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A Sugarbeeter First

Chinook runs away from HLP for a historic Northern B boys title; T-Birds bounce back in Challenge Game win


February 25, 2019

Colin Thompson

Chinook's Isaac Bell, right, goes up high for a shot during the Northern C boys championship game against Hays-Lodge Pole Saturday night in the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls. Chinook won its first-ever Northern C title with a 66-45 win over the Thunderbirds. HLP rebounded to beat Winnett-Grass Range on Sunday to advance to next week's state tournament.

GREAT FALLS — In 2017, the Chinook boys basketball team went to the Northern C Divisional tournament, a young team with plenty of talent but little experience. In 2018, the Sugarbeeters had much higher hopes at the Northern C but were left heartbroken after a fourth-place finish.

Saturday night, however, a veteran Chinook team had no intentions of leaving the Four Seasons Arena a third time without the Northern C championship trophy. Instead, the undefeated Beeters ran roughshod over District 9C rival Hays-Lodge Pole on their way to the school’s first-ever Northern C championship, and...

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