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lJlllllUllgRlrllRlllglllllNIIn I tlJltItqW SPORTS w o.. oo ,, Young Eagles look to soar at Eastern A in Billings RYHARRY LIPSIIA SIDNEY HERALD The Sidney Eagle boys basketball team traveled to face the Hardin Bulldogs Saturday. The Eagles fell 66- 62 in the regular season fi- nale to the dangerous Bull- dogs. "We played all right. We had a lot of turnovers and got into foul trouble again. The good news is that all the mistakes we made are correctable. I thought the guys shot the ball and re- bounded fairly well. Hardin shot really well from out- side the line. It wasn't a bad loss. I thought we played re- ally well," Mitch Kallevig had a big night with 20 points. Carl Dynneson and Michael Hammer added 11 points each. Hammer finished with 14 rebounds. Beau Prevost had eight while Josh Morasko had seven. Marcus Mayer finished with six. The Eagles come into the Eastern A tournament in Billings as the third-seed. Sidney faces off against ri- val Glendive at 6 p.m. Thurs- day. Sidney defeated the Red Devils twice in close games earlier in the'season. "Glendive is extremely dangerous. They have two of the top teams in the confer- ence and have the ability to 'Every team in the conference has the ability to beat us, but we have the ability to beat anyone else. It is that tight." Danny Strasheim Sidney Eagles coach go off. They are extremely quick and athletic, but they are very small. Glendive will try to control the pace and get up and down the court," Strasheim said. The first-year head coach thinks staying out of foul trouble will be key for his team. "We have a huge size advantage. They can't guard us near the basket, but we need to have our big guys able to play. We need Beau (Prevost) and Carl (Dyn- neson) to be on the court for us. Staying out of foul trou- ble has been important for us all season long," he said. Strasheim feels there will be no easy games at this point in the season. "Every team in the conferdnce has the ability to beat us, but we have the ability to beat any- one else. It is that tight," he said. "I would say Billings Cen- tral and Laurel are the fa- vorites, but Glendive and Hardin are very dangerous. Both of those teams have the potential to go off. Miles City has the potential to win a couple of games as well," he said. The Eagles may lack tour- nament experience, bat Sid- ney has plenty of experi- ence in close games this sea- son. "Nearly every game we have played this season has been close. All but four of our games have went dowh to the wire and that is to our advantage. Hopefully, that will help us in the tourna- ment," Strasheim said. spofls@sidneyherald.com " Sidney's Michael Hammer shoots a jumper in Hardin Saturday. JIM ESHLEMAN [ BIG HORN COUNTY NEWS Eagle girls prepare for tourney BY HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD Sidney girls basketball coach Kristin Lawrence was hoping her,team would go into the Eastern A division- al tournament with momen- tum. The Eagles did just that. SidneY defeated Hardin 61-40 in the regular-. season finale. "It was great to pick up a win going into the tourna- ment. I was hoping we could put together a strong per- formance against Hardin and we did. The girls played team basketball. We moved the bail around and shot ex-: tremely well. It was just great to see," Lawrence said. The win was a good way to go into the Eastern A divi- sional tournament. "It was a great note to end the regu- lar season on. The girls are going into the tournament with some confidence and a sense of teamwork. This was one of our strongest performances," Lawrence said. Sidney will have the chance to play Hardin again in the opening round 4 p.m. Thursday. "It is tough to beat a team three times, but we are feeling good going in- to the game. I like the match-up. We are not over- looking Hardin though, they could come out and shoot the lights out. We need to be ready to play every time we hit the court," she said. The Eagles feel when they play team basketball they are at their best. "When we are patient and include everybody in our offense, we play our best basketball. We really did a nice job of sharing the ball against Hardin, and I hope that keeps happening," Lawrence said. Lawrence epects to see several upsets in the tourna- Sidney's Whitney Thiel drives inside ment. "Expect the unexpect- ed during this tournament. It is tight and that should make for some upsets," she said. "I am happy we got on the same side as Glendive. Our girls feel like we can pull off and beat Glendive. If we play our game we have a chance to surprise some people," Lawrence said. The second-year head JIM ESHLEMAN [ BIG HORN COUNW NEWS against Hardin. coach feels the Eagles have improved and are right where they need to be for tournament time. "I am hap- py with where we are at. The girls are just really pumped up for the tourna-. ment. We know that whoev- er comes to play will ad- vance," she said. sports@sidneyherdd.com Ranger girls stay undefeated with home win The Richland Rangers Girls Junior Gold winning streak continued this week- end with a 5-2 win against Bottineau. This final home game win leaves them with a 10-0 first place league tanding. "We're staying strong through th6 end of regular play. If we can win our last two games and re- main undefeated we'll have the best position going into the state tournament. These ladies have worked extremely hard and it shows on the scoreboard," commented coach Sara Berndt. The Rangers came out strong and scored three consecutive goals early in the first period to bring them out to a nice lead. Scoring first period goals was senior defender Taryn Kalberer on a pass up the ice from Tynel Hough. Alyssa Kessel added one from in front of the net from Hough. Kalberer added another on a top shelf power play shot at the 11 minute mark. Bottineau added two of its own to take the score to a 3-2 Ranger lead at the end of the peri- od. The Rangers added two unanswered goals in the second period to bring the score to its 5-2 final. Scor- ing for the Rangers was Hough on a pass from Kalberer and Kalberer on a pass up the ice from Marisa Holst. Goaltender Marissa Eberling finished the game with six saves. The Rangers wrap up their league play on the road with a Friday evening Go to: www.sidneyheratd.com and click on KTHC Sports Radio to hear exciting area sports on the Internet. match-up against long- standing rival Watford City Eastern C divisionals begin Thursday B Y HARRY LIPSIEA SIDNEY HERALD The Eastern C divisional tournament starts in Sidney Thursday, Saco and Fairview each won their respective districts Feb. 14 and come in as top seeds. Lambert opens the tourna- ment against Saco Thursday at 1:30 p.m; The Lions strung together three wins to quali- fy for the divisional tourna- ment. The Lions, who fin- ished seventh in the confer- ence, look to continue their excellent post-season run. "I am very happy with how we played to earn a spot at divisionals. We were hop- ing that we would be able to gel by the end of the season. It is going to be a highly competitive tournament with eight strong teams. We found out in districts, who- ever comes ready to play will make it through," Lam- bert coach Kara Watson said.- Watson thinks that Saco will be a tough first-round match-up. "Saco is extreme- ly athletic and disciplined, We know that anyone that qualified for divisionals is a strong team. Our girls hope to pick up where we left off at districts," she said. The Lions, who are made up of seven players, have fought injuries and depth all season long. "I am very proud of these girls. We have faced a lot of adversity, and we just had to hang tough. These girls have always played with heart and haven't given up," Watson said. Saco is extremely balanced and relies on all five players on the court to score. Emily Crowder, Jessie Davis, Justinn Marshall, Annie DePuydt and Angie Crowder give the Panthers a good bal- ance of inside and outside scoring. Scobey-and Culbertson face each other in the second match-up Thursday at 3 p.m. Culbertson comes in as a second seed while the Spar- tans are a third seed. The Cowgirls are a young, Oilers and a Sunday match- balanced squad. Three fresh- up against the Crosby Lady men, a sophomore and a sen- Comets. ior make up Culbertson's 0000,00.,.Nor#sern Pld/ns 00d/o Ne00400ork Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28 Eastern ADivisional Tournaments in Billings Broadcast on 95.1 FM Thursday, Feb. 26 (first games) Sidney girls vs Hardin at 4 p.m. Sidney boys vs Glendive at 6"p.m. Girls Eastern C Divisional Tournament in Sidney - Broadcast on Z96 FM Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Stts starting line-up. Chelbi Brugh and Karli Larsen give Culbertson a reliable back- court. Janae Reynen, Caitlin Hofman and Bailey Nick- oloff provide size and strenh inside. Depth is also a major strength of the Cow- girls. Kellie Emerson, Kayla Sherman, Megan Gourneau and Morgan Martell give Culbertson quality minutes off the bench. "1 am very proud of these girls, We have faceda lot of adversity and we just had to hang tough." Kara Watson Lambert head coach III The Spartans rely on es- tablishing the pace and set- ting-up scoring opportuni- ties. Scobey uses a balanced scoring attack on both inside and outside. Brittney Selvig, Katherine Gunderson, Shawnee Rasmussen and Rachel Gunderson each add depth and scoring ability for the Spartans. Fairview, a top seed, meets Opheim in the first round Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Warriors have lost two games'this season and just onein the conference. The Warriors have an ex- tremely dangerous one-two punch in the duo of Katie Hardy and Morgan Klose. Hardy is dangerous inside with the ability to score, re- bound and block shots. The junior can also step out and hit the jumper. Klose is an excellent ball handler who can shoot or drive. Erica Riedel and Kelsey Johnson provide scoring and rebounding down low as well for the Warriors. Erin Cayko and Jordan Gifford are ex- cellent defenders with the ability to handle the ball. Opheim is a well-balanced, quick squad. Alea Rose- crans, Gwynn Simenuik, Colleen Kinsey, Briann Nel- son and Brittany Stenglein provide balanced scoring for the Vikings ..... Froid-Lake meets the sec- 0nd-seeded Hinsdale Raiders Thursday at 8 p.m. The game features a pair of defensive-minded squads who look to score in a num- ber of ways. The RedHawks look to control the pace and use good ball movement to score points. Froid-Lake is aggressive defensively and has the abil- ity to score poinfs in transi- tion. Chelsie Anderson and Jacey Four Bear are a pair of post players that are a threat from inside for the Red- Hawks. Sacarra Mollina gives the Raiders a danger- ous threat on both sides of the ball. Hinsdale is extremely ag- gressive defensively and scores off of turnovers. The Raiders are patient and can score either inside or out- side. Loser-out games begin at Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. while the semifinals start at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Loser-out games start on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.The consolation championship starts at 6:30 p.m., while the championship starts at 8 p.m. sports@sidneyherald.com LOCAL ACTNmS $CHDULZ Basketball Wed., Feb. 2S- Sat., Feb. 28 Sidney at Eastern A Divisionals, Billings; Culbertson, Fairview & Lambert at Eastern C Divisionals, Sidney (GBB) Hockey . Fri., Feb. 27, Jr. Gold Girls at Watford City Jr. Gold Boys at Watford City Sat., Feb. 28 dr. Gold Boys vs. Rugby in Minot Sun., March 1 Jr. Gold Girls at Crosby `jr.Gold Boys at Crosby