Great Falls High girls top Havre

The No. 3 Great Falls High girls’ basketball team cruised to a 54-31 nonconference win over Havre on Thursday night. That makes three in a row for the Bison (10-2), who have lost twice to Helena Capital this season. Thursday, GFH used aggressive defense to force 21 turnovers en route to the easy win. “We … Continue reading

Thomas, King calling it quits

Quite the day on the “coaches retiring” front. Both Malta’s Scott King and Dillon’s Terry Thomas have decided to step away from their head football-coaching gigs, we learned. The two coaches are two of the most decorated in state history. You can read my story here on the two. Both coaches lost their respective state … Continue reading

C.M. Russell High boys, Great Falls High girls ranked

The first Associated Press high school prep polls came out today and it’s time for some analysis. In the girls’ poll, Missoula Sentinel took the top slot while Helena Capital was second. Great Falls High, meanwhile, checks in at No. 4. The Bison take on C.M. Russell High Thursday and we’ll have more on that … Continue reading

C.M. Russell, Great Falls High boys successful

The frenetic pace of Thursday’s first quarter between Helena Capital and C.M. Russell High was something of an aberration from what fans of the I-15 nonconference rivalry have come to expect. The fast-paced, run-and-gun style to the first quarter ended with CMR on top 23-18. The game slowed after that as CMR outscored its southern … Continue reading

Tuesday Preps: C.M. Russell High wrestlers fall to Bozeman; Great Falls High girls improve to 4-1

C.M. Russell High senior Riley Wavra might have wrestled his last match at 119 pounds Tuesday when he topped Bozeman’s Kelly Taylor. “We like where he’s at,” CMR head coach Aaron Jensen said. “He’ll be going 112 here after this so that will even be better for him.” Yes, Wavra is going to cut down … Continue reading

Montana State and GFH star Bobby Howard is this week’s Sunday Conversation

We’ll get to Bobby, who was this week’s Sunday Conversation in a moment. First we’re going to talk about wrestling. Much like the wrestling “Tournament of Champions” sponsored by the Hoyt and Blewett law firm, the CMR Holiday Classic was devoid of the Billings schools. Consequently, we did get a chance to see how the … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

C.M. Russell lets Sentinel escape the Electric City with a win

The C.M. Russell girls’ basketball team put forth a defensive effort worthy of a victory Tuesday night, holding defending state champion Missoula Sentinel to just 23 points through three quarters. The culprit? A feisty 2-3 zone employed by Chad Olson’s Rustlers. “I thought that CMR did an excellent job in that 2-3 zone,” Sentinel coach … Continue reading

Weekend wrap: Great Falls High boys unbeaten, C.M. Russell squads each split

OK, so Friday’s showdown between Class B defending state champion Fairfield and Class C defending state champion Belt wasn’t quite the barnburner we would have liked. Fairfield won its 53rd consecutive game by topping Belt 66-43. Four players scored in double figures for the Eagles and another player added nine. Kara Gerke scored 14 and … Continue reading

C.M. Russell High and Great Falls High basketball begins this week as High School Extra returns

The winter sports season is upon us. That’s right. We’ve seen the high school wrestlers take to the mat already as GFH edged Bozeman, and we’re a few days away from high school basketball starting in earnest. For starters, check out our overviews of boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball that appeared in our paper Tuesday … Continue reading

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