Winter: Second game of day for CCDHS teams results in resounding defeats

Abe Winter

Star Columnist

It would be easy to criticize the Montana High School Association for its tournament scheduling.

After all, who wants to play two games within a span of less than eight hours?

But that’s what the Custer County District High School teams faced Wednesday in the Class A Eastern/Central Super Divisional in Billings.

The Cowboys got up early and bussed to the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for a 9 a.m. game against Havre. CCDHS won 45-43. Then they played at 3:15 p.m. against Hardin. Lost 63-43.

The Cowgirls got to sleep in, not being scheduled until 1:30 p.m. against Sidney. They won 56-22. Then again at 8 p.m. against undefeated Havre. They lost

Boys coach Houston Finn wasn’t complaining, though, putting the blame on the CCDHS team.

“I don’t like it, but we put ourselves in this position,” he said prior to the trip to Billings.

The Cowboys sometimes appeared to be better than their 5-12 record, but not for a full game. They didn’t know what to expect against Havre in the play-in game that ended the season for the losing team.

The Cowgirls were expected to beat Sidney in their play-in, but the ensuing matchup five hours later against Havre figured to be difficult. It was.


— Hard to imagine outdoor baseball when it was 25 below here Wednesday morning, but the MCC Pioneers were playing last weekend in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

They were 4-0, but the opener caught my eye. They rallied from a 10-0 deficit to win 14-12.

“To come back after that deficit and get the win says a lot about our character and our maturity,” MCC coach Jeff Brabant said. “When you can find multiple ways to win, you create a lot of confidence.”

— At last week’s District 4C basketball tournament, Northern Cheyenne Tribal was held to six points in its first-round loss to Melstone. That was the bad news.

The next day, the Eagles scored 60 more points, albeit in a 73-66 loss to Custer-Hysham. Nice turnaround and perhaps the incentive provider for the future.

— Broadus had only two cheerleaders — freshman Megan Johnson and junior Hannah Rasmussen — cheering on its players and fans at the tournament. That’s because three others — Callie Williams, Kaycee Layne and Jadyn Traub — were playing on the girls basketball team.

“I’m quite proud of them,” said Brooke Billing, also a player on the Hawks girls team. “They are a special part of our team. We couldn’t do what we do on the floor without them.”

That’s camaraderie at its finest.

— Jess Lockwood, the defending Professional Bull Riding champion from Volborg, went 0-for-2 in the St. Louis Invitational last weekend.

He also dropped two spots in the PBR world standings. He is 21st with $19,905 in earnings, but he is 1,117.5 points behind leader Dener Barbosa of Brazil. The top four in the standings are from Brazil, Barbosa being followed by countrymen Claudio Montana Jr., Luciano De Castro and Ramon de Lima. In fifth place is American Ryan Dirteater.

This weekend’s PBR event is in Arlington, Texas. The first two rounds can be seen on CBSSN on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the championship round is at 10 a.m. Sunday.

— Ashlie Larson, a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Miles City, is averaging 9.4 points per game for Casper College, which started the week 12-0 in Region IX play and 26-2 overall. She is a tremendous 3-point shooter, hitting 45 percent (78-174).

She was highly instrumental in Casper going 2-0 against MCC this season.

— Melstone’s Brody Grebe, a 6-foot 2-inch junior, is receiving offers from colleges in both basketball and football. He certainly was impressive in the District 4C, scoring 90 points and dunking eight times in three games.

He’s not in a hurry to make his decision.

“I don’t know yet,” said Grebe, the high-leaping point guard who can go inside or shoot from beyond the 3-point arc. “I’m keeping my options open.”

He’s also the quarterback on the Roundup High School football team.

Earlier this winter, I suggested to an athletic director that a shot clock is needed to keep basketball games more entertaining and, perhaps, get higher scoring affairs.

“Too expensive,” I was told.


So, here are the opening day scores at the Class A Super Divisional in Billings: Girls — 46-34, 56-22, 48-37, 65-45. Boys — 45-43, 36-35, 44-38, 63-43. Only three teams above 50 points.

And the first boys game Thursday: 43-28. The second, though, was 61-58 (in three overtimes).

Just thinking … not so Super.