• Looking ahead and behind0

    The almost month-ago Butte Sports Hall of Fame banquet provided a nice wrap up to the 2012-2013 school sports season. This weekend’s Shrine Game festivities, also in Butte, gives kind of a look ahead as so many of these young men will be continuing their football careers on the college fields. Hope and accomplishment are

  • Something worth keeping0

    The fish, we always figured, was the bonus, not the purpose. We did not grow up with the Robert Redford “A River Runs Through It” validation and so dunking worms was just fine. Catch-and-release was an accident, not a manner and so indulging in $1,000 waders just so we could throw the fish back was

  • Kelvin Sampson should be back in the game3

    With the hiring of San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown as the Philadelphia 76ers new head coach, it looks as though former Butte resident Kelvin Sampson was shut out of a top NBA following the recently completed season’s round of firings. The Philly job was the last one open. Sampson is a top assistant for

  • Tourney time closes season in style1

    Probably the best thing tournament basketball does is apply the exclamation point to the season. In so-so or losing years especially, the hoops season can become mundane and drag on through a calendar span that covers holidays like Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, St.

  • Remembering the great Jim Sweeney3

    The weather was a little blustery and temperatures seemed to be dropping, likely because of the bite from the wind. The St. Patrick’s Day parade of 1989 was lining up on East Park and onlookers clutched their coats to keep warm during the bustle of preparations. Parade Marshal Jim Sweeney asked a wandering reporter if

  • Our kids can play1

    Many years ago during an informal discussion with University of Montana men’s basketball coaches Jim Brandenburg and Mike Montgomery, a seemingly modest suggestion was put forth. The topic was in-state recruiting versus out-of-state. The thinking on this part was that even if no real D-I prospect existed in Montana in any particular year, a scholarship


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