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Missoula, Montana
Sports Columnist — Missoulian
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Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

Mustangs rally past Osprey — Apparently the Billings Mustangs aren't real impressed with Cameron Smith's all-star status. Three days after being named to the Pioneer League roster for Tuesday's Northwest/Pioneer All-Star showcase in Spokane, the Osprey hurler suffered his roughest outing in a relief role Thursday.

Osprey will send five to inaugural all-star showcase — The inaugural Pioneer League/Northwest League All-Star game in Spokane will be extra special for the Missoula Osprey. Next Tuesday's event, which will be played at the 9,000-seat home of the Class A Spokane Indians, Avista Stadium, will showcase five members of the Osprey.
Jul 27, 2015

The Osprey will be well represented in the inaugural Pioneer League/Northwest League All-Star game in Spokane.…

Griz football event attracts familiar names — You better believe former Montana football coach Mick Delaney is looking forward to this week in Missoula. Two of his passions are football and golf. They'll mix together when the Gene Brosovich Griz Football Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala is held Thursday and Friday. "No.
Jul 26, 2015

Griz football past and present will converge to take part in a special Missoula event later this week.…

Osprey clinch first-half crown — They whooped and hollared with all the enthusiasm you'd expect from impassioned young men that just secured a hard-earned championship. For the first time in three years the Missoula Osprey clinched a Pioneer League North Division baseball title Saturday night.
Jul 26, 2015

It was a night to remember for the Pioneer League champion Missoula Osprey.…

Meet Isan Diaz: O's shortstop sets tone at plate — Isan Diaz is the ultimate spark plug for the souped-up Missoula Osprey baseball machine. The leadoff hitter from Springfield, Massachusetts, has made a mountain of progress since joining the Arizona Diamondbacks organization right out of high school in 2014.
Jul 25, 2015

Diaz is the straw that stirs the drink for the Missoula Osprey.…

Osprey move to brink of first-half title — The most patient hitting team in the Pioneer League put itself on the brink of a North Division first-half title on Friday night. The Missoula Osprey drew 11 walks against four Great Falls pitchers in running away with the first game of a doubleheader, 10-4.

Osprey sweep past Chukars — Propelled by strong starting pitching and a handful of defensive gems, the Missoula Osprey swept the Idaho Falls Chukars Sunday night in a pair of seven-inning games. Starter Scott Schultz turned in five solid innings and first baseman Austin Byler made three key defensive plays in helping the O's to a 3-2 win in the opener.
Jul 13, 2015

The Osprey had a night to remember defensively in sweeping past the Chukars.…

Osprey: Byler's relentless approach product of upbringing — Austin Byler didn't need a million-dollar role model growing up. His blue-collar dad did just fine, setting an example by working on his hands and knees in Arizona's unforgiving heat. "He showed me how to build a work ethic and what hard work really is," said the Missoula Osprey first baseman, who ranks second in the Pioneer League in on-base percentage (.506).
Jul 11, 2015

Missoula Osprey slugger Byler honed work ethic the old-fashioned way.…

Western Montana Open: Sisterly love sparks title, withdrawal — Some things are more important than championships. Like the bond between sisters Sofia and Olivia Panarella of Missoula. They were supposed to face one another in the Western Montana Open girls' 18-and-under singles tennis final Friday at Playfair Park.
Jul 10, 2015

The Panarella sisters rolled to a doubles title at the Western Montana Open on Friday.…

Osprey drop second straight at home — Timely hits have proven elusive for the Missoula Osprey lately. One night after stranding 14 baserunners in a loss to the Ogden Raptors, the O's left 11 aboard Thursday in dropping their second straight decision at Ogren-Allegiance Park. The Raptors scored four runs in the fourth and used solid relief pitching to post a 6-2 win in front of 1,861 fans.
Jul 10, 2015

Osprey looking to bounce back Friday after losing two of three to the Ogden Raptors.…

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Aug 01, 2015

Missoulian columnist touches base with an old friend at Ogren-Allegiance Park.…

Aug 01, 2015

The Osprey overcame a 3-0 deficit in beating the Billings Mustangs Friday.…

Jul 30, 2015

We head to the bottom of the ninth with the Osprey trailing the Mustangs, 6-3. Jake Johnson has taken the mound for Billings.

Jul 30, 2015

Osprey strand runners on second and third in the eighth. Billings takes 6-3 lead into the ninth.

Jul 30, 2015

RT @Kyle_Missoulian: Bierig strikes out looking as the Mavs drop a heartbreaker 9-8 to Billings Scarlets

Jul 30, 2015

Ouch! The Osprey surrender four runs in the seventh and trail the Mustangs, 6-3.

Jul 30, 2015

The Osprey waste a leadoff double by Isan Diaz in the fifth. We head to the sixth with the O's clinging to a 3-2 lead.

Jul 30, 2015

The Osprey retake the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Austin Byler has a home run and RBI double.

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