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East Helena basketball teams sweep Deer Lodge in varsity debuts

EAST HELENA — As far as debuts go, things went pretty well in East Helena Friday night. It was the first-ever varsity action for the boys and girls basketball teams against Class B's Deer Lodge. And on their home court, packed with fans for the first time, the Vigilantes notched two historic wins 74-42 (boys) and 57-47 (girls) for the first varsity wins in program history.
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Lakkala, family celebrate signing with Orediggers

Eyston Lakkala pumps his fist after signing an NAIA National Letter of Intent to play football for Montana Tech Friday at the Butte Central Rotunda. He is seated with is mother Airika and his brothers Burkley, left, and Boston. Standing behind Lakkala are, from left, his great-grandmother Gwenn Fisher, aunt Alysha Jeffery, grandparents, John and Pam Jeffery, sister Laikynn and father Scott.
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Butte Central's Eyston Lakkala signs with Montana Tech

BUTTE — Eyston Lakkala has already made plenty of memories on Bob Green Field. He's looking forward to delivering some more big plays there. The Butte Central senior running back signed with Montana Tech on Friday, ensuring that he'll play for his hometown college and continue playing on the field that he "knows by heart."
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Central’s Holmes goes 1-2 at Havre Mixer

HAVRE — Butte Central freshman James Holmes opened his prep wrestling career by going 1-2 at the Havre Mixer Friday. All three of Holmes’ matches ended in a pin in the combined 126- and 132-pound division. After falling to Carson Harris of Havre, Holmes stuck Jack Gillen of Havre in the third period. Holmes closed his day with a loss to Alex Wahl of Cutbank.

Four Butte High players named first-team All-State

Butte High's Dylan Snyder, left, and Cameron Gurnsey are shown in these Butte Sports file photos. Four Butte High football players were named first-team All-State today, and another was named second team. Seniors Dylan Snyder and Casey Kautzman and juniors Cameron Gurnsey and Zach Tierney made the first team. Senior...

National Finals Rodeo: Deer Lodge's Chase Brooks shares first in saddle bronc riding on opening night

LAS VEGAS — Deer Lodge's Chase Brooks had a big opening night at the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday at the Thomas and Mack Center. Brooks, who was third in last year's NFR standings and is making his fourth consecutive appearance, scored an 88.5 aboard Sankey Pro Rodeo's Pendleton Whisky's Marquee to share first place with Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, and pocket $24,167.

No. 24 Montana Western women roll past Tech; Oredigger men top Bulldogs

BUTTE — The No. 24 Montana Western women's basketball team opened conference play with a convincing win. Brynley Fitzgerald notched a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs built a double-digit lead by halftime and then held off Montana Tech 83-65 in the conference opener for both teams.

Digger men open Frontier with convincing victory

Montana Tech senior Sindou Diallo goes up for a bucket as Montana Western's Michael Haverfield defends Thursday night at the HPER Complex. (Bill Foley photo) It turns out that it is just as fun to play with Sindou Diallo as it is to watch him play. The electrifying Montana Tech...

Western women hold off Oredigger rally

Brynley Fitzgerald of Montana Western pulls down a defensive rebound as MOntana Tech's Tavia Rooney reaches for the ball Thursday night at the HPER Complex. (Bill Foley photo) Montana Western, ranked 24th nationally in NAIA, was already leading, but an injury to a most important Montana Tech player widened the Bulldogs’ door opening to victory Thursday evening.

Montana Western women, Montana Tech men open conference play with wins

BUTTE — Montana Tech and Montana Western opened Frontier Conference play with a double-header Thursday night in Butte where the Montana Western women won 83-65 and the Montana Tech men won 87-75 in front of a packed crowd. The first quarter of the women's game was competitive and intense, as...

Butte High places 12 Dogs on all-conference team

Butte High's Zach Tierney, left, and Casey Kautzman are shown in these Butte Sports file photos. The Western AA and Eastern AA all-conference selections were released today, and 12 Butte High Bulldogs got the call. The list includes four first-team all-conference selections in Dylan Snyder, Zach Tierney, Cameron Gurnsey and...

Joey Visser's UM football commitment second in Jefferson history

BOULDER — For just likely the second time in Jefferson High School history, a Panther will be on the Montana football roster after Joey Visser announced his decision to commit to the Griz in November. Visser is believed to be the second Jefferson Panther to commit to Montana, however, it...

Digger men receive votes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced second edition of the 22021-22 Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Montana Tech is receiving votes in the poll. The Orediggers (7-3) have won four of their last five games and lost and two of their losses have...