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Sports roundup: basketball season kicks-off, swim team goes to Kalispell Invitational, and wrestling competes in Plains

by JEREMY WEBER
For the Eagle | December 15, 2021 12:00 AM

Winter sports were in full swing last week as the Vikings and Valkyries basketball teams opened their season at the Tip-Off Tournament in Frenchtown while swimming was at the Kalispell Invitational and wrestling competed in Plains.

VALKYRIES BASKETBALL

The Valkyries used a balanced scoring attack to pick up a pair of wins to open the season at the Tip-Off Tournament in Frenchtown.

Bigfork got 15 from freshman Ava Davey and 13 from senior Emma Berreth Friday as the Valkyries cruised past Kellogg (Idaho) 62-41.

Bigfork jumped out to a 7-0 lead and outscored Kellogg 15-2 in the third quarter en route to the win.

Braeden Gunlock and Scout Nadeau also scored in double figures for the Valkyries with 12 each.

The Valkyries trailed 18-16 after one quarter against Butte Central Saturday before outscoring the Maroons 39-12 over the next two quarters to pull away for a 64-48 victory.

Bigfork had three players scoring in double figures, led by Gunlock with 19 while Berrerth had 17 and Nadeau added 12.

The Valkyries were back in action after print time Tuesday at home against Mission and will play at Eureka Thursday. Bigfork hosts Florence-Carlton Saturday before traveling to face Columbia Falls Monday.

Bigfork 18 14 15 14 - 62

Kellogg 11 12 2 16 - 41

Bigfork - Jordt 6, Berreth 13, Davey 15, Gunlock 12, Nadeau 12, Martinz 4.

Kellogg - Hart 1, Jerome 5, Coe 4, Hill 3, Nearing 7, Cheney 19.

Butte Central 18 5 7 18 - 48

Bigfork 16 15 24 9 - 64

Butte Central - Thatcher 5, Badovinac 30, Moodry 13.

Bigfork - Berreth 17, Chappuis 2, Davey 8, Gunlock 19, Nadeau 12, Gembala 2, Martinz 4.

VIKINGS BASKETBALL

The Vikings basketball season got off to a rough start at the Tip-Off Tournament in Frenchtown over the weekend as Bigfork fell to Kellogg and Butte Central.

Bigfork trailed 14-10 after one quarter against Kellogg Friday and cut the lead to 22-20 at the half before Kellogg pulled away in the third quarter to down the Vikings 51-42.

Colin Wade and Wyatt Johnson each scored eight to lead the Vikings while Isak Epperly had seven points and George Brown added six.

Butte Central jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter against the Vikings Saturday and Bigfork would never recover as the Maroons picked up the win, 46-37.

Wade was the only Viking in double figures with 11 points while Wyatt Johnson and Epperly each scored five.

The Vikings were at Mission after press time Tuesday and will host Eureka Thursday, Florence-Carlton Saturday and Columbia Falls Monday.

Bigfork 10 10 9 13 - 42

Kellogg 14 8 16 13 - 51

Bigfork - Johnson 8, Wade 8, Epperly 7, Brown 6, Fowlick 5, Gilliard 4, McMann 2, Knopic 2

Bigfork 6 8 9 14 - 37

Butte Central 19 6 11 10 - 46

Bigfork - Wade 11, Johnson 6, Epperly 6, Gilliard 5, Brown 5, Fowlick 2, Taylor 2

WRESTLING

The Vikings wrestling squad was in action in Plains Thursday as they took on the host team as well as Arlee and Eureka in a quad meet.

Traic Fainter won both his matches by fall to lead the way for the Vikings while Angus Anderson and Evan Tidwell also picked up wins via pin.

Anderson pinned Arlee’s Tyrel Thomas in 40 seconds as Bigfork defeated Arlee 48-18 and Fainter took down Plains/Hot Springs wrestler August Courville in 1:01 as the Vikings tied the Savage Horsemen 27-27.

Fainter pinned Eureka’s Blake Lancaster in 3:12 and Diego Rodriguez earned an 8-3 decision over Gavin Schrenk, but it was not enough as the Lions picked up the victory, 42-39.

The Vikings were at Libby after press time Tuesday and will compete at the Buzz Lucey Invitational in Eureka Friday and Saturday. Bigfork will host a home mixer Tuesday, Dec. 21 beginning at 5 p.m.

Bigfork vs Arlee 48-18

103 Traic Fainter (BF) vs Forfeit 6-0

113 Diego Rodriguez (BF) vs Forfeit 12-0

120 Json Merringer (BF) vs Brody Smith (A) Fall 1:44 12-6

126 Angus Anderson (BF) vs Tyrel Thomas (A) Fall :40 18-6

132 Michael McCarty (BF) vs Forfeit 24-6

138 Ryder Nollan (BF) vs Forfeit 30-6

145 Wyatt Elwell (BF) vs Forfeit 36-6

152 Ian Wolfe (BF) vs Drew Knoll (A) Fall 1:11 36-12

160 Forfeit vs RJ Vinoll (A) 36-18

170 Vaughn Pendlay (BF) vs Forfeit 42-18

182 Evan Tidwell (BF) vs Larrett O'Connor Fall 3:45 48-18

205 Forfeit vs Forfeit 48-18

HWT Forfeit vs Forfeit 48-18

Bigfork vs Plains 27-27

103 Traic Fainter (BF) vs August Courville (P) Fall 1:01 6-0

113 Diego Rodriguez (BF) vs Gavin Schrenk (P) 8-3 Dec 9-0

120 Json Merringer (BF) vs Forfeit 15-0

126 Angus Anderson (BF) vs John Waterbury (P) 5-3 Dec 15-3

132 Michael McCarty (BF) vs Drew Carey (P) Fall 3:09 15-9

138 Ryder Nollan (BF) vs David Schulze (P) Fall 5:39 15-15

145 Wyatt Elwell (BF) vs Brody Schrents (P) Fall 3:45 15-21

152 Ian Wolfe (BF) vs Lilly McDonald (P) Fall 1:49 15-27

160 Forfeit vs Forfeit 15-27

170 Vaughn Pendlay (BF) vs Forfeit 21-27

182 Evan Tidwell (BF) vs Forfeit 27-27

205 Forfeit vs Forfeit 27-27

HWT Forfeit vs Forfeit 27-27

Bigfork vs Eureka 39-42

103 Traic Fainter (BF) vs Blake Lancaster (E) Fall 3:12 6-0

113 Diego Rodriguez (BF) vs Forfeit 12-0

120 Json Merringer (BF) vs Pancho Ibanez Fall 1:05 12-6

126 Angus Anderson (BF) vs Forfeit 18-6

132 Michael McCarty (BF) vs Forfeit 24-6

138 Ryder Nollan (BF) vs Forfeit 30-6

145 Wyatt Elwell (BF) vs Michael Waters Dec 5-1 33-6

152 Ian Wolfe (BF) vs Drew Dominic Fall 3:12 33-18

160 Forfeit (BF) vs Caden Pecora (E) 33-24

170 Vaughn Pendlay (BF) vs Forfeit 39-24

182 Evan Tidwell (BF) vs Westly Banks (E) Fall 3:18 39-30

205 Forfeit vs Johnny Ferr (E) 39-36

285 Forfeit vs unknown (E) 39-42

VALKYRIES SWIMMING

The Valkyries swim team was in action at the Summit in Kalispell Saturday as Bigfork swam its way to a fourth-place finish.

Sophi Logue led the way for Bigfork with wins in the 200 individual medley (2:23.87) and the 50 freestyle (27.29) while Sydney Slawter took second in the 50 freestyle (27.64).

Bigfork’s relay teams also had a strong showing, taking third in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle races.

The team will be back in action Saturday at the Missoula Meet.

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Bigfork's Sydney Slawter swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 individual medley during the Kalispell Invitational at the Summit Saturday. The Valkyries took fourth at the event. (Jeremy Weber/Bigfork Eagle)

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Bigfork's Vaughn Pendlay wrestles at the Owen Invitation in Polson earlier this season. (Scot Heisel/for the Eagle)

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Bigfork's Ryder Nollan wrestles at the Owen Invitation in Polson earlier this season. (Scot Heisel/for the Eagle)

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Bigfork's Angus Anderson wrestles at the Owen Invitation in Polson earlier this season. (Scott Shindledecker/for the Eagle)