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Despite a 73-72 loss to Billings Skyview on Tuesday night, Billings Central coach Jim Stergar still had a wisecrack in him.
It was a mercurial week for Helena Capital. The Bruins went from deflation to elation to recharging their batteries.
With 11 wins in their past 12 games, the Montana Lady Griz are red hot. And they’re doing it with defense.
Billings is wooing the Big Sky Conference. Will the league succumb to its advances?
UPDATE (1/24/15): Lame Deer's Evan Elkshoulder continued his assault on the 30-point club this week. After scoring 35 points on three consecutive nights last week, Elkshoulder went for 39 against Broadus on Thursday, giving him a state-leading six 30-point games.
Glendive trailed by 15 points early in its Eastern A matchup against Laurel last weekend, but the tide turned and the Red Devils fought back for a rare win at the Locomotives’ gym, 36-30.
Make it an even dozen for Laurel and its commanding streak over archrival Billings Central.
As assistant coaches in the Pac-12, Travis DeCuire, Brian Fish and their respective teams went head-to-head seven times.
This is a gut-check kind of road trip for upstart Sidney, which came into the weekend ranked No. 5 in Class A and unbeaten in the rugged Eastern division.
The hurt in Kalli Durham’s abdomen would not subside. A stomach ache? This was more serious.
Billings Skyview can be a matchup nightmare for opponents. The first inclination is to focus on containing Falcons guard Kendal Manuel, but that only opens up opportunities for everyone else.
The Eastern AA has always been a contentious league in boys basketball, so the notion that this season will be a grind from now until March is no revelation.
Montana State coach Brian Fish will get his first taste of the Cat-Griz basketball rivalry on Saturday in Missoula.
Griz fans should remember Andrew Selle as the quarterback who stared down the best player in FCS history and didn’t blink.
LAUREL — The crowd was expecting a dunk. Danny Betcher found a more efficient way to get two points.
Kevin Morales is learning some valuable lessons in his first season as boys basketball coach at Billings Skyview. He picked up another one Friday night.
Laurel’s regular-season Eastern A winning streak ended at 24 games with a loss at Hardin last weekend. But for the Locomotives, it was more of a relief than anything.
Senior leaders are emerging for Billings West, including a versatile transfer from Idaho named MorningRose Tobey and veteran Jessi Zuroff, who was a starter during the Golden Bears’ run to the Class AA title game last season.
Kendyl Boltz obeyed the credo of the West High softball team: Keep going. And it produced an improbable Class AA state title for the Bears on a wild Friday in May.
The fast break style that helped produce its first state tournament trophy in 15 years is still a major function of the Billings Senior girls basketball team.
MorningRose Tobey came to Billings West to play out her senior season and be closer to family scattered near and far in Montana.
In Bob Stitt, Montana is getting a football coach with a reputation as a confident offensive trendsetter.
The 2013-14 Class A boys basketball season ended the same way many of the preceding years had: With Columbia Falls and Dillon knocking heads for the state championship.
Laurel, under the steady direction of coach Amber Griffith, is making a habit of playing deep into the girls basketball season.
Statistically, Montana did what it needed to do on defense to beat rival Eastern Washington in their second-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game on Saturday.
The news that former Mustangs shortstop Didi Gregorius was acquired by the Yankees on Friday as a potential replacement for retired legend Derek Jeter spoke well of Billings’ longstanding Pioneer League club and the role it plays in the development of major league players.
If Montana is to push its FCS playoff run into the quarterfinals, it has to get over the hump against a familiar and heated rival.
BOZEMAN — Rob Ash wasn’t in the mood for a postmortem on this snowy Saturday night. But he did offer a glaringly obvious observation following Montana State’s 47-40 first-round playoff loss to South Dakota State.
BOZEMAN — The decision to start Dakota Prukop at quarterback was made about five minutes before Montana State ran onto the turf Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.
BOZEMAN — Quarterback Dakota Prukop returned to Montana State's lineup after missing the previous two games with a knee injury for a first-round playoff game against South Dakota State at Bobcat Stadium.
Forget about it. Turn the page. It’s all in the past.
If South Dakota State puts together a playoff run and Zach Zenner rushes for 358 more yards, he’ll become the all-time leading rusher in Football Championship Subdivision history.
Dakota Prukop has languished on the shelf with a knee injury, and Montana State’s quarterback situation has been in flux.
The 17th-ranked Bobcats got a tough draw for the first round of the FCS playoffs in No. 14 South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits, like Montana State, are 8-4, but they come into Saturday's game having won three straight.
Montana’s pilfering defense was the impetus of a 34-7 victory over Montana State on Saturday, no doubt.
MISSOULA — A day after his team suffered a 34-7 drubbing at the hands of arch-enemy Montana, Rob Ash was out following the Golden Rule.
MISSOULA — Jordan Johnson, after he’d directed No. 13 Montana to a dominating 34-7 victory over in-state rival and 12th-ranked Montana State, had the most relevant testimony of all.
Montana dominated Montana State in the 114th meeting between the long time rivals in front of a record 26,352 fans at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Final score: Griz 34, Cats 7. The Bobcats turned the ball over seven times and the Grizzlies took advantage in a big way.
MISSOULA — Quinn Catalano called this a moment in which Montana State “can take the next step.”
Jordan Johnson’s toughness is not up for debate. For all the bumps, bruises and big hits he’s taken in his career, Johnson has remained a fixture at quarterback for Montana.
The Bobcats aren’t ruling out the possibility that Dakota Prukop will play quarterback on Saturday in the 114th meeting between MSU and archrival Montana. But on Wednesday coach Rob Ash doubled down on his contention that Prukop’s sprained knee won’t be in good enough shape by kickoff, and t…
Montana football coach Mick Delaney announced Sunday that he will retire at the end of this season — whether that time comes this week or further down the line.
For whatever reason, points have come at a premium for Montana State in recent years against archrival Montana.
On Tuesday, Rob Ash clarified the injury status of quarterback Dakota Prukop ahead of No. 12 Montana State’s all-important matchup with archrival and 13th-ranked Montana.
News flash: The 114th football meeting between Montana and Montana State has huge ramifications.
BOZEMAN — Jake Bleskin said he knew last Sunday that he’d be starting at quarterback for Montana State in its Big Sky Conference showdown with Idaho State.
Mike Kramer and Idaho State came into Bobcat Stadium as the hottest team in the Big Sky Conference. But Montana State walked out with a huge, momentum-building victory.
What a scenario.
For the past seven seasons, the Class A state football championship has gone through Billings Central. And in most years, the Rams have crossed paths with Dillon along the way.
With his we're-not-talking-about-the-past stance firmly in place, Montana State coach Rob Ash set the tone for this week by dissecting the big challenge his team faces against resurgent Idaho State.