In spite of challenges

Big Sky’s spring sports talent shines

Lone Peak High School (LPHS) spring sports have proven challenging thus far, according to LPHS Athletic Director John Hannahs. Less than ideal weather did not help, nor did Spring Break running right down the middle of an incredibly active week in the season. Also, Covid-19 has continued to plague planning.

“The issue with Covid is hosting schools are limiting attendance,” he said, explaining that LPHS teams have not been invited to meets they normally attend because host schools are limiting access and only inviting their closest neighbors.

“It’s been tough to get into anything,” he said.

Still, what has been happening has been positive for LPHS students. According to Hannahs, the tennis team has won just about all their matches.

Plus, LPHS Track and Field Coach James Miranda also reported good news. The recent track meet at the MCHS Invite held at the Gallatin High School field on April 22 led to all LPHS athletes beating personal records (PR), notably:

Senior Mady Strauss posted a PR in the long jump @ 12'- 7.75"

Sophomore Orrin Coleman posted PR in the 1600m @ 5:21.10 & 800m @ 2:28.96

Sophomore Pierce Farr posted a PR for shot @ 35'-7.75"

Jessica Bough posted PR's in Shot @ 24'-11.25" and 800m @ 2:57.58

Sophomore Isaiah Holst posted PR's in 400m @ 1:00.43 and 1600m @ 2:33.73.

The team’s next scheduled track meet is Friday, May 7 in Livingston.

Big Sky Futbol Club director Spencer Crider said the club has grown incredibly this year.

“I think in the fall we had maybe 140 players. This spring we have over 200 kids ages four to 18, he said. While most are young children and the team recreational, the club has five competitive travel teams. There are a few fourth graders who are competing, but he said typically when kids get past the fourth grade they move to a competitive travel team. Big Sky teams did well in Butte.

“We crushed them,” Crider said, explaining they played a first year team. Crider’s team was so delighted to be winning because they believed they would lose.

“But they scored so many goals, I had to be like, ‘Guys you know how it feels to get crushed, can we just try passing the ball?’ We won the first game 15-0 and the second game 15-2,” he said.

This weekend will mean stiffer competition – they will be playing a team from Billings and a team from Bozeman, he said.

It will be a busy weekend for the Big Sky Futbol Club, as all traveling teams are playing. Also, the U-15 boys team is heading to a tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho.

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