Helena vs. Senior boys

Billings Senior’s Max Evenson splits Helena High’s defenders for a layup during Saturday’s game in Helena. The Broncs fell to the Bengals 56-36.

Editor's note: Highlights and top scorers will be updated on the 406mtsports.com website as results arrive from around the state. 

Boys Basketball

Class AA

Connor Murgel scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Helena past winless Billings Senior 56-36. Junior Bergen was Senior’s top scorer with 11 points.

Jesse Owens scored 15 points and Josh Erbacher hit a game-winning jumper with less than two minutes remaining as Billings West survived 47-46 at home against Laurel. Locomotives senior Gaje Leischner led all players with 21 points.

Julias Mims  finished with a team-leading 18 points and Cam Ketchum had 17 to carry Billings Skyview to a sweep in a rare weekend in Helena with a 61-57 overtime win over Helena Capital. Trevor Swanson led the Bruins with 16 points.

Class A

Cade Holter scored 16 points, Dylan Sestrich added 12, and Braden Harrington, Luke Heaphy and Trevor Neumann each had 11 as Butte Central improved to 4-0 with an 80-47 rout at Stevensville. Colby Meeds scored 18 points — 14 from the free-throw line — to lead the Yellowjackets.

Cade Baker scored a game-high 19 points, including  five 3-pointers, and Hang Rugg added 15 as Frenchtown outlasted Dillon 61-58. The Beavers were led by 15 points from Michael Haverfield and 10 apiece from Cole Truman and Bradley Rakich

Cayden Redfield scored 16 points and 11 players overall reached the scorebook in Hardin’s 70-34 win over Glendive. Famous Lefthand added 15 points and Andrew House had 11 for the Bulldogs. Stephen Steinbron led the Red Devils with 14 points.

Class B

Chris Colgan scored 22 points and Darryl Joe and Kenny Smoker tossed in 11 apiece to lead Poplar past Malta 56-41. The Indians trailed 15-9 after a quarter but outscored Malta 31-13 in the middle two quarters. Tanner Smith scored 18 points to lead the Mustangs.

Sayer Patton poured in 34 points as Choteau, a night after scoring 103 points, turned to defense to down Townsend 68-38. Tyson Racht topped Townsend with 15 points.

Anders Epperly piled up 17 points and Logan Gilliard scored 16 to pace defending state champion Bigfork to a 64-26 rout over Anaconda. The Vikings bolted to a 21-7 first quarter lead and led 41-15 by halftime. The Copperehads were led by a team-high 10 points from Kyler Gochanour.  

Tanner Goligoski hit for 18 points and teammates Hunter Omlid (16), Carson Rostad (13) and Trey Searle (12) also scored in double figures to carry Hamilton past Missoula Loyola 73-66. Jacob Hollenback topped the Rams with 17 points and Charles Burns contributed 16.

Trey Stampfel scored 17 points to boost Columbus to a 44-41 win over Shepherd, which got 13 points from Spencer Lepley and 11 from Badger Martin.

Chris Bradley was high scorer with 14 points and Tanner Rae and Brigen Dahl each added 12 in Roundup's 64-35 victory over White Sulphur Springs. 

Class C

Jaxson Pedersen led with 24 points as Plentywood improved to 5-0 with a 72-37 rout of Bainville. Reese Wirtz added 14 points and Tyson Flickinger 13 for Plentywood. Braedon Romo's 13 points topped Bainville.

Parker Cromwell's 12 points led four players in double figures as Scobey coasted by Dodson 74-43. Aiden Fishell, Caden Handran and Jeremy Handy all had 10 points for the Spartans. Corbin Lone Bear had 13 points and Shaun Ball 12 for Dodson.

Wyatt Hayes and Colton Young each had 14 points as Absarokee slipped past Broadview-Lavina 58-50. Peyton Langley had 11 and Dylan Young 10 for Absarokee. Aidan Payne had 16 and Rod Schaff 15 for the Pirates. 

• St. Ignatius boosted its record to 3-0 with a 77-39 home win over Troy. Flint McPherson hit three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs on his way to scoring a game-high 18 points. Jacob Hugs added 16 points and Wacey McClure 15. Travis Hoagland scored 15 points for the Trojans.

Brody Grebe was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 32 points to lead Melstone past Ekalaka 67-24. No other player for either team scored in double figures. Melstone led 34-8 at halftime.

Cobe Begger scored 29 points and Wibaux needed every one for a 48-45 win over Broadus. Chance Larson added 11 points for the Longhorns. Kashus Giacometto led Broadus with 14 points, and Clay LaPlant contributed 12.

Michael Buckley's 20 points topped all scorers as Sunburst got off to a fast start and held off Simms 65-51. Lane Lerum chipped in with 12 points for the Refiners. Caden Smerker had 19 to top Simms. 

Connor McNeil's 18 points led the way for Park City in a 58-15 triumph over Roberts. Riley Gebhardt topped the Rockets with 11.

Johnny Mysse led with 14 points and teammate James Lane added 13 as Harlowton overcame Tristan Geiser's 23 points for a 45-36 win over Reed Point-Rapelje.

J'Ree Old Bull scored 19 points and Kevion Ladson had 11 as Plenty Coups had 10 players score at least five points in an 89-17 romp over Fromberg.

Tristan LaBatte had 11 points to lead a balanced offense as Culbertson topped Lustre Christian 51-25. Zach Brown had 13 for Lustre. 

• St. Regis topped Albertson-Superior 47-39 behind three players scoring in double figures. Ian Farris scored 13 points and Nicholas Day added 11 and Andrew Sanford contributed 10. Bryan Mask led Alberton-Superior with 13. 

• Sam Leep led with 21 points as Manhattan Christian toppled Lone Peak 67-30. Caleb Bellach contributed 17 for the Eagles.

• Arlee topped Seeley-Swan 61-39 behind a 27-point game from Greg WhitesellIsaac Fisher added 14 points as well. Hunter Shelmerdine led Seeley-Swan with 16. 

Travis Pierre scored 20 points and Two Eagle River defeated Hot Springs 54-48. William Hameline added 10 points for the Eagles. Tyler Knudsen scored 15 points to lead the Savage Heat. 

Girls Basketball

Class AA

• Jamie Pickens had 25 points and two other players scored in double figures to help two-time defending state champion Helena defeat Billings Senior 72-49. Payton Aasved added 14 points and Paige Aasved 13 for the Bengals, who scored the game's first 11 points. Ellie Ostermiller led Senior with 15 points, and Brenna Linse and Cass Venner both had 11 for the Broncs. 

Megan Lindbo had 15 points to help Helena Capital complete a weekend sweep in Billings with a 68-27 win over Skyview. Dani Bartsch added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Sydney Sheridan had 13 points for Capital, which scored 142 combined points in wins over the Falcons and Billings Senior. Brooke Berry scored 10 to lead Skyview.

Shayla Montague scored 23 points and Billings West surged in the second half to a 56-36 win over Laurel. The Locomotives led 18-17 at the half, but the Golden Bears outscored Laurel 39-18 over the final two quarters to improve to 4-0.

Class A

Riley Kehr scored 15 points as Columbia Falls clawed its way past Kalispell Flathead 36-32. Jenna Johnson's 11 points led the Bravettes.

Emma Keely scored 21 points and teammate Tricia Joyce also had 21, including 15 on 3-pointers, to propel Butte Central past Stevensville 40-30 for its first win. The Yellowjackets were led by Evynne Alexander's 12 points.

Josey Jones and Jordyn McKay each notched nine points to help propel Dillon to a 42-33 victory over Frenchtown. The Beavers and Broncs were tied at 19-19 heading into the half but Dillon outscored Frenchtown 12-5 in the third quarter. Broncs Kiya Shelton led all scorers with 13 points. 

Macy Mangold had 15 points and Anna Zimmer added 13 as Lewistown topped Huntley Project 57-48. 

Class B

• Missoula Loyola pushed its record to 4-1 with a 50-41 home win over Hamilton. Lani Walker scored a game-high 20 points for the Breakers. Abby Johnson scored 13 points for Hamilton. 

• Whitehall outscored Jefferson 13-2 in the final quarter to take a 44-36 victory over Jefferson. Asha Noyes scored seven of her game-high 19 points in that final frame after the Trojans faced a 34-31 deficit. Brynna Wolfe added 12 points. 

Kenna Pitcher led all scorers with 28 points as Fairfield held off Rocky Boy 58-51. Rochelle Pease had 25 for Rocky Boy.

Imani Bighorn was tops with 17 points, Mya Fourstar added 12 and Abby Juve 10 for Wolf Point in a 55-53 win over Harlem in a battle of Hi-Line powers. Skylee Dirden and L'Tia Lawrence each had 16 for Harlem, and Taya Trottier added 14. 

Kelbee Denham scored 16 points and Erica Smith 13 to carry Malta past Poplar 65-32. Sasha Youngman had 12 and Macy Dionne 10 for Poplar.

Sydney Prather had 12 points and Hailee Brandon 11 as Big Timber defeated Three Forks 46-36. Kyle Olson led Three Forks with 20 points.

Liz Lorash scored 20 points and was aided by 13 from Morgan Kirch as Columbus coasted past Shepherd 61-25.

Class C

Jadyn Gackle’s basket with 10 seconds left lifted Fairview to a 45-43 overtime victory over Circle. Gackle finished with 28 points. Ryann Moline, whose shot to tie the game rimmed out at the buzzer, had 28 points for Circle. 

• St. Ignatius blew past Troy 71-31. Mission jumped to a 38-13 lead by halftime and held Troy to single digits in all four quarters. Karolyna Buck led St. Ignatius with 15, Addison Arlint scored 14 and Sydney Brander added 11. Annie Day led with Troy with 17. 

• Charlo defeated Plains 36-28 behind 10 points from Kaitlin Cox. Natalee Deschamps led Plains with 10 points. 

Alyssia Vanderburg exploded for 33 points to lead Arlee past Seeley-Swan. Arlee jumped to a 25-9 lead in the opening quarter and led 44-22 by halftime. Louetta Conko-Camel added 15 points and Nellie Desjarlais scored 13. Terra Bertsch led Seeley-Swan with 11. 

Brianna Bergum had a game-high 18 points and Kristen Vincent added 10 for Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap in a 40-22 triumph over Winnett-Grass Range. Sydney Browning scored 14 for Winnett-Grass Range.

Draya Wacker was a force with 34 points as Melstone nipped Ekalaka 65-62 in overtime. Kayla Kombol added 16 for Melstone. Ekalaka got 13 points from Whitney Kittlemann and 12 from Hannah LaBree

Layni Schieffer had a team-high 15 points and Wibaux pitched a first-quarter shutout in a 61-19 win over Broadus. Marni Schieffer and Odessia Linwood had 12 points each and Madison Bakken added 11 for the Longhorns. Wibaux led 13-0 after one quarter and 38-8 at halftime.

Hayley Conradsen scored a game-high 17 points to lift Savage to a 40-30 triumph over Westby-Grenora. Samantha Ledale had 14 points and Jenna Rust 11 for the Thunder. 

Brenna Osksa had 16 points and Liv Wangerin 14 for Plentywood, which broke open a close game in the third quarter for a 45-27 win over Bainville. The Wildcats outscored Bainville 16-4 in the third quarter, with Osksa and Wangering each scoring eight. Bonny Krogedal scored 11 for Bainville.

Kortney Nelson's 15 points and 13 from Ryleigh Backman powered Scobey to a 54-34 triumph over Dodson. Ella Messerly of Dodson topped all scorers with 18 points.

Mallorey Sheppard scored 18 points, Lexi Feddes had 15 and and Makensi McCally had 12 for Absarokee in a 47-8 win over Broadview-Lavina. Erin McLean scored six of the Pirates' eight points.

• Hot Springs defeated Two Eagle River 47-18 behind 11 points from Sydney JacksonMcKennzie Cannon added 10 points. Tarae Goodluck led Two Eagle River with 17. 

• St. Regis topped Alberton-Superior 41-23 as Kylee Thompson scored 14 points. Madison Kelly added 13. Madison Mask led the Mountain Cats with eight points. 

Kolby Pimperton led with 16 points, Kyelie Marquis added 11 and Morgan Cooper contributed 10 for Belt in an easy 70-21 win over Centerville. 

Janessa Willekes topped all scorers with 21 points and Maci Cicon had 15 as Simms cruised past Sunburst 61-12.

Kaitlyn McColly scored 18 points and Jayden Erickson added 17 to lead Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale to a 79-14 win over Brockton. It was 54-8 at halftime.

Cholena Walker scored 21 points and Kaisha Long Warrior contributed 19 to lead Northern Cheyenne to a 70-44 win over Terry. Alyssa McCulley had 16 and Kayla Holman 15 for Terry.

20-Point Club

34: Sayer Patton, Choteau

34: Draya Wacker, Melstone

33: Alyssia Vanderburg, Arlee

33. J. Mankusa, Power

32: Brody Grebe, Melstone

30: Joseph Williamson, Wolf Point

29: Cobe Begger, Wibaux

28: Jadyn Gackle, Fairview

28: Ryann Moline, Circle

28: Kenna Pitcher, Fairfield

28: Sean Rehmer, Gardiner

27: Greg Whitesell, Arlee

25: Jamie Pickens, Helena

25: Charlie Keith, Winnett-Grass Range

25: Rochelle Pease, Rocky Boy

24: Maddie Peters, Sidney

24: Jaxson Pedersen, Plentywood

23: Tristan Geiser, Reed Point-Rapelje

23: Shayla Montague, Billings West

22: Chris Colgan, Poplar

22: Lane Allen, Harlem

21: Tricia Joyce, Butte Central

21: Gaje Leischner, Laurel

21: Sam Leep, Manhattan Christian 

21: Janessa Willekes, Simms

21: Trevor Swanson, Ennis

21: Nathan Morse, West Yellowstone

21: Cholena Walker, Northern Cheyenne

21: Lee Walburn, Whitefish

20: Lani Walker, Missoula Loyola

20: Travis Pierre, Two Eagle River

20: Kyle Olson, Three Forks

20: Liz Lorash, Columbus

20: Seth Prevost, Richey-Lambert

20: Tyler Fordyce, Roy-Winifred

20: Joe Stulc, Roy-Winifred

20: Tyree Whitcomb, Browning

20: Dylan Flatt, Shields Valley

20: Preston Hagan, Cascade


• Hardin won the championship of the Huntley Project Duals with a 45-28 victory over Miles City in the first-place match. Huntley Project took third place by defeating Sidney’s JV team by a 34-31 dual score in the consolation final.

• A first-place finish from Leif Schroeder led Bozeman to a team victory at the Great Falls CMR Holiday Classic. Bozeman finished with a score of 241. Billings West was second (187.5) and Butte was third (172).


Katharine Berkoff, coming off a heavy load of competition at the Junior Nationals, was on the winning side of all four races she competed in at the 10-team Missoula Meet at Grizzly Pool in her first high school meet of the season. A North Carolina State signee, Berkoff glided to a win in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.67 seconds, finishing 2.85 seconds ahead of her closest competition. She added a win in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking in at 50.49 seconds to win by 2.93 seconds.

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