Winter: Pretty in Pink

Abe Winter
Star Columnist

I purchased my pink T-shirt. I hope you do, too.

It’s for a good cause and I’ll wear it next week while covering the volleyball match Thursday and football game Friday. It’s the annual Pack the Place in Pink promotion with all proceeds helping breast cancer patients in Montana.

The Custer County District High School volleyball teams will play Laurel in three matches Thursday — freshmen at 4 p.m., junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. — and the football team faces mighty Sidney (6-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.

T-shirts, priced at $10, are available in the lobby at Billings Clinic in Miles City and a free-will offering is scheduled at both events.

I visited with Rhea Anderson, a 65-year-old Miles City breast cancer survivor earlier this week. She has been cancer-free for 18 months and will speak at the volleyball match.

The help she received during chemo and radiation treatments was welcomed.

“That’s a wonderful organization,” Anderson said.

So, I hope to see a lot of pink those two days.



— Professional Bull Rider Jess Lockwood of Volborg, who turned 20 last Thursday, will be out of action for an undisclosed period due to a partially collapsed lung and fractured ribs, according to the PBR.

Lockwood was No. 2 in the world standings when he was injured, dropped to No. 3 that weekend and fell to No. 4 last weekend.

He has more than $320,000 in earnings and is probably going to drop another position soon.

Derek Kolbada moved into third behind Brazilians Eduardo Aparecido and Kalque Pacheco, and Cooper Davis is less than 100 points behind Lockwood.

— Kyra Oakland is a talented 6-foot hitter on the CCDHS volleyball team. She had 17 kills this past Saturday in a hard-fought 3-1 loss to Hardin and had 14 Tuesday against Sidney in a 3-0 victory, the first in Eastern A Conference play for the Cowgirls.

 “My expectations were pretty high,” she said when asked her thoughts going into the 2017-18 season. “It just depends on our attitude going into a game. That defines us.”

By the way, with the Cowgirls being led by the hitting of Oakland and Autumn Porter, who had 24 kills the past two matches, the team hopes ailing hitter Saige Diegel returns to the lineup soon.

“We’ll be glad to have her back,” Dezi Chamberlin said. “She’s really strong, especially in the front row.”

Meanwhile, Chamberlin said, “We keep working hard and we’re getting better every day, so I think we’re going to be a threat as the season goes on.”

— To earn all-state honors in golf, you needed to average 100 in the two rounds of the State Class A Girls Tournament last weekend in Sidney. Ashtyn Swigart thought carding 200 would be no problem, but she and her CCDHS teammates didn’t really come close.

That was a big disappointment for the Cowgirl sophomore.

“Yes, it was. I wanted to make all-state,” she said. “I let the pressure get to me — both days. Next year I really want to go in and play much better than I did the last two years.”

Swigart probably will get two more shots at it and she knows what she has to do.

“I’m going to be working all summer on my short game and getting stronger to try and hit the ball farther,” Swigart said.

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