Friday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Maroons, Diggers

Friday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Maroons, Diggers

Prep wrestling
Butte High and Butte Central at CMR Holiday Classic, 11 a.m.

The Bulldogs and a few Maroons will look to continue a strong December at one of the biggest tournaments of the season.

Butte High, which had a good showing at the Mining City Duals Jim Street Classic last week, placed fourth in the tournament last year. Bulldog heavyweight Jeff Queer and 120-pounder Gabe Tierney are the top-ranked wrestlers in the Class AA.

Action for the two-day tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Prep boys’ basketball
Frenchtown at Butte Central, 7:15 p.m.

The Maroons play their home opener as the Broncs come to the Maroon Activities Center for a Southwestern A battle. Both teams went 2-0 last week at the tipoff tournament in Missoula.

Cade Baker, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, averaged 16.5 points per game to lead the Broncs in wins over Columbia Falls and Browning. Seniors Ethan Pyron and Adam Botkin and junior Jared Cole also posted double-digit games over the opening weekend.

Junior Dan McCloskey averaged 13 points per game to lead BC to wins Whitefish and Polson. Junior Cade Holter and sophomores Aaron Richards, Matt Simkins and Luke Heaphy also posted a double-digit performance in Missoula.

The Maroons will play host to Stevensville at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Prep girls’ basketball
Butte Central at Frenchtown, 7:15 p.m.
The Maroons head back west to open conference play against the Broncs.

Frenchtown fell to Columbia Falls and Browning at last week’s tipoff tournament in Missoula. Liv Williams scored 16 points in both games, while Kylie Willett poured in 20 against Browning.

The Maroons got contributions from up and down their roster in victories over Whitefish and Polson. Senior Kloie Thatcher averaged 11.5 points to lead the Maroons, despite missing the first half of the Polson game for the ACT. Classmate Megan Michelotti added a 10-point game in her return weekend. In all, 11 different BC players scored points in the tournament.

Central will play at Stevensville Saturday afternoon.

Men’s college basketball
Montana Tech at Salish Kootenai College, 4 p.m.
The Orediggers hit the court for the first time in nine days for the non-conference title.

Tech fell in a 75-67 home battle against Lewis-Clark State College last time out. The Orediggers beat Salish Kootenai 121-68 in a Nov. 21 game at the HPER Complex. Senior guard John Chapman scored a career-high 27 points in that game.

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