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Depleted Falcons hang on to beat Central, 73-72

Depleted Falcons hang on to beat Central, 73-72

Despite a 73-72 loss to Billings Skyview on Tuesday night, Billings Central coach Jim Stergar still had a wisecrack in him.

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Boys Basketball Notebook: Whirlwind week a learning experience for Bruins

Boys Basketball Notebook: Whirlwind week a learning experience for Bruins

It was a mercurial week for Helena Capital. The Bruins went from deflation to elation to recharging their batteries.

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Big Sky Notebook: Lady Griz doing it with defense

Big Sky Notebook: Lady Griz doing it with defense

With 11 wins in their past 12 games, the Montana Lady Griz are red hot. And they’re doing it with defense.

January 26, 2015 6:00 pm Photos

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Billings, Rimrock Auto Arena chasing Big Sky Conference tournament

Billings, Rimrock Auto Arena chasing Big Sky Conference tournament

Billings is wooing the Big Sky Conference. Will the league succumb to its advances?

January 24, 2015 10:35 pmLoading…
Prep basketball: The 30-point club

Prep basketball: The 30-point club

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. 

January 24, 2015 10:30 pm Photos

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Boys Basketball Notebook: Asche coming of age for Red Devils

Boys Basketball Notebook: Asche coming of age for Red Devils

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.

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Laurel outlasts Central again, 58-51

Laurel outlasts Central again, 58-51

Make it an even dozen for Laurel and its commanding streak over archrival Billings Central.

January 20, 2015 10:30 pm Photos

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Big Sky Notebook: DeCuire, Grizzlies keep status quo

Big Sky Notebook: DeCuire, Grizzlies keep status quo

As assistant coaches in the Pac-12, Travis DeCuire, Brian Fish and their respective teams went head-to-head seven times.

January 19, 2015 5:30 pm Photos

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Rams beat back Sidney, 65-47

Rams beat back Sidney, 65-47

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.

January 16, 2015 10:00 pm Video Photos

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Former rivals Durham, Elliott create bond at MSU

Former rivals Durham, Elliott create bond at MSU

The hurt in Kalli Durham’s abdomen would not subside. A stomach ache? This was more serious.

January 16, 2015 4:20 pm Photos

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Falcons run away from Senior, 77-52

Falcons run away from Senior, 77-52

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.

January 13, 2015 9:55 pm Photos

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Boys Basketball Notebook: It should be a battle every night in the Eastern AA

Boys Basketball Notebook: It should be a battle every night in the Eastern AA

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.

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Big Sky Notebook: Fish, Bobcats try to turn tide in rivalry with Grizzlies

Big Sky Notebook: Fish, Bobcats try to turn tide in rivalry with Grizzlies

Montana State coach Brian Fish will get his first taste of the Cat-Griz basketball rivalry on Saturday in Missoula.

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West's Selle ready for next chapter with Grizzlies

West's Selle ready for next chapter with Grizzlies

Griz fans should remember Andrew Selle as the quarterback who stared down the best player in FCS history and didn’t blink.

January 11, 2015 11:00 am Photos

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Betcher, well-rounded West stave off Laurel

Betcher, well-rounded West stave off Laurel

LAUREL — The crowd was expecting a dunk. Danny Betcher found a more efficient way to get two points.

January 10, 2015 10:22 pm Photos

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Fast-paced Falcons knock off West, 77-70

Fast-paced Falcons knock off West, 77-70

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.

January 09, 2015 11:00 pm Video Photos

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Boys Basketball Notebook: Streak over, Laurel welcomes next challenge

Boys Basketball Notebook: Streak over, Laurel welcomes next challenge

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.

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West girls take Eastern AA opener from Skyview, 52-44

West girls take Eastern AA opener from Skyview, 52-44

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.

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Play of the year: Billings West's miracle finish

Play of the year: Billings West's miracle finish

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.

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Senior girls grind out win over Central

Senior girls grind out win over Central

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.

December 23, 2014 10:30 pm Video Photos

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Well-traveled Tobey gives West a spark in win over Kelly Walsh

MorningRose Tobey came to Billings West to play out her senior season and be closer to family scattered near and far in Montana.

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Stitt colleague: New Griz coach is extraordinarily driven

Stitt colleague: New Griz coach is extraordinarily driven

In Bob Stitt, Montana is getting a football coach with a reputation as a confident offensive trendsetter.

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Class A boys: No shortage of star power on statewide landscape

Class A boys: No shortage of star power on statewide landscape

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.

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Class A girls: Locomotives hope to be back in state tourney mix

Class A girls: Locomotives hope to be back in state tourney mix

Laurel, under the steady direction of coach Amber Griffith, is making a habit of playing deep into the girls basketball season.

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Big Sky Notebook: Strong numbers didn't add up to victory for Griz

Big Sky Notebook: Strong numbers didn't add up to victory for Griz

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.

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Mustangs' owners envision grand ballpark experience

Mustangs' owners envision grand ballpark experience

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.

December 05, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Rachac column: Bobcats must go back to the defensive drawing board

Rachac column: Bobcats must go back to the defensive drawing board

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.

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Bobcats can't stop Zenner, SDSU

Bobcats can't stop Zenner, SDSU

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.

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First look: South Dakota State 47, Bobcats 40

First look: South Dakota State 47, Bobcats 40

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.

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Bobcats' priority: Contain SDSU's Zenner

Bobcats' priority: Contain SDSU's Zenner

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.

November 26, 2014 5:40 pm Photos

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Bleskin injury further tangles Bobcats' QB situation

Bleskin injury further tangles Bobcats' QB situation

Dakota Prukop has languished on the shelf with a knee injury, and Montana State’s quarterback situation has been in flux.

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A closer look at South Dakota State RB Zach Zenner

A closer look at South Dakota State RB Zach Zenner

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.

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Bobcats draw South Dakota State in first round of FCS playoffs

Bobcats draw South Dakota State in first round of FCS playoffs

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.

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Bobcats lament turnovers, mistakes in loss to Grizzlies

Bobcats lament turnovers, mistakes in loss to Grizzlies

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.

November 22, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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First look: Griz 34, Cats 7

First look: Griz 34, Cats 7

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.

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Bobcats expect to see Johnson at QB for UM

Bobcats expect to see Johnson at QB for UM

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.

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Cat-Griz '14: Confidence cuts both ways for Bleskin, Bobcats

Cat-Griz '14: Confidence cuts both ways for Bleskin, Bobcats

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…

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Bobcats want to prevent happy ending for Delaney

Bobcats want to prevent happy ending for Delaney

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.

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Cat-Griz '14: Making every point count

Cat-Griz '14: Making every point count

For whatever reason, points have come at a premium for Montana State in recent years against archrival Montana.

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Ash's guess: Bleskin will start at QB for Bobcats

Ash's guess: Bleskin will start at QB for Bobcats

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.

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Big Sky Notebook: High stakes surround annual meeting between Cats, Griz

Big Sky Notebook: High stakes surround annual meeting between Cats, Griz

News flash: The 114th football meeting between Montana and Montana State has huge ramifications.

November 17, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Surprise starter Bleskin leads Bobcats over Idaho State

Surprise starter Bleskin leads Bobcats over Idaho State

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.

November 15, 2014 7:18 pm Photos

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First look: Bobcats 44, Idaho State 39

First look: Bobcats 44, Idaho State 39

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.

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Rams seniors gear up for yet another Dillon battle

Rams seniors gear up for yet another Dillon battle

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.

November 13, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Idaho State no longer a pushover, and Bobcats know it

Idaho State no longer a pushover, and Bobcats know it

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.

November 11, 2014 5:40 pm Photos

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