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.
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.
Competing in Livingston on Friday and Saturday, at the Central A divisional meet, the Blue Ponies were well represented. And though neither team earned a team title, a lot of individual athletes have a lot to be proud of, with just the state meet remaining this season.
Yes, watching the Havre High Blue Ponies take one of the top three spots, and punch their ticket to state after a 3-5 regular season conference record, would have been the icing on the cake, but all in all, the tournament was an all-around success in every sense.
Friday and Saturday, the Lewistown Golden Eagles, Livingston Rangers, Belgrade Panthers, Havre Blue Ponies, and Browning Indians, all battled it out for a spot in the Class A state tournament. The inaugural Central A tournament was played at the Sixth Avenue Memorial Softball Filed in Havre, where the Panthers were crowned conference champions, with an 11-5 win over the Rangers in the chipper.