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MT SPORTS TRIVIA 2014-15

March 30, 2015
Northwest Montana A Conference




Class "C" 6-10 Transfer Student From NYC!

Now if you only listen to one of my sports shows all year....please make this the one! At 6-10 and 260 pounds a certain Class "C" Montana high school is about to get the greatest transfer in sports history! Listen to this incredible story right here.

 

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First From Montana To Play In NCAA Title Game!

     We have only had two from our state who have played in the NCAA Division one national championship game!  The only women is Joslyn Tinkle of Missoula Big Sky!  The two time state "AA" MVP was a true freshman at Standford when she played in the 2010 National Championship!  A game that Standford led 20-12 at half time only to lose to 38-0 U-Conn 53-47!

    Now the only man from our state to play in the title game is someone that you may not have ever heard of.  Mike Huggens of Flathead!  Huggens was on John Woodens 1964 UCLA team that beat Duke 50-38!

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After 39 Years Steve Weston Hangs Up HIs Whistle!

          If you have been to a Montana High School basketball tournament over the past four decades than you have seen Hamilton's Steve Weston officiate a game!  After 39 years and 33 state tournaments Steve worked his last state event last weekend with the "C" boys at Metra in Billings!

        Listen to this interview with Steve.

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Network High School Basketball Awards!

      Check out my high school basketball awards for this 2014-2015 season!

GIRLS TEAM OF THE YEAR:  Malta 26-0!  The Malta girls have played in the state championship game 7 of the last 9 years!  Plus this past season they beat opponents by almost 30 per game!

BOYS TEAM OF THE YEAR:  I'ts a tie!  Belt 26-0 and Chouteau 26-0.  Belt beat Missoula Loyola....Loyola finished 2nd in class "B"!  Chouteau had little trouble in winning their first state title since 1969 as they won their three teams at state by 64 points.

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Well this is easy....the winner goes to Sofie Stiles of Malta!  Sofie averaged 20 points a game and went off for 27 of hers teams 45 in the state championship.  Plus remember she is only a sophomore! 

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  This is not east whey you have the state's leading scorer Dane Warp of Havre and All World Treys Tinkle of Hellgate.  But I am going with Kendal Manuel of Billings Skyview.  The smooth gaurd had 26 and one awesome dunk in the championship!

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SINGLE GAME:  Honeral Menation goes to Brendan Howard of Great Falls.  Howard went off for 26 in that huge win over top ranked Missoula Hellgate in round one of the state "AA"!  But the winner goes to Timmy Regan of Miles City.  On Saturday night at the Eastern "A" divisional Timmy dislocated his knee cap....two days later in the challenge game he played with pain and scored 26!

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Basketball Scoring Is Up!

        Now don't get the wrong idea...yes state high school boys basketball tournament scoring was up in all four classifications, but we still need a shot clock!

     At the state "AA" event teams averaged almost 58 points a game.  That is the highest scoring average in a dozen years!  Class "C" was also up but by only a single point!

     The biggest improvement was in class "B"!  Thanks in large part to the state champs Choteau!  At the state "B" boys tournament last weekend teams averaged 64 points a game.  That is up 10 from a year ago and the best in "B" since 2000!  By the way Choteau averaged 80 points a game!  That is the best in "B" since Lodge Grass averaged 86 back in 1990!

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How About Those Belt Girls!

    Now we all know how hard it is to qualify for the state class "C" tournament!  But the girls from Belt have accomplished that feat eight years in a row!  Plus they have also won the last three state girls basketball titles!  This week they are back at state as they try to win thier 4th in a row!  Over the past five seasons the Belt girls basketball team has a posted a 123-8 win-loss record!  Of those 8 losses 3 came against class "B" power house Fairfield!

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Greatest Team To Not Win A State Title!

    You know for a long time I felt that the Billings West 1992-93 boys basketball team was the very best ball club to never win a state title!  That season West averaged more than 80 points a game and lost to a very good Missoula Hellgate team in the state championship in double over time!

   But I found another team that should own the title of "The Greatest Team To Never Win It All"!  That is the 1962-63 Spartans of Missoula Co. High School!  You see that season this team went 22-0 and had a margin of victory of more than 30 points a game, but they never got to play in the state tournament!   Why...well the school board that year made a decison not to send the team to state since they beat every team in the tournament twice that season!

   The next year led by Duke star Mike Lewis the Spartans went unbeaten once agian and this team went to state and won it all!

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Hinsdale Boys Take 20 Game W.S. To Divisional!

      The Hinsdale boys are 20-1 going into the divisional tournament!  They lost to Highwood in game number one this season and since that loss they have won 20 games in a row!  The Hinsdale boys team start five seniors and only give up around 34 points a game.

   Listen to today's program on the 2015 Hinsdale boys basketball team right here!

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Billings Central Places Academics First!

       If you are only going to listen to one of my sports programs this year...make this one the one!

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The Eastern "A" Earns The Big Bucks!

   Of all the divisional basketball tournaments that will be played across the state this week the one that will earn the MHSA the most money will be the combined Eastern "A" held at Montana's largest sports arena Metra Park in Billings! 

   Year in and year out the Eastern "A" is always among the top 4 or 5 highest attended tournaments in the state and that includes state events!  In 2013 the Eastern "A" grossed over $130,000 and that was the second best attended tournament that year and the 8th best overall!

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Hinsdale Boys Take 20 Game W.S. To Divisional!

      The Hinsdale boys are 20-1 going into the divisional tournament!  They lost to Highwood in game number one this season and since that loss they have won 20 games in a row!  The Hinsdale boys team start five seniors and only give up around 34 points a game.

   Listen to today's program on the 2015 Hinsdale boys basketball team right here!

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Northern "B" Is The Best Division In State!

    Make no mistake about it the Northern "B" is the very best division in Montana boys and girls high school basketball!  Last year when Bigfork won the state "B" boys title that was the first time in 7 years that a team from the Northern Division have not won it all!

   Overall Northern Division teams have won 11 of the last 13 boys state basketball titles and played against each other in the title game in 10 of the last 24 years!

   The results are also the same in girls hoops!  As Malta and Fairfield have combined to win the last 8 state class "B" girls basketball championships!

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Montana High School Basketball Player Makes Life Magazine!

     Not only did Hamilton High School star basketball player Pearl Pollard make the pages of Life Magazine back in 1955 but he was also featured along side famed basketball player Wilt Chamberlain!  The two were featured along side three other players as some of the very best high school players in the nation!

   Please listen to this very interesting story.

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Let's Meet The Real Hero Of The Weber Family!

   Over the weekend the Weber family of Forsyth won three state titles!  Freshman Nathan won his first, junior Luke won his third and Matt took home his record setting fourth!  Remember dad Scott a former Navy Seal is the head coach at Forsyth....but the true hero is mom Maria!

   Please listen to this visit with Mrs. Maria Weber!

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Havre Moves Into A Tie For Second!

   With thier third state wrestling championship in a row the Havre Blue Ponies are now tied for second on the all time list!  Butte still leads with 14 state championships!  Of course thier 13 in a row from 1980 to 192 may never be broken!  Second on that list with 12 are Missoula Sentinel, Glasgow and Havre!

  The next three on the list include Ronan at 9, Sidney with 8 and Miles City and Flathead tied with 7!

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Weber Brothers Take Home Three Titles!

    Wow....frist the Jones brothers of Sidney both won state wrestling titles than the Weber brothers of Forsyth toped that with all three taking home state titles!  Freshman Nathan went 48-9 and won at 113 pounds, junior Like won his third and Matt took home his 4th!

  Please listen to this interview with Matt.  You will also find out what it says on his faith based tee shirt.

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The Streak Ends At 120!

     After several close games Fairfield lost last night for the first time in five seasons!  Choteau ended the state's longest winning streak with a 50-38 win at home!  The four time defending state champs had won 120 games in a row!  It's the Eagles first loss since Malta beat them in the Championship game back on March 13, 2010!

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Highest Scoring Players In The State!

    The leading scorer in class "A" this season is Dane Warp of Havre who is averaging more than 23 points a game!  Dane's high this season is 38!  In "AA" the top scoring player is All World Treys Tinkle of MIssoula Hellgate who is at 24.2!  Tinkle went off for 35 in a win agianst Glacier back on January 27th.

    And the highest scoring player in any classification is Evan Elk Shoulder of Lame Deer!  Evan is averaging 29.2 per game this season!  Please listen to this interview with Lame Deer head coach Lonny Little Bird!

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Matt Weber Of Forsyth Going For Four In A Row!

     The Weber family of Forsyth is one of the most famous wrestling families in our state!  Dad Scott a former Navy Seal was on the Forsyth team that won state back in 1982!  Plus all five of his sons wrestle!  Son Brandon who graduated last year won 135 matches in a row and 3 state titles, Luke a junior is going after his 3rd state championship this weekend and senior Matt is trying to win his fourth!

   Listen to this great interview with Scott and Matt;

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First To Win Four State Wrestling Titles!

    The first to win four state wrestling titles was Gene Davis of Missoula Sentinel!  From 1960 to 1063 Gene not only won state every single year but he also never lost a match....going 66-0!  Plus back in 1976 Gene won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games!

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Class "C" Player With 50 Dunks!

      Now it's not often....O.K. never have I ever heard of a high school player getting 50 dunks in a single season before!  But that is the stat for 6-10 Seth Christiaens of Broadview/Lavina!  Just the other day Seth scored 40 points, had 23 rebounds and 7 dunks in a win over Plenty Coups!  On the season the 6-10 center is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and almost 7 block shots a game!

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Cowgirls Of Miles City Hottest Team In "A"!

     No question about it the Custer County Cowgirls are the one of the very best teams in class "A" right now!  The Cowgirls went into the weekend at 9-2 having lost to just "AA" Billings West and Glendive!  Well on Friday they got by West in over time 59-56 than the next nigt beat Glendive 59-20!  The Miles City Cowgirls are now 11-2 on the year and have won 8 games in a row!

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Janessa Henry Of Dodson Has Record Night!

     Wow, it was a night to remember for Miss Janessa Henry of Dodson!  Last night in a 77-34 win over the Harlem JV Janessa had a school record 43 points!  Plus she also had a triple double with 14 assists and 13 steals!

   You can  listen to my story on Miss Henry right here;

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Game Of The Week; Skyview at West!

     Well the only problem on my high school basketball game of the week is that the Golden Dome on the campus of Billings West only holds 2,650!  Let's just say that it will be a very good night for radio and internet listeners....as several fans who want to see that the game will not be able to get in!  KURL RADIO 93.3 FM www.kurlradio.com

    This evening #2 Billings Skyview will play at third ranked Billings West!  This is my Network high school basketball game of the week!  Skyview comes in 10-2 and back on January 9th handed West thier lone loss of the season 77-70!  That game was one of the best high school basketball games that I have seen in several years!  In the first quarter alone the two teams combined for 10 three's and scored 50 points!  Tonight the starting line up will feature 6 players 6-6 or taller!

    Also it's not easy for visiting teams to win at West High!  Over the past 11 seasons and 113 games, West has only lost 7 times!  Two of those seven losses came against Skyview.

SERIES:  West leads 53-12, and at home West has won 29 of the 33 meetings!

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Tinkle Sets School Scoring Record!

    Last night in a 73-42 win for Missoula Hellgate over Glacier, Hellgate's Tres Tinkle scored 35 points.  Tres also had 15 rebounds and 5 blocks in that game!  His 35 pushed him past Blaine Taylor's career scoring record of 1,215!  Now on the season Tinkle is averaging 24 points, 11 rebounds and hitting almost 50% on his three point shots!

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Best Combined Basketball Records!

     Right now we have just four Montana high school boys basketball teams with perfect win-loss records and only 7 unbdeaten on the girls side!  Now the big question is what school has the very best combined boys and girls win-loss record?

"AA":  Glacier:  16-4

"A":  Columbia Falls: 23-3

"B":  Fairview:  18-2

"C":  Arlee 23-1

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Malta Girls Can Play "D"!

     The Malta girls are 12-0 on the season!  One of the big reasons for thier success is the fact that they play outstanding defense!  Last weekend they got by Glasgow 60-24 and Poplar 71-29!  That is the 7th time in 12 games that they have held opponents to under 30!  Plus on the season they have a M-O-V of more than 33 per game.  This season Malta is lead by Sophia Siles who is averaging 18 points a game!

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State Basketball Record Set!

        The old state record of 11 three pointers made in a single game by Bo Selvig of Fairview has been broken!  Over the weekend Cameron Ireland of Valley Christian drilled 12 three's and scored 42!  Think about that...one player hitting 12 three's in a single game!

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Skyview Finds Success From Line!

    Over the weekend when I announced the Billings Skyview - Miles City boys game, Skyview had 41 free throw attempts compared to just 5 for Miles City!  

     So why the big difference?  Well let me explain!  This season the Skyview Falcons have a very quick athletic team!  It is extremely hard for opponents to gaurd the Falcons and when that happens they comment more fouls!  On the season Billings Skyview is averaging almost 30 free throw attempts a game while their opponents average just 7!

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Can The Forsyth Girls Stop The Fairfield, Malta Run!

    Well if any class "B" girls basketball team can halt the Fairfield, Malta dynasty it just may be Forsyth!  Please listen to this interview with Forsyth girls basketball coach Terri Hein!

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Miss Morley Wins "Great Race"!

     Bigfork super star MIss Makena Morley is now making world history!  First she wins four state cross country titles, becomes a four time winner of the Gatorade cross country runner of the year, places at the national cross country championship and now wins the "Great Race"!  The Great Race held in Scotland over the weekend pits the best runners from America up agianst the very best from Europe!  Makena won on a muddy course by 7 seconds over the two time national champion Anna Rohrer of Indiana!

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Three Teams Went Over The Century Mark!

   Over the weekend we had three high school basketball teams that scored 100 or more points in a game!  Chinook leads the way with a 105-58 win against Turner, followed by 101 from both Darby and Plenty Coups!  This is the second time this season that has had a 101 point game!  The boys state record for the most points scored by a team....is 152 by Missoula Loyola back in 1991!

  The most points scored by a girls team this year?   Well how about 105 from Lame Deere! The state record is 134 set by Big Sandy in 2001 and Lodge Grass in 2004! 

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45 Most Points Scored This Season!

   We have already had five 40 point games so far during this 2014-2015 high school basketball season!  The 45 turned by Chase Comings of Phillipsburg is number one...followed by  42 from Zach McCrossin of Darby and Lando Stewart of Plenty Coups.  Also making the 40 point club is Saunder St. Mark of Frazier and Allen Russell of Brockton.   My boys state record list starts at 55 and we have 20 players on it!

  The most points scored by a girls basketball player this season is 38 from Shiloh McCormick of St. Labre.  In that game Shiloh also hit 8 threes!  To make my top 30 single game state record book you have to have 45!

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Fairfield Girls Streak Now 8th Longest In Nation!

    The Farifield girls basketball program has now won 110 games in a row!  Not only is that a state record but it's also 8th longest all time in the national record books.  The overall record 218!  That was set by Baskin High School of Louisiana from 1947 to 1953!

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Sports Predications For 2015!

     So what are some of my sports predications for 2015?  Well let's see in girls basketball I'm picking Malta and Billings Senior to win state titles and in football I think CMR will go all the way!

    Listen to my special New Year's Day program to find out the rest of my 2015 predications!

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The Top Ten Sports Stories Of 2014!

       Making my list as the 8th biggest Montana sports story of the year...Laurel's Abi Gontarek!  Abi placed 5th at the state wrestling tournament becoming the first girl to ever medal!

     Listen to the rest of the top ten stories right here!

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2014 Top Sports Stories #20 - #11!

    So what were some of the very best Montana Sports stories of 2014?  Well Dillon's second year head football coach Rick Nordaul wins his second state title!  That was my 18th biggest Montana Sports story of 2014!  To find out the rest of the list please listen to this program!

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Top Ten Sports Stories On The Web For 2014!

    It's interesting how different the top Montana Sports stories are on our web site compared to what I have listed as the best stories of the year!

   Once again we had a huge year on our site and the top ten most read Montana Sports stories for 2014 are listed below:

10.  Longest current football winning streaks into this 2014 season!

9.  The return to football for Hinsdale star Dallas Capdeville!

8.  Remembering former basketball great Elvis Old Bull! 

7.  657 Miles for the football team of Westby/Grenora to play at Hot Springs!

6.  My favorite photo of the year....six year old Addison Benson of Laurel was my on air help during the Billings Central - Laurel game!

5.  The first interview for Mark Sampson who was let go as the head football coach at MSU Northern!

4.  The perfect game!  Westby/Grendora Q.B. Cooper Olson goes 22-22 328 yards and 8 touch downs!

3.  My annual football awards program!  Wibaux was named the team of the year!

2.  The end of the Bishop Bowl!  After an altercation at half time of the annual Billings Central - Butte Central football game, Rams head coach Jim Stanton said that the Bishop Bowl would no longer be played!

1.  And the top Montana Sports story on our web site for 2014....Glendive gets new Sports Complex!  Thanks to huge gift from Ross and Tara Oakland Glendive got a new turf football field, new running track and new scoreboard!

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Christmas Boxer Story!

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.  Please take just a couple of minutes and listen to this special Christmas Boxer Story!

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Helena Native Dan Carpenter Is Having A Great Year!

       From Griz great Dan Carpenter of the Buffalo Bills has kicked more field goals this season than any other NFL player!  Dan is 33 of 37 plus over the weekend he nailed a 54 yarder!  So far this year Carpenter is 6 of 8 on field goal attempts of 50 or more yards!  Two weeks ago in a 21-13 win over Green Bay Carpenter booted four field goals including a 51 yarder!

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High School Basketball High Marks!

   Most points scored by a boys basketball player this season....Chase Cumings has had a 45 point game while Shiloh McCormick of St. Labre sits on top the girls list at 38!  Team high's for this new 2014-2015 high school basketball season....101 Plenty Coups and 82 from the girls from Malta.

    Malta also is number one on the young season with a margin of victory of 38 points a game.  The Malta girls are averaging 72 while giving up just 33!  The school record M-O-V for Malta girls is 39 points a game set back in 2006/2007!  The state record is 43.5 set by class "C" Big Sandy in 1986!

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Amazing High School Basketball Records!

     With the 2014-2015 high school basketball season under way here is a list of the some of the most outstanding state basketball records of all time!

  • Largest crowd to witness a high school basketball game?  The record is 10,700 in Bozeman at the 1969 "Big 32" state championship!
  • Biggest crowd for a non tournament game?  9,079 were on hand for the 1993 Billings West - Billings Senior game at Metra Park!
  • Largest high school gym in the state?  Cut Bank at 5,500
  • Most points scored by one player?  66 is the girls record set by Kayla Lambert of Brockton!  The boys record is 65 set by Shane Lorash of Reedpoint and Wally Doney of Miles City Pine Hills!
  • Most points scored by a team?  The girls mark is 134 set by Big Sandy in 2001 while the boys record is 152 from Missoula Loyola in 1991!
  • State record for the most points averaged in a season?  Back in 2000 Lame Deere averaged 101!  They had a 110 point average during the regular season!
  • Most overtimes in one game!  Four times we have had a six overtime game.  The last 6 O.T. game took place in 2012 when Wolf Point got by Plentywood 68-66!

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2014 High School Football Awards!

     Here is the list of my 2014 high school football awards!  For more information please listen to my program from today.

  • Top Single Game Performance:  Westby/Grenora Q.B. Cooper Olson!  In round one Cooper went 22-22 for 328 yards and 8 T.D.'s
  • Network Player Of The Year:  Glacier Q.B. Brady McChesney!  Lead Wolfpack to first state title!  Threw for 2,821 yards, 61%, 38 T.D.'s and only 5 picks!
  • Coach Of The Year:  That would be Rick Nordahl of Dillon. In two years as the head coach Dillon has won two state titles!
  • Team Of The Year:  Wibaux!  The Longhorns went 12-0 and had a margin of victory of almost 50 points a game!  Plus in the high scoring game of Class "C" football Wibaux held opponents to less than 10 points a game!
  • Best Player Back Next Season:  CMR running back Andrew Grinde!  During his junior season Andrew rushed for over 2,100 yards, scored 20 T.D.'s and averaged almost 8 yards a carry!

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Individual Football Records Set In 2014!

       We did have a few high school football records that were sent in 2014!  Let's start with the young man who had the most career receiving yards in state history!  That would be Thomas Field of Grenora, N.D.!  That's right the Montana state receiving record is now held by someone from North Dakota!  Thomas who plays for the co-op of Westby/Grenora finished his career with 216 catches, 3,338 yards and 53 touch downs!  He broke the record set by Ben Roberts of Missoula Seninel of 3,298 yards!

     Also in 2014 we had two quarterbacks that went over 6,000 yards!  Westby Q.B. Cooper Olson finished his career with 6,669 yards, the most ever for a class "C" player and 6th on my all time list!  While Brady McChesney of Glacier ended up with 6,547 yards!  Brady is 4th among "AA" players and 8th overall!  By the way Cooper Olson also broke the all time T.D. passing recrod with 117, while Brady's 82 is the most in "AA" and third overall! 

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2014 Football Notes!

       The 56 points scored by Glacier in the championship game is a new state record!  The old record of 55 was first set 99 years ago by Butte!  Glacier also scored 645 total points this season!  They needed foive more to become the first "AA" program to average 50 for a season since Butte way back in 1923!

   Speaking of scoring....Savage needed just one more point to average 70 for the second year in a row!  Thier 69.9 average is second to the state record that they set a year ago at 71.4!  Hot Springs was the second highest scoring team in 2014 as they averaged 68.4!  Hot Springs now holds the number 3,5 and 6 marks on my all time scoring list!

    Wibaux get's their state class "C" record 6th state title!  That breaks a tie that they shared with Drummond at five!

    Wow, the Rivals win again!  Before Geraldine and Highwood even formed a co-op they were the most domanite programs in Class "C" 6-man football winning a combined 15 state titles!  Well now they have back to back to make it 17 overall!

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Final Game For Two Top Football Stars!

     It's really amazing to see the numbers that Westby/Gernora Q.B. Cooper Olson and W.R. Thomas Field have put up the past few years!  Going into the state class "C" 6-man state championship game against the co-op of Geraldine/Highwood Cooper has thrown for 6,477 yards while Field has 3,123 receiving yards!  Both will finish their career near the top in my all time Montana high school football record books!   Cooper Olson is the first from Montana to ever throw for more than 100 T.D's in his career! 

   CAREER NUMBERS FOR BOTH:

  • Cooper Olson:  435-620-17 = 6,477   70%   115 T.D.'s
  • Thomas Field:  204 catches 3,123 yards, 52 T.D.'s

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A Visit With Westby/Grenora Q.B. Cooper Olson!

         It's interesting that Montana's most unique co-op of Westby, Montana and Grenora, N.D. have combined to win zero state football titles while their opponent Geraldine/Highwood have combined to win 15 championships!   The Mon-Dak Thunder of Westby/Grenora are led this season by Q.B. Cooper Olson of Westby and W.R. Thomas Field of Grenora!   

     Please listen to this interview with Mr. Cooper Olson right here;

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Stat Of The Week....13 Years In A Row!

    The high school football stat of the week!  This will be the 13th year in a row that either Billings Central or Dillon will advance to the state championship game!  Plus it's the first time in 4 years that they have not met in the class "A" state championship game!

   I will broadcast this huge game Saturday from Dillon...please listen to my pre-view right here;

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It's Time For Sate Volleyball!

    It's hard to believe that this is the 11th year of the all class state volleyball tournament in Bozeman!  Returning state champions back at state!

  • "AA":  Billings Senior:  They have won back to back titles and have a three year win-loss record of 87-2!
  • "A":  Corvallis:  They won their first ever title a year ago!
  • "B" Huntley Project:  Wow, what a run!  Huntley has won 5 state titles in a row and 9 of the last 11!
  • "C" Gardiner has won the last two!

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Awesome Veterans Day Story!

     Today is not only Veterans Day...but next week is also the 114th edition of the famed Cat - Griz game!  Please listen to what just may be the most important game ever played!

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Universal Athletic Monday Honor Roll!

    Leading off this week's Monday High School Honor Roll sponsored by Universal Athletic is Geraldine-Highwood running back Jake Malek!  In a 40-38 win over the co-op of Hobson-Moore-Judith-Gap Malek rushed for 355 yards and two touchdowns!

   Other's making the Universal Honor Roll this week;

  • Wibaux R.B. Colton Tousignant; 246 yards and 5 T.D.'s
  • Cory Diaz of Missoula Big Sky: 200 yards and all 4 T.D.'s
  • Glacier Q.B. Brady McChesney: 298 passing, 4 T.D.'s
  • Dillon Q.B. J.D. Ferris; threw for 4 T.D.s now has 10 in two playoff games!
  • Westby-Grenora Q.B. Cooper Olson:  He followed up his perfect 22-22, 8 T.D. performance last weekend by going 17 of 25 for 224 yards and 3 scores!  In two playoff games this season Olson has completed 83% of his passes for 552 yards and 11 T.D.'s!

    Listen to my Monday sports show right here;

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Top Five Longest Road Trips In Round Number Two!

     So who will travel the farthest this weekend during the high school football playoffs?

"AA":  466 miles for Billings West to play at Glacier

"A":  537 miles for Miles City to travel to Whitefish

"B":  429 miles for Baker to go to Townsend

"C":  392 miles for Broadus to go to Chinook

"C" 6-man:  657 miles for Westby/Grenora to go to Hot Springs

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657 Miles....One Very Long Road Trip!

  Now we all know that we live in a big state....but to travel 657 miles for a football game...well that just may be a new record!  This weekend in the second round of the Class "C" 6-man high school football playoffs the Mon- Dak Thunder the co-op football team of Westby/Grenora will travel to Hot Springs!  I told head coach Troy Walters that it would be a shorter trip if the team went to Minneapolis, Minnesota!

   The travel plans have the team leaving on Thursday morning, practicing in Reed Point, spending the night in Bozeman!  Friday traveling to Alberton to practice and spending the evening in Missoula.  Than on Saturday playing the game in Hot Springs and staying in Great Falls on the way home.  It's not often that a high school football team spends three nights in three different cities on one road trip!

   Listen to what head coach Troy Walters has to say about his teams long road trip!

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Quickest To Win A State Football Title!

  So if the Wolfpack of Glacier win it all this season will they be the youngest "AA" program to win it all?  The answer to that question is NO!  The Bruins of Helena Capital won in just their 6th season back in 1978!  CMR won in Jack Johnson's third and fourth seasons...but it was the schools 11th season over all!

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One Unbelievable Performance!

   Write down this name....Cooper Olson!  Over the weekend Mr. Olson had the football performance of a life time!  In a 75-21 playoff win over the co-op of Westby/Grenora Cooper was 22 of 22 with 328 yards and 8 touch downs!  Think about that 22 of 22!  Now that would not be easy in practice with no defense!

  Up next in the 6-Man Class "C" playoffs Westby/Grenora will travel to Hot Springs!

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Almost Half Of All Football Teams Make The Playoffs!

     In 2014 we have 142 high school football teams overall in all four classifications!  Now did you know that almost half of those teams qualify for the post season playoffs?  That's right in "AA" it's 8 of 14, in "A" 12 of 22, "B" 16 of 39 than in 6-Man "C" 16 of 34 and in 8-Man "C" 16 of 33!  Overall it's 48% of teams that play in the post season!

   Plus this season we have six teams that got in with losing records!  Last year during the first round of the 6-Man playoffs three teams won by more than 40!  While in the 8-Man game we had three teams that won by more than 50!

   So the question is should we have almost half of all teams make it into the post season?  My answer is..... why not?  This means more games for the players, cheerleaders and pep band, plus I don't think the parents mind watching their son's play at least one more game!

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Winning Thirteen State Titles In A Row Is The State Record!

      So what Montana high school holds the state record for winning the most state titles in a row and in what sport?

     Well the answer to that question is the Butte High Bulldogs wrestling program!

     Here is the list of the top four on my all time list!

    1.  13   Butte Wrestling    1980-1992

    2.  12   Bigfork Girls Tennis   1986-1997

    3.  11   Browning Boys Cross Country  1974-1984

    4.  10   Havre Girls Swimming   2000-2009

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Most Dominant High School Football Teams!

So who are the most dominant high school football teams for 2014? Well it's the Savage Heat of Hot Springs! Now they say that in 6-Man Class "C" football their is not much defense! Well Hot Springs has only given up three touch downs all season! On the year Hot Springs has a margin of victory of almost 60 points a game!

In 8-man Class "C" football Savage leads the way by beating opponents by 55 per game! Savage also leads the state as the highest scoring team averaging almost 71 points a game!

In Class "B" top ranked Fairfield is also number one in M.O.V. at 31 per game!

In Class "A" it's the Wildcats of Columbia Falls at 36.8 and in "AA" it's all about the Wolfpack of Glacier averaging 50 and giving up only 15!
 

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Ekalaka Plays Football With Just Seven Players!

Imagine playing high school football with just seven players! Well that is the challenge that head coach Tenadore Kittleman has with his program at Ekalaka this season! Plus the team with just one sub are also 4-4 on the season!

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Football Coaching Milestones!

       Big weekend for two of the winningest high school football coaches in state history!  This weekend when Drummond takes on Arlee, not only will the winner take home the Western "C" title but Drummond head coach Jim Oberweisser with a win could move into the top 5 on my all time list!  The next Drummond victory will give Coach Oberwiesser win number 222!  That would move him into a tie for 5th place along with Sidney's Mike Gear and Butte's Harry "Swede" Dalberg!  

     Also if Billings West gets a win at home this weekend agianst CMR West head coach Paul Klaboe would move into the top 10!  Paul's next win would give him 211 and place him in a tie for 10th place along with Terry Thomas of Dillon!  

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Pat Kearney Remembered!

      Some say that I am a sports historian.  That is so note true....the only Montana sports historian that I know of is Butte's Pat Kearney!  Recently Pat passed away at 59, please listen to my tribute to Pat.

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You Do Not Need Big Enrollment Numbers To Succeed In Football!

   Many sports fans say that you need big enrollment numbers to be successful in the game of high school football!  Well that is not true....just look at what some small schools like Baker, Forsyth, Fairfield and Butte Central have accomplished?

   Listen to these coaches tell us why their programs are so successful with small enrollment numbers!

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Best Winning Percentage Of Any Montana High School Football Coach!

    We all know that recently retired Jack Johnson of CMR is the state's winningest coach!  But what Montana football coach has the very best winning percentage?

   Well the second winningest coach on my list Don Schillinger of Baker never had a losing season in 37 years of coaching and his teams won 86% of their games!   Also winning over 80% in more than 30 seasons was Tim Roscoe of Frenchtown!  Malta's Scott King was at 80% in 24 years in Malta and also never once missed out on the post season!

   The state record for the best winning percentage for any coach who has been in the game for 10 years or more.....Jeff Bertelsen of Wibaux!  In 14 years at Wibaux Jeff's teams are 132 and 17, that my friends is a winning percentage of 89%!  The second best winning percentage is the 90% for Rick Nordahl of Dillon...in his first season last year they went 12-0 and won the state championship!

   And the very best winning percentage overall for any coach....100%!  Walt Chancy went 12-0 in his only season as the head coach at Helena Capital!

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Rocky Remembers Elvis Old Bull!

     Please listen to my tribute of one of the state's all time greatest high school basketball players Elvis Old Bull!

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Highest Scoring Football Teams!

   A year ago Savage set a state record when they became the first Montana high school football team to average more than 70 points a game for an entire season!  Well after scoring 106 over the weekend, Savage is now leading the state averaging 71.7 per game in 2014!

   Other top scoring Montana high school football teams;

"AA":  Glacier 48.3    High 68

'A":  Columbia Falls:  38.8    High 69

"B":  Boulder: 41.3      High 49

"C":  1. Savage:  71.7      High 106

         2. Terry 67.8      High 86

        3. Hot Springs 67.3    High 85

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Best Defensive Teams For 2014!

     Well Forsyth stands out as the top defensive team in 2014 as they have only given up a single touch down in five games!  On the year Forsyth has out scored their opponents 209-6!

   Than how about 6-Man class "C" Hot Springs!  Now everybody knows that defense is not a major part of the hi-scoring game of Montana 6-Man high school football....well Hot Springs has only given up two scores all year in 5 games!  On the season Hot Springs has outscored their opponents 269-13!

    Best defensive team in each class:

"AA":  Helena High is giving  up just 8.3 per game!

  • Helena has only given up 50 points in 6 games....some fans are telling me that the Bengals are one of the best "AA" defensive teams of all time!

"A':  Laurel     9.3, Columbia Falls gives up only 11.0!

"B":  Forsyth   1.2 points per game given up!  Glasgow is at 4.5!

"C":  Hot Springs:   2.6 points per game given up!

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Rocky Football Notes For Week Six!

     It took five games but Forsyth has finally given up a touch down this year!  Over the weekend they got by Shepherd 43-6!  On the season Forsyth has outscored their opponents 209-6!

   Plus big shake up among the top ranked class "A" football teams!  In week number six the top three teams all lost!  Number one Laurel lost to Miles City 21-13, #2 Billings Central lost to Sidney 17-7, (first conference loss in 9 years for Billings Central) and number three Dillon the defending state champs lost to Butte Central 31-27!

   Most impressive wins in week six?  Well how about #3 Drummond getting by 4th ranked Charlo 52-6!  Than in class "B" it was #5 Boulder having no trouble with 6th ranked Townsend winning 43-0!

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First Montana Football Related Death Was 60 Years Ago This Month!

     Sadly last week we had three football related deaths across the nation!  For the year we have had eight and that is already three more than the national average!

    Now the first high school football related death in our state took place 60 years ago this month!  Please listen to this special program!

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High Scoring High School Football Games!

    A year ago the Savage Warrors became the first Montana high school football team to average more than 70 points a game for a season!  Well over the weekend we had 26 teams that scored 50 or more points and three who went over 77!

  • 91 Alberton
  • 85 Savage
  • 81 Ekalaka
  • 78 Victor

Top in "AA" in week four:  Glacier 68

Top in "A":  Laurel 67

Top in "B": Conrad 66

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The Rams Of Billings Central Are Not Ranked!

    This past week the first high school football power poll was realeased and it was surprising to me that the Rams of Billings Central were not ranked!  That is the first time that the team that has played in the last seven state championship games in a row have not been ranked in the top five in more than eight years!

   Well over the weekend Belgrade got by Miles City 34-25!  The loss for the Cowboys of Miles City their first all year....by the way the only loss for 3-1 Belgrade this season came against Billings Central 27-21!

   Than over the weekend the Rams beat top ranked Dillon 28-20 snapping Dillon's 14 game winning streak! 

  You know what I am thinking that the Rams may be ranked this week!

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The Billings Central - Butte Central Series May Be Over!

    Last Friday in Butte the Bishop Bowl turned out to be one wild game!  Butte Central won in over time 24-23....but the really excitment is what took place at halftime!

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How About 391 Rushing Yards In One Game!

   You know almost 400 rushing yards in a season would not be bad for some football players....but 391 yards in one game!  Over the weekend Brock Frisbie of Lambert had 391 yards as his team the co-op of Richey/Lambert got by Terry 80-78.

  Brock was not alone in putting up big numbers on the ground!  In "AA" CMR junior back Andrew Grinde went for 294 while Joe Caicedo of Darby had a 261 yard game!

  The state record for the most rushing yards in a single game is 446 set by Jolly Righetti of Whitefish back in 2003!

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Sports Memories Made In Glendive On New Turf!

   How awesome was it that Carson Oakland threw for a touch down on the turf at the new Oakland Sports Complex!

   Please listen to this special report.

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Glendive Ready To Play On The New Turf!

       Friday September 5, 2014 will be a day that the community of Glendive will never forget!  This Friday the Red Devils host the Glasgow Scotties at their new Oakland Sports Complex!  Ross and Tara Oakland have donated around $2 million for a state of the art track, turf football field, new lights and video scoreboard! 

     I will announce the game on Friday along side Paul Sturlaugson for radio stations KXGN in Glendive and KTLZ Glasgow.

 

 

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Rocky Picks The Top "AA" and "A" Football Teams!

    So who do I think will be the top class "AA" and "A" football programs for 2014?

"AA"

1.  Glacier:   They were second a year ago!  Not bad for a school that is only in it's 8th year of high school football!

2.  Helena High:  If Helena Bengals win it all it would be thier first state football title in 82 years!

3.  Helena Capital:  All they have done is win 7 state championships since 1999!

4.  CMR

5.  Billings Skyview

"A"

1.  Billings Central:  The Rams will not loss a game this year!

2.  Dillon:  For the 4th year in a row it will be Dillon and Billings Central in the state "A" championship game!

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Longest Football Win Streaks To Begin The New Season!

      The two time defending state class "B" champs Sacred Heart out of Missoula will enter the 2014 high school football season having won thier last 23 games in a row!  They are just one more win away from making my list of the top 20 all time longest winning streaks in Montana football history!  Other winning streaks into 2014:

  • "AA" Bozeman 13
  • "A" Dillon 11
  • 'C" Ennis 12
  • "C" six-man  Hot Springs 12

    The overall state record is 45 in a row held by Drummond from 2003 to 2006!

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State Record 624 Passing Yards In One Game!

    So what is the state record for the most passing yards in a single game?  Well that would be 624 yards!  The record was set in October of 1995 when Billings Central Q.B. Chris Klien threw for 624 yards in a game against Colstrip!  Klien also holds the number two mark at 590 yards during that same season agianst Sidney!  Number three on my all time list is 549 yards from Drew Hedrick of Billings Senior!

   Over all we have had six games where a Montana high school Q.B. has thrown for more than 500 yards!  The last to accomplish the feat was Butte's Dallas Cook!  In the first game of the 2012 season Dallas Cook threw for 523 yards in a 55-48 loss to Billings Skyview!

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We Add Two To A Very Exclusive List!

     This summer we added two more names to the list of high school athlete's who have played in three of the major all star events that take place each summer!  Those events consist of the Montana - Wyoming All Star Basketball Series, The Montana - North Dakota All Star Football game and the East - West Shrine Football Game!

   The two this summer that played in all three are Evan Epperly of Glacier and Troy Scott of Dillon!  It's interesting to note that the first three on this list are all from Plentywood; Travis Walker in 1995, Nick Walker in 1998 and than Jeff Nikoliasen of Plentywood back in 1999!

Janessa Henry Of Dodson Has Record Night!

     Wow, it was a night to remember for Miss Janessa Henry of Dodson!  Last night in a 77-34 win over the Harlem JV Janessa had a school record 43 points!  Plus she also had a triple double with 14 assists and 13 steals!

   You can  listen to my story on Miss Henry right here;

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