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  • Turn The Page

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 22, 2015

    Five years, four months. That's how long I've been publisher of The Glasgow Courier – definitely the fastest and among the most rewarding five years, four months, of my life. This edition of The Courier is the last with me as publisher. I've accepted a position to be editor of a small daily newspaper in Pennsylvania, The Ellwood City Ledger. It's an exciting opportunity with a fine media company for me to do what I do and be near family in Western New York and Western Pennsylvania. This move, for me, isn't about leaving Valley County and The Co... Full story

  • Hinsdale Track & Field

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 22, 2015

    BY JIM ORR THE COURIER The Hinsdale Raiders look to refine their track and field performances over the next few weeks, starting with their annual Jean Dreikosen Memorial Track Meet on Friday at Scottie Field in Glasgow. "We're getting closer to PRs, but were not there yet," first year coach Lisa Beus told The Courier. Field events start at 8:15 a.m., track events at 8:30 in the Dreikosen. Beus, a Montana native who has coached in Alaska and Utah, said her team did "pretty good" as last Friday's... Full story

  • Nashua Track & Field

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 22, 2015

    With nine career PRs at their own meet and another couple of weeks before District, the Nashua Porcupines are "a work in progress," coach Ryen Faulkenstern told The Courier.. "The boys had a real good day (at the Porcupine Invitational)," Faulkenstern said. "The girls, we're struggling a little bit there." The Nashua boys team was runner-up, scoring 90.5 points to champion Hinsdale's 115. The girls placed ninth with 17 points, 60 behind first place Wolf Point. Porkie Nation's nine PRs were...

  • Golfers Tee Off, Baillargeon Places Ninth At Forsyth

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 15, 2015

    One outing under its belt, the Scottie golf team is a work in progress with the meat of its schedule arriving this week. Coach Dave Riggin told The Courier that he looks to firm up the lineups for the top five golfers on the girls and boys sides. The Huntley Invitational this Thursday would be a fine opportunity for some of them to step up. Riggin told The Courier his group is “still pretty inexperienced” following the Fortsyth Invitational on April 7. Just three boys and two girls competed. Some golfers didn't travel, staying home due to ill...

  • Another First And Qualifier For GHS

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 15, 2015

    It's on to the Sidney Invitational for the Scottie track teams after a week in which the girls took another team first, Chase Fossum qualified for State in a second event, and team members tried a bit of this and that at the inaugural Scottie Qualifers Meet. At the Baker Invitational last Saturday, the girls tied for first among 15 teams with Forsyth at 84 points, two points ahead of the host team. The boys placed fourth in their 15-team field, behind Sidney, Miles City and Jordan. Fossum...

  • Scotties Building, Enjoying Tyra Time

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 15, 2015

    The Glasgow Scotties open their conference schedule this weekend, but not before two more Class A games this week. With a 3-0 early season record against higher Class A competition, coach Mark Falcon is looking for his softball team to keep up the good work, keep learning. “Being as young as we are, we're getting experience and just have have to keep building,” Falcon told The Courier. “It's nice to see where we stand with Class A teams. Other teams have more experience, but we should be caught up by Divisionals.” Falcon considers the Scottie...

  • Qualifiers Meet Monday At GHS

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 8, 2015

    The Scottie Qualifiers Meet at GHS next week is looking like a box of chocolates. You just don't know what you're going to get. But here they go. Montana spring weather permitting, the Glasgow track and field team will host a state qualifiers meet Monday, April 11, at Scottie Field. Running and field events begin at 4 p.m. Scotties coach Tim Phillips told The Courier that he expects a number of other squads to send at least a few athletes with state qualifying aspirations. The lineup of... Full story

  • Glasgow On Track

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 1, 2015

    Three Scotties are more than on track to qualify for the Class B state tournament. They're there. The homegrown qualifiers at Glasgow's own invite Saturday were Josie Braaten in the 3,200 meter run, Dana Hughes in shot put and discus, and Benji Phillips in javelin. The three helped GHS show well in the season opener, with the girls placing first as a team and the boys second. Local Class C schools also enjoyed success at Scottie Field. Athletes from three of those schools – Hinsdale, Nashua and... Full story

  • Scottie Softball Heads To Williston At 2-0

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Apr 1, 2015

    The young 2-0 Scotties softball team has season opening wins over Class A Havre and Dawson County under its belt going into the game Thursday at Williston. Skipper Mark Falcon's visiting squad led throughout in its 6-4 victory over the Blue Ponies on March 24, then played catchup to beat the Red Devils, 8-7, in its home opener March 26. “The team is playing good,” Falcon told The Courier. “It's really early in the season. We're just trying to see where everyone goes. We're trying to improve every day and grow as a team.” The GHS outfiel...

  • Glasgow, Frazer, Hinsdale Win JJMT Championships

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 25, 2015

    The Glasgow Hoop Stars – a group of sixth-grade girls basketball players – carried the torch for the home teams at last weekend's 17th annual Jeff Jurgens Memorial Basketball Tournament. The Stars beat the Regina Jr. Cougars, 26-23, in the sixth-grade bracket at East Side School to gain Glasgow one of the 12 championships contested for among 84 teams from the fourth grade to high school ages. Coach Heather Hartsock's Stars included Rachelle Glaser, Alexys Mann, Keeli Harris, Davyn Myrick, Sum...

  • GHS Track, Softball Teams Get Going

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 25, 2015

    Spring has sprung for Scottie sports. The softball team opened with a 6-4 win Tuesday over Havre in a game added to take place before the regularly scheduled opener at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday against visiting Glendive. The golf team, meanwhile, will open April 7 at the Forsyth Invitational and skip this Friday's previously scheduled opener at Shelby. Coach Dave Riggin told The Courier that his young team needs the extra week to practice before teeing off for real. And the GHS Invitational Track Meet opens the season for new coach Tim Phillips'...

  • Scotties Make The Grade

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 25, 2015

    Now it's official. The 2014-15 Scottie boys basketball and wrestling teams played with smarts. Each received the MHSA/Army National Guard Academic All Team Award as the top academic team in its sport in Montana Class B during the winter season. The wrestlers led the state with a 3.370 grade point average during a season in which the team sent six members to State and placed highly or won a number of invitationals. On the court, the basketball Scotties won the District 2B regular season and tournament titles and finished with a 20-3 record. In...

  • Montana Open Next For GWC After Nationals

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 25, 2015

    The Glasgow Wrestling Club Highlanders, about 60 kids strong, are picking up matches and pins wherever they can find them. Team members hit the mats at the Montana Open in Billings this weekend after making some noise last week at the Rocky Mountain Nationals in Denver, the Wolf Point Invitational and the Malta Mixer. Dylan Nieskens placed second at nationals in the 12U 146-pound bracket. He went 4-1 over the tournament's three days at National Western Complex. “Dylan had a great tournament,” Highlander coach Jory Casterline told The Cou...

  • Bantam Ice Dawgs Nearly Win It

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 18, 2015

    Some of the young blood over at the Valley Event Center rink has been going prime time lately. The Glasgow Ice Dawg Bantams took their turn at the Montana Amateur Hockey Association Bantam B State Tournament in Havre last weekend, going 2-1-1 to place second after coming in with a 4-11-1 record. Two weeks earlier, the Pee Wee Dawgs began their state tourney with a 6-10 record and left with the championship trophy after going 5-0. "We came up a little bit short, but these kids played awesome,"... Full story

  • 84 Teams Entered In The Big JJMT

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 18, 2015

    Year 17 is shaping up like a real diaper dandy for hundreds of young players at this weekend's Jeff Jurgens Memorial Basketball Tournament. The 84 teams, including nine from Regina, Sask., exceed last year's total of about 80 and will compete at five Glasgow venues. With eight members per team, that's 672 players and maybe another 1,500 folks and volunteers here for a little roundball in G-Town. “I'd like to see somebody do an economic impact study on the tournament and what it brings in to our community,” organizer Tom Schmitt told The Cou...

  • Pick 6: Basketball Scotties Honored

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 18, 2015

    Six Scotties basketball players have been selected to 2014-15 all-conference teams and three of them to the Class B All-State Team. For the girls, it's good news that their two honorees, junior Abbi Kolstad and sophomore Leinie Hughes, return next year as important cogs in the maturing team's nucleus. For the boys, the honors cap off a memorable run at GHS for four graduating seniors: Chase Fossum, Jason Thibault, Keil Krumweide and Jake Page. Girls First Team Kylee Driftwood Abbi Kolstad* Hailey Nicholson* Darby Schye Sophia Stiles * Mariah...

  • Scotties Have That Spring In Their Step

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 11, 2015

    'S' words are in season at 1 Scottie Pride Drive. Spring. Scotties. Sports. Startup. The GHS track and field, softball and golf teams opened their spring sports practices Monday. The golfers teed off at 3:45 p.m. at El Cor Del Lanes. Softball players reported at 6 at GHS. And the tracksters, under first-year head coach Tim Phillips, gathered at 3:45, hit the track for some drills and took to Scottie Pride Drive to run the hills. "I'm just excited for the opportunity," Phillips told The Courier....

  • G-Town Runs Out Of Luck

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 11, 2015

    Lucky. Several times this season, Scotties coach Norm Braaten told The Courier that his team, or any team, needed to be lucky to get to the state tournament. Not just hard-working. Not just talented. You need to be healthy. The ball needs to bounce your way. Your shots have to fall. The Scotties suffered the wrong kind of luck at the Northern B Divisional Tournament at Shelby, losing two of its three games. The season is over for this squad that entered the tournament 20-1, was ranked No. 2 in...

  • Here Comes The JJMT

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 11, 2015

    Basketball season isn't over quite yet. The signup deadline is this Friday, March 13, for the 17th annual Jeff Jurgens Memorial Basketball Tournament at venues across Glasgow. Tourney time is March 20-22. The tournament, a fixture on the community sports calendar, continues as a way to remember Jeff Jurgens, 1985-98, who was active in sports and especially enjoyed youth basketball tournaments. More than 70 teams participated last year in the big event, which attracts local and visiting teams with hundreds of players and family members cheering...

  • Season Of Growth Ends At Divisional For Scottie Girls

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 4, 2015

    BY JIM ORR THE COURIER After a 1-5 start this season, the Scotties girls basketball team went 9-6 over their next 15 games and placed third at the 2B District tournament. Then came last week's Northern B Divisional at Malta. Coach Jon Kolstad's improved squad enjoyed a lead for one more quarter, 7-6, over Fairfield before falling to the defending state champions and then to Cut Bank. Glasgow's season ended at 10-13. Next year will be different. This year's young group – with one senior, two juni...

  • Take Care Of The Ball

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Mar 4, 2015

    The Scotties' itinerary for today goes like this. Leave Glasgow at 12:45 p.m. Practice and have lunch in Havre. Arrive in Shelby tonight. When you're on the road to the Northern B Divisional Boys Basketball Tournament – 261 miles of road – you make time to practice. It will be at Havre Middle School. "It will be review, up-and-down stuff for against Rocky Boy," G-Town coach Norm Braaten told The Courier. "Get them loose after sitting on the bus. They're ready to go." It's go time. The Sco...

  • Scotties Win District

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Feb 25, 2015

    BY JIM ORR THE COURIER The Scotties came through as expected at the District 2B Basketball Tournament at Wolf Point. They brought the title home to G-Town. Now GHS is on a collision course to a heavyweight Divisional championship showdown against Choteau in a couple of weekends if the games unfold as expected. Choteau is ranked first and Glasgow second in Montana Class B. At the Wolves Den last weekend, the top-seeded, 19-1 Scotties did away with surprise opponent Poplar, 75-29, in the... Full story

  • Girls Advance To Divisionals

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Feb 25, 2015

    The Scotties ended the District 2B Girls Basketball Tournament in the same place they began it. The third seed went 2-1 at the tourney, placing third and advancing to Divisionals at Malta. Their reward is a matchup Thursday with the Fairfield, which saw its historic 120-win streak end this month and placed second to Choteau in the 1B District tourney. "We don't have anything to lose," Glasgow coach Jon Kolstad told The Courier. "The girls aren't starstruck. I think we'll be fine." The Scotties...

  • Seyfert, King Place At State

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Feb 18, 2015

    Kasey Seyfert placed third at 120 and Cody King sixth at 138. And as a unit, the six Scotties at the state B/C wrestling tournament in Billings last weekend made it to the Sweet 16 top teams. "We did OK," coach Jory Casterline told The Courier. "I knew with our (disappointing) Divisional that we had that we wouldn't do as good as we hoped at State." Seyfert, a year after placing sixth at 113 at State, placed third this time around at 120. He decisioned Jonathan Schmidt of Eureka, 10-6, in the... Full story

  • Hockey Weekend In Glasgow

    Jim Orr, The Courier|Feb 18, 2015

    The state comes to Glasgow this weekend. The U19 and U14 Lady Ice Dawgs teams host the Montana Amateur Hockey Association State Hockey Tournament from Friday to Sunday at Valley Event Center. "I think it's a great draw for people to acknowledge hockey in this area," U19 coach Ken Schmidt told The Courier. "The girls have been playing great, and it brings people to town." The U19 girls figure to be in the hunt for the title, but they'll need to be at their best. The team, including several...

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