Wolf Point Herald

Local Girls Shine At First Annual Poplar Tennis Invite

Eighty-seven high school tennis players from throughout Montana played in the first annual Poplar Invitational Tennis Tournament held in Great Falls Friday and Saturday, April 13-14. The 12-team, four- bracket tournament was played on several courts at Charles M. Russell High School.

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On To Florida For Local AAU Wrestler After Placing In Iowa

Championship Hardware
Lennoxx Lilley, 11, displays his championship hardware in his parents’ Wolf Point home. He won the medal last week in Des Moines, Iowa, and the trophy about two weeks ago at the Montana Open in Billings. (Photo by John Plestina)

A member of the Wolf Point Wrestling Club, the local Amateur Athletic Union affiliate, is one of eight local middle school and high school AAU wrestlers that have earned positions on Team Montana.

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We May Not Have Seen Winter’s Last Gasp As Spring Has Not Sprung On The Tracks, Courts Or Courses

Ol’ Man Winter Messing With Us
The sign says tennis players only and no bicycles, skateboards or roller blades. Unfortunately, it does not say no snow and ice. This is one of the tennis courts at Borge Park Saturday, March 24, the morning after a late winter storm dropped snow and rain on Wolf Point, leaving the tennis courts coated in ice.
(Photo by John Plestina)

Was the storm that blew across the Hi-Line at the end of last week leaving behind more snow, rain and ice winter’s last gasp? Maybe not.

Cowgirl Bridges 44-Year State Tournament Drought With Grandmother’s Encouragement

A Family Affair
Poplar High School student Holly Colgan (left) and her grandmother, Marquieta Buckles Colgan both played for the Lady Indians in state tournaments 44 years apart. (Photo by John Plestina)

A cowgirl is bridging the wide gap of Poplar’s 44-year girls’ basketball state tournament drought with encouragement from her grandmother.
Bridging that lengthy gap are two Lady Indians, both Colgans, born more than four decades apart.

Lady Indians Finish Fifth At First State Tourney In 45 Years

Hailey Brunelle
Poplar’s Hailey Brunelle puts pressure on Malta’s Erica Smith (30) under the basket during the second quarter of the Lady Indians 51-33 semifinal win over the M’ettes Friday, Feb. 16 at the 2B District Tournament in Wolf Point. Malta’s Taylor Eggebrecht (34) is pictured. (Photo by John Plestina)

The real story is not that the Lady Indians finished in fifth place at the State Class B Girls’ Tournament. The bigger story is that Poplar finished the most successful girls’ season ever and overcame a 45-year state tournament drought, playing at State for the first time since the 1972-1973 season, the second season that high school girls’ basketball was played in Montana since the 1930s.

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