Friday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Maroons, Cobras

Friday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Maroons, Cobras

Prep girls’ wrestling
Billings Senior at Butte High, noon

Win or lose, the Bulldogs will make a little history Friday as they host the school’s first girls’ dual at the Butte Civic Center.

Butte High enters the dual with seven wrestlers ranked in the latest Class AA wrestling pool. Hayla Hoffman is ranked No. 1 at 170 pounds. Kaylee LaPier (103), Rylinn Mullaney (113) and Kera Moreno (152) are all ranked No. 2 in the state.

The Bulldog girls will head to Kalispell to take on Flathead on Saturday.

Prep boys’ basketball
Missoula Hellgate at Butte High, 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (2-2) will face the defending state champion Knights (3-1) in a Western AA battle at the Butte Civic Center.

Butte High is coming off Saturday’s thrilling 77-74 home win over Kalispell Glacier on Saturday. Jake Olson tossed in 25 points to lead the Bulldogs in that win. Butte High also got 12 points from Cael Stenson, 11 from Mikey O’Dell and nine from Billy Kelly.

The 6-foot-8 Olson is averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Kelly averages 11.2 points.

The Knights saw their 25-game winning streak halted with a 57-55 loss at Kalispell Flathead two nights earlier. Hellgate bounced back on Saturday with a 59-29 beating of Glacier in Missoula.

Three different players have led the team in scoring through four games. Junior Cayvey LaRrance is averaging 13. 7 points per game, while 6-4 senior Josh Wade averages 11.7. Beckett Arthur, a 6-2 senior, adds 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Frenchtown at Butte Central, 7:15 p.m.
The Maroons (0-2, 1-2) look for their first conference home win when they take on Frenchtown (1-0, 5-1) in a Southwestern A battle at the Maroon Activities Center.

Brandon Finley scored 19 points to lead the Broncs in an 83-44 home win over Stevensville Tuesday night. Finley is averaging 15 points per game. Carson Shepard added 16 points in the win, and Connor Michaud scored 12.

Central is coming off a disappointing loss at Corvallis. Sophomore Dougie Peoples poured in 31 points, but the Maroons fell 60-58 to the Blue Devils. Kyle Holter scored 10 points for BC, and Bryson Sestrich tossed in nine.

The Maroons head to Stevensville for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday.

Prep girls’ basketball
Butte High at Missoula Hellgate, 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs (1-2) will see their first action since Jan. 9 when they head to Missoula to take on the 3-0 Knights.

Butte High had to postpone last week’s games because of COVID-19 concerns. The Bulldogs fell 58-56 at home to Helena High in their last outing. Kodie Hoagland poured in 17 points and MacKenzie Tutty tossed in 14 to lead Butte High in that game.

Hellgate is coming off Saturday’s 50-49 win at Kalispell Glacier. Bailee Sayler hit a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds left to give the Knights that win. Addy Heaphy scored 14 points to pace Hellgate. Sayler scored 10.

Butte High will make up its game against Glacier at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center.

Butte Central at Frenchtown, 7:15 p.m.
The Maroons (1-0, 3-0) hit the road looking for their fourth straight win when they take on the Broncs (1-0, 3-3) in a Southwestern A game.

Sophomore guard Brooke Badovinac has been key to BC’s hot start. She is averaging 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She scored 16 points in Saturday’s 44-39 home win over Corvallis. Junior Sofee Thatcher adds 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Maroons, who have been getting solid contributions from up and down their roster.

Thatcher joined senior Maddie Kump with nine points the last time out.

The Broncs are coming off Tuesday’s 49-31 lead at Stevensville.

NA3HL hockey
Butte at Helena, 7:05 p.m.

The Cobras (3-21-2) hit the road for the Frontier Division against the Bighorns (9-14), who pulled ot a 5-4 overtime victory Jan. 8 in Butte.

Butte will be back at home Saturday to take on Great Falls in a 7:05 p.m. at the Butte Community Ice Center.

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