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  • Lights, Skylights shine at CNFR

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 16, 2024

    Four Montana State University-Northern rodeo standouts competed in the 2024 College National Finals Rodeo last week in Casper, Wyoming. And one Light made it all the way to the final go-around. Last Saturday night, Northern junior Garrett Cunningham was in the final round of the Saddle Bronc riding where he scored a 71.5 on his last ride of the rodeo. It wasn’t enough to win the Saddle Bronc national championship, but it did put him in the Top 10 for 2024. Northern’s Mik...

  • Northstars battling at Lewistown tourney

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 16, 2024

    Last weekend was a another busy one for the Havre Northstars American Legion baseball club as they continue to roll into summer. Havre played at the Harold Gjerde Memorial Tournament in Lewistown, where the Northstars had some strong performance. Last Thursday saw Havre beat Belgrade 8-4 and Butte 10-7 on the opening day. Game one saw Shortstop Ezra Pyle single home Tyson Brandon, while Jevin Jenkins hit brought Pyle into score. Chason Mader brought Terek Shipp home on a...

  • Local Golf Report: A lot of congrats to go around

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Last week marked the start of tournament golf in Havre, and as always, it began with the annual Golf for a Cure Tournament at Prairie Farms Golf Course. The tournament, which benefits local cancer causes, was once again an amazing event, and it featured fun, friends, family and lots of golf. Shelbi, Jessica and Justin Darlington, along with Gabe Shrank were the overall winners of the 18-hole scramble at Prairie Farms, but, thanks to the hard work of so many people who not...

  • Skylights land former Hardin standout

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    It's been a busy recruiting season for Montana State University-Northern women's basketball coach Chris Mouat. Last week, Mouat announced the signing of 5-7 guard Aiyanna Big Man. Big Man recently completed her first year at Cowley Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. She is a 2023 graduate of Hardin High School. This season, Big Man had her season cut short due to injury. She appeared in 10 games and started 6, averaging just under 8 points per game. She recorded...

  • Northstars face tough opponents at GVO tourney

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The Havre Northstars American Legion baseball club faced some great competition at the Gallatin Valley Tournament this past weekend in Three Forks. Havre opened the tournament with a pair of difficult losses, as the Northstars fell to the Bitterroot Red Sox 6-5 and the Cody Cubs 13-5. Game one was a tough for the Northstars. Both teams had no-hit performances through the first few innings of the contest with Colter Solomon eventually pitching five and two-thirds innings with t...

  • Havre standout qualifies for National High School Rodeo Finals

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    At last weekend’s Montana High School Rodeo Finals in Kalispell, a standout from Havre shined once again. Cassie Gibson was second in goat-tying at the Montana High School Finals, finishing her rodeo with an overall score of 185. Gibson will join her fellow Montanans as a representative in the National High School Finals Rodeo, which will be held July 14-20 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Gibson is no stranger to rodeo, as her family has been a staple on the high school rodeo c...

  • Northstars face tough opponents at GVO tourney

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Havre Northstars American Legion baseball club faced some great competition at the Gallatin Valley Tournament this past weekend in Three Forks. Havre opened the tournament with a pair of difficult losses, as the Northstars fell to the Bitterroot Red Sox 6-5 and the Cody Cubs 13-5. Game one was a tough for the Northstars. Both teams had no-hit performances through the first few innings of the contest with Colter Solomon eventually pitching five and two-thirds innings with t... Full story

  • Northstars shine bright at Havre Jamboree

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    It was a successful Havre Jamboree for the Havre Northstars American Legion Baseball Club. Last weekend, the Northstars went a perfect 4-0 at Legion Field. Havre beat Miles City 9-2, Gallatin Valley 2-0, Glendale 8-3 and Glasgow 10-4. The Northstars got outstanding offensive performances from Tyson Brandon and Tanner DeLarosa, whole Terek Shipp was a star both at the plate and on the mound as Havre improved to 7-4 on the seasonn. The Northstars will continue tournament season...

  • Five Blue Ponies earn All-Conference softball honors

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The softball season has come to an end, and the Havre Blue Ponies had another strong year on the diamond. And as a result, five of head coach Tony Vigliotti's players earned All-Conference honors. The Ponies had three First-Team All-Conference performers, who all made Class A All-State as well. Camille Keeley, Elle Verploegen and Jersi Morse were named All State and First team All-Conference. Brenna Hanson and Rachel Jette were also named Second-Team All-Conference. Keeley,...

  • From Tee to Green: That special weekend

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Tournament season has come to local golf, and for mer personally, it always starts with an event nearest and dearest to my heart. Saturday at Prairie Farms Golf Course, the annual Golfing for a Cure Tournament will be held. And having participated in it for many years, trust me, a great time will be had by all. But, this tournament is about so much more than a Scramble, or social fun. Golfing for a Cure is about raising money and awareness for that word we all hate: Cancer....

  • Lights Cross Country Inks North Star's Carter Campbell

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    New Montana State University-Northern Head Cross Country Coach Deborah Callahan has announced the signing of Carter Campbell from Rudyard to join the cross country and distance track program in the fall. "I'm very excited that Carter is joining our running team," said Coach Callahan. "He has a great attitude, a unbelievable work ethic and understands the importance of academics. Carter's passion for teamwork showed his athleticism to participation in multi events which helped...

  • Local Golf Report: That special weekend

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 3, 2024

    Tournament season has come to local golf, and for mer personally, it always starts with an event nearest and dearest to my heart. Saturday at Prairie Farms Golf Course, the annual Golfing for a Cure Tournament will be held. And having participated in it for many years, trust me, a great time will be had by all. But, this tournament is about so much more than a Scramble, or social fun. Golfing for a Cure is about raising money and awareness for that word we all hate: Cancer.... Full story

  • Northstars shine at Havre Jamboree

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 3, 2024

    It was a successful Havre Jamboree for the Havre Northstars American Legion Baseball Club. Last weekend, the Northstars went a perfect 4-0 at Legion Field. Havre beat Miles City 9-2, Gallatin Valley 2-0, Glendale 8-3 and Glasgow 10-4. The Northstars got outstanding offensive performances from Tyson Brandon and Tanner DeLarosa, whole Terek Shipp was a star both at the plate and on the mound as Havre improved to 7-4 on the seasonn. The Northstars will continue tournament season... Full story

  • Local preps play well in All-Star football games

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 2, 2024

    A slew of local football players from the Hi-Line were in action this past weekend in the Six-Man and 8-Man All-Star games. In the 27th annual Montana Six-Man All-Star Game Saturday night in Custer, Chester-Joplin-Inverness’ Adam Grammar scored a rushing touchdown and teammate Pat Dahlin caught a score as they helped Team Red to a 60-24 win over Team Blue. Big Sandy’s Layne Demontiney and Sam Cox were also part of Ream Red while CJI head coach Jim Vinson was on the coa... Full story

  • Five Blue Ponies earn All-Conference softball honors

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 2, 2024

    The softball season has come to an end, and the Havre Blue Ponies had another strong year on the diamond. And as a result, five of head coach Tony Vigliotti's players earned All-Conference honors. The Ponies had three First-Team All-Conference performers, who all made Class A All-State as well. Camille Keeley, Elle Verploegen and Jersi Morse were named All State and First team All-Conference. Brenna Hanson and Rachel Jette were also named Second-Team All-Conference. Keeley,... Full story

  • Lights Cross Country Inks North Star's Carter Campbell

    George Ferguson|Updated Jun 2, 2024

    New Montana State University-Northern Head Cross Country Coach Deborah Callahan has announced the signing of Carter Campbell from Rudyard to join the cross country and distance track program in the fall. "I'm very excited that Carter is joining our running team,” said Coach Callahan. "He has a great attitude, a unbelievable work ethic and understands the importance of academics. Carter's passion for teamwork showed his athleticism to participation in multi events which h... Full story

  • Chinook wins yet another B-C girls tennis state title

    George Ferguson|Updated May 30, 2024

    For the fifth time in the last 20 years, the Chinook girls tennis team is back on top of the Class B-C ranks. Last weekend in Missoula, the Sugarbeeters used a balanced lineup to win the Class B-C girls state championship, edging out Loyola for first in the girls team race, collecting 32 points to 29 for the Breakers. The Sugarbeeters did not have any champions, but Rilee Molyneaux and Mya Berreth finished second and third, respectively, in singles. Ava Bellamah piled up a...

  • Spangler brothers take second at state tennis

    George Ferguson|Updated May 30, 2024

    From a divisional championship one week earlier, to the state championship match, it has been quite the ride for Havre High brothers Carter and Max Spangler. The Blue Pony duo completed a great run together at the Class A state tennis tournament last Friday in Kalispell as they finished second in boys doubles. The tandem lost to the top team from Billings Central in the state championship match, but it was an fun run and second-year Blue Pony head coach Jeff Miller was...

  • Havre High softball comes up short at state

    George Ferguson|Updated May 30, 2024

    The Havre High softball team had to fight weather and tough competition as last weekend's Class A state tournament in Billings. The Blue Ponies lost their opening game Friday 5-2 to Hamilton, then, they were eliminated by Frenchtown 10-0. Havre had seven hits in game one, including the game's opening run by Rachel Jette after she knocked Jersi Morse on a single. Hamilton scored four times off Havre's Elle Verploegen in the fifth inning and tacked on one more insurance run in...

  • Area thinclads place at state track

    George Ferguson|Updated May 30, 2024

    Several area athletes reached the podium at last weekend’s Class C state track meet in Great Falls. In the girls’ 100-meter dash, Fort Benton’s Ally Jaques ran a personal-best 12.84, which was good for third place. Ali Doyle of Turner was a 200-meter podium placer, doing it in 27.42. Turner also had finalists in the 400 meters as Ryan Doyle was fourth in running a 51.36, while Bridget Reed took fifth with a 1:01.18. PRs were aplenty in the 800 meters as Doyle ran his best mark...

  • Ponies both finish fourth at State A Track Meet

    George Ferguson|Updated May 30, 2024

    Thanks to a rousing final day of competition, the Havre High boys and girls track teams surged to some of their best finishes in recent memory at the Class A State Track Meet. The 2024 state meet was held this past weekend, where the Pony girls took fourth with 68 points, while the Pony boys were fourth with 40 points. Havre also had some outstanding individual performances for head coach Kari Filius' teams. On the girls side, HHS standout Kaydence Reiter blazed her way to a...

  • Skylights sign Washington star

    George Ferguson|Updated May 24, 2024

    Montana State University-Northern women's basketball coach Chris Mouat has announced the signing of Lynnea Moran to join the Skylights in the fall. Moran is a 5-5 guard from Hanford High School in Richland, Wash. Hanford High School competes in the Mid-Columbia Conference (MCC) at the 4A level. This past season, Moran was a First-Team All-MCC selection and she was also named to the All-Defensive team. She eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career and broke the single-game... Full story

  • HHS girls win Eastern A track title, boys finish fourth

    George Ferguson|Updated May 23, 2024

    The Havre High girls dominated the Eastern A track and field championships last weekend in Laurel. The Ponies scored 128 points to win the team title, while the HHS boys scored 59 points and finished fourth. Now, all state qualifiers will advance to this weekend's State A Track Meet, also in Laurel. On the girls side, Havre Kaydence Reiter and Macy Brandon dominated the sprints. Reiter won both the 100 and 200 meters at divisionals, while Brandon finished third in both races.... Full story

  • Blue Ponies qualify five for state tennis

    George Ferguson|Updated May 23, 2024

    After two grueling days in Glendive, the Havre High tennis teams had some high's and some low's at the Northeast A Divisional. Head Coach Jeff Miller's teams battled Glendive, Miles City and Lewistown, with the Pony boys finishing a narrow second and the HHS girls taking fourth. Miller, who was extremely proud of all 20 of the players who made the trip to divisionals, saw his boys team qualify five players for this weekend's state tournament, while overall, the Ponies fought... Full story

  • Ponies move on to state on the diamond

    George Ferguson|Updated May 23, 2024

    Another season, another trip to the Class A state tournament for the Havre High softball team. Last weekend, head coach Tony Vigliotti’s team placed third at the Eastern A Divisional softball tournament in Billings. The Blue Ponies started the weekend with a 7-6 win over Livingston to advance in the winner’s bracket, but then, Havre dropped a crazy, 19-18 loss to Laurel, in what was a walk-off win for the Locomotives. The 1-1 record on Friday did clinch a berth at state for... Full story

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