Winter: Cowboys look to continue their ‘roll’

Abe Winter
Star Columnist

There are no do-overs in football. If there were, Custer County District High School would ask for one, perhaps two this season.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the Cowboys would love to replay the two games they lost to start the season. That would be the 21-14 loss to Billings Central in the opener and then 34-30 to Laurel.

They didn’t play very well in Game 1 and several fans I talked to gave the indication that it would be what is referred to as “a long season” for CCDHS. I couldn’t disagree six weeks ago.

But starting in Game 3 the Cowboys outplayed Belgrade and several players talked about “being on a roll.” Yes, after one victory.

They were right. They’re 5-2 and that is a “roll.” They also talked about maintaining the momentum.

Now comes the biggest test of the season tonight against Sidney, which has Class A state championship aspirations.

“It’s a big game for us and them,” CCDHS coach Jeff Regan said. “We’re excited for the day.”

So am I.


Lockwood Drops to Fifth

Jess Lockwood, Volborg’s injured Professional Bull Rider, dropped another spot last weekend and now sits fifth in the PBR World Standings.

The latest cowboy to pass him is Derek Kolbaba, the most active of the riders with 50 appearances (Lockwood has 40 and leader Eduardo Aparecido has 35). Cooper Davis has moved into second place, followed by former leader Kaique Pacheco.

With two more events to go before the finals, this weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series sends the riders to Raleigh, North Carolina, followed on Oct. 21-22 in San Jose, California. Then it’s the 2017 Finals in Las Vegas from Nov. 1-5.

It figures to be quite a battle for the championship with a lot of points and money at stake.



— Unlike when I was growing up, it’s cool to wear pink these days. And there was no shortage of pink at Thursday night’s volleyball match between CCDHS and Laurel.

Maybe one lady was joking, but I think she lied to me when she said, “You look good in pink.”


— Besides the 658 registered runners, last Saturday’s Miles City Invite brought a lot of people to town, including parents and siblings. Yet it’s unlikely that many of our residents consider what an important event like that means to the host city. “They need to eat and purchase gas,” CCDHS activities director Dominick Vergara said. “It’s great for the city.”

He also said the course at Miles City Town and Country Club “is one of the favorites” of the cross-country teams. “This is a beautiful course.”

Unfortunately, unless you get to host the divisional or state meets, there’s only one such event per year.

Hardin gets the divisional this week and Helena will stage the state meet next week.

— At the cross-country divisional that starts at noon Saturday in Hardin, there still will be some competition within the CCDHS team regarding a berth on the teams — boys and girls — for state. Some, like Morgan Vosler, already are on the seven-member girls team. “I usually focus more on the state meet than the divisional,” she said. “I feel like the work over the summer has paid off.”

— CCDHS quarterback Gabe Gundlach didn’t play football as a freshman or sophomore, opting to join the Cowboys his junior year. Now he’s in his second season as the starting QB.

“I thought I’d be a second-string quarterback,” Gundlach said. “I worked hard all that summer (after his sophomore year) and thought I earned the job.”

— Senior Alyssa Shipp is in her third season as a student manager for the CCDHS football team. She’ll be introduced along with the players on Parents Senior Night when the Cowboys play host to Havre at 6 p.m. next Friday.

“The team’s like family to me,” she said, adding that her enjoyment in the job is “getting to be on the sideline, right up and personal during the game.”

She definitely doesn’t like to see the Cowboys lose.

“It’s really upsetting to lose, because they work so hard,” Alyssa said. “I take it hard, just like the players do.”

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)