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The Helena High girls soccer team remained deadlocked for first place with Missoula Sentinel in the Western Conference after a 1-1 tie with the Lady Spartans in the Garden City on Thursday.

After a scoreless first half, Helena's Katie Martin gave HHS a 1-0 lead with a goal at 46 minutes, assisted by her sister Patricia Martin.

Then Sentinel evened the score with an own-goal at 62:00.

Both teams attempted eight shots, with Lady Bengal keeper Shanna Floerchinger grabbing four saves.

The match left Helena at 8-0-2, and Sentinel at 8-1-2, for 26 points apiece. However, HHS does own the tiebreaker, having handed Missoula its only loss in their first meeting.

"Sentinel's score was an own-goal," said Lady Bengal coach Mike Meloy. "Shanna missed a deflected ball that spun off of one of our defenders. A bizarre goal to tie."

Helena has now played 28 consecutive regular season conference games without a loss, going 20-0-8, dating back to mid-2013.

In the boys' contest, scoring the Bengal goals were Lucas Ballantyne at 38:00, and Aidan Fitzgerald at 75:00. Nick White accounted for the assist.

The win avenges an earlier loss to the Spartans, and moves second-place Helena to 7-3-0 for 21 points.

HHS owned an 8 to 4 advantage in shots on goal over the Garden City crew, with Bengal keeper Josh Noem stopping all four attempts.

"It was a great defensive effort, especially great midfield play, and our seniors rocked," Helena coach Carl Straub said.


Jefferson edges Townsend in four

Playing in a hard-fought rivalry match on Thursday, Jefferson got past Townsend 25-22, 25-12, 24-26, 25-20.

Maddy Powers led Jefferson with 20 kills, going 16 for 16 from the service line with three aces. Emily McGinnis added 16 kills and six blocks, Paige Yanzick contributed 29 assists, and Hanna Grimsrud was all over the back row with 34 digs.

Jefferson, which improves to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in district play, will be back on the court on Friday, taking on Twin Bridges.


Saints sitting fourth at invite

The Carroll College men's golf team was sitting in fourth place after the first day of the Yellowjacket Fall Invitational, played Thursday at Pryor Creek Golf Club in Huntley.

Host MSU Billings leads with a 293, North Idaho College (295) is second, Montana Tech (302) is third and the Saints finished with a 307 for fourth.

South Dakota School of Mines (325), and Miles Community College (363) are also competing. The overall leader after the first round is Sean Benson of Montana Tech, who shot a 4-under-par 68. Close behind is NIC's Jesse Lambert, who shot a 2-under-par 70 on Day 1 of the event.

Austin Egan and Bryce Samwell lead Carroll, and are tied for sixth with matching 74s. Michael Lavin's 78 has him in a tie for 15th, Greg Jones (81) is in 24th and Justin Galiher (83) is in 28th.

The second and final round of the event is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday with a shotgun start on the par-72, 6,981-yard Elmer Links Course at Pryor Creek.

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