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New Cats on the block

PLAINS – Mountain Cats, Bobcats, whatever you want to call them, they can still play some pretty good 8-Man football. The newly rechristened Superior Bobcats, who broke away from a cooperative with...

 

CHUCKY'S BACK!

Maybe Chucky, that scary, ugly, movie star doll who keeps coming back to life and creating all kinds of mayhem on the silver screen, should be the team mascot for the Thompson Falls Blue Hawk football squad. After all, the Hawks have been a...

 

SOME THINGS OLD AND SOME THINGS NEW

Starting the season with some things old, and some things new, the latest Thompson Falls Blue Hawk volleyball team again looks like a legitimate contender for Western B honors and quite possibly...

 

County netters jump in to play

With the preseason tournaments out of the way, the volleyball action gets real this week in western Montana. Fresh off playing in the Mission Tournament Saturday, coach Jesse Butcher and her Trotters will again compete in District 7B this season,...

 

Quik Stop hanging on

Feed-N-Fuel shot the low team gross, Bear Muscle the low team net and Noxon Quik Stop took over the league lead in Tuesday Night Men’s golf action at River’s Bend last week. Ryan Ostwald led Feed-N-Fuel around the Bend with the low individual gro...

 

Wild Coyote takes lead

Wild Coyote slipped back into the league lead as Highlead shot the low team gross and Moore Oil the low team net in Wednesday Night Men’s league play at River’s Bend last week. As is his golfing wont lately, Ryan Ostwald shot the low individual...

 

Jeanne, Tina stay hot

It was the Jeanne and Tina show at River’s Bend Thursday as Jeanne Holleran and Tina Wheeler shot the low team gross and posted the low individual gross and net rounds in Women’s League action. Wheeler led all the ladies of the Bend with the low...

 

Savage Heat vanquish Valier Panthers

Just another day at the office for the powerful Hot Springs Savage Heat. Coach Jim Lawson and his hard-hitting Heat opened the 2021 Montana 6-Man football season with a 47-0 road win over Valier Friday night. Now 1-0 in non-conference action, the...

 

Devils dogged by first-game jitters

Those first game jitters. If the multi-hour bus ride to the Power-Dutton-Brady area wasn’t enough, the first-game jitters were as coach Bart Haflich and his Noxon Red Devils gave up a bunch of points early and dropped their 6-Man football season...

 
 By John Hamilton    News    August 26, 2021

THORNE CREEK FIRE

Finally, with a little help from above in the form of welcome rains, this firestorm of 2021 seems to be mercifully over. The Thorne Creek fire, the big event in Thompson Falls all summer long as it has worked its way southeast along the slopes of...

 
 By John Hamilton    News    August 26, 2021

Fire camp a fine-tuned operation

Food, a shower and a safe place to sleep when not on the front lines; these are the basics emergency workers like wildland firefighters have a right to. The Thorne Creek fire camp just southwest of...

 

Fall athletes ready for action

All systems are go for fall sports. The fall high school prep sports schedules all begin this week with a busy first week of action in football, volleyball and cross country. In football, the only Sanders County team that will open any season at...

 

Pardee, Beaty low for ladies league

Connie Brown and Jan Thompson teamed up to shoot the low team gross of 110 and Kristy Beaty and Danice Toyias put together the low team net of 71 in Women’s League play at River’s Bend last Thursday. Kim Pardee shot the low individual gross round...

 

Ostwald leads play

Ryan Ostwald stole the show in individual play as Hagedorn Land Surveying shot the low team gross and Wild Coyote the low team net in Wednesday Night Men’s league action at River’s Bend last week. Ostwald went under par with a round of 35,...

 
 By John Hamilton    News    August 19, 2021

Thorne Creek fire tops 35,000 acres

The Thorne Creek fire seems to just keep going and going and going. A moving, growing, often glowing fixture on the landscape in the mountains north of Thompson Falls for over 40 days now, the Thorne...

 

Foster, Rasor take top Tuesday honors

Custom Ventures won the low team gross and moved into contention for the second-half title to highlight play in Tuesday Night Men’s league action at River’s Bend Golf Course last week. As Custom Ventures golfers Kade Pardee, Scott Pardee, Ty...

 

Beaty, Toyias team up to keep top spot

Shooting the low team net of 67, Kristy Beaty and Danice Toyias stayed in first place in Women’s League play at River’s Bend last Thursday. Still in second place, Jeanne Holleran and Tina Wheeler posted the low team gross of 110. Katrina Nygaard...

 
 By John Hamilton    News    August 12, 2021

Crews work to contain blaze

The battle with the Thorne Creek fire is slowly but surely being won. Since the lightning-caused fire in the rugged Thorne Creek drainage sprang to life way back on July 7, it has dominated the...

 

Whitefish CU wins in 1-2-3 golf play

Whitefish Credit Union golfers Rick Kendall, Rusty Sharp, Wally Gibe and Chuck Manry added up their scores to win the 1-2-3 game in Wednesday Night Men’s league action at scenic River’s Bend last week. In other play-night action, Mike Baxter was...

 

Toyias and Nygaard shoot best Thursday

Liz Morkert and Lana Nolen teamed up to lead the way around River’s Bend in Thursday Night Women’s league golf play last week. Combining to shoot 104 for best low team gross, Nolen also rolled in the long putt on No. 3 and hit the long 49+ drive...

 

Tuesday men enjoy a fun night of play

No golf team is perfect. But being the least imperfect is perfectly fine. Aiming for the perfect round last week, Internet Kitchen golfers Ron Belger, Carter Meyer, David Reedy and Ron Reedy won the just-for-fun 1-2-3 game in Tuesday Night Men’s...

 
 By John Hamilton    News    August 5, 2021

Thorne Creek fire grows to 17,000 acres

Don’t be fooled by a few days of reduced fire behavior brought on by Sunday’s welcome rain – the Thorne Creek fire is still up there on Silcox Mountain, waiting for another chance to roar back t...

 
 By John Hamilton    News    July 29, 2021

Fire forces evacuations

That fire on the mountain everyone has been watching is going to be with us for a while. The Thorne Creek fire, which was ignited by lightning July 7 and has been steadily growing and visible from... Full story

 
 By John Hamilton    Sports    July 29, 2021

Ladies battle for top spot at River's Bend

The Thursday night Women’s League leaders want to stay on top, and they played that way last week at River’s Bend. Battling it out for the top spot in league play throughout the second half of the season, the teams of Jeanne Holleran and Tina...

 
 By John Hamilton    Sports    July 29, 2021

Tuesday men heat up competition

Quik Stop or Easy Street, what is it going to be? With Noxon Quik Stop golfers Rusty Sharp, Bruce Haflich, Shawn Wilkinson and Scott Garr compiling the low team net of 140, and Easy Street Autoworks players Ron Beaty, Dave Garr, Charlie Hooten and...

 

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