Sentinel's Stratton signs with Ricks College

REXBURG, Idaho - Missoula Sentinel basketball standout Laura Stratton will play for Ricks College next season. Stratton, a 5-foot-7 point guard, is one of the few players to ever be named to the Class AA all-state team three straight years.

She led Sentinel in scoring as a senior, averaging 10.8 points per game, and also ranked among the state leaders in assists (4.5) and steals (3.3). Stratton was also an all-state volleyball player for Sentinel, and a standout in club soccer. She has also excelled in the class room with a 3.8 grade-point average.

"She has great instincts, she's a great passer and scorer," said Ricks coach Lori Woodland. "She can handle the ball and should help us right away."

Maggots win state rugby trophy

The Missoula Maggots won the Montana Rugby Union Cup for the first time since 1997, defeating the Billings Bulls 31-26 in a First Division match Sunday. The Bulls had won the Cup the past three years.

Rich Sonderman, Dave Morrison, Bryan Taulbee and Jaimie Steinson scored for the Maggots. Steinson also kick three penalty goals and added a conversion for another score.

The Maggots also downed the Bulls in the Second Division game, winning 25-0.

Petek's brother killed in crash

HELENA (AP) - Former Carroll College football player William Petek died over the weekend in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 12 near Garrison, Powell County Coroner John Pohle said Monday.

Pohle said the driver of the car, Kacey Clayborn of Helena, fell asleep and the car drifted off the road seven miles east of Garrison, striking a tree at about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Clayborn was released from Powell County Memorial Hospital on Monday, Pohle said.

Petek played football at Helena High and Carroll College, where he graduated in 1994. He holds the Carroll rushing touchdown record with a 99-yard score.

Petek's brother, Andy, was an All-American defensive end and the Big Sky Conference defensive MVP at the University of Montana during the 2000 season.

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