A year ago, the North Star Knights captured the girls’ team title, a huge milestone for the Knights, and Rudyard as a community. Charlo won the boys title last season, and will most likely be near the top again, as they won the Northern C in dominating fashion this year. Belt and the Chinook Sugarbeeter could also push for boys’ team titles, while girls teams like Seeley-Swan and Belt will push for team titles. Belt knocked off the Knights for the Northern C girls’ title this year in Great Falls.
The Havre High boys and girls track teams are one of the many teams preparing for the state meet this weekend. Friday and Saturday, the Central A Blue Ponies will compete in Laurel at the Class A state track meet. On both Friday and Saturday, the field events will begin at 9 a.m. and the running events will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Rhines is a four-year varsity letter winner for the Blue Pony tennis team, as well as a two-year letter winner for the HHS cross country team, and a three-year letter winner for the HHS swim team. Rhines also played basketball as a freshman.
Olson has emerged as one of the top distance runners in the state over the last several months. He has already turned in a spectacular regular season, as well as a stellar showing at the Northern B divisional meet. But like every prep athlete in his position, this weekends’ state meet is the ultimate goal. And Olson has a very good chance at not only placing, but winning the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.
The Blue Ponies will play in the state tournament Thursday-Friday in Polson and Ronan, and there’s plenty to be excited about. Only two of Havre’s eight players have previous state tournament experience, while the Ponies also qualified four of their five seniors. And HHS head coach George Ferguson couldn’t be happier about the kids who are making the trip.
And though the North Stars got just one of their scheduled two games in due to weather, they did come home with a victory. Sunday afternoon, the North Stars defeated the Electric City Volts senior Babe Ruth Team, 8-4 in a six-inning game. The win was Havre’s first of the season, while the North Stars are 0-2 in Northern District play.
On Wednesday night, during men’s league at Prairie Farms, Havre’s Ric Floren recorded an ace on the par-3 4th hole. Floren made the shot with a 9-iron from 138 yards out. The shot was witnessed by Cal Wirtzberger, Frank Peterson, Kerry Ward and Rachelle Bennett. It was Floren’s second career hole-in-one at Prairie Farms.
But it was hard to overlook Blue Pony Martha Stocker at this weekend's Central A Divisional in Livingston. Stocker captured the divisional championship in the shot put with a toss of 34.02, and for good measure she finished fourth in the discus. Stocker's performance helped HHS to score 92.5 points and finish in third place. Stocker, who will compe
The Havre boys successfully defended the Central A title by scoring 41 points to edge Lewistown by nine points, while the Havre girls scored 36 points and posted a solid second-place finish. Individually, freshman Jeff Miller captured the Central A boys singles title, while the senior duo of Nick Rhines and J.J. Hovet placed second in doubles. Havre’s top duo of Lainey Chagnon and Jennifer Cichosz reached the girls doubles final and placed second while Breck Don and Ellery Bresler placed third, and Brandy Lambourne placed third in singles.
The Ponies finished the regular season with a 3-5 conference record, and as the No. 4 seed heading into the first annual Central A divisional softball tournament. The newly decided on divisional tournamen now meant the Ponies had a shot at extending their season after gaining momentum through the regular season. But after a 1-2 weekend, with two very tight, and tough losses, the Ponies will have to wait until next year to make another state title run.