By Tiffany L. Rehbein
Augusta 44, Big Sandy 30
The District 9-C Big Sandy Pioneers (0-2 overall) dropped its opening-season game 44-30 with a non-conference loss the District 8-C Augusta Elks at the Big Sandy Invitational Friday.
"The kids were just not in the game at all," said second-year head coach Jim Ray. "We were out of it from start to finish."
Matt Myers led the Pioneers with 13 points. Jackson Burke chipped in five points, including one 3-pointer in the contest.
Winifred 64, Big Sandy 46
District 8-C Winifred, one of the best teams at the Big Sandy Invite, tallied a 64-46 win over the Pioneers Saturday in non-conference action.
The Pioneers, who held the lead for more than two quarters of play, tired in the third quarter, as the Red Raiders pulled away for the win.
Burke scored a team-high 15 points in the loss. Senior Justin Yirsa tallied nine points, and Billy Pierce chipped in eight in the contest for Big Sandy.
Thursday, the Pioneers will face the Blue Sky Eagles at home to open the conference season. Friday, the Pioneers will play at J-I, and, Saturday, they will play at Dodson.
Blue Sky 93, Brady 28
The Blue Sky Eagles (1-1 overall) opened the 1999-2000 season with a huge win over the District 10-C Brady Bulldogs at the J-I/Blue Sky Invitational at Joplin Friday.
Tyler Hutchinson and Brent Patrick each scored 20 points in the win, while David Jurenka tallied 19 in the contest for the Eagles.
Dutton 57, Blue Sky 48
Hutchinson continued his scoring ways Saturday, as he notched 23 points for naught in the non-conference 57-48 loss to Dutton. He shot 50 percent from the field for Blue Sky.
Brandon Anderson tallied 13 points for the Eagles, who evened their record at 1-1 after the weekend.
The Eagles will play at Big Sandy Thursday, and will meet KG Friday in conference play.
Lodge Grass 84, Box Elder 58
The Box Elder Bears (0-2 overall) dropped their opening-season matchup to the non-conference Lodge Grass Indians at the Native American Classic at Billings Friday.
Kenny Gardipee scored a team-high 10 points for the Bears. Kendall Parker, Brandon Gopher, Jeff Henry and Lenno Henderson each tallied eight points in the loss.
St. Labre 70, Box Elder 61
Gopher scored a game-high 26 points for naught in the 70-61 non-conference loss to the St. Labre Braves at the Native American Classic Saturday .
Jason Infante added 10 points for the Bears.
Box Elder will face KG in conference play Thursday, they will play at Rocky Boy Friday, and they will face Big Sandy at home Monday.
Lame Deer 87, Hays/Lodgepole 58
Jonas Flansburg scored a game-high 34 points for naught as the Hays/Lodgepole Thunderbirds (0-2 overall) fell to the Lame Deer Stars at the Native American Classic at Billings Friday.
Casey Martin chipped in 12 points, and Shawn Shambo added 13 in the loss.
Frazer 56, Hays/Lodgepole 52
The Frazer Bearcubs edged the Thunderbirds at the Classic Saturday. James Flying scored a team-high 12 points to lead Hays/Lodgepole.
Martin added 11 points in the contest.
The Thunderbirds hit the road Friday and Saturday, traveling to Grass Range, and Rocky Boy, respectively. Tuesday, the Thunderbirds will face Roy at home in non-conference action to close-out the December schedule.
Dutton 68, KG 37
The Dutton Cardinals pounded the defending State Class C champion KG KouGars (1-1 overall) 68-37 in non-conference action at the J-I/Blue Sky Invitational Friday.
Jared Miller scored a team-high 12 points for the KouGars, while T.J. Ironbear chipped in 11 points in the loss.
KG 77, J-I 44
The KouGars rebounded Saturday and drilled the J-I Rams in non-conference action at the J-I/Blue Sky Invite.
Joey Stuart, who was virtually silent from the field Friday, scored a game-high 25 points for the KouGars.
Ironbear chipped in 14 points, and Justin Simonsen added 10 in the win.
The Rams (1-1 overall) were led by Jeremiah Johnson with 12 points. Curtis May added 10 in the loss.
KG plays at Box Elder Wednesday, and meets Blue Sky at home Friday. Both games are conference for the teams.
Rocky Boy 90, Brockton 75
The Rocky Boy Stars (1-1 overall) placed four players in double figures en route to the 90-point opening-season win at the Native American Classic at Billings Friday.
Kyle McDonald and Josh Raining Bird each scored 19 points in the win. Craig Gopher chipped in 18, and Darrell Sunchild notched 13 in the win.
Heart Butte 67, Rocky Boy 45
For as many players who hit double figures Friday, the Stars managed just one player to hit two digits, with Sunchild notching 12 in the non-conference loss to Heart Butte at the Classic Saturday.
The Stars hit the conference schedule this weekend, as they play Box Elder at home Friday, and travel to Hays Saturday.
Shelby 73, Chester 50
Returning All-stater Jeff Graham scored 18 points for naught, as the Class B Shelby Coyotes defeated the District 10-C Chester Coyotes to open the season.
Brent Clark chipped in 16 points for Chester in the loss.
The Coyotes (0-1) will play Belt in conference action at home Friday. Saturday, they will travel to Valier, and Monday they will meet a young Brady team before sewing up conference games in the month of December.
J-I 70, Sunburst 63
The J-I Rams opened its own invitational with a conference win over the Sunburst Refiners Friday. Five Rams hit double digits in the contest.
Ivan VanDessel and Curtis May each tallied 17 points in the win. Brett Spicher notched 16, Johnson hit 13, and Jeremy May nailed 13 in the win.
VanDessel nailed two 3-pointers in the win.
The Rams play at home to close out the December schedule when they meet non-conference Big Sandy Friday and Sunburst, again, Saturday in conference action.