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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.
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.
BOZEMAN — Taylor Mims was connecting on just about everything in sight Friday night. Including her own teammate.
BOZEMAN — The key to Belgrade’s success, setter Olivia Kleinsasser says, is the Panthers always play in desperation mode.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was Senior Night at the Nelles Activities Center, which for the Billings Central Rams volleyball team meant it was Mirrada Clarin Night.
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.
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.
Kids, kids everywhere.
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.
For the past six seasons, it’s been next girl up for the Billings Central soccer team.
The visiting Billings Senior volleyball contingent was in a giving mood Thursday night at Billings Central’s Nelles Activities Center.
Billings Central volleyball coach Kylie Kufeld learned many valuable lessons playing for Billings Senior’s Jeff Carroll.
Breathe, Maggie Green, breathe.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.