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Bill Speltz

Missoula, Montana
Sports Columnist — Missoulian

Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

Rush feeds passion as O's stadium guru — He doesn't suit up for the Missoula Osprey, but Taylor Rush feels the same kind of charge as the players on game nights at Ogren-Allegiance Park. For the past four summers he has served as stadium operations manager -- quite the responsibility considering he's 26 years old.

Dramatic TD pass keys Big Sky victory over Great Falls — Nick Wakai waited a long time to snare his first pass of the season Friday. It finally happened in the fourth quarter. And boy did he make it count. The speedy senior motored past a defender and under a well-thrown bomb by quarterback Levi Janacaro to pull Missoula Big Sky even with Great Falls High on a 68-yard hookup with 7:37 remaining.

Mustangs overwhelm the Osprey — A slow start set the tone for a disappointing night for the Missoula Osprey Thursday. The O's spotted the Billings Mustangs a six-run lead and never recovered in a blowout loss, 15-5, in front of 1,693 fans at Ogren-Allegiance Park. The Osprey (12-12 second half, 28-34 overall) fell three games behind Pioneer League North Division leader Great Falls (15-9, 36-26).

Osprey win with Hill heroics, bizarre finish — The ball seemed to hang in the crisp evening air for a good minute. It jumped off the bat of Missoula Osprey slugger Tanner Hill, climbing just high and long enough in a darkened sky to clear the highest part of the left field fence at Ogren-Allegiance Park.

Mustangs snap O's five-game win streak — Home has been a frustrating place for the Missoula Osprey this month. Just when it appeared the O's had turned a corner, their Ogren-Allegiance Park doldrums returned Tuesday night. They fell to 1-7 in August home games with a 7-3 loss to the Billings Mustangs in front of 1,757 fans.

Links legacy: Sentinel boys roll in debut meet — Like wildfire smoke in late summer, Jack Johnston, Sean Ramsbacher and Blake Hasquet are close to being a Missoula sure thing. Considering their impressive golf bloodlines and the fact they all play for Sentinel, it was not surprising the Spartan boys steamrolled to top honors in the nine-team Missoula County Invitational.

Speltz: Chase Reynolds steals spotlight in La La Land — Ninety thousand fans packed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last weekend for the Rams' return. And who was that cat-quick scatback wowing the faithful with a 14-yard touchdown snag in the third quarter? That'd be the pride of Drummond, population 329.

Osprey win thriller in 10 innings, 4-3 — Turns out the Missoula Osprey are a pretty resilient team on Pacific Daylight Time. In a game pushed back 100 minutes because of soggy field conditions at Ogren-Allegiance Park, the O's rallied to tie the Orem Owlz with two runs in the ninth and then scored in the 10th to win, 4-3.

Osprey in jeopardy of setting dubious home record

Errors plague Osprey in sixth-straight loss — Errors have been a painful burr under the saddle for the Missoula Osprey. On Wednesday they had three, setting the stage for an historic loss. For the first time in nine years the O's started a homestand 0-6, dropping a 12-1 decision to the Orem Owlz in front of 1,560 fans at Ogren-Allegiance Park.
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Aug 27, 2016

Final score from Great Falls: Voyagers 4, Osprey 1.

Aug 25, 2016

It's all falling apart for the Osprey in the sixth. Gabe Gonzalez just came on as the third pitcher in the inning. The Mustangs lead, 11-2.

Aug 25, 2016

After four innings the Osprey trail the Mustangs, 5-0.

Aug 25, 2016

The Mustangs stretch their lead to 4-0 on a John Sansone 2-run home run in the third inning. B3rd

Aug 25, 2016

The Mustangs strand runners on second and third in the second inning. They lead the Osprey, 2-0. B2nd

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