Laurel's Maeson Cotter and Belgrade's Mariah Morgan

Laurel's Maeson Cotter and Belgrade's Mariah Morgan fight for the ball in Eastern A girls soccer at the Laurel Sports Complex on Saturday.

BRONTE WITTPENN, Gazette staff


• Gage Hull threw two touchdown passes for Laurel and the Locomotives shut out Glendive 20-0 Friday in an Eastern A game. Logan Kennedy and Gaje Leischner hauled in Hull’s TD throws after Ethan Renner scored on a 5-yard run to start the scoring. Laurel, No. 4 in the Class A rankings, travels to No. 2 Sidney for a key game next Friday. Both teams are 6-0.

• Sunburst bounced back from a loss in a big way after defeating No. 9 Power-Dutton-Brady 57-22 in Class C 6-Man play. Sunburst (4-2) fell out of the rankings this week after back-to-back losses to Valier and Big Sandy, thanks to a five-touchdown day from Michael Buckley. Treyton Pickering added three touchdowns. Sunburst trailed 22-19 at halftime. The Titans (3-2), who made their rankings debut this week, were led by Joey Zylks who had rushing and receiving touchdowns. 

Tel Lunde put together a big game in helping No. 2-ranked Wibaux overwhelm visiting Ekalaka 72-25 in a Class C 6-Man outing. Lunde passed for 383 yards and eight touchdowns, and defensively he chalked up 18 tackles and one interception. Teammate Cade Dschaak finished with 133 rushing yards and 120 receiving yards. He had a hand in three TDs for the Longhorns (6-0).


• Billings Senior went 8-0 in sets at the Border Wars in Sheridan, Wyoming, sweeping Gillette, Sheridan, Casper Natrona and Thunder Basin. The Broncs allowed more than 20 points just twice in the eight sets. Raegan Steiner led the way with 29 kills and added 18 digs, and Kola Bad Bear had 28 kills and six blocks in the four matches. Jordan Gilcrist had 27 digs, Hallee Conger nine aces, and Courtney Bad Bear (30), Sam Bonenberger (25) and Conger (30) combined for 85 of the team’s 86 assists.

• Jenny English finished with 24 kills and Emilee Allred 46 assists to lead the way for Billings Skyview at the Border Wars in Sheridan, Wyoming. Skyview defeated Gillette 25-12, 22-25, 16-14, but fell to Casper Natrona, Thunder Basin and Sheridan. English had seven kills in the win over Gillette, and Aspen Willems added five blocks.

• Bailey Kufeld had 18 kills and 10 digs, and Olivia Moten-Schell contributed 12 kills and eight blocks as Billings Central swept Glendive 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 in Eastern A play. Devin Nielsen added 20 digs and 35 assists for the Rams. “I’ve come to really enjoy when we get to play (Glendive),” Central coach Kylie Reitz said. “They work extremely hard and make great adjustments game to game, so it always forces our girls to earn our points and make some counter adjustments.”

• Laney Leeds served seven of Laurel’s 17 aces, helping the Locomotives to a 27-25, 25-12, 25-21 Eastern A sweep of Sidney. Saige Weinner added 10 kills for Laurel. Olivia Kober had six kills for Sidney, which outhit the Locomotives 27-26 despite being swept.

• Billings West split its four matches at the Border Wars in Sheridan, Wyoming, as Catherine Follett collected 35 kills and Shauna Stene six blocks for the four matches. Follett had 10 kills and Madeline Dawson and Kinzee Koch combined for 30 digs in a 22-25, 25-19, 15-9 win over Thunder Basin. Follett and Dawson had 10 kills each in a 20-25, 25-15, 17-15 win over Natrona. The Golden Bears lost to Sheridan in two sets, and Gillette beat West 25-16, 21-25, 15-13.

• Mariah Simmons had 14 kills and Demi Uffelman had 11 kills and 13 digs to help Hardin beat Miles City 26-24, 25-15, 22-25, 27-25 in Eastern A action. Simmons also had a team-high five blocks and Katie Murdock and Natalie Edgar combined for 31 digs. Kyra Oakland led Miles City with 17 kills and Autumn Porter added 15 kills and 12 digs. Josie Chapweske had 20 digs and 30 assists.

• Missoula Sentinel's Shelby Schweyen and Kylie Frohlich teamed up for 11 kills apiece to lead the Spartans over Kalispell Flathead in three sets, 25-11, 25-20, 25-18. Sarina Moreno added seven digs and three aces in the win.

• Missoula Hellgate's Liza Litting had a team high 15 digs and Kylie Lunday added four blocks, but the Knights couldn't slow Helena Capital in a three-set loss.

• Corvallis topped both Whitefish and Columbia Falls in the Flathead Valley schools' tour of the Bitterroot. Hamilton hosted the Bulldogs and Wildkats, too, but the Broncs split, falling in three to Whitefish.

• Plains' Rachel Huenink had a team-high nine kills and eight blocks to pace the Trotters against Noxon, 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16.

• Seeley-Swan took Set 1 against Charlo, but the Vikings came back to win, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17. Charlo's Kaitlyn Cox finished with 12 kills, two blocks and six digs in the win. 

Girls Soccer

• Zoie Althoff scored four times – three goals came in the first 30 minutes – as Billings Central’s girls defeated Livingston 7-1 in an Eastern A match. Althoff scored in the fourth minute and Chloe Paharik added a goal in the 10th to help keep the Rams unbeaten at 9-0-1. Abri Souza and Morgan Ferestad also scored for Central.

• Maeson Cotter and Kaitlyn Dawes scored in the final minute, completing a comeback and a 3-2 win for the Laurel girls over Belgrade in the Eastern A. Belgrade led 2-0 at the half on goals by Mariah Morgan and Ruby Gawarkiewicz before Aspen Cotter got the Locomotives on the board early in the second half. That’s where the score stayed until Maeson Cotter and Dawes found the net in the 79th minute, lifting Laurel’s record to 8-0-1 ahead of Thursday match with Billings Central.

• Ashlyn Lewis scored the game’s only goal on a Katie Hayes corner and the Bozeman girls went on to beat Billings West 1-0 in the Eastern AA. Bozeman increased its league lead to seven points over second-place Skyview and Senior, while West lost a four-match unbeaten streak in which the Golden Bears when 3-0-1.

• Rylee Wiediger scored two goals in the final 14 minutes to help Hamilton complete a 3-2 comeback win over Missoula Loyola. She scored on a penalty kick in the 66th minute to tie the game and put in a direct kick in the 71st minute for the game winner.

• Stevensville scored three goals in the second half to complete a come-from-behind 3-2 win after Corvallis led 2-0 at the half. Megan PendergastKylee Merwin and McKenzie Brownlee scored, with Brownlee’s game-winning goal coming in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

• Missoula Hellgate beat Kalispell Flathead 1-0 with a goal from Andi Carnes in the 13th minute. Kine Stimac made seven saves for the Knights.

• Anna Cook scored five goals and assisted on another to lead Whitefish to a 9-1 in over Libby.

• Josie Windauer had a hat trick and assisted on another goal as Columbia Falls beat Polson 8-0. Hannah Gedlaman scored two goals and had four helpers.

Boys Soccer

• Sean Comstock scored the tie-breaking goal in the 48th minute, and Braxton Ferraguti and Aldan Cheney added late goals to help the Billings Central boys to a 5-3 Eastern A win over Livingston. Camden Elletson scored at the 25th and 27th minutes for a 2-0 Central lead before Charlie Kim (37th) and Colin McKenzie (42th) answered to equalize for Livingston.

• Josiah Russell scored at 61:19 and Belgrade downed Laurel 1-0 in Eastern A play. “It was a great game. Belgrade is undefeated now and we, other than that one shot, we held our own. I’m happy. We play Central next week and are happy to go see them,” Laurel coach Leroy VanderPool said. 

• Jack Price scored just before halftime and Bergen Hill just after halftime, sending Bozeman’s boys to a 3-0 Eastern AA win over Billings West. Larkin Lane assisted on two goals, including the opening goal and the game’s final goal by Dominic Altamura. The Hawks are 6-0-2 since a season-opening loss to Senior, but still trail the league-leading Broncs by five points.

• Rylan Compton recorded a hat trick to help Missoula Hellgate beat Kalispell Flathead, 5-1. The Knights scored three goals in four minutes during the second half to lengthen their 2-1 lead.

• Aryton Duncan scored one goal and assisted one another as Hamilton beat Missoula Loyola 3-0.

• Mack Moderie scored one goal and assisted on two others as Polson took a 4-0 win over Columbia Falls.

• Corvallis and Stevensville played to a 1-1 tie with goals from Carlos Morales (Stevensville) and Matt Cooper (Corvallis).


• Libby’s Ryggs Johnston holds golf titles in two classifications after shooting a 66 on the second round of the Class A state tournament in Sidney to finish with a two-day total of 134 and an eight-shot victory over Billings Central’s Liam Clancy. Johnston won his second consecutive Class B title last spring, but Libby moved up a classification for the 2017-18 school year. A new Class B champion will be crown next spring. Laurel’s boys, paced by Carson Hackman’s fifth-place showing, put three golfers in the top 15 and won the team title by nine strokes over Polson. Billings Central was third. Sidney’s girls cruised on their home course to win the team title by 51 strokes over Lewistown. Sidney’s Tierney Messmer earned medalist honors by one stroke over teammate Kaelyn Volk. Messmer shot 80-77 for 157, and Volk went 82-76 for 158. Lewistown’s Kinsey Irvin was third at 161.

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