Abe Winter: are you ready for some weekend basketball?

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ABE WINTER
Star Columnist

Okay, Miles City basketball fans, time to rev it up for the 2018 portion of the schedule.

We’ve got high school and college games on tap both Friday and Saturday.

Miles Community College plays host to Williston State in a doubleheader Friday, the women playing at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30.

Also Friday, both Custer County District High School teams are playing, the 2-4 Cowgirls at Billings Central and the 2-4 Cowboys facing Billings Central at home. On Saturday, it’s the Cowgirls at home against Laurel and the Cowboys traveling to Laurel. All four games are at 7:30 p.m.

CCDHS girls coach Chase Haughian has concerns, but likes his team’s improvement since the opening week.

“We are improving on a daily basis, but there are still some factors — turnovers, defensive rebounding and executing on offense — that we need to improve on to be successful in the Eastern A,” Haughian said.” 

He also complimented the work ethic of his Cowgirls.

“The girls come in and do the work everyday, which is huge for building a program,” he said. “We have had some good practices over break and are looking to get back after it.”

The Lady Pioneers certainly enjoyed 2017 by compiling a 13-2 record.

“I’m excited,” guard Patrycja Jaworska said after spending much of the holiday break in Kalispell rather than return to her native Poland. “I want to see what we can do. We still have to fix some things defensively. We are pretty good offensively.”

She’s also trying to get used to our weather.

“It was about 40 in Poland. I’ve never been in cold like this,” Jaworska said.

The MCC men will be trying to improve on a 5-10 record that definitely could have been better. They are 1-1 against Williston State.

“It’s nice to get a game before conference starts,” coach Chase Tait said. “That’s why we schedule it.

“We’ll get the feel again after a three-week, almost a month break. That’s a long break.

The break period ends today.

 

THREE COWBOYS 

SELECTED

Three CCDHS football players have been selected to play in the 2018 Montana East-West Shrine Game, scheduled July 21 in Great Falls.

The Cowboys on the East roster are wide received Zack Dinardi, offensive lineman Hayes Meged and defensive lineman Justin Brown.

“It’s just a great honor for them. They put in a lot of hard work and it paid off for them,” CCDHS football coach Jeff Regan said. “I’m just proud of all the effort they gave us throughout their careers.”

All three had outstanding seasons in helping the Cowboys win eight straight games after opening 2017 with two losses. They were eliminated from the Class A playoffs in the quarterfinals by eventual state champion Columbia Falls.

One of the season’s highlights, perhaps the biggest, was the team’s 28-0 shutout of then undefeated Sidney at Connors Stadium.

Coaches for the 72nd annual game are Levi Wesche of Bozeman for the East and Kyle Mihelish of Helena Capital for the West.

The East has a 39-32 edge in the series that started in 1947 and has raised more than $500,000 for the Shriner’s Hospital.

 

WINTER ICINGS

If MCC had women’s softball, it’s likely that CCDHS pitcher/outfielder Alexa Kappel would have enrolled.

Instead, Kappel has signed on at Glendive, where she will play for the Dawson Community College Buccaneers.

The left-hander, who loves the sport, played volleyball for the Cowgirls and is anxiously awaiting the spring softball season. CCDHS won the divisional title last year and advanced to the state tournament in Sidney, going 1-2.

Shaylee Singleton, a 5-8 middle hitter/defensive specialist from Miles City, has concluded her volleyball career at Dickinson State. The Blue Hawks had a tough season, going 2-30. They were 1-8 at home, 1-11 on the road and 0-10 at neutral sites.

Singleton played in 70 sets in the 2017 season, totaling 25 kills, 119 digs, 10 assists and eight service aces.

A recent hockey series saw Glasgow skate away with two victories over host Miles City at the PeeWee (age 12-under) level. Glasgow won 7-1 with CJ Lang scoring the lone goal, unassisted, for the Generals, and the visiting Ice Dawgs won Game 2 by a 6-4 margin with Mason Chapmon, Payton Ridenour, Dax Murnion and JT Cummins scoring for Miles City. Cummins, Alex Hurr and Chapmon each had an assist.

Amber Griffith, the Laurel High School girls basketball coach,  doesn’t need an introduction to CCDHS fans. She coached at CCDHS and her Cowgirls won the 1998 state Class A championship.

Her Lady Locomotives went 0-3 in a holiday tournament in Wyoming, but recently defeated talented Hardin 60-45.

Shawn Neary, former MCC men’s basketball coach who has his Gillette College team unbeaten at 14-0, has added to his coaching duties. He was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Gillette City Council.

By the way, three of Neary’s Pronghorns are from Canada — and they didn’t skate across the border.

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

 

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