10 news 7/26 sports

10 news 7/26 sports


ERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP HILL CLIMB. JUST… NOT AS EXPECTED. HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKED LIKETONIGHT IN YOUR BILLINGS SOUTH HILLS… A FEW HOURS AFTER THATMONSOON HIT. PRETTY SLOPPY AND BIKES JUST COULDN’T GAIN ANY TRACTION. REMEMBER.. THEY’RE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS… WITH A PURSE OF 101-THOUSAND DOLLARS… SO THEY DON’T WANTTO BAIL ON IT.BUT MASSIVE MUD ADDED TO AN ALREADY TOUGH CLIMB… AND FORCED CLIMBERS TO THROW STRATEGY OUT THE WINDOW. “YOU GO UP ON THE HILL, LOOK AT THE HILL. I TRY TO PICK OUT A LINE. BUT THE WAY HILL CLIMBERS ARE, WE’RE KIND OF LIKE SHEEP… ONE GUY HITS A TRAIL AND WE ALL FOLLOW THE SAME TRAIL.” “IT’S A DIFFERENT HILL EVERY YEAR. THERE IS A LITTLE SIMILARITY BUT IT DOES CHANGE EVERY YEAR. I MEAN, IT SLOUGHS, IT MAKES LEDGES AND IT’S TOUGH FROM THE START CLEAR TO THE END. IT DOESN’T HAVE TWO OR THREE OBSTACLES. AS SOON AS YOU DROP THE HAMMER, YOU GOTTA RIDE.” THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO GO UNTIL ABOUT 11:30 TONIGHT — BUT IT WAS JUST TOO SLOPPY. THEY’LLKICK STARTIT AGAIN TOMORROW MORNING STARTING AT 9…AND MAKE THE BEST OUT OF THIS 100TH YEAR. BACK TO OUR COUNTDOWN OF MONTANA FOOTBALL GREATS — WHERE TONIGHT RICHIE MELBY UNVEILS OUR TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMAN. NOOO CONTEST — FOR A GUY NAMED PAT DONOVAN. “MY MOM AND DAD WERE BOTH VERY INTERESTED IN KEEPING US IN SPORTS. I COME FROM A FAMILY OF FOUR BOYS. MY BROTHER IS OLDER, I STARTED PLAYING WHENEVER HE STARTED PLAYING. MOM AND DAD FELT LIKE SPORTS WERE A GOOD WAY TO KEEP US OUT OF TROUBLE, AND IN THOSE DAYS, REALLY GOOD IDEA.” PAT DONOVAN’S CAREER BEGAN AT HELENA CENTRAL, BUT MOVED TO HELENA HIGH WHEN THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL CLOSED ITS DOORS, CREATING A TENSE ATMOSPHERE FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES ALIKE. PAT DONOVAN: “VERY SURPRISING TO EVERYBODY WHEN THEY CLOSED THE SCHOOL. THEY CLOSED IT DURING THE SUMMER. THEY DIDN’T EVEN CLOSE IT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. WE WENT OVER TO HELENA HIGH, 22 STARTERS IN FOOTBALL, 10 GUYS ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM, THEY ALL EXPECTED TO START AS JUNIORS, I SUPPOSE. WELL, HELENA HIGH HAD THE SAME GROUP OF GUYS, 22 IN FOOTBALL, 10 IN BASKETBALL, SO WE WERE DOUBLED UP ACROSS THE BOARD. THE COACHES WERE REALLY CHALLENGED WITH MIXING, BUT THEY DID A PHENOMENAL JOB.” DONOVAN THRIVED WITH THE BENGALS AND FINISHED HIS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER WITH SIX FIRST-PLACE TRACK AND FIELD MEDALS AND TWO STATE BASKETBALL APPEARANCES, INCLUDING THE 1971 OV TIV SELTHE LO RHURL O WL YC MONTANASPORTS.COM WHEN YOUR SCARLETS AND ROYALS TAKE THE DIOND TOMORROW — AT YOUR STATE AA TOURNAMENT, THEY AND THE REST OF THE FIELD WILL BE ADJUSTING TO ONE GIANT GAME CHANGER. Q2’S CASEY CONLON SHOWS US WHAT IT IS — AND HOW IT REALLY MAKES THIS ANYONE’S TOURNAMENT. THE STATE LEGION TOURNAMENT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO ONE THING – PITCHING. WHOEVER HAS THE BEST ARM – USUALLY COMES OUT ON TOP. “YOU USUALLY CAN GO DAY ONE OF THE STATE TOURNAMENT WITH YOUR BEST GUY, AND HE CAN THROW DAY FIVE.” “TWO YEARS AGO, GORDON SWEINSON WOULD THROW 2-3 GAMES AT STATE. HE WAS OUR BEST GUY.” BUT IT’S A NEW ERA OF LEGION BALL – THANKS TO THE ADOPTED PITCH SMART SYSTEM. NO IF YOUR ACE THROWS 81 OR MORE PITCHES IN GAME 1, HE’S DONE FOR THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT. “I JOKE THAT I FEEL MORE LIKE AN ACCOUNTANT THAN A COACH CAUSE YOU’RE SCRIBBLING THE WHOLE TIME. YOU REALLY GOTTA KEEP TRACK OF THEM, CAUSE THERE’S DAYS OFF. YOU JUST GOTTA MAKE SURE YOU KEEP GOOD CHARTS AND YOU KEEP GOOD STATS.” “WHOEVER STARTS THAT FIRST GAME, I’M THINKING OUR COACH WILL HAVE THAT GUY THROW 80 SO HE CAN COME BACK, SO WE HAVE ONE OF OUR BEST GUYS ON THE HILL FOR THE CHIPPER.” STRATEGY WILL PLAY A BIGGER ROLE THAN EVER, BUT SCARLETS MANAGER ADAM HUST SAYS HE WON’T OVERTHINK IT. “I THINK AT THIS POINT, YOU GO IN AND YOU PLAY EVERY GAME TO WIN IT, AND WHEN YOU GET TO THE END, YOU GIVE THEM THE BEST THAT YOU HAVE.” PLAYERS UNDERSTAND “ONCE YOU HIT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PITCHES, IT’S LIKE FOUR DAYS, AND AFTER THREE, A LOT OF US FEEL LIKE WE CAN GO AGAIN.” BUT THE NEW RULE LIKELY WILL HELP THE SCARLETS AND ROYALS – TWO OF THE MOST PITCHING-RICH PROGRAMS IN THE STATE. “WE’VE GOT A LOT OF ARMS, PROBABLY THREE OF THE BEST IN THE STATE. I FEEL LIKE THAT’S WHY WE’RE SO CONFIDENT, BECAUSE WE GOT A LOT OF GUYS WHO CAN THROW.” “I THINK WE HAVE ONE OF THE DEEPEST PITCHING STAFFS IN THE STATE, SO WE’LL COME OUT ALRIGHT. BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE 1-2 GUYS THAT HAVE THROWN A LOT OF INNINGS FOR THEM THIS YEAR, SO THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO THROW, WIN A COUPLE GAMES, AND BY THE END OF IT, THEY WON’T HAVE MUCH LEFT.” FOR BETTER OR WORSE, IT’S A RULE THAT WILL DEFINITELY CHANGE THE GAME. CASEY CONLON, MTN SPORTS. THESE ARE YOUR OPENING DAY PAIRINGS FORTOMORROWIN KALISPELL..ROYALS WILL PLAY SIXTH-SEEDED LETHBRIDGE.SCARLETS DRAW MISSOULA. TO THE GOLF COURSE — SECOND ROUND OF YOUR WOMEN’S STATE AMIN MISSOULA… BOZEMAN’S ANNIKA DANENHAUER BUILT A 3 SHOT LEAD AFTER SHOOTING EVEN YESTERDAY.. ON 11. – BIRDIE EFFORT FROM THE FRINGE. ROLLS BY. SHE MAKES PAR. NOW ON 12. PAR 3 – THE BOZEMAN HIGH SENIOR WITH A LONG BIRDIE TRY – CURLS BY THE HOLE. PLUS 5 TODAY. NOW TRAILS BY 1 AHEAD TO 15. – LAUREL’S MORGAN O’NEIL AFTER A ROUND OF 5-OVER – GREAT CHIP. GOES 1-UNDER FOR A 1 STROKE LEAD CARRIE CARPENTER OF BILLINGS +6 YESTERDAY. AS THE RAIN PICKS UP – 12-FOOT BIRDIE NOPE.. TAPS IN FOR PAR.

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