Fall sports coming to a close
Football’s OT win, state playoffs for soccer, and a strong volleyball showing
Women's volleyball, led by head coach Ellen Wolferman and assistant coach Bailey Dowd, continued their hot streak against Sheridan and Harrison this past week with two wins. They first beat Sheridan away and then handled Harrison for Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 8. According to Athletic Director John Hannahs, the Lady Big Horns were all business. They beat Harrison in three sets by an average of 10 points. On Friday, Oct. 15, the Ladies will host White Sulphur Springs at 4 p.m. for senior night. They are currently 5-5.
A dramatic finish, overtime, and 38-36 win over the Ennis Mustangs marked an exciting homecoming game for the Big Horn football squad. “It was a victory for the ages,” proudly told head coach Miranda. With 3:04 to go and the Big Horns down, senior captain Aidan Miller stripped the ball carrier. It was suddenly Big Horn ball. Next, a pass from quarterback Juliusz Shipman to Pierce Farr on fourth and six with 1:10 kept the drive alive. These two plays ultimately led to the wild tip-in-the-endzone-finish caught by George Helms. This forced extra time.
In overtime, the Big Horns scored first and converted two points. The Mustangs then returned the favor and scored as well. However, the Big Horn defense stepped up and stopped the Mustangs’ two-point conversion, winning the game. This 38-36 victory over Ennis marks the second win in a row for Coach Miranda’s team. Their next home game is on Saturday, Oct. 16, against Twin Bridges at 7 p.m.
Men’s soccer battled Eastern Division leader Park High School at home on Thursday, Oct. 7, for senior night. Defender Kylan Smit and forward Tony Brester were honored with their families. Both will be graduating in the class of 2021. The last time the Big Horns faced the Park High School Rangers they lost 4-0 and suffered an injury to their starting goal keeper. This time would be different.
“We got off to a great start with Tony Brester finding the net early from a Max Romney throw in,” explained head coach Coppola. “Looking for redemption from our last game... the boys played composed and moved the ball well in the defending and middle thirds of the field. We had quite a few opportunities to score more, but did not capitalize on them. Sawyer Wolfe made his return to the number one goal keeper spot and played an amazing game back. At times the play was quite physical and even could be described as "chippy". Unfortunately, Park got a goal in the 70th minute and again in the 75th minute and we could not bounce back.” The game ended 2-1 in favor of the Rangers.
Following their chippy game against Park High, the men’s soccer team put on a show against Lockwood on the new turf field on Saturday, Oct. 9. “[We] were quick to score and never looked back in our 10-3 victory. Senior Tony Brester scored a hat trick and had two assists, while junior Max Romney scored two goals and an assist as well. Sophomore Cash Beattie scored a goal and had a lovely corner kick assist. Other goal scorers included Senior Kyan Smit, Juniors Alex Rager, Colter Marino, and freshman Finn McRae. It was a great way to wrap up the regular season. The boys moved the ball well, played with intensity and had a lot of fun on the pitch,” told Tony Coppola.
This win puts the boys at 5-6-1 for the regular season and earns them a third-place finish in the Eastern Division. They will have a play-in-game against second place Billings Central to earn a spot in the state playoffs. The game is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Amend Park in Billings. Come out and support the boys so they can get to state!
The women’s varsity soccer team, coached by Jaci Sands, lost to the Park High on senior night and thumped Lockwood in their last games of the year. Five seniors were honored for the senior class of 2021 along with their families including forward Carly Wilson, midfielder Sophia Cone, defender Tristen Clack, midfielder Campbell Johnson, and midfielder Isabel McGaughy. Capping off the season in a wonderful display of offense and defense, the women swept Lockwood 5-0 on Saturday, Oct. 9. Carly Wilson, Campbell Johnson, Avery Dickerson, Skyler Manka, and Chloe Unger all scored in the homecoming game. The women’s team has struggled throughout the season due to a small roster and injuries. With five seniors graduating, the ladies will need fresh players to help bolster the core of the team next season!