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Holidays are over; let the show begin, again

By B.L. Azure
Char-Koosta News

Eagle Kesean Burke scoots down the floor against TERS recent game against Charlo. (B.L. Azure photo)Eagle Kesean Burke scoots down the floor against TERS recent game against Charlo. (B.L. Azure photo)

FLATHEAD REZ — If you love this time of the year and are happy, you are either a skier or a basketball fan who’s able to block out thoughts of Donald Trump. It is half way through the season and we — me — are going to jump aboard the hoop express and bring you up to speed weekly on the Rez Ball battles of teams on the Flathead Reservation. This will be a one-person operation and it’s a killer schedule for one person to keep on top of. Consequently we can’t make it to every game nor provide in-depth coverage of them. We will get to as many as possible, and especially try to be at the rivalry games. The games we can attend will provide us with the opportunity to go beyond the brief synopsis of the competition as well as photos. This is a work in progress so bear with us as we too have to get our basketball legs, eyes and fingers in shape.

• Despite the graduation losses the defending State C champion Warriors are hitting on all cylinders and sit atop the District 14-C conference in the halfway point of the season. The top rated Class C team has an 8-0 overall record that includes a 4-0 conference record.

The wandering Warriors who played their first six games on the road finally got a home game when they hosted the Mission Bulldogs Tuesday (Jan. 2) in a non-conference battle. Then on Saturday they welcomed the Noxon Red Devils to their home confines.

The Warriors, heretofore this season, haven’t had any problems posting an “L” on opponents’ won-loss record and that was evident with convincing victories over the Bulldogs (84-39) and Red Devils (70-19).

A well rounded offensive attack against Mission was led by Greg Whitesell with 20 points and Will Mesteth with 18 points; Lane Johnson had 15 and Phillip Malatare dropped in 14.

The Warriors continued to share the scoring load against Noxon with four players in double digits. Mesteth had 14, Malatare 13, Johnson 12 and Isaac Fishere 10.

• The Two Eagle River Eagles had a good opening of the New Year with a 48-36 victory over the Alberton-Superior coop team Clark Fork last Thursday in Superior. After trailing after the first quarter the Eagles ramped it up and outscored Clark Fork the remaining three to walk off with the win. Brendan McDonald led the Eagles with 17 points and Coree Caudieux added 12.

The Eagles then dispatched the St. Regis Tigers 51-26 Saturday. The Eagles jumped out early to take a lead in the first quarter that they protected and added to walk off the Tigers’ (0-4, 0-8) floor with a 2-2 District 14-C record and a 6-3 overall record. Brandon Lurios led TERS with 19 points and McDonald had eight.

• The Charlo Vikings (3-1, 7-2) lone game last week was against the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks that they topped 65-49. Tyson Petticrew led the Vikings with 22 points: Landers Smith had 17 and Toby Odom 10.

• The Savage Heat of Hot Springs (0-4, 0-8) are still searching for their first win after being on the short end of the 69-25 score against the Plains Horsemen (3-1, 7-1). Tyler Carr led Hot Springs with nine points and Justin Salmi had seven.

• The District 6-B St. Ignatius Bulldogs (0-3, 3-4) dropped a pair of games to open the New Year. They lost to the Arlee Warriors in Arlee 84-39 last Tuesday. Jedi Christy led the Bulldogs with 14 points; Jacob Hugs had 11 and Wacey McClure 10.

They also lost a roady against Missoula Loyola 74-68. It was a close game throughout with the Rams (2-1, 5-3) owning the decisive 28-21 third quarter that established a slim lead they were able to protect. Hugs led Mission with 23 points; McClure had 16 and Matt Anderson 12.

Brendan McDonald pops a deuce over Viking Brady Fryberger. (B.L. Azure photo)Brendan McDonald pops a deuce over Viking Brady Fryberger. (B.L. Azure photo)

• Ronan Chiefs (3-2. 4-4) started the New Year with last Tuesday’s 56-47 victory over Whitefish (0-4, 2-7) with Zeka Misa leading the charge with 18 points. Dallas Durheim had 13 and Anthony Camel chipped in nine.

The Rez Rivalry game against the Polson Pirates was a thriller that went into overtime in which the Pirates came out on top by two points (77-75). Misa led the Chiefs with 27 points; Camel dropped in 22.

• The Polson Pirates (3-1, 5-4) topped Rez Rival Ronan 77-75 in overtime with Connor Lanier leading the way with 28 points; Robin Erickson had 16 and Shade Main 15.

The Pirated got the best of Northwest A conference foe Columbia Falls 56-48. Once again Lanier and Main led the way with 20 and 13 points respectively.

Boys Basketball Games
January 2
Ronan 56, Whitefish 47
Ronan            11       5       20       20     —            56
Whitefish       11       13     15       8       —            47
Ronan: Zeke Misa 18, Randy Finley 2, Nate Dennis 5, Vinny Bird-Webster 6, Dallas Durheim 13, Jacob Gatch 3, Anthony Camel 9.
Whitefish: Caleb Meehan 2, Justin Conklin 3, Brendyn Peacock 2, Mark Anderson 12, Sam Menicke 4, Ryan Kemm 4, Lee Walburn 12, Dillon Botner 8.

Arlee 84, St. Ignatius 39
St. Ignatius    13       13           5         8       —            39
Arlee              22       27           25       10           —            84
Arlee: Will Mesteth 18, Phillip Malatare 14, Lane Johnson 15, Cody Tanner 1, Greg Whitesell 20, David Haynes Jr. 2, Billy Fisher 2, Darshan Bolen 1, Isaac Fisher 8.
St. Ignatius: Levi Alexander 2, Jedi Christy 14, Wacey McClure 10, Lucas Vanderburg 2, Jacob Hugs 11.

January 4
Two Eagle River 48, Alberton-Superior 36
Two Eagle            8         14           14       12           —            48
Clark Fork            11       8       9         8       —            36
Two Eagle: Brendan McDonald 17, Dylan Moran 5, Dom Finely 4, Brandon Larios 6, Bronco Branson 4, Coree Caudieux 12.
Clark Fork: Bryan Mask 4, Carson Callison 14, Aaron Waddle 3, Conner Voll 3, Michael Spence 7, Korey Radford 3.

January 5
Polson 77, Ronan 75 (2OT)
Polson        16        20       10          13         6          10         —         75
Ronan        14        8         17          20         6          12         —         77 
Ronan: Zeke Misa 27, Randy Finley 7, Nate Dennis 2, Vinny Bird-Webster 3, Dallas Durheim 9, Jacob Gatch 5, Anthony Camel 22.
Polson: Robin Erickson 16, Keyan Dalbey 2, Ryker Wenderoth 2, Bo Kelley 2, Connor Lanier 28, Shade Main 15, Trevor Schultz 1, Weston Danley 6, Micah Askan 5.

Missoula Loyola 74, St. Ignatius 68
Loyola            15       10           28       21           —            74
St. Ignatius     14       13           21       20           —            68
Loyola: Jack Lincoln 16, Scotty Twite 4, Jacob Hollenback 8, David Koppang 21, Joey McIlroy 25.
St. Ignatius: Jacob Hugs 23, Jedi Christy 8, Flint McPherson 5, Wacey McClure 16, Matt Anderson 12, Lucas Vanderburg 4.

Viking Landers Smith snags a rebound with Eagle Stanley Alexander looking to de-snag it from him. (B.L. Azure photo)Viking Landers Smith snags a rebound with Eagle Stanley Alexander looking to de-snag it from him. (B.L. Azure photo)

Charlo 65, Seeley-Swan 49
Seeley-Swan 13    12       16         8         —           49
Charlo            15       9       20       21        —            65 
Seeley-Swan: Haines 13, Smith 12, Johnson 8, Wood 6, Johnson 6, Shelmerdine 4.
Charlo: Tyson Petticrew 22, Landers Smith 17, Toby Odom 10, Brock Tomlin 6, Nate Delaney 2, Garett Vaughan 2, Connor Koenig 2, Perry 2, Brady Fryberger 2.

Noxon 50, Hot Springs 27
Hot Springs    5         5          11          6       —            27 
Noxon            13       14           9         15      —            50
Hot Springs: Brandon Knudsen 15, Justin Salmi 6, Tyler Carr 2, Sean Fisher 4.
Noxon: Logan Wood 9, Owen Fisher 8, Ethan Hinrichsen 1, Aiden Galloway 2, Braedon Marshall 2, Rylan Weltz 14, Alex Currie 4, Levi Brubaker 8, Mathew Kaiser 2.

January 6
Polson 56, Columbia Falls 48
Polson            17       8       12       19           —            56
C. Falls            4        18     2         24           —            48
Polson: Bo Kelley 6, Connor Lanier 20, Shade Main 13, Trevor Schultz 2, Sam Schultz 2, Weston Danley 9, Micah Askan 4.
Columbia Falls: Austin Green 2, Drew Morgan 7, Lowell Panasuk 7, Quintin Schriver 22, Logan Bechtel 2, Matthew Morrison 8.

Arlee 70, Noxon 19
Noxon            4         9       3         3       —            19
Arlee            24       19    15       12       —            69
Noxon: Logan Wood 3, Ethan Hinrichsen 1, Rylan Weltz 2, Alex Currie 6, Levi Brubaker 7. 
Arlee: Will Mesteth 14, Phillip Malatare 13, Lane Johnson 12, Isaac Fisher 10, Billy Fisher 2, Darshen Bolen 2, David Haynes Jr. 2, Greg Whitesell 15. 

Two Eagle River 51, St. Regis 26
Two Eagle      15       13    13       10       —            51
St. Regis          4         7       8         7       —            26
Two Eagle: Brendan McDonald 8, Dylan Moran 4, Dom Finley 2, Brandon Lurios 19, Stanley Alexander 2, Bronco Branson 3, Coree Cadeaux 6.
St. Regis: Nic Day 6, Andrew Samforo 4, Ryan Terter 2, Ian Farris 4.

Plains 69, Hot Springs 25
Plains             9         16         19       25      —            35
Hot Springs   2         11           6         6       —            69
Plains: Matt McCracken 12, Tanner Ovitt 12, Sinjin La Deaux 11, Jay VonHeeder 8, Derick Curry 11, Esvin Reyes 2, Treydon Brouillette 5, Kyle Weeks 8.
Hot Springs: Tyler Carr 9, Justin Salmi 7, Brandon Knudsen 2. Luke W. 7.

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