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West’s magical title run brings inspiration, national attention

West’s magical title run brings inspiration, national attention

The way Billings West won the State AA softball championship -- the sheer improbability of it -- caught the eye of several national media outlets on Monday and Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
State AA softball: West, Skyview can't solve Big Sky's Newbary

State AA softball: West, Skyview can't solve Big Sky's Newbary

GREAT FALLS — Macey Newbary transferred away from Frenchtown at the beginning of this school year to get out from the long shadow cast by Morgan Ray and chart a new course at Missoula Big Sky.

May 29, 2014 8:53 pm Photos

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West catcher Maranda Ratcliff

West catcher Maranda Ratcliff

Billings West catcher Maranda Ratcliff has a team-high 20 RBIs and is the co-leader in home runs with five as the Golden Bears head into the State AA softball tournament.

May 28, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
State softball notebook: West, Skyview and Central among area teams chasing state title aspirations

State softball notebook: West, Skyview and Central among area teams chasing state title aspirations

Maranda Ratcliff considers herself the adventurous sort.

May 28, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Class of 2014 shows great potential for success

Gazette opinion: Class of 2014 shows great potential for success

Nearly 1,300 high school graduates will claim their diplomas today or next Sunday.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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West wraps up conference play with 10-3 win over Skyview

West wraps up conference play with 10-3 win over Skyview

Billings West racked up 13 hits and tallied 10 runs to beat Billings Skyview, 10-3, in the final Eastern AA game for both teams. The Bears will host Bozeman in a playoff series, while Skyview will travel to Butte.

May 16, 2014 8:48 pmLoading…

Mayhood leads Bears to romp of Hawks

BOZEMAN -- Freshman Mackenzie Mayhood went 5 for 6 from the plate and drove in three runs and Billings West's offense erupted for 18 hits in a 16-6 victory over Bozeman on Thursday in Eastern AA girls softball.

May 15, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Pitching steers West to doubleheader sweep of Bozeman

Pitching steers West to doubleheader sweep of Bozeman

Offense wins over fans, but pitching and defense ultimately win games. And Jalen Creech has proven she gives Billings West a chance to win every time she steps in the circle.

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West wins two of three against CMR, GFH

Billings West split a pair of conference games and won two of three overall against CMR and Great Falls High on Saturday at Poly Vista.

April 26, 2014 9:10 pmLoading…
Bears blast five home runs in 19-0 romp over Senior

Bears blast five home runs in 19-0 romp over Senior

It takes a lot to silence the big bats of Billings West. That’s why last weekend’s loss to Missoula Big Sky in which the Bears struck out a staggering 15 times wasn't taken lightly.

April 15, 2014 8:04 pm Video Loading…

West splits with Hellgate, Big Sky

Billings West split a pair of softball games Saturday afternoon, beating Missoula Hellgate 9-0 and losing to Missoula Big Sky 7-5 at Poly Vista Park.

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West softball bringing back plenty of bats

West softball bringing back plenty of bats

Billings West’s offensive numbers last softball season were borderline staggering: In 28 games, the Golden Bears batted .375, hit 56 doubles and swatted 47 home runs.

March 30, 2014 10:30 pm Video Related Loading…
West softball reaches 2nd round of state tourney

West softball reaches 2nd round of state tourney

GREAT FALLS – Jalen Creech fired a four-hitter and was back by three home runs as Billings West opened its State AA softball tournament with a 10-2 win over Helena Capital on Thursday at the Great Falls Multi-Sports Complex.

May 23, 2013 9:05 pm Photos

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State Softball: Chasing championships

State Softball: Chasing championships

A look at this weekend's state softball tournaments, which begin Thursday. Both State AA and B-C will be played in Great Falls. State A is in Belgrade.

May 21, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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West gets a little help from Butte in softball sweep

West gets a little help from Butte in softball sweep

Thirteen hits in a doubleheader don’t sound like much. Two wins, though, sound a lot better.

April 12, 2013 9:26 pm Photos

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West belts 3 home runs in 7-5 win over Senior

West belts 3 home runs in 7-5 win over Senior

Even in this era of high school softball — where the home run continues to be more prevalent than ever — it still pays to know how to play small ball.

April 11, 2013 8:33 pm Photos

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West's Mayhood shuts out Sentinel

MISSOULA -- Lexi Mayhood threw a shutout for one victory, and Maranda Ratcliff homered for another as the Billings West softball team earned two victories in Missoula on Saturday.

April 06, 2013 7:23 pmLoading…

West splits softball games with Big Sky

MISSOULA -- Maranda Ratcliff knocked in three runs and Billings West defeated Missoula Big Sky 11-3 in the second game of a girls softball doubleheader on Friday.

April 05, 2013 10:18 pmLoading…

West wins third-place trophy in Class AA softball tourney

UPDATE: CMR defeated Billings West 6-3 on Saturday morning, leaving the sixth-seeded Golden Bears in third place.

May 25, 2012 9:00 pmLoading…

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