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  • Warriors pummel Skylights

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    The Montana State University-Northern women came into Thursday night's game in Lewiston, Idaho off not one, but two big wins. The Lewis-Clark State Warriors didn't. Instead, LC State was looking to rebound from a nearly 30-point loss to Westminster College last Saturday, and the No. 13 Warriors took it out on the Skylights Thursday night. The Warriors beat Northern 59-43, ending the Skylights two-game Frontier Conference winning streak. Northern was able to hang tough early on, trailing by just a few points for much of the fi...

  • LC State stops MSU-N

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    Getting off to a good start on the road is something the Montana State University-men's basketball team knows is important. But Thursday night in Lewiston, Idaho, the No. 19 Lights didn't do that. Instead, Northern fell behind host Lewis-Clark State right away, and the result was a 70-61 Frontier Conference road loss. David Maddock hit a 3-pointer at the 15:46 mark to put the Lights up 9-6. However, LC's defense kept the Lights scoreless for the next 8:42 of the game while the Warriors went on a 15-0 run. That put LC ahead...

  • MSU-N's Schermele honored; Lights ranked No. 19

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    After a big weekend in which the Montana State University-Northern Skylights got back on track with a home sweep, senior Samm Schermele was named the Frontier Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Schermele is a 5-foot-9 senior guard from Great Falls. MSU-Northern won both of their weekend games including a victory over nationally ranked Carroll College. The Skylights upset No. 25 Carroll 68-49 and beat Rocky Mountain College 71-56. Schermele averaged 22 points, 3.5 rebounds, two assists and 2.5 steals for the...

  • George Ferguson Column: Skylights showed heart and toughness

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    Excitement was in the air, even before the opening tip-off on Friday night at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse. But who knew what would follow? The MSU-N men provided us with plenty of drama, emotion and entertainment on Friday and Saturday night as the Lights swept Frontier Conference powers Carroll and Rocky Mountain College. After watching the Lights take care of business at home, it's quite clear they are going to be a force well into March. But what can't be overlooked, or overstated from this weekend's games is what the MSU-...

  • Hi-Line Girls Basketball Roundup

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    Another week of high school basketball. Another week of exciting girls games on the Hi-Line is in the books. The Box Elder Bears have been one of the best teams in the area this season, and they showed that again on Thursday night with a dramatic one-point win over the Chinook Sugarbeeters in Chinook. The Bears defeated the Beeters 49-48 in a game that went down to the wire. The game was a game of runs. The Beeters ripped of an 18-6 second-quarter run to lead 22-17 at the half. But the Bears stormed back with a 14-6 run in... Full story

  • Skylights too much for Carroll

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    Their backs were against the wall. Their season was hanging by a thread. And they were playing a nationally-ranked arch rival in the midst of a difficult three-game losing streak. Yet the Montana State University-Northern Skylights didn't flinch. In easily their most dominating performance of the season, the Skylights shocked the No. 25 Carroll College Fighting Saints 68-49 Friday night at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse, in what was the start to an impressive weekend. "This win gives us a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence,"...

  • Lights pummel Northwest College on the mat

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    Two months ago, the Montana State University-Northern wrestling team was a young and inexperienced squad when it beat the Northwest College Trappers in Powell, Wyo. What a difference a couple of months makes. On Thursday night at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse, the Lights dominated the Trappers 31-3 in front of a large home crowd on what was Northern's final home match of the season. Included in the dual was a rousing senior-night win from 157-pounder Tay Todd. The former Bozeman High star pinned Clint Jacob in 2:21 and was... Full story

  • MSU-Northern men roll to wins in California

    George Ferguson, Havre Daily News sports editor [email protected]

    The Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team brought a four-week road odyssey to an end with a pair of emphatic wins over the weekend. The Lights were at a tournament in Vajello, Calif., on Friday and Saturday and MSU-N showed good form, winning two games against good California NAIA competition. On Friday night, the Lights bested Menlo College, 87-62 then took care of a tough California Maritime Academy squad on Saturday night. "I thought in both games we did a really good job of building leads and keeping...

  • Red Raiders edge Lights

    George Ferguson, Havre Daily News sports editor - gferguson@havredaily

    MSU-Northern's Evan Hinebauch (top) takes down Southern Oregon's Ethan Hinton during an NAIA dual Friday night at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse. Coming back from a 12-0 deficit isn't an easy thing in an NAIA wrestling dual. But when you're trying to do it against the No.1-ranked team in the country, it's even a bigger chore. Yet, that's almost what the No. 7 Montana State University-Northern wrestling team did in a 27-18 loss to the No. 1 Southern Oregon Red Raiders Friday night at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse. The Lights fell...

  • Griz maul Cats. 36-10, in 111th Brawl of the Wild

    George Ferguson - Havre Daily News sports editor - gferguson@havredailynews

    The Montana State Bobcats were the No. 1 team in the FCS, they possessed the No. 1 defense in the Big Sky Conference and they had a hostile, record crowd of over 20,000 fans on their side. But none of that mattered to the Montana Grizzlies. Seventh-ranked Montana turned a 12-7 third-quarter lead into a 36-10 Big Sky Conference championship-clinching win in the 111th Brawl of the Wild Saturday afternoon at a frigid but sunny Bobcat Stadium. ??Montana tight end Kavario Middleton (85) catches a touchdown pass against Montana...

  • Class AA teams top second HDN Super 15

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    The fun thing about basketball polls is to see what happens when teams are ranked. It's also fun to see where teams go after a big win, or after tough losses. And one thing's for certain, no matter where squads are ranked, in basketball, everything gets settled on the floor. It's week two of the Havre Daily News boys and girls Super 15 Polls, and the top teams haven't changed. Bozeman sits atop the boys poll for a second straight week, while Billings West tops the girls poll. New to the boys poll this week is Class AA...

  • Lights grapple Trappers

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    For the final time this season, wrestling fans will get one more look at the Montana State University-Northern Lights. Tonight at 7, the Lights take on Northwest College in dual action at the MSU-Northern Fieldhouse. And not only is the dual a big one for the ninth-ranked NAIA Lights, who have been gaining momentum the last few weeks, it will also be an emotional one for Northern senior 157-pounder Tay Todd, who will be honored before the match. Todd is currently in his third and final season with the Lights. He is a three ye...

  • Local ropers succeed in Great Falls

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    For several Hi-Line cowboys, this weekend's Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals in Great Falls was a rough one. For others, it was a lucrative three days. The MPRCF was held Friday through Sunday at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, and a pair of area team ropes came away with the most success. Zortman's Shane Schwenke and teammate Kory Mytty finished third in the average for the weekend, as well as the year-end championship and a trip to the Dodge Circuit Finals this spring in Oklahoma City. Schwenke and Mytty garnered... Full story

  • Havre High girls stay close with Bison

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    In a rare Monday night game, the Havre High girls basketball team did all it could to hang with the Class AA Great Falls High Bison. In the end however, the Bison had just enough firepower to hold off the Blue Ponies. On Monday night at the Swarthout Fieldhouse in Great Falls, the Ponies fell to GFH 48-40. But the eight-point margin didn't speak to how well the Ponies played. The two teams played a seesaw first half in which the lead changed hands several times with neither team leading by more than three points. GFH seized...

  • Hi-Line Girls Basketball Roundup

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    January is going by fast, and that means things are getting very serious when it comes to high school girls basketball on the Hi-Line. This week marks the halfway point in the 2010-11 season, and as teams turn for the home stretch, every game is magnified. On Friday night, the Chinook Sugarbeeters grabbed an important road win over the District 8C Geraldine Tigers. The Beeters edged the Tigers 38-34 via a 15-8 third-quarter run. Makayla Farmer led a balanced Chinook attack with eight points, while Taryn Norby and Haley Swank...

  • Thanks to Mariani for education donation

    Letter to the Editor mdash Kevann Campbell

    Editor: Dear Marc Mariani and family: On behalf of the Havre Public Schools Education Foundation and all our current and future students, thank you for your generous financial donation and for your immeasurable generosity and support. We are truly grateful and honored to be recipients of this donation. Thank you also for supporting our alumni game activities by personalizing your autographed message on the Titans Mariani jersey for the auction winner. The entire donation will be used as seed money for the Foundation's...

  • Montana is seeing progress, not decline

    Letter to the Editor mdash Sen Carol Williams and Rep Jon Ses

    Editor: For months, Republicans in Montana have tried to cast our state as the most bloated, broken, bankrupt state in the nation. Our Republican colleagues would have you believe we Montanans are responsible for the global recession, that we've lost our innovative spirit, and that we just can't compete anymore. But let us tell you about the Montana we see. We see a state that the U. S. Chamber of Commerce ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurs and business start-ups. We see a state that Forbes magazine called one of the fastest...

  • Blue Pony swimmers compte with Class A's best

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    In the long-awaited return from the holiday break, the Havre High boys and girls swim teams were anxious to get back in the water. Although the Blue Ponies had to train for a few days without the use of their own pool, HHS still looked sharp this weekend at the annual Class A Meet in Hardin. The meet is a three-team extravaganza showcasing the only schools which compete in swimming in Class A — Havre, Hardin and Billings Central. Back in the pool, the Blue Pony swimmers had a strong outing in Hardin. On the girls side, the P...

  • Hi-Line girls basketball roundup

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    The first full weekend of 2011 girls basketball on the Hi-Line is in the books. And coming out of the holiday break, teams were ready to play. Friday night saw the Big Sandy Pioneers earn an important District 9C win on the road, beating the Chinook Sugarbeeters 52-48. In a close game, the Beeters played a stellar first half and led 26-21 at the half, and 37-32 at the end of three quarters. But the Pioneers ripped off a 20-10 run in the final eight minutes to take the win. Mariah Gullickson led three Pioneers in double...

  • Lights gear up for big-time dual tournament

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    The ninth-ranked Montana State University-Northern wrestling team will get a chance to show what its made of this weekend in Iowa. Saturday and Sunday, the Lights will hit the mat at the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the sight of the 2011 NAIA National Championships. The tournament is one of the largest dual-format tournaments of the wrestling season and it features brackets for NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III, as well as an NAIA bracket, an NCJAA bracket and a women's bracket. The format...

  • HHS swim teams back in the pool

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    The Havre High swim teams haven't been able to get much work done in its own pool this week, but never-the-less, the Blue Ponies will get back to competing today. The Ponies are on the road to compete in the Class A Meet in Hardin this weekend, Havre's first meet since before the winter break. The Class A Meet features the three schools which compete in boys and girls swimming in Havre High, Billings Central and Hardin. The Pony boys and the Billings Central girls are the defending Class A state champions. The meet is always... Full story

  • Schermele says farewell to Great Falls

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    If it seems like Montana State University-Northern guard Samm Schermele has been playing basketball on the Hi-Line forever, it just seems that way. Schermele was playing in Havre by her sophomore year of high school as a star guard/forward for the Great Falls High Bison, and is now in her fourth year as a starter for the Skylights. And tonight's game at UGF will certainly be an emotional one for the two-time Class AA All-State standout, who is now sixth on MSU-N's all-time scoring list. When the Skylights open league play at...

  • Skylights open league play with Argos

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    The long-awaited Frontier Conference women's basketball season is finally here. And there's noting like a little rivalry game to kick things off. Tonight in Great Falls, the MSU-Northern Skylights will open league play with a visit to rival UGF. And in an unusual scheduling year, the two teams already know each other well. Last month in Havre, the Skylights blew out the Argos in a nonconference game. And while UGF comes into tonight's game with just five wins on the season, Northern head coach Chris Mouat is expecting...

  • MSU-N men head to rival Great Falls

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    If the Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team was looking for a challenging start to Frontier Conference play, the Lights are going to get it tonight in Great Falls. Northern (11-4) and rival Great Falls (7-8) open league play tonight at 8 at the McLaughlin Center, and while the Lights come to the Electric City red-hot, the Argos are playing some of their best basketball in years, and that makes tonight's rivalry game very intriguing. "This may be the best Great Falls team we've seen," MSU-N head coach Shawn...

  • Mariani sets Titans all-time record

    George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor

    Sunday wasn't the ending to the NFL's regular season the Tennessee Titans were hoping for. But a 23-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts didn't top Titans rookie and former Havre Blue Pony Marc Mariani from making a little more history. Mariani ripped off a 47-yard kickoff return on his second return of the day, and in the process of that return broke Derrick Mason's franchise record, set in 2000, of 1,794 combined punt and kickoff return yards in a single season. It was the second return record Mariani set in as many weeks. At...

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