FB’19: Titans start playoff trek on the road in West Yellowstone

GRANITE COUNTY – When the Flint Creek Titans enter the 2019 postseason, they will no longer be the favorites. In fact, they go in as one of the under dogs. Having been the team to beat the last two seasons, it will be a different challenge for sure. But it is one they are more than willing to accept. Flint Creek (6-3, No. 4 West) travels to West Yellowstone (9-0, No. 1 South) Saturday to take on the Wolverines in the first round of the Montana High School Association’s 8-Man Football Playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. West Yellowstone is experiencing tremendous success after moving up from the 6-man game last year. While the Titans were posting back-to-back perfect seasons in 2017 and 2018,

Playoff brackets set for area volleyball, football teams

GRANITE COUNTY – Hunting season opened over the weekend, and folks will be looking for more than just deer and elk in the comings days. 8-Man Football The two-time defending state champion Flint Creek Titans enter this year’s postseason bracket as the No. 4 team out of the Western Conference, having finished with a 6-3 overall record. Unlike the past two years where home games were plentiful in the playoffs, the Titans will be on the road for as long as they play in 2019. West Yellowstone will be their opponent in the opener. The Wolverines were 9-0 on the year and 6-0 in the Southern Conference. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at West Yellowstone High School. Volleyball The Granite Lady Prospec

Cavalcade of Halloween candy at Drummond businesses, churches

DRUMMOND – Goblins, superheroes and all manner of other trick or treaters will be out looking for candy Thursday night, with several Drummond entities set to provide a safe environment for kids to visit. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be holding its annual Trunk or Treat event Wednesday night in the church parking lot. Various members of the church will be handing out candy from the back of their cars starting at 6 p.m. The church is located at 6197 on Montana Highway 1 just south of town. On Thursday, October 31, area businesses will also be handing out candy to kids as they make the rounds. The Drummond eateries of Parker’s and The Wagon Wheel will be waiting for visi

Lady Trojans secure third in District with whitewash of Lima

LIMA – The Drummond Lady Trojans closed out their regular season schedule with a sweep of the Bears in Lima, 25-21, 25-16, 25-19. The victory secures a third place berth into the District 12C tournament. After winning a close game in the opener by four points, the Lady Trojans cruised to a game 2 win with Rylee Hilmo spending almost all of her time at the service line. The senior setter was at the back line for 15 of her team’s 25 points that included one ace. Sydney Phillips led Drummond with nine kills and was one of three players (Deana Parke and Holly Hauptman) that each had two service aces. Hannah Bradshaw and Hilmo rounded out the stat with one each. Parke was the top digger with 12 w

Yakos twins finish Top 30 at State Cross Country Finals

GREAT FALLS – Freshmen Maddie and Gracie Yakos made a strong showing for Drummond High School at the cross country state finals Friday. The event was held at the Eagle Falls Golf Course in Great Falls. In just their first year of competition, the Trojan runners put on a strong showing with a team made up of three freshmen and one sophomore. Maddie Yakos ran to a 15th place finish in a field of 98 female competitors in a time of 22:12.07 minutes, making her one of only five freshman to crack the Top 15. Her twin sister Gracie placed 30th just two minutes back in a time of 24:14.97. “Maddie ran the last two thirds with a side ache that she couldn't get rid of,” said DHS Head Coach Darcy Schind

BREAKING: Fatal accident reported west of Philipsburg

GRANITE COUNTY - On October 26, 2019, at approximately 6:13 a.m., the Granite county Sheriff’s office received a report of a man struck by a vehicle opening a gate to access an area to hunt west of Philipsburg. A Virginia man was pronounced dead upon emergency responders arrival. The Sheriff’s office in conjunction with Montana Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate the matter. Preliminary reports indicate, drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash. The name of the deceased will be released after notification of next of kin. NOTE - This information was provided in a release by the Granite County Sheriff's Office.

Titans punch postseason ticket with big win over Victor

DRUMMOND – It was the simplest of outcomes and just what the Titans needed to close out regular season play. The 70-6 win over the visiting Victor Pirates gave Flint Creek a 5-3 record in Montana’s 8-Man Western Conference and a fourth-place finish on the year. They will enter the 16-team postseason bracket Nov. 2 on the road, presumably against West Yellowstone. The bracket will be finalized by the MHSA this weekend. For Titan Head Coach Mike Cutler, he and his team got exactly what they wanted Friday night. “The seniors had some fun, we got a ‘W’ and we don’t have any injuries,” Cutler observed. After stopping the Pirates on their first drive, Flint Creek went to work. The first score of t

Lady Trojans take Twin Bridges in three straight

TWIN BRIDGES – Drummond volleyball was on the road in Twin Bridges Thursday night, notching a three-game sweep of the Falcons 25-22, 25-15, 25-20. The scoring was close in the opener until Sydney Phillips stepped to the service line and rattled off seven points that included a pair of aces. She also helped the Lady Trojans run away in Game 2, serving point eight through 17 with four more aces and her way to a team-best 10 for the night. Phillips was also tops for Drummond in kills with 10 and added 11 defensive digs to complete a triple-double. Rylee Hilmo had 18 assists, Holly Hauptman collected a trio of blocks and Hanna Bradshaw led at defenders with a dozen digs. The Lady Trojans will cl

Granite sweeps Wildcats in season finale, Earn No. 1 seed in district tournament

PHILIPSBURG – The Granite Girls Volleyball Team closed out its 2019 regular season with a three-game sweep of Harrison-Willow Creek, 27-25, 25-16, 25-22. The win leaves them atop the district standings as they head into postseason play next week. It was these same Wildcats that beat Ennis earlier this week while five of the Lady Mustangs are absent due to a violation of team rules, so they were not to be taken lightly. In Game 1 the visitors took a 17-16 lead and extended it to 21-17 before the Lady Prospectors started their comeback. Serenity O’Donnell served Granite back into the match with seven straight points and after an exchange of service, Haddie Tallon finished it off. The Lady Pros

A strong defense against the flu: Get vaccinated!

GRANITE COUNTY - The cold and flu season is upon us. If you're between the ages of newborn and dead, you probably ought to consider getting a flu shot. The following article was taken from the archives of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and is sponsored by the Granite County Medical Center.

Titans need to ‘Just Win Baby!’ come Friday night

GRANITE COUNTY – When the Flint Creek Titans take the field Friday night in Drummond it will be more than just another senior night. It will be for the postseason. Yes, the odds are distinctly in their favor. Yes, they hold the tie-breakers over the two teams they are tied with. But in the end, the only way to take all of the questions marks out of the equation is to, as Al Davis put it, “Just win baby!” Victor is arguably on the bottom of 8-man football this year. The Pirates are 0-8 and have scored just 50 points (6 PPG) while giving up 434 (54 PPG). Their closest loss was against Troy (lost 42-18) to give the Trojans their only victory of the season. So is it possible that the Titans coul

Montana’s Big Game Hunting Season Opens Oct. 26

This weekend marks the beginning of the general big game hunting season in Montana. The general deer and elk season is Oct. 26-Dec. 1. Here are a few reminders for hunters: Don't forget your regulations and maps. Take advantage of our online hunt planner at https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpPub/planahunt. Hunters should check their licenses in advance, and anyone with faded licenses can have them replaced at no cost at their regional FWP office. After Oct. 24, the cost will be $5 for each license replaced at a license provider. However, FWP will reimburse the cost to hunters and anglers who mail in a receipt to FWP Licensing, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. Another option for replacing your license

Titans postseason path can be simple – Win and they’re in

GRANITE COUNTY – The postseason is just two weeks away and teams are jockeying for their final playoff positioning. For the Flint Creek Titans it’s as easy as beating the Victor Pirates in the regular season finale and they’ll get a spot on the playoff dance card. Already claiming their spots are Clark Fork (7-0, 8-0), Thompson Falls (6-1, 7-1) and Mission (6-1, 7-1). More on them in a bit… The Titans stand at 4-3 in Western Conference play while the hapless Pirates come in at 0-7. Flint Creek is tied with Seeley Swan and Darby for fourth place, but the Titans hold the tie breaker by having beaten both of them this year. So even if the Blackhawks and Tigers manage to post wins in their final

Titans fall to Mission, look toward Victor in season finale

ST. IGNATIUS – It was one heck of a show Friday night, in more ways than one. The Mission Bulldogs outlasted the Flint Creek Titans 50-36 in St. Ignatius in Week 8 of the 8-man football season. The win keeps the Bulldogs in the hunt for a second-place berth into the MHSA postseason, while the Titans must beat Victor in their season finale to enter the bracket as a #4 team. That show began with Flint Creek showing that they were on their game early, scoring on their first two possessions. Quarterback Kade Cutler ran the ball in from five yards out at 10:10 in the first, followed by a rushing score from Preston Metesh just five minutes later. The Titans forced a fumble on Mission’s first drive

Titans play final road game of 2019 at Mission

GRANITE COUNTY – No opponent may be better known to the Flint Creek Titans than the Mission Bulldogs. They have faced each other three times in the past two seasons with the locals winning each time. Before we get into the game, here’s a glance at the game-day outlook. When the 2017 season opened, Mission (aka St. Ignatius) was dropping into 8-man after a tough run in 11. The Bulldogs were somewhat decimated from graduation and their starting lineup was populated with a number of sophomores. Two seasons and three games with the Titans later, those sophomores are now seniors and are having a stellar year at 6-1. Mission’s first game in 2017 was against the Titans, who won the game 58-0 in St.

Lady Prospectors sweep Lima

PHILIPSBURG – Granite High School handled Lima easily in a home volleyball match Wednesday evening, 25-11, 25-15, 25-13. “It was a good game,” said GHS Head Coach Jennifer Graham. “The girls kept their errors to under 12 and focused on playing like a team. We got the younger girls in to get them experience and overall it was fun.” The Lady Prospectors sported a balanced attack with a different leader in each of the five stat categories. Haddies Tallon was tops in digs with nine, Shelby Struna had 12 assists, Reece Pitcher notched five kills, Amelia Hill threw up a pair of blocks and Asha Coming collected six aces from the service line. Granite is off until next Oct. 24 when they close out th

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