Anaconda welcomed Ronan for their 6B district opener Tuesday at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex and made short work of the Maidens. The Copperheads drew 13 walks, the last of which earned freshman Audrey Forsberg the walk-off, 10-0 winner with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
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.
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.
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.
Last Sunday, Anaconda’s Tommy Sawyer and Cael Mikalatos walked through the largest two-day AAU folkstyle tournament in Montana undefeated to claim Montana Open tournament championships.
On Sunday, youth bowlers participated in the annual Anaconda City Bowling tournament at Cedar Park Lanes.
Places first through third were crowned in eight age groups ranging from 4-18 years old. All divisions were handicapped per USBC Youth rules.
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.
Anaconda’s Lil’ Copperheads wrestling team crowned six individual champions and also took home the large team tournament championship during Saturday’s Smelter City Smackdown held at Memorial Gymnasium.
Overall, 239 wrestlers competed in the tournament.
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.
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.
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