Drummond joins Granite with online broadcast of sporting events

GRANITE COUNTY – Trojan sports have joined the Prospectors in broadcasting live sports over the Internet. Cameras donated by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) over the summer are now active at Drummond and Granite high schools in Granite County. Granite’s gym camera has been active for a few weeks. Drummond’s cameras, in their gum and at their football field, were calibrated this week and are active as of Tuesday. With the second half of the county rivalry volleyball match taking place tonight, Oct. 20, fans unable to get one of the limited tickets for the match can now watch it live online. Viewers will need to purchase either a monthly or one-year subscription to view the game

Drummond Schools votes to go back to online learning beginning Monday

DRUMMOND – After an outbreak that has put six of its staff members into quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19, Drummond Schools will be going to an online learning format starting Tuesday. According to an email from Drummond School Superintendent Christina Barbachano, the decision was made at an emergency school board meeting Saturday night. Monday will serve as a PIR day for the instructors with students attending a half-day Tuesday from 7:50 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of online instruction. "We will get through this together,” stated Barbachano via text message Saturday night. “(The) Drummond Schools staff will work over the course of this next week to meet the ne

Accident along Drummond Frontage Road proves fatal

DRUMMOND – The Granite County Sheriff’s Department is reporting a fatal car crash that occurred along the Drummond Frontage Road Saturday night. According to the sheriff’s report, the accident happened west of Drummond just before 5 p.m. Speed appears to be a factor in the accident in the preliminary investigation. The Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate. The name of the victim is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

Titans secure West’s top slot with win at Darby

DARBY – On a night when the stage was set for a lot of things to go wrong, most of it went right. The Flint Creek Titans posted a 36-6 win over the Tigers in Darby Friday, improving to 7-0 on the year and claiming the No. 1 playoff seed in the MHSA 8-Man Football Playoffs that start October 31. The 30-point margin of victory was more than enough to secure the tie-breaker advantage over Thompson Falls, who is also undefeated at 8-0 after besting Charlo 22-0 Thursday. With their wins, the Titans and Blue Hawks are now the only remaining undefeated teams within the 8-man ranks. Joliet lost to Park City last week 46-42 to fall to 5-1. The rankings should reflect that Flint Creek will move to the

Lady Trojans rally falls just shy against Powell County

DEER LODGE – Drummond started slow before warming up to push the Wardens to their limit in Deer Lodge Tuesday night, losing a five-set match 17-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-15, 12-15. Hannah Bradshaw led the effort with a well-rounded game. She had a team-best 10 kills at the net and contributed 13 digs on defense. Deana Parke and Gracie Weaver led in assists with five and four, respectively, while the latter also tied Bradshaw in digs with 13. Sydney Phillips had all five blocks for Drummond along with eight kills. Holly Hauptman was tops in digs with 15 and Jesse Struna had 21 of the Lady Trojans 22 assists. Drummond will try to get back on the winning side of the ledger Thursday when they host Va

NPR map not giving accurate account of Granite County bed space

PHILIPSBURG – A recent report from National Public Radio (NPR) indicates that hospital bed space is reaching dangerous levels around the state of Montana. But it’s inclusion of Granite County among those counties with a bed shortage may be misinterpreting data. According to Granite County Medical Center (GCMC) CEO Maria Stoppler, the beds in question are filled the majority of the year with long-term care patients. The GCMC has 25 beds available of which 17 are currently filled with long-term care patients. The hospital has a max of 22 patients that it can accept in that capacity. “Hospital Inpatients have been up and down as usual,” observed Stoppler in an email Tuesday afternoon. “Currentl

Darby limiting fans at Friday night’s game versus Flint Creek

DARBY – The Tigers are still in lock down at their athletic contests, limiting fan access to its game against Flint Creek Friday Night. According to Darby Athletic Director JP McCrossin, the Titans will be issued two tickets per rostered player. Spectators are required to have a ticket to enter. Masks are required on school grounds and social distancing will be emphasized. Upon entry, each spectator will pay the entry fee, sign in and have their temperature taken. McCrossin also noted that there will be no concessions so fans need to remain their team’s side of the field. The game itself will be a key one for the Titans (5-0/6-0), as they currently are ranked No. 1 in the Western Division of

Drummond suffers nonconference loss at Clark Fork

SUPERIOR – Try as they might, the Lady Trojans lost a tight five-set match to the Mountain Cats Saturday in Superior, 25-17, 19-25, 19-25, 25-18, 4-15. After getting off to a quick start with a win in the opener, Drummond suffered losses in games two and three that put them on the defensive. They rallied to take game four and tie the match, but host Clark Fork claimed the fifth set and the match. “There were some really great moments and then some where it felt like our feet were cemented to the floor,” said DHS Head Coach Brooks Phillips. “We definitely helped them out a few times by not having a great night serving. “We never like to lose but it’s a nonconference loss so we’ll make some ad

Flinty Creek 6-0 after rolling past Sheridan, 74-0

DRUMMOND – It was supposed to be a test for the Titans, a chance to see if they were actually the caliber of team that many expect them to be this year. And with their 4-2 record and touted as one of the top teams in the South, Sheridan was supposed to administering that test. But in the time it takes to heat a couple of burritos at Fic’s gas station, Flint Creek established a solid lead and scorching defense on its way to a 74-0 blowout of the Panthers Friday night in Drummond. It started early, with Sheridan quarterback Kole Hill fumbling the ball away on their first series. The Titans fell on the ball and took possession on the Panther 29-yard line. In one play Cade Cutler hit Ethan Parke

Victim in fatal car crash near Philipsburg identified

GRANITE COUNTY - The Granite County Sheriff's Department reported a fatal crash Thursday evening near Philipsburg. The Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Victoria Rae Thompson (78) of Corvallis. Thompson died as a result of blunt force injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Upper Rock Creek road. The accident happened at approximately 4:55 P.M. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Upper Rock Creek road near Philipsburg. Thompson was thrown from the vehicle and died of her injuries at the scene. Speed appears to be a factor in the crash. The Granite County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate.

Drummond blasts Lincoln with total team effort

DRUMMOND – The Lady Trojans used a strong effort from both ends of the bench Thursday night as they easily beat visiting Lincoln, 25-13, 25-8, 25-20. The third game in the set wasn’t nearly as close as the score looks, as Drummond played its reserves for the majority of the match. Only when the tally saw the locals up by a single point 21-20, did DHS Head Coach Brooks Phillips reinsert the starting corps to finish off the night. “It was a great team effort tonight,” said Phillips. “We got everyone playing time. It was great to see the starters supporting the rest of the team, cheering them on and giving them pointers. These girls are just such a good team.” The biggest stat of the night went

Fatal car crash reported near Philipsburg

GRANITE COUNTY - The Granite County Sheriff's Department is reporting a vehicle crash earlier this evening. The fatal single car crash occurred near Philipsburg. At approximately 4:55 P.M. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a single vehicle crash on Upper Rock Creek road near Philipsburg. A Montana woman was thrown from the vehicle and died of her injuries at the scene. Speed appears to be a factor in the crash.  The Granite County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. These types of tragedies’ are to often reminders for everyone to please buckle up

BREAKING: Granite volleyball postpones game vs Seeley, cancels two others

PHILIPSBURG - Granite High School Athletic Director JB Chandler confirmed today that the Lady Prospector volleyball game scheduled tonight against Seeley Swan has been postponed due to a case of Covid-19. The game against the Blackhawks has been rescheduled to October 21 at 5:30 p.m. Granite will also lose the games on Saturday and Tuesday. Saturday's game against Darby will be categorized as a No Contest as per the Montana High School Association's ruling regarding games affected by Covid-19. The match against the Tigers is a conference game, Tuesday's match was a non-conference contest against Hot Springs and will just be cancelled.

Numbers Game: Why Covid-19 counts don’t appear to match up, but really do

GRANITE COUNTY – Throughout the course of the Corona Virus pandemic people have been in conflict about what is really going on. Masks, social distancing and hand washing have all become highly politicized. But the truth of the matter is that the numbers – the real numbers – don’t lie. People do. Recently the Flint Creek Courier posted an update from the Facebook page of Granite County Public Health (GCPH) which drew comments that the numbers some readers had were different than what GCPH had. To solve the mystery of the varying tallies, the Courier looked into where these numbers are generated and why they may differ from other sources at times. In Montana, one of the main sources that peopl

Titans ground Blackhawks, advance to 5-0

PHILIPSBURG – And air of complacency swirled around George Mungas Field early Friday evening. It was a night that saw fans arrive late and the Titan defense even later. Still, the home standing Titans finally found their mojo in posting a 50-0 win over visiting Seeley Swan to improve to 5-0 on the year. “I don’t understand it. I guess it’s my personality or whatever,” said a reflective Mike Cutler after the game of his team. “I don’t care who the opponent is, it’s a football game. Number one it’s a beautiful night and number two we live in the best country in the world. Why are we not excited to play football? “(We were) not emotionally ready to play. Sluggish. If you’re a football player yo

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