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January
~ Calling all Badger fans ~
A shout out to all Badger fans within listening distance: Saturday, January 19, is a huge day for the Badger basketball teams as they host a quad with league rivals, the Timberlake Tigers! Coaches and players alike ask that you come and pack the house, and loudly show your support! You have no idea how much a packed home gym helps motivate them! JV girls at 3 p.m., JV boys at 4:30 p.m., varsity girls at 6 p.m. and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
GO, BADGERS!
Unlocking Public Lands Program deadline approaching: Montana landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands Program, designed to provide recreational public access to state or federal land where no legal public access currently exists.
Badger wrestlers fall to Lakeland: The Badger wrestling team traveled to Lakeland on Tuesday and came away with four Badgers chalking up wins, but fell 51-26 in overall scoring. The Badgers travel to Timberlake High School at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 19, for the Van Tuinstar Duals.
Badgers crush Spartans: The Lady Badgers traveled to Priest River Tuesday night and handed a 45-17 shellacking to the Spartans, with Badger Holly Ansley shooting 18 points to lead all scorers. The win puts the Badger season record at 3-1, 13-3, putting them second place in the Intermountain League.
Badger wrestlers compete in River City Duals: The Badger wrestlers competed in the River City Duals in Post Falls Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12, defeating Freeman but falling to Lewiston, Pasco and Eureka.
Badger boys perfect in league play: Chris Durette led all scorers Saturday night to lead the Badgers to their second Intermountain League win over the Kellogg Wildcats, 64-43. The win puts the Badgers in the top spot in the IML at 2-0.
Badger girls hang on to the Wildcats: It was a back and forth nail-biter as the Lady Badgers did battle with the Kellogg Wildcats Saturday, but when the dust finally settled and the light returned, the scoreboard showed that the Badgers had prevailed, 46-41.
Badger boys fall to St. Maries: The Badger boys traveled to St. Maries Thursday, and the 9-3/0-0 Lumberjacks sent them home with a 55-38 tick in the loss column, putting the Badger record at 5-7/1-0. Seth Bateman led all scorers, putting up 13 points.
Badger wrestlers defeat Priest River: The Badger wrestling team dominated Priest River in a league match Tuesday, 54-27, but it was a weak roster that led to the Spartan downfall. Seven of the 15 bouts went to Bonners Ferry by way of forfeit while the Badgers on forfeited two bouts.
Tiger rally costs Lady Badgers: The Lady Badgers traveled to Spirit Lake Tuesday night to take on the Timberlake Tigers, fought to a 24-19 halftime lead, but couldn't hold the momentum in the second half and fell, 45-33. The loss puts the Badgers one game behind both Timberlake and Kellogg in the Intermountain League Standings, 11-3/1-1.
Badger wrestlers take three wins at Chad E. Ross tourney: The Badger wrestling team traveled to St. Maries January 4-5 to compete in the 2019 Chad E. Ross Memorial Tournament, and finished fourth of the eight teams taking part. Clearwater Valley took the top spot with 262 points, Lakeland second with 199.5, host St. Maries finished third with 197 and the Badgers followed with 184.
Badgers steamroll Priest River: The Badgers shone Friday in their first league basketball games as each Badger team hosted the Priest River Spartans and each team went 1-0 in Intermountain League in what amounted to blowouts. Seth Bateman scored a game high 29 points to lead the boys varsity to a very one-sided 82-54 win.
Coach thanks community for supporting volleyball: To wrap out the season for 2018 BFHS volleyball, I would like to thank all the parents, players and the community for all the support that we get from all of you. From the Color Run in June, the car wash in August, the Traeger and paddle board raffle in September and the most important one, our Volley for the Cure in October. By Coach Kendra Maas
December
Badgers bring two wins home from Holiday Classic: The Lady Badgers went 2-0 at the Eagle Holiday Classic, with Jerzie Pluid hitting 18 points on the way to a 51-46 win over the Colville Indians today. Indian Mckenna Reggear led all scorers with 21 points, the only member of her team to hit double digits.
Lady Badgers take down Deer Park: The Lady Badgers improved their season record to 9-3 on the season Friday, defeating the Deer Park, Washington, Stags at the Eagle Holiday Classic at West Valley High School, Spokane. Baylee Blackmore led all scorers with 18 points to bring about the 47-35 victory.
Badgers shine at Lakeland JV Tourney: Seven Badger wrestlers fought in the Lakeland JV Tournament today, and Bryan Durette earned a championship at 132 pounds, Aeden Carpenter won at 152 to help give Bonners Ferry an eighth place team finish of 13 teams competing.
FWP holding meetings on deer strategies: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting four upcoming public meetings to discuss deer populations and potential future management strategies for hunting seasons in northwest Montana.
Lady Badgers defeat Lakeland: Holly Ansley led the Badger girls to victory at Lakeland on Friday, putting up 11 points on the way to a 45-37 win to improve their season record to 7-2. The Badgers jumped out to a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 18-14, and held Lakeland to just two points while building to a 27-16 lead at the half.
Badger boys fall to Lumberjacks: The Badger boys hosted St. Maries Thursday, and after a hard fought melee, St. Maries went home with the win, 64-54, and a record improved to 5-2. Dylan Hittle had the hot hand, putting up 24 points to lead the Badgers.
Badger boys fall to Wallace: The Wallace Miners remain undefeated after beating the visiting Bonners Ferry Badgers Tuesday, 51-39. Erick Brackenbusch put up 24 points for the Miners to lead all scorers and Zack Welsh added 17.
IDFG names new director: Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore on Friday announced the hiring of Ed Schriever as the new Fish and Game Director. Schriever will replace Moore on January 13, who in November announced his retirement.
Badgers have a good showing at Tri-State: Bonners Ferry wrestlers came away from the 66-team Tri-State Wrestling Tournament at North Idaho College's Christiansen Gymnasium  in Coeur d'Alene Friday and Saturday with a 30th-place finish, two spots behind Timberlake, 28, but well ahead of Priest River, 35, and Kellogg, 53.
IDFG wants to hear on moose, sheep and goat proposals: Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters on proposed changes to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunting seasons for 2019-20, and hunters can attend open house workshops around the state to provide comments. Open houses will be held around the state in coming days.
Badger boys fall to Lakeland, girls thump Miners: Seth Bateman put up 19 points for the Badgers Tuesday and Dylan Hittle hit 13, but their efforts weren't enough to overcome the Lakeland Hawks, and the Badgers brought home a 71-52 loss.
Badger wrestlers get a tough win: The Badger wrestling team traveled to Libby and took down Libby/Troy this afternoon, 48-17, but it was a tough meet that saw two previously undefeated Badgers fall.
Badger Alumni hoops tourney coming up: The Badger Alumni Tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, December 28, at Bonners Ferry High School, giving all you former Badgers visiting for the holidays a chance to burn off some of those Christmas sweets and eggnog and have a great time while you're doing it!
Badger wrestlers fourth at George Wild tourney: Undefeated Badger wrestlers Evan Barajas and Eli Richards brought home wins again Saturday, December 8, as the Badgers joined 13 other teams at the George Wild Tournament at Kellogg High School to lead the team to a fourth place finish. Orofino won the team scoring with 193.0 points.
Badger boys give Coach Rice a nice birthday present: Both Badger Boys teams put ticks in the win column tonight in the ages old rivalry that happens once each year against the Sandpoint Bulldogs. The JV game had a cliffhanger ending, and the varsity team gave Coach Andy Rice a happy birthday present, a 64-46 win.
Lady Bulldogs get first win of season against Badgers: The Badger girls varsity squad got off to a rough start tonight against the Sandpoint Bulldogs and never recovered, dropping their second straight game and giving the 0-5 Bulldogs their first win of the season, 55-29. The loss puts the Lady Badgers at 5-2 on the season.
Lady Badgers handed first loss: The Lady Badgers traveled to St. Maries Friday evening and suffered their first loss of the season, with the Lady Jacks rallying to a 45-37 win. The loss puts the Lady Badgers at 5-1 on the season. St. Maries' Jenna Holder led all scorers with 14 points. Badger Baylee Blackmore scored 12 to lead the Bonners Ferry effort.
Gilmore Campground adds 48 sites: Farragut State Park welcomes the addition of 48 more campsites to Gilmore Campground. The funding for the project was split between the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and RV Funding. Farragut State Park visitors can begin making reservations at one of these new sites in the Gilmore Campground at 7 a.m. Wednesday, December 19.
Badgers bring home the B Cup trophy: With nine freshmen and sophomores in the line and forfeiting three weight classes, giving Sandpoint an 18 to 0 edge right off the bat, the young Badger wrestling team was up for the challenge Tuesday as they upended 4A Sandpoint 42 to 36 to win the annual B-Cup to bring home the trophy.
Coach Rice likes what he saw in Cusick match: The Badger boys basketball team came off a tough home loss against the Wallace Miners November 27 to play an intense game against Cusick, Washington, Saturday night that was a nail biter from start to finish, and Coach Andy Rice saw a lot in his team that he's sure will bode well for the season ahead.
Badger JV wrestlers do well at Blizzard tourney: Nine Badger JV wrestlers competed Saturday in the Blizzard JV Tournament in Sandpoint. Teams participating in addition to Bonners Ferry were Coeur d'Alene, Lake City, Lakeland, Post Falls, Priest River, Sandpoint and Timberlake. Here are the results for Bonners Ferry.
Badgers sweep Cusick Panthers: It was three basketball games, three Badger wins Saturday as the boys JV won 64-30, the varsity girls stayed undefeated in three with a 51-24 win, and the boys varsity claimed their first win in a down to the wire nail biter, 70-67. No stats were provided.
November
Lady Badgers cruise to win over Wallace: he Lady Badgers drove to their second win of the season tonight, defeating the Wallace Miners 61-27 to put their record at 2-0. The Badgers jumped out to a 38-12 halftime lead and then cruised to a 61-27 win, the last two points grabbing nothing but net as the clock ran out. Sophomore point guard Holly Ansley led the drive for the Badgers.
JV romps, varsity boys struggle in opener: After the Badger JV rolled to a 68-19 blowout over the visiting Wallace Miners in their season opener tonight, the varsity squad fought a much tougher fight, falling 68-55.
Montana FWP seeks input on mountain lion: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft Montana Mountain Lion Management Strategy. Over the last 25 years, FWP has made significant investments in field research that helps inform mountain lion management.
Meetings set on Montana's automated license system: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be hosting a series of public meetings to hear input on replacing the current Automated License System. FWP will be requesting permission from the Legislature to replace the system. The purpose of the meetings is to help to better understand how the current system is meeting user needs and how it can be improved.
Badger harriers feted after a good season: The Badger cross country team gathered one last time Wednesday for their awards night ceremony, and every member of the team was recognized. One of the team's new traditions, started last year, was to have every athlete write a favorite quote, memory or compliment for every single one of their 26 teammates. They had a lot to celebrate this season.
Lady Badgers win season openers: Badger Holly Ansley was the leading scorer of the night as the visiting St. Maries fell in the girl's season basketball opener tonight, with the Badger varsity winning 55-42 and the JV taking a 33-30 victory. Ansley shot 30 of the Badger varsity's points, the only Badger to hit double digits. She also reeled in 10 rebounds.
Badger boys soccer earns a most impressive honor: School District 101 Superintendent Gary Pfleuger received one of those letters Monday that warms the heart of an educator, and he wants to make sure everyone in the community is aware of the accolades and the students who earned them. The letter came from Mike Federico, assistant director of the Idaho High School Activities Association, and it was about a Badger team that went to state. They fell just short of bringing home hardware, but what they did get was far more valuable.
Cummings brings home the hardware: Badger junior Julia Cummings, who earned the first ever Idaho State swimming trophy for the Badger trophy case last year, brings two more back to Bonners Ferry, taking third place in two events in which the winner in both set new Idaho high school state records.
Richardson nets RMN Monster trophy: Eli Richards of the Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club traveled to Denver on Thursday with the Blue Hawk Wrestling Club, Thompson Falls, Montana, for the RMN Monster Match Nationals and came away with the second place trophy in the 15U 144-pound weight class.
Julia Cummings representing BFHS at state swim meet: Badger swimmer Julia Cummings, a junior who competed as a Badger with the Sandpoint High School swim team, left this morning for Boise after qualifying for a berth at state. Julia is ranked fourth in the Idaho State 4A standings in the girls 50 yard freestyle and in the girls 100 yard backstroke.
October
A fast course at state 3A: The Idaho State Cross Country Championship took place on Saturday at the Lewiston Orchards course, the exact same course that we ran October 6. The 5k course featured a lot of turns with some uphills, but which oddly created a lot of downhills. As a result, times were very fast for the eight Badgers who competed. By Coach Tyler Warner
IDFG seeking poacher who hid moose: On the evening of October 22, a bull moose was shot and left to waste along the USFS 2707A road below Bernard Peak near the Bonner County/Kootenai County line in Unit 4A. The bull was killed, then covered with logs to conceal it from view on the open hill side.
Badger harriers make mark at state: Badger Abby Gorton finished in fifth place at the Idaho State 3A Cross Country Tournament this morning with a time of 19:28, a new Badger cross country record! In the boys race, Badger Hunter Smith ran a 17:00.3 for 16th place and the Badger boys finished eighth out of ten.
Wilson named IML boys soccer MVP: Badger junior Isaac Wilson was named All Intermountain League's boys soccer most valuable player and Badger coach Wayne Wilkerson was named boy's soccer Coach of the Year. Joining them on the All IML team from Bonners Ferry were Drew Foster, Gabe See and Seth Bateman.
Bonners Ferry NIWL results: The Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club hosted the first League Tournament of this Fall Season, with 390 fighters competing. Here's how the home team fared.
Badgers end season winless in league: The Intermountain League leading Timberlake Tigers continued their domination Friday, ending the regular season defeating the Badgers 55-6 to go undefeated in league as the Badgers came home without a league win this season.
Abby Gorton, boys going to run at state: The Badgers hosted the District cross country meet Thursday, October 18, with he course starting and finishing within the friendly confines of Kenny Mendenhall Stadium. Abby Gorton won the girl's individual title, and the boys team is going to state as well.
Badger boys come home fourth: The Badger boys soccer team capped an amazing season by defeating McCall-Donnelly 1-0 in the opening round of the State 3A Tournament Thursday in Twin Falls, but they couldn't overcome a dismal streak. For the fifth straight time in state play, the Badgers fell to the Sun Valley Community School Cutthroats, 3-0.
Montana food banks gearing up for hunt donations: Local food pantries across the state are preparing to receive donations from the Hunters Against Hunger program, a partnership between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Food Bank Network that allows hunters to donate a portion or all of their legally harvested big game animals to be processed free of charge.
Abigail Gorton wins Ben Castro invite: The Badgers ran at Pinehurst Golf Course last Thursday for the Ben Castro Invitational, named for the late, former Kellogg head coach. The course was 5k, all natural surfaces and totally flat. Good weather also helped the Badger runners post great times and set many personal records.
Badger JV crushes Priest River: The Bonners Ferry Badgers JV football team crushed the Priest River Spartans 48 to 6 Friday, October 12, improving their record to 4-3. The boys started off on fire as quarterback Eli Richards connected with wideout Joel Cowley for a 65 yard touchdown pass on their first offensive play of the game.
Badgers fall to Priest River: The Badgers showed a lot of spirit throughout Homecoming week, but the visiting Priest River Spartans weren't having it, going home with a 20-6 win. All the scoring in Friday night's game was confined to the third quarter, and it was the Badgers who struck first when Ty Bateman broke loose and ran 64 yards for the touchdown.
Badger JV boys working hard and improving daily: The Bonners Ferry Badgers JV football team took on the Kellogg Wildcats October 5 and came out on top, 22 to 12, to improve their record to 3-3 for the season. Wilson Newel scored a six yard touchdown run and Mitch Falck went in to score twice on a 12 yard run and a five yard run.
Badgers fall in regular season finale: The Lady Badgers traveled to take on Intermountain League's top seeded Timberlake, and the Tigers, who've lost but a single set this season, kept their streak alive, beating the Badgers 3-0. The loss ends the Badgers regular volleyball season at 2-8 and 2-6 in league.
Young Badgers take down Sandpoint: First year fifth grade quarterback Gabe Lewandowski ran the offense as the combined Badger fifth and sixth grade football teams traveled to Sandpoint Wednesday and beat the Sandpoint fifth grade team, 39-27.
Badger boys kick into districts Thursday: The undefeated Badger boys soccer team will face the Grangeville Bulldogs in district play at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 11, at Lakeland High School. The Badgers are 10-0 in Intermountain League play and 12-0-3 on the season.
Lady Badgers fall in home finale: The Badgers fell 3-0 to Priest River tonight in the last home volleyball game of the season, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. The loss puts the Badgers at 2-5 in league play and 2-7 on the season, while Priest River improves to 4-3 and 3-6.
A chapter closes in Badger volleyball: Badger fans tonight honored the three seniors on this year's Badger volleyball team; Jerzie Pluid, Macie Liermann and Leilani Ram, each of whom kept the fans on their feet and have provided leadership and inspiration to the younger players on the team we'll be watching in the years ahead.
Badger Cross CountryBadgers do well at Inland Empire Challenge: This weekend the Bonners Ferry Badgers ran at the Inland Empire Challenge, hosted by Lewis and Clark State College Cross Country at Lewiston Orchards. Two dozen complete teams competed from as far away as Idaho Falls to preview this years state course.
Badgers fall to Kellogg in league opener: Kellogg racked up 21 unanswered first quarter points Friday night, burying the Badgers in a hole too deep to dig out of in league action. The loss puts the Badgers at the bottom of the Intermountain League standings, with an 0-1 league and 1-6 season record, but with two games left, including Priest River at home this Friday, state chances are by no means decided.
Lady Badgers dropped by CdA Charter: Grace Villelli had 13 assists, Jerzie Pluid nine kills and four blocks and Leilani Ram came up with 13 digs, but it wasn't enough Thursday night. The Badgers fell in three at Coeur d'Alene Charter, 25-23, 25-15, 25-8. "We have our last home game Tuesday," said coach Kendra Maas, "and, well, right now it can go either way."
Wampus Cats go home with a win: The Lady Badgers fought ferociously during Volley for a Cure, winning match one 26-24, but the Wampus Cats went home winning the final three; 26-24,25-14 and 27-25.
Gorton has outstanding race in Sandpoint: On Saturday, the Badger cross country teams ran at the ninth William Johnson Sandpoint Invitational, a race named in memory of former Sandpoint High School runner William Johnson, who was killed in a skiing accident on Schweitzer. The races took place at Traver's Park, featuring three approximately one mile loops almost entirely on pavement.
Great day at Impossible Open: Wow, what a day it was at Mirror Lake Golf Course for the 15th Annual Impossible Open! Thirty-eight players, the most ever to participate in the event, took on the golf course at its craziest and hardest. It was made even more difficult with the unusual north wind that blew.
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