret weapon: Kicker Gabe Peppenger

Four times the Missoula Sentinel football team kicked off in Friday’s victory over Billings Skyview. Three times the ball sailed into the end zone.

That other boot? Well Skyview fielded that one from the 1-yard line. The Falcons made it all the way the 24 to start that possession.

Gabe Peppenger didn’t stop the run and he didn’t score any touchdowns Friday, but he certainly played a big role in the Spartans earning their first win of the season.

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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.

  • 08 Nov 2014

    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. MonDak upset third-ranked Hot Springs 32-22 for the Savage Heat's first loss of the season, but the Thunder trailed by four at halftime. Coach Troy Walters chalked that up at least in part to the pilgrimage the boys had just endured. "The bus rides and two nights in different hotels and eating out every night, they're not in that good routine," Walters said. "You could kinda tell after the first five minutes of the game we kinda settled down. All of a sudden we decided, 'OK, let's just play football and hit people and see what happens.' " Westby-Grenora shut out Hot Springs' dangerous offense, a unit that averages more than 55 points per game, after allowing touchdowns on the opening two drives. The win capped a week-long football effort for the east-side boys. The bus left Westby back on Thursday as the team made for Bozeman for pit stop No. 1. The Thunder got in a practice first just up the road at Reedpoint on Interstate 90. They stayed in Missoula on Friday and practiced again at Alberton's field up the road before heading on to Hot Springs, the last 75 miles or so of the 797-mile one way journey, on Saturday morning. For a little perspective – or maybe a geography lesson – on just how far the Thunder drove this week, Minneapolis is closer to Westby than Hot Springs. And, using the I-90 route the team took, by about 150 miles even. The team could nearly have made it to Omaha in fact, though bus's allotted mileage probably would have run out in the suburbs somewhere near Missouri Valley, Iowa. It's all par for the MonDak course. No team is close, even those in the Eastern C division. "I don't know if you've ever been to northeast Montana where Westby is – or Grenora – but I'll tell you what, we travel sooo much," Walters said. "Our conference, they're all five hours away. Our kids are used to that." The Thunder bought themselves another long bus ride next week. MonDak travels to Stanford-Denton-Geyser for the state semifinals. That one's in Denton, a mere 400-ish miles away.
  • 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.