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Kassidy, Kelsey, Stacy earn B-C softball recognition, honors


John Hamilton

KASSIDY KINZIE was named to the Western B-C and All-State B-C softball teams last week.

by John Hamilton

Three Sanders County softball players have been named to the 2018 Western B-C All-Conference team it was announced last week.

From the Plains-Hot Springs Trotters, Plains junior Kassidy Kinzie leads the list after being named first team Western B-C and also earning All-State B-C accolades.

Another key player for the Trotters this past season, Hot Springs senior Stacy Gray earned second team all-conference honors.

From the Thompson Falls Lady Hawks, sophomore Kelsey Frank was accorded second team honors.

As to be expected, State B-C champion Florence dominated the All-Western B-C team with four first team and All-State selections.

The Western B-C all-conference team is determined by vote of league coaches following the completion of the regular season.

2018 Western B-C Softball


First team

Kayla Hickthier*, Loyola; Brianna Hoffman*, Florence; Kassidy Kinzie*, Plains-Hot Springs; Shannon Byrne*, Florence; Tomi Brazill*, Mission-Arlee-Charlo; Emily Kinneman*, Florence; Avory Escobar*, Eureka; Sydnie Peterson*, Anaconda; Asia Humphrey, Mission-Arlee-Charlo: Natalie Dulac*, Florence; Rilee Gray, Deer Lodge.

Second team

Bailey Bishop, Eureka; Erin Chapman, Anaconda; Carly Tipp*, Loyola; Natalie Goodman, Loyola; Kaylee Tunison, Troy; Kelsey Frank, Thompson Falls; Stacy Gray, Plains-Hot Springs; Johannah Forsberg, Anaconda; Cammi Finley, Troy; Ashley Gates, Anaconda; Molly McHugh, Loyola.

*Also All-State B-C; Florence and Loyola received one extra All-State player designation each for placing first and third, respectively, at the State B-C tournament. Another event to kick of Plains Days was a basketball game that also featured alumni vs. high school players. The teams played for three, eight-minute quarters, but had to add a four-minute tie-breaking quarter when the game ended with a score of 37-37. The game was high scoring and had nonstop action between the two teams but in the end the alumni pulled away with an ending score of 53-41, winning the 3rd annual alumni basketball game.

The last alumni event was a golf tournament where teams of 4 took to the Plains golf course to compete. The rules were that each team had to include at least 1 person that was a Plains alum. The top prize was $400 and a first-place plaque The second-place prize was a Plains pull-over jacket and third place received a Plains hat and lanyard. Ben Holland, Mike Holland, Tanner Colombo and Dusty Burgess took first place in the tournament beating the second-place team, Jack Revier, Chad Revier, Gary Revier and Eddie Fultz, by only two trokes. Dan Krier and Mike Dunbar were the third-place finishers.

The 3rd annual Wildhorse Shoot Out had 45 teams come out to compete in the 3-on-3 tournament. The tournament started off at 11 am and had a total of 89 games played on the nine courts that were set up. The teams were made up of players from all over Montana that came to compete, making up 10 different age brackets. Youngest bracket was two teams of first and second grade boys, the Vicious Ninjas and the Fireballs, who decided after two games they were calling it a tie and heading to the turtle races at Rocky Mountain Bank.

Aside from the tournament games they had shooting competitions from the three-point and free-throw lines. There were also two dunk contests with the hoop at 7 and 9 feet where the participants were judged on their skill as well as their style. Michael Hochstetler, of Plains, took the victory at the 7-foot hoop and Sinjin LaDeaux, of Plains, was victorious on the 9-foot hoop. The Flying Squirrel in Missoula provided jump passes as prizes to the winners. The Circle, Uncommon Grounds, Quinns Hot Springs Resort, McGowan Grocery, Simple Simons Pizza of Plains, and Ripples Ice Cream all donated prizes as well.

John Hamilton

KELSEY FRANK was the only Lady Hawk to earn all-conference honors for her fine play this sesaon.

Thompson River Lumber, Rocky Mountain Bank, First Security Bank and Blackfoot were the bracket sponsors and helped to provide medals for all the first through fourth-place finishers of the tournament. All the court monitors and referees varied in ages and were volunteering their time in the hot sun to keep order and safety first. Nick Lawyer and Tina Dockter manned the First Aid station taking care of all the scrapes, corked fingers and heat related illness that occurred. Clark Fork Valley Hospital and Family Practice Network set up the tent and stocked the kits to make sure they were prepared. It was definitely a successful tournament with constant action throughout the day. The turnout of teams in the previous year was 19, and compared to the 45 this year you can tell that it is gaining popularity.


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