Bigfork Boys, Deer Lodge Girls Capture Western B Titles - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Bigfork Boys, Deer Lodge Girls Capture Western B Titles

Posted: Updated:

Several teams punched their ticket to their respective state tournaments by placing highly in their division this past weekend. We were there when two teams from Western B took the title, the Bigfork Vikings, and the Deer Lodge Lady Wardens.

The Bigfork Vikings were the undisputed number one team heading into the divisional tournament, with many feeling they are a top five team in the state regardless of classification, but needing to win the title game to guarantee their trip to the state tournament, the team embraced the moment.

"They knew this was a high pressure moment.  I said 'under pressure, are we going to burst, or are we going to make a diamond?' I hope everyone got the analogy, but it paid off and we feel great," says Bigfork head coach Josh Downey.

"Coach Told us that we don't want to come back on Monday and have that challenge game, and we want the number one seed heading into state, so we played hard, and got the W' says Bigfork senior forward Josh Sandry.

And going forward, the team feels plenty happy with their play.

"We're so confident right now, we feel like we can go all the way, 100%," says Bigfork senior center Cameron Nissen.

For the girls in Western B, the Deer Lodge Lady Wardens took home their second straight divisional title.

"It feels pretty good, it's the first time anybody at our school has ever won two divisional championships in a row, and that's pretty special to us, and it's just another step until the big one, so we're pretty excited, and we're looking forward to state," says Deer Lodge senior guard Bailee Senecal.

While they didn't lose a game in districts or divisional's, Deer Lodge wasn't without their downfalls…in fact they trailed at halftime in both their semi-final and championship games.

"Kirk (Walker) has taught us about having great mental toughness and fighting through adversity, and that's what's helped us get through our downfalls," says Deer Lodge senior forward Shayla Therriault.

"It really doesn't matter what anybody throws at us, we can take it, or what we are doing bad, we can usually fight through and find a way to win," laughs Senecal.

As they look to end their season higher than last years 4th place finish, the team says as they approach the state tournament, it's all about their unselfishness and team first attitude.

"We're all really close, so we all just have a great time together," says Therriault.

"We all just work really hard, at practice, everybody is giving it their all, the bench is giving it their all, and we're just working toward one common goal, there's no cattiness with us, we're just working to win, and if we win a state championship, it's because we're such a united team," says senior guard Michele Christnacht.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Sourdough Debuts New Fire Station

    Sourdough Debuts New Fire Station

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:48:25 GMT
    Construction of the new 10,000 square foot Sourdough Fire Station is complete.
    Construction of the new 10,000 square foot Sourdough Fire Station is complete.
  • LOOK: Faces Of WA State's Missing People

    LOOK: Faces Of WA State's Missing People

    Thursday, February 27 2014 11:49 AM EST2014-02-27 16:49:33 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The missing persons listed in this slideshow resided in the state of Washington at the time of their disappearance or may have traveled to Washington State. These pictures came from Washington State Patrol's website. If you have any information about any of these missing people call 1-800-543-5678.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The missing persons listed in this slideshow resided in the state of Washington at the time of their disappearance or may have traveled to Washington State. These pictures came from Washington State Patrol's website. If you have any information about any of these missing people call 1-800-543-5678.
  • One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:11:40 GMT
    Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
  • Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:03:46 GMT
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
  • New Helmet Cam Compilation

    New Helmet Cam Compilation

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:47:24 GMT
    We introduce you to our new 'helmet cam" which is a Go Pro that we attach to the helmets of local football players including Big Sky's Cory Diaz, Sentinel's Mitch Reynolds and the Grizzlies John Nguyen.
    We introduce you to our new 'helmet cam" which is a Go Pro that we attach to the helmets of local football players including Big Sky's Cory Diaz, Sentinel's Mitch Reynolds and the Grizzlies John Nguyen.
  • Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:43:48 GMT
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
  • Suspect Charged with Homicide in Deputy's Death

    Suspect Charged with Homicide in Deputy's Death

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:42:23 GMT
    The man suspected of hitting and killing a Cascade County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Dunn is now charged with deliberate homicide in Dunn's death.
    The man suspected of hitting and killing a Cascade County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Dunn is now charged with deliberate homicide in Dunn's death.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.