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Sports at Billings' High Schools

Central Central's golf teams are off to a promising start, with a sweep of the Colstrip Invitational titles last Friday, then a first and second at the Hardin Invitational on Saturday.

The girls won in Colstrip by 68 strokes and in Hardin by 97, boasting the same lineup they had last season: sophomore Rachel Warren, junior Amanda Nielsen, seniors Kim Kreiter and Eli Spang and sophomore Alicia Matchett.

The boys narrowly lost to Class B power Columbus in Hardin, but won Colstrip handily. Leading the way are sophomore Riley Tolstedt, senior Mitch Wilbert and junior Cooper Warren. Freshman Sean Clancy, sophomore Geoff Bauwens and junior Dan Merchant are vying for the team's final two spots.

The golfers are in the Billings Invitational today and Saturday, as are Central's tennis teams.

Central's softball team takes a 3-0 record into Saturday's twinbill in Hardin, against Glendive and Sidney. Central's games are at 1 and 5 p.m. The Rams head to Sidney Monday, to make up a rained out doubleheader against Sidney and Glendive. They then host Belgrade on Tuesday. Laurel Laurel's track and field squads scored bushels of points at the Hardin Invitational last Friday, getting promising performances from freshmen Tyler Peterson and Kiley Myers and placing second in both the boys and girls team races.

Myers won the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and triple jump for the Locomotive girls. Peterson won the pole vault, while junior Jon Bauer was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles for the boys. Other strong performers included Ashley Colbrese, who won the girls 400' and Brittni Forster, who won the high jump.

The Locomotives' softball team won its first three games, including an impressive twinbill sweep of perennial power Butte Central last Thursday, 3-0 and 2-1. Laurel is in Sidney for a twinbill with the Eagles and Glendive today. Laurel is then home Saturday to play Belgrade at 5 p.m.; and again Tuesday for a game against Hardin, also at 5.

Laurel's golfers are competing in the Billings Invitational, which begins today at Yellowstone Country Club, and concludes Saturday at Lake Hills Golf Club.Senior Whitney Gum turned in two PR's in the Broncs first official track meet at Skyview last week. Gum went 129-10 to win the discus in 40-91/2 in taking the shot put.

Steph Radke won the 400 (1:02.71) and triple jump (33-11) and pushed Skyview's Torey Schaefer while finishing second in the 200 (26.53).

Jessica Tucker posted victories in the 800 (2:29.02) and 1,600 (5:38.67).

Evan Wilson and Jimmy Stanton got off to good starts last week. Wilson went 55-1/4 in the shot put (Kalispell's Tanner Rauk has gone 57-1). Stanton threw 156-8 in the discus to best Wilson, who had a throw of 154.

Catcher Andrea Thorson continues to swing a hot bat in softball. She's 10-for-22 for the season which is a .455 average. Thorson batted .375 in the Broncs' four-game sweep at Great Falls. Natalie Solomon led the Broncs on the trip by hitting a sizzling .750.

The Broncs, who've won five straight games, go to Skyview for a conference game at noon Saturday.

John Marnin and Heidi Lehman have 3-0 singles records heading into the Billings Invitational tennis meet.Skyview Sprinter Torey Schaefer could have an early showdown Saturday in the Billings Invitational against Bozeman's Carly Clark and Keshia Shabazz.

Schaefer took the 100 in 12.68 seconds and the 200 in 26.52 in a triangular with Billings Senior and Butte. In a dual with Billings West, Clark won the 100 in 12.92 and Shabazz won the 200 in 26.1.

The golf teams are entered in the Billings Invitational which begins today. The boys won last week's Billings/Bozeman meet by carding a 287 at Peter Yegen. Cody Winterholler's 64 led the way. Jared Atkins had a 71 and Will Faber and Zane Merrell both shot 76.

The tennis teams play today in the Billings Invitational. The Falcons notched their first dual victory with a 4-3 win over Butte last Saturday. Craig Greenfield and Dylan Winston notched their first singles wins in that match.

The softball team hopes to get its first victory of the season when the Falcons play host to Billings Senior at noon Saturday in an Eastern AA contest. The Falcons are 0-6 overall and 0-2 in league games.West Sterling Small turned in two impressive hurdles times during a dual meet with Bozeman Saturday. Small ran a 14.3 in the 110 race and a blazing 38.6 in the 300s. Small placed in both races at state last year, finishing second in the 300 and fifth in the 110.

Casey O'Malley won three events for the girls against Bozeman. Her 5-3 effort in the high jump leads the AA.

West will compete in the Billings Invitational which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at MetraPark.

In tennis, Jenna Sutton and Lani Arguelles won their first two singles matches of the season in duals against Butte and Bozeman. Julie Handley teamed up with Devon Langlas for a pair of doubles victories. West begins play today in the two-day Billings Invite.

The softball team tries to keep its unblemished record (4-0) intact against the Great Falls schools. The Bears play CMR at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today and GFH at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Josh Hedge fired a 66 to lead the boys golf team to a second-place finish in the Billings/Bozeman meet.

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