Holiday break ends for area teams

The second day of the year will be a busy one as the winter sports season jumps back into action.

The basketball teams from Butte Central and Montana Tech will play Thursday, while Butte High’s teams play on Friday. The Bulldog and Maroon wrestling teams are back on the mats Friday and Saturday.

Montana Tech ends a long break in Dillon Thursday, taking on Montana Western in a hoops doubleheader at the Straugh Gymnasium. The women play at 5:30 p.m., while the men are set to begin at 7:30.

On the men’s side, the Orediggers and Bulldogs both enter the contest at 0-1 in Frontier Conference play and 7-5 overall.

Junior Adam Greger leads Tech into its first game of the new year averaging 19.9 points per game. That ranks No. 3 in the conference in scoring.

Jake Owsley (14.8 points per game and Maazin bulter (14.6) lead the Bulldogs. Bryan Bock adds 14.6 points per game for Tech.

The Oredigger women (4-3 overall) and Bulldog women (6-5) are both also 0-1 in league play.

Western forward Sammi Bignell’s 17.4 points per game is second in the league.

Mandy Machinal (13.1), Kabri Emerson (12.7) and Kelsey DeWit (11.6) all average in double figures to lead the Orediggers to Dillon. Emerson, a Butte High graduate, also averages 7.7 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 5 in the league.

Butte Central’s boys team looks to build on an impressive December. The Maroons went 4-0 before Christmas, including a Dec. 20 win over defending state champion Stevensville.

Marcus Ferriter (13.5), Kale Guldseth (13.0) and Nate Bolstad (11.2) lead the red-hot Maroons in scoring on the season as the Maroons hit the road for the first time of the season.

The Panthers, BC’s first-round opponent at the Class A state tournament last year in Billings, enter the non-conference game at 2-3. Brayden Konkol scored 18 points and Trevor Mahn added 17 to lead the Panthers to a 65-47 win at Havre the last game before the break.

Belgrade’s girls are 1-4, while Butte Central’s young girls’ squad is 1-3.

Freshman Mollie Peoples (7.5), sophomore Sierra Pica (5.8), sophomore Ryan Trudnowski (5.8) and senior Shelby Paffhausen (5.5) are BC’s leading scores.

The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m. at the Belgrade Special Events Center. The boys’ game is at 7:30.

Butte High’s first action of the new year is Friday against Missoula Hellgate. Both games start 7:30 p.m. The girls play in Missoula, while the boys will play at Butte High’s Richardson Gym.

Brian Smith (12.7), Dallas Cook (12.5) and Peter Granger (10.2) average in double figures scoring to lead Butte High (1-3).

Hellgate is a surprising 1-2 with losses at Billings Skyview and West and a home win over Great Falls High.

Tres Tinkle, a 6-foot-5 sophomore star, averages 24.3 points per game to lead Hellgate.

Butte High’s girls are 2-2 on the season. Senior Sammy McGree averaged 18.7 points per game in the first four games. That includes a 31-point performance last time out.

The Knights looking for their first win of the season. Lexi Duce, a 6-foot sophomore, averages 15.3 points per game to lead Hellgate (0-3).

On the mats, Butte High and Butte Central’s teams will both head to Bozeman for a two-day tournament starting on Friday.

Action begins at 11 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Montana Tech’s men and women will play Westminster College in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, BC’s teams will play Hamilton. The boys play on the road, while the girls play at home. Both games begin at 4 p.m.

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