Abe Winter: Are the CCDHS Cowboys ready to go on a roll

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Abe Winter
Star Columnist

Now that the high school football season has turned around for the Custer County District High School Cowboys, their fans surely are wondering if the team will get on a roll.

That’s what injured lineman Garren Todoroff suggested prior to the season’s first victory last week, 26-14 over the Belgrade Panthers. And it was echoed by Riley Weischebel this week.

“We’ve got to win them all now,” Weischebel said.

The Cowboys are playing a 2-1 team tonight at Fergus (Lewistown), but with a similar performance to last week they should have a chance of getting to .500.

Still, the fans have to remember that even though CCDHS played two highly touted teams to start the 2017 season, they probably were somewhat surprised to see the Cowboys lose both games, albeit by deficits of only seven to Billings Central and four points to Laurel.

The victory over Belgrade certainly brightened the team’s outlook, and beating Fergus on the road would likely start talk of playoffs when considering the rest of the schedule. (If you recall, the Cowboys made the playoffs last year with a 4-5 record).

But first comes Fergus and there’s no need to look past any Eastern A opponent, especially when considering the injuries and mistakes — mainly turnovers — by the Cowboys. Even in victory there were 80 yards on six penalties and three more turnovers.

Meanwhile, Sidney and Laurel are the last Eastern A unbeatens at 3-0. I’ve been told Sidney is the team to beat.

So, lineman Trey McAvoy was asked, is it time to get on a roll?

“We know what it takes to win,” he said. “We got a taste of victory and now we can get it rolling.”

 

WINTER ICINGS

— PBR sensation Jess Lockwood, the pride and joy of Volborg, Broadus High School, Miles City and the rest of Montana, was injured when thrown last weekend in Springfield, Missouri. But X-rays reportedly revealed no broken back; rather, there was tissue damage and he was having back spasms.

So he went to physical therapy right away and hasn’t been been scratched from this weekend’s competition in Austin, Texas. However, because of the lower-back spasms, he is listed as questionable for the two-day rodeo that starts Saturday.

 — Shaylee Singleton of Miles City is a senior outside hitter and will be a four-year letter winner in volleyball at Dickinson State University. Miles City freshman Jenna Swope will be redshirted this season at DSU, coached by Jennifer Hartman, also of Miles City.

— Miles Community College libero Kailey Thomson of Billings leads the nation’s volleyball statistics in digs with 352. She’s No. 3 in digs per set with an average of 7.65. Thomson will add to her totals in the WyoBraska tourney Friday in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Saturday in Torrington, Wyoming.

— Wait, there’s more volleyball. Don’t forget the home opener for the CCDHS girls. The varsity (0-4) plays at 4 p.m. Saturday following the freshmen (1 p.m.) and junior varsity (2:30 p.m.) matches.

Coach Kodi Malnaa is excited after four straight road trips.

“I’m excited to showcase our talent on our home court, and with one of the top teams in our conference, it should be a great battle,” she said.

Asked to comment on some of her players, Malnaa said, “I cant say anything about any specific players (because) we have had so many step up and stats are so evenly dispersed.

“Every player I have is doing exactly what they are supposed to do. The improvement is showing every day. The girls are hungry and we just need to fine tune it and play our game, set the tone and not look back.”

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

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