Clark Fork Cats head to 13C Districts in second place
With regular season at a close, the Clark Fork Lady Mountain Cats will be heading to Districts in second place, behind Seeley-Swan. The Cats suffered a loss to Noxon and to Seeley-Swan during the season, ending 8-2. Seeley cut the Cats out of first place for Districts last year, as well.
“Sometimes we are our own worst enemy,” said Head Coach, Toni Labbe. “We need to focus on serves received. That’s our hardest thing is getting good passes off a serve received and our unforced errors. I don’t feel like there’s a team we can’t play against. It’s our unforced errors and we are basically beating ourselves with those mistakes.”
Labbe feels the team is more confident going into Districts this year having the experience of making it to Divisionals last year, “these guys are more mentally tough compared to last year,” she said.
On Friday the team plays at 3:15 p.m. at Valley Christian in Missoula where Districts are being held this year.
During the past few weeks the Cats beat Darby, 25-23; 25-22; 18-25, 25-19 on Oct.13. On Oct. 16 they beat St. Regis, 25-20; 25-14; 25-12. During play the team had 16 kills, with Cat Sorren Reese with 4. Madison Mask had all 12 of the teams assists and Emmah Baughman had the single team block. Out of 30 digs, Bailey Milender had 8 and she also had 4 of the team’s 10 aces.
For the Lady Tigers, the team had 24 kills lead by Emma Hill with 7. Hill also led in digs making 13 out of 44 and had 2 of the teams 4 aces. Hill and Baylee Pruitt each had 11 of 22 assists. Chloe Cielke had all 4 of the team’s blocks.
St. Regis also played Noxon on Oct. 17 with 21-25; 23-25; 10-25. During play, Emma Hill had 7 of the team’s 26 kills, one of two team blocks, and 12 out of 20 team assists. Kylee Thompson had the other block and Baylee Pruitt had 2 of 6 aces and 15 of 65 team digs. Districts will begin on Oct. 25 for the Tigers in Hot Springs.
Cats take a hard dive to Arlee, 56-52
In 8-man football, the Clark Fork Mountain Cats went to head to head with Arlee last Friday to try and scratch out second place heading into the playoffs. But in the end, the Warriors thumped the Cats, 56-52.
“We lost a little momentum with some individual breakdowns, along with some coaching errors,” said Head Coach, Jeff Schultz. “It was a tough loss but we control our destiny from here on out. If we can get it together for all four quarter, we’ll do alright.”
Last weekend, Charlo stopped their season due to player injuries. They were scheduled to play Seeley but forfeited the game. This pushed the Cats and Warriors to play for second place. Playoffs begin next weekend with Flint Creek the number one seed in the Western Division, followed by Arlee, with Clark Fork in third and Darby in fourth place.
The Cats will face Great Falls Central in their first ever playoff game. Since the Superior/Alberton coop the team has not made it to the playoffs. The Superior Bobcats went to Districts five years ago as the number two seed in the west and six years ago they were the Class C State Champs.
Great Falls Central is currently the number two seed out of the north, “they have a good quarterback and a good receiver,” said Schultz. Their quarterback has signed to play tight-end for the UM Grizzlies, “he’s a big kid and we’ll have to make sure we get him to the ground.”
Schultz said they will match up well against Central, “our defense is coming together and offense has been unstoppable.”
The Cats are 6-3 going into the tournament, “it was a ton of fun this year, these guys really came together,” he said. The game again Great Falls Central will be on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. in Great Falls.
During play on Friday, quarterback, Bryan Mask had a total of 38 rushing and 175 passing yards with a team total of 205 rushing yards. Trey Green had 12 receptions and 164 rushing yards as well as 16 unassisted tackles.