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Bill Speltz

Missoula, Montana
Sports Columnist — Missoulian

Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

How we see the Big Sky — There's no place on Earth quite like San Luis Obispo, California. While driving to the stadium that Cal Poly's football team calls home, you'll see orange and lemon trees. The flowers, the palm trees, the immaculate lawns ...

How we see the Big Sky — With the Montana football team taking the weekend off, Griz fans have a chance to scout future foes Saturday. I know, I know, it pales in comparison to watching the Grizzlies. But it beats watching re-runs of the "Lawrence Welk Show." It's also way better than cutting the grass.

Prep volleyball: Hellgate edges Big Sky in nailbiter — In a tense match contested in front of a rowdy crowd, coach Patrick Hiller used his trusty Etch A Sketch speech to help his Missoula Hellgate team pull through. Don't look for it in any volleyball manual. It's something Hiller came up with on his own after getting the idea from, of all people, a comedian.

Lady Griz land Gatorade Player of the Year — Malta's Sophia Stiles, who was named 2016 Gatorade Girls' Basketball Player of the Year for Montana, announced late Monday night that she has committed to play basketball for the Montana Lady Griz. "Well it's official I am going to be a Lady Griz!" Stiles proclaimed via Twitter.

College soccer: Montana edges Boise State, boosts record to 4-1-1 — You couldn't blame Tess Brenneman for taking a quick glance in the stands during the Montana soccer team's home debut Friday. The senior center back was excited to find her old high school team, Kalispell Flathead, had arrived en masse to support her and the Grizzlies at South Campus Stadium.

Rain saves Osprey in season-ending win over Voyagers — It wasn't the storybook ending the defending Pioneer League champions were hoping for back in June. But it was still sweet for the Missoula Osprey -- in a fortunate sort of way. Trailing Great Falls 6-3 in the top of the sixth inning Thursday, the rain came pouring down, prompting the umpires to clear the field at Ogren-Allegiance Park.

Osprey snap Voyagers' 15-game win streak — The sun set on the Pioneer League's longest win streak of the summer Wednesday. The Missoula Osprey halted the Great Falls Voyagers' 15-game roll with a scoring explosion in the second game of a doubleheader. The 9-3 win helped make up for a disappointing 1-0 setback in the first of two seven-inning contests at Ogren-Allegiance Park.

Prep boys' soccer: Crosstown powers Hellgate and Sentinel duel to a draw — A pair of Class AA boys' soccer heavyweights collided Saturday morning at Playfair Park. Both happen to be from Missoula -- Hellgate a perennial power determined to defend its state championship and Sentinel a rising force with nine returning starters. A lot was learned in their early-season match but little was decided in a 1-1 draw.

Prep football: Loyola steamrolls Townsend, boosts record to 2-0 — Coach Todd Hughes had to get on his players in the middle of the week for what he called "loosy-goosey" behavior in practice. Townsend saw no signs of it Friday. In a performance not even Hughes saw coming, his Loyola Sacred Heart football team trounced the Bulldogs, 52-6, in front of a healthy crowd at Rollin Field.

Osprey use extra motivation to mow down Brewers — Someone told the Missoula Osprey the big boss was in town. The timing couldn't have been better with the way the O's have been ripping the ball. Missoula jumped on the Helena Brewers early and beat them for the third night in a row Thursday, 11-4.
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Sep 25, 2016

RT @missoulian: Prep cross country: Bozeman, Senior runners win Mountain West Classic 

Sep 16, 2016

After two periods the Missoula Jr. Bruins and Helena Bighorns are tied, 6-6, in Helena. #mtscores

Sep 16, 2016

The Missoula Jr. Bruins hockey team is playing its first game tonight at Helena. The Bruins lead after one period, 3-1. #mtscores

Sep 13, 2016

@sophia_stiles Congrats on committing! I cover the Lady Griz for the Missoula newspaper. Could you follow me so I can sent you a message?

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