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Skyview's Nevaeh Alden

Billings Skyview's Nevaeh Alden dribbles against Missoula Hellgate on Saturday in Billings. Skyview won 41-38.


Connor Kieckbusch’s 24 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, helped Billings Senior hold off Missoula Sentinel 63-50 in Class AA action. Kieckbusch finished 10 of 12 from the free throw line. The Broncs made 19 of 23 free throws as a team. Michael Van Atta added 12 for Senior and Brooks Zimmer had 10. Sam Beighle led Sentinel with 20.

• Missoula Hellgate erupted in the fourth quarter and defeated Billings Skyview 62-52 in Class AA play. Hellgate went 4 for 5 from the arc and made 12 of 16 free throws in a decisive fourth quarter in which the Knights outscored the Falcons 30-17. Rollie Worster led Hellgate with 23 points. Jeremiah Warner scored 21 to lead Skyview.

• Junior guard Jesse Owens scored 27 points and sophomore teammate Cade Tyson added 19 as Billings West won at home 77-47 over Missoula Big Sky in Class AA play. Owens, who knocked down five 3-pointers, didn't play in the fourth quarter. Tyson, another guard, tallied 12 of his points in the second half. "They boys just played so hard," West coach Kelly Darragh said. "They played well together. Everybody that played did something well for us. It's a scrappy team and a fun team to be around." The Bears (1-1) lost on a last-second shot at home to Missoula Sentinel 64-62 on Friday night. Sentinel's Sam Beighle scored 29 points, including the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining. West missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer. Owens scored 19 against Sentinel, and Tyson chipped in with 14.

• At the Shelby Tournament, Bigfork hit 24 of 50 shots from the floor in a 56-42 Class B win over Shepherd. Logan Gilliard scored 15 points and Clayton Reichenbach 13 for the Vikings.

• In the Western A Tip-Off, Frenchtown raced to a 14-point halftime lead and held off Columbia Falls 52-38 at the University of Montana. Cade Baker scored 14 points for the Broncs. Austin Green had 14 for the Wildcats.

• Tanner Goligoski scored 10 of his 16 points in the final quarter, and Hunter Omlid and Carter Kearns each scored 20 points as Hamilton topped Browning 73-68 in the Western A Tip-Off tourney. Brandon Aimsback scored 21 for Browning.

Chrishon Dixon netted 18 points and Billings Central beat Livingston 59-47 in Class A action. Seth Sasich hit 4 3-pointers and finished with 12 points for the Rams. 

Brody Grebe scored 23 points as Melstone improved to 2-0 in Class C play with a 72-21 conquest over White Sulphur Springs. The Broncs jumped to a 29-6 lead in the first quarter and expanded their advantage to 51-12 by halftime. Duncan MacDonald scored nine points for WSS.

• Centerville’s Carson McGinnis hit five 3-pointers, all in the first half, on his way to 34 points in the Miners’ 72-53 win over Simms. McGinnis had 28 points by halftime as Centerville built a 44-29 lead. Caden Smerker scored 17 points to lead three Simms players into double figures.


• Jordan Roe scored nine points – she, Mikayla Sanchez and Raegan Harper all hit two 3-pointers – and Kenzie Ketchum finished with seven points to help the Falcons hold off Missoula Hellgate 41-38. Skyview hit seven 3-pointers, all in the first half, to improve to 2-0. Kylie Lunday and Shay Evans led Hellgate with 13 points.

• Billings West used a fast start to roll past Missoula Big Sky 75-36. The Golden Bears outscored the Eagles 30-11 in the first quarter as Shayla Montague had eight of her 13 points. “Shayla really set the tone for us,”  West coach Charlie Johnson said of the first quarter. “We hit a bunch of shots and ran the floor well.” The Bears (2-0) led 46-18 by halftime. TyRaa Manuel of West led all scorers with 18 points, and TyLee Manuel had 13. Syndee Zanto led Big Sky with nine.

• Olivia Moten-Schell (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Melissa Hanser (10 and 10) led Billings Central to a 55-44 Class A win over Livingston. “It was a great overall team win," Central coach Jetton Ailes said. "We’re ready to get after it again this next week.” 

• In the Shelby Tournament, Danielle Zahn scored 24 points and grabbed four rebounds in leading Florence past Shepherd, 55-37 in Class B action. Makenna Liles added 15 points and five rebounds for the Falcons.

• Jaime Berg exploded for 29 points in leading Bigfork past Malta 53-34. Teammate Shae Anderson dished out five assists.

• In the Western A Tip-Off, Columbia Falls raced to a 19-point halftime lead and coasted to a 46-30 win over Frenchtown at the University of Montana. Hannah Gedlaman paced the WildKats with 17 points. Liv Williams scored 16 points for the Broncs.

• Polson dropped a 44-25 decision to Butte Central. Jaycee Frydelund scored a game-high 13 points for the Pirates.

20-point club

43: Davey Winn, Bainville

37: Trace Simonson, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale 

36: Ryggs Johnston, Libby

34: Carson McGinnis, Centerville

33: Brayden Jackson, Frazer

29: Wyatt Alexander, Whitehall

29: Jaime Berg, Bigfork

29: RaeAnne Bendon, Twin Bridges 

29: Tessa Burke, Missoula Loyola

28: Payton Peterson, Lincoln

27: Sadie Brown, Lustre Christian

27: Kevin Murnion, Jordan 

27: Jesse Owens, Billings West 

26: Isaac Bell, Chinook

26: Michael Haverfield, Dillon

25: Phillip Malatare, Arlee

25: Nate Thibeault, Thompson Falls

24: Connor Kieckbush, Billings Senior

24: Danielle Zahn, Florence-Carlton

24: Easton Page, Belgrade

23: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

23: Brody Grebe, Melstone 

23: Taylor Rowlison, Joliet

23: Brynley Fitzgerald, Dillon

22: Mya Fourstar, Frazer

22: Sean Rehmer, Gardiner

22: Bryson Stermitz, Gardiner

22: Mackenzie Dethman, Froid

22: Brent Stroppel, Florence

22: Ethan Vincent, Great Falls Central

22: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

21: Keely Bake, Fairfield 

21: Nathan Brown, Lincoln

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21: Brandon Aimsback, Browning

21: Jeremiah Warner, Billings Skyview

21: Micalann McCrae, Ronan

21: Danny Hoisington, Thompson Falls

21: Easton Hatfield, Townsend

21: Kyle Allen, Three Forks

21: Cariann Kunkel, Hamilton

21: Shade Main, Polson

21: Anthony Camel, Ronan

20: Sam Beighle, Missoula Sentinel 

20: Kenzie Mueller, Alberton-Superior

20: Kendall Kynett, Great Falls

20: Wyatt Walters, Great Falls Central

20: Joel McRae, Colstrip

20: Dakota Stock, Sunburst 

20: Gabriella Capasso, Lustre Christian

20: Jayson Jackson, Frazer

20: Hunter Omlid, Hamilton

20: Carter Kearns, Hamilton

20: Logan Wood, Noxon


• The Bozeman boys and girls rolled to the team titles at the Hardin Invitational. The Hawk girls won eight events en route to 184.5 points. Billings West was second with 108.5 and Billings Central was third with 108.5. Erin McKinney (200 free, 100 breaststroke) and Sara Guillen (100 butterly, 500 freestyle) were double winners for Bozeman. Hayley Ma won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle for Central. The Bozeman boys finished with 166.5 points, Billings Central was second with 100.5 and West third with 85. Jack Leuthold (200 individual medley, 50 freestyle) was a double winner for Billings Central.

• The Hellgate girls and boys cleaned up at the Butte Invitational. They each won six of eight individuals race and all three relay races against Sentinel, Butte, Helena, Helena Capital and Kalispell Flathead. Winners for the Hellgate girls were Ellee Becker (200 freestyle), Bella Seagrave (200 IM and 100 breaststroke), Avery Maxwell (100 free), Claire Becker (500 free), Aidan Condit (100 backstroke). The Knights placed first in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. For the Hellgate boys, winner included Finnian Westenfelder (200 free), Matthew Fritz (200 IM), Darragh Mahns (50 free, 100 back), Sawyer Keyes (500 free) and Tanner Baldry (breaststroke). They also won the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay.


• At the Hamilton Hard Nosed Tournament, it was an all-Bronc final on their home mat in the heavyweight bracket. Coy Whyte earned the win, pinning teammate Bailey Hayes in 1 minute, 12 seconds. Hayes clinched a spot in the championship with a sudden victory win in the semifinals. Hamilton's Bridger Williams also earned a win at 138 pounds. The Missoula Sentinel JV team edged Hamilton for the team title, though, 158.5-155.5. Kyle Krstulich (120 pounds), Conall Powers (145) and Cam Doty (205) all won for the Spartans.

• At the Bob Kinney Classic in Superior, Thompson Falls bested Libby for the team crown, 184.5-156.5. CorvallisFlorence and Whitefish rounded out the top five. Jase SorensonAustin Cooper and Kaleb Frank all won for the Bluehawks in the team victory. Florence had two winners in Spencer Jones (182 pounds) and Jethro Thorne (145).


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