Granite Girls, Boys claim wins at Sheridan

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan basketball teams were no match for either of the visiting Granite squads as both the Prospectors and Lady Prospectors notched victories. The Prospector boys were able to get off to a fast start and cruise to an 18-point win over the Panthers, 47-29. “We were able to jump on them early and our pressure really caused them problems,” said GHS Head Coach Dustin Keltner. “We played a great defensive game. We limited them to six first half points and were able to really play at the tempo we wanted. “A lot of guys played in the second half so it was nice that we were able to go deep on our bench.” After an 18-4 first stanza, the Prospectors kept up the pressure with an 11-2

Montana Pro Rodeo Hall & Wall of Fame recognizes two in Granite County

BILLINGS – The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame held its annual induction ceremonies Saturday night, recognizing two of Granite County’s biggest names in the sport. The Drummond Kiwanis PRCA Rodeo – which will celebrate its 79th annual event this year on July 5 – was recognized for its quality performances year after year. Drummond Kiwanis Executive Board members Butch Friede and Ron Wetsch attended the event to receive the award. Also honored was Philipsburg resident Carolyn Vietor for a lifetime of service and participation in the rodeo arena. Drummond Rodeo Each year, Friede and Wetsch are in the American Legions Gold Start Post 125 arena to help the participants and officials make

Prospectors lose rough & tumble affair with Seeley

NOTE - Videos and Pictures from the games at bottom of story. PHILIPSBURG – Down two starters and facing a team with four potential 20-point scorers, the Prospectors were already facing a tall order to secure a win. But playing a tough non-conference schedule is all part of the gig for the Granite Boys Basketball team this year according to Head Coach Dustin Keltner. Seeley Swan won the contest 65-xx. “I told the kids that we’re not playing any weak teams,” Keltner observed. “We want to play up and it’s going to pay off down the road. We still have Clark Fork left (Feb. 8) and they’re a good team too. These games don’t help your conference record, but we had some kids get some quality playin

Lady Trojans down Mountain Cats on the road, 50-32

SUPERIOR – The Lady Trojans of Drummond High School are experiencing a great season so far, notching their tenth win Saturday night on the road against Clark Fork, 50-32. The Mountain Cats started fast, but Drummond was faster outscoring their hosts by an 18-11 margin in the first stanza. The Lady Trojans kept up the pressure for the remainder of the game, including a 12-5 fourth quarter push that secured the victory. “The girls played great tonight,” said DHS Head Coach Nate Bignell of his Lady Trojans. We got a lot of looks that we haven’t seen yet which was great. I really liked playing that team (Clark Fork).” Juniors Sydney Phillips and Hannah Bradshaw continued their solid play on offe

Granite grinds down Bears in sweep

PHILIPSBURG – The two Prospector teams made easy work of the visiting Bears from Lima Friday night. In the boys game, Granite jumped out to a huge first-quarter lead 28-4 and never let up the remainder of the game. “The kids played hard tonight early on and we were able to jump out to an early lead,” observed GHS Head Coach Dustin Keltner. “We focused on half-court offense and defense. We were down a couple starters tonight so our younger kids stepped up and played well for us.” The missing players were starters senior Daniel Brabender (on a football recruiting trip) and junior Brian Ward (ankle sprain). Kade Cutler led a quartet of Prospectors that scored double figures in the game with 19,

Lady Trojans cage Wildcats

DRUMMOND – The Lady Trojans got back to doing what they do best Friday night, playing sound, fundamental basketball and notching a win over the visiting Wildcats of Harrison-Willow Creek. Drummond opened the game in a full court press that quickly took its toll on Harrison, running the score to 8-0 in the game’s first minute. The pressure continued, holding the Wildcats scoreless until there were just 37 seconds left in the period when Harrison’s Laure Cima finally tossed in a layup. She added a free throw and Ruth Crabtree got a bucket, but trailed Drummond 21-5 when the quarter buzzer sounded. “There were a lot of things I liked,” said DHS Head Coach Nate Bignell following his team’s ninth

Drummond Pep Band

A few shots of the Drummond Pep Band performing Friday night at games between Harrison-Willow Creek and the Trojans.

Lady Prospectors topple Twin Bridges in comeback win

PHILIPSBURG – After trailing for three and a half quarters, The Granite Lady Prospectors used a 23-9 fourth quarter rally to earn a 54-52 win over Twin Bridges Saturday night. It was a slow start for the locals in the first half, trailing by 11 after one period and 12 at halftime. But a furious rally in the last half of the third followed by the surge in the fourth made all the difference. Granite used a full court press that took a toll on the Falcons in the second half, pressuring the ball whenever Twin Bridges got it near a corner. The Lady Prospectors eventually tied the game at 47-47 with 2:11 to play. They would take a brief lead on an Amelia Hill basket inside, only to have the game k

Prospectors fall to Class B Anaconda

ANACONDA – The Granite basketball program took a night off from play against Class C opponents to take on the Class B Copperheads in Anaconda. But despite the loss, Prospector Head Coach Dustin Keltner was happy with the effort and experience his team got. “We played a very talented basketball team and went toe to toe with them for a long time,” said Keltner of his squad. “We were definitely the more physical team in the first half. It was a very close ball game for nearly 3 quarters. “We got a lot better as a ball club tonight. Great atmosphere and experience for our kids. I'm very proud of them.” Granite kept the hosts within reach for three periods, but a 24-10 run over the final eight mi

Lady Trojans drop nail biter in Ennis

ENNIS – The Lady Trojans had their eight-game win streak snapped in Ennis Friday night, dropping a close game to the Mustangs 44-42. Drummond falls to 8-2 on the year. After taking a five-point lead at the end of the first period, 11-6, Drummond fell behind the host Mustangs at halftime 20-17. The Lady Trojans pulled back within one 31-31 at the end of three, but couldn’t overcome Ennis is the final eight minutes. “The girls played hard for four quarters,” observed DHS Head Coach Nate Bignell. “It was a good game for us to see what we need to work on. I'm proud of the way they played. We’ve got some work to do and I know the girls are up for the challenge.” Senior Rylee Hilmo and junior Sydn

Trojans hoopsters sweep Bears in Lima

LIMA – The Drummond Boys picked up their second win in three games while the Lady Trojans ran their win streak to eight straight Thursday night against the Bears. Trojan Boys Drummond 54, Lima 42 Drummond edged the host Bears in the first period, but put the pedal to the metal in the second stanza as they outscored them 23-15. That run was powered by senior Wyatt Rigby’s 11 points and gave the locals a 35-25 lead at halftime that they would never relinquish. Rigby finished with 17 points and was the only double-figure scorer for the Trojans. Good news for Drummond came in the return of senior Conley Wagner who scored four points in his first game of the season. Wagner suffered a foot injury

Titans, Lady Prospectors top state with Academic All Team Award

HELENA – One last set of accolades for a pair of local athletic teams rolled in from the MHSA and the Army National Guard this week. The Granite Lady Prospectors Volleyball Team and The Flint Creek Titans 8-Man Football Team were named as winners of the Academic All Team award Monday. The award is cosponsored by the Montana High School Association and the Army National Guard. Winners are selected from all teams in their respective divisions that submit their academic records to their rosters for the fall season. “This award celebrates the academic effort of our athletes. A dynamic to celebrate especially when both achieved so much on the field and court,” said Philipsburg Schools Superintend

FWP looks to improve customer service with two changes to 2020 licenses

Hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses starting March 1. The most visible change Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks customers will see is a change to license paper. Starting this year, both licenses and carcass tags will be printed on normal-sized paper, and license buyers will be able to print them at home. For years, FWP licenses and tags have been produced on weather-resistant paper. However, this paper is not only expensive, but requires printing technology so outdated that it’s almost impossible to replace. The switch to standard 8.5 by 11-inch paper will provide significant savings and ultimately be easier for customers. What this

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