• A scan of the new Class A football playoffs qualifying system0

    Some good, winning teams not qualifying for the state playoffs while a couple of struggling ones with below .500 records advanced provided the impetus. Montana’s Class A high schools decided their football playoffs needed to be tweaked. Deserving teams were being left out of the tournament. Consequently, the enrollment quorum elected to adopt a bonus

  • Discovered beginnings from the Tunney Bridge0

    Baseball began where the bridges spanned, at least it did for some. Abner Doubleday’s field was a ways, miles away, but remained in the region as did most of the other rumored beginnings of the longtime America’s Pastime. Barnegat Bay invites souls into and out of the Atlantic Ocean on a daily basis along the

  • Moose on the loose — with Bruce0

    Every time the bike appears in the memory, the condemnations are heard in the echoes. Pauses reflect on the news stories from the spring when parents in an Eastern U.S. city daring to let their children throw off the chains of gaming and actually go outside to play — by themselves. Some of the overly

  • Butte Sports Hall of Fame induction a night of many stars0

      They can laugh about it now and we all did Saturday night during the 2015 Butte Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet at the Butte Civic Center. The moment of occurrence was you-better-believe-it intense, though. Meg Murphy was in her first term as head coach of the Butte Central high school girls’ basketball team

  • A time to visit the house of legends0

    The plaques at the Butte Civic Center looked to have some extra shine to them the other day. Mare Bartholomew and Ron Ygnatowicz must have spent some recent time. Bartholomew and Ygnatowicz have been part of the hard-working group associated with the Butte Sports Hall of Fame trying to put together a nice time, if

  • Path crossings: Five for the Final Four1

    The arrival of the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four has brought back some memories and attempts at memory for meetings with participants few other professions would have afforded for me. Five Final Four head coaches, including three who directed national champions, were among the sometimes quick, sometimes lengthy acquaintances: ONE: The assignment had always been a


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