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The Big Sky Community Softball Fields have been a product of the community from the beginning. PHOTO COURTESY OF BSCO

Prepping the field

Longtime local Brian Wheeler once described how the softball fields came to be in Big Sky: Boyne donated the land, which at the time was a rocky field with weeds and large holes. Mary Wheeler drove a tractor donated by Steve Barrett around the field and neighborhood kids threw rocks into the loader bucket.

James Miranda has lived in the area for 25 years, but started working for the Big Sky School District five years ago. PHOTO COURTESY OF BIG SKY SCHOOL DISTRICT

New coach in town

Big Sky School District health educator James Miranda agreed to be both the football coach and track coach.

An “Army brat” from south Jersey, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and comes from a family of educators and military officers.

The Training Corner

Q: Hi Pat! I am flat-out scheduled to the max right now. No, I am not whining, but I am concerned that my fitness is taking a dive. I’m a working wife and a mother of two, and new to this kids-sports-schedule thing.

Big Sky kids show their love of Harbor deWaard during the 2020 Harbor’s Hero Run, an event that has taken place for the last seven years. PHOTO COURTESY HARBOR’S HERO RUN

Honoring Harbor

Harbor deWaard was an adorable little boy known for his sweet grin, his love of superheroes and wearing capes. The Big Sky community mourned when Harbor took ill. Throughout history there have always been viruses in the world, taking loved ones away long before Covid-19 inflicted its damage. Harbor was lost to one such quick-moving virus.

A collection of Mark “Bucky” Gibbons’ crazy hairdos for Dirtbag Day over the years. It has become a celebrated mystery and tradition for local dirtbags. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARK GIBBONS AND KAREN MACKLIN

Who the *$#! is Mark Gibbons?

There are stickers floating around Big Sky, some prominently placed throughout Brothel Bikes that ask: “Who the F––– is Mark Gibbons?” So, LPL set out to solve the mystery.

The problem is Mark Gibbons says he also does not know if Mark Gibbons knows who Mark Gibbons is. Maybe at the end of the day, most people cannot say who they are.

Lone Peak on the horizon from the roof of BASE. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

An early peek at BASE

Lone Peak dominated the horizon and a sea of blue around it, a handful of the people who have been instrumental in funding and forming Big Sky’s BASE stood on the roof, taking photo opportunities, delighting in seeing it come to fruition.

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