Baker Lady Spartans take on the Colstrip Fillies
By Lilly Hanson
The Baker Lady Spartan basketball teams traveled to Colstrip on Jan. 25 to compete against the Colstrip Fillies. The Lady Spartan Varsity basketball team was defeated 27-55. The girls had a high turnover count but played with determination to win nonetheless. Manager Megan Smith commented “Colstrip has always been a rival against Baker in not just basketball but all sports. It’s nice to see the girls work hard together and appreciate the sport they’re playing.”
Stats for the Spartans are: Kelsey Miller scored 4 rebounds and 1 steal; Alissa Bohle 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 points; Macee Hadley 1 rebound, 1 steal and 3 points; Shelby Moore 1 rebound and 2 points; Anika Ploeger 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 points; Hope Craft 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 point; Emily Shumaker 2 rebounds and 7 points; Rilee Petterson 1 assist, 3 rebounds and 1 point; Peyton Janeway 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 points; McKenna Griffith 1 rebound, 1 steal and 2 points; and Mya Hadley with 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 5 points.
Colstrip Colts defeat Spartans JV and C Squads
By Katie Wang
Spartans’ JV and C squads were defeated Jan. 25 in Colstrip. Before the games that day, Gabe Kennel, a freshman member of the C squad, stated that he was “feeling pretty good and the team had prepared that week in practice by sticking to the basics”. Ashton Afrank, a sophomore member of the C squad and JV, said he thought that the teams had a good chance to bring home wins because “we all have pretty good attitudes and work well together”.
During the C squad game, the boys battled fiercely but gave the Colts a chance to grab the lead throughout the game. While the team rallied in the fourth quarter and worked hard to close the gap, they were unsuccessful and lost by only 1 point, with the final score Spartans 45 and Colts 46. The team rallied and worked to close the gap.
Jaxson Tronstad, a freshman, led the team in points and rebounds with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Jory Miller and Garrett Lesh each had 8 points and Jory managed 3 steals and 3 assists. Garrett also had 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Logan Graham had 6 points and 2 assists and Aiden Rabbit had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Ashton Afrank had 4 points.
The Baker Boys’ JV also played Colstrip on Friday although it wasn’t as close as the C squad game with an ending score of 77-42 in favor of the Colts.
Despite the loss, Jacob Wang, a junior, had great stats and lead the team in points with 15. Jacob also had 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Dillon Hickey, also a junior, led the team in rebounds with 8 and also had 2 points. Konner Flint, a sophomore, had 7 points and 3 rebounds. Garrett Lesh, a freshman, had 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Ashton Afrank, a sophomore, and Trenton Collins, a junior, each had 4 points and Trenton also had 3 rebounds. Logan Graham and Jory Miller each had 2 points.
Baker boys take on Colstrip
By Caleb Ploeger
On Jan. 25 the Baker Spartans traveled to Colstrip to play the #1 ranked team in the state. The Spartans started out strong, taking the first points of the game. Near the end of the first quarter, the Colts managed to take the lead 21-13. The second quarter was a bit of a stalemate, as the Spartans scored 9 and the Colts 10; the teams went into halftime with the Colts up 31-22.
In the second half the Colts showed why they are ranked # 1. They shot very well and managed to shut down the Spartan’s offense, holding them to just 12 points. Meanwhile they scored over and over on the Spartan defense, managing to find holes where they could attack. The game ended with a final score of 72-34.
Caleb Ploeger led the Spartans with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Riley O’Donnell followed with 6 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Riley Schultz had 6 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Jacob Wang had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Colter Peterson had 3 points, 1 assist and 1 steal. Konner Flint had 1 steal. Teight Madler had 2 points, 2 assists and 3 rebounds and Sean Shelhamer had 2 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Teight Madler commented, “Even though we had a tough loss against Colstrip, we all rallied and came together as a team to knock off Lame Deer the following night. That is one thing we have done well all year, staying together and leaving it all on the court.”
Varsity girls basketball falls to Lame Deer
By Courtney Tudor
The Lady Baker Spartans played host to the Lame Deer Morning Stars on Jan. 26. The Lady Spartan starters were Kelsey Miller, Shelby Moore, Alissa Bohle, Hope Craft and Mya Hadley. These five, along with freshman Emily Shumaker, kept the first quarter close, ending with 16-16. In the second quarter, freshman Anika Ploeger, Peyton Janeway and McKenna Griffith came in off the bench. All three worked hard to keep up with the Lady Morning Stars, but the gap widened under strong playing from the Morning Stars and the half ended 22-33.
Following the half-time performance by the Baker Pep Band and a concentrated effort by the cheerleaders to raise spirit, the two team returned to the court. Mid way through the third quarter Sophia Dulin and Rilee Pettersen were put into the game. Both underclassmen served as point guard and did well in setting up the Spartan plays.
In the final quarter, every member of the Baker Lady Spartan Varsity team saw action. Hope Craft lead in the Spartans in points with 9 and she also had highest free throw percentage of 70%. Despite the valiant effort, the final score read Baker 46 and Lame Deer 66. Shelby Moore commented “The Lame Deer game was one of the faster games we have played and we worked well as a team.” Mya Hadley stated, “We are improving every game and Lame Deer showed just how much we are improving.”
Lady Spartan JV basketball defeats the Lame Deer Morning Stars
By Jayden Allen
On Jan. 26, the Baker Spartan girls JV basketball team played the Lame Deer Morning Stars in the Longfellow gym. The Lady Spartans started the game falling behind Lame Deer with the first quarter ending 6-14, but rallied to lessen the Morning Stars’ lead. The score going to half time was close, 21-22 with Lame Deer leading. Coming out into the third, the team held Lame Deer to only three points and took the lead. The Spartans maintained their lead throughout the quarter, with the final buzzer ending the game at 48 to 37–a great Spartan win! Sophia Dulin led the Spartans in points with a total of 15; she also had 9 rebounds and 4 steals.
Stats for the game were Ashlyn Lutts with 2 points, 1 rebound and 3 steals. Alex Williams with 1 rebound and 1 steal. Anika Ploeger with 10 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Peyton Janeway with 2 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Emily Shumaker with 5 points, and 3 rebounds. Rilee Pettersen with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. McKenna Griffith with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Camryn Collins had 3 rebounds and 1 steal.
Boys Varsity vanquishes the Lame Deer Morning Stars
Led by junior Caleb Ploeger, the Spartan boys Varsity team pulled off a win against a tenacious Lame Deer Morning Stars team. Caleb really pushed the team in the third quarter by scoring the majority of the points for the Spartans.
The fourth quarter proved to be back and back. At one point the Morning Stars led the Spartans, but the Spartans did not give up and pushed back to win the game in the final seconds. Sean Shelhamer grabbed the rebound off of a missed free throw attempt by Caleb Ploeger to score 2 points, which put the Spartans up by 2. Riley O’Donnell, who fouled out in the fourth, was in foul trouble the entire game and commented, “I admit I was playing too aggressively; the intensity of the game got to me and I really wanted the win.”
Spartan C Squad and JV put up a fight against Lame Deer
By Maleah Graham
On Jan. 26, the Spartans hosted the Lame Deer Morning Stars. From the start of the Boys C Squad game until the very end, the Spartans displayed incredible energy and played together with great chemistry. In the first half alone, freshman Garrett Lesh had 9 offensive boards and was aggressive down in the paint. Despite the extreme effort and hustle from the Spartans, they lost in the last few seconds, with the final score being 55-56.
Garrett commented, “It was an intense game and despite the defeat, our team work keeps improving with each game.” He also tied with Jaxson Tronstad, another freshman, for most points at 19. C Squad stats are: Logan Graham: 5 points, 2 assists. Jory Miller, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. Jaxson Tronstad, 19 points, 11 rebounds. Ashton Afrank, 2 points, 6 rebounds. Garrett Lesh, 19 points, 16 rebounds. Aiden Rabbitt, 4 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals. Colin Loribecke, 2 points, 2 rebounds
Next up were the Junior Varsity boys. As with the C Squad, there was great hustle and intensity that was evident starting with their warm ups. A spectator could see that these boys were zoned in and ready for the game. Sophomore starter Konner Flint played excellent defense and led the team in steals with 7. His shooting was also on point as he scored 23 points, another team high. Junior Jacob Wang and freshman Garrett Lesh, two determined guys in the paint, led the team in rebounds with 7 apiece. However, despite these valiant efforts from all, the Spartans fell to the Morning Stars with a final score of 55-61.
JV Squad stats are: Jory Miller: 3 points, 2 steals. Konner Flint: 23 points, 7 steals. Jaxson Tronstad: 3 points, 6 rebounds. Garrett Lesh: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists. Jacob Wang: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Dillon Hickey: 5 rebounds. Bryce Hufford: 2 points.
Baker Spartan girls JV tame Wibaux Longhorns JV
The girls JV easily handled the Wibaux JV in a matchup on Jan. 28 in Wibaux. Led by Anika Ploeger, who finished the night with 16 points, the Spartans held the Longhorns to 2 points in the first quarter, 2 points in the second quarter, 4 in the third quarter, and only 3 in the final quarter. The game ended in a score of 57-11.
Peyton Janeway added 11 points for the Spartans, followed by Sophia Dulin with 7, Emily Shumaker and Camryn Collins both scored 5 points, McKenna Griffith and Alex Williams had 4 points each, Ashlyn Lutts had 3 points, and Rilee Pettersen had 2 points for the Spartans.
Baker boys C Squad ropes the Wibaux Longhorns
In a late season addition to their schedule, the Baker boys basketball C Squad traveled to Wibaux on Jan. 28 to take on the Wibaux Longhorns.
This was a hotly contested game from the beginning jump to determine possession to the very end of the overtime. In the last few seconds of the overtime period, Garrett Lesh grabbed a long inbound pass from Ashton Afrank and with only 7.9 seconds remaining, scored a layup. Garrett was fouled during the execution of the layup and was successful in sinking the free throw, which put the Spartans up 54-51. With the Longhorns in possession and determined to score again, the Spartan defense stepped up and caused a turnover and was able to run out the clock for the win.
Garrett Lesh led the Spartans with 27 points; he also contributed 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Jaxson Tronstad scored 16 points for the Spartans and tied Garrett in rebounds with 9. Logan Graham made 7 points for the win and had 3 steals and 3 assists. Jory Miller had 3 points and 8 rebounds and Aiden Rabbitt finished out the scoring with 1 point and 3 rebounds.