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26 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011 SIDNEY HERALD I I Chad Quilling on the sideline at a Sidney home football game. BIEL V~DER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD BY STEVE HAMEL SIDNEY HERALD Nineteen years after lead- ing Sidney High School to a state championship as a sen- ior quarterback, Chad Quilling is back with the team. Quilling won three state championships as a varsity football player from 1989 to 1992 and only lost one game his entire high school career. He also earned All-State hon- ors as a junior and senior. This fall, he was asked to join the coaching staff by new head coach Roger Mer- ritt, an offer Quilling was ea- ger to accept. "You wish you could still play sometimes," Quilling said. "But coaching is the next best thing." Merritt said he was look- ing to bring some tradition. back to Eagle football by hir- ing Quilling as an assistant coach. "He was an exception- al player when he was with us, and I wanted to bring that back into the program," Mer- ritt said. The lively Quilling brings enthusiasm to the coaching staff and can be seen jump- ing up and down on the side- line when he's not up in the box surveying the field and relaying information to coaches on the field through a headset. "I don't like that," Quilling said about sitting in the press box during games. "It's like caging an animal. I like to be on the sideline." Merritt said Quilling's best attribute as a coach is his en- ergy "His energy and enthu- siasm that he showed as a 'His energy and enthusiasm he showed as a player, that's something that's pretty valuable as a coach.' Roger Merritt Sidney head football coach player, that's something that's pretty valuable as a coach, because the kids real- ly work off that energy and it gets contagious," Merritt said. "The kids play harder and have a little more fun playing the game." In addition to his energy Merritt said Quilling has brought a lot of knowledge to both sides of the ball in his role as the running backs and defensive backs coach. After graduating from Sid- ney High School in 1993, Quilling played football at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. He spent two years at Mary as a starting safety before getting married and moving to Bozeman. Quilling eventually moved back to Sidney to be closer to family A father of three boys, he loves kids, so coach- ing was naturally something he was interested in getting into. His oldest son, Tyler, is a freshman on the high school team. His younger sons, Cash, 6, and Grady 4, are also into sports. His first coaching experi- ence came in Bozeman, where he coached youth bas- ketball and football. He be- gan coaching middle school basketball in Sidney three years ago and coached mid- dle school football last year before moving up to high school. Quilling said he is looking forward to Friday's game, es- pecially the pre-game cere- mony which will honor his former coach Mike Gear. He anticipates seeing several of his former teammates at the ceremony before the Eagles kick off against Hardin. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Go to: and [isten to play by pray coverage on KTHC 95.1 BY STEVE HAMEL SIDNEY HERALD The Sidney golf team end- ed its season with a fourth place finish at the state tour- nament in Hamilton Satur day Sidney scored 330 in Fri- day's first round and 324 in Saturday's second round, giving the Eagles a total team score of 654,just two shots behind second place Liv- ingston and one shot behind third place Whitefish. Tour- nament host Hamilton was the runaway winner of the meet, finishing with a team score of 614. Sidney sophomores Paul Brannan and Bobby Frank both finished in the top 10 as individuals. Brannan's two- round score of 159 was good for seventh place overall. Frank was one shot behind, shooting 160, which put him in eighth place overall. Brett Montgomery finished 20th with a 166, Marcus May- er finished 23rd with a 169 and Connor Frank finished 34th with a 175 .......... - ...... Carriers Wanted call Dawn at the Sidney Herald ;?,.Nor ern Plain8 Rgdio Nelivork KTHC Friday, Oct. 7 Sidney vs. Hardin 7 p.m.- Homecoming Volleyball Thurs., Oct. 6 Savage vs. Fairview Fri., Oct. 7 R&L Fusion at Saco/Hinsdale Sat., Oct. 8 Fairview, R&L Fusion and Culbertson at Scobey Invitational Tourney Tues., Oct. 11 Sidney vs. Plentywood LOCAL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE Football Fri., Oct. 7 Fairview vs. Froid/Med Lake R&L Fusion vs. Savage Culbertson vs. Scobey Sidney vs. Hardin (Homecomin9) Cross Country Sat. Oct. 8 Culbertson and Sidney at Miles City "Our kids played good enough to keep themselves in it," coach Jay Frank said. "All in all, I thought it was a successful year." Frank said the Hamilton course was a very difficult one for his team because of its trees, water hazards and bunkers, which are far more plentiful in Hamilton than at the Sidney course. "The course played every bit as challenging as any course we've played all year," Frank said. "It was a shotmaker's course." Frank said big galleries near the clubhouse on the first and 18th holes gave the meet a professional feel, which may have been intimi- dating for his golfers. The first hole on Friday was par- ticularly difficult because it was too short to tee off with a driver. All five of tile Sid- ney golfers struggled on the tournament's opening hole, but managed to rebound and play well the rest of the round. Sidney began the second round with an excellent front nine score that put the Ea- gles in second place at the turn, but a challenging back nine left the Sidney two strokes behind second place Livingston at the end of the meet. With three of the top five golfers returning to the boys team next season, Frank be- lieves Sidney will once again be the best team in Eastern A. Sophomore Kennedi Shee- han was the only Sidney girl to compete at the state meet. Her two-round score of 232 was not good enough to place her in the top 15, but Frank said he is proud of the way she competed and he sees her as the building block of what he hopes will be a strong girls team next year. "She hung in there and played pretty solid on a diffi- cult course," Frank said. BY SIE"VE HAMI:I SIDNEY HERALD Savage used a multi- pronged rushing attack to blow away Jordan 57-6 Satur- day night in front of a large homecoming crowd. Seven different Savage players combined to rush for 259 yards on 29 attempts in the blowout victory. Fullback Michael Reynolds led the way with 90 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Shad Stanford chipped in with 75 yards on five carries, while tailbacks Chris Reynolds and Braden Feisthamel added 68 and 43 rushing yards respecJ tively Head coach Bart Haflich was pleased with his team:s performance, especially with the way his players stayed fo- cused despite the lopsided score. "Usually these guys do a pretty good job of staying fo- cused and executing what we need to do," Haflich said. "It was a good win, a good way to do homecoming, but we've still got a lot of stuff to im- prove upon." Specifically Haflich said he would like to see his team take fewer penalties. Savage started the game slow, failing to score until 2:16 left in the first quarter when Stanford found the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown FUll. The Savage offense heated up in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns against a Jordan defense that didn't know who to focus its attention on because of the many talented options on the Savage offense. Michael Reynolds doubled the Savage lead early in the second frame, running 16 yards on a sweep behind lead blocker Wyatt Hagler for a touch- down. Jordan's next drive ended after one play when Chris Reynolds picked off an errant pass thrown by the Jordan quarterback, who was under heavy pressure from Hagler. Three plays lat- er, Chris Reynolds scored on a four-yard touchdown run. STEVE HAMEL I SIDNEY HERALD Savage quarterback Shad Stanford throws a pass during Satur- day's homecoming game against Jordan. Jordan's next possession was once again ended by an interception, this time by Zach Tunnell-Wilson, who ran along the right sideline until he was tackled at the Jordan 19-yard line. Stanford found Reynolds in the end zone on the next play for a touchdown. A leaping one- handed catch by Braden Ler on the extra point attempt gave Savage a 25-0 lead. Savage's final touchdown before half time came on a short pass from Stanford to Ler, who evaded a Jordan de- fender with a cut back before sprinting to the end zone for a 26-yard score. Savage added three more touchdowns and a safety in the second half en route to a 57-6 final score. The touch- downs came on a 27-yard pass from Chris Reynolds to Hagler, a 20-yard pass from Stanford to Ler and a two- yard run by Jordan Skaley Stanford finished the game five of eight passing for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Let led all Savage receivers with three catches and 96 yards. Stanford led the defense with nine tackles and four sacks. Savage goes to Richey Fri- day with a rivalry game against the R&L Fusion. Both teams have undefeated conference records and are 4- 1 overall. The Culbertson volleyball gories, finishing the match team lost in straight sets to with 48 digs and four blocks Saco/Hinsdale Saturday to Saco/Hinsdale's 77 digs Culbertson was competi- and eight blocks. rive in all three games, losing Leaders for Culbertson the first game by three were Bailey Nickoloff with points, 22-25, and losing the 13 kills and 24 digs and Allie next two by just two points, Crowder with two aces and 27-29 and 23-25. two blocks. Culbertson bested The Cowgirls will compete Saco/Hinsdale with 34 kills at the Scobey Invitational and 26 assists to Saco/Hins- tournament Saturday along dale's 29 kills and 19 assists, with Scobey Fairview and but the Cowgirls did not fare R&L Fusion as well in the defensive cate- Cross country runs in Billings invitational meet Saturday The Sidney cross country team competed at a meet in 72, Lakayla Nentwig, 22:44 Billings Saturday 85, Lizzy Gangstad, 23:26 Lakayla Nentwig was Sid- 102, Tori Hill, 24:21 ney's best finisher, placing 109, Katie Staffanson, 24:38 72nd out of 129 varsity run- 119, Lyndsay Nesper, 26:27 ners with a time of 22 min- 121, Sam Gangstad, 27:14 utes and 44 seconds. Lizzy Gangstad had Sidney's next Junior Varsity (116 run- best finish, placing 85th with ners) a time of 23 minutes and 26 seconds. 91, Lexi Hernandez, 27:34 107, Draven Partridge, 31:18 Full Sidney results: 110, Olivia Hintz, 33:30 Place, Name Time 111, Tresha Sanders, 33:31 113, Steph Gomez, 34:06 Varsity (129 runners) 116, Molly Wilkinson, 38:02