Belgrade volleyball

Bailey Christensen (13), Taylor Christensen (30) and McKenna Carlson celebrate a kill shot by Bailey Christensen in Belgrade's four-set volleyball victory over Billings Central on Saturday in a clash of Class A titans. The game was a rematch of last year's state championship won by Billings Central.



Tel Lunde threw four touchdown passes -- two to Cobe Begger -- as top-ranked Wibaux closed out its regular season with a 41-24 win over defending state champion Westby-Grenora. The Lunde-to-Begger combination opened the scoring from 31 yards out and put an exclamation mark on the day with a  16-yarder. Cade Dschaak also had two touchdowns for Wibaux (9-0), on runs of 58 and 3 yards. Darian Holecek threw two TD passes for Westby-Grenora.

• In a clash between undefeated Class C 6-Man squads, No. 3 Grass Range-Winnett prevailed over No. 8 Roy-Winifred 47-30. GRW (10-0) scored on a number of big plays, including scoring runs of 30, 70 and 42 yards by Zane Stahl. He also had a 46-yard TD pass to Jacob Jessen. Roy-Winifred (8-1) received two touchdown passes from Tyler Fordyce, who also rushed for a score. GRW led 28-14 at halftime and 34-30 heading into the fourth quarter. Ryan Drollinger was credited with four QB sacks for the victors.


• Bailey Christensen had 16 kills and 14 digs to help Belgrade defeat Billings Central 20-25, 25-20, 25-11, 25-12 in a rematch of last season’s Class A championship match won by the Rams. This time the Panthers (20-2) rolled after a strong first set from Central (17-4), which was led by Olivia Moten Schell’s 12 kills. Taylor Christensen added 27 digs for the Panthers, and Central’s Avery Hadley had a match-high 28 digs. Belgrade finished with 15 aces to Central’s two. “Billings Central was serving tough and hitting nice spots on our defense,” Belgrade coach Jade Schmidt said. “We were down 14-7 at one point, and from that point on we just changed our mindset in serve receive and defensively. I felt like we took a lot of momentum the second half of that first set and rolled with it in sets two, three and four.”

• Prestley Robinson had 18 kills, Quinn Larson had 30 assists and Cassi Kapsa pitched in with 18 digs to propel Stevensville to a 25-17, 25-10, 25-10 Class A win over Butte Central. Allyson Mueller and Cassidy Strizic each had six kills for the Maroons.

Josey Jones had 12 kills and Tynn Christiansen had 19 assists and six aces as Dillon outlasted Hamilton 25-12, 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 15-9 in a Class A marathon. Camas Cratty had 12 kills for Hamilton.

Emily Poole had 16 kills and Alana Graves 14 as Class B power Huntley Project won at home with a 25-19, 25-10, 25-14 sweep of Class A Lewistown. The reigning state champion Red Devils (23-0) have now won 56 consecutive matches dating to last season. Maggie Taylor notched 17 digs, and Addy Hultgren chipped in with 30 assists and five aces. Graves had two blocks. Lewistown was led by the six kills of Anna Zimmer. Macy Mangold came up with nine digs.

• Alyssa Lamb had 12 kills and Sophia Burton had four aces and three blocks to lead Deer Lodge to a five-set win over Missoula Loyola, 25-18. 25-14, 18-25, 20-25, 15-7. Sam Clevenger had 14 kills and Molly McHugh added 25 assists for Loyola.

Emma Hiltz had 14 kills and 15 digs to lead Valley Christian to a five-set win over Victor, 25-19, 28-30, 22-25, 25-8, 15-9. Kallie Hoover had eight aces for Valley Christian. Rebecka Shaffer and Madison Allred each had eight kills for Victor.

Carlee Blodgett had team highs of 19 kills, five digs and three blocks to lead Reed Point-Rapelje to a 15-25, 26-24, 27-25, 25-21 win over Roberts in Class C play. Kimberly Bear had 10 kills for Roberts. 

Klaire Kovatch had 10 kills and four aces to power Seeley-Swan past Darby in a Class C match. Autumn Morse chipped in with 14 assists and 10 digs for the Blackhawks. Casey Ehmann had eight digs and seven kills for Darby. 

Claire Callahan compiled 13 kills, three blocks and two aces as Ekalaka swept previously unbeaten Wibaux 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 in a Class C showdown. Kari Kittelmann added 14 digs and Tori Tooke 14 assists for the once-beaten Bulldogs. Wibaux received seven kills and 15 digs from Marni Schieffer.

Boys Soccer

• Robin Erickson scored in the 62nd minute to lift Polson to a 1-0 Class A semifinal victory over Belgrade in a rematch of one of last year's semifinals won by the Panthers en route to their second consecutive title. Polson will play at Whitefish on Saturday for the championship. For Belgrade, it was the last chance at a Class A crown; the Panthers will be in Class AA starting next fall.

Casey Schneider's goal in the second half was all it took to propel Whitefish to a 1-0 win over Frenchtown and another shot at the Class A crown. The Bulldogs made to the championship last year, losing at Belgrade.

Girls Soccer

• Morgan Ferestad scored twice and Zoie Althoff had two assists to help Billings Central defeat Whitefish 3-0 Saturday in the semifinals of the Class A playoffs. The Rams (12-1-1) will host defending champion Laurel next Saturday at 11 a.m. in the title match. Billings Central has played for the championship in 10 of the past 12 seasons, and it'll be the fourth straight year the Rams and Locomotives meet for the crown. Solei Elletson gave the Rams a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute on a pass from Althoff.

• Maeson Cotter connected on a direct kick from about 20 yards out with a minute to play, giving the Laurel Locomotives a chance to defend their Class A championship with a 1-0 semifinal win over Belgrade. Laurel reached the championship match for the fifth consecutive season, and the Locomotives (12-1-1) will play Billings Central (12-1-1) for the fourth straight year. The title match is scheduled for next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wendy’s Field at Rocky Mountain College. Laurel went into overtime in last week’s quarterfinals before emerging with a 2-1 win over Columbia Falls. The Panthers ended their final season in Class A at 9-3-2.

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