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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…

September 11, 2014 9:46 pmLoading…
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.

September 03, 2014 8:25 pmLoading…
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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Moran strong again at home as Mustangs continue hot streak

Moran strong again at home as Mustangs continue hot streak

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.

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Aquino, Mahle help Mustangs win third straight

Aquino, Mahle help Mustangs win third straight

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.

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Mustangs close first half with win over Great Falls

Mustangs close first half with win over Great Falls

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.

July 25, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Former UM standout Jordan Sullivan to play overseas

Jordan Sullivan, a former Sidney and University of Montana standout, is close to signing a deal to play professional women's basketball in Denmark.

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Hopeful road to MLB begins in Arizona for Billings ump

Hopeful road to MLB begins in Arizona for Billings ump

Stu Bertrand heads to work just before 5 p.m. He starts up his car and the vehicle’s temperature gauge reads 128 degrees.

July 16, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Mustangs 2-hit by Idaho Falls in 3-1 loss

Mustangs 2-hit by Idaho Falls in 3-1 loss

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.

July 10, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Ex-Mustang Corky Miller getting taste of coaching by helping minor-leaguers

Ex-Mustang Corky Miller getting taste of coaching by helping minor-leaguers

Pepper Corky Miller with questions about his Pioneer League days, and his response usually comes with the qualifier “it was a long time ago.”

June 29, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Brewers do it again, top Mustangs 8-1

Brewers do it again, top Mustangs 8-1

The mantra from first-year Mustangs manager Dick Schofield is that consistency will come and go for his team.

June 28, 2014 11:13 pm Photos

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Brewers' big inning puts the hurt on Mustangs

Brewers' big inning puts the hurt on Mustangs

Though the Mustangs absorbed a pretty good drubbing Friday night, manager Dick Schofield found a silver lining. Even if it was a sarcastic one.

June 27, 2014 11:09 pmLoading…
Mustangs close one out, beat Missoula 5-4

Mustangs close one out, beat Missoula 5-4

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.

June 26, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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Mustangs' persistence pays off with 8-7 walk-off win over Great Falls

Mustangs' persistence pays off with 8-7 walk-off win over Great Falls

On a night when the Mustangs’ lineup was scattered with teenagers, a couple “veterans” helped lead the way.

June 18, 2014 11:40 pm Photos

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Washington helps Mustangs win rain-shortened game

Washington helps Mustangs win rain-shortened game

Ty Washington was a nomad of sorts last season.

June 17, 2014 11:02 pm Photos

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Wyoming girls survive, beat Montana in OT 81-75

Wyoming girls survive, beat Montana in OT 81-75

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.

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Across the board, Montana's size stands out in girls All-Star series

Across the board, Montana's size stands out in girls All-Star series

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.

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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…
Central doubles team looking to win one extra match

Central doubles team looking to win one extra match

With just two losses in the last two years — and none this season — John Knisely and Harrison Fagg aren’t counting on any more.

May 21, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Skyview scores 2 in 7th inning to beat CMR, 4-3 (copy)

Skyview scores 2 in 7th inning to beat CMR, 4-3 (copy)

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.

May 09, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Darragh named West High boys basketball coach

It may not be his first home, or even his second, but Kelly Darragh is exactly where he wants to be.

May 01, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Prep softball teams lighting up the scoreboard across the state

Prep softball teams lighting up the scoreboard across the state

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.

April 17, 2014 8:30 pmLoading…
Billings Central softball enters win column by beating Miles City

Billings Central softball enters win column by beating Miles City

Morgan Smith failed once, failed twice. She came through the third time.

April 05, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Falcons edge Broncs on the strength of 3 home runs

Falcons edge Broncs on the strength of 3 home runs

Erika Hall wasn’t sure what she was looking for. She just knew it when she saw it.

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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.

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Sentinel girls beat West 48-30 for State AA three-peat

Sentinel girls beat West 48-30 for State AA three-peat

The Missoula Sentinel girls basketball dominance rolled on Saturday night, and the Spartans joined the upper echelon of Class AA programs.

March 15, 2014 10:30 pm Video Photos

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