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High School

  • Young Lady Cycs ready for season "Right Now"

    Chester softball coach Tommy Bailey likes to pick a theme song for his team each season. Last year he used Van Halen's "Right Now" because he likes the message of  the song. He said he still hasn't picked one for this year. If he wants to stick with a Van Halen song, he might want to consider "And the cradle will rock" given the age of some of his players.

  • Cycs still young, but getting better

    The Chester High baseball team was very young last year.
    That really hasn't changed, but coach Dennis Jensen thinks his team is ready to take the next step after making the playoffs last season.
    Chester earned the fourth-and-final playoff spot in its region last year and proved to be a tough out, giving Clinton and Riverside fits before losing to both in close fashion. The chance is there this year to be a higher seed and perhaps win in the post-season.

  • Squirewell signs with Newberry College

    He didn't mean to, but Stevo Squirewell summed up his career at Great Falls with three words Monday. Asked by coach Kenneth Schofield if he had anything to say to the big crowd assembled in the school's media center, the senior got a little shy.
    "No. I'm good," he said.
    Newberry College obviously thinks so, as the school offered him a football scholarship recently. He signed with the school Monday.
    It's been a good couple of days for Squirewell, who helped the Great Falls basketball team to the state title on Saturday.

  • Smith's after "party"

    Saturday night, Great Falls coach John Smith had something every coach wants, but no coach ever really expects to have in his possession.
    "We've got an extra jersey," Smith said to his coaching staff. "Five JV players turned in jerseys and we've got six. How did that happen?"

  • "Third time's the charm"

    The score was 40-29 with the Burke Bulldogs ahead late in the third quarter of Saturday’s 1A boys’ state championship game with Great Falls.  That was enough to make Xavier Holmes see red.  This time, however, Holmes would not be denied as he led the Red Devils to an exhilarating, heart-pounding comeback win to capture the state championship.  For Great Falls, it was their third consecutive appearance in the title game, but this time there would only be tears of joy as the final buzzer sounded.

  • Lions begin repeat quest

    It will be pretty easy to spot the Lewisville Lions baseball team this year. They'll be ones wearing blue and gold uniforms, and will have a conspicuous target on their backs.
    "I have told our players it is harder to stay on top than it is to get to the top," said Coach Billy Keels.
    Last season, Lewisville went 29-5 and claimed the school's first state title in 18 years. Six starters are back from that team, all seniors, intent on becoming only the 12th team in any classification in the past 30 years to repeat as state champions.

  • The Simpsons

    You'll have to forgive Great Falls' Shaq Simpson if he doesn't seem awed by the high level of talent he has been assigned to guard since the beginning of the post-season.
    He is a Simpson after all. Family pick-up games at Thanksgiving usually feature as much talent as even the best Class A teams in the state.

  • Devils hope to relive '04

    Basketball is a lot like the stock market, in that past performance is no guarantee of future results. Great Falls coach John Smith hopes, though, that the past is at least an indicator of what will happen Saturday in the Class A State Title Game.

  • Getting the last word

    The long faces of opposing fans walking away from Great Falls basketball games aren't just a product of having seen their team lose to the Red Devils. On most nights, those fans, much like their teams, have been beaten.

  • Five Cyclones place at state wrestling meet

    The Chester High wrestling team finished third in the state and had five grapplers place in the state wrestling finals held Friday and Saturday at the Anderson Civic Center.