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Hawks soar to new heights

CJI boys get hot at the right time, finish third at the 9C tournament


Last updated 2/22/2021 at 8am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Chester-Joplin-Inverness' Blake Harmon, middle, rises up for a shot during the District 9C boys consolation game Saturday at the Havre High gymnasium. CJI avenged a first-round loss at Box Elder with a win Saturday, punching their ticket to the Northern C for the first time in six years.

The Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks came into the District 9C Boys Basketball Tournament as underdogs after earning just the No. 6 seed. And they opened the tournament with a loss to Box Elder back on Tuesday night.

However, CJI fought all the way back to earn a rematch with the Bears, and they defeated Box Elder, 52-39, to win the consolation trophy and earn a bid to the divisional tournament Saturday afternoon at the Havre High gymnasium.

“The kids played tough defense and they didn’t give up. We took care of the ball better because Box Elder’s pressure is endless,” said CJI hea...

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