INVOICING – Lockwood High School will be a busy place on June 18th.
On Thursday afternoon, the Midland Roundtable announced lists for the inaugural Montana All-Star Volleyball Classic – along with boys and girls basketball lists for the annual series with Wyoming.
The All-Star volleyball match, where the East against the West is played, takes place at. 3pm at Lockwood High on June 18th. The girls’ basketball game is at 17.30 later the same day, and the boys competition is at. 19.30 in the afternoon
The girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will also play Cowboy State on June 17 in Sheridan, Wyoming, where the girls’ game begins at 6 p.m. 17.30 and the boys’ competition at 19.30.
All Treasure State girls to play in the series will play their sport at the collegiate level Roundtable officials reported. To date, four boys basketball players have announced their plans to play college hoops.
Roundtable officials announced plans to begin the all-star classic last September.
The Eastern volleyball list, including where each girl should play the sport in college, consists of Josie Hasler, Huntley Project, Montana State-Northern; Macee Murphy, Huntley Project, MSU-Northern; Kara Pospisil, Billings Senior, Montana Western; Tennis Hiller, Great Falls CMR, Montana; Jordan Olson-Keck, Billings Skyview, Montana Western; Madi Ramsey, Billings West, Miles Community College; Maria Stewart, Billings Central, Miles CC; Ryan Eddins, Bozeman Gallatin, University of Providence; and Greta Peterson, Huntley Project, Williston State. The Eastern team will be coached by Rocky Mountain College coach Yang Yang.
The West’s volleyball list consists of Madeline Gilder, Corvallis, Rocky Mountain College; Sidney Gulick, Kalispell Glacier, Carroll College; Paige Sawyer, Missoula Sentinel, Rocky; Quincy Frohlich, Missoula Sentinel, North Idaho College; Shelbey Klein, Ennis, Providence; Kennedy Pocha, Helena Capital, Providence; Savanna Sterck, Kalispell Flathead, Oregon Tech; Malia Harris, Anaconda, Montana Tech; and Emma Gunderson, Choteau, Providence. The coach of the West squad is Maureen Boyle from Carroll College.
“There are two unique teams. Each one of these kids has signed a college scholarship,” said Midland Roundtable all-star volleyball director Laurie Kelly. “Not that it’s a prerequisite to be on the team, but it’s incredible how many Montanans who continue to play and love the sport and want to continue playing in college.
“We’re playing on June 18. It’s a great preparation job for these kids to get ready to go into their college season. It will do nothing but help them become better competitive players who play in all- the star game. “
Montana’s boys basketball team hopes to expand its lead in the all-time series with Wyoming. Montana leads the boys series 63-27.
The boys basketball list consists of Jackson Basye, Bozeman; Ty Huse, Bozeman, Montana Tech; Payton Sanders, Billings Skyview; Brayden Koch, Helena Capital, Carroll; Ta’Veus Randle, Belgrade; Caden Bateman, Missoula Big Sky, Montana; Rhett Reynolds, Shelby, Montana; Damon Gros Ventre, Lodge Grass; Owen Long, Three Forks; and Javonne Nesbit, Froid-Lake. The boys team is coached by Steve Keller from Providence, who trains 18-0 in the series after 109-104 and 110-71 victories last year.
“There are some really, really talented players. There’s a certain size and a bit of everything,” said Midland Roundtable president Mike Noland about the boys team. “There are some great goal scorers.
“Big names, champions, big goal scorers. It’s a bit of everything. I do not think this year is quite so much that one or two players stand out; it’s a combination of a bunch of players.”
The Montana girls swept Wyoming last year, winning 55-52 and 71-39. With the victories, Treasure State extended its lead at all times to 35-13. Montana has won nine games in a row over Cowboy State.
The girls basketball list consists of Bailee Sayler, Missoula Hellgate, Montana State Billings; Mya Hansen, Billings Central, Butler; Kaitlin Grossman, Billings West, MSUB; Brenna Linse, Billings Senior, Rocky; Draya Wacker, Melstone, Montana; Kyla Momberg, Box Elder, Montana Western; Taya Trottier, Harlem, MSU-Northern; Madeline Heggem, Roy-Winifred, MSUB; Keke Davis, Missoula Hellgate, Montana Western; and Sadie Filius, Oats, Carroll. The girls’ coach is Wes Keller from Rocky.
“This is the first time ever that all 10 girls have signed up for basketball,” Noland said. “There have always been a few that are at least unresolved.”
Noland said that an interesting angle is that Filius and Hansen, whose team always seemed to be fighting for it at the time of the tournament, are now teammates.
“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “It’s going to be fun to see Filius and Mya play together instead of against each other.”
Wes Keller, son of Montana’s boys coach Steve Keller, recently guided the Battlin’s Bears to most victories in the school’s history on their way to a quarterfinal appearance in the national NAIA women’s basketball tournament.
For the three games in Lockwood on Saturday, June 18, admission is $ 10 for all three games.
“Taking place all in one place will be really exciting,” Kelly said.
While not part of the Roundtable series, there will also be a 3 on 3 youth basketball tournament outdoors at Lockwood High that day. It only reckons that some of these players will want to come and watch the all-star competitions.
“We expect a lot of those players to get to it,” Noland said. “We’re expecting a big, big crowd. If you’ve not been to Lockwood High School, what a facility. It’s a great, great facility.”
REMARKS: Noland said the Wyoming teams have new coaches this season. Wyoming boys basketball all-star coach is Jay Collins, head of the men’s basketball coach at Northwest College in Wyoming. Wyoming girls basketball coach is Lauren Davis, who coaches the Northwest women’s team. Noland said the Wyoming teams were in the process of finalizing their lists.