Copperheads bats come alive, take out Eureka

Anaconda wasted no time earning their first win of the season, thumping Eureka 20-7 Saturday at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex.

Coming off a tough loss to Libby Friday afternoon, the Copperheads (1-1) wasted no time getting rolling on Saturday. Anaconda pounded out 14 hits and saddled Avory Escobar with 17 earned runs in the mercy-rule victory.

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Libby spoils home, season-opener for Anaconda

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Erin Chapman slides safely into second after her first steal of the season. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO/Blake Hempstead

Two of the tougher teams in the Western B division met for Anaconda’s home and season-opener at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex. Libby proved too tough for the Copperheads, winning 9-4 in a nonconference, early season showdown.

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Copperhead softball kicks off season today vs. Libby

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The Copperhead softball team will be in action this afternoon at 3 p.m. vs Libby for their season and home opener at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex.

The Copperhead softball team will brave the cold and rain today to kick off their season and home opener against Libby today at 3 p.m.

The weather is nothing new for the ‘Heads early in the spring season in Southwest Montana, and if anything they usually expect some sort of inclement pattern during the first few weeks of the year at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex.

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Anaconda’s Hill, Mikalatos earn All-State recognition

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Trent Mikalatos

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Braxton Hill

Anaconda’s junior tandem of Braxton Hill and Trent Mikalatos led the contingent of All State award winners following the 2016-17 basketball seasons announced Friday, March 17.

All told, three Copperhead boys and two girls were recognized with post season awards in the 6B district.

Hill averaged 22.7 points/game to lead the team along with Mikalatos’ 13 ppg, guiding Anaconda High to a 17-10 overall record and ultimately a second place finish at the Class B state tournament.

Senior guard Kadin Stetzner earned honorable mention status with his 8.3 ppg.

Hill and Mikalatos were joined by Loyola’s Parker Davis, and Deer Lodge forward Brandon Porter on the All State team from the 6B.

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Southwest Montana All Star Basketball Classic features five AHS standouts

The 2017 Southwest Montana All-Star Classic will tip off at the Montana Tech HPER Complex Tuesday with a girls game at 6 p.m., followed by a boys game at 7:30 p.m.  The event, which is sponsored by the Butte Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Committee, will feature the top girls and boys high school players in Southwest Montana.

The games will also feature the bands and cheerleading squads from Butte High and Butte Central and performances by the Dynamic Dance and Tumbling Company.  Three-point contests featuring the top shooters will be held at halftime of both games.

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Numbers from weekend broadcast are in, and they’re remarkable

By BLAKE HEMPSTEAD

This past weekend, our Anaconda Copperheads made a nearly historic run through the Class B state tournament ending in a heartbreaking 54-51 loss to Malta in the championship game Saturday night at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings.

The numbers are in and they are remarkable.

Overall, the traffic on the kana580.com Web site recorded 2,182 sessions including 1,524 unique users logging in from individual IP addresses associated with their device – mobile, tablet or desktop.

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Anaconda nips Shelby in OT, to play for first state title since 1989

By BLAKE HEMPSTEAD

In what could only be described as a battle of attrition, the Copperheads would not be denied.

Anaconda was too much from the free throw line down the stretch, holding off Shelby 68-64 in overtime. The win assured Anaconda of their first state championship appearance since 1989 — and with one more magical win their first state championship since 1948.

A pro-Copperhead crowd watched an aerial barrage of 3s by Shelby continue to hit the mark — nine to be exact — but when it came down to crunch time Anaconda was the team making the most of their opportunities.

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Copperheads ride solid first half to dump Whitehall in Class B first round

BILLINGS — Anaconda’s first state tournament in over 10 years couldn’t have tasted any sweeter.

Riding a solid first half both offensively and defensively, the Copperheads avenged an 18-point loss to Whitehall earlier this year to roll into the semifinals with a 68-55 first round win.

Anaconda’s half court sets set the tone and the defense did the rest as they bolted out to a 29-15 lead at the half. With 2:14 left in the second quarter, Anaconda led by 17 and looked to be having no problems against the Trojans.

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Copperheads with a chance to rewrite history; start Class B state tournament Thursday

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Anaconda’s Trent Mikalatos, left, Bobby Swainston, Kadin Stetzner, Devon Kopp, Kayne Cobban and Braxton Hill lead the Copperheads into Thursday’s State B tournament at the MetraPark in Billings.

By BLAKE HEMPSTEAD

On Thursday, Anaconda will embark on a journey that doesn’t happen in the Smelter City every year. Following their first divisional championship since 2005 last week at the Western B played in Ronan, whispers have begun to gain steam and grow to a dull roar. When is the last time we went to a state tournament? When was the last time we won a state championship or even played in a trophy game in the final tournament of the year?

Well thanks to the fantastic statistical data collected and archived by the late Tom White along with the information I’ve added, I have that information for you.

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