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Unbeaten through three Eastern AA volleyball matches, the Billings West Golden Bears know there are tougher challenges ahead.
When Jeanann Lemelin was a freshman, playing varsity one day down the road was the furthest thing from her mind.
Together, the Laurel and Billings Central girls soccer teams have scored 57 goals through their first six games. And the remaining 12 Class A teams? They’ve combined for 115.
The Billings Mustangs are Pioneer League champions for the first time since 2003. Fans might not have thought that possible during the middle of July, when on three occasions the Mustangs fell six games below .500.
Senior’s girls are already halfway done with their intra-city matches, and the defending Billings Cup winners have dug themselves a hole. Already 0-2-0 with 1-0 losses to West and Skyview, the Broncs are near elimination. By winning their first Cup match, the Falcons moved into a tie with We…
A hard tackle by Ryne Icenoggle — “smashed,” was the word he used to describe the play — earned him a yellow card and a trip to the bench.
Shed Long rounded third base and saw the throw from Orem’s Raul Linares bounce in the dirt at first base. And he realized the Billings Mustangs would be one win from their first Pioneer League championship since 2003.
Four of the last five years, a team that has played in the championship match of the Border Wars volleyball tournament has gone on to win its respective state championship.
The 76-game grind is over. Now the fun begins.
The Billings Cup, as we here at GazPrepSports like to call the head-to-head competition among the Billings Class AA soccer teams*, is underway again.
To Maja Lundberg, playing for the Billings West girls soccer team is a bit different than playing for her club team in her native Stockholm, Sweden.
Jillian Hardenbrook found Julianna Arellano amid all the high-fiving and victory-tinged congratulations going on at Wendy’s Field at Rocky Mountain College and told her Billings Central teammate ‘thank you.’
Taylor Mims is accustomed to standing out. It’s been that way for a while, ever since she remembers shooting up in height in sixth grade, back when she and Lizzy King would frequently measure to see who was taller.
Billings just might be the setter’s capital of the state this volleyball season. With Senior, Skyview, West and Central all employing a 6-2 offense – an offense that requires two setters – the city has plenty to go around.
Repeat champions? Volleyball has plenty of them.
Billings Mustangs general manager Gary Roller said a game featuring all-stars from the Pioneer League against all-stars from the Northwest League will be a “showcase event.”
Rain wiped out Saturday night's Pioneer League game between the Billings Mustangs and the Missoula Osprey, giving the teams a day's breather as they prepare for a last-ditch chase for the North division's final playoff spot.
The Mustangs’ Tyler Mahle and Missoula’s Gabriel Moya engaged in a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel Friday night. It just wasn’t against each other.
Though Jim Stanton is in his 13th season as the head football coach at Billings Central, his 22nd overall, the first day of practice still carries something new.
The prospect was there for the Billings Mustangs to finish off a great homestand Sunday afternoon.
Billings Mustangs manager Dick Schofield stood outside his team’s Dehler Park clubhouse, extending congratulatory greetings to his players one by one as they arrived.
It seems Wyatt Strahan hardly broke a sweat in his 10th start of the season.
Seventeen seasons in professional baseball, and Michael Cuddyer finally reached the rookie leagues.
Brian O’Grady wasn’t about to miss his opportunity.
Home is where Luke Moran’s best outings have been. Now, after his fourth Dehler Park start, the Mustangs right-hander finally has a win to show for it.
The 10/10 Club -- reaching double digits in home runs and stolen bases -- isn’t an exclusive one in the Pioneer League. Still, it’s rarified air.
Call it new life, renewed hope or a reboot. By any name, the Pioneer League’s split-season format means a second chance for 75 percent of the teams.
Jordan Sullivan, a former Sidney and University of Montana standout, is close to signing a deal to play professional women's basketball in Denmark.
Stu Bertrand heads to work just before 5 p.m. He starts up his car and the vehicle’s temperature gauge reads 128 degrees.
Ryan O’Hearn nearly took off Luke Moran’s head with a liner up the middle in the first inning. Three innings later O’Hearn took Moran deep.
Pepper Corky Miller with questions about his Pioneer League days, and his response usually comes with the qualifier “it was a long time ago.”
The mantra from first-year Mustangs manager Dick Schofield is that consistency will come and go for his team.
Though the Mustangs absorbed a pretty good drubbing Friday night, manager Dick Schofield found a silver lining. Even if it was a sarcastic one.
Corey Thompson played 56 professional baseball games before he made his first start at second base Thursday night. It was a bit of an adventure.
On a night when the Mustangs’ lineup was scattered with teenagers, a couple “veterans” helped lead the way.
Ty Washington was a nomad of sorts last season.
Everyone in the Fortin Center knew that when Jill Barta stepped to the free-throw line with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, the Montana All-Stars were going home winners.
At a cool 6-foot-4, there haven’t been many players who could stand toe-to-toe with Jill Barta throughout her spectacular four-year career at Class B Fairfield.
Maranda Ratcliff considers herself the adventurous sort.
With just two losses in the last two years — and none this season — John Knisely and Harrison Fagg aren’t counting on any more.
Three games in three nights. And Jalen Creech isn’t done yet.
Billings Skyview's game-winning rally against previously unbeaten Great Falls CMR on Saturday included the required clutch hits. It was also borne of a pure hustle play, even though the game appeared lost.
It may not be his first home, or even his second, but Kelly Darragh is exactly where he wants to be.
The recent weather may make it feel like football season, and the scoreboards on the state’s softball fields make it seem that way, too.
Morgan Smith failed once, failed twice. She came through the third time.
Erika Hall wasn’t sure what she was looking for. She just knew it when she saw it.
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.
The Missoula Sentinel girls basketball dominance rolled on Saturday night, and the Spartans joined the upper echelon of Class AA programs.
Paige Vinger let the word draw out.