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Class A: Belgrade outlasts Columbia Falls for first title since 1991

BOZEMAN — In between the two matches of the Class A state volleyball championship on Saturday, after her Belgrade Panthers had lost in five sets to Columbia Falls, coach Jade Schmidt had some explaining to do.

November 15, 2014 11:15 pmLoading…
Class AA: Senior stands tall after third straight crown

Class AA: Senior stands tall after third straight crown

BOZEMAN — The tall and the short of it, when all was said and done, is that the Billings Senior Broncs are Class AA volleyball champions again.

November 15, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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Mims is the word as Senior atones for only loss

Mims is the word as Senior atones for only loss

BOZEMAN — Taylor Mims was connecting on just about everything in sight Friday night. Including her own teammate.

November 14, 2014 10:05 pm Photos

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Belgrade gets desperate, gets a win

Belgrade gets desperate, gets a win

BOZEMAN — The key to Belgrade’s success, setter Olivia Kleinsasser says, is the Panthers always play in desperation mode.

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Class AA Quick Sets: Skyview's Copinga is simply killin' it

Class AA Quick Sets: Skyview's Copinga is simply killin' it

• Billings Skyview’s Hailey Copinga has had herself quite a state tournament so far. Three matches into the tourney the senior middle hitter had tallied 23, 23 and 24 kills as the Falcons advanced to the fourth-place match late Friday night.

November 14, 2014 6:22 pm Photos

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Class A Quick Sets: Defending champ Corvallis bows out early

Class A Quick Sets: Defending champ Corvallis bows out early

• When Frenchtown ousted Corvallis in loser-out play Friday afternoon, it ensured Class A will have its third new state championship in as many years. Four if you count the back-to-back titles won by Lewistown in 2010-11.

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Class A: Columbia Falls, Belgrade state their cases

BOZEMAN — The two Class A teams that remained unscathed at the state volleyball tournament following Thursday’s first day of action have gotten to their respective spots by slightly different means.

November 13, 2014 10:57 pmLoading…

Class A Quick Sets: Corvallis isn't perfect, but still pretty good

Once the euphoria of a 21-0 season and a state championship season settled, there was a little bit of ‘what now?’ for Corvallis’s Kelsey Irwin.

November 13, 2014 10:33 pmLoading…

Class AA Quick Sets: Bozeman takes the road less traveled

This is the 11th year that all four state volleyball tournaments have been housed simultaneously under one roof at Montana State’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

November 13, 2014 10:18 pmLoading…

Class AA: Senior takes round one of redemption tour

BOZEMAN — The only two teams to occupy the No. 1 spot in the Class AA coaches’ poll this season, Billings Senior and Kalispell Glacier, met up a bit early in the state tournament Thursday.

November 13, 2014 10:07 pmLoading…
Balanced attack helps West sweep Great Falls to reach state tournament

Balanced attack helps West sweep Great Falls to reach state tournament

The Billings West volleyball team has been waiting for a night like Thursday. Now the Golden Bears can’t wait to try and replicate it.

November 06, 2014 8:49 pm Photos

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A decade in the making, Laurel girls get another title shot

It’s been 10 years since the Laurel girls soccer team made its first — and so far, only — Class A state championship appearance. Coach Aloma Jess gathered her current squad last week and asked them what they knew about that 2004 title match.

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Rams beat Laurel in 4 sets to win another Eastern A regular-season volleyball title

Rams beat Laurel in 4 sets to win another Eastern A regular-season volleyball title

It was Senior Night at the Nelles Activities Center, which for the Billings Central Rams volleyball team meant it was Mirrada Clarin Night.

October 30, 2014 9:49 pm Video Photos

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Columbia Falls topples Rams in semifinals, ends Central's 6-year run atop Class A soccer

Columbia Falls topples Rams in semifinals, ends Central's 6-year run atop Class A soccer

The Columbia Falls girls soccer team ended a big piece of Class A history on Saturday, and all they’ll get for it is free drinks at Starbucks.

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Senior downs Skyview in annual Pack The Place In Pink match

Senior downs Skyview in annual Pack The Place In Pink match

Billings Senior has played in Pack The Place In Pink nights before, but never at Billings Skyview, where it’s done up on a grand scale.

October 23, 2014 10:30 pm Video Photos

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Mims sets Broncs' career kills record in sweep of West

Mims sets Broncs' career kills record in sweep of West

As a three-year back-row starter for Billings West, Tatum Meyer has probably stared at the business end of more Taylor Mims’ kill attempts than anyone.

October 21, 2014 10:23 pm Photos

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Rams roll to Class A semifinal with 5-0 win over Corvallis

Rams roll to Class A semifinal with 5-0 win over Corvallis

For the past six seasons, it’s been next girl up for the Billings Central soccer team.

October 18, 2014 4:53 pm Photos

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Senior gives, then takes away from Central

Senior gives, then takes away from Central

The visiting Billings Senior volleyball contingent was in a giving mood Thursday night at Billings Central’s Nelles Activities Center.

October 16, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Longtime Senior volleyball coach Carroll, former player Kufeld to cross paths on the sidelines

Longtime Senior volleyball coach Carroll, former player Kufeld to cross paths on the sidelines

Billings Central volleyball coach Kylie Kufeld learned many valuable lessons playing for Billings Senior’s Jeff Carroll.

October 15, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Skyview volleyball sweeps West behind Copinga's 25 kills

Skyview volleyball sweeps West behind Copinga's 25 kills

Billings Skyview is on Version 3.0 of its offense. Based on Thursday night’s result at the West High gym, this one might stick.

October 09, 2014 10:38 pm Video Photos

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Top-ranked Broncs diversify in getting sweep of West

Top-ranked Broncs diversify in getting sweep of West

On a night when Billings Senior middles Taylor Mims and Aubrie Steiner were pedestrian – and that’s still pretty good, by the way – Naomi Bad Bear and April Cross were there to show that the Broncs are, indeed, a pretty deep offensive team.

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Senior boys clinch Billings Cup; Skyview’s girls on the verge

Senior boys clinch Billings Cup; Skyview’s girls on the verge

Following last Thursday night’s 2-1 win over West, Senior’s boys finished their four Billings Cup matches unbeaten and clinched the top spot in our annual intra-city competition. The Broncs won three of their four matches against Skyview and West and finished with a +9 goal differential, a p…

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Border showdown: Senior beats Natrona in matchup of state champions

Border showdown: Senior beats Natrona in matchup of state champions

Jeff Carroll is always eager to find the next challenge for his Billings Senior volleyball team. So it’s pretty safe to say he was looking forward to Saturday morning’s match against the reigning Wyoming 4A state champion.

October 04, 2014 7:27 pm Photos

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Top-ranked Senior remains unbeaten with sweep of Skyview

Top-ranked Senior remains unbeaten with sweep of Skyview

It didn’t take long — probably in the midst of a seven-point serving run by Jeanann Lemelin early in the first set — to notice that the Billings Senior volleyball team was on a different level Thursday night.

October 02, 2014 9:41 pm Video Photos

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Tough challenges loom, but West volleyball pleased with 3-0 league start

Tough challenges loom, but West volleyball pleased with 3-0 league start

Unbeaten through three Eastern AA volleyball matches, the Billings West Golden Bears know there are tougher challenges ahead.

September 20, 2014 4:59 pm Photos

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No 'wow' factor, but Senior volleyball sweeps Great Falls

No 'wow' factor, but Senior volleyball sweeps Great Falls

When Jeanann Lemelin was a freshman, playing varsity one day down the road was the furthest thing from her mind.

September 19, 2014 10:02 pm Photos

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Prep Notebook: Laurel-Central girls kick off Eastern A soccer schedule in style

Prep Notebook: Laurel-Central girls kick off Eastern A soccer schedule in style

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.

September 17, 2014 7:40 pmLoading…
'Playing for each other' part of Mustangs' recipe for Pioneer League title

'Playing for each other' part of Mustangs' recipe for Pioneer League title

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.

September 13, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

Billings Cup: Senior boys strengthen lead in standings

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…

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Skyview's Icenoggles navigate layers of unique player-coach relationship

Skyview's Icenoggles navigate layers of unique player-coach relationship

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.

September 10, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Mustangs beat Owlz in 11th inning; 1 win away from Pioneer League title

Mustangs beat Owlz in 11th inning; 1 win away from Pioneer League title

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.

September 09, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Powell, Billings Central volleyball teams find success at Border Wars

Powell, Billings Central volleyball teams find success at Border Wars

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.

September 06, 2014 8:34 pm Photos

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Mustangs 'amped' to begin first Pioneer League playoff appearance since 2008

Mustangs 'amped' to begin first Pioneer League playoff appearance since 2008

The 76-game grind is over. Now the fun begins.

September 04, 2014 11:02 pmLoading…

Billings Cup: West girls take initial lead after win over Senior

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.

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Late goal leads West girls; Golden Bears, Broncs boys play to draw

Late goal leads West girls; Golden Bears, Broncs boys play to draw

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.

September 02, 2014 9:56 pm Photos

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Central boys, girls get off to strong starts with wins over Frenchtown

Central boys, girls get off to strong starts with wins over Frenchtown

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.’

August 29, 2014 9:31 pm Photos

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The 'new normal' will have to wait for Broncs' Taylor Mims

The 'new normal' will have to wait for Broncs' Taylor Mims

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.

August 28, 2014 7:55 pm Video Photos

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Billings volleyball teams set for changing styles

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.

August 28, 2014 7:55 pmLoading…
Pioneer, Northwest leagues to hold all-star game

Pioneer, Northwest leagues to hold all-star game

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.”

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Mustangs rained out; postseason hopes could be determined on final road trip

Mustangs rained out; postseason hopes could be determined on final road trip

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.

August 23, 2014 3:29 pmLoading…
Mustangs, Osprey get pitching gems in doubleheader split

Mustangs, Osprey get pitching gems in doubleheader split

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.

August 22, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Here they go: Hope always high on first day of prep practice

Here they go: Hope always high on first day of prep practice

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.

August 15, 2014 9:28 pmLoading…
Mustangs collect just 3 hits in 3-0 loss to Owlz

Mustangs collect just 3 hits in 3-0 loss to Owlz

The prospect was there for the Billings Mustangs to finish off a great homestand Sunday afternoon.

August 10, 2014 5:41 pm Photos

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Mustangs win a wild one, 4-3 in 10 innings

Mustangs win a wild one, 4-3 in 10 innings

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.

August 09, 2014 11:02 pmLoading…
Four pitchers combine on 2-hitter as Mustangs top Owlz

Four pitchers combine on 2-hitter as Mustangs top Owlz

It seems Wyatt Strahan hardly broke a sweat in his 10th start of the season.

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