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EASTERN C

District 2C

Froid-Lake Redhawks

Head coach: Lance Brekke

2016-17 record: 24-5

Starters returning: Morgan Mason, Sr., 1st Team All-State; Mackenzie Dethman, Jr., 2nd Team All-State; Tawnee Robertson, Sr.

Other key players: Haley Labatte, Jr.; Sydney Labatte, So.; Sydney Dethman, Fr.; Kinsey Rasmussen, Fr.

Etc: Froid-Lake lost to Twin Bridges in last year's third-place game at the state tournament.  

Westby-Grenora Thunder

Head coach: Dylan MacLean

2016-17 record: 16-8

Starters returning: None.

Other key players: Kinley Peterson, Jenna Rust, Kiara Salsbury.

SOUTHERN C

District 4C

Broadus Hawks

Head coach: Ricarda Hanson

2016-17 record: 13-12

Starters returning: 0

Other key players: Kiarah Coulter, Jr.; Laura Harrington, Sr.; Christen Johnson, Sr.; Brooke Billing, Sr.

Coach says: "After graduating eight seniors last year, this is the first year we are bringing up eighth-graders."

Jordan Mustangs 

Head Coach: Edward Kreider

2016-17 record: 12-6

Starters returning: Tawney Stanton, Sr.

Other key players: Shelby Colvin, So; Tierany Phipps, So; Kailah Hafla, Fr; Ava Kreider, Fr; Brynn Ryan, Fr; Rebekah Fillmore, Fr; Riata Belinger, Fr.

Coach says: "We have just one post and one returning senior. We are a young but talented team."

etc: This begins coach Kreider's first year as head coach. 

Melstone Broncs

Head coach: Ole Eike

2016-17 record: 20-5

Starters returning: Shayla Hough, Sr.

Other key players: Abby Hansen, Jr.; Megan Brewer, Jr.; Kaigen Roskelley, So.; Chelsea Vohs, Fr.; Kaylee Thurston, Fr.; Draya Wacker, 8th; Kelsey Thurston, 8th.

Coach says: "Our team will be very young. We have a total of eight girls, including two eighth-graders. With just 11 girls in the entire high school, we are short numbers but the ones who have come out for the team play hard and compete. We have only one returning starter, so we have lots to learn. But we will always play hard and give great effort."

Etc: Hough is a two-time all-conference player. ... This is Eike's seventh season at Melstone.  

Terry Terriers

Head coach: Tim Lange

2016-17 record: 6-15

Starters returning: Laiten Lantis, So., 1st Team All Conference & All State; Genna Schroeber, Sr.; Maritza Cadenas, Jr.

Other key players: Loni Kortum Fr.

Coach says: "We have good guards and perimeter players. We are undersized in the post so we will mix up defenses with lots of pressure in full court and half court changing defenses to disrupt flow and dictate tempo."

Etc: This is Lange's first season as head coach at Terry. 

District 6C

Bridger Scouts

Head coach: Wes Kragt

2016-17 record: 6-15

Starters returning: Cara White, Sr.

Other key players: Desiree Scott, Jr.; Jessica Adkins, Jr.; Serena Oyler, So.; Madison Dravtsky, So.; Sami Fusco, So.; Emily Adkins, Fr.; Jenna Kallevig, Fr.; Krya Kroll, Fr.

Coach says: "With our senior leader, Kate Aisenbrey, tearing her ACL during volleyball, this team will be very young. Three freshmen and one sophomore will be playing major minutes, so we will be looking to build for the future and improve each week."

Etc: Kragt is in his second season at Bridger. He is also coaches the Bridger boys basketball team.

Broadview-Lavina Pirates

Head coach: Duane Walker

2016-17 record: 17-8

Starters returning: Chloe Hanser, Kirsten Jensen

Other key players: Kirsten Jensen, Kennah Jensen, Alyx Morrison, Hannah Dreese, Teagan Murray

Coach says: "We are a very young team with only one senior. The senior, Chloe Hanser, is a complete team leader and player. She can play any position. I expect great things from her."

Harlowton Engineers

Head coach: Gregg Wasson

2016-17 record: 22-4

Starters returning: Mariah Dietrich, 1st Team All-conference/All-State; Madison Wasson, 1st Team All-Conference; Cloe Hagl

Other key players: Grace Keller, Sr.; Taylee Bornong, Jr.;. Keeley Chrest, So.; Karli Lane, Fr., Teagan Oliva, Fr.

Coach says: "We return three starters and one key sub off of last year's state appearance team, so we have a good core group to start with. We have young talent vying for playing time and giving us depth."

Etc: Wasson starts his seventh season at Harlowton with a 128-25 record. ... Harlowton reached the state tournament last season where it lost to Arlee and Savage.   

Park City Panthers

Head coach: Michelle Gauthier

2016-17 record: 19-6

Starters returning: None

Other key players: Brittany Frank, Sr.; Blakely Verke, Jr.; Alyx Grabowska, Jr.; Kasidy Robbins, Jr.; Haley Harper, Sr.; Andee Baker, Jr.; Breanne Smith, Jr.; Hayley Story, So.; Sydney Kluth, So.; Alexis Tryan, So.

Coach says: "The Lady Panthers play well as a team. Our defense will be our strength, as will our transition game."

Etc: This is Gauthier's second season at Park City. 

Reed Point-Rapelje Renegades

Head coach: Tricia Hess

2016-17 record: 7-17

Starters returning: Nynah Bryant, Brittany Albers, Mercedes Hoff, Jocelyn Ott, Carlee Blodgett

Coach says: "We did not graduate any seniors last year so we have a strong group of girls with good experience on the court with each other returning. With hard work these girls can accomplish a lot and I look forward to a good season with them."

Etc: This is Hess's second full season as head coach.

NORTHERN C

District 8C

Belt Huskies

Head coach: Jeff Graham

2016-17 record: 26-1 (state champions)

Starters returning: Adrian Malek, Sr.; Dani Urick, Sr.

Other key players: Ryan Schraner, Sr.; Briana Wall, Sr.; Morgan Cooper, Jr.; Kolby Pimperton, So.; Shelby Paulson, So.

Coach says: "We lost three very good seniors who are all currently playing college athletics. We are going to have to have some kids step up and replace their leadership in practice and in games. Our district will once again be very tough and will prepare us for tournament time."

Etc: Urick averaged 17.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 3.3 apg and spg on her way to her third consecutive all-state honors. ... Belt beat Arlee in last year's state championship game, and has won five of the last six Class C titles. ... Graham is 248-28 in his previous 10 seasons at Belt.

Centerville Miners

Head coach: Brian Davison

2016-17 record: 13-9

Starters returning: None

Other key players: Hailey Konesky, Hailey Christian, Katie Scott, Aubrey Little

Coach says: "We lost our top six players from last season and the girls that returned did not get much varsity playing time. We are extremely young, with one senior and one junior and three sophomores starting with three freshman and one sophomore coming off of the bench."

Etc: Davison begins his first season at Centerville. 

District 9C

Box Elder Bears

Head coach: Joel Rosette

2016-17 record: 20-3

Starters returning: Lilly Gopher, Jr.; Joelnell Momberg, So.; Nikayla Anderson

Other key players: Cecilia Vielle; Maddie Wolf Chief; Sarah Parisian; Eve The Boy

Coach says: "We're an experienced and battle-tested team that will compete every night."

Etc: Gopher and Momberg are returning all-state players. Anderson was all-conference. ... Rosette begins his eighth season at Box Elder. 

Chinook Sugarbeeters

Head coach: Lesa MacLeod

2016-17 record: 9-12

Starters returning: Sierra Swank, Erin Pula, Carrie Hofer, Kourtney Hanson

Other key players: Jaye Anderson, Hailey McMaster, Ashley MacLeod, Lincy Johnson, Megan Molyneaux, Rachel Gunderson

Coach says: "We have a lot of returners on a hard-working team. We do have new positions for some players."

Etc: This is MacLeod's first season as the head coach. Previously she's been an assistant with the Sugarbeeters. 

Fort Benton Longhorns

Head coach: Cassie Pimperton

2016-17 record: 20-5

Starters returning: Leah Gannon, Madison Thompson -all state

Etc: Gannon is a returning all-state player. ... Pimperton begins her sixth season and is 75-39 overall. 

Turner Tornadoes

Head coach: Jennifer Baird

2016-17 record: 11-10

Starters returning: Melanie Watkins, Jr.; Rylee Conlan, Jr.; Raegan Conlan, Jr.; Sarah Billmayer, So.; Shyan Krass, Fr., Brandy Calvert, Fr., Alaynee Hawley, Fr.

Other key players: Brooke Reed, Fr.; 8th graders - Laci Maloney, 8th; Lacey Hickel, 8th.

Coach says: "These girls have been playing together for many years. We have a fair amount of speed and versatility both mentally and physically. We are still a young team, but each player excels at their role."

Etc: Baird begins her third season with Turner. She's 22-22 overall. 

District 10C

Simms Tigers

Head coach: Kinna Truitt

2016-17 record: 16-7

Starters returning: Maddie Bloom, 1st team, Jr.; Janessa Willekes, 1st team, So.; Taylor Jones, 2nd team, Jr.; Madi Cicon, Jr.

Other key players: Lissy Willekes, Jr.; Draylen Sawyer, So.

Etc: Truitt has a 58-34 record at Simms.

Sunburst Refiners

Head coach: Alex Aschim

2016-17 record: 1-21

Starters returning: Brooke Holland, Jeena Alborano, Mackinzie Wilson, Devany Lamb, Laura Meyer.

Other key players: Victoria Bouttier, Grace McClellan, Bailey Postma, Audrey Nice, Ayelleah Brown.

Coach says: "Our team is very young this year, as it was last year, but we lost two key players to graduation. Our starting five are five freshman, but they all have major varsity experience, as they played last year as eighth-graders."

WESTERN C

District 11C

Lone Peak Bighorns

Head coach: Austin Barth

2016-17 record: 12-10

Starters returning: Kolya Bough, Jackson Wade, Liam Germain, Frankie Starz

Other key players: NA.

Coach says: "Our athleticism and experience will make us more of a threat this year on defense, and add to how we attack in transition. We have two extremely motivated senior leaders in Jackson Wade and Liam Germain, and a very talented point guard in Kolya Bough. I would say that the most exciting thing about this team is the fact that we are all a threat to score, and everybody has the green light to shoot the ball."

Etc: This is Barth's first year as head coach of the program.

West Yellowstone Wolverines

Head coach: Nubia Allen

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2016-17 record: 1-17

Starters returning: Mary Gospodarek

Other key players: Dorothyien Lopez, Avery Parker, Kate Jackson, Ashlynn Roos, Rebeka Everest, Brooklynn Conaghan, Danna Ochoa.

Coach says: "We are a young team, but have strength in numbers. We have a lot young talented players with the right mentality."

Etc: Allen was 40-25 at Big Sky before taking over this season at West Yellowstone.

White Sulphur Springs Hornets

Head coach: Teri Ogle

2016-17 record: 14-9

Starters returning: Megan Ogle, all-conference; Genna Barrett, all-conference; Kendel Jones; Morgan Vaisvilas.

Other key players: Autumn Thompson

Coach says: "We have five strong returning seniors. They all have started for me the past three years and come with lots of experience and desire to have a winning season."

Etc: Ogle is 42-50 at White Sulphur Springs. 

District 12C

Drummond Trojans

Head coach: Sara Wagner

2016-17 record: 14-8

Starters returning: 3

Lettermen returning: 8

Coach says: n/a

Etc: This begins Wagner's third season as head coach.

Philipsburg Prospectors 

Head coach: Sarah Knutson

2016-17 record: 12-10

Key players: Jaden Comings, Sr, G/F; Brooke Rouse, Sr, F/C; CC Metesh, Jr, G/F; Emma Grange, So, PG; Haddle Tallon, So, G; Serenity O'Donnell, So, G; Emily Canifield, Sr, G.

Coach says: Our team's strengths are our quickness, team chemistry and our attitude to want to get better and want to play tough every game. This is another building year for the girls, as most of our team makes up 8th graders, freshman and sophomores, but I'm expecting exciting things from these underclassmen this year" 

Etc: Jaden Comings was first team All-Conference....Emma Grange averaged 9 ppg with three assists. 

Sheridan Panthers

Head coach: Emily Pierson

2016-17 record: 1-13

Starters returning: Tia Hill; Madison Fabel

Other key players: Destiny Fabel, Mackenzie Fabel, Ruby Rossiter.

Twin Bridges Falcons

Head coach: Josh Keller

2016-17 record: 27-1

Starters returning: Kailee Oliverson, RaeAnne Bendon

Other key players: Clancy Phillips, Blu Keim, Avery George, Ashleigh Guinnane

Coach says: "We have as good of a 1-2 combo as any team in the state, with RaeAnne Bendon and Kailee Oliverson. We are young besides my three seniors and not very deep."

Etc: Twin Bridges defeated Froid-Lake in last year's third-place game at the Class C state tournament. ... Oliverson, who has signed with the University of Nevada, and Bendon were all-state players a year ago. ... Keller has a career record of 80-19. 

District 13C

Alberton-Superior Panthers

Head coach: Jeff Schultz

2016-17 record: 15-7

Starters returning: Kenzie Mueller, Sr, G; Hailey Kelly, Sr, G; Montanna Baughman, Sr, P; Madison Mask, Jr, G.

Other key players: Madison Lommen, Sr, PG; Madison Courser, Jr, P; Kathryn Parkin, Jr, G; Margaret Parkin, Jr, G; Sophia Krutilla, Jr, G; Audrie Azure, Jr, P; Hannah Calloway, Jr, P; Emmah Baughman, So, G; Kylie Plakke, Fr, P; Alexia Kelsey, Fr; P. 

Coach says: Our strengths are our speed and overall team depth. We will play fast and are lucky to have a lot of girls that will see the court every night.

Etc: Madison Lommen is a senior transfer from Washington....Kenize Mueller was first-team all-state last season......Hailey Kelly was second-team all-conference... Madison Mask was second team all-conference. 

Darby Tigers

Head coach: Dawn Ringer

2016-17 record: 9-9

Starters returning: Casey Ehmann, Peyton Muir, MacKenzie Smith

Other key players: Shianne Kauk, Kimber Schlapman

Etc: This is Ringer's first season as coach of the Tigers. 

District 14C

Hot Springs Savage Heat 

Head coach: Richard Jackson

2016-17 record: 9-9

Starters returning: Stacy Gray, Sr, G; McKennzie Cannon, So, P.

Other key players: Lexi Detienne, Sr, P; Sydney Jackson, So, G; Sage Jackson, So, G; Brianna Gray, So, G/P; Danielle Graham, So, P; Breeze Clark, So, P; Yazmin Finley, So, P.

Coach says: "We will be quick and full of hustle despite being a young team." 

Etc: This is coach Jackson's second season.....Stacy Gray was a honorable mention all-conference last season....McKennzie Cannon was also honorable mention all-conference.

Plains Trotters

Head coach: Jessica Nagy

2016-17 record: 13-9 

Starters returning: Jessica Thompson, 1st Team All-Conference; Lindsay Laws, 1st Team All-Conference; Kara Altmiller; Rachel Huenik; Kassidy Kinzie; Haley Josephon; Analisa Loberg

Other key players: Kylee Altmiller

Coach says: "We are getting back a lot of varsity experience after not losing anyone from last year’s team. We also are getting back two different players who both had starting roles and were lost throughout the season to injury."

Etc: Huenik and Kinzie were starters last season until injuries shut down their seasons. That moved Josephson and Loberg into the starting lineup. 

 

 

 

 

 

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