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sept 21, Serving the MonDak area since 1908 Eagl PHOTO BY BILL VANDERWEELE Sidney's Scotty Hurt gains yardage in Sidney's opening conference game against Miles City Friday. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Despite a strong defensive effort in the second half, the Sid- ney Eagles came up short sever- al times in the last half to come as close as four points. After leading by 18 points, Miles City, rated number three in the state, held on for the 24-14 football victory in Miles City. Behind by a 17-6 half-time margin, the Eagles gained the first big break of the second half when Cole Prevost blocked a punt. Starting at the Cowboy 29, the Eagles moved to the 12 on a five-yard run by Doug Copeland and a 12-yard quarterback keep- er by Josh Kringen. The Eagles, however, soon faced a fourth-and-11 situation, but were two yards short on a pass play from Kringen to Gary Melby. On the very next play, Miles City's David Stevensen broke loose for a 96-yard touchdown run. Taylor Harris kicked the conversion to put the Cowboys up, 24-6, with 6:30 left in the third quarter. On Sidney's next possession, the passing of Kringen to Tyler Thomas and Jeff Beiswanger advanced the ball to the Miles City 46. After short gains by Kringen and Jace Sullivan, Kringen con- nected with Beiswanger for a 10-yard completion to the 28. The Eagles then picked up another first down on a six-yard dash by Kringen to the 18. From there, Melby smashed through the line en route to the end zone with 2:15 left in the third quarter. Melby, a 191-pound senior, ran in the two-point conversion to cut the gap to 24-14. Miles City drove into Sidney territory on its next possession, but on a fourth-down pass attempt Darin Mud was sacked by Prevost, Dustin Merritt and Terran Hillesland. The running of Melby and Kringen led the Eagles into Cowboy territory, but the Eagles came up six yards short on a fourth-down play. Sidney, however, quickly was back in business when Kringen recovered a Miles City fumble at the Cowboy 38. After Scotty Huft picked up a first down at the 24, Sidney came away empty when pass attempts on third and fourth down fell incomplete with under seven minutes remaining. The Eagles had possession inside the Miles City 40 two minutes later, but the Cowboys wouldn't let them any closer than the 34. Sidney's final threat came when Chris Peterson recovered a Cowboy fumble at the Sidney 41. After Kringen ran for a first down to the Miles City 49, the Eagles lost the ball on a fumble with under a minute to play. Miles City struck In'st in the ception by D. Miles City drove the plays. Mikel on a 23-yard in the first quarter. sion kick attempt by Prevost. Sidney's first came after a Kringen to the Eagles scored on smash by Melby lock with 7:02 After a 36-yard by D. Stevenson, went on to carry by in the two-point a 14-6 margin.. Miles City's 1, when Harris field goal with remaining in th~ Kringen led 106 yards on 15 added 66 yards on D. Stevenson yards on 21 boys. The rushing a total of 258 accounted for yards,64 passing yards. Sidney, 0-I in 1-3 overall, day ney teams tee With a team score of 327, Sid- ney's boys golf squad finished in third place at the Laurel Invi- tational Friday, just one stroke shy of second-placed Billings West. Billings Central won the tournament with a score of 299. The Sidney girls finished in fifth place with a team score of 442. Central won the tourna- ment with a score of 358 fol- lowed by Miles City in second (368). Individually for the boys, Jay Bond shot an 80 followed by Eric Andersen with an 81. Kaleb Dasinger finished with an 82 while Brady Torgerson shot an 84. Winning the boys tourna- ment was Central's Rob Fust with a 72. Sidney's girls team was led by Chandra Torgerson with a 103. Kendra Fike finished the day with a 112 while Kristan DeCoudres and Amanda VanEv- ery ended with scores of 113 and 114, respectively. Allison Peter- son finished with a 124. Win- ning the invitational was Cen- tral's Rachel Warren with a 78. Eagles cross country runs strong at Colstrip Sidney's varsity cross country team. with 85 points, ran to a third-place tie with Lodge Grass at the Colstrip Invitational Sat- urday. Colstrip won the meet with 48 points followed by Miles City in second with 80 points. The Sidney middle school runners, with 47 points, won their third straight meet by outdistancing Hardin (50) and Miles City (99). For the varsity team, Amy Fullmer ran the course in a time of 21.45 to place fifth. Stephanie Livers finished with a time of 22.10 to place eighth. Mykel Ler finished the race in 16th position in a time of 23.41. Bridgett Bergin finished 20th in 24.09 while Yvonne Blaszczyk ran a time of 31.21 to finish 36th. For the middle school runners in the mile and a half course race, Justeen Leibach won the event in a time of 12.33 fol- lowed closely by Gio Ruffatto in second in a time of 12.34. Makayla Fink placed fifth in 12.56 while Katie Asbeck fin- ished the race in 10th position with a time of 13.28. Hannah Nielson and Mandy Livers fin- ished in 28th and 38th positions with times of 14.34 and 15.10, respectively. Lambert's Lions ran into a tough Box Elder team Saturday afternoon and fell to the Bears by a final score of 52-15. The Bears grabbed an early 14-0 lead in the initial quarter. Although a nice kick off return by John Mullin landed the Lions possession on the Bears' 35- yard line, an interception hand- ed the ball back over to Box Elder. At the 3:37 mark in period one, the Bears increased their lead to 20-0. Although receptions to Ryan Irigoin and Allen Evenson from Nathan Diede gained good yardage, Lambert fell short of first down yardage. Box Elder's lead stretched to 26-0 before another nice kick off return by J. Mullin handed the Lions good field position once again. Unable to capitalize, Lambert headed into the second quarter trailing by a 26-0 margin. The Lions gained momentum in the second quarter fueled by an interception by Evenson and took over at their own 26. Forced to punt, a great kick by Michael Mullin handed the Bears possession at their own one-yard line. Defense came into play for the Lions as R. Irigoin and Dylan Klasna con- verged on a Box Elder runner for a safety as Lambert got on the scoreboard at the 3:13 mark to narrow the gap to 26-2. With Box Elder threatening once .OSS Ryan Irigoin gains yards for Lambert in play against Box again in the half, J. Mullin ran to a 65-yard TD interception return to again cut into the margin. With the extra-point conversion by Mullin, the score at the half saw the Bears with a 32-9 advantage over the Lions. Box Elder extended its lead to 40-9 with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter before a run and reception by R. Irigoin landed the Lions on the Bears 19. A Box Elder interception, however, ended the potential Lambert offensive threat as Lambert headed into the final quarter trailing 40-9. The Bears added another six points to their tally before another strong kick off return by J. Mullin gave the Lions posses- sion near midfield. On a broken Elder at PHOTO BY play, yard run to add points to the score to 46-15 Bears. Although gains by freshman came a Lambert, Box contest by the 15. nors The Lambert Lions came through with a strong team effort to defeat Richey, 25-23, 25-17, in the championship match of the Fairview Invita- tional Saturday, The net play and serving of Kaci Switzer led Richey to a 10- 5 advantage in the first game. With the score at 14-7, the Roy- als increased the gap to 16-7 on Robin Colbert's service. Down by a 17-11 margin, Lambert scored on a serve by Tami Goss and a kill by Jacque- line lrigoin. After a tip by Richey's Hayley Carr was good for a 19-13 lead, the Lions took over the momen- tum of the match with nine straight points on Irigoin's serv- ice for a 22-19 lead. Highlight- ing the streak were a kill and a block by April Diede and a tip by Amy Vaira. Richey battled back to 22-21 on kills by Carr and Switzer, but the Lions went ahead, 24-21, on Diede's service. The Royals came as close as 24-23 before Lambert earned the game's final point. The second game was a back- and-fourth affair. The serving of lrigoin and net play of Diede helped Lambert take an~ 18-14 lead, but Richey closed tl~ mar- gin to 18-16. Ahead 22-17, the Lions accounted for the final three points of the match. Janae Klempel, a 5-7 junior, had blocks for two of the points. Semi-final round Lambert surprised Savage, 27- 25, 25-17, in the semi-final round Saturday afternoon. Savage enjoyed a 19-14 lead in the first game until kills by Diede and Vaira and two aces by Irigoin closed the margin to 19- 18. After a kill by Savage's Jill Jorgensen, the Lions pulled ahead on the serving of Diede and net play of Klempel. anon ace by Kendra Steppler kill by Klempel produced a 24-22 advantage. Savage tied the match on a tip by Ashlee Sharbono, but a kill by Klempei put the Lions back ahead. With the score at 26-25, Lam- bert tallied the final point on Goss's service. Ahead by an 8-7 margin in the second game, the Lions reeled off 12 straight points on Klem- pel's service. Kills by Diede and Irigoin led the way for the Lions. An ace by Irigoin and a tip by Vaira gave Lambert a 24-10 advantage. The Warriors, however, bat- tled back to 24-17 on Kim Pust's service. Jorgensen accounted for four net winners during the streak. Lambert ended the match on a kill by Vaira. Diede led the Lions with nine kills. Goss finished with 19 set assists. Klempel and Steppler had eight digs each. Klempel added two blocks. Jorgensen finished with nine kills, three blocks and 10 digs. PHOTO BY BILL VANDERwEELE Lambert's April Diede, left, goes for a hit against Richey's Kaci Switzer in championship play at the Feirview Invita- tional tournament Saturday. Richey advanced into the title match with a 25-14, 25-19, vic- tory over Alexander, N.D. Ahead by a 14-11 marg'm in the first game, Richey struck for four straight points on a kill by Switzer and three hard serves by Alysia Johnston for an 18-11 lead. With the score at 20-14, Richey accounted for the last five points of the game on two kills by Switzer and three hard serves by Cart. Ahead by only a 22-19 margin in the second game, the Royals scored the final three points on a kill by Johnston, a block by Switzer and an ace by Johnston. First-round Savage fought off Fairvie,w, 25-23, 25-16, in opening-round action of the eight-team tourna- ment. Fairview gained an early 8-6 lead on the serving of Trista Kit- tleson and spiking of Lyndsey Taylor. An ace by Pust put Savage up by a 20-17 margin, but Fairview tallied the next four points on a kill by Taylor and three strong serves by Kittleson. Two serves by Jorgensen and a tip by Nikki Sanders helped Savage take a 24-22 lead. Sav- age scored the game's final point on a kill by Jolyn Ler. The net play of Jorgensen led Savage to a 19-10 advantage in the second Fairview 16, but three points on service. Sanders and with three kills ! t Leading kills each were Norby and Kittleson six assists each. Lambert 25-17, 25-14. Leading the I pel with five nine assists ace. Having four Bainville were ning and Berndt blocks. Richey 10, 25-5. The straight pointS. on Cart's 25-10 victory. Richey straight service in Sarah ServaiS with four kills. aces, Colbert assists. Alexander