MSU Extension offering Herdsmanship classes starting January 15

GRANITE COUNTY – The MSU Extebnsion in Granite County is planning a fast start to the new year, leading off with a Herdsmanship School January 15. It’s the 24th Annual Herdsmaneship School that will begin in mid-January and held at Hall School. The class starts January 15 and continues on the 22nd, 29th and concludes February 5. All classes are at 7 p.m. According to a release by Ben Hauptman of the MSU Extension Office in Granite County, “This year’s Herdsmanship School will be offering a variety of topics to address different aspects of agriculture facing ranchers and landowners today.” A breakdown of each session follows: Session 1 1/15/19 — Grizzly Bear & Livestock Conflicts Grizzly bear

Three Titans, Coach named to 2019 East-West Shrine Game roster

BUTTE – Honors for the Flint Creek Titans kept rolling Christmas Day, giving three of its players and their head coach one more present. Riley Allen and Kane Hess were selected to the 73rd annual East-West Shrine Game West roster, with Colby Manley chosen as an alternate. The game is set to be played in Butte. Hess was the top tackler for the Titans this past season, collecting 70.5 total tackles (44 solo, 53 assists) over 13 games. He also had 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks. For his career Hess finished with 104.5 total stops. Allen was Hess’ fellow lineman in 2018, registering 34.5 tackles (19 solo, 31 assists). He had 9.5 tackles for loss and five QB sacks. Over his three

County facilities closing for holidays

GRANITE COUNTY - County facilities will be using holiday hours during the upcoming weeks. The County Courthouse will be closed on both Christmas Day (Tuesday,December 25th) and New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1, 2019). The Waste Management facilities in Drummond and Philipsburg will be closed those days as well as Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31st). #GraniteCounty #Courthouse #WasteManagement

Prospector men, women easily handle Harrison-Willow Creek

PHILIPSBURG – The Prospectors avoided what Head Coach Dustin Keltner called a ‘trap game’ in posting a 16-point win over the visiting Wildcats Thursday night. “We ran the ball pretty well and got a lead that we extended,” said Keltner. “Daniel (Brabender) got into foul trouble and Bryce Parret came off the bench and gave us six points and some great play.” Granite opened the game 16-9 first quarter, but faltered slightly in the second when the visitors outscored the locals 10-8. Keltner and his squad made some halftime adjustments that solved the issues and led them to a win going away. Kade Cutler led the Prospectors in the win with 14 points, while Brian Ward chipped in 13 and Jaxon Lee 11

Hilmo leads Lady Trojans past Twin Bridges

TWIN BRIDGES – A strong push after halftime lifted the Lady Trojans to a big win over Twin Bridges on the road Thursday evening, 39-35. Drummond trailed by four at the break 17-13, but used a 17-10 run in the third to push past the host Falcons and take a lead they would never relinquish. That surge was powered by eight points from guard Rylee Hilmo on her way to a game-high 15 for the Lady Trojans. "We played well as a team,” said senior Sara Kielley. “Our defense was our strength, but what set us apart was our effort and hustle.” Fellow senior Donna Seekell echoed Kielley’s sentiment. "I'm just really proud of how our team played tonight. It feels great to head into Christmas break with a

Trojans fall to Twin Bridges on the road

TWIN BRIDGES – The Falcons used a pair of big runs at the end of each half to secure a win over the visiting Trojans. “(We) played a tough team tonight and gave them a really good game,” Drummond head Coach Levi Parsons. “We rebounded well and showed some signs of offense at times tonight. Our biggest struggles were turning the ball over and we gave up some transition baskets.” Jonah Parke led the Trojans with 15, while Luke Holland (13) and Damian Pool (10) rounded out the double-figure scoring. The Trojans will be off the rest of December and will return to play January 4 when they travel to play the Panthers in Sheridan. SCORING DRUMMOND – 9/11/12/14 – 46 TWIN BRIDGES – 11/20/8/18 – 57 Dr

PAEF looks back on successful 2018, makes scholarships available for 2019

Scholarship Opportunities listed at the bottom of this story GRANITE COUNTY - Philipsburg Area Education Foundation (PAEF) awarded scholarships worth $22,000 to 18 outstanding students at its 18th Annual Scholarship Reception in May 2018. This reception represented the culminating activity of a year-long scholarship process and measured the Foundation’s progress in fulfilling its mission to support the efforts of Granite County residents engaged in educational activities. PAEF held three fundraisers in 2018. The first was in cooperation with the Philipsburg Brewery: we held a pint night. We thank Kathy and Nolan Smith, who show their generosity every week by offering non-profits opportuni

Hall Huskies start season with wins over Swan Valley, Avon

The Hall Huskies started their season Friday night against the Swan Valley Warhawks. It was a tough contest but the Huskies pulled away and won 40-37 thanks to a big effort from Brody Rasor scoring 29 points. Brody Rasor led the scoring with 29 points. Logan Hauptman (nine points) and Tucker Koon (two points) rounded out the scoring. The Huskies played Avon on Saturday but only played 2 quarters. The final was 31-6. Between Logan Hauptman’s smothering defense and Paytn Rasor’s 14 points, the Huskies were too much. Paytn Rasor led all scorers with 14 points, while Brody Rasor chipped in nine. Rounding out the scoring were Lexi Nelson with four and Logan Hauptman and Jackson Radtke with two ea

FCC launches program to promote prep journalism

GRANITE COUNTY – A good journalist is hard to find. The Flint Creek Courier (FCC) is aiming to make it a little easier. The FCC is working with Drummond and Granite high schools to give their journalism programs a platform to tell the stories of their campus. “This is something that we feel is very important in today’s society,” said Tim Allen, Managing Content Editor of the Flint Creek Courier. “In a day and age when the truth is of paramount importance, we want to help school journalism programs to use today’s technology to overcome the costs and hassle of producing a physical newspaper. With just 20% of people getting their news from traditional newspapers, the FCC wants to give local stu

Goff, Grange lead Granite past rival Drummond

PHILIPSBURG – Drummond kept the game close through halftime, but was unable to stop a Lady Prospector team on a roll as Granite won 43-29. Granite managed a two-point lead at half, using an offense that cut through the lane as the Lady Trojans tried to take away the home team’s outside game. “We want the girls to be aggressive and have good team speed,” said Lady Prospector Head Coach Brandon Piazolla. “They tried to take some things away on the perimeter but Sarah, Emma and Shelby are good guards and they got to the rim and then the foul line.” Granite was able to pull away from Drummond in the third when senior Sophia de Santiago went down with an injury. It turned out that de Santiago suf

Prospectors edge Trojans in epic county battle

PHILIPSBURG – With 22.9 seconds to play Daniel Brabender fed Jaxon Lee with a pass underneath the basket that Lee scored to give Granite a 39-38 lead over Drummond. Teammate Brian Ward added two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to secure a 41-38 win for the Prospectors against their county-rival Trojans. “(Brian) Ward got hot there for a little bit and Kade stretched their defense,” said Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner of the win, “and that opened up some driving lanes for us. I thought Jaxon and Daniel held their own on the boards against them. I mean, they’re big! “Honestly, let’s just be honest – we just made one more play than they did.” The two teams played to an 11-11 tie after one

Citizens air concerns over GC Road Supervisor pay rate

PHILIPSBURG – Approximately 20 citizens attended a Granite County Commissioner session Tuesday regarding the establishment of a base pay for Road Supervisor Paul Alt. Alt had approached the commission about his coming off the probationary period he was hired under in May 2017. At that time the commissioners stated they hired Alt at approximately $56,000 a year and put him on a one-year probation, which would have ended in May 2018. However, due to both Alt and the commissioners being busy, neither got around the having his annual evaluation until recently. The request by Alt is to establish a base pay rate for the position that is commensurate with similar counties around the state. The comm

Prospector men, women make it two straight in Lima

LIMA – The Granite Lady Prospectors earned their second win in a row Saturday, beating the Bears in Lima 47-17. Granite held a slim 8-7 lead after one period, but extended it to 13 by halftime on the back of senior Sara Goff’s 14 second quarter points. Goff had hit a two-point bucket before nailing four three-pointers in the period. Goff’s 14 were backed up by teammate Emma Grange who spread who 14 points over the course of the game. Granite will return home Tuesday for a matchup against county rival Drummond. The night will feature four games with the girls’ JV kicking off the action at 2:30 p.m. SCORING GRANITE – 8/18/10/9 – 47 LIMA – 7/6/1/3 – 17 Granite – Hill 6, Tallon 8, Grange 14, Met

BB RDP: Prospectors press Sheridan in blowout win

PHILIPSBURG – A stifling full court press kept the visiting Panthers off balance while the Prospectors capitalized on turnovers and second-chance baskets in a 60-17 win in their home opener Friday night. “We don’t have a ton of size,” said Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner, “but we have some quickness and athleticism and if we stay disciplined and keep our hand out of the cookie jar on defense … I thought they played well. “We’ve been working on this offense for three years in little sections of it here and there … and the kids had some skills they needed to work on and they did this summer. It was fun to see it all come together a little bit.” The Prospectors used their press and solid offe

County Road Supervisor pay raise drawing ire of county residents

PHILIPSBURG – Citizens around Granite County called the Flint Creek Courier Thursday with concerns over an impending pay raise for County Road Supervisor Paul Alt. Alt, who was hired in the spring of 2017, was paid just under $57,000 for his first year of service in the position. Along with those duties, Alt is also in charge of the county’s two waste management plants, receiving $15,000 a year for that assignment. The two jobs bring him to a total of almost $72,000 a year. Callers to the Flint Creek Courier indicated that Alt had requested a pay raise of approximately $15,000 a year at Tuesday’s Granite County Commissioner meeting, and that the raise for his duties regarding the waste manag

Trojans alter first week of 2018-19 basketball schedule

DRUMMOND – The Drummond Trojans have adjusted their schedule for the first week of the regular season due to water issues at the gymnasium. The home game scheduled for Friday with Harrison-Willow Creek in Drummond is now in Harrison. The game against the Wildcats Jan. 18 is now a home game for the Trojans. Saturday’s home game against the Victor Pirates has been moved to Jan. 8 and will remain in Drummond. The games with county rival Granite will also be flip-flopped. Tuesday will not be played in Philipsburg and the game Jan. 24 will be in Drummond. All changes have been made and are reflected on the Flint Creek Courier’s Events Page. #DrummondHighSchool #BoysBasketball #GirlsBasketball #Sc

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