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Sports Shorts for Nov. 9, 2022

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ST IGNATIUS — The Mission Bulldogs hosted the Ennis Mustangs in the second round of the Montana Class C-8 playoffs on Nov. 5, winning 36-27. Ennis scored three times in the first quarter to lead the Bulldogs 20-0. Quarterback Kellen McClure opened the scoring for the Bulldogs in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown, his first of two. The Mustangs responded in the next drive with another touchdown of their own to end the first half up 27-8. Canyon Sargent rushed for the first score of the third quarter to close the gap to a two possession game and Bryce Umphrey rushed for the first of his two touchdowns to end the third quarter 22-27. To open the fourth quarter, McClure rushed for his second of the game and put the Bulldogs up 30-27. After a strong defensive hold, Ennis turned over the ball on downs. Mission took advantage and Umphrey rushed for his second touchdown to ensure the Bulldogs would move onto the semifinals. Mission next face the Fairview Warriors on Nov. 12, location TBA.


POLSON — The Pirates football team held off the Laurel Locomotives in the quarterfinals of the Montana Class A playoffs on Nov. 5, winning 14-7. Both teams struggled with the harsh weather conditions, but the Locomotives were the first on the board. Laurel quarterback Gus Robertus rushed for the Locomotives only touchdown in the first quarter. Polson quarterback Jarrett Wilson threw a 27-yard touchdown in the second to Keene Jaren to even the score at half time. Wilson, who had 208-yards passing and 98-yards rushing on the day, won the game in the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter with a quarterback sneak. Polson next take on the Fergus Eagles in the penultimate game of the season, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.




EAST HELENA — The Polson Lady Pirates cruised through the Western Class A Divisionals tournament, winning all four of their matches and will be the top western seed heading to the State Class A Tournament in Bozeman. Polson played the Corvallis Blue Devils in their opening match, winning 3-0. Samantha Rensvold led the team with nine kills, and Lucy Violet had eight of her own to lead the Lady Pirates to 25-19, 25-10, 25-15 wins and move onto the next round.

The Lady Pirates next took on the Whitefish Bulldogs in the second round of the tournament. The Bulldogs came out on fire, winning the opening game 28-26, but Polson wasn’t to be stopped, winning three games straight to move onto the semifinals of the tournament. Polson had an all around great team effort with Clara Todd leading the team with eight kills, and Hannah Simpson, Lucy Violet and Samantha Rensvold adding seven more each. 

In the semifinals, Polson faced the Hamilton Broncs in what was a battle of a match. The Broncs won the first game 26-24, only for the Pirates to win the second 25-21. Hamilton ran away with the third game, 25-15, in what looked like the end of the Pirates season. Polson wouldn’t give in and won the fourth game 25-20, sending the match to the fifth and final game.

Polson buckled down and won the shortened game 15-12 to clinch their place in the championship against Stevensville. In the championship match, Polson and Stevensville pushed each other back and forth with both teams desperate to be division champs and the top western seed at the state tournament. The Yellowjackets went ahead in the first game and didn’t look back, winning 25-23. Polson stormed back in the second winning 25-20.

Stevensville won the third and Polson took the fourth, setting up a tie break to decide the tournament. The Lady Pirates went won 15-11, taking the division title back to Polson. The Pirates next head to Bozeman as the top western seed in the Class A State tournament, facing Billings Central in the opening match on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

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