The Holiday Break is over. High schools are back to business today and college students will be returning soon. And now that Christmas is in the rearview mirror and 2012 has begun, winter sports will certainly be front and center over the next two months.
The Havre High boys and girls basketball teams get back into action this weekend with games against Lewistown and Shelby. The Pony girls will be at home Friday night to host the Eagles, while the Pony boys host Class B Shelby on Saturday afternoon.
All HHS winter sports get back to work this weekend.
The Havre High wrestling team heads to Cut Bank for the prestigious Cut Bank Invitational Friday and Saturday, while the HHS boys and girls swim teams travel to Hardin for Friday’s Class A Invitational.
High school basketball will also be in full swing all week, as the District 9C, 10C, 1B and 2B all get going again.
At Northern, the long-awaited Frontier Conference season tips off Friday in Havre. The Lights and Skylights host the University of Great Falls in their Frontier openers Friday night. The MSU-N basketball teams are also at home to host UM-Western and Montana Tech next weekend.
The MSU-Northern wrestling team won’t dual at home again until Jan. 19 but the Lights will be back on the mat this weekend. Northern makes the long trip to Springfield, Ill., for NWCA National Duals Friday and Saturday.
The Havre Ice Hawks high school hockey team is also in full swing right now. The Ice Hawks are on the road to face Great Falls this week, but will return home next weekend for a pair of games against the Bozeman Ice Dogs.
Here are even more sports date of note in the coming months.
• Jan. 27 HHS wrestling senior night versus Forsyth and Conrad.
• Feb. 8 MSU-Northern wrestling hosts UGF.
• Feb. 10-11 All-Class State Wrestling in Billings, All-Class State Swimming in Great Falls.
• Feb. 10 HHS boys basketball senior night versus Conrad.
• Feb. 18 HHS girls basketball senior night versus Browning at Havre Central.
• Feb. 15-18 District 9C Tournament in Havre.
• Feb. 15-18 District 10C Tournament in Cut Bank
• Feb. 17-18 MSU-Northern basketball teams final home games against Carroll College and Rocky Mountain College.
• Feb. 23-25 Central A Divisional Basketball Tournament in Great Falls.
• Feb. 22-25 Northern C Divisional Basketball Tournament in Great Falls.
• Feb. 23-25 Northern B Boys Divisional in Malta.
• March 1-3 Class A Boys State at Butte, Class B Boys State at Bozeman, Class C Boys State at Billings.
• March 1-3 Northern B Girls Divisional in Shelby.
• March 1-3 High School Hockey State Tournament at Missoula.
• March 1-3 Frontier Conference Basketball Playoffs.
• March 1-3 NAIA National Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.
• March 8-10 Class A Girls State at Butte, Class B Girls State at Hamilton, Class C Girls State at Great Falls.
• March 12 First Day of practice for high school spring sports.