Fall finals coming up quick in high school sports

Bighorn football wins first game, soccer stumbles, and volleyball picks up momentum

Women’s volleyball and men’s football capped off a big weekend of victories for Lone Peak High School while both men and women’s soccer stumbled. All of the teams will host homecoming games this week as the regular season nears its end.

Volleyball won in three straight against the Sheridan Panthers at home on Friday, Oct. 1. A large crowd and encouraging atmosphere boosted the Bighorns momentum after a hesitant start. The first two games were largely back and forth but the ladies pulled away and made runs, beating the Sheridan squad in three straight.

On Saturday the volleyball team traveled to compete at the Manhattan Christian Tournament. They played for eight hours. The team walked away with three wins and one loss. It seems like the ladies are figuring out their chemistry at just the right moment with homecoming week ahead. They will rematch Sheridan away on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and then host Harrison on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. for homecoming. Come out and support the ladies as they look to continue their hot streak.

In an enormous display of scoring the men’s football team put together their first win of the season in a commanding road win over Absarokee. According to Athletic Director John Hannahs, seven different Bighorns scored in the 60-18 victory. For the first time in a while Coach Miranda had two quarterbacks at his disposal with the return of Juliusz Shipman from injury. George Helms ran the offense the last few games and connected well with freshman Bridger Flores. The Bighorns will host Ennis for a homecoming showdown on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. They hope to continue their winning streak with a home field advantage! Get ‘em boys!

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted Billings Central on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Big Sky community soccer fields. Despite a strong fight against the Rams in the first half, the lady Bighorns struggled with injuries. They fell 4-1 despite a beautiful goal from senior Campbell Johnson. The women will face Park High School at home on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., and then play Lockwood for their homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m.

The men’s team also struggled against a physical Billings Central team which beat them earlier in the season. They lost 2-0 off unlucky goals and dropped to third in their division. The team has struggled to put together performances which saw them as high as second place in the division a few weeks ago. They are hoping to beat Park High School on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. followed by their homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. against Lockwood.

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