Sports at Billings' High Schools
The Rams' softball team takes a 6-0 record up against rival Laurel in a key Eastern A game today. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m., at Stewart Park's north fields. Catcher/center fielder Fray Bustos leads the Rams with a .636 batting average. First baseman Keriann Lynch is hitting .500 while leading the team in runs batted in (9) and runs scored (9). Pitcher/outfielder Lesley Dobson is hitting .412 with three doubles, while Kristin Hodges has three triples and a .333 average. Dobson is to pitch today's game. She has a 1-0 record, with 29 strikeouts in 16 innings. Leslie Schmalz is 5-0 on the hill, fanning 31 in 24 innings. Central is at Belgrade for two games Tuesday.
Matt Winter and Emily Klee won the boys and girls 1,600 meters last week's snow-shortened L.A. Kohnke Invitational in Powell, Wyo. Dan Merchant was the boys' medalist at an invitational golf meet in Roundup Thursday, firing on 83 to win by three strokes over a trio of golfers, including teammate Andrew Pearson. More Ram golfers will be in action today, at the Laurel Invitational. The tennis teams is at Senior Tuesday.Laurel The Locomotives' softball team is perfect against school's not nicknamed "Red Devils." Laurel is 4-2, with the losses coming to Glendive and Huntley Project. The next action for the Laurel nine is tonight against Billings Central, then Tuesday at Shepherd. Laurel has to make up a game against Hardin on May 6, and another against West on May 4.
Tiffany Saatzer (4-0, including a no-hitter) is on the hill for tonight's key game against Central, at Stewart Park. She's also hitting a team-leading .520. Third baseman Jocara Crane is at .455 for the Locomotives, followed by first baseman Holly Brester at .400, shortstop Tanya Saatzer and center fielder Keoni Gallagher at .316.
Kiley Myers won the 100-meter hurdles and was second in the 100 dash and long jump at the weather-shortened Kohnke meet in Powell, Wyo., Saturday. The track teams were to head south of the border again Saturday, for the Cody (Wyo.) Invitational.
The golfers are hosting their own invitational meet today, at the Laurel Country Club.Senior Several girls posted season-best times in the Great Falls Invitational. Among them were Jenna Schardein (110 hurdles, 15.53; 300 hurdles, 47.27), Steph Radke (400, 1:01.38), Whitney Gum (shot put, 43-11/2 ) and Mariah Smith-Miloff (shot put, 37-11/2); Jimmy Stanton (discus, 158-4), Evan Wilson (discus, 154-8), Kori Alvarado (high jump, 6-2), Toby Rundle (long jump, 20-61/2) and Travis Holmquist (triple jump, 39-1/4).
The Broncs softball schedule has a number of changes due to recent postponements. Senior will play two games today, taking on Big Sky at 3:30 and Sentinel at 5 p.m. at Poly Vista. They'll play Hellgate at 10 a.m. Saturday at 10th and Central.
Other changes are the series with the Great Falls schools will now be on May 3-4 here. The April 30 game at Skyview has been moved to May 9 and a May 14 game against West has been switched to May 18.
Renzi Lee shot matching 69s to win the Helena Invitational golf title. Chet Limberhand also had a good tournament, firing rounds of 76 and 73.
Halley Montalban led the girls' fourth-place finish at Helena with a 170.Skyview Jen Neill's double in the Falcons' 6-2 loss to Billings West Tuesday extended her hitting streak to four games. Hannah Niles has a hit in four of the last five game she's played.
The softball team has had its schedule undergo some major schedule changes due to recent weather.
This weekend's schedule with the Missoula schools has been revised. The Falcons play two games today at Poly Vista, meeting Sentinel at 3:30 and Hellgate at 5 p.m. They'll be at home Saturday against Big Sky at 10 a.m.
The May 17-18 Great Falls series (originally rescheduled from April 19-20) is now set for May 3-4. The game against Senior on April 30 has been rescheduled for May 9.
Jared Atkins shot a 76-74-150 for an eighth-place finish in the Helena Invitational. Cody Winterholler bounced back from an opening round 85 to card a 72 in the second round. David Ness and Kyle Krogstad broke 80 both days as Ness had rounds of 76 and 75 and Krogstad had a 77 and a 79.
The golf and tennis teams are both scheduled to compete in the Great Falls Invitational Friday and Saturday.West
Sterling Small established a school record in the 110 hurdles with a 14.22 during a triangular meet Saturday.
Tara Petersen had a string of 14 straight shutout innings broken Tuesday when Skyview scored two runs in the seventh inning. Petersen, however, ran her record to 5-0 in the Bears' 6-2 victory.
The softball schedule has several revisions including games today against Hellgate (3:30) and Big Sky (5 p.m.) at Poly Vista. The Bears play host to Sentinel (10 a.m.) and Hellgate (11:30) Saturday.
The May 4 games against CMR and Great Falls have been changed to May 9. Which means the game against Billings Central that day will be rescheduled. The May 14 Senior game is now May 18 and Saturday's rainout with Laurel has been rescheduled for May 4.
Here are some of the top records by the girls tennis team: Jenna Sutton, 11-1 in singles; Aly Procter, 10-1 in singles; Lani Arguelles, 11-2 in singles; Kelly Rupert, 12-0 in doubles, Devon Langlas, 8-0 in doubles; Bekah Holden, 8-0 in doubles; Julie Handley 11-1 in doubles and Danielle Wang, 9-1 in doubles.