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Bill Speltz

Missoula, Montana
Sports Columnist — Missoulian

Sunday sports columnist for the Missoulian newspaper

Stevensville's Sims leads the way in Lady Griz scrimmage — It didn't take long Tuesday to confirm what many suspect about this year's Montana women's basketball team. Senior post Alycia Sims is the catalyst. The scoring and rebounding leader on which the Lady Griz will lean, especially early in the season.

Prep football: No. 3 Loyola Sacred Heart caps perfect regular season — Ten times Scott Twite has picked off passes this season. His first of two Friday night may have been the biggest all season for the third-ranked Loyola Sacred Heart football team. Locked in a scoreless battle with upset-minded Florence in the second quarter, Twite's takeaway on a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage seemed to change everything.

State cross country: Hill eyes three-peat in hometown — With a third straight State AA cross country title in her sights Saturday, Kalispell Glacier's Annie Hill drew the ultimate compliment from her coach earlier this week. "She's one of those unique ones that, I don't know if she has a governor," Jacob Deitz offered.

How we see the Big Sky — Let's get one thing straight before you flip on the tube to watch the game in Flagstaff, Arizona: No one enjoys beating the Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats more than Jacks 19-year head coach Jerome Souers.

Friday night lights: Loyola ready for rivalry showdown with Florence — Rivalry Week for the Loyola Sacred Heart football team also represents a rare opportunity to prepare for the Class B playoffs. Rare because the No. 3-ranked Rams (7-0) haven't had a close game all season and Florence has the potential to make things difficult in a District 6-B clash Friday at 7 p.m.

Crosstown volleyball: Sentinel sweeps Big Sky, pushes set streak to 47 — The Streak is something coach Erin Keffeler hasn't said much about publicly. But some things are way too good to keep secret. Keffeler's Missoula Sentinel volleyball team continued its dream season Tuesday. The Spartans extended their streak of set wins to 47 in a home sweep of Missoula Big Sky, 25-17, 25-15, 25-5.

Keffeler has something special in Spartans — When Erin Keffeler tells you it's all about team, she's not just coughing up coaching clichés. The leader of Missoula Sentinel's marvelously successful volleyball program knows from extensive experience. Not just court know-how -- she played volleyball for the Montana Grizzlies and has competed in city leagues most of her adult life -- but real-world experience.

Prep football: Janacaro powers Big Sky past Billings Skyview — Watch him play football and it's easy to understand why Levi Janacaro favors No. 15. The Missoula Big Sky junior quarterback has a physical running style that's a dead ringer for former Florida Gators/Denver Broncos signal-caller Tim Tebow. On top of that both are left-handed, throw with similar technique and trajectory and, of course, wear No.

Friday night lights: Big night looms for playoff-hungry Big Sky, Sentinel — Asked whether he considered last week's bye a blessing or a curse, Missoula Big Sky football coach Matt Johnson reserved judgement. He'll let you know after Friday night's homecoming/senior night tussle with Billings Skyview at 7 p.m. at Missoula County Stadium. "It's a hard one," said Johnson, whose team received a forfeit win over Missoula Hellgate last Friday.

How we see the Big Sky — You may have noticed the Missoulian sports department has become more politically correct over the past decade. Back when Fritz Neighbor was on the Griz football beat and I served as columnist, we'd pick a HOG at the end of every home game. That was an acronym for Hit Of the Game.
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Oct 20, 2016

RT @andy_viano: FINAL: AA boys soccer play-in - Glacier 2, Flathead 1. Wolfpack reaches third straight state tourney with win. #mtscores

Oct 20, 2016

RT @khotel: The Sentinel volleyball team is so talented that a 20-10 set win at the MCPS tourney almost felt like a close game... #mtscores

Oct 18, 2016

Prep volleyball final: Sentinel 3, Big Sky 0. #mtscores

Oct 15, 2016

RT @GazSportsSchert: .@wearebc1 did just that. Girls beat Columbia Falls 7-1 and boys beat Whitefish 7-0. Both have road semifinals.

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