Solae Swenson sends it back.

Varsity Horns win in Belgrade

With homecoming just a couple days away, the LPHS volleyball team traveled to Belgrade to play the rising class AA school’s freshman and sophomore teams. Both matches went to five sets, with the JV losing and the varsity edging out a narrow win. 

Next up: rival Manhattan Christian on Thurs. Sept. 20 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Emma Flach rises to return the ball against Sheridan.

Time to get rowdy

During preseason conditioning in August, the Lone Peak High School volleyball team was whipped into shape with help from Kyle Wisniewski.

     “He’s just a madman triathlete dude,” said Head Coach Missy Botha, running through the different ways her team looks for a winning edge. On top of conditioning, there’s passing. 

It’s all about the set up: Ivy Hicks showing the Sheridan Panthers how it’s done. LPHS continues to play at home Sept. 1 vs. Shields Valley. Action starts at 5 p.m.

High flying offenses

The Lone Peak High School Big Horns showed off a versatile offensive Aug. 24 during the football opener with Box Elder. Quarterback Frankie Starz threw five touchdown passes, connecting with receivers like senior Cole March (pictured). 

LPHS quarterback Frankie Starz tosses to teammate Austin Samuels, while Assistant Coach Mark Gale simulates the opposing defense.       “I’ve watched Frankie and Austin grow up together. Physically, they’ve both gotten bigger,” said Coach Gale. “Frankie comes from you know, (his brother) Eddie Starz was the quarterback, his big brother, who just graduated two years ago. He’s got it in him. He’s got the smarts. And his dad coached him in Lions football. It’s just all coming together now.”

Season kickoff

There was a time when some players on the Lone Peak High School football team were so inexperienced they didn’t know how to breathe once they snapped on a helmet. 

     Assistant Big Horn Coach Mark Gale remembers instructing them, “You know, you can breathe through your face mask.”

76-year-old Merrill Arbuckle has been teaching archery at the Jack Creek Preserve Youth Summer Camp since it began 18 years ago. He’s been practicing the sport for most of his life, and hunting in the Jack Creek area for decades. In fact, the biggest bull elk he ever harvested, came from the area. He said elk numbers declined after the area was clear cut in the 1970’s, but it’s still a great place to hunt. He shot his first elk in 1960, and now has 58 sets of ivories in his collection.

Take a shot

On a warm summer morning off of Jack Creek Road, down a long, winding gravel drive, past several groups of cattle, elk bugles emanated from the woods.

Young futbol players practice at the Big Sky Community Park on Aug. 7.

Are you ready for some futbol?

Grab your vuvuzelas, the world’s most popular sport is finally being offered as a club for Big Sky youth. Kim Dickerson and Tony Coppola, along with a number of other interested community members, have been working since the spring of 2018 to get a club established here, and in early August they were awarded nonprofit status.


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