Tinkle leads Hellgate over Bison; GFH grapplers in front at CMR Holiday Classic

Hellgate's Tres Tinkle, son of UM Men's Baketball coach Wayne Tinkle, shoots a jumpshot during Friday's game against Great Falls High.TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

Hellgate’s Tres Tinkle, son of UM Men’s Baketball coach Wayne Tinkle, shoots a jumpshot during Friday’s game against Great Falls High.
TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

The Great Falls High wrestling team is poised to win another CMR Holiday Classic.

The Bison are in first place heading into today’s action with 140 points, while Class A Havre is right behind at 132.

GFH head coach Steve Komac said he expects it to come down to the final round tomorrow. The Bison advanced seven to Saturday morning’s semifinal round, including a surprise as freshman Tommy McMillen advanced.

The Blue Ponies advanced six to the semis, so it could depend a lot on how both teams do in the consolation rounds. Havre entered Friday’s final consolation round ahead of GFH, but the Bison surpassed the Blue Ponies by the end of the night.

One of the cooler things about these sorts of tournaments is that kids from smaller schools get a chance to tackle the bigger schools. And the small school grapplers held their own as every weight class has at least one semifinalist from a school Class A or smaller.

Choteau, which finished second in Class B at last year’s state tournament, has four athletes in the semifinals.

We’ll have plenty of wrap-up coverage in Sunday’s Tribune, but stayed tuned next week for a feature on Chinook senior Rob Klingaman. The Sugarbeeter finished second at last March’s state tournament to teammate Benjamin Stroh, who is now wrestling at Wyoming.

In basketball action, Callee Remsen scored 26 points as the GFH girls topped Hellgate on the road Friday. The Hellgate boys, with University of Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle in attendance, topped GFH in the Electric City 52-41. Tinkle, of course, was there with wife Lisa (a CMR alum) to watch their son Tres play for the Knights. The younger Tinkle didn’t disappoint, tallying a game-high 17 points.

If last week wasn’t proof enough, the Havre girls look like they will be a force this season in the Central A Division. The Blue Ponies used 19 points from Brandy Lambourne and 14 from Peyton Filius to top Belgrade 58-46. Meanwhile in the boys’ game, Jeremy Ragar drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the right corner to give the Panthers the 62-60 win over Havre in overtime.

If you haven’t already done so, check out this story on the progress of the Great Falls Americans hockey team. The Americans did lose tonight, but it’s still worth your while to give it a read.

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