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SIDNEY HERALD SPORTS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010 IB Eagle girls ready .for clash with Bulldogs The Sidney girls basketball team is coming off a pair of hard-fought victories against conference foes Laurel and Billings Central. The wins put the Eagles in position to wrap up the regular season conference title with a victo- ry over Hardin Saturday. "Both the Laurel and. Billings Central games were really good, physical basket- ball games," Sidney head coach JonSkinner said. "With the games this week- end, we were able to better ourselves and that's always what you look for as a coach." Skinner was pleased with his team's 58-43 victory over Laurel Friday. "We rebounded the ball much better than we did when we played them earlier this season," he said. "I also thought we did a good job of covering their outside shoot- ers. The only thing I was a lit- tle worried about was their ability to penetrate against us." The Eagles went on to put together an intense, focused performance against Billings Central Saturday with a 60-48 win. 'nytime you Play Central, you have to try and match their energy. They play so hard, but our girls came out really strong and had intensi- ty all game long," Skinner said. "They had a couple players who really went off, and that's something we have to really work to prevent that." The two hard-fought games will Ultimately help the Ea- gles prepare for divisonals. "Those are the kind of games we expect come tournament time. Everyone steps up their games," Skinner said. "Once again, it just shows you we play in a very difficult con- ference. Every game is going to be tough•" Sidney only has one game before the Eastern A tourney which begins Feb. 25 in Billings. "I think it's going to give us a nice rest. We've had a real busy schedule the last few weeks, now we'll have some time to really focus going in- to the tournament," Skinner said. Sidney's final regular sea- son game will be Saturday when the squad travels to Hardin. The Eagles would wrap up the top seed at divi- sionals with a victory over the Bulldogs. Hardin, who is currently sixth in the Confer- ence, fell 69-56 earlier this season to Sidney. . . ,, . e. . Hardin came'm here and played us very tough in that first game. They have a cou- ple of very good players that we'll need to contain," Skin- ner said. Eagles prepare for Hardin The Sidney boys basketball team is looking to end the reg- ular season with a bang with a victory against Hardin, who they will face in the opening round of divisionals, Satur- day on the road. The Eagles, who played Glendive Tuesday, fell to Lau- rel Friday and Billings Cen- tral Saturday. "I thought we played ex- tremely hard both games. We showed again that we can compete with any team in the conference, we just have to put four good quarters togeth- er," Eagle coach Danny Strasheim said• Sidney lost 53-43 to the top team in the conference Lau- rel. The Eagles led 40-37 going into the fourth, but the Loco- motives began to shoot well fimm the outside. "They just had a nice run in the fourth, and we just didn't hit our shots when we needed to, We also didn't box out like we needed to win the game. If we do those two things, I think we will come out of there with a win," Strasheim said. Billings Central controlled the action Saturday as the Rams won 6147. "They played one of their best games of the season against us, and we just didn't shoot well again," Strasheiin said. "We competed well, but we just never could get closer than seven or eight points late in the game." Despite falling in both con- tests, the Eagles competed well. "Those are the top two teams in the conference right now. It's just a tough trip," he said. "I am really proud of oureffort. They played hard all weekend long." Sidney closes out the regu- lar season against Hardin Saturday. The Eagles earned a 15-point victory earlier in the season against the Bull- dogs. "We shot very well in the second half the first time we played them," Strasheim said. "They have been playing very well as of late, and they are tough at home. It's going to be a tough match-up." The Eagles hope to knock off Hardin Saturday and in the opening round of divi- sio'nals. "This game is not going to be any different with the fact we know that we are playing them at•divisionals. We just have to come ready to play," Strasheim said. Rangers edged by Blades The Richland Ranger jun in the third period with goals ior gold hockey team fell at home Saturday. Langdon used a four-goal third period to defeat the Rangers 5-3. It was a defensive battle to start the game as neither team got on the board in the first. The Rangers struck first in the second period as Keane Fink got Richland on the board with a goal at 11:52 with assists by John Brisben and Kameron Milne. The Blades responded, however, at 14:35 to tie things up at 1-1 going into the fmal period. Langdon came out strong at 3:12 and 9:31 to take a 3-1 lead. Richland responded as Chase Cvancara found the net at 11:43 with assists by Tyler Christensen and Matt Harris: Langdon pulled away with goals at 13:06 and 14:04 to gain a 5-2 advantage. The Rangers fought back at 19:03 with an Alex Herman goal and an assist by Christensen, but the Blades wrapped up the 5-3 victory. Goalie Zac h Nybo took the loss finishing with 18 saves. The Rangers outshot Lang- don 44-23. Go to: and listen to play by play coverage on KTHC 95.1 Sidney gymnasts place in Minot The Sidney Gymnastics Competition Team competed in Minot, N.D., Saturday at the Kim Lupo Memorial meet. Gymnasts competing and their scores are as fol- lows: Level four Hannah Hasvold: Vault 9.15, bars 9.15, beam 8.15, floor 6.10, all around 32.55; Riley.Thiessen: Vault 9.10, bars 8.65, beam 7.75, floor 8.60, all-.around 34.10; Tesa . Wieferich: Vault 9.05, bars 9.05, beam 7.40,.floor 7.85, all-around 33.35; Shawnee Tyler: Vault 9.4, bars 7.60, beam 9.0, floor 8.2, all- around 34.20. The level four team took - the fourth-place trophy missing third place by half of a point• Level five Madison Thiessen: Vault 8.65, bars 8.0, beam 8.0, floor 8.75, al)- around 33.40; Faith Vilt: vault 8.1 O, bars 5.7, beam 7.7, floor 7.0, all-around 28.50; Desirae Fasching: Vault 8.2, bars 7.2, beam 6.60, floor 8.35, all-around 30.35 The competition team will be in Bismarck, N.D., Friday and Saturday at the Julie Zel- gler Memorial• '" CAMILLE ClAUSEN I SIDNEY HERALD Taking home the title The Culbertson Cowboys earned the Distrkt 2-C rifle with a 52-5-1 victory over Fairview Saturday in Wolf Point. Members include, front from left, manager Addison Stentoff, Tanner Shanks, Taylor Nygard, Benoni Bighorn, Devin Gossage, Assistant Coach Cody Steppler and Josh Finnicum; back, Coach Marl Stentoft, Assistant Coach David Anderson, Nick Oelkers, Jackson Bolstod, Nathan Hackley, Wenden Martell, Darran Buxbaum, Drew Larsen, Cotton Bidegaray, Alex Weeks, Fred Lester, Kile Nielsen, Kyle Nielsen, Wyatt Handy and Ben Stromberg. The Cowbays and Fairview advance to the divisional tournament in Malta, which starts Feb. 25. Sidney to host District 2-C girls tourney Sidney High School win play host to the District 2-C girls basketball tournament Wednesday to Saturday. Fairview comes into dis- tricts as the top seed with a perfect 18-0 record, but the en- tire field is balanced which should make for a competi- tive tournament. "It's going to be a great cou- ple of days," Culbertson coach Chris Olson said. "I ex- pect a tournament filled with emotions and more than any- thing a lot of good basket- ball." The tourney will open up Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. as the eighth-seeded Bainville Bull- dogs meet the ninth-seed Brockton. Both teams are very young, but Bainville has the experience edge. The game will be very fast PaCed as both teams like to get up and down the court. The Bull- dogs defeated the Warriors twice earlier in the season• At 6 p.m., the second-seeded Cogirls of Culbertson will meet the seventh seed in Froid-Lake. Culbertson fea- ttlres an athletic, deep squad. hile the Cowgirls are young, they return four starters off of last year's team that tooksecondat dis- tricts. "The girls have really worked to improve all season long..We are just starting to play our best basketball," O1- son said. "I think our greatest asset will be our ability to play together as a team." The Red •Hawks return three starters and all-confer- ence of last year's while the Fusion also have the ability to go to the basket• "This is a good group of girls that work hard and play very well togettier. We have start to gel as the season has gone on," Watson said• "We're very excited to have a good district tournament and advance to divisionals." in other opening rotmd ac- tion, Fairview, the top seed, will face the winner of the Bainville-Brockton game Thursday at 6 p.m. "We expect all of our games to be very competitive. Every- one is going to be on the top of their games," Warrior coach Mark Thompson said. The Warriors feature tlree players who earned All-State honors last season. Senior post player. Katie Hardy and junior guard Morgan Klose were named to the All-State team a year ago while senior forward Stephanie Murphy, a transfer from Charlo, also earned All-State honors last season• Sophomore guard Jordan Gifford gives Fairview a nice scoring presence while sen- ior forward Erica Riedel is a strong rebounder and defend- er. Tiffany Kittleson, Masyn Klose and Lexi Cayko give the • Warriors good depth. "I think we've improved as the season has went on.1 have been happy with our of- fense all year long, but now our defensive intensityis starting to really improve," Thompson said. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the fifth-seed Savage takes on Grenora-Westby in the fmal team that qualified for Uivi- opening round match-up. The sionals. Jacey Four Bear, two teams have split this sea- RachelReiter and Chelsie An- son, derson give Froid-Lake a The Warriors return two goo.d core of experienced All-Conference guards from. players• The Red Hawks will rely on solid defense and effi- cient offense to have a good tournament. "We expect every game we play to be hard-fought and competitive• It's going to be that kind of a tournament,': Olson said. The final game Wednesday, will feature the third-seeded Circle Wildcats and the sixth- seeded R&L Fusion at 7:30 p.m. • • The Wildcat have a bal- anced squad that plays good defense and has solid ball handlers. Whitney Peterson, Jana Haynie and Tina Van Horn give Circle an experi- enced squad. All three play- ersstarted and earned All- Conference honors a season ago. "We know Circle has a lot of quickness and that they'll play tough defense," R&L coach Kara Watson said.."We will need to control the tempo and really focus on our ball handling." The Fusion have a very young squad with just one senior in guard Anna Pre- vo'st. Prevost and forwards Jennifer Trotter and Jamie Rosaaen return starting expe- rience. R&L has a good inside game featuring Trotter, Rosaaen and Alexis Johnson last season ifl seniors Stephanie Nollmeyer and La- Toya Neiffer.' Sophomore post players Bridger Rice, Hanna Jepsen and Brittany Smith give the Warriors good height and athleticism inside. Ju- nior Payton Phillippi and senior Casie Ler are solid re- bounders while junior An- dria Mastvelten and Shanae Prevost provide good quick- ness off the bench. Senior for- eign exchange student San- dra Mecklenberg gives Sav- age depth. "I think balance and depth are strengths of this team. We don't have one person that is consistently our leading scorer, because of the girls' sense of teamwork," first- year head coach Staci Lange- Rice said. "We've improved all season long•" The Gophers feat.tire one of the top guards in the confer- ence in senior Samantha O1- son. Olson, Jonni Mueller, Michella Kueffier and Hallie Westgard give Grenora-West- by good experience• Thq Go-, phers rely on pressure de- fense for success• The ability to stop Olson will be important for the war- riors. "She's quite a player• She can shoot, penetrate or find open teammates with her passing• It's going to be HARRY LIPSIEA I SIDNEY HERALD Savage's Steph Nollmeyer shoots over R&L's Undsay Zumff. key for us to contain her," Lange-Rice said• Area coaches feel the tour- nament will be very enter- taming. "It's going to be one of the more exciting tournaments. There are a lot of good match-ups and not a lot of consistency throughout the regular season, so I'm ex- pecting a lot of close games," Watson said. At tournament time, it's a new start as four teams will have a chance to keep their season alive. "You never know whats going to happen at tourna- ment time," Thompson said. "We're ready for a very well-played, competi- tive tournament." icrll6 Wed.-Sat., Feb. 17-20 District 2-C Girls Basketball Tourney in Sidney Basketball Wed., Feb. 17 through Sat., Feb. 20 Savage, Fairview, Culbertson & R&L Fusion at Girls 2C Districts, Sidney Sat., Feb. 20 Sidney at Hardin Hockey Fri.,oFeb. lg Jr. Gold Boys at Fargo 7:15 p.m. Sat., Feb. 20 Jr. Gold Girls at Bismarck, 6 p.m. Jr. Gold Boys at Fargo 4:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21 Jr. Gold Girls at Bismarck, 9:15 a.m. Jr. Gold Boys at Fargo. 11 a.m.