• A lost spring sports season would really sting

    A lost spring sports season would really sting0

    Jake Herron was not crying, but you could get the sense that he could break down at any minute. We were standing outside the 112-year old Missoula Hellgate Gym, just after Butte High’s girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end with a 57-52 loss to Kalispell Glacier. The defeat came in a loser-out game

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  • Looking back on the best St. Patrick’s Day of all time

    Looking back on the best St. Patrick’s Day of all time1

    It has become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Every March 17, Scott Paffhausen starts a text message chain with all of the players and some coaches from the 1984 Butte High boys’ basketball team. That starts a back and forth of guys, now in their 50s, talking about the night the Bulldogs captured Butte High’s

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  • Maroons owe no apology for sharing state title

    Maroons owe no apology for sharing state title3

    For 16 years, I have waited to write a story about Brodie Kelly’s Butte Central Maroons winning a state championship. I always thought it would happen. Never did I think it would be like this. When I talked with Kelly moments after his Maroons were finally saddled with that long-awaited title Friday night, it was

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  • Dogs unleash ‘The Dragon’ at divisional tournament

    Dogs unleash ‘The Dragon’ at divisional tournament0

    As the Western AA Divisional boys’ and girls’ tournaments began Thursday in Missoula, Chuck Merrifield walked around the old gymnasium at Missoula Sentinel like he was running for office. The Butte High activities director smiled ear to ear as he circled the old gym, shaking hands, slapping backs and, presumably, kissing babies. Coronavirus be damned.

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  • Practicing for the long jump on a toxic mine dump

    Practicing for the long jump on a toxic mine dump0

    Three and a half decades later, I can sometimes still smell that contaminated sand. While jogging through certain spots of the BA&P Hill Trail through Uptown Butte, that aroma will hit me and bring me back in time. It takes me to when my track coach, Mrs. Betty Lester, told me I would be competing

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  • Not all official tales are horror stories

    Not all official tales are horror stories0

    We have all heard the horror stories of officiating high school sports. We know by now that the numbers of high school officials have been dropping so rapidly around that nation that canceled games are an inevitability. In some areas, those cancellations have already begun. We have heard so many examples, from this year alone,

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