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Updated 11 months, 1 week ago

Flathead alum Osweiler seeks happy campers

Second-year Flathead football coach Caleb Aland figured it couldn’t hurt to reach out to Brock Osweiler, the forme…

Updated 1 year ago
State titles and bonus daughters

One thing you may not know about Amber and Bella Downing — I didn’t — is that they are not related.

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
A Maiden (and Chief) voyage for Ronan hoops

To this point Leina Ulutoa, the leading scorer and rebounder on this year’s Ronan basketball team, hasn’t traveled far for a basketball game.

Updated 1 year, 8 months ago
Ronan, C-Falls, Glacier and ‘a good time’

Kris Salonen reiterated this week that she loved basketball more than track as a high school athlete at Great Falls High. “But I was better at track, so I did that,” she said.

Updated 1 year, 8 months ago
Stellar jumps, sprints — and hoodies

Covering track and field is not supposed to hurt, but here I am nursing a swollen knee and it wasn’t for any sort of, you know, effort.

Updated 1 year, 11 months ago
Break out the gloves and eye black

A dozen years as a head football coach in California and another 18 as an assistant at the high school and college level have prepared Mark Kessler for this moment. Girls flag football is coming to Montana this Au…

Updated 2 years, 1 month ago
COLUMN: Gilman has front-row seat to Cats’ run

When Tadan Gilman languished a bit for the Montana State Bobcats football team from 2017-19, he had a solid sounding board: His father, Mark.

Updated 2 years, 3 months ago
COLUMN: Flathead sees rare pair head to Division I

It is once again Signing Day Ceremony Season, and Flathead High had a nice one Wednesday to celebrate two future Division I athletes in swimmer Lily Milner and wrestler Fin Nadeau.

Updated 2 years, 4 months ago
COLUMN: Long May he stay this way

The 47th Northern Rodeo Association Finals begin today at 7 p.m. inside Majestic Valley Arena, with youngsters and veterans alike taking on rough stock for three straight nights.

Updated 2 years, 4 months ago
COLUMN: A spell-check of a name, and we’ll take it

About five minutes into his introductory press conference this week Rich Bisaccia gently corrected a writer on the pronunciation of his name.

Updated 2 years, 4 months ago
COLUMN: DeRue comes up aces — and more aces

The Ryder Cup has ended gloriously, the leaves are falling decorously and that usually means time is running out to get in that last 18 around these parts.

Updated 2 years, 5 months ago
COLUMN: Inspired hires, garden spots, sticker shock

After seeing the bill for Bruce Barnum’s beer garden extravaganza — $14,448, for 2,064 beers — I can only think: Why didn’t Jerry Glanville think of this?

Updated 2 years, 5 months ago
COLUMN: Milestones reached 24 hours apart

Two night games and 200 wins.

Updated 2 years, 5 months ago
COLUMN: Highlighting a not very long ago era

It has been 20 years since the Montana Grizzlies won the Football Championship Subdivision title, and that’s a decent interval even if, at least for me, it has gone by in a blink.

Updated 2 years, 6 months ago
COLUMN: Crosstown foes start football anew

There’s a new coach on one side of town, the dean of AA football coaches on the other, and Alex Cummings and Grady Bennett have something in common: They’re going to be starting a passel of sophomores.