You can’t win ‘em all. Big Sky’s boys and girls varsity b-ballers fell to their opponents during their away games in Gardiner and Shields Valley. The Horns will look for wins back on home turf this week – taking on White Sulfur Springs on Jan. 31 and Manhattan Christian on Feb. 1.
The middle school girls basketball season is now underway, and student interest in the sport is high. This year two teams represent the Ophir Lady Miners, with 20 girls on the 5/6th grade team and 15 on the 7/8th grade team.
The stands were a sea of blue and red as the Lone Peak Big Horns battled district rivals the West Yellowstone Wolverines on the home court January 11.
The Lady Big Horns played a high intensity and historic game against the Twin Bridges Lady Falcons on January 4, beating the Falcons 44-38. It was the first time in team history that the Lady Big Horns beat the Lady Falcons.
It was a battle through the first and second quarters during their January 4 home game against Twin Bridges, but the Big Horn boys lost their momentum after the half. With 2:53 left in the first quarter, a side three-pointer was secured by Big Horn number 22, Frankie Starz, tying the game 10-10 against the Falcons.
January 3, 2019
Lone Peak vs. Gardiner
Lone Peak 8 5 8 20 Final: 41
Gardiner 7 16 10 9 Final: 42
Lone Peak Big Horns fans showed up full force for their girls and boys varsity teams’ first home games of the season on December 20, spilling into visitor seating as all the spots began to fill on the home team’s side. Attendees seemed to agree – it might have been the biggest fan turnout they’d ever seen.
Ophir fourth and fifth graders played a mix-up match after school on Dec. 17. Parents and fans filled the stands, and though the games were all in fun, the kids seemed to be learning a lot about the ins and outs of the game. Next year, many of the players will compete against schools from around the region.
It was a double-overtime disappointment for the Lone Peak High boys’ varsity team on Dec. 8, coming up short to Roberts with a final score of 66 to 71. “It was a heartbreaker,” said head coach Brian Van Eps of the loss. “They were a good team, a lot bigger than us, and better than we expected.”
The Ophir Miners fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team took home the championship title on December 1 – beating out eight other schools in the rural league in a two-day tournament held at Petra Academy in Bozeman.