High School

  • Devils blow by Sabres

    The Great Falls Red Devils proved that they are a force to be reckoned with after a big win Friday night when they faced Southside Christian in the first round of the Division A playoffs.  The Red Devils made big plays all night and had two players, Ernest Talford and Stevo Squirewell eclipse the 1,000 yards rushing mark.  

  • Cycs survive, advance to second round

    For the Chester Cyclones, having players out of place turned out to be a good thing on Friday.
    With a back-up running back on the field and offensive linemen lining up on the defensive side of the ball, Chester claimed a 33-28 victory over Wade Hampton in the first round of the AAA playoffs.

  • Red Devils try to win first one

    Some folks may already be looking forward to a second round showdown between Great Falls and Williston-Elko. Do not count Red Devils coach Kenneth Schofield among them. As his team prepares to begin the Class A playoffs, Schofield said it is important for everyone, his team especially, to know that you can't win the second one until you win the first one.
    Great Falls plays Southside Christian tonight, and Schofield said the Sabres present a challenge, despite a 3-7 record.
    "They are very big," Schofield said. "They have several big athletes."

  • Cycs look to iron out mistakes in playoff opener

    It's a different opponent running a different sort of offense, but Chester coach Anthony Sterling said his team's objective remains the same as last week and the week before.
    "We just have to go out and be physical. We are a physical ball club. We also have to eliminate mistakes," Sterling said.

  • Hoyle wins football picking contest on tie-breaker

    Brian Hoyle of Chester emerged out of a two-tie for first place to claim victory in the News & Reporter's weekly football picking contest.
    Both Hoyle and former winner Sue Misenheimer finished with records of 16-4 this past weekend. In the tie-breaker, the total number of points scored in the Clemson-Boston College game, Hoyle's pick of 41 points was closer to the actual total of 46 points that Misenheimer's guess of 46. That gave Hoyle the $50 prize.
    Thirteen contestants finished just a game back of the leaders at 15-5.

  • Devils roll, Lewisville denied post-season slot

    Pressure -a word Lewisville has become familiar with over the course of the season.  While the Great Falls Red Devils came into the rivalry bout with the Lions already recipients of a playoff bid, Lewisville needed the win plus 17 points scored and less than 16 allowed to earn a playoff spot.  Add to that the mental mistakes and the tragedies this Lions team has faced, and the result was a lopsided score of 47-7, in favor of Great Falls.  

  • Turnover bug bites Cycs

    Chester's ground game powered its offense on Friday, but the ground also proved to be the undoing of the Cyclones, since they kept putting the ball there.
    Chester's decision to go for two, and the win, in overtime got the most attention, but it was turnovers that put Chester on the wrong side of a 26-25 decision to rival Fairfield Central on Friday night. In fact, it was the team's last fumble that short-circuited a play that coach Anthony Sterling was sure would get his team in the end zone.

  • Devils locked into third, Lions still fighting for playoff spot

    The Great Falls Red Devils have locked up the number three seed in the Division II-A playoffs while the Lewisville Lions remain in the hunt for a post-season spot in Division I.

  • Cyclones put last week behind, focus on Fairfield

    Fairfield Central is closing the regular season on the road. Chester hopes to make them stay there.
    Whenever the Griffins and Cyclones tangle, it's always a big, well-attended game because of the proximity of the schools and the rivalry that has developed between them. This year's game especially is big, though, because the winner of tonight's showdown will finish in second place in the region and earn a home playoff game next week. The loser will have to go on the road to open the post-season.

  • Stakes high in Lewisville-Great Falls rivalry game

    The stakes are extremely high in tonight's rivalry game between Great Falls and Lewisville. There are not only bragging rights on the line, but also big playoff implications. Lions coach Marvin Burke said he is approaching the game differently, though.
    "We understand what's involved but we aren't paying attention to all the outside stuff. We are just focusing on playing well and winning the game," Burke said.