Meet your 5/6th grade Ophir Lady Miners. Back row (left to right): Coach Jenny Wilcynski, Addy Malinowski, Lily Turner, Marley Schack, Elizabeth Collins, Harper Morris, Maddy Milner, Poppy Towle, Maddie Brown, Jillian Blakeley, Claire Hoadley, Coach Heather Morris  Front row (left to right): Alice Wilson, Stella Haas, Maddie Wilcynski, Jayden Jacobson, Scarlet Rosheim, Chloe Coleman, Sadie Nordahl, Cate Leydig, Chloe Weir.

Crushing it

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.

It was an intense battle: steals, blocks, man-to-man coverage and many fouls on both sides on January 4 when the Lady Big Horns took on the Twin Bridges Falcons. Freshman Carly Wilson expressed her excitement in winning the game. That ‘W’ was thanks in part to Wilson’s superior shooting skills.

Beating the birds

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.

Lone Peak High senior Kolya Bough and his teammates look to make a stop. The Twin Bridges Falcons had an obvious height advantage against the Lone Peak Big Horns, beating Big Sky’s b-ballers 73-28 on January 4.

Preparing for West Yellowstone

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.

Big Horn box scores

January 3, 2019

Lone Peak vs. Gardiner


Lone Peak                 8       5       8      20       Final: 41

Gardiner                    7      16     10      9        Final: 42

Lenay didn’t start snowboarding until 2007, but has taken the snowboard bull by the horns since then. “Follow your passion. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do it. If they do, just use that as motivation to make it happen,” he said.

Bound for B.C.

Big Sky local Chance Lenay was busy recently, packing up his gear and snowboard and heading to Revelstoke, British Columbia to compete in the Freeride World Qualifiers held on January 10.

Emma Flach dribbles down the court. The 5’7” junior brought in 12 points during the December 20 home game, the most of any player on the team.

Home game heartache

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.

Coach Lucas Westblade guides his young players as they compete in teams comprised of both fourth and fifth graders.

Big Sky's future b-ballers

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.


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