No State title for Flathead

 Klara Burgstaller

of The Flathead Arrow

    Another year without a State title for Flathead High school in tennis has gone by, but yet the school had a representative playing, which is an improvement to previous years.
    Sophomore Ethan Hawkins competed on Thursday, May 17th, at the AA State tennis tournament at the Summit in Kalispell. The tournament was planned to take place outside on the FVCC courts but due to rain it had to be moved to the indoor courts of the fitness studio. Hawkins played two matches on Thursday, Hawkins was not able to play again on Friday because of double elimination and him losing both matches .
    Hawkins first match was against Jay Montague from Billings, who placed 3rd for Boys Singles. The match’s outcome was 2-6, 2-6. The second match was in the consolation bracket which Hawkins lost 1-6, 4-6 to Missoula Hellgate’s Clayton Ryerson.
    “State was a very interesting experience. There were a lot of ups and downs, especially for top players, even if you think you are one of the top players you can still have a major upset which I think happened to a lot of people,” so Hawkins. “My plan for next year is to place in the top four at state.” 

Hawkins takes 4th at divisonals

Klara Burgstaller
of The Flathead Arrow

    For the first time in 3 years will Flathead’s tennis team have a player competing in the AA state tournament which is hosted by Glacier High School for the consecutive second year. Sophomore Ethan Hawkins took fourth in Boys Singles and will therefore play against Montana’s top players at State on Thursday, May 17th, and Friday, May 18th.
    Flathead High school’s tennis team shared a bus with Glacier High school to go to the Divisional tournament on Thursday, May 10th. This years AA Northern Divisional tournament took place in Great Falls. The two Kalispell schools were playing Great Falls High and Great Falls CMR in the two day tournament. The top 4 Players for each Singles boys and girls went on to the State tournament the following week, as well as 4 teams for each Boys and Girls Doubles. Thursday the players got divided into Singles and Doubles, and the Doubles teams were split up in boys and girls, to be able to use all three court opportunity in Great Falls. After a sunny day on Thursday with three matches for all advancing players, semifinals and finals were left for Friday.
    Because of IB testing, which was taking place on Friday, May 9th, two of Flathead’s best Doubles players were not able to participate at Divisionals. Juniors Sierra Dilworth and Tess Huckeba had to decide between school and sport, which was not a fair choice considering that they need those tests for their full IB diploma. Therefore Dilworth’s partner, Senior Hailey Fennel, was playing with Huckeba’s partner, Junior Olivia Mohatt. The two players were upset about that discord. “I think tennis athletes are disproportionately harmed with conflicts relating to IB testing, which is completely unfair. As a full IB student, I regard academics as extremely important but I also thoroughly enjoy tennis, so it is quite disappointing that neither the IB program nor the MHSAA (=Montana high school athletic association) will find a compromise for tennis players who also participate in higher level IB courses and need to test. The IB program claims that balance is one of the important aspects of an IB student, yet they are so ridiculously strict about their testing dates and times that they don’t allow tennis athletes to achieve this balance between sports and academic. In regards to the MHSAA, they are forcing students to choose between important academic interests and tennis, which is completely unreasonable. In the foreseeable future, Coach Jimmy has been working with some IB coordinators and is planning on working with the MHSAA so I hope to see some compromise on the horizon”, so Dilworth.
    Coach Jimmy Cripe does not consider that choice as fair either. “I do know that IB students are unfairly limited in participating in tennis due to scheduling conflicts. This ultimately hurts the IB program and the Tennis teams. Finding a solution has been a futile effort so far, but I am hopeful our student athletes will someday be able to play High School tennis and be full IB students, right now they must choose one or another.” Cripe tried to find a way of the two girls taking the tests in Great Falls, which was not possible because of the strict IB rules.
    Nevertheless Flathead´s team had a successful first day. For boys Singles Sophomore Ethan Hawkins won his first match against GFH, 6-0, 6-0 and won his second match against a Glacier player as well with 6-2, 6-2. He lost his third match 0-6,0-6 to an opponent from Glacier but still advanced to the fourth round, which will be played the following day. Also Junior and newcomer Brett Thompson had a successful day after losing his first match to a CMR player 3-6, 1-6 he won both of the consolation bracket games, first 7-5, 6-1 against Glacier and then 6-2, 6-1 against GFH. Those two wins allowed Thompson to advance to play on Friday.
    Also advancing to Friday was the boys doubles team consisting of Junior Cade Creekmore and sophomore Brian Wells with 2 wins. First they defeated GFH 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, then they lost against Glacier 0-6, 0-6 but won their third match 6-3, 6-4, defeating their own teammates Owen Shilling and Liam Rehbein. Juniors David Marburger and Will Taylor-Lewellen lost their first match to GFH, 6-3, 6-1, won their second match 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 against Glacier but got eliminated in their third match 2-6, 3-6 by a doubles team from CMR.
    For girls Singles Sophomore Kendall Pyron advanced to the next day. Pyron lost her first match 0-6, 1-6 against CMR, defeated a player from Glacier 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and won the third match against CMR also, the scores for that match are not listed. For girls Doubles Juniors Mikel Twichel and Cassidy Lavin went on to Friday. The two got defeated by Glacier in their first match, 6-7, set-tiebreaker 4-7, 0-6, getting a bye and winning against their teammates Sophomore Alice Addington and Freshman Teagan Halloran in a close match 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Addington and Halloran did not move on to the next day as after winning the first match 7-6 (7), 6-4 against Glacier, they lost to GFH 1-6, 1-6.
    Also advancing to Friday were Flathead’s First Seed Doubles team, Senior Hailey Fennel and Olivia Mohatt. Defeating Glacier in the first match 6-1, 6-2, losing the second match 3-6, 2-6 to CMR and winning the third match against Cmr, no scores listed.
    Friday, May 10th
    Due to the rain on Friday all tournaments had to be moved to the indoor courts at Meadowlark Country Club, the only indoor courts in the whole town.
    Flathead had a boys Doubles team and one Single player for Girls and Two for Boys Single advancing to the fourth round and was playing for whether going to State or not. Junior Cade Creekmore and Sophomore Brian Wells were defeated by a C.M. Russell team 4-6,3-6, while Sophomore Kendall Pyron lost to a girl from Great Falls High 1-6, 0-6 after winning against another Girl from Great Falls High 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Ethan Hawkins had to play against his own teammate, Junior Brett Thompson, with him advancing to a match between third and fourth placement for State while Thompson will not be able to compete the following weekend.
    Also playing Friday were Senior Hailey Fennel and her Doubles partner Junior Olivia Mohatt. They played against Great Falls First Seed team and lost 4-6,3-6. Regardless, Senior Hailey Fennel is thankful for the season. “Divisionals went well under the circumstances some individuals had to endure. Due to scheduling conflicts of IB testing several players were unable to compete, including my partner Sierra with who I played all season. Divisionals was the first time for me to play with an unfamiliar partner in a competition. It was difficult but nothing unobtainable, Olivia is great. I am proud we made it to Friday. Besides that I had a great last season with the team and my partner Sierra Dilworth. It was fun to see how much all the newcomers improved, I hope the best for them next year.”
    Also playing were Juniors Mikel Twichel and Cassidy Lavin. They lost against the two girls from Glacier who also defeated them the previous day 0-6, 0-6. Both Twichel and Lavin are thankful for the season and proud for getting this far, considering that it is both of their first year playing tennis. “”
    Hawkins lost the championship match 4-6, 4-6 resulting in him taking forth at Divisionals. “My strategy going into the match was beat him at the net because he had a weak backhand”, said Hawkins “It is exciting to represent Flathead State and I am looking forward to gain experience for following years. I am planning on winning a couple of matches and give my best.” the Sophomore plays for his fourth year of tennis and found the Singles play for himself. “I think it is sad that I am the only Flathead player competing, it would have been great to cheer and support them and have them there as well.”

Braves track takes second at Archie Roe 
Kenyon Fretwell
of The Flathead Arrow

The Flathead Braves Boys track team took home 2nd place, scoring 125.5 team points at the annual Archie Roe track meet on Saturday, May 5 at Legends Stadium in Kalispell.
    In the sprinting events, senior Chad Hemsley placed 3rd with a time of 11.43. Sophomore Chance Sheldon-Allen finished 5th with a time of 11.60. In the 200 meter dash Sheldon-Allen placed 6th, posting a time of 24.06.
Ben Perrin won the 1600 and placed 2nd running the 3200 in the distance events posting times of 4:18.8 and 9:37.17. No other Braves were able to break into the top six in the long distance events.
    In Hurdles, Chad Hemsley and Dawson Rinehart led the way. Hemsley won the 110 Hurdles with a time of 15.43. Teammate Rinehart followed behind with a time of 15.61. Hemsley also won the 300 Hurdles with a time of 39.48, followed by sophomore Camas Rinehart who posted a personal record of 40.46. Senior Dawson Rinehart finished 3rd posting a 40.51.
    Flathead’s 4x100 relay team placed 2nd behind Glacier with a time of 43.67. The 4x400 relay team with a time 3:26.28. Both relay teams have qualified for state.
    Senior Michael Lee won both the Shot Put and Discus events. Lee threw 150-05 in the DIscus and 53-05 in the Shot Put. Teammate Cole Smith placed 4th in the Discus with a toss on 129-04.
“It was nice to win both events,” said Lee. “I threw really well.”
    In the jumping events, Seth Moon placed 5th place in the High Jump with a height of 5-11. Pole Vault had four Braves place, junior Jaden MacNeil took 3rd with a jump of 12.6, followed by teammates junior senior Darroch Jackson and Bentley Boone who placed 3rd and 4th with the same jump. Senior Kenyon Fretwell placed 6th with a height of 12.
    Flathead continues action on Thursday, May 10 for the Whitefish Dual at 3:30 in Whitefish.

FHS braves took second at divisionals
Kenyon Fretwell
of The Flathead Arrow

The Flathead High School Boys Track team took second place behind rival Glacier Wolfpack at the Western AA divisional track tournament on Friday, may 18 in Missoula. 
    The Braves were lead by top scores in the hurdles by Chad Hemsley and Dawson Rinehart who finished first and second in both the 300-meter hurdles and the 100-meter hurdles.
“We had fast times and I know it will transfer over to state,” said the senior Hemsley. “Both of us have ran our best races lately.”
    In long distance, junior Ben Perrin finished first in the 3200 posting a time of 9:32. In the 800-meter dash, sophomore Keaton Fischer finished in 5th place with a time of 2:02. Both boys were the only places in long distance.
In the jumping events, junior Seth Moon picked up the slack in Long, Triple and High jump. In Long Jump, Moon placed second with a jump of 20.08 and sixth in High Jump with a jump of 5.9. Moon placed fourth in triple jump with a leap of 41.1.
“I felt good, I had some rough jumps but I feel confident going into state week.” said Moon.
    In Javelin, senior Bryan Baker had a new career record in the Javelin with a throw of 168.07 meters. The throw earned him a 5th place divisional finish and qualified him for state.
“I knew I needed a big throw if I wanted to go to state,” said Baker. “I could tell when the javelin left my hand it was going far.”
    Michael Lee had a big day finishing second in the Shot Put with a throw of 57.05 and placed second in Discus throwing 156.7. His 2 high place finishes helped build point for the Braves.
The Braves finish the season at the State tournament in Great Falls on Friday and Saturday May 24 and 25. 

  Boys state track 
Kenyon Fretwell
of The Flathead Arrow

The Flathead high School earned a 2nd place finish at the AA state championship track meet in Great Falls on Friday and Saturday May, 25 and 26.
Flathead was once again led by Hurdlers Chad Hemsley and Dawson Rinehart who tallied many points for the Braves. Hemsley was crowned champion of the 300 meter hurdles running a 38.08 which was a new school record.
“It's crazy to see all my hard work pay off finally,” said the senior Hemsley. “Being a state champion and holding the school record is a great way to end my career.”
Teammate Dawson Rinehart finished behind him in second place with a time of 39.12. Both athletes placed in the 110 hurdles, Hemsley in 2nd with 15.01 and Rinehart in 3rd. Hemsley also placed 4th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.41.
Junior Ben Perrin took home gold in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:09.38. Perrin was the only distance runner to place for the Braves at the state tournament.
In the the relay events, Flathead placed 5th in the 4x100 with a time of 43.35. The 4x400 relay team had a major impact, placing 2nd with a time of 3:23.14.
Seth Moon was the only boys jumper to place, taking home a 5th place medal in the Triple Jump with a leap of 43-02.25.
“It was great to place at state,” said Moon. “I was happy to help take home a team trophy from this weekend.”
Senior Michael Lee was the only other Braves placer, taking home medals in the throwing events. Lee placed 2nd in the Shot Put with a toss of 56-05.25. He also placed 6th in the Discus, throwing 146-03.
The Braves have end their great season with the year end banquet on Tuesday, May 29 in the Large Gym.
Last month of girls track 
Jade Ware
of The Flathead Arrow

State Sat. 26-Sun.27
    Girls track competed in state on Sat. 26-Sun.27 at Memorial Stadium in Great Falls. While the 4x100 relay placed sixth with a time of 49.78.
    Junior Madison Boles placed fourth in high jump, clearing 5-03, and senior Megan Rieke placed fifth in pole vault with 10-06.
Friday May 18- Saturday May 19
    Flathead High School bravettes track team competed in Divisionals Fri. May 18- Sat. May 19, with the 4x400 relay team placed fifth overall, with a time of 4 minutes and 12.85 seconds.
    Junior Madison Boles ran the 200M in 27.07, placing fifth, and cleared 5-5 in high jump, getting second place.
Thursday May 10
    Eight Flathead High School Bravettes placed first in the dual track meet on Thursday May 10, at whitefish. The 4x100 relay also placed first with 50.83 seconds, while the 4x400 relay placed second with 4:23.11. Putting FHS in first place with 132 points.
    Junior Madison Boles ran the 200 in 27.14. Senior Kaitlin Wride ran the 400 in 1:02.64, and the 1600 receiving second with 5:24.45. Junior Meaghan Fisher ran the 1600 in 5:21.46. Junior Sadie Wilson ran the 3200 in 12:31.41. Freshman Skyleigh Thompson hurdled the 100 hurdles in 16.79, and the 300 hurdles in 49.82. Senior Megan Rieke cleared 9-6 in pole vault. Junior Kayla Martin threw 33-9 in shot put. Junior Samantha Waters threw 91-2.5 in discus and got second place in javelin, throwing 86-8. Junior Paige Sweem also threw 87-2 for javelin.
Many FHS girl track athletes filled up the places in long jump. Sophomore Kennedy Kanter jumped 15-9, getting first. Sophomore Jenna Johnson got second with 15-05.50. While Sophomore Savannah Metzler jumped 15-5, placing third.
Archie Roe, Sat. May 5
    Flathead High School’s girls track team got third place, with a score of 78 in the largest meet of the season, Archie Roe, on Saturday May 5. While the 4x100 relay team got first place with a time of 50.22 seconds.
    Sophomore Jessica Barnhart ran the 100 meter-dash in 12.78, placing first. Sophomore Kennedy Kanter got third in the 100 with 13.02. Junior Madison Boles ran the 200 in 26.92, receiving third, and ran the 400 in 1:01:96, placing third. Boles also jumped 5-05 in high jump getting first. Freshman Skyleigh Thompson hurdled the 300 hurdles in 49.31, getting third. Sophomore Jenna Johnson jumped 15-07.75 in long jump placing fourth. Senior Megan Rieke jumped 10-6 in pole vault receiving first place.
Thursday April 28, @ Skor Dekam Inv
    Flathead High School girls track raced and threw hard at the Skor Dekam Invitation on Thursday April 28, however it was not enough to put them in first, for the team placed fifth overall. The 4x100 relay placed fourth with 52.01 seconds, while the 4x400 placed third with 4.29.27.
    Sophomore Jessica Barnhart ran the 100 meter-dash in 13.06, placing second. Junior Madison Boles ran the 200 with a time of 26.86, getting third. Senior Megan Rieke threw 9’6 in pole vault, placing third. Junior Kayla martin threw 89’08 in discus, getting fifth place.
Thursday April 26, Sentinel-hellgate-flathead tri
    Flathead High Schools girls track 4x400 relay team placed first with 4 minutes and 17.55 seconds in the Missoula meet against Sentinel High School, and Hellgate High School, on Thursday April, 26. While the 4x100 relay team placed second with a time of 51.65. Putting FHS in second place with 59 points.
    Junior Madde Boles ran the 400 meter-dash receiving first place with 1 minute and 1.41 seconds. Freshman Tori Gillespie ran the 800 getting third with 2:30.85. Freshman Skyleigh Thompson hurdled the 100 hurdles placing second overall with 16.99. sage Thompson jumped 33-1 in triple jump, receiving second place. Junior Kayla martin threw 35-0 in shot put, placing third overall.

Seniors make final decision for college

Katia Postovit 

of The Flathead Arrow

    As the 2018 year comes to a close seniors are making final decisions about their next four years, in particular, athletes. Seniors Trae Vasquez and Tucker Nadeau have signed with D1 schools for wrestling. Nadeau will be attending West Virginia University and Vasquez will be attending Cal Poly University. They both committed the first week of May.
    So many decisions were made in the first week of May for these two athletes, “I made my decision after a really long process in which I initially thought that I was going to pursue rugby in college,” said senior Tucker Nadeau. “The great experience I had at West Virginia, combined with their strong languages program and Coach Flynn was what made me finally decide,” said Nadeau.
    Senior Trae Vasquez was also very sure what he wanted after his visit, “I had called my dad on my visit to Cal Poly the week prior to my final decision and told him that Cal Poly is where I wanted to be.” said Vasquez. “They have a fantastic reputation in the classroom that is right on par with Ivy league schools and they are in the Big 12 for wrestling which is a very tough conference as far as wrestling at the division 1 level,” said Vasquez.
    Moving from a small school in Kalispell Montana to a Division 1 school can be a huge change but these particular student athletes are excited for the change, “I am most excited to get out of Kalispell and grow. I love Kalispell and the people here, but I am excited for the opportunity to get away from home, make new friends, pursue my degree, pursue my D1 national champion dream, and start a new chapter in my life,” said Vasquez.
    “I’m most excited for the elevated level of competition that I will experience at WVU, both in the wrestling room and during competition. The Big 12 is one of the toughest conferences for wrestling so I’m looking forward to testing my skills against some of the best,” said Nadeau.
    This opportunity only comes to the ones who work hard and love what they do, these particular athletes both maintain a 4.0 GPA along with keeping up on the wrestling mat to a Division 1 level. “I am super enthused to be signing with a program on the rise,” said Nadeau.
    “I’m just super grateful to have the opportunity to do something that less than 1% of the population gets to do. I’m excited to start the next chapter in my life and I’ll be attacking it hard,” said Vasquez.

Lakers destroy Loggers 

Jeremy LaPorta
Of The Flathead Arrow

    Flathead High School junior Logan Siblerud threw a no-hitter and the Kalispell Lakers Class AA American Legion Baseball team compiled 22 hits in blasting Libby, 21-0, Wednesday, May 23, in Libby.
    The victory improved the Lakers record to 10-6 on the year.
    Siblerud used an 83 mph fastball about 80 percent of the time and almost threw a perfect game, but allowed three walks.
    “He was locating really well,” junior catcher Jonathan Craver said. “He only threw about six changeups and six curveballs because his fastball was working so well. He did a good job breathing on a rock, which is a way for us to focus on one pitch at a time.”
    Craver led the Lakers with four hits. Drew Scherrer and Johan Freudenburg each had three hits. Freudenberg had a double and four RBIs. Scherrer had a double and two RBIs. Five players had two hits apiece: Randy Stutlz, Brandon Jordan, AJ Jones, Dawson Smith, and Ryan Symmes. Jones hit a two-run home run. Symmes collected three RBIs.

Kalispell Lakers AA 270 660 — 21 22 0

Libby Loggers A 000 000 — 0 0 2

WP—Logan Siblerud; LP—Quade Anderson.

KALISPELL LAKERS AA — Randy Stultz 2-5, Brandon Jordan 2-4, AJ Jones 2-2, Taylor Morton 1-2, Dawson Smith 2-4, Siblerud 1-4, Ryan Symmes 2-4, Johan Freudenburg 3-5, Jonathan Craver 4-5, Drew Scherrer 3-5.

LIBBY LOGGERS A — Tim Carvey 0-3, Anderson 0-1, David Salgado 0-1, Garrett Gollohon 0-2, Joe Reynolds 0-1, Austin McCully 0-2, Trey Thompson 0-2, Moxley Roesler-Bagalke 0-2, Shayne Walker 0-0, Alex Svendsbye 0-1, Daymond Baney 0-0, Cole Murphy 0-1, Ethan Borden 0-0, Chris Åuge 0-2.

2B—Scherrer, Freudenburg, Morton; HR—Jones; RBIs—Stultz (2), Jordan, Jones (2), Morton (2), Smith, Siblerud, Symmes (3), Freudenburg (4), Craver, Scherrer (2).

 Rugby: Black and Blue go 4-0 in Spokane

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    The Flathead Valley Black and Blue boys rugby team won four games on Saturday, March 31, in Spokane to win the 7’s tournament. The tournament was a 7-on-7 type of tournament, instead of using full 15-man teams. Scores were kept differently than normal games, too. Instead of keeping track of points, the tournament went by the amount of tries. A try is when a player runs into the tryzone and touches the ball on the ground. The tournament served as a warmup to the season, with no stats or scores being recorded.
    The Black and Blue played the Spokane Goth for the tournament championship. In the championship, the Black and Blue had five tries, while Spokane had zero.
    In the three games leading up to the championship game, the Black and Blue played Northern Idaho, Spokane Goth B team, and Moscow. None of the games were close. The Black and Blue won each game by at least three tries.
    Tucker Nadeau and Hunter Wellcome both had great weekends in Spokane, scoring a good majority of the team’s tries.
    “The thing that caused us to have success was having more experience in 7’s,” Nadeau said. “We had a previous weekend [of 7’s games] together in Missoula and we had some ups and downs there, but I think that it caused us to come together more as a team. I think it was almost a perfect weekend for us.”
    Wellcome credits the team’s success so far in the season to coming together more as a team. He believes that starting the season earlier has helped it because they are getting more time to train and better themselves.
    “The coaches are really pushing us this year, we run the hill at Lawrence Park constantly,” Wellcome said. “I believe that our success will continue throughout the season. We have been in some big tournaments and have already opened the eyes of other teams. I think we will do even better than last season.”
    The team is in action again in Missoula on April 14.
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    Girls Track started on March 12, creating a whirl of excitement for many Flathead High School athletes.
    The girls track team met in the FHS gym, along with the boys track team, where they all warmed up together. After warm ups the team dispersed, some going down to the weight room, while others headed down to Legends Stadium.
    For many of the girl athletes this was not their first time working out to get ready for the new season.
    “To get ready for the season I’ve been lifting in the morning at early bird, FAST after school 2-3 times a week, then after FAST I practiced hurdles or high jump in the weight room with coach Larson,” junior Madde Boles said.
    The anticipation for track to start ran throughout the athletes’ veins way before track had even started.
    “I started counting down the days since volleyball season was over. I love the sport and being able to compete with my friends,” Boles said.
    Each girl has a goal they want to reach during the season, so they can push themselves to the best of their abilities.
    “My biggest goal for the season is to push myself, but also to relax and have fun while I’m dong it,” junior Mikayla Shinn said.
    The FHS girls track team is not only just a team, but a family as well.
    “My favorite thing about track in High School is the community that it creates,” Boles said. “Anyone can do it and everyone is different in what events they do, and what level they are. However, we all encourage each other, freshmen through senior.”
    Though many teams seem to have a certain weakness, many of the FHS girl athletes argued otherwise.
    “Strengths, we work well together and encourage one another. We don’t have weaknesses,” junior Paige Sweem said.
    Their strengths come from each other, especially when competing against one another.
    “Speaking for the girls team, I think our strengths come from competing against each other during practices, so when it comes time for meets we know how to push ourselves to the best we can do,” Boles said.
    Girls track create not only a great team, but a family full of encouragement for the entire team.
    “We all just bond really well, especially when it comes to the long bus rides on our way to meets,” Sweem said.

Boys Basketball: Flathead loses to Glacier, Season over

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    Senior forward Sam Elliott, and senior guard Eric Seaman scored 21 and 18 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough as the Flathead High School boys basketball team fell short in a 63-60 third overtime lost to crosstown rival Glacier high school in the divisional on Saturday, March. 3, in Helena. 
    Senior guard Tyler Johnson shot a three at the buzzer, but Glacier’s Kody Jarvis blocked it to send the Braves home.“It was just a back and fourth game after the fourth quarter.” Johnson said. “We stayed consistent, but so did they and it was just tiring and Glacier took that as an advantage to take this one from us.”
Elliott added seven rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots, and one steal. Seaman added six assists, three steals, and three rebounds.
    Johnson scored 11 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Junior forward Anthony Jones scored seven points and bundled up 10 rebounds and three assists. 
    The lost will end the season and a chance for the state championship for the Braves. “I’m really going to miss playing with such a great team.” Seaman said “This was the best season I had out of my four years here and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
“I am disappointed that we didn’t make state this year, but I hope we can do better next year to get there.” Jones said.


Flathead: Stephen Bridges 3, Eric Seaman 20, Tyler Johnson 9, Sam Elliott 21, Anthony Jones 7.

Glacier: Caden Harkins 4, Collin Kazmier 19, Brec Rademacher 5, Kody Jarvis 6, Drew Engellant 14, Alex Whitman 7, Nick Whitman 8.

Boys Basketball: Braves stay alive in Divisional in a win against Missoula Big Sky

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Senior forward Sam Elliott and senior guard Tyler Johnson scored 11 points each to help the Flathead High School boys basketball team win in a 64-44 victory over Missoula Big Sky at the divisional, Friday, in Helena, March 2.
    The Braves took a 24-point commanding lead heading into the half, 36-12.
    Elliott added seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. “It was a tense game,” Elliott said. “When the season is on the line and so is a shot for state it changes the way you play so we played very well and we didn’t change that.”
    Johnson added four rebounds and two assists. “ The play that really set the tempo for me was when I shot a three from far and made it late in the first.” Johnson said.
    Senior guard Eric Seaman scored eight points and had eight assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Senior Dawson Smith scored eight points and had four assists and one rebound.
    The Braves scored 10 more points off the bench and had 22 more points in the paint. Flathead had an effective field goal percentage of 62.2 while Missoula had 39.4. The Braves had 15 more total assists than Missoula.
    The Braves will face crosstown rival Glacier in a loser out game on Saturday, March. 3, in Helena.

Big Sky 7 5 13 19 — 44
Flathead 15 21 17 11 — 64

BIG SKY: Camdyn LaRance 9, David Gibson 5, McKee Muralt 2, Jordan Casselman 2, Andrew Gardenier 4, Mason Van Vallis 4, Levi Janacaro 1, Everett Fred 6, Brady Tabish 11.

FLATHEAD: Logan Siblerud 3, Stephen Bridges 8, Blake Counts 1, Clayton Jaques 3, Brett Thompson 3, Seth Moon 4, Eric Seaman 8, Tyler Johnson 11, Sam Elliott 11, Anthony Jones 2, Cade Gagnon 2, Dawson Smith 8.

Boys Basketball: Braves lose first game in divisional to Helena 

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    Senior guard Tyler Johnson and senior forward Sam Elliott scored 20 and 13, respectively, but it wasn’t enough as the Flathead High School boys basketball team lost to Helena High School, 55-60, on Thursday, March 1, in Helena.
Johnson made a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in the game to put the score at 56-55, but Helena went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the last seconds to secure the victory. 
    Helena’s Connor Murgel made four baskets to lead, 53-49. Flathead answered back immediately with two points. With 15 seconds left Helena’s Caleb Ferguson hit three more free throws to have a 56-52 lead.
    Johnson made a basket to tie the game 47-47 with 1:47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But Helena answered that with two free throws.
    With the Braves down by one in the first, Helena added 16 while the Braves answered with 12 heading into the half down by 5, 27-22. Helena kept its lead in the third adding 11 points as the Braves put up 9. The Braves out-scored Helena 24-22 in the fourth quarter but it was not enough as Helena won by 5.
Johnson added seven rebounds and two assists. Elliott added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Senior guard Eric Seaman scored 10 points with two assists and one rebound. Senior forward scored six points and had five rebounds.
    The braves had 28 total rebounds to Helena’s 19 and also had 6 more points in the paint. The Braves will face Missoula Big Sky in the next round, Friday, March 2.

Helena 11 16 11 22 — 60
Flathead 10 12 9 24 — 55

HELENA: Dawson Tedesco 11, Caleb Ferguson 6, Hayden Ferguson 15, Alex Johnson 12, Connor Murgel 16.

FLATHEAD: Seth Moon 2, Eric Seaman 10, Tyler Johnson 20, Sam Elliott 13, Andrew Siderius 1, Anthony Jones 3, Dawson Smith 6.

Boys Basketball: Braves sweep No.1 ranked Sentinel

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    Senior guard Tyler Johnson hits 24 points to achieve 1,000 career points helping the Flathead High School boys basket ball team win in a 65-62 victory sweep against Missoula Sentinel Saturday, Feb. 24 in Missoula.
    The Braves lead by six heading in to halftime, 32-26. Missoula outscored the Braves in the third quarter by 6 to tie the game at 44-44. The Braves then answered back with a pair of free throws to determine the victory.
    The Braves have a overall record of 12-6, and a western AA conference record of 8-4. Sentinel fell to 15-3.
Johnson added three rebounds and three assists. Senior post Sam Elliott added 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Dawson Smith scored 14 points and added six rebounds, three steals and one assist. Senior guard Eric Seaman scored 11 points and had six assists, two steals, and one rebound. Junior forward Anthony Jones scored two points with five assists, four rebounds, one blocked shot, and one steal.
    “It was very exciting knowing my very last game of the regular season I put 1,000 points in my high school career.” Johnson said. “ It was a great feeling to sweep the best team in the state.” The Braves will face Helena high school in Helena for the first round of the divisional on Mar. 3.

Boys Basketball: Flathead sweeps Glacier in a nail biter

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    Senior guard Tyler Johnson and senior forward Sam Elliott scored, 22 and 12 points respectively, to help lead the Flathead High School boys basketball team in a 59-56 victory sweep over crosstown rival Glacier on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Glacier.
    The Braves headed into the half with a one point lead, 27-26. The Braves outscored Glacier by two points in the third quarter, 44-42. Senior guard Eric Seaman’s multiple drives to the paint and Tyler Johnson’s 2 three pointers early in the fourth quarter helped the Braves keep a comfortable lead to take command.
    Flathead now has a record of 11-6 and a western AA conference record of 7-4. Glacier fell to 5-5. Johnson added four rebounds, and one steal. Elliott added eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots, and one steal. Seaman added seven points, eight assists, and two steals. The Braves had a 9.5 three point efficiency to Glaciers 0.7. The Braves also had four more rebounds 10 more points in the paint. The Braves will be looking at the number 4 seed in the Divisional, Mar. 3.


Boys Basketball: Braves beat big sky

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    Senior guard Tyler Johnson, and senior guard Eric Seaman scored 23, 17 points, respectively, to help the Flathead High School boys basketball team win in a 69-51, victory over Missoula Big Sky Saturday, Feb.24 in Missoula.
    The Braves out scored Big Sky 11- 4 in the first quarter. Big sky answered back out scoring the Braves 21 - 14 in the second quarter. The game was tied heading into the half, 25-25. The Braves added 25 points to take a commanding 18- point lead. Then the Braves added 14.
    The Braves are now 10-6 overall, and a western AA conference record of 6-4. Big Sky fell to 0-16.
    Johnson added three rebounds, and one assist. “We felt the groove in the first and then we lost it, and once Miss
oula came back we just gained back the confidence we needed to finish the game.” Johnson said. Seaman added four assists, three steals, three rebounds, and one blocked shot. Senior forward Sam Elliott had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot. Senior forward Dawson Smith had 10 rebounds, four points, two assists, and two steals. The Braves had a 75.0 free throw percentage while Missoula had 35.5. The Braves also had 27 more rebounds than Big Sky and three more defensive stops. The Braves sweeped Big Sky.

 Boys Basketball: Flathead loses to Hellgate


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    Senior Forward Sam Elliott scored 18 points and teammate Eric Seaman helped with 8, but it wasn’t enough as the Flathead High School boys basketball team lost to Missoula Hellgate, 67-50 on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Flathead gym. Tied at the half, 29-29, Missoula pulled ahead in the third quarter and had the lead to double digits. This is the second loss for the Braves now with a record of 5-4.
Elliott added 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. “We kept turning over the ball.” Elliott said. “They used that to their advantage and they beat us on transition however, we did a better job attacking them inside the paint.”
    Seaman also added one rebound, three assists and one steal. “We improved on our defense in this game we stopped them on the inside but they got a lot of guys that can score on the outside and we couldn’t find a way to shut them down from three.” Seaman said. “ I was disappointed we didn’t win my last home game as a Brave but, I’m glad I got the opportunity to play with such great teammates and coaches that pushed me to be the best I can be.” The Braves had a better 3-point efficiency with 0.04 to Hellgates -21.9. The Braves also had four more second chance points.

 Missoula Hellgate --- 11 - 18 - 20 - 18 --- 67

Flathead High --- 14 - 15 - 10 - 11 --- 50

Boys Basketball: Braves lose in last second to Helena

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    Senior guards Tyler Johnson and Eric Seaman scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough as the Flathead High School boys basketball team lost to Helena, 52-50, on Monday, Feb. 12, in Helena. Tied 50-50 with 1.3 seconds left, Helena’s Hayden Ferguson made the game winning shot on a drive inside the paint. The Braves tried a last-second full-court pass, but it was intercepted and sealed their fate.
    Tied 40-40 after the third quarter, Helena outscored Flathead 12-10 in the fourth to win it. Flathead led 26-25 at half and 11-9 after the first quarter. Johnson added five rebounds and one blocked shot. Seaman was 2-for-2 from 3-point range and had three rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. Senior forward Sam Elliott scored nine points and had seven rebounds, two blocked shots, two steals, and one assist. Junior forward Anthony Jones scored six points and had four steals, and two assists.“We couldn’t seem to stop them in the paint,” Elliott said. “We didn’t give them the win, we made them fight for it. They just outplayed us to a point where we struggled with defense.” “We need to figure out a better plan for our defense,” Seaman said. “However, we did keep a good flow offensively and we stayed consistent.”

Boys Basketball: Flathead beats Glacier in overtime
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    Senior guard Tyler Johnson and senior forward Sam Elliott respectively scored 19, and 16 points in a close 59-55 win for the Flathead Boys High School basketball team on Thursday, Feb.1, against cross town rival Glacier High School in the FHS gym.
Ahead by just one point at the half, 26-25, the Braves outscored glacier 20 to 13 including Glaciers (Kody Jarvis’s) 3 point buzzer beater at the end of the third with the Braves ahead by 7 heading into the final quarter. Glacier then outscored the Braves 14 to 5 points with multiple open drives to the basket and two three’s in the fourth quarter sending the game to overtime, 51-51. Senior guard Eric Seaman and Elliott added 4 points each saving the game for a Braves victory.
    The Braves are now 8-4 on the season and ranked third in the western AA with a conference record of 4-2. Glacier fell to 5-7.
Elliott had 13 rebounds, and two assists and his one steal from the fourth quarter. Seaman scored 10 points, and six rebounds. Seaman also had eight assists and two steals.
“I am very proud that I kept (Caden Harkins) to only 4 points and he averages 8 points a game, so that was a self achievement.” Junior forward Anthony Jones said.
    Jones scored six points and had four total rebounds and one steal.
“The whole game was crazy with the crowd screaming, and all the fouls”, said Johnson. “The guys were not worried at all when glacier sent it to overtime if anything that gave us a huge confidence boost that really helped us finish the game.” The Braves had nine more rebounds with its 37 to Glaciers 28. The Braves also had 17 assists and a 57.8 free throw percentage to Glaciers 30 percent.
The Braves will face this unit again Thursday, Feb 22, at Glacier.

Boys Basketball: Flathead beats NO. 1 Sentinel

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    Senior forward Dawson Smith, senior center Sam Elliott, and senior guard Tyler Johnson put up 21,15,10 points, respectively on Tuesday, Jan. 30, against Missoula Sentinel in the Flathead High School boys basketball team’s 55-48 in the FHS gym.
    Only up by four heading into the half with a 28-24 point lead, Sentinel tied the game with 36-36 heading into the final quarter, the Braves then added 20 points to Sentinels 12 securing the victory in a close game.
Dawson Smith was 9-for-12 in total field goals in a career high 21 point game. Smith had eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Elliott had eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots. Senior guard Eric Seaman had seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
    “It was a great accomplishment for us, it felt great knowing we took down the number one team.” Smith said, “It wasn’t easy but we knew that and we were not going to let that stop us, my favorite play was when I took a very heavily contested shot against Sentinels forward (Brayden Danzinger) and made it to build our lead in the fourth quarter.”
    Flathead junior forward Anthony Jones kept Sentinels guard ( Sam Beighle) to only two points. Beighle is ranked number two in the state for scoring averaging 21.3 points a game. “I just played really tight defense on him and I was very proud of my self for keeping a dangerous scorer like him to only two points” Jones said.
The Braves had 31 rebounds while Sentinel had 25, the Braves also had six more points in the paint with 30 to Sentinels 24. The Braves also had a 3.3 three point efficiency to Sentinels -1.1.
The Braves will face this unit again on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Missoula.


Samson on the Road to Recovery

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   Mr. Kyle Samson, head coach of the Flathead Braves Football team at this time last year was struggling with his health from an incident that happened during the 2016 season. Samson collapsed during a practice which then caused him to lose feeling in the left side of his body.    Samson has made a full recovery since then, “At this time last year I was able to just start walking again after not being able to walk or do anything physical for two months.” said Samson. Ever since the procedure he had on his spine that took place last December he has been able to keep progressing to recovery. “This last summer was my turning point for the better, I haven’t had any problems and I feel good.” said Samson.    The dedicated coach, teacher, and dad has been keeping a very positive attitude and keeps bettering himself every day. “It humbles you to enjoy the small things in life, like picking up my kids and holding them.” said Samson. “Mentally more than anything it’s been life changing.” 
    Samson is truly an inspiration to his players and shows how important it is to give 110% in all that one does. “Coach Samson’s accident was one of the worst, but also best experiences of my football career. It opened my eyes to the fact that anything can happen in the blink of an eye. He taught me what being mentally tough really is.” said senior captain Daniel Long.
    Samson changed different things in football at Flathead this 2017 season, “His coaching was different as he made sure to make everything more fun and not so stressful. If we made a mistake, he was sure to correct us, but wouldn’t hound us about it the whole practice.” said senior captain Taylor Morton, “He would put in fun games and challenges during practices that would allow participation from everyone and I think this helped a lot with team bonding. Along with this we worked a lot harder.” said Morton. 
    After the incident the players saw a huge change in what football is about, “I was really scared for his health, it really made me think about things and how sometimes bad things happen to you and you have to live everyday to your fullest.” said senior captain Eric Reyna.
    From the accident to recovery to back to coaching, Mr. Kyle Samson is an inspiring man with a humbling story “Coach Samson is by far one of the best men I have met in my life, and I will never be able to do anything that will show how truly grateful I am. He is a great man and that will never change.” said Long. Flathead Braves football is evolving to a close family environment, and coach Samson is guiding it with the determination and inspiration he brings to the program. 

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    Flathead’s own Mrs. Jesse Rumsey who has been the girls cross country coach for the past 4 years takes on coaching both boys and girls teams after Mr. Paul Jorgenson retired after the 2017 season finishing up his coaching career of 45 years.
    Rumsey ran cross- country for Flathead under Jorgenson and was his assistant coach from 2007- 2013 until the job opened up for the girls head coaching position. Rumsey also teaches IB Business standard and higher level classes, I.T. Essentials, and Personal Finance at FHS.
    Rumsey’s coaching career started in Fort Collins Colorado at Poudre High School where she coached for five years, until she decided to return to the Flathead Valley and take on coaching here at Flathead, this will be her 11th year coaching at FHS. “I am excited to bring the girls and boys teams together under one program.” said Rumsey.
    Flathead’s girls team that has been coached under Rumsey for 5 years has been improving drastically, this last 2017 season the team competed in the Nike Regional tournament and took second overall. “The girls are in a close position for a state finish.” said Rumsey.
    In the upcoming 2018 season Rumsey wants to bring “New workouts, and a cohesive family feel with both teams. Communication is key amongst the parents and athletes.” said Rumsey. Keeping a the Flathead Pride is one goal Rumsey hopes to uphold, “I really wanna grow the grit.” said Rumsey.
    Mrs. Jesse Rumsey is a very motivated individual and the Braves and Bravettes are definitely one to watch this upcoming 2018 season.

 Divisional replace playoffs

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The Flathead High school boys and girls basketball team look forward to the new divisional replacing the western AA playoffs on Thursday, Mar.1 in Helena. The divisional is a tournament that will determine the top four teams from the west and the top four teams from the east that will face off in the western AA state tournament. Divisional is a three day tournament that will take place in Helena. The AA conference decided to replace the playoffs with the divisional because it gives all the teams a tournament experience and it gives the teams a better chance for state. The divisional is a double elimination tournament that will determine the seeding in the state tournament, while the playoff was only one game. “ If a team had a good season all year and then played one loss the playoff game it wouldn’t be fair to that team that worked hard all season.” Flathead Head coach Ross Gustafson said. “My goal for the team is to win as many games as possible so we can have a bye in the divisional.”

Boys Basketball:Flathead stomps Big Sky

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     Senior forward Sam Elliott had 17 points and junior forward Anthony Jones had 13 points on Tuesday, Jan. 23, against Missoula Big Sky in the Flathead High School boys basketball team’s 63-41 in the FHS gym. The Braves took a commanding 13-point lead into the halftime, 37-24. The victory improved their record to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in Western AA play. Big Sky fell to 0-9. The Braves made 52 percent of their shots, while Big Sky made just 34 percent. The Braves forced 22 turnovers while committed just 11. The Braves had 18 more points in the paint and had 11 more defensive stops than Big Sky. Elliott also had eight rebounds and four assists. Jones added two steals. Senior shooting guard still scored in double figures with 10 points, but was below his season average of close to 20 points per game. Senior point guard Eric Seaman, who leads the state in assists, had nine assists with nine points, four steals, and four rebounds. Senior forward Dawson Smith had seven points and five rebounds in the victory.

Big Sky 13 11 11 9 — 41
Flathead 15 22 16 10 — 63

BIG SKY: Camdyn LaRance 4 1-2 10, Daniel Morin 1 0-0 3, David Gibson 4 0-0 8, Carl Butz 1 2-2 4, Jordan Casselman 2 0-2 4, Andrew Gardanier 2 0-0 6, Mason Van Vallis 1 0-0 2, Levi Janacaro 1 0-1 2, Brady Tabish 2 0-0 5.

FLATHEAD: Stephen Bridges 2 0-0 5, Clayton Jacques 1 0-0 2, Eric Seaman 4 0-0 9, Tyler Johnson 4 2-4 10, Sam Elliott 7 2-2 17, Anthony Jones 6 1-2 13, Dawson Smith 3 1-2 7.

Boys Basketball: Flathead beats Helena

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    Seniors Sam Elliott, Tyler Johnson, and Eric Seaman respectively put up 11, 19, 15 points in the victory for the Flathead High School Boys basketball team over Helena High School 53-41, on Saturday, Jan, 13, in the Flathead gym. 
The victory improved Flatheads record of 5-3 on the season and No. 7 in the AA standings and a conference record of 1-1 and No. 5 in the Western AA. Helena fell to 1-6.
Only up by three heading into the third quarter the Braves add on 17 and 13 in the remaining quarters giving the victory to the Braves by 12. “We didn’t play well in the first half, I think we were still shook a little from the loss against Capital and that took a toll on how we played that first half. ” Seaman said, “ We just had to find our stride and we played well defensively to the point were their offense couldn’t answer after the half.”
Johnson had 19 points and was 2-for-5 at the three point line, and had 9 rebounds. Elliott had 11 points and five blocks in the victory and also had 6 rebounds. Seaman put up 15 points and five assists.
The Braves had 24 points in the paint and 24 defensive rebounds. The Braves had a field goal percentage of 43.6 and they were 16-for-21 from the free throw line and were 17-for-39 in field goals. The Braves are leading the state in assists with 120 assists and averaging 15 assists a game. The Braves also are No.2 in the state for scoring with a total of 489 points this season averaging 61.1 points a game.

Helena     12 8 15 6 — 41

Flathead 10 13 17 13 — 53

HELENA: Trey Tintinger 1 1-2 3, Dawson Tedesco 2 0-2 6, Caleb Ferguson 2 0-0 5, Hayden Ferguson 2 0-0 4, Alex Johnson 2 1-1 7, Connor Murgel 3 3-3 11, Holden Sampson 2 1-2 5.
FLATHEAD: Eric Seaman 5 4-6 15, Tyler Johnson 5 7-8 19, Sam Elliott 5 1-3 11, Anthony Jones 1 2-2 4, Dawson Smith 1 0-0 2, Andrew Siderius 0 2-2 2.

Maggie Voisin qualifies for Olympics 

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    Maggie Voisin placed second place at the Snowmass Grand Prix in Freestyle skiing on Jan 13. With that finish she automatically qualified for the 2018 US Olympic team.
    She had already won the first qualifying event last year. The second place finish at Snowmass guaranteed her a spot in the Olympics. The 19 year-old from Whitefish will be competing at her second Olympics. She is the most likely medalist in women’s slopestyle on the US team.
    This has many people from the Flathead Valley excited about the upcoming winter Olympics including the Flathead High School students.    Senior Alex Coulter said, “She’s done it before and I'm proud of her, I hope she doesn’t brake her ankle again.”
    In 2014 at the Sochi Olympics Voisin unfortunately broke her ankle before the competition. Although at the age 15, she was still the youngest US Olympian since the 1972 games in Russia.
    The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Olympics inPyeongchang, South Korea will begin on Feb 9.

Boys Basketball: Flathead stomps Whitefish

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     Seniors Tyler Johnson and Sam Elliott scored 30 and 21 points, respectively, to help lead the Flathead High School boys basketball team to a 78-55 victory over Whitefish High School in the Flathead gym on Thursday, Jan. 4.
The Braves took a commanding 20-point lead by halftime, 43-23. The victory improved their record to 4-1 on the season. Whitefish fell to 0-5.
“We just blew Whitefish out of the water with this game,” Johnson said. “The team just felt good and when we work together it’s like we can’t be stopped. After the half, we just finished the game and we didn’t let off the pedal.”
Johnson had six 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Johnson also had three rebounds. Johnson has a total of 107 points this season, averaging 21.4 points per game, making him No.4 in the state in scoring.
Elliott added eight rebounds and had two steals to his 21 points. Elliot is No. 2 in the state for rebounding, with a total of 49 rebounds and averaging 9.8 rebounds a game.
Senior guard Eric Seaman led the game with nine total assists. Seaman is leading the state with a total of 30 assists and averaging 6.0 assists a game. He also had four steals in the game to give him 15 for the year, averaging 3.0 steals per game, which also second in the state.
The Braves had nine more second-chance points, meaning they got an offensive rebound and made a shot after it, than Whitefish. The Braves also had 27 points off of three pointers and had 40 points in the paint while Whitefish only had 20.
“The team has great chemistry and I feel that is what is winning the games,” Johnson said.
Flathead opens Western AA play during the weekend of Jan. 12-13. The crosstown game will be on Monday, Jan. 29, in the Flathead gym. The Braves have their sights set on the divisional tournament, which starts on Thursday, March 3, in Helena.

Whitefish 9 14 15 17 — 55

Flathead 29 14 25 10 — 78

WHITEFISH: Alex Keuylian 3, Jack Schwaiger 1, Justin Conklin 6, Brendyn Peacock 3, Mark Anderson 9, Sam Menicke 2, Ryan Kemm 7, Lee Walburn 14, Dillon Botner 10.

FLATHEAD: Stephen Bridges 2, Brett Thompson 2, Eric Seaman 11, Tyler Johnson 30, Sam Elliott 21, Andrew Siderius 1, Anthony Jones 5, Dawson Smith 

Boys Basketball: Braves destroy the Dogs 

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     Flathead High School senior Tyler Johnson and Senior Sam Elliott scored 22 and 18 points respectively, on Friday, Dec. 22, as flathead coasted by Butte 82-48 at the Flathead High School gym. 
     The win moved the Braves to 3-1 on the season. Up by 26 the braves led, 41-15 at halftime, the braves were up 62-29 at the end of the third quarter when the Braves couldn’t be stopped from anywhere on the court.
    “Our defense brought us a lot of offense” senior guard Tyler Johnson said.“Our defense caused a lot of turnovers and we out rebounded them a lot which helped us get the win.” Flathead had a total of 42 rebounds compared to Buttes 30 rebounds. Flathead shot 67 percent compared to Buttes 30 percent. Junior Stephen Bridges had 15 points on the night. Juniors Anthony Jones, Andrew Siderius, and Logan Siblerud had 11 combined points. Senior Dawson Smith and sophomore Matt Decker had five totals points.

Butte 12 3 14 19 — 48
Flathead 20 21 21 20 — 82
BUTTE: Kash Kelly 1 0-0 3, Tommy Mellott 1 1-2 3, Clay Ferguson 5 10-11 21, Jake Vetter 1 0-0 2, Kale McCarthy 2 0-0 4, Lathan Ricketts 2 1-2 7, Trevyn Roth 1 0-0 3, Andrew Booth 1 1-1 3, Marty Hanley 1 0-0 2.
FLATHEAD: Logan Siblerud 1 0-0 2, Stephen Bridges 6 0-0 15, Matt Decker 0 1-2 1, Eric Seaman 5 0-0 11, Tyler Johnson 6 8-9 22, Sam Elliott 9 0-2 18, Andrew Siderius 1 1-3 3, Anthony Jones 3 0-0 6, Dawson Smith 2 0-0 4.

Boys Basketball: Braves lose in Spokane 

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    Seniors Sam Elliott and Tyler Johnson score 15 and 14 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough as Spokane’s Class AAAA Lewis and Clark High School beat the Braves 65-45 on Saturday, Jan. 6, in Spokane, Washington.
    The loss dropped the Braves to 5-2 overall on the season. Down by 12 points, 33-21 at halftime, the Braves kept losing ground in the second half—trailing by 18 after the third quarter and finally 20 at the end of the game. The Braves could not get passed the pressure that Lewis and Clark brought, said Johnson.
    “We played fairly well as a team,” Johnson said. “We could not get anything going on offense because of how much pressure their defense gave us. This led to us trailing the whole game.” While the Braves made just 34 percent of their shots, Spokane made 49 percent of its shots. Spokane also out-rebounded the Braves, 30-22. Junior Anthony Jones had 10 points, along with junior Stephen Bridges and senior Dawson smith having a combined six points.

Girls Basketball: Bravettes lose to the Dogs 
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    Junior post Taylor Henley and seniors Mary Heaton and Clara Vandenbosch carried the Flathead High School girls’ basketball team in scoring being the only three players that scored against Butte High School and lost 39-31 on Dec. 22 at Flathead High School. 
    The Bravettes came out strong in the first quarter with Henley leading the half with eleven of her twelve points. Vandenbosch led the team in assists feeding both Heaton and Henley. Flathead tied with the Bulldogs 19-19 at halftime. 
    The Bravettes came out slow in the third quarter scoring only seven points to their twelve. The Bulldogs threw in a press that Flathead could not break and they got most of their points in the second half from Flathead turnovers. 
    “We played great defense,” said Henley. “Besides the fact we couldn’t break their press, we still held them to only 39 points.” 
    Most of Flathead’s points came in the first half with a couple threes from Vandenbosch, and great shots under the basket from Heaton and Henley. 
    “We moved the ball great around the arc,” said Henley. “Even though we turn the ball over a lot, we still have great ball movement.” 
    The Bravettes had the majority of possession throughout the game. The Bulldogs got most of their points from fast breaks, their press, and turnovers. The Bravettes average ten turnovers per game.     
    The Bravettes are 0-5 and start conference play on Jan. 12 against Helena Capital. 

Girls Basketball: Bravettes come close to Wildcats

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    Junior Maddie Walter and Senior Clara Vandenbosch lead the Bravettes in scoring to have a combined twenty-six points but still lost 49-41 against Columbia Falls High School on Dec. 16 in Columbia Falls. The Bravettes came out strong against the Wildcats. With it being tied 12-12 at the first quarter, both teams didn’t settle. The Wildcats pressed the Bravettes from the start to finish to slow the pace of the game down. With the press, the Wildcats got over twelve points on the turnovers from the Bravettes. From the first tip of the game, to the final buzzer, the Bravettes fought hard. Senior post Mary Heaton and junior post Taylor Henley were in foul trouble having both three fouls in the first half, giving the opportunity for junior Hannah O’Dell to step up to the plate for the Bravettes.
    The Wildcats ran a 1-3-1 defense, which is one girl on the top, three in the middle, and one in the bottom of the zone. It gave the baseline open to dribble into and to dish. With the attack from the baseline, it gave the Bravettes an opportunity to score from the inside. Once the Wildcats figured their strategy, the put more pressure on Vandenbosch and it left Walter the opportunity to shoot and score from the outside.
    The Bravettes have a record of zero wins and four losses in the preseason games. They play a double-header against Butte High School on Dec. 22 at Flathead High School.

Game vs cfalls 12.16
Columbia Falls 49, Flathead 41

Flathead 12 8 6 15 — 41

Columbia Falls 12 12 10 15 — 49

FLATHEAD: Maddie Walter 12, Averie Olson 4, Mary Heaton 9, Clara Vanderbosch 14, Taylor Henley 2.
COLUMBIA FALLS: Dani Douglas 7, Savannah Ellis 2, Hannah Gedlaman 16, Ryley Kehr 12, Trista Cowan 12.

Wrestling: Brawlers finish second at Tri-State

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    Senior Tucker Nadeau won his finals match at the 182-weight class 8-2 to lead the Braves Wrestling Team to a second place finish at the Tri-State wrestling tournament in Idaho on Dec 16th.
    Nadeau was flatheads only champion wrestler at the tournament but was accompanied by many Braves as a placer. Sophomore Brenden Barnes wrestled back from a first round loss to take 3rd at the 98-pound weight class. 285 pounder Alex Paull ended with a 4th place finish and 145 pounder Tanner Russell and 285 pounder Michael Lee both won their final matches in decisions to take 5th place. Senior captain Payton Hume finished 5th as well winning by injury default. The only other brave wrestler to place was Bryce Shaffer who fished at 8th place.
    Flathead would score 173.5 total team points to finish second in the tournament behind Post Falls High School.
    “I think we really exceeded expectations and surprised people this weekend,” said Senior captain Tucker Nadeau, “ I think everyone went out and competed very well and it showed with our finish.”
    Nadeau was a big reason for the Braves success this last weekend. The senior has yet to lose a match this year and is currently ranked 1st in the AA Montana wrestling polls.
    This is the first time the Braves have competed at the Tri-State Tournament since 2009 where they also took second. The Brawlers return to action next week in the Best of the West Tournament in Pasco Washington during Dec 22nd and 23rd.

Team Totals
1, Post Falls 220. 2, Flathead 173.5. 3, Moses Lake 156. 4, Havre 151. 5, Lakeland 147.5. 6, Mead 147. 7, White River 145. 8, University 130.5. 9, Camas 123. 10, Mt. Spokane 119. 11, Frenchtown 113. 12, Kelso 108.5. 13, Central Valley 108. 14 (tie), Chiawana, Lake Stevens 106. 16, Orting 96. 17 (tie), Polson, Tahoma 89. 19, Othello 84. 20, East Valley 82. 21, Hermiston 78. 22, Bethel 74. 23, Deer Park 70.5. 24, La Grande 67. 25, Sentinel 65. 26, North Central 60. 27, Auburn Riverside 55.5 28, Colville 53. 29 (tie), Pullman, Tonasket 51.5. 31, Kamiakin 51. 32, Graham-Kapowsin 50. 33, Freeman 49. 34, Capital 48. 35, Coeur d’Alene 46. 36 (tie), Castle Rock, Lewiston 45. 38, Timberlake 44. 39, Jenkins 42. 40, Reardan 38. 41, Ferris 37. 42, Moscow 36. 43, Potlatch 32. 44 (tie), Kentridge, Lakeside 29. 46, Battle Ground 24.5. 47, Nathan Hale 23.5. 48, Riverside 23. 49 (tie), Oregon City, Shadle Park, Vashon Island 22. 52, Libby 20. 53, Medical Lake 19. 54 (tie), Darrington, Lake City 18. 56 (tie), Juanita, Northwest Christian 15.5. 58 (tie), Bonners Ferry, Priest River 15. 60, Newport 13. 61, Auburn 11. 62 (tie), Gonzaga Prep, Kellogg 10. 64 (tie), Meadowdale, Okanogan 8. 66, Royal 7. 68, Liberty Bell 6. 68 (tie), Kennewick, Liberty 0.

Boys Basketball: Braves top CFalls

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    Senior guard Tyler Johnson, and senior guard Eric Seaman led the Flathead High School boy’s basketball team to its second victory this season, defeating Columbia Falls 69-46 on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Columbia Falls. Ahead by just one possession, 17-14, after the first quarter, the Braves out-scored the Wildcats 26-9 in the second quarter to take command. The Braves dominated in rebounding, 35-11. Johnson had 23 points, including two 3-pointers and going 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Seaman had 16 points, five assists, four steals and a blocked shot. Senior Sam Elliott led the game with six total rebounds.
    Flathead made 57 percent of its 47 shots, including going 4-for-11 from 3-point range. They also made 11 of 14 free throws.

Flathead 17 26 10 16 — 69
Columbia Falls 14 9 8 15 — 46

FLATHEAD: Logan Siblerud 2, Stephem Bridges 9, Matt Decker 2, Eric Seaman 16, Oz Allen 4, Tyler Johnson 23, Sam Elliott 9, Anthony Jones 2, Dawson Smith 2.
COLUMBIA FALLS: Austin Green 12, Drew Morgan 2, Lowell Panasuk 12, Billy Barrett 4, Quintin Schriver 5, Logan Bechtel 5, Zack Pletcher 2, Matthew Morrison 4.

Boys Basketball: Flathead beats CMR 
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Senior guard Tyler Johnson scored 22 points and classmate Sam Elliott, a forward, added 14 on Friday, Dec. 8, in Great Falls to help lead the Flathead High School boys basketball team to a 62-47 victory over CMR. Trailing by one point to start the second quarter, the Braves scored 20 points to take a commanding 29-17 lead into halftime. Johnson hit three 3-pointers in the victory. Junior Stephen Bridges had one 3 pointer. Elliott had 8 total rebounds, and 2 assists in the Braves victory. 

Flathead 62, CMR 47

FLAT 9 20 15 18--62
CMR 10 7 17 13--47

FLAT – Stephen Bridges 2 2-2 7, Eric Seaman 4 3-5 11, Tyler Johnson 6 7-8 22, Sam Elliott 7 0-0 14, Anthony Jones 1 0-0 2, Dawson Smith 2 2-2 6. Totals: 22 14-17.
CMR – Caleb Currington 3 0-0 7, Jake Olsen 1 0-1 2, Garrison Rothwell 5 2-2 14, Sam Vining 6 2-3 18, Russell Gagne 2 0-0 4, Gerrit Bloemendaal 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17 6-8.
3-pointers – Johnson 3, Bridges 1, Vining 4, Rothwell 2, Currington 1. Total fouls – Flathead 12, CMR 19. Fouled out – Vining. 

Wrestling: Braves take 2nd at Mining City Duals

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    The Flathead High School Brave Brawlers fell 31-28 to Havre High School in the Mining City Duals to take 2nd place on Saturday Dec 9th in Butte. The final match was the deciding factor as Havre’s Lane Paulson beat Jaden MacNeil in a major decision to top the Braves 28-27 lead.
    “It definitely wasn't where we wanted to end up placing,” said senior captain Payton Hume, “but we have a lot to be proud of this weekend.” Hume led 4 other wrestlers going undefeated on the weekend. Hume as well wrestled up two weight classes from his original position at 160 to 170 and 182. Against Billings Skyview, he defeated 2-time state champion Brock Bushfield 7-6 to kick off his phenomenal weekend.
    Along with Hume, wrestlers Garett Rieke, Brenden Barnes, and Tucker Nadeau had undefeated weekends as well helping the braves destroy opponents by an average of 30 dual points.
    “Everyone did really well this weekend,” said sophomore Brenden Barnes, “I think if things happened just a little differently, we could have taken 1st.”
    The Braves will travel to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho next week to compete in the Tri-State wrestling tournament for the first time since 2009 on Friday, Dec 15th.

Havre 31, Flathead 28
145 – Martin Wilkien (H) dec. Tanner Russell, 3-1; 152 – Connor Harris (H) pin Kenyon Fretwell, 2:15; 160 – Garrett Rieke (F) pin Taylor Gopher, 0:38; 170 – Payton Hume (F) dec. Mason Dionne, 4-1; 182 – Colby Martin (F) via forfeit; 205 – Tucker Nadeau (F) dec. Tyler Schaub. 10-6; 285 – Alex Paul (F) maj. dec. Austin Ratliff, 15-4; 103 – Brenden Barnes (F) dec. Mick Chagnon, 8-1; 113 – Cameron Pleninger (H) pin Bryce Shaffer, 5:41; 120 – Dominic Battello (F) dec. Quin Reno, 3-1; 126 – Marc Ramirez (H) pin Hunter Reichert, 3:26; 132 – Ryan Stewart (H) pin AJ Ekanger, 3:36; 138 – Lane Paulson (H) maj. dec. Jaden MacNeil, 10-1.

Girls Basketball: Bravettes lose to Great Falls High 

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    Senior guard Clara Vandenbosch led the Flathead girls basketball team in scoring with eight points and lost 38-31 against Great Falls High School at Great Falls on Dec. 9. With the loss against CMR the day before, the Bravettes turn around to seek another win against Great Falls High. The Bravettes were down 7-4 in the first quarter with a total of seven team fouls. The Bravettes rally back and lead the game 27-25 at the half. The Bravettes were outscored in the second half 25-16 and came to a concluding score 38-31 at the end of the game.
    “We needed move the ball more during the game on offense,” said junior Taylor Henley. “It would’ve created more opportunities to score and to drive into the basket.”
    “For feature games we need to be more aggressive on defense,” said Henley. “It will transition on offense so we can be a offensive threat as well.”
    The Bravettes have a record of 0-2 and head on to the road Friday, Dec. 15 against Timberlake in Idaho.

Girls Basketball: Heaton leads score against CMR 

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     Senior post Mary Heaton helped the Flathead girls basketball team come close against Great Falls CMR with eighteen points with a score of 48-35 at Flathead High School on Dec. 8.
    With only one returning starter, the new Bravettes team kicked off their season with a loss against CMR. Heaton led the Bravettes in scoring with senior guard Clara Vandenbosch behind her with twelve points.
    The Bravettes only had four scorers including juniors Kaysie Malmin with two points, and Taylor Henley with two points.
    Being down in the second quarter 19-25 and 4.5 seconds left on the clock, Henley throws the the ball into Vandenbosch for a buzzer beater three to make it 22-25 at halftime.
    “Clara’s half court shot was a highlight,” said junior Taylor Henley. “it was a positive turnaround for the second half.” Going into the second half, CMR outscored the Bravettes to make their lead by fifteen.
    “We started off really strong and played really good defense the whole game,” said Henley. “We came back in the fourth quarter to limit their scoring opportunities.” The Bravettes rallied to get back their points and the game ended with a score of 35-48 loss for the Bravettes.
    “I was very proud of our youngest who never played varsity minutes before,” Heaton said. They really stepped it up and played to the level.” The Bravettes turn around and play Great Falls High School the next day at Great Falls. 

Wrestling: Braves topple Knights

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    Sophomore wrestler, AJ Ekanger pinned his opponent late in the third period to secure a huge 71-3 victory for the defending champion Braves on Thursday Dec 7th.
    The topped ranked brawlers loss the first match when 138 pounder Bo Meyer fell 3-1 to Hellgates’ Bridger Hall. After that match the Braves won 11 straight matches crushing Missoula Hellgate for a pre mining city duals match up.
    “It was great to see us take this dual seriously,” said senior captain Tucker Nadeau, “We really wanted to prepare ourselves for Mining City Duals on Friday.”
    Nadeau led the Braves squad who had 10 pins and one forfeit in the dual. AJ Ekanger saw his first varsity action in the match as well. Ekanger was the last Brawler to wrestle that night, pinning his opponent with 40 seconds left in the match with an armbar.
    “I was happy to get that win,” said Ekanger, “I knew we won the duel already but that didn't stop me from wanting to win my match.”
    The Braves wrestle in Butte for the Mining City Duals on Friday Dec 8th and Saturday Dec 9th with their first match against county rival Columbia Falls.

138 — Bridger Hall, HG, dec. Bo Meyer, 3-1. 152 — Kenyon Fretwell, F, pinned Kellen Maart, 1:05. 160 — Garret Rieke, F, pinned Jase Lewis, :43. 170 — Colby Martin, F, techfall Abraxas Brydon, 16-1. 182 — Tucker Nadeau, F, pinned Stuart Butler, 1:04. 205 — Hunter Welcome, F, pinned Luke Wilson, 3:12. 285 — Alex Paull, F, pinned Drekin Kelley, :59. 103 — Brenden Barnes, F, pinned Jordan Tack, :45. 113 — Bryce Shaffer, F, pinned Nick Ramsey, 1:49. 120 — Dominik Battello, F, pinned Finnegan McKinney , :33. 132 — AJ Ekanger, F, pinned Conner May, 5:21.

Wrestling: Braves cruise past Butte

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    The Flathead Braves wrestling team started the new season with a bang, crushing Butte High School 51-19 in the first action of wrestling in AA.
    New faces lead the braves this weekend starting with first time starter, junior Braden Comer who took to his opponent quickly, pinning him early in the second period. Sophomore Brenden Barnes also took advantage of his first varsity start pinning his opponent in an armbar late in the first period.
    “My first varsity experience was intense,” said Barnes, “I didn't really feel pressured though because my teammates took care of business.”
    Unfortunately, first time varsity wrestler Hunter Richert lost in a close 6-5 decision in his first action in the braves varsity line up. Richert was losing 6-4 with 30 seconds left in the match when his opponent was hit with his second stalling call. A stalling call is given to a wrestler when they fail to initiate an offensive move for an extended period of tim
e. The first call is a warning and the second call awards the opposing wrestler with a point. This moved the score to 6-5 with Richert trailing by one. However, Richert could not capitalize on the opportunity and lost the match.
    The rest of the Braves team handled business as usual with wrestlers: Bryce Shaffer, Bo Meyer, Tanner Russell, Kenyon Fretwell, and Payton Hume pinned their opponents to score 30 of the Braves 51 points.
    Returning state placer Tucker Nadeau did not wrestle due to Butte submitting an open weight class and senior Hunter Wellcome won in a decision over his opponent to put the match out of reach for the bulldogs.
    Flathead’s next match occurs Saturday, Dec. 2 for the Capital City Duals at Capital High School in Helena.
Flathead 51, Butte 19

113 – Bryce Shaffer (F) pin Wyatt Queer, 2:30; 120 – Gabe Tierney (B) maj. dec. Dominic Battello, 15-5; 126 – Scout Allen (B) dec. Hunter Reichert, 6-5; 132 – Braden Comer (F) pin Tye D’Arcy, 2:20; 138 – Bo Meyer (F) pin Dale Kent, 2:50; 145 – Tanner Russell (F) pin Quinn Sullivan, 3:01; 152 – Kenyon Fretwell (F) pin Tanner Cooney, 5:57; 160 – Payton Hume (F) pin Carl Anderson, 4:00; 170 – Kobe Moreno (B) pin Garrett Rieke, 4:49; 182 – Tucker Nadeau (F) by forfeit; 205 – Hunter Wellcome (F) dec. Kameron Moreno, 12-8; 285 – Jeff Queer (B) pin Alex Paul, 5:00; 103 – Brenden Barnes (F) pin Wil Queer, 1:51.

Boys Basketball: Braves lose first game

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    Flathead High School seniors Oz Allen and Tyler Johnson scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, on Saturday, Dec. 9, but it wasn’t enough as Great Falls hit 11 3-pointers en route to a 59-49 road victory in the Flathead High School gym.
    The loss dropped the Braves to 1-1 on the season. Down just four points, 28-24, at halftime, the Braves fell down by five points, 37-42, at the end of the third quarter when the Bison knocked down multiple three pointers to gain a lead.
    “We didn’t play as well as we did on Friday,” senior small forward Oz Allen said. “It’s early in the year and it’s hard to have back to back games without getting tired at this point in the season.”
    Senior Sam Elliott scored eight points in the loss. Junior Anthony Jones added seven, while Eric Seaman and Dawson Smith combined for 11.
    No other stats were reported.
Great Falls 59, Flathead 49
Great Falls 12 16 14 17—59
Flathead 12 12 13 12—49
GREAT FALLS: Hunter McKinney 3, Kendall Kynett 20, Riley Callery 3, Blake Thelen 18, Kyle Torgerson 7, Cash Abbott 6,Kevin Boes 2.
FLATHEAD: Eric Seaman 6, Oz Allen 13, Tyler Johnson 10, Sam Elliott 8, Anthony Jones 7, Dawson Smith 5.

Wrestling: Brave Brawlers look to add another title

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After a successful 2016-2017 season, the Braves wrestling team looks to repeat as AA state champions.
    Led by senior captains: Tucker Nadeau, Hunter Wellcome, Michael Lee, Kenyon Fretwell, and Payton Hume, the Brave brawlers return 10 state placers on a dangerous roster. Flathead returns Tilynne Vasquez who placed 6th at state and became the first ever girl to place at AA state wrestling. As well, they return Bryce Shaffer and Payton Hume two seniors that took 2nd place last year, and Tucker Nadeau and Michael Lee who took 3rd. Kenyon Fretwell returns as a senior who took 4th last year. Tanner Russell and Hunter Wellcome both took 5th last year and Colby Martin who took 6th.
    “Everyone is really excited to get back on the mat,” said senior captain Hunter Wellcome, “We have so many guys coming back and so many guys ready to make an impact for the team.”
    Flathead also introduces a new face to a loaded squad in freshman Zaybin Stewart. Stewart shows lots of promise from his middle school resume with a state championship.
    “I’m just really excited to be apart of such a great team,” said Stewart, “I know everyday I’m wrestling with the toughest guys in the state.”
    The Flathead Braves wrestling team looks to get back into action on Friday, December 1 at Butte High School against the host Bulldogs.

Volleyball: Flathead wins, loses playoff games

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    Sophomore outside hitter Julia Burden had nine kills and three aces, and the Bravettes won the first game, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Flathead High School volleyball team to a playoff victory on Thursday, Nov. 2, against the No. 3 Helena High Bengals in Helena, 17-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-21.
    It was the second playoff game for the Bravettes. They beat Missoula Hellgate in a playoff game two days prior to advance to the second playoff game against Helena High. The playoff loss ended the Bravettes’ season with a 2-12 record.
   The Bengals ended up getting fourth at state, losing in the consolation bracket to Helena Capital.
    The Bravettes coach Nicole Fairclough said that the girls did not hand the playoff game over. She said the team put up a tough fight against the Bengals and never gave up. Stats for the Helena High playoff game were lower than average. Senior setter Bailey Nunn had 17 assists compared to the Bengals setter having 35. Junior libero Sierra Wilhelm had 12 of Flatheads 51 digs with High having 60. Junior middles Taylor Henley and Hannah O’Dell had 3 blocks each of Flatheads six with High having nine. Flathead ended up having 25 kills compared to the Bengals having had 47. The Bravettes had very low stats compared to Helena.
    Many of the Bravettes said they had an off game and had a hard time pulling through even though they fought hard.

Swimming: Thompson, Cephers look to lead swim team

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    The Flathead High School swimming team is hoping for improvements after the girls team finished eleventh at state last year.
    The first swim meet, which will be in Kalispell, will be on Saturday, Dec. 2. The state meet is on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, in Great Falls.
    Several leaders graduated last year, so the team will be looking for seniors Brandon Pyron, Gage Magone, and sophomore Gus DeSouza to step up this season after having qualified for state last year. Junior Shayenn Thompson and sophomore Emiley Cephers will anchor the girls team after taking eighth place in the 400-meter freestyle relay last year.
    Thompson placed 18th in the 50-meter freestyle and 14th in the 100-meter breaststroke at state. Cephers placed 24th in the 200-meter individual medley and 23rd in the 100-meter butterfly at state.
    “Last season went really well for the girls, especially in the relay,” Thompson said. “I had a really good time at state too, with my 50-meter freestyle and my breaststroke. I’m mostly looking forward to the girls relay just because of how much fun everybody has with it.”
    On the boys side, DeSouza placed 17thin the 200 freestyle and 20th in the 50 freestyle.

Cross Country: Bravettes take 2nd at regional

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    Flathead High School senior Kaitlin Wride led the Bravettes to a second-place finish in the girls 5,000-meter open race at the Nike Cross Northwest Regional Championships in Boise, Idaho, at the     Eagle Island Cross Country Course on Saturday, Nov. 11. 
    The team finished with a score of 119 points, only four points off the leaders.
    “We had high hopes to place but we didn’t expect to place that well,” Wride said. “It feels good to know how you stack up against other people.”
    Wride finished sixth overall out of 228 runners in the second section of the girls 5,000-meter open with a time of 19:28.06 minutes, only 15 seconds behind the leader.
    Seven other girls ran for the Bravettes, all finishing in the top 145 to help finish second as a team.
    “It was awesome to watch the girls run in a meet like that after missing two meets during the season because of the threats and smoke,” girls cross country coach Mrs. Jesse Rumsey said. “They really came together.“
    Flathead High School junior Ben Perrin placed seventh overall out of 197 runners in the boys 5,000-meter championship race with a time of 15:27.40 minutes, only 21 seconds behind the leader.
    “I didn’t expect to place so high after battling injuries during the season but ended up getting a PR (personal best) by a lot,” Perrin said.
    Sophomore Keaton Fisher and senior Griffin Fisher both finished in the top 80 in the second section for the boys in the 5,000-meter open. There were 306 runners total.

Girls 5000 open Inv. Section 2:
Flathead 119 (2nd)
12Kaitlin Wride -19:28.06 (6th)
11Meaghan Fisher – 19:59.37 (27th)
9Tori Noland-Gillespie – 20:05.32 (33rd)
11Sadie Wilson – 20:22.51 (46th)
9Hannah Perrin – 20:35.06 (53rd)
11Hailey Allen – 21:03.52 (72nd)
12Mara Lorch – 22:03.61 (125th)
12Hanna Brann – 22:39.99 (142nd)
Boys 5000 Open Inv. Section 2:
10Keaton Fisher – 17:11.35 (53rd)
12Griffin Fisher – 17:29.80 (79th)
Boys 5000 Championship:
11Ben Perrin – 15:27.40 (7th) 

Football: Braves lose playoff game

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    Flathead junior running back Blake Counts had 230 rushing yards and one touchdown, and the Braves rushed for 302 total yards, while the defense held Helena Capital to just 20 passing yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Flathead High School football team lost the Friday, Dec. 3, home playoff game to Helena Capital, 24-10.
    The loss ended the season for the Braves with a 6-4 record. It was the first playoff game the Braves have hosted for 12 years. An early season heavy snow storm, along with the new sprint turf, added to the atmosphere.
    Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Capital tied it 10-10 at the beginning of the third quarter with a short field goal. They scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. One of those touchdowns was a long running play, and the other one came after a turnover that gave them a short field to score.
    The Braves committed three turnovers, while Capital committed none.
    With the cold and snowy conditions, the teams combined to attempt only 17 passes, completing only seven of them for 87 yards. On the flip side, the teams combined for 75 rushing attempts and 642 rushing yards. Capital totaled 340 yards rushing.
    “It was hard coming to the conclusion that this season came to a sudden halt,” senior defensive back Eric Reyna said.
    Senior defensive back Trae Vasquez echoed the sentiment.
    “Although my season ended early, I feel that our team worked hard day in and day out to be the best team we could be,” he said. “We changed the culture around Flathead football for many years to come.”
    Flathead senior running back Jonathan Baker led the team in receiving with just 40 yards.
    The end-of-they-year stats saw the Braves rank first in the state in total offense per game, averaging 449.5 yards a game. It was 50 yards better than second-ranked Billings Senior.
    The defense was first in sacks with 3.1 per game. The team was fourth in tackles with 660, playing one less game than everyone else in the state because of the September cyber threat cancellation.
    The team was seventh in the state for interceptions with seven. The team was ranked number two in the state for offense and top three for defense.
    We had an amazing year statistically and a all around great year that will change flatheads football program for many years to come.
    The Braves had outstanding individual stats, and many were ranked top five in the state. Senior quarterback Taylor Morton had 2096 passing yards, which was third in the state. Junior running back Blake Counts had 1253 rushing yards, which was third in the state among running backs. Junior Anthony Jones has 968 receiving yards, which was second in the state. Taylor Morton was fourth in the state for total yards with 2274 yards. Senior linebacker Tucker Nadeau had 124 tackles, which was third in the state. Senior defensive lineman Michael lee had a total five sacks which was 7th in the state as Tucker Nadeau also had five sacks. Junior defensive back Jaden Macneil had five interceptions, which made him third In the state. Senior kicker Alex Coulter had a total of 6 field goals and his longest being 43 yards made him number one in the state. Coulter was fifth in the state in PATs with a total of 21. Junior Anthony Jones was number one in the state for punting with and average of 41.7 yards a punt and a total of 1711 punting yards. Junior Jaden Macneil was second in the state in punt returns with an average of 11.2 yards a return and a total of 247 yards and one touchdown. Macneil was also number four in the state for kickoff returns averaging 28.2 yards a return and 592 total yards.
    “This was a really great season for the Braves for sure I felt we came together a lot through adversity and I’m glad we were given the opportunity to play for such a great program.” Said senior Kicker Alex Coulter
All state and All confereance mentioning
Western AA All-Conference
Offensive guards - Hunter Wellcome, Sr., Flathead
Wide Receivers - Anthony Jones, Jr., Flathead
Fullbacks - John Baker, Sr., Flathead
Punter - Anthony Jones, Jr., Flathead
Long snapper - Chad Hemsley, Sr., Flathead.
Defensive linemen - Michael Lee, Sr., Flathead
Inside linebackers - Tucker Nadeau, Sr., Flathead 
Safeties - Jaden McNeil, Jr., Flathead
Kickoff returner - Jaden McNeil
Tight end - Austin DeMars, Sr., Flathead
Offensive tackles - Max Anderson, So., Flathead; Hunter Waters, Sr., Flathead.
Center - Daniel Long, Sr., Flathead
Running back - Blake Counts, Jr., Flathead
Quarterback - Taylor Morton, Sr., Flathead
Kicker - Alex Coulter, Sr., Flathead.
Ends - Andrew Siderius, Jr., Flathead.
Outside linebackers - Kenyon Fretwell, Sr., Flathead.
Safeties - Trae Vasquez, Sr., Flathead;
Cornerbacks - Eric Reyna, Sr., Flathead
Punt returner - Jaden MacNeil, Jr., Flathead;
Special teams player - Gunnar Landrum, Jr., Flathead.

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    The Flathead High School boy’s basketball team has high hopes because it returns one all-state and two all-conference selections for the 2017-18 season.
    The Braves will have their first game against CMR on Friday, Dec. 8, at CMR and will host their first home game on Saturday, Dec. 9, against Great Falls in the Flathead gym. The state tournament will start on March 8 in Billings.
    Senior Sam Elliott was a first-team all-state power forward after averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season. Senior Tyler Johnson was a second-team all-conference shooting guard after leading the Braves in scoring with 14.8 points per game. And senior point guard Eric Seaman was named an all-conference honorable mention after leading the Braves in assists with 3.6 assists per game.
    The three returners lead a unit with a bad taste in their mouth after qualifying for the state tournament, but not winning a game there. They had high hopes after winning a home playoff game against Helena High.
    The Braves finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the Western AA conference with a 7-5 record. They finished the season with a 12-11 overall record, including the two state tournament losses. The Braves averaged 53.7 points a game last year, while allowing 54.1.
    “I’m excited for the upcoming season and the talent we have on the team,” Elliott said. “We finished strong last year but we can definitely do better this year because I feel that the team has improved a lot since last year with the training camps we had this summer and the one-on-one training.”
    Coaching for his third year with the Braves, head coach Ross Gustafson comes into the season with a 19-25 overall coaching record.
    “My personal goal for this team is to build up the team chemistry and keep their consistency at a high level,” Gustafson said.
    Seniors Oz Allen, Dawson Smith, Clayton Jaques and juniors Anthony Jones, and Stephen Bridges are looking to step up to the big roles on the varsity team.
    “I’m very confident for the upcoming season,” Allen said. “The energy of the crowd just gets me going and it’s a great feeling.”

FHS Cross Country takes third in Butte  
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    Junior Ben Perrin placed second overall at the Butte Cross Country Invitational for the Flathead High School boys Cross Country team which helped lead the boys team get fifth overall on Sept. 23rd.
    On the girls side, junior Kaitlin Wilde placed fifth and freshman Tori Noland-Gillespie placed ninth to help lead the team to a third place finish.     Both of Billings Senior’s squads won the meet.
    One of the biggest things with this meet was the distractions, which included practice and meet cancellations due to the summer wildfire smoke and then threats to the school, before the meet happened.
    “This meet was nice because it let everyone get back into shape after not being able to practice because of all the distractions,” junior Ben Perrin said. “I didn’t have the chance to practice for 3-4 weeks.
    “This meet didn’t really have an affect on state because of how this was only our second meet of the year, so it was mostly practice for everyone.”
    Both Perrin and Gillespie agreed that the elevation of Butte had an impact on the race. Butte stands at 5,500 feet above sea level, which makes it harder for people to breathe because there is less oxygen.

Butte Cross Country Invitational
Team scores: Billings Senior 121, Helena 133, Great Falls CMR 144, Sentinel 148, Flathead 174, Billings Skyview 187, Billings West 197, Manhattan Christian 198, Helena Capital 214, Butte 239, Manhattan 275, Great Falls 300, Big Sky 304, Broadwater 322, Belgrade 365, Roberts 413, Dillon 421, Park 442, Anaconda 520, Three Forks 574, Twin Bridges 668.
Top 10: 1. Cooper West, Great Falls CMR, 15:37; 2. Ben Perrin, Flathead, 16:00; 3. Teagan Olson, Great Falls, 16:04.6; 4. Gordon Gentry, Great Falls CMR, 16:38.4; 5. Calvin Quindry, Sentinel, 16:40.4; 6. Jonathan Harrison, Sentinel, 16:40.0; 7. Sean Stineford, Big Sky, 16:42.2; 8. Jonah Fisher, Helena, 16:44; 9. Jacob Rice, Helena, 16:44.7; 10. Ethan Wilson, Billings Senior, 16:46.
Team scores: Billings Senior 42, Helena Capital 82, Flathead 110, Billings West 127, Sentinel 151, Manhattan 182, Helena 192, Great Falls CMR 200, Big Sky 224, Billings Skyview 270, Dillon 297, Great Falls 304, Belgrade 344, Broadwater 347, Butte 349.
Top 10: 1. Tiahna Vladic, Billings Senior, 17:36.7; 2. Jaylyn Hallgrimson, Billings Senior, 18:48.3; 3. Mackenzie Dean, Great Falls CMR, 19:16.6; 4. Makenna Edwards, Big Sky, 19:17.7; 5. Kaitlin Wride, Flathead, 19:19.5; 6. Aubree Corcoran, Butte, 19:23.8; 7. Jade Hallgrimson, Billings Senior, 19:26.4; 8. Alana Tonidandle, Helena Capital, 19;29; 9. Tori Nolad-Gillespie, Flathead, 19:31.8; 10. Nina Bracht-Bedell, Helena Capital, 19:32.3.

Volleyball: Bravettes get beat by the Spartans

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    Sophomore Julia Burden had 8 kills, but it didn’t end up being enough to lead the Bravettes to a victory against the Missoula Sentinel Spartans.
    After losing to the Missoula Spartans the Bravettes has a losing record of 0-4.
    The players were frustrated with the losing streak along with the parents. They had finished fourth in the Great Falls jamboree, and starting the season off with a losing record was frustrating for many of the players.
    Senior passer, Kirstin Wade, junior middle hitter, Madde Boles, senior outside hitter, Abbi Chavez and senior setter, Bailey Nunn all helped the Bravettes by getting two aces. Junior middle hitter, Madde Boles had two blocks. Senior passer, Kirstin Wade had ten digs and senior setter, Bailey Nunn had 16 assists.
Overall the stats for the bravettes were very low compared to their other games. The bravettes had lower scoring stats than the Sentinel Spartans which resulted in a loss for the Bavettes.
    The Bravettes are angry with their record of 0-4 and are going to be making some changes.

Volleyball: Flathead beats the Knights 
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    Sophomore Julia Burden had 12 kills, eight aces, and 14 digs to help lead the Flathead High School volleyball team to a four game victory over Missoula Hellgate on Thursday., Oct. 5, in the FHS gym.The victory improved the Bravettes Western AA record to 1-5, and overall record to 2-6.
    The Bravettes changed up their rotations to get their first conference victory. They had Madde Bloes move to an outside hitter from being a middle hitter. Taylor Henley switched from being a right side hitter to a middle hitter. Abbi Chavez moved to a right side hitter from being an outside hitter and moved to playing middle back defense instead of left back defense. Also Kirstin Wade went from playing right back on defense to left back on defense.
    “Our intensity was finally just there, everything seemed to just flow and we clicked,” senior right side hitter, Abbi Chavez said. The crowd felt the same was as Abbi did. The game looked smoother and the Bravettes were able to beat the Hellgate Knights in four games.
    The Bravettes beat the Hellgate Knights 25-22, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-20. The games were close but the Bravettes were able to pull through and win the game against the Knights.
    Ironically, Hellgate had more kills, 53-39, and assists, 50-38. But the Bravettes did have more blocks, 13-7, and aces, 14-11, as well as digs, 70-56. Junior Hannah O’Dell had seven blocks and junior Taylor Henley had six. Senior Bailey Nunn led the Bravettes with 33 assists. Junior Madde Boles added nine kills and 14 digs.
    The coaches commented that the Bravettes stats were ironically lower than the Knights stats, even though Flathead won.
    The Flathead girls volleyball team came together and beat the Hellgate Knights in four games.

Volleyball: Flathead sweeps the Knights
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    Junior outside hitter Madde Boles had 21 of Flatheads 40 kills to help the Bravettes get a win against the Hellgate Knights for their first playoff game on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Missoula.
    By winning this game the Bravettes will advance to their second playoff game on Thursday, Nov. 2 in Helena against the Helena High Bengals.
    The audience for the Bravettes were going crazy. They had commented that the Flathead volleyball girls left it all on the court and played together as a team. They weren’t going to let the Knights beat them out.
    In the first game the Bravettes were losing 14-21 and with the help of sophomore outside hitter Julia Burden’s serves, the Bravettes went on a 11 point scoring run.
    Junior middle hitter Hannah O’Dell had 5 of Flatheads 9 blocks comparing to Hellgates 5 team blocks. Junior libero Sierra Wilhelm had 12 of Flatheads 45 digs compared to the Knights 62 digs. Senior setter Bailey Nunn had 40 of the Bravettes 42 assists compared to Hellgates 38 assists. Sophomore outside hitter Julia Burden had seven of the 11 aces compared to Hellgate having eight.
    The fans commented how amazing it was to see Burden serve 11 serves in a row in the first game to fight back and win.
    The Bravettes will be playing their second playoff game in Helena on Thursday, Nov. 2 against the Helena High Bengals to compete to go to state. 

Volleyball: Bravettes lose to the Bengals 
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    Sophomore outside hitter, Julia Burden had 21 kills but wasn’t enough to achieve a win against the Helena High Bengals in Helena on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
    This game put the Bravettes at a record of 1-9 and an overall record of 2-10.
    The Bravettes came out this game playing really strong and lost it in the fourth game losing the match in four.
    The scores for the games were very close and the Bravettes fought hard but not as hard as the Bengals did.
    Senior setter, Bailey Nunn had 36 assists out of the 38, junior libero, Sierra Wilhelm had 15 digs out of Flatheads 51, and junior middle hitter, Taylor Henley had 2 of the Bravettes 5 blocks.
    The players commented that the Bravettes did very well against the Helena High Bengals, but they didn’t pull out with a win.
    The Bravettes next game in at Flathead on Thursday, Oct. 26 against the Glacier Wolfpack, and it’s also senior night.

Girls Soccer: Thompson sisters dominate goals against spartans

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    Junior Shaye Thompson and her little sister freshman Skye Thompson lead in scoring for the Bravettes against Sentinel Spartans but can’t pull of the win and lose 5-4 on Sept. 12th at Kidsport Complex.
    Sentinel Spartans took third at the 2016 state tournament in Kalispell. Sisters Shaye and Skye Thompson put the work in for the Spartan defense.
    The Bravettes came out strong and scored the first goal of the game. Shaye Thompson scored her first goal of the regular season against the Spartans.
    After the first goal, the Spartans counter and get a cross off and score to tie it 1-1.
    The game became a back and forth scoring fest for the teams.

    First half ended with a score of 1-1, but the Bravettes weren’t finished.
    Skye Thompson hit her third goal of the regular season. Then, the Bravette fouled outside their defensive 18-yard box. They scored to tie the game back up again at 2-2.
    The greatest play of the game started when Shaye and Skye pass through the Spartan defense and Skye hit her second and final goal of the game to make it 3-2.
    The Spartan goalkeeper punts the ball into the Bravette defense and they couldn’t get to the ball. The Spartan offense countered and attacked towards junior goalkeeper Aaris Hill.

Girls Soccer: Bravettes lose to the knights
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    Senior Sara Clarin helps Bravette’s soccer team to get on the board against Hellgate Knights, but losing 3-1 on Sept. 21st at Kidsport Complex.
    The Bravettes came into this game 0-4, but still have came close to winning.
    Hellgate Knights scored two goals early in the first half to make it 2-0. Bravette Defense gets the ball to Clarin who hits it with her left foot into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
    The Bravettes go into the second half down 2-1 and doesn’t get goal off for the rest of the game.
    Knight offense scored another goal into the second half to make the final score 3-1.
    Bravettes added another loss to their record being 0-5. Flathead plays crosstown rivals Glacier Wolfpack on Sept. 26th at Legends Stadium.

Girls Soccer: Bravettes start with an L
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    Freshman Skye Thompson helped the Flathead Soccer Team get on the board still losing 5-2 against reigning conference champions, Helena High Bengals on Sept. 1st at Kidsport complex.
  The Bravettes came into the season with a record 1-1 from the two pre-season games; freshman Skye Thompson puts two goals in for the Bravettes.The Bravettes only scored eight goals in the 2016 season. This season was the season that the Bravettes were going to change. Thompson said, “It was very exciting. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team.” Thompson put up the only two goals for the Bravettes against the Helena High Bengals.The kick-off to the season for the Bravettes always starts of with the Helena teams. Flathead plays Helena Capital the net day.
Girls Soccer: Bravettes lose to Bruins
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    Flathead Soccer Girl’s Defense holds 2016 state runner-up Helena Capital to only four goals, still losing 4-0 on Sept. 2nd at Kidsport Complex.
   Helena Capital Bruins gave a surprising shock to teams and fans when they advanced to the state championship on Oct. 29th of last year, which was hosted in Kalispell at Kidsport Complex. The Bravettes lost the day before to the Helena High Bengals, so the Bravettes were ready for the challenge. The Bravettes were not happy with the outcome because they wanted to make a change with this season.
      The Bravettes were down 2-0 within 25 minutes of the game. They had ten shots on goal the entire game. The Bruins out shot the Bravettes in the first half having 12 shots on goal. The Bravettes head on the road against Big Sky Eagles on Sept. 19th.

Girls Soccer: Bravettes come back to tie Big Sky

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    Junior forward Shayenn Thompson scored three goals to help the Flathead High School girls soccer team tie the Big Sky Eagles, 7-7, after trailing 6-1 at halftime, at Kidsport Complex on Thursday, Sept. 28.
    The Bravettes are ranked last in the Western AA with a record of 0-8.
Thompson scored the only goal in the first half. Coming out into the second half, the Bravettes put more pressure on defense by having their offensive forwards play more defense.
    The strategy resulted in two “own” goals by Big Sky. An own goal is when a team accidentally scores a goal on itself. Within minutes of the two own goals, sophomore midfielder Chloe Nadeau scored her first high school goal just outside the six-yard box to make it 6-4.
    “It was really exciting and a confidence booster,” Nadeau said.
    Within four minutes of Nadeau’s goal, Thompson hit her second goal to make it 6-5 with 23 minutes left in the game.
    With the Bravettes making their comeback, senior defender Clara Vandenbosch got fouled just past the half line for an opportunity for a direct kick towards the goal. Freshman Skye Thompson took the free kick and scored to make it 6-6 with 19 minutes left.
    At the 76th minute, Shayenn Thompson hit her final shot to score her hat trick and to help the Bravettes pull ahead and to make it 7-6. Two minutes before the final whistle, Big Sky Eagle midfielder fired a shot beyond the 18-yard box to tie the game.

Girls Soccer: Bravettes Hold Williams to one goal

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    Flathead girls soccer team holds Glacier Wolfpack’s Cadie Williams to one goal losing 1-0 at Legends Stadium on Sept. 26th.
    Glacier Wolfpack, crosstown rivals, were outscoring teams left and right by more than 4 goals a game on the West Conference, but the Bravettes limited that.
    Sophomore True Gannon man-marked the top-scorer in the state from Glacier Cadie Williams.
    Gannon said, “I felt very intimidated by Cadie because I know that she is an amazing player. I was nervous to lose sight of her during the game because I didn’t want her to get past and have an opportunity to shoot or make a play. I’d have to say the most difficult part of man-marking Cadie was having to keep my head up making sure I was always on her.”
    Williams scored the only goal scored this game. Her teammate threw her the ball in to her. She had three touches on the ball and was outside the 18-yard box to kick it into the upper left corner of the goal. Williams had one foot of space between her and True Gannon.
    The Bravettes had multiple shots on goal but could not put it in the back of the net. The Bravettes play Big Sky Eagles for a second time at home on Sept. 28th at Kidsport complex.

Girls Soccer: Bravettes come in close with the Eagles

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    Junior Shaye Thompson lead the Bravettes Soccer Team to take on the Big Sky Eagles for with scoring a hat trick –three goals in a game- still losing 5-4 on Sept. 19th at Big Sky High School.
    Having two games cancelled due to smoke and crosstown against glacier cancelled due to school threat, the Bravettes either practice inside, or couldn’t practice at all. The girls came into this game with no touches on the ball.
    The Eagles got two early goals and the Bravettes were down at half-time 2-0.
    The second half started and a hailstorm comes into the eyes of the Bravette’s Defense and the Eagles get two goals right after another. The Bravettes countered back giving Thompson the ball to hit her first shot of the game to make the score 4-1.
    The Bravette defense stepped it up and put more pressure on the Eagles offense and clear out almost every through ball. Thompson receives the ball from the defense and dribbles to goal, but she passes it off to her sister freshman Skye Thompson to hit her shot outside the 18-yard box and added another goal for the Bravettes.
    The ball was kicked straight into the Bravette defense off the Eagle kickoff and the ball bounced back into the feet of Shaye Thompson to dribble towards the Eagle defense and hit her second goal of the game to make it 4-3.
    After the goal for the Bravettes, the Eagle offense countered and hit their last goal of the game that resulted to a score of 5-3.
    With three minutes left of regular play, the Bravette defense gives the ball to Shaye Thompson who dribbles and gets fouled outside the 18-yard box. She takes the free kick and hit her final goal of the game.
    The Bravettes outscored their number of goals from the season in just three games. The play at home against the Hellgate Knights on Sept. 21st.

Cross Country: Perrin, Wride win glacier Invite
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    Junior Ben Perrin placed first overall at the Glacier Cross Country Invitational for the Flathead High School boys team, which placed five points behind Glacier on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
    On the girls side, junior Kaitlin Wride placed first overall for the girls team to help the girls team win over Glacier by 18 points, 20-38.
    “This meet was just a lot of fun because it was against our cross-town rival and we all know each other,” said sophomore Keaton Fischer, who placed the second-best Brave finisher, placing fifth. “One of the coolest things about the meet is how when it began we all started next to each other, which really made it feel like we were more of a team.”
    While both Fischer and Wride agreed that the meet was great in that it was cross-town so everybody was having fun, it still had a good competitive feel at the same time.
    Freshman Tori Noland-Gillespie placed second, nine seconds behind Wride.
    “I was happy that I finally beat Tori in a meet,” Wride said. “She is so fast, and this was the first time I beat her in a meet. I’ve beaten her in practice, but this was the first time in a meet.”
    Junior Meaghan Fischer placed fourth, to put three Bravettes in the top four. Junior Hailey Allen, freshman Hannah Perrin and junior Sadie Wilson rounded out the team’s top finishers.
    On the boys side, senior Griffin Fischer, senior Alex Murphy and junior Kyle Calles rounded out the team’s top five.
Team scores: 1, Flathead 20; 2, Glacier 38.
Top 10 individuals — 1, Kaitlin Wride, Flathead, 19:44; 2, Tori Noland-Gillespie, Flathead, 19:53; 3, Kinzie Peterson, Glacier, 20:09; 4, Meaghan Fisher, Flathead, 20:18; 5, Addie Labrum, Glacier, 20:34; 6, Hailey Allen, Flathead, 20:48; 7, Hannah Perrin, Flathead, 20:50; 8, Sadie Wilson, Flathead, 21:23; 9, Emma Mcdonald, Glacier, 21:30; 10, Aubry Grame, Glacier, 21:44.
Team scores: 1, Glacier 25; 2, Flathead 30.
Top 10 individuals — 1, Ben Perrin, Flathead, 16:08; 2, Aren Alexander-Battee, Glacier, 16:30; 3, Elijah Boyd, Glacier, 16:39; 4, Simon Hill, Glacier, 16:39; 5, Keaton Fischer, Flathead, 17:20; 6, Griffin Fischer, Flathead, 17:26; 7, Nash Grafe, Glacier, 17:28; 8, Alex Murphy, Flathead, 17:37; 9, Keegan Siebenaler, Glacier, 17:44; 10, Kyle Calles, Flathead, 17:48.

Cross Country: Bravettes place fourth in state
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    Senior Kaitlin Wride placed eighth overall at state for the Flathead High School girls team, on Saturday, Oct. 21st. This helped the girls get fourth overall.
    “This season we trained harder than we ever have before which I think really helped and the results made it all worth it” said Kaitlin Wride.
    “Everyone was nervous but still really exicted at the same time which made it even more fun” said Kaitlin Wilde.
    Junior Ben Perrin received sixth overall on the boys side at state. This helped the boys get sixth.
    Bozeman won first overall in both the girls and boys side.
Class AA
Team scores
Bozeman 41, Glacier 123, Billings Senior 139, Missoula Hellgate 149, Missoula Sentinel 161, Billings West 172, Flathead 173, Helena 196, Billings Skyview 228, Great Falls 229, Great Falls CMR 238, Helena Capital 269, Butte 313, Missoula Big Sky 331.
Top 10
Cooper West, CMR, 15:31.85; Duncan Hamilton Jr., Bozeman, 15:47.74; Leonard McComas, Bozeman, 15:52.20; Isaac Schmidt, Hellgate, 16:05.81; Teagan Olson, Great Falls, 16:10.02; Ben Perrin, Flathead, 16:18.74; Dylan Humberger, Bozeman, 16:25.93; Ian Curtis, Hellgate, 16:36.25; Aren Alexander-Battee, Glacier, 16:37.96; Simon Hill, Glacier,
Team scores
Bozeman 36, Missoula Hellgate 64, Billings Senior 75, Flathead 144, Missoula Sentinel 178, Helena Capital 183, Billings West 184, Glacier 203, Great Falls CMR 222, Helena 282, Butte 309, Billings Skyview 342, Missoula Big Sky 342, Great Falls 359.
Top 10
Camila Noe, Bozeman, 17:28.01; Tiahna Vladic, Billings Senior, 18:05.75; Annie Hill, Glacier, 18:09.48; Ella Degrandpre, Hellgate, 18:28.28; Alex Moore, Bozeman, 18:42.55; Ellee Becker, Hellgate, 19:00.12; Mackenzie Dean, CMR, 19:01.83; Kaitlin Wride, Flathead, 19:03.12; Terra Trom, Bozeman, 19:05.09; Phoebe Jacques, Bozeman, 19:07.39; Laina Hill, Bozeman, 19:12.24; Elena Vandersloot, Billings Senior

Volleyball: Bravettes lose to the Glacier Wolfpack
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    Sophomore outside hitter, Julia Burden helped the Bravettes in getting 13 kills, but it wasn’t enough to lead to a victory against the Glacier Wolfpack on Thursday, Sep. 28.
    Losing against the Glacier Wolfpack put the Bravettes at a record of 0-3 for conference, and 1-5 for the overall record.
    The audience mentioned that the Bravettes fought for the game, but not as hard as the Wolfpack.
    The stats were average for the Bravettes and the scores were close in each game.
    Senior passer Kirstin Wade, junior outside hitter madde Boles, senior passer and right side hitter Abbi Chavez and senior setter Bailey Nunn all helped the Bravettes by getting two aces each. Junior outside hitter Madde Boles had five blocks. Junior libero, Sierra Wilhelm, had 13 digs and senior setter, Bailey Nunn, had 29 assists to try to help the Bravettes fight for the crosstown win.
    The players commented that their team didn’t try as hard as they could have and they aren’t letting the Glacier Wolfpack win the next crosstown in Flatheads gym on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Football: Braves beat Glacier

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    Junior wide receiver Anthony Jones had 150 yards receiving, junior running back Blake Counts had 115 yards rushing, and senior running back Jonathan Baker scored two long touchdowns to help lead the Flathead High School football team to a 31-19 win over Glacier at Legends Stadium on Friday, Sept 22 . 
    It was the first victory for the Braves against their cross-town rival since 2008. The victory improved the Braves’ record to 2-2 on the season. Glacier fell to 0-4.
    In a game where total offensive yards were fairly even, it was Flathead’s defense that thrived by totaling five turnovers—two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
    “We practiced hard on forcing turnovers in practice trying to get three a day,” senior linebacker Tucker Nadeau said. “We were just trying to get that killer instinct to get on that ball.”
    Glacier scored a potential game-tying touchdown in the second quarter, but senior Kenyon Fretwell blocked the extra point and the Braves controlled the game from there.
    Ahead just 14-13, senior defensive back Trae Vasquez made a rare appearance on offense and scored a 29-yard touchdown off a jet sweep to put the Braves ahead, 21-13. The scoring play was set up by a 24-yard catch by Jones, who streaked up the sideline into Glacier territory after running a fly pattern.
    The Braves extended their scoring from there with a field goal by senior Alex Coulter before half, and then another touchdown in the third quarter, when Morton found Baker on a wheel route for a 59-yard score to put the Braves up 31-13. That was the second of Baker’s two touchdowns, which were nearly identical plays.
    “I couldn’t explain the feeling, it was just overwhelming,” Jones said.

Football: Braves come up short against Billings West
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    Tied 20-20 with 11 minutes left in the game, Billings West receiver Teddy Krogh caught an 18-yard touchdown to give the Golden Bears a 27-20 lead, which ended up being the final score, against the Flathead High School football team at Wendy’s Stadium in Billings on Friday, Sept. 8.
    The game resulted in the teams’ records moving to 1-2 on the season.
    The game had two lead changes and two ties. The Braves held a 10-0 lead with about three minutes left before halftime. After the Bears’ final touchdown, the teams went scoreless for the final 11 minutes.
    Trailing 10-0, the Bears scored their first touchdown with 2:35 seconds left in the first half with a 64-yard pass to Jesse Owens from Alex Bruns. The Braves fumbled on their first play of the second half. One play later, the Bears took their first lead with a 2-yard touchdown, but missed the extra point to put the game at 13-10.
    The Braves tied the game on their next drive with a 42-yard field goal by senior Alex Coulter.
    Tied 13-13, Billings got another 60-plus yard scoring pass play from Bruns to Owens to put them up 20-13.
    “The game was really lost in the third quarter,” senior quarterback Taylor Morton said. “Right when we were looking up for the win, the D (defense) lost out on some big plays.”
    But Flathead’s offense responded one minute, 20 second later with a 2-yard touchdown run by junior Blake Counts to tie for the second time.
    Four minutes later, the Bruins scored the decisive play.
    Flathead dominated in offense. The teams nearly equaled each other in passing, 245-210, but led by center Daniel Long and guard Hunter Wellcome, the Braves racked up 250 rushing yards while its defense limited Billings to just 22 yards rushing. Senior linebacker Tucker Nadeau led the team with nine tackles to help the Braves limit the Bruins to an average of one yard per carry.
    Flathead senior running back Jonathan Baker had 138 yards rushing with 20 yards receiving and a touchdown. Junior running back Blake Counts rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown with 61 yards receiving.
    The lead scorers by Flathead were senior Alex Coulter with eight (two field goals and two point after touchdowns) and both running backs Blake Counts and Jonathan Baker with 6 points each. Senior quarterback Taylor Morton threw for over 200 yards compared to Billings’ quarterback Alex Bruns 132.
    The offense also lost out on some finishing in the red zone in the final four minutes.
    “We were on the 10-yard line and my cleat was already messed up and I had a double move route,” junior wide receiver Anthony Jones said. “I planted my foot the second time and the bottom of my cleat fell completely off. The ball was perfectly thrown but I just couldn’t get there.”
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Billings West

KF: Jonathan Baker 3 pass from Taylor Morton (Alex Coulter kick), 9:25
KF: Coulter 42 field goal, 3:28
BW: Jesse Owens 64 pass from Alex Bruns (Cody Gagnon kick), 2:35
BW: DeMarcus Carr 2 run (kick fail), 11:46
KF: Coulter 42 field goal, 6:37
BW: Owens 67 pass from Bruns (Gagnon kick), 5:05
KF: Blake Counts 2 run (Coulter kick), 3:44
BW: Teddy Krogh 18 pass from Bruns (Gagnon kick), 11:02

Golf: Mercer leads golf team at state

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    Flathead High School freshman golfer Marcella Mercer scored a two-day 98-92—190 at Buffalo Hill Golf Course toplace ninth at the State AA golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 27, to help the Bravettes to an 11th-place finish. 
  “I was very excited to place, but still disappointed with how I played,” Mercer said.
    Marcella plans to work on her consistency for the future.
    On the boys side, senior Sam Elliott scored a two-day total of 162, which was just one stroke off the leaderboard, to help the Braves to a 12th place team finish. He shot a 79 on day one, and then an 83 on day 2.
    “I struggled with putting on the second day,” Elliott said. “I was pretty disappointed about not placing, but happy with the way I played.”
    Freshman Ezra Epperly was the second-best finisher for the Braves, 13 strokes back from Elliott. Senior Keaden 
Morisaki, junior Spencer Christy, and junior Ryan Thomsen rounded out the Braves team.

    For the girls, junior Cassidy Lavin was the second-best finisher for the Bravettes, 15 strokes behind Mercer. Senior Maisie Hanson, and junior Sheridan Stroop made up the rest of the Bravettes team.
State AA Tournament
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at Buffalo Hill Golf Course
Par 74
Team Scores — 1, Bozeman, 649; 2, West, 735; 3, Skyview, 778; 4, Sentinel, 781; 5, Helena, 791; 6, Butte, 793; 7, Senior, 808; 8, Capital, 873; 9, Great Falls, 895; 10, Glacier, 896; T11, Flathead, 937; T11, Big Sky, 937.
FLATHEAD (937) — Marcella Mercer 98-92—190; Cassidy Lavin 94-111—205; Maisie Hanson 135-126—261; Sheridan Stroop 146-135—281
Team Scores — 1, C.M. Russell, 603; T2, West, 628; T2, Great Falls, 628; 4, Bozeman, 662; 5, Sentinel, 665; 6, Butte, 668; 7, Senior, 673; 8, Skyview, 686; 9, Glacier, 697; 10, Hellgate, 701; 11, Big Sky, 710; 12, Flathead, 717; 13, Capital 728; 14, Helena, 729.
FLATHEAD (717) — Sam Elliott 79-83—162; Ezra Epperly 90-85—175; Keaden Morisaki 92-96—188; Spencer Christy 92-100—192; Ryan Thomsen 104-107—211

Football: Flathead holds off CMR
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    Junior Blake Counts scored on a one yard touchdown run with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter to lift Flathead past CMR on Friday, October 13th.This would put Flathead up by a score of 21-13 and lead to a stop by Flathead’s defense on the one-yard line to end the game.
    The win would put Flathead one game above 500 with a record of 4-3. With the playoffs quickly approaching, it also gives the team more control of their seeding.
Blake Rauch batted down a pass on the one-yard line on the final play of the game to stop CMR’s offense. Shortly before Blake Counts took the ball on a one-yard run to score a touchdown for Flathead along with the PAT kick from Alex Coulter with 1:46 left in the 4th quarter. Counts lead the team in rushing with 91 yards. This was in response to a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Damien Nelson of CMR with 10:19 to go in the game. The PAT attempt by Cason Taylor was blocked, which kept CMR down by one with a score of 14-13. To begin the 4th quarter, senior quarterback Taylor Morton threw a nine yard touchdown pass to junior wide Anthony Jones receiver with 10:34 left in the game. Flathead’s two point conversion was good being scored by another pass from Morton to Jones to put the Braves up 14-7.
Scoring in the first half was slow for both teams with the Braves scoring with only one touchdown coming on a 3-yard pass from Morton to Counts with a failed point after attempt to put Flathead on the board 6-7. CMR scored first on an interception returned for a touchdown by Cade Jensen and point after by Cason Taylor.
The stat leaders for Flathead included Anthony Jones, who had five catches for 87 yards receiving, and Blake Counts who lead the team in rushing with 91 yards. Taylor Morton threw for 180 yards. CMR’s quarterback Garrison Rothwell passed for 71 yards on the night and lead the team in rushing with 111 yards.
CMR 0 7 0 6 — 13
Flathead 0 6 0 15 — 21
Second Quarter
CMR —Cade Jensen 29 interception return (Cason Taylor kick), 10:10
F — Blake Counts 3 pass from Taylor Morton (kick failed), 7:06
Fourth Quarter
F — Anthony Jones 9 pass from Morton (Jones pass from Morton), 10:34
CMR — Damien Nelson 97 kickoff return (kick blocked), 10:19
F — Counts 1 run (Alex Coulter kick), 1:46
CMR Flathead
First Downs 13 21
Rushes-Yards 37-161 41-174
Passing Yards 71 180
Comp-Att-Int 5-22-1 13-26-3
Total Offense 59-232 67-354
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 3-30 10-70
RUSHING — CMR, Garrison Rothwell 22-111, Jaydon Dobrow 12-43, Jayson Ingalls 2-7, Damien Nelson 1-0. Flathead, Blake Counts 23-91, Jonathan Baker 9-45, Jaden MacNeil 7-37, Taylor Morton 2-1.
PASSING — CMR, Garrison Rothwell 5-22-1-71. Flathead, Taylor Morton 13-26-3-180.
RECEIVING — CMR, Jake Olsen 3-33, Kyle Byrne 1-37, Cody Wilkes 1-1. Flathead, Anthony Jones 5-87, Jonathan Baker 4-60, Bobby Lowry 1-18, John Hinchey 1-11.

Boys Soccer: Flathead forges tie with Glacier
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    Senior forward Hanson Eystad scored a penalty kick in the 81st minute for the Flathead High School boy’s soccer team to forge a 3-3 tie against crosstown-rival Glacier on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
    The result of the physical game that saw a combined 36 fouls put Flathead’s record at 3-3-2 for the season.
    “For us to come out there and tie them in the last second pretty much means that Flathead High School can beat Glacier and that we can go far this soccer season,” Eystad said.
    Glacier broke a 2-2 tie in the 71st minute.
    Junior midfielder Colter Goss gave Flathead some excitement in stoppage time of the first half with a goal from 14 yards out, on an assist from sophomore forward Jalen Hawes, to tie the game at 2-2 before going into halftime.
    “Colter was playing really aggressive,” senior forward Shane Rieke said. “When he scored that goal it sparked our team to want to get the win.”
    The game’s scoring started with Eystad’s goal, which Goss assisted, in the 12th minute. With five minutes left in the first half, Glacier scored two goals in a matter of three minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
    And that’s when Goss added the excitement.
    Glacier added their final score of the game from forward Ryan Symmes on a corner kick assist from Glacier’s Rohit Tappeta. Then 10 minutes of play later, Eystad scored the final tying goal.
    Flathead goalkeeper Max Warnell led both teams in saves with 19. Flathead ended the game with 22 fouls along with three yellow cards and a red card.
Flathead 2 1 — 3
Glacier 2 1 — 3
F — Hanson Eystad (Colter Goss), 12:00
G — Brady Schultz, 35:00
G — Micah Reason (penalty kick), 38:00
F — Goss (Jalen Hawes), 40:00
G — Ryan Symmes (Rohit Tappeta), 71:00
F — Eystad (penalty kick), 81:00
Shots on Goal — Flathead 5, Glacier 10. Keeper Saves — Flathead 19, Glacier 7. Corner kicks — Flathead 4, Glacier 3. Fouls — Flathead 22, Glacier 14. Cards — Flathead, Yellow 3, Red 1.

Volleyball: Flathead gets beat by Big Sky
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    Sophomore Julia Burden had 14 kills, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Flathead High School volleyball team to victory against Missoula Big Sky on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Big Sky High School.
    The Bravettes lost in four games: 25-14, 25-17, 18-25, 25-18. The loss dropped their record to 0-5 in Western AA play and 1-6 overall.
    The Bravette players mentioned that they didn’t play to their full potential against the Eagles, but they still battled even though it resulted in a loss for the Flathead Bravettes.
    Flathead volleyball players mentioned that the scores of the games didn’t explain the team that they were. They said that the third game when they beat the Eagles 25-18, they were playing their best and that game explained the team that they were.
    Stats for the Bravettes were much lower than the Eagles stats. Flathead had 27 kills, with sophomore outside hitter Julia Burden having 14, 12 blocks, with junior middle hitter, Hannah O’Dell having 6, 40 digs, with senior passer, Kirstin Wade having nine, 23 assists, with senior setter, Bailey Nunn having 21, and seven aces, with senior passer, Kirstin Wade having four. Compared to the Eagles having 45 kills, eight blocks, 57 digs, 45 assists and 9 aces.
    The Flathead players commented that their stats were much lower than the Eagles stats, which resulted in a loss for them.
    The Flathead Bravettes lost to the Big Sky Eagles on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Big Sky High School.

Vollyball: Flathead loses first conference match

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    Madde Julia 13 kills, abbi 5 aces, madde 8 blocks, sierra 23 digs, bailey 32 assists, Julia 24 serve receive
    Sophomore outside hitter, Julia Burden and junior middle hitter, Madde Boles, lead the Bravettes in kills with having 13 but wasn’t enough to beat the Big Sky Eagles at Flathead’s gym on Thursday, Sep. 21.
The Bravettes lost their first conference match in five games resulting in a record of 0-1 for conference and an overall record of 1-2.
    The Bravettes players commented that they played really hard in the first two games and let up a little the last three resulting in a loss.
All five games were very close and both teams fought hard to try to get the win.
     Junior middle hitter, Madde Boles and Sophomore outside hitter, Julia Burden get 13 kills each, senior passer and right side hitter, Abbi Chavez had five aces, junior middle hitter, Madde Boles had 8 blocks, junior libero, Sierra Wilhelm had 23 digs and senior setter, Bailey Nunn had 32 assists.
     The fans commented that the Bravettes started out really strong and then lost it.
The Bravettes lost their first conference match but have another shot at beating the Big Sky Eagles in Missoula on Tuesday, Oct. 3.


NFL: Osweiler benched, Broncos still fall.                                                      
Gavin Schroeder
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    The revolving door for the Denver Broncos quarterback position is still active.
    Former Flathead High School quarterback Brock Osweiler of the Denver Broncos did not start on Sunday, Nov. 26, against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland after starting the previous three games, in favor of Paxton Lynch, who returned from injury.
    Trevor Siemian, who was previously the starting quarterback before sustaining a left shoulder injury, was active for first game since his injury three weeks ago. Siemian relieved Lynch in the second quarter. Osweiler did not play at all.
    The revolving quarterback door, coupled with the Broncos seven-game losing streak, resulted in offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s firing on Nov. 20. Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave took over as offensive coordinator.
    After starting the past three games, Osweiler has completed 63 of 117 passes (53 percent) for 701 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 22 rushing yards and a fumble.
    Osweiler, who left the Denver Broncos in 2016 for a 4-year $74 million dollar contract with the Houston Texans, was traded after an unfulfilling first season in Houston in March for two draft picks to the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland was left to pay the remaining $15.2 million owed to Osweiler. Osweiler was released by the Browns on Sept. 2, then on the same day signed a one-year league minimum deal with the Broncos for $775,000, reuniting him with his former team. Osweiler was brought in to be the backup quarterback to Siemian, in place of the injured backup quarterback Lynch.
    Osweiler received his first snap of the season on Oct. 15, 2017 in the second quarter against the New York Giants, after Siemian left the game with a left shoulder injury. Osweiler was 2-for-4 with 18 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Siemian returned to the game in the second half and finished the game. The Giants defeated the Broncos 23-10.It was the first loss in their now seven game losing streak. Osweiler was bumped up to the staring position in week nine of the NFL season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 5. Osweiler was 19-for-38 (50 percent) with 208 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception in a 53-21 loss to the Eagles. Osweiler was named the starting quarterback in week 10 against New England Patriots on Nov. 12, in which he went 18-for-33 (54 percent) for 221 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 41-16. He was again named the starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 19. Osweiler was 23 for 42 (54.8 percent) with 254 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Bengals defeated the Broncos 20-17, delivering Osweiler his third loss in a row, and bringing the Broncos record to 3-7.

NFL: Osweiler loses first 2017 start
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    Former Flathead High School quarterback Brock Osweiler of the Denver Broncos had first Started his first game of the 2017 season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 11, 2017. The eagles defeated the Broncos with a score of 51-23. This brings the Broncos record to 3-5 for the season so far.
    Although the broncos lost, Osweilers had a decent starting performance, going 19-38, 208 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Denver Broncos announced that Osweiler would start against the 6-2 New England Patriots on Nov. 14. 

CFL: Mike Reilly leads Eskimos to victory

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    Former Flathead High School quarterback Mike Reilly, the son of teacher Mr. Pat Reilly and secretary Mrs. Rhonda Reilly, accounted for more than 400 yards of offense and four touchdowns on Saturday, Oct. 21, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to help lead his Edmonton Eskimos to a miracle 35-29 overtime victory in Canadian Football League action.The victory secured a playoff berth for the 10-6 Eskimos.They won the Grey Cup (Super Bowl) two years ago and Reilly was named the game's Most Outstanding Player.
    Trailing 29-13 with about 4 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game on Oct. 21, Reilly completed 14 of 16 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. He threw the game-tying touchdown with 36 seconds left in the game. In overtime, he went 3-for-3 for 34 yards and a touchdown.
    Reilly leads the CFL in passing yards and rushing touchdowns, and is tied for second in touchdown passes. He is on pace to throw for a single-season career high in passing yards and touchdown passes, which could be all-time league records. The CFL's Grey Cup dates back to 1909, and is much older than the NFL. In comparison, the NFL dates back to 1920 and the Super Bowl dates back to 1967.
    According to Canada's TSN (their equivalent to ESPN), Reilly's salary increased this year to about $505,000 in base salary after making about $405,000 last year (when he also earned another $200,000 in bonuses).
    Reilly was and still is well remembered by the legacy he left at FHS. Reilly set the record of 2,280 passing yards his senior year at Flathead. Reilly came to Flathead as a senior from Kennewick, Washington. He also played basketball and his father Mr. Pat Reilly said that “Basketball definitely helped him play football”... “You have to be an athlete to play basketball. You can be an alright athlete and be successful at football. But, in basketball you have to be an athlete.” Taken from previous Flathead arrow article last year.