Boys play Shepherd and Belt
The Cut Bank Wolves Boys Basketball Team will kick off it’s 2019-2020 season this week with a busy three game stretch. The Wolves will debut at home Thursday night against Harlem and hit the road Friday and Saturday with games against Shepherd and Belt in Shelby at the Coyote Classic Tip-off Tournament.
Head coach Josh Larson will begin his second season at the helm for the Wolves and is excited to get things going this weekend. “We’ve had a great couple weeks of practice and are definitely ready to play someone. We’ve been beating up on each other for a while now and are looking forward to this weekend’s challenges”, stated Larson.
Larson will lean heavily on Seniors Devin Gobert (5’10”), Coalter Littrell (6’2”) and Hayden Harrell (6’0”). Senior Cody Racki (6’0”) will again be on the floor for the Wolves this season after missing last season with a knee injury.
“We have really good senior leadership this season. Getting Racki back is huge for us on the defensive end and Gobert, Littrell, and Harrell bring back plenty of experience from a year ago,” said Larson.
The Wolves will again look to sophomores Dayne Barbie (6’2”), Dawson Vasboe (5’10”) and Dillon Gray (5’10”), all of whom played quality min-utes for the Wolves last season. Larson has a talented group of young players to fill out the rest of his varsity roster. Sophomore Nick Gray (5’9’) as well as freshmen Hughston Still Smoking (5’10”), Chevy Burdeau (5’9”), Peyton St. Goddard (6’1”), Quinn Rides At The Door (6’2”), and senior Jetro Sanchez (5’8”) are all looking to help the Wolves this season.
Larson is assisted this season by Nick Luoma, Jordan Running Wolf and Anthony Byrd.
Girls to battle Loyola and Chinook
The Cut Bank Lady Wolves will tip off the 2019-20 season with a busy week as they will play three non-conference games. The local cagers will host Harlem on Thursday before traveling to Shelby for the Coyote Classic where they will face off with Missoula Loyola and Chinook. Cut Bank will welcome many new faces to the program as nine freshmen join a squad that lost six players to graduation from last season’s Conference Champion roster.
The Lady Wolves return two players with plenty of varsity experience in seniors Jada Rides at the Door and Aryana Black. Both players have starting experience and were integral pieces last season. Junior Sienna Spotted Bear also saw limited varsity action last season and will look to build on a strong offseason. Seniors Hannah Fetters and Sam Burke along with junior Sadie Pepion round out the upperclassmen on this season’s team, all three had fine junior varsity seasons a year ago and are ready to step in and contribute right away.
The upper classmen are joined by sophomores Jackie Waller and Emaly Boggs and freshmen Aliyah Cruz, Kendra Spotted Bear, Hailey Skunkcap, Darci Littrell, Stephanie Anderson, Hadley Barbie, Mekah Keller, Maddie Baker and Reagan Wetzel.
Brandon Kavanagh returns as the head coach for the Lady Wolves with Barb Genger and Amanda Lidstrom assisting this season.
“We are excited to get out on the floor and play somebody after over two weeks of practice,” said head coach Brandon Kavanagh. “We lost a lot of talent and experience to graduation but these ladies have been improving every day and we are light years ahead of where we were on day one. Right now we are just trying to get better every time we step on the floor and be the best team we can be every day.”
Harlem and Loyola are thought to be two of the top teams in Class B this season while Chinook is a young team rebuilding after last season.
“We are going to see right out of the gate where we are and what we need to improve on,” said Kavanagh. “We have five games before the holiday break and I expect us to improve each game and come out of the break ready to contend in the 1B.”