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Chinook pulls away in 9C opener

Beeters shake off a strong effort from the Hawks to stay unbeaten


February 15, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Chinook's Riley Kellam, right, runs away from the Chester-Joplin-Inverness defense during Thursday's District 9C Boys Tournament first round game inside the HHS gymnasium. The Hawks gave Chinook everything they had, but the Beeters prevailed, setting up a meeting with North Star in today's semifinals.

The Chinook Sugarbeeters were rarely tested in District 9C regular season play this winter. But the start of the 2019 District 9C tournament was a different story because the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks certainly put the Beeters to the test.

In the opening game of the 9C boys tournament, Chinook was able to pull away from eighth-seeded CJI, 60-33, Thursday in the HHS gymnasium. But it was by no means easy.

"Compliments to CJI," Chinook head coach Mike Seymour said. "They played really well. They played with enthusiasm and a lot of hustle. And I thought we came out really flat, we didn'...

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