Two local softball teams finish second in ASA state tournaments


Club Moderne won second in the Women’s D division last weekend at the ASA Women’s State Tournament played in Anaconda. COURTESY PHOTO

Over the weekend, 24 teams in Women’s C and D and Men’s Masters 40-plus and 50-plus converged on Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex for the 2015 Montana ASA State softball tournament.

Two local teams placed second in the Women’s D and Men’s Masters 50-plus divisions.

Club Moderne lost to Kalispell’s Rocky Mountain Aircraft in the championship for the runner up finish in Women’s D. Team members were Maria Robinson, Hattie Thatcher, Courtney Moodry, Bri Orrino, Angela Piazzola, Vanessa Jense, Lisa Laslovich, Keri Orrino, Korey Krumm, Aleesha LaBreche and Bailey Thatcher.

Three teams playing a round robin format tournament in the Men’s Masters Plus 50 led to Anaconda’s Goosetown/Club Moderne finishing second.

Below are all the state place-winning teams.

Women C
1, Press Box/Bill Long Trucking Missoula. 2, T & C Squad Billies Missoula. 3, Commercial Bar, Helena. 4, DFCI, Billings. 5, Sandy Macs, Helena. 6, Steel Etc/Ninja’s, Great Falls.

Women’s D
1, Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Kalispell. 2, Club Moderne, Anaconda. Eagles, Missoula. 4, Cowboy Softball, Great Falls. 5, Grub Stake, Helena. 6, Hit’N Pitches, Great Falls. 7, Serve Pro, Helena.
Mens Masters +40
Team Geritol, Missoula. 2, Press Box, Missoula. 3, Old Chicago, Billings. 4, Longhorn, Great Falls. 5, Butte Depot/Svejkovsky Construction. 6, Brewhouse, Helena. 7, DFCI, Billings.
Mens Masters +50  
1, Paradise Falls, Missoula. 2, Goosetown/Club Moderne, Anaconda. 3, Amigo/Bud Light, Great Falls.

Anaconda’s ‘how to’ on celebrating athletic excellence


Jessica Massey, left, and her mother and father Ethel and Rick, ride through the streets of Anaconda in celebration of her Gold Medal-winning performance during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in LA. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

Commentary by Blake Hempstead

On Tuesday, Anaconda again showed how much they love their athletes.

Jessica Massey, a Special Olympian kayaker for Team USA, was given the parade and serenade to end them all during an afternoon ride through the streets of her hometown in celebration of a Gold Medal performance last week at the 2015 World Games last week in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Anaconda parade planned for Gold Medalist Jessica Massey Tuesday, Aug. 4

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Anaconda will welcome home a Gold Medalist in style.

Jessica Massey, who won the Gold in the 200m kayak event for Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on Friday, July 31, will take her championship fire truck ride through the streets of Anaconda starting at approximately 4 p.m.

The route will start on the east end of Anaconda at Albertson’s, travel west on Commercial Ave. to Lisacs Tire, turn around and return east down Park Ave. to the final destination at Benny Goodman Park. People are invited to welcome Massey along the route or at Benny Goodman following the parade. And don’t forget to fly your American Flag with pride!

To read about Massey’s triumph, click HERE

To listen to commercials running on KANA 580 AM about Massey’s extraordinary accomplishments, click below.

Massey is the daughter of Rick and Ethel Massey.

Pickleball anyone? Learn to play in Anaconda

A combined effort from a number of Anaconda agencies and locals who know the game of Pickleball are joining forces to give it a try. Starting on Friday, July 31 during Alive After Five in downtown Anaconda, MSU Extension director Abbie Phillip will be having a demonstration of the game to hopefully spur some

Pickleball was created in 1965 and is a hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong. In 1984, the USAPA was formed and created an official rule book according to the release.

The Anaconda Community Intervention program staff along with Anaconda Family Resource Center have partnered with MSU Extension in order to mentor prospective players. If you are interested in learning more about Pickleball, call Philip at 563-4036.




Goosetown 42 wraps up with tournament, home run derby champions

Goosetown 42 header logoLast weekend, 283 games in eight different men’s and women’s divisions competed for the 42nd annual Goosetown/Bud Light “Best In The West” softball tournament played in Anaconda and Butte.

Listed below are the top four teams in each division along with MVP and all tournament players for each team.

As far as the home run derbies, both were highlighted by some tape measure shots. On Friday, Peyton Ferris of Mac’s Last Cast from Dillon stole the show, hitting 2-of-3 HRs in the hit-off against Tri City, Washington’s Holly Krzan. Both players hit 3-of-5 in the first round.

women's HR

Tournament director Bill Hill with HR derby exhibition winner Peyton Ferris, and runner-up Holly Krzan.

Men's HR Derby

Men’s Home Run Derby winner “Gas” in the middle flanked by runner-up Jason Crosland, left, and tournament director Bill Hill Saturday at Washoe Park.


In the men’s derby Saturday, 64 players hailing from Seattle to Columbia, South Carolina and everywhere in between stepped up to the plate trying for their chance at $10,000 in the Montana Orthopedics/KANA 580 AM sponsored contest. Although nobody came close to the 10K, 53 total HRs – many of which easily cleared the 450-foot mark – left Washoe Park.

The man known simply as “Gas” from Yellow Scorpions from Tacoma, Wash. and Jason Crosland of Team Tradesman from Burley, Id., each hit 4-of-5 in the first round to make the hit-off. After both jacked 1-of-3 in the hit-off, they traded swing for swing until Crossland was unable to match his opponent two pitches later.

Women’s C

1, Victory Lumber, Spokane, Wash. (Seventh-straight championship). MVP: Ashley Fargher. All-Tournament: Heather Jackson, Kikki Jackson, Kelli Bridges. 2, Bill Long Trucking/Press Box, Missoula. All-Tournament: Niki Hibbert, Jill Zeren, Nikki Anderson. 3, Delirium/Idaho Sporting Goods, Pocatello, Id. All-Tournament: Lacy bowman and Danielle Hennish. 4, Sam Saloon, Kennewick, Wash. All-Tournament: Amanda Dougherty, Jamie Lokken.

Men’s C

1, Jokers, Kennewick, Wash. MVP: Devin Bouvier. All-Tournament: Dennis Lemmons, TJ Brose, Dan Headley. 2, Fight, Coeur d’ Alene, Id. All-Tournament: Larry Johnson, Bob Roth, Brandon Williams. 3, Yellow Scorpions, Seattle, Wash. All-Tournament: Pat Paschal, Jon Gastineau. 4, Dakota Bus, Gillette, Wyo. All-Tournament: Matt Overman, Garrett Jackson.

Women’s D

12, Grandstand, Billings. MVP: Shannea Harrington, Zena Booth, Katie McLeod and Keela Nedens. 2, JFK, Anaconda/Missoula. All-Tournament: Sophi Lewis, April Haren, Kellie Jones. 3, Fire Pro, Nampa, Id. All-Tournament: Wendy Smith, Miranda Everett. 4, Tri-Cities Sandlot Crew, Kennewick, Wash.

Men’s D

1, Moontime Pyramid, Couer d’ Alene, Id. MVP: Ryan McPhee. All-Tournament: Mark Worsfold, Zane Froelich, Waylan Harness. 2, Avalon, Spokane, Wash.  3, Splumpbusters, Missoula, Mt. All-Tournament: Frank Risner, Cody Becker. 4, DBA, Spokane, Wash. All-Tournament: Arc Kennedy, Kevin Forghs.

Women’s E

1, Llama, Preston, Id. MVP: Randi Carver. All-Tournament: Shakia Saltern, Ashley Thompson, Kandi Petersen. 2, CAS, Jerome, Id. All-Tournament: TJ Surrage, Sierra Whitmer, Chance Nebekker. 3, East Side Athletic Club, Butte. All-Tournament: Heidi O’Brien, Kenzi Dallaserra, Kina Worrell. 4, Off In The Shower, Jermoe, Id. All-Tournament: Kristen Young, Jamie Stone.

Men’s E1

1, Nasty Pitches, Couer d’ Alene, Id. MVP: Matt Lickfold. All-Tournament: TJ Phillip, Colton Peuth, Matt Pelka. 2, Pro Auto Sound and Security, Billings, Mt. All-Tournament: Ryan Gratwohl, Zach Schaefer and Matt Franke. 3, Ashtown Brewery, Longview, Wash. All-Tournament: Steven Willett, Casey Honey. 4, Dirty 30, Anaconda, Mt. All-Tournament: Triston Speahar, Nate Lopez.

Men’s E2

1, Valley Cats, Lewiston, Id. MVP: Cameron Berglund. All-Tournament: Adam Colkins, Reece Qualey and Bryan Berglund. 2, Salmon Softball, Salmon, Id. All-Tournament: Bill Hasson, Brian Manos, Brandon Sutton. 3, Say I Won’t, Delco, Id. All-Tournament: Keith Creekmore, Jessie Mercedo. 4, Maple Valley New Breed, Seattle, Wash.

Men’s F

1, Goosetown/Bud Light/Club Moderne, Anaconda, Mt. MVP: Joe Mehrens. 2, Greg’s Garage Doors, Hamilton, Mt. All-Tournament: Jeff Smith, Monte Kopps, David Desantiago. 3, Washoe Theatre/Dairy Queen, Anaconda. All-Tournament: Marcus Lussy, Mark Messer. 4, Sun City West, Sun City, Ariz. All-Tournament: Mel Bentley, Bob Ross.

Goosetown 42 begins

Four games kicked off the 42nd annual Goosetown/Bud Light “Best In The West” softball tournament today at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex. Here are some random shots from Fields 2 and 4.

On Friday, the tournament gets ramped up in the early afternoon. Friday night, the women’s Home Run Derby will start at 10:30 p.m. at Washoe Park.


Keith Anderson of Anaconda.


Nick Mikalatos going back on a ball in the sun in right field.


Kramer “walks-a-lot” Smith on the rubber for Coxmen of Anaconda.


Devon Kellner stabs a ball at third for the Coxmen.


Ethan Blume pitching for a group of young Anaconda boys.


Jon Carney trying to turn two for Anaconda.


Anthony Orrino goes back on the warning track to haul in a shot in left field.


Dennis Stanberry makes a play at shortstop.


Gabe Kissel fields his position at short.


Nick Villa fires home trying to cut down a run for Coxmen.


Orrino fires home with good intentions, but puts it three rows deep into fans as the wind picked up and helped it sail wide.


Kellner tags out Jered Lunceford at third.


Chase Reisenauer rounds third and scores.


Sean Gallagher makes a play at shortstop.


Braxton Hill tracks down a ball in left center.


Goosetown’s “Silly” Billy Sather has the longest streak of retiring/reneging the retirement in Anaconda softball history. This could be his 11th such season returning after calling it quits the year before.


shortstop for Zombie Construction.


Jon Allick of Zombie Construction fires a ball back into second.


Tournament director Bill Hill pitches for his Goosetown squad.


Goosetown’s Joe Mehrens makes a throw just in time from the hole at short.


Goosetown 42 brackets released, games to begin Thursday night

Goosetown 42 header logoThe 42nd annual Goosetown/Bud Light “Best In The West” men’s and women’s slow pitch softball tournament will kick off action beginning Thursday night in Anaconda. This year, 137 teams will compete in the four-day tournament.

Below are all the printable starting times for every team in their respective division. Full brackets are available in the team packets available when upon registration.



Homerun Derby contests are slated for Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night the women’s derby begins at 10:30 p.m. at Washoe Park. Saturday night, the men’s derby also starts at 10:30 p.m. This year, thanks to Montana Orthopedics and KANA 580 AM, if a qualified player hits a HR through a target in center field, that player can win $10,000.

For more information contact tournament director Bill Hill at (406) 560-1197 or via email at

Goosetown Men’s C – 12 teams

Goosetown Men’s D – 18 teams

Goosetown Men’s E1 – 26 teams

Goosetown Men’s E2 – 29 teams

Goosetown Men’s F – 11 teams

Goosetown Women’s C – 6 teams

Goosetown Women’s D – 6 teams

Goosetown Women’s E – 29 teams


Anaconda celebrates Fourth of July in style

Below are some sights of the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks show on Saturday night high above Washoe Park. The fireworks show was made possible by American Veterans (VFW/American Legion) in association with Wayne and Sherri Lubbes of the Paradise Bar and Montana Display Fireworks out of Missoula. (ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO)

First, a little side note. Veterans from Anaconda collect year ’round for the fantastic show. They hold a fundraising golf tournament annual at Anaconda Country Club along with several other means of donations. If you would like to provide a tax-deductable donation for the show, contact me via the email link.



The Honor Guard of the American Legion Post No. 21 start the parade on Main Street.


Kids with Toys For Tots ride bikes through the parade route


A car load of patriotic youngsters throw candy to appreciative onlookers.

Anaconda native Joe Wren, a TV sports and features reporter for FOX in Salt Lake City, was the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Anaconda native Joe Wren, a TV sports and features reporter for FOX in Salt Lake City, was the Grand Marshall of the parade.


Life Flight Network, the regional ambulatory partner with Community Hospital of Anaconda, was quite a hit with their parade submission.


Members from the Anaconda Community Band.


American Legion Post No. 21 veterans celebrate the Holiday parade


Everyone knows John around Anaconda, the bubbly, affectionate vet brings out the classic eyewear for the parade.


Ol’ Tex celebrates Americana


Wayne and Sherri Lubbes with their classic Ford


Playing music on the ABC Building Center flatbed has become a parade tradition.


Jim Tracy on the drums on the ABC float


Volunteer firetrucks line the route with the courthouse in the background


Jerry “Arnie” Arneson leads the Marine Corps League and Toys For Tots down the route


Cadence is important during the Honor Guard march.


The Post and POW/MIA flags presented during the parade.


Not many people realize the work involved in putting on such a large fireworks show. Montana Display Fireworks of Missoula are the official sparkies of the show but need tons of volunteer help to pull the show off. Here, eight banks of mortars are being prepped for the presentation, all of which are strategically placed in order to provide specific show bursts. The setup takes about 4.5 hours according to the staff.


Volunteers load mortars with Washoe Park baseball stadium in the background.


Filling out the final mortars.


Wayne Lubbes sets one of the loads atop the mortar


A look at the early part of the show with Anaconda in the foreground.












This photo give a good perspective on how high the fireworks are launched above Washoe Park the the light some of them emit being shot.






Fireworks banned for Fourth in Deer Lodge County



A decision made by Anaconda-Deer Lodge County CEO Connie Ternes Daniels today will shut down Fourth of July fireworks celebrations throughout Deer Lodge County.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 3, the county has issued a ban on selling or use of recreational fireworks by the public. The primary reason for the ban according to a county-issued press release was due to new information from the National Weather Service.

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Goosetown to celebrate 42nd year in Anaconda, features a 10K prize during HR Derby

Bill Hill pitching

Tournament director Bill Hill also plays in his own tournament. Goosetown is entering its 42nd year. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

The softball tournament in which all others are measured is entering it’s 42nd year of existence, and this year it will offer a chance for a player to walk away with a cool 10K in their pocket.

“The Best In The West” Goosetown/Bud Light slow pitch softball tournament will invade Anaconda starting Thursday, July 9 and run through Sunday, July 12, bringing with it 150-plus men’s and women’s teams of varying ability.
It’s also the second-longest active tournament in the U.S. behind the Burley Kiracofe Memorial held annually in Kalamazoo, Mich. But when you take into account that tournament field is usually in the 40-team range, Goosetown’s enormous collection of teams flocking from around the Northwest to a town of less than 5,000 people in Southwest Montana is something to behold.
Tournament director Bill Hill said that team entries are still coming in, and he expects the usual count once he begins bracketing Men’s C, D, E1 and E2 and Women’s C, D and E divisions.
“They are still rolling in, I’m still getting about 10 entries per day,” Hill said. “I expect that to continue through the weekend.”
Sure the tournament itself affectionately known as “The Mardi Gras of Softball” has a draw all it’s own. The close proximity of fields to Washoe Park where most of the participants camp in tents and campers is what makes Goosetown so unique. But the other part of the draw in Saturday’s Home Run Derby. Montana_Orthopedics_'11
This year, the Home Run Derby will offer a 10K cash prize to anyone who can hit a ball through a target at the 350-foot mark in center field thanks to Montana Orthopedics and KANA 580 AM. The collection of fans is another famous aspect of Goosetown, with no less than 4,000 on hand Saturday evening in the bleachers on lining both baselines to encourage or heckle the contestants – depending on their ability.
Usually the derby champ takes home a couple hundred bucks and a new bat, so this new twist should ramp up the excitement even more.
To find out more about Goosetown, including chat boards, local attractions and more go to their Web site on