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Thunderbirds soar past rival Bears


February 15, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Hays-Lodge Pole's Jeffrey Stiffarm, middle, splits two Box Elder defenders during Wednesday night's 9C tournament first-round game at the HHS gymnasium. The two teams met for the 9C title a year ago, but Wednesday, HLP ended the Bears' run as five-time district champions. The T-Birds play North Star in tonight's semifinals.

In the last few seasons, there were few rivalries in Class C boys basketball as intense as Hays-Lodge Pole and Box Elder. The two schools met in a divisional championship game and twice in the District 9C championship all within the last three seasons.

However, when the two teams met again Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 9C boys tournament inside the HHS gymnasium in Havre, the normally competitive rivalry was no contest, as the Thunderbirds rolled to an easy 67-36 victory

HLP. which finished third in the 9C regular season standings, blitzed the Bears early, scoring 13 of the first...

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