Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bulldogs use size advantage to down Pirates

Whitefish 64, Whitefish 56

POLSON — Lee Walburn scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to help Whitefish pull away from Polson for a 64-56 Class A boys basketball victory on Tuesday evening.

Polson held a 27-26 lead at half.

"Pretty good first half," Polson coach Randy Kelley said. "He (Walburn) killed us after the break."

Whitefish was 20 of 35 shooting at the free throw line, while Polson was 14 of 27.

Wfish -14 12 18 20 — 64

Polson 14 13 12 17 — 56

WHITEFISH — Dodie Smith 4, Justin Conklin 1, Jack Schwaiger 7, Danni Davis 1, Sam Menicke 6, Jace Cripe 8, Ryan Kemm 1, Lee Walburn 22, Dillon Botner 14.

POLSON — Keyan Dalbey 1, Ryker Wenderoth 5, Robin Erickson 17, Trevor Schultz 9, Bo Kelley 9, Colton Graham 13, Shade Main 21, Trevor Lake 2.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Northwestern A/Southwestern A Tip-off Tourney

Comeback propels Pirates over Jackets

Polson 67, Stevensville 56

MISSOULA — Polson defeated Stevensville 67-56 at the Western A Tip-Off as Colton Graham scored 17 points and Kordell Walker and Trevor Schultz each added 12. Polson trailed by as many as 14 points towards the end of the third quarter 52-38. Stevensville led 56-46 at the end of the third quarter. Using a hustling man-to-man pressure defense the Pirates held Stevensville scoreless in the fourth quarter while scoring 19 of their own. Colby Meeds led Stevensville in scoring with 21.

Stevi-- 20 24 12 00 - 56

Polson 16 20 12 19 - 67

Polson: Colton Graham 17, Kordell Walker 12, Trevor Schultz 12, Micah Askan 7, Bo Kelley 6, Trevor Lake 4, Ryker Wenderoth 3, Keyan Dalbey 2, Connor Lanier 2, Robin Erickson 2

Stevensville: Colby Meeds 21, Logan Roth 18, Devlin Sherman 6, Tanner Pendergast 6, Gavin Beeton 3, Ivan Yasvac 2, Colby Meads 0

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Northwestern A/Southwestern A Tip-off Tourney

Cold shooting Pirates fall to Broncs

The Hamilton Broncs carved their niche by capturing the Montana High School Association football title.

They proved they also have a formidable basketball team that features an arsenal of offensive firepower. The Broncs had four players that scored in double-digits. Tanner Goligoski scored 23 points, Carson Rostad with 16, Hunter Omlid had 13, and Trey Searle finished with 10.

Omlid returned to the lineup after not playing in the Whitefish game the previous night due to an ankle problem. The Pirates missed numerous shots in and around the basket and continued to shoot poorly from the foul line as they fell to 1-2 on the season.

The Broncs forced the Pirates to play left-handed sort of speaking to win.

Only two Pirates scored in double digits, including Graham, who finished with a team-high 11 points, and Kordell Walker with 10. Other players that contributed in the loss included Micah Askan, who finished with eight points, and Bo Kelley with six.

Hamilton 75, Polson 49

Broncs 11 21 20 23 - 75

Pirates 12 08 14 15 - 49

Hamilton: Cam Rothie 4, Carson Rostad 16, Josh Dickemore 5, Drew Brackman 4, Hunter Omlid 13, Tanner Goligoski 23, Trey Searle 10.

Polson: Ryker Wenderoth 3, Robin Erickson 4, Trevor Schultz 1, Parker Toth 4, Bo Kelley 6, Colton Graham 11, Seth Lake 2, Kordell Walker 10, Micah Askan 8.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Corvallis boys win OT thriller over Polson

Tanner Jessop hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer in overtime to give Corvallis a 56-54 home win over Polson Thursday. It marked the Blue Devils' first victory as they improved to 1-3. Jessop led Corvallis with 16 points and Caleb Warnken and Caseon Jessop each added 12. Robin Erickson scored 14 points for the Pirates.

Corvallis 56, Polson 54 (OT)

Polson 23 8 11 08 4 — 54

Corva 17 9 12 12 6 — 56

Polson: Robin Erickson 14, Colton Graham 13, Trevor Schultz 10, Micah Askan 8, Kordell Walker 3, Ryker Wenderoth 3, Bo Kelley 2, Trevor Lake 1.

Corvallis: Tanner Jessop 16, Caseon Jessop 12, Caleb Warnken 12, Garrett Brown 11, Liang Liedle 5


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Frenchtown holds on, defeats Polson

FRENCHTOWN -- Polson rallied from an early deficit but ultimately fell to the Broncs in Western A basketball action on Thursday in Frenchtown.

Frenchtown outscored the Pirates 26-8 in the first quarter. Keyan Dalbey, Ryker Wenderoth, and Parker Toth came off the bench and led an aggressive defensive effort and added some key baskets to bring the pirates within 10 by halftime. Polson scored 19 straight points in the third quarter and ended with a 40-36 lead at the end of the third. The lead went back and forth in the fourth quarter with the Broncs finally coming out on top by a 52-20 margin scoring the winning basket with 4 seconds left. Freshman Colton Graham drove the length of the floor and missed a short jumper in the key at the buzzer as the Pirates fell just short of forcing the game to overtime.

In reflecting upon the disparity between the opening quarter and the middle frames, coach Randy Kelley commented, “We need to start playing four full quarters and get out of our own way.”

Frenchtown’s Cade Baker led all scorers with 21, while Polson’s Colton Graham had 19. Micah Askan added 11 for the Pirates.

Polson 08 13 19 10 – 50

Frtown 26 06 04 16 – 52

NWA Polson (1-4), SWA Frenchtown (5-1)

FRENCHTOWN – Cade Baker 21, Hank Rugg 10, Zack Baker 10, Mason Pyron 5, Brandon Finley 4, Dawson Leishman 2.

POLSON – Colton Graham 6 6-8 19, Micah Askan 5 0-1 11, Ryker Wenderoth 2 0-0 6, Keyan Dalbey 3 0-1 6, Robin Erickson 1 1-4 3, Kordell Walker 2, Parker Toth 0 2-2 2, Seth Lake 1. 3FGs – P4 (Wenderoth 2, Graham, Askan), F5 (C.Baker 3, Z.Baker, Pyron).


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Browning rides second quarter surge to win

At Browning, the visiting Pirates outscored the host Running Indians in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the double digit deficit dug by their second quarter doldrums. Colton Graham, Bo Kelley and Trevor Schultz led Polson in scoring with a collective contribution of 30 points. The Pirates outshot Browning from beyond the arc and generated a higher percentage of deuces, but netted three less at the charity stripe as well as trailed by a handful of conversions from the floor.

Tyree Whitcomb poured in 25 points and Ethan Running Crane contributed 16 for the Indians.

Browning improves to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Polson drops to 1-5 and 0-2.

Pirates 17 10 15 17 - 59
Indians 19 20 13 16 - 68

POLSON – Colton Graham 4 3-4 12(10r), Bo Kelley 3 1-1 9(2r,1s), Trevor Schultz 3 1-2 9(2r), Micah Askan 4 0-1 8(4r,1s), Kordell Walker 3 1-1 7(6r,1b), Ryker Wenderoth 2 0-0 5, Robin Erickson 1 3-7 5(4r,3a,1s), Seth Lake 2 0-0 4(1r), Keyan Dalbey (2r).

BROWNING – Tyree Whitcomb 25(20r,7a,3s,1b), Ethan RunningCrane 16, Rylee Spoonhunter 8, Justin Burd 6, Deion MadPlume 6, Derek Sharp 4, CJ Smith 2, Trevon Fisher 1, tmB(33r,18a,22s,3b). 3FGs – P6-15 (Schultz 2-4, Kelley 2-4, Wenderoth 1-1, Graham 1-5), B4-26 (Spoonhunter 2-8, E.RunningCrane 1-4, Whitcomb 1-5).

Expanded stat specs supplied by host venue. Some details may vary from Pirate sideline specs.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Pirates jump out on Ronan early

Polson 60, Ronan 47

PABLO — Robin Erickson had a game-high 16 points and Bo Kelley netted a season-high 15 to power Polson past Ronan at Salish Kootenai College in a Northwest A contest.

Polson never trailed and jumped in front 20-9 eight minutes into play.

Polson (2-5) led 30-22 at the break.

Bubba Bush led Ronan in scoring with 13 points. Anthony Camel added 11.

Polson continues with league action today at Columbia Falls at 4 p.m.

Ronan 09 13 10 15 — 47

Polson 20 10 16 14 — 60

RONAN — Terrell Stump 5, Randy Finley 5, Leonard Burke 4, Levi Trahan 3, Aidan Birdingground 1, Bubba Bush 13, Dallas Durheim 5, Anthony Camel 11.

POLSON — Keyan Dalbey 3, Ryker Wenderoth 3, Robin Erickson 16, Trevor Schultz 10, Bo Kelley 15, Colton Graham 4, Cordell Walker 5, Micah Askan 5.


Saturday, January 5, 2018

POLSON NIPS C-FALLS

Polson 47, Columbia Falls 43

COLUMBIA FALLS — Columbia Falls rallied in the late going, but fell three points short as Polson held on for a 47-44 Class A boys basketball victory on Saturday.

Polson led 35-23 after three quarters.

“We couldn’t score, find the hoop,” Columbia Falls coach Chris Finberg said. “We were able to score to get into full court pressure that led to a few easy buckets” in the fourth quarter.

Columbia Falls outscored Polson 21-12 in the final eight minutes. The Wildcats got as close at two points and had a 3 at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.

Polson (3-5, 2-2) plays Stevensville in Polson on Thursday.

Polson 10 17 08 12 — 47

CFalls 09 07 07 21 — 44

POLSON — Ryker Wenderoth 5, Robin Erickson 5, Trevor Schultz 1, Parker Toth 5, Colton Graham 6, Seth Lake 2, Kordell Walker 8, Micah Askan 15.

COLUMBIA FALLS — Dillon Wanner 2, Drew Morgan 18, Dillon Shipp 7, Danny Henjum 5, William Dyon 2, Logan Bechtel 2, Zack Pletcher 6, Sam Hovde 2.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Pirates swat Yellowjackets

POLSON — Polson outscored Stevensville in all four quarters to claim a 66-45 Class A boys basketball victory on Friday evening at Salish Kootenai College.

Polson, 4-5 overall, led 26-18 at the half and finished with a 23-point fourth quarter.

Twelve players scored for Polson, led by Colton Graham with 16. Kordell Walker added nine.

Logan Roth had 15 for Stevensville and Colby Meeds was next with 14.

Polson hosts Libby today in Northwest A Conference play.

Stevi - 12 06 10 17 - 45

Polson 15 11 17 23 - 66

STEVENSVILLE — Colby Meeds 14, Logan Roth 15, Devlin Sherman 8, Sean Craft 2, Gavin Beeton 6.

POLSON — Trey Kelley 1, Ryker Wenderoth 4, Robin Erickson 4, Trevor Schultz 8, Parker Toth 2, Bo Kelley 7, Colton Graham 16, Trevor Lake 4, Gunner Grisak 4, Seth Lake 2, Kordell Walker 9, Micah Askan 5.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

at SKC in Pablo

Pirates win again, even season record at 5-5

Polson 60, Libby 52

POLSON – Polson knocked off Libby in Northwest A action at Salish Kootenai College.

Polson led 49-39 after three quarters. Libby had a strong finish, outscoring Polson 13-11 in the fourth, but fell short.

Colton Graham led the way with 19 points for the Pirates and Trevor Schultz scored 14.

For Libby, Keith Johnson scored 22 points and Ryggs Johnston pitched in with 18 points.

The Pirates improved to 3-2 in the conference and 5-5 overall.

Libby- 11 10 18 13 — 52

Polson 18 14 17 11 — 60

LIBBY – JJ Davis 3, Chandler Bower 2, Ryan Goodman 2, Ryggs Johnston 18, Caden Williams 5, Keith Johnson 22

POLSON — Ryker Wenderoth 3, Robin Erickson 7, Trevor Schultz 14, Bo Kelley 5, Colton Graham 19, Kordell Walker 6, Micah Askan 6


Thursday, January 17, 2018

WOLFPACK TAKES DOWN PIRATES

Glacier 58, Polson 39

The Pirates (5-6 overall) had the hot hand early, making clever passes and finding easy looks in the paint to build a 16-11 lead. Six Polson players scored in the first quarter.

“We came off a very emotional game last week [against Flathead]. The gym was loud and this time it was a little quieter, and I don’t know that we came out with as much energy,” Glacier coach Mark Harkins said.

“To Polson’s credit they did, and they kind of punched us in the mouth.”

But the Wolfpack (4-4) took control of the game in the second quarter, tightening up its defense and forcing Polson into long jump shots that would not fall. Glacier outscored the Pirates 15-3 in the quarter, with Polson’s only field goal coming on Ryker Wenderoth’s steal and breakaway layup with less than 30 seconds to go in the half.

Glacier answered with KJ Johnson’s floater at the buzzer to make it 28-19 at the break.

Harkins said the only thing his team changed on defense was to pick up its intensity.

“We were kind of just going through the motions,” he said, “and I thought in the second quarter their communication got better.”

The Wolfpack picked up where it left off in the second half, going on a 10-1 run to take an 18-point lead. Polson countered with a 7-0 run to trim the deficit to 11 but could get no closer as Glacier rolled to its third consecutive win.

Meanwhile, Glacier was in control of the paint on both sides of the ball, led by captain Drew Engellant and Weston Price. Engellant had a team-high 13 points and Price added 10.

Price took the place of injured starter Ethan Baines, who did not suit up for the game.

“Weston ... responded well. He’s a nice young player, he’s got a great offensive skill set, and I was really proud of how he stepped up and handled that starting role,” Harkins said.

Co-captain Bret Michaels added 10 points for Glacier.

“Our two captains had a real solid, steady game tonight. Nothing spectacular, but they did the right things, got people the basketball,” Harkins said.

Wenderoth and Robin Erickson both led the Pirates with 8 points, and Colton Graham and Micah Askan each added 7.

Polson did not help itself at the free-throw line, going 7 of 17, while Glacier went 8 of 10.

Next up for the Wolfpack are two road Western AA games, at Helena Capital next Friday night and Helena High the following afternoon. The Pirates visit Whitefish tonight in a Northwest A clash.

Polson 16 03 11 09 — 39

Glacier 13 15 18 12 — 58

POLSON – Keyan Dalbey 3, Ryker Wenderoth 8, Robin Erickson 8, Trevor Schultz 4, Colton Graham 7, Kordell Walker 2, Micah Askan 7.

GLACIER – Drew Deck 2, KJ Johnson 8, Weston Price 10, Drew Engellant 13, Michael Schwarz 9, Bret Michaels 10, Ben Desmul 6.