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Wrapping up fall sports season

Football loses 58-20 and volleyball preps for tournament


The Bighorn Football team closed out the season versus Choteau on Thursday, Oct. 21, at home under the lights surrounded by families and peers. Choteau, led by head coach Lucas Gunderson, went into the non-conference game with an overall record of 2-7. The Big Horns, led by father and son Miranda duo, went into the last game of the season with a 2-5 record. Despite a spirited first half push by the Big Horns and a 14-14 tie going into half time, the Choteau Bulldogs ultimately beat the Big Horns 58-20.

Juliusz Shipman, the Big Horns quarterback, started off the first half energized with two touchdown passes. Shipman, on one impressive pass, managed to scramble outside of the pocket while under pressure and sail the ball downfield to the one-yard line. The pass was dropped by the receiver—and the crowd let out a cumulative sigh—but the play was superb. On the defensive side, Pierce Farr and George Helms repeatedly wrapped up the Bulldog running backs with athletic plays in the open field.

Going into half time, the game was close. Both teams looked to wrap up their years with a win. Choteau opened the second half with renewed vigor and focus. According to head coach Miranda, the Bulldogs executed their plays with more efficiency while the Big Horns simultaneously lost focus. “We started to make little mistakes,” explained Miranda. For example, the Big Horns faced penalties from illegal procedures, ran incorrect plays, and struggled with positioning. The game finished 58-20.

Looking back on the season, Coach Miranda will remember this group of guys and their ability to deal with misfortune. “We had a serious injury every game amongst our starters and we had many of the younger guys step up and fill in. We also had to deal with not being able to practice on a football field for most of the season,” Miranda explained.

A moment that will stick in memory from this season—for coach Miranda and for this group of players—was the dramatic game against Ennis. “The boys had the lead at halftime only to let Ennis come back and take it... [The game] came down to the last play for the tie and our defense came up strong to stop their top running back for the two-point conversion in overtime.”


The women’s volleyball team, led by Wolferman and Dowd, wrapped up the regular season on Oct. 19 with a road win against West Yellowstone. They finished the season with an overall record of 6-6 and will head into the district tournament as the seventh seed. Traveling to Manhattan Christian on Thursday, Oct. 28, the Lady Big Horns will kick off the district tournament at 1 p.m. They will face West Yellowstone again, a matchup that favors Lone Peak. They recently beat West Yellowstone on Oct. 19. Whoever wins that game will go on to face White Sulphur Springs—the number two seed—at 5:30 p.m. Wish the ladies luck at the Manhattan Christian Memorial Event Center for the end of season tournament!

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