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Students throw flour into the air over the Billings West student section to celebrate a West touchdown during the first quarter of the game at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium on Oct. 26, 2018.


Class AA

• DeMarcus Carr scored on four touchdown runs, and Josh Erbacher threw two touchdown passes as Billings West ran past Billings Senior 42-0 to secure the No. 2 seed in the Class AA playoffs. West finished the regular season at 9-1. Two-time defending state champion Senior dropped to 6-4 and will open the playoffs as fifth seed at No. 4 Kalispell Flathead. Jesse Owens and Chay Marsh caught touchdown passes for the Golden Bears, score scored touchdowns on their first six possessions. West will host Butte in its playoff opener. 

• After a scoreless first period and then falling behind 7-0 in the second quarter, Helena reeled off 22 unanswered points for a 22-7 Class AA victory at Kalispell Flathead. The win, which included a 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to seal the deal, gives the Bengals (8-2) the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. They will host No. 6 Kalispell Glacier on Friday. It's Helena's 14th consecutive qualification for the postseason. Flathead slipped to 7-3 for the fourth seed. The Bengals' 99-yard drive, sparked by Ty McGurran runs of 42 and 13 yards, was capped by a 1-yard plunge by Grady Koenig.

• Blake Thelen threw three touchdown passes — two to Kyle Torgerson — as Great Falls topped Great Falls CMR 19-0 at Memorial Stadium. The Bison (5-5) snapped a four-game losing streak and earned the eighth in final seed in the playoffs, including a trip to No. 1 Bozeman. CMR finishes 2-8. 

• Even though the Class AA playoffs officially start next week, it felt like a playoff game between Helena Capital and Missoula Sentinel at Vigilante Stadium. With a potential playoff spot hanging in the balance for the winner, it was the Spartans who came on top 39-27. But the Spartans didn't get the help they needed, finishing behind Great Falls and Butte despite all three having 5-5 records. "The message all week was we have to control what we could control and that was coming out and getting a win," Sentinel head coach Dane Oliver said. Sentinel snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Bruins.

Class A

Zane Johnson had two interceptions, the second a 28-yard pick six to seal the Dillon Beavers’ 27-7 victory over Whitefish to open the playoffs. No. 4 Dillon (7-2) took a 13-0 lead into the half, despite No. 5 Whitefish (5-5) keeping the Beavers from scoring three times while in the red zone. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a long drive capped by a Mark Anderson quarterback sneak to cut the deficit to 13-7. Johnson then recorded the first of his two interceptions, a diving effort that set up quarterback Justus Peterson’s 1-yard score. Dillon will travel to Eastern A top seeded Billings Central for a second-round matchup next week.

• Senior Hunter Pinheiro, who broke the school record for rushing touchdowns with 22 on the year, scored one TD in the first half and two more in the second half to lead Corvallis to a 28-23 upset of No. 3 Frenchtown in a first-round playoff game. Pinheiro's third score came from a yard out and gave Corvallis a 28-17 lead with 6:38 remaining. Frenchtown's Jace Klucewich had two first-half touchdowns and an interception. Corvallis will travel to face No. 2 Laurel on Friday.


• Richey-Lambert rolled to a 50-point halftime lead and coasted to an 80-30 win over defending state runnerup Bridger in the only 6-Man game of the night. The Fusion led 58-8 at halftime and 74-14 after three quarters. 


Adina Taylor had nine kills and Bella Bryan had 13 assists, four blocks and three aces to lift Billings Skyview to a 25-20, 25-10, 21-25, 25-18 Class AA win over Great Falls. Melena Bruskotter had 15 assists and eight digs for Great Falls, and Zoie Lemer added 11 kills.

• Billings Senior defeated Butte 25-15, 27-25, 25-17 as Karli Steiner had 13 kills and 17 digs. Teammate Tavy Findon had 19 assists. For Butte, Britt Tierney had 18 digs and teammate Maddie Worley had 13 assists.

Kyla Egan's seven kills and two aces helped carry Colstrip to a 25-23, 25-13, 25-23 win over Baker in the District 3B championship match. Baily Egan furnished 14 digs for the winning Fillies. Baker got nine kills apiece from Andie Bachelor, Madison Moore and Wrenzi Wrzesinski. Bachelor and Wrzesinski also had 11 digs each.

• Scobey received 12 kills from Kylee Cook and went on to beat Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale 25-11, 25-8, 25-15 in the championship game of the District 3C tournament. Teammate Kortney Nelson chipped in with five aces and two blocks. Kaitlyn McColly led S-W-H with four kills and five blocks.

Kourtney Hanson's 17 kills and Megan Molyneaux's 15 digs helped pave the way as Chinook swept North Star 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 in the second championship match at the 6C East District tournament in Gildford. North Star outfought Chinook 25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12 in the first title match to force a second showdown. In the finale, Ginger Hauer furnished 30 assists and Delaney Kellam notched five blocks for the winning Sugarbeeters. North Star's Olivia King had 12 digs and three aces. North Star and Chinook played three times Friday, with two of the matches going five sets.

Lissy Willekes delivered 11 kills as Simms swept Power 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 to claim the championship at the 6C West District tournament. Both Simms and Power will advance to next week's divisional tournament in Belt. Janessa Willekes added nine kills and 12 digs to the Simms' attack. Teammate Maddie Bloom was credited with 28 assists. Power received seven kills and 12 digs from Hope Smelser. Veronica Schwalback compiled 11 digs, three aces and five assists.

Kyelie Marquis came up with a double-double of 11 kills and 17 digs as Belt beat Fort Benton 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 in the title match at the 7C tournament in Great Falls. Adelle Meissner contributed 18 digs and four aces to the cause. Marquis' stat line also included four blocks. 

• Gardner used 19 kills by Josie Thomas and 23 digs from Chloe Chase in beating Manhattan Christian 14-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-16 in the championship match at the District 11C tournament. The Bruins also received 38 assists and three aces from Chase Cunningham. Kyndra Long supplied three blocks.

Jourdain Klein's 23 kills and five blocks helped make the difference as Ennis defeated Twin Bridges 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 in the championship match at the District 12C tournament. Whitney McKitrick also finished with 22 assists and six digs for the Mustangs. Anna Kaiser had eight kills and eight assists for Twin Bridges. Teammate Riah Edsall wound up with nine digs, seven kills and five blocks.

Kylee Altmiller had 35 kills and Rachel Huenink had seven blocks to lead Plains to a marathon 17-25, 25-22, 25-20. 20-25, 18-16 win over Charlo for the District 14C title. Haley Josephson had 34 assists for Plains. Leading Charlo was Kaitlin Cox with 16 kills and 24 digs. 

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