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  • KRTV Athletes of the Week: Hays Lodge-Pole boys making history

    KRTV Athletes of the Week: Hays Lodge-Pole boys making history

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-04-04 18:07:22 GMT
    HAYS — For a moment Saturday night in Great Falls, the crowd at the Four Seasons Arena was transported back to the year 2007. Same hair, same floor, same magic. With several players on the 2017 Hays-Lodge Pole team sporting dyed hair in honor of past legends like A.J. Long Soldier and Lenny Gray – the T-Birds claimed their first Northern C title in a decade, beating rival Box Elder 65-61. “A.J. Long Soldier is the best that ever did it,” said senior guard Fr...
    HAYS — For a moment Saturday night in Great Falls, the crowd at the Four Seasons Arena was transported back to the year 2007. Same hair, same floor, same magic. With several players on the 2017 Hays-Lodge Pole team sporting dyed hair in honor of past legends like A.J. Long Soldier and Lenny Gray – the T-Birds claimed their first Northern C title in a decade, beating rival Box Elder 65-61. “A.J. Long Soldier is the best that ever did it,” said senior guard Fr...
  • KRTV Athletes of the Week: MSU-Northern Lights making strides in spring practice

    KRTV Athletes of the Week: MSU-Northern Lights making strides in spring practice

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 2:04 PM EDT2017-04-04 18:04:58 GMT

    HAVRE — The MSU-Northern football team began spring practice last week with one word on the mind. Competition. “We have open positions all over the place,” said third year head coach Aaron Christensen. “As a staff we talked about not making any (depth chart) decisions until the week before our first game. We want guys to compete and competition creates success.” Northern featured a group of stalwart seniors in 2016 who had become the face of Lights foo...

    HAVRE — The MSU-Northern football team began spring practice last week with one word on the mind. Competition. “We have open positions all over the place,” said third year head coach Aaron Christensen. “As a staff we talked about not making any (depth chart) decisions until the week before our first game. We want guys to compete and competition creates success.” Northern featured a group of stalwart seniors in 2016 who had become the face of Lights foo...

  • KRTV Athlete of the Week: Trevor Trainer give Rohlf family reason to smile

    KRTV Athlete of the Week: Trevor Trainer give Rohlf family reason to smile

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 1:59 PM EDT2017-04-04 17:59:53 GMT

    GREAT FALLS — On Saturday Trevor Trainer returned to Montana a world champion. When he disembarked the plane after a full day of travel, he was met with loud applause from friends, family and teammates. Trevor was exhausted, but sleep could wait. He had people to hug, photos to take and medals to show off. The 26-year old had captured two gold medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria fulfilling a goal and a promise he made before making the trans-Atlantic t...

    GREAT FALLS — On Saturday Trevor Trainer returned to Montana a world champion. When he disembarked the plane after a full day of travel, he was met with loud applause from friends, family and teammates. Trevor was exhausted, but sleep could wait. He had people to hug, photos to take and medals to show off. The 26-year old had captured two gold medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria fulfilling a goal and a promise he made before making the trans-Atlantic t...

  • KRTV Athlete of the Week: Fairfield girls basketball team

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 1:53 PM EDT2017-04-04 17:53:11 GMT
    FAIRFIELD — As time ticked off the clock in Fairfield’s 34-33 win over Malta for a Class B state championship, Allix Goldhahn looked toward the sky. On the sideline, her parents – Pat and Windie – did the same. In the midst of the frenzied celebration at half court, Allix found her parents. In an emotional embrace, Pat said what they all were thinking and what the family and the whole team knew. “Lauryn’s watching.” The last few months have...
    FAIRFIELD — As time ticked off the clock in Fairfield’s 34-33 win over Malta for a Class B state championship, Allix Goldhahn looked toward the sky. On the sideline, her parents – Pat and Windie – did the same. In the midst of the frenzied celebration at half court, Allix found her parents. In an emotional embrace, Pat said what they all were thinking and what the family and the whole team knew. “Lauryn’s watching.” The last few months have...
  • KRTV Athlete of the Week: Ben Stroh hopes to finish remarkable wrestling career with NAIA hardward

    KRTV Athlete of the Week: Ben Stroh hopes to finish remarkable wrestling career with NAIA hardward

    Friday, February 24 2017 2:09 PM EST2017-02-24 19:09:44 GMT
    HAVRE — Ben Stroh always appears in control. But when he first stepped on the mat in MSU-Northern colors in October, he was a ball of nerves inside. “It was unreal,” said the Lights senior. “Butterflies were going and I was starting to question ‘did I prepare right for this?’. All the nerves that any athlete has.” He found comfort in an old friend, who happened to be his new coach. “Ben, you trust me right?” asked Lights mentor...
    HAVRE — Ben Stroh always appears in control. But when he first stepped on the mat in MSU-Northern colors in October, he was a ball of nerves inside. “It was unreal,” said the Lights senior. “Butterflies were going and I was starting to question ‘did I prepare right for this?’. All the nerves that any athlete has.” He found comfort in an old friend, who happened to be his new coach. “Ben, you trust me right?” asked Lights mentor...
  • KRTV Athlete of the Week: Valier’s Austin Stoltz doesn’t let brain cyst slow him down

    KRTV Athlete of the Week: Valier’s Austin Stoltz doesn’t let brain cyst slow him down

    Friday, February 24 2017 2:05 PM EST2017-02-24 19:05:37 GMT
    VALIER — Austin Stoltz loves sports. The athletic junior starred at Valier High School on the football field and the basketball court. And then he didn’t. Just weeks into the football season, Austin experienced trouble catching passes. Then he started feeling depressed. And then the headaches started. “It would only last for about two hours at first and then it would go away,” he recalled. “As football season went on, I kept on getting worse head...
    VALIER — Austin Stoltz loves sports. The athletic junior starred at Valier High School on the football field and the basketball court. And then he didn’t. Just weeks into the football season, Austin experienced trouble catching passes. Then he started feeling depressed. And then the headaches started. “It would only last for about two hours at first and then it would go away,” he recalled. “As football season went on, I kept on getting worse head...
  • KRTV Athlete of the Week: Lewistown senior Luke Derheim

    Friday, February 24 2017 2:03 PM EST2017-02-24 19:03:35 GMT
    LEWISTOWN — There are few things Luke Derheim loves in life more than Fergus High School basketball. “Once basketball season rolls around it’s everything to me,” said Derheim, the Lewistown boys basketball manager. “Every practice I’m here, every game. I’m the first one in and last one out. It’s pretty much life around here for me.” As a kid growing up in Lewistown he dreamed of suiting up for the Eagles and playing varsity baske...
    LEWISTOWN — There are few things Luke Derheim loves in life more than Fergus High School basketball. “Once basketball season rolls around it’s everything to me,” said Derheim, the Lewistown boys basketball manager. “Every practice I’m here, every game. I’m the first one in and last one out. It’s pretty much life around here for me.” As a kid growing up in Lewistown he dreamed of suiting up for the Eagles and playing varsity baske...
  • KRTV Athletes of the Week: Great Falls Central girls undefeated

    KRTV Athletes of the Week: Great Falls Central girls undefeated

    Friday, February 3 2017 12:55 AM EST2017-02-03 05:55:44 GMT

    GREAT FALLS — Most teams preach the “one day at a time, one game at a time” mind set – but the Great Falls Central girls basketball team sometimes can’t help but look ahead. “We’re mostly thinking about divisionals and that’s the big show for us,” said senior center Melissa Nickol. “We want to earn our place at state.” So far so good for Central and first year head coach Greg Horton. The Mustang girls are 12-0 on the ...

    GREAT FALLS — Most teams preach the “one day at a time, one game at a time” mind set – but the Great Falls Central girls basketball team sometimes can’t help but look ahead. “We’re mostly thinking about divisionals and that’s the big show for us,” said senior center Melissa Nickol. “We want to earn our place at state.” So far so good for Central and first year head coach Greg Horton. The Mustang girls are 12-0 on the ...

  • KRTV Athlete of the Week: Abi Gontarek

    KRTV Athlete of the Week: Abi Gontarek

    Friday, January 20 2017 1:56 PM EST2017-01-20 18:56:44 GMT

    GREAT FALLS — Three years ago, Abi Gontarek stood proudly on the podium in Billings – as the first-ever female wrestler to place at the all-class state tournament. “Being at state and standing atop the podium in fifth place. It just proved to myself that I can do anything,” she recalled. “Though it was probably one of the most terrifying experiences, it was the most rewarding. It’s opened so many doors and given me the opportunity to learn the amaz...

    GREAT FALLS — Three years ago, Abi Gontarek stood proudly on the podium in Billings – as the first-ever female wrestler to place at the all-class state tournament. “Being at state and standing atop the podium in fifth place. It just proved to myself that I can do anything,” she recalled. “Though it was probably one of the most terrifying experiences, it was the most rewarding. It’s opened so many doors and given me the opportunity to learn the amaz...

  • Athlete of the Week: Great Falls High's Brendan Howard

    Friday, January 20 2017 1:55 PM EST2017-01-20 18:55:26 GMT
    GREAT FALLS — For the first time in Brendan Howard’s four years at Great Falls High, there was a different coach manning the Bison bench for a crosstown clash. “It was definitely weird,” said the senior forward. “I had to change my routine a bit, but once I got in the game I tried not to think about it.” Assistant coach Eric Chaon took over play-calling duties from head coach Bob Howard, Brendan’s father, who missed the game while recovering...
    GREAT FALLS — For the first time in Brendan Howard’s four years at Great Falls High, there was a different coach manning the Bison bench for a crosstown clash. “It was definitely weird,” said the senior forward. “I had to change my routine a bit, but once I got in the game I tried not to think about it.” Assistant coach Eric Chaon took over play-calling duties from head coach Bob Howard, Brendan’s father, who missed the game while recovering...
  • Athlete of the Week: Malta's Sophia Stiles

    Athlete of the Week: Malta's Sophia Stiles

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 2:27 PM EDT2015-05-13 18:27:29 GMT
    Athlete of the Week: Malta's Sophia StilesAthlete of the Week: Malta's Sophia Stiles
    The Malta M-Ettes are undefeated and dominating district 2B. 
    The Malta M-Ettes are undefeated and dominating district 2B. 
  • Athlete of the Week: Jennifer Bagley of the Hel'z Belles Roller Derby Team

    Athlete of the Week: Jennifer Bagley of the Hel'z Belles Roller Derby Team

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 2:27 PM EDT2015-05-13 18:27:18 GMT
    Athlete of the Week: Jennifer Bagley of the Hel'z Belles Roller Derby Team (Photo: Julianne Dellorso - MTN News)Athlete of the Week: Jennifer Bagley of the Hel'z Belles Roller Derby Team (Photo: Julianne Dellorso - MTN News)
    When it came time to strap on the skates, this self-described nurturer says she was intimidated.
    When it came time to strap on the skates, this self-described nurturer says she was intimidated.
  • Athletes of the Week: Choteau Relay Team

    Athletes of the Week: Choteau Relay Team

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 2:27 PM EDT2015-05-13 18:27:02 GMT
    In a sport that is almost solely individual, the Choteau lady bulldogs are together.
    In a sport that is almost solely individual, the Choteau lady bulldogs are together.
  • Athletes of the Week: State-Bound Basketball Teams

    Athletes of the Week: State-Bound Basketball Teams

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 2:26 PM EDT2015-05-13 18:26:42 GMT
    This week's Athletes of the Week are the teams who are living for another weekend.
    This week's Athletes of the Week are the teams who are living for another weekend.
  • Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Marez - Small frame, big game

    Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Marez - Small frame, big game

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 2:26 PM EDT2015-05-13 18:26:02 GMT
    Bases loaded and the Bison nursing a three run lead against Helena - Marez stepped to the plate and let it rip.
    Bases loaded and the Bison nursing a three run lead against Helena - Marez stepped to the plate and let it rip.
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