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 - Bulldogs Drill On Two By JIM HARMON Inter Lake...
Bulldogs Drill On Two By JIM HARMON Inter Lake Sports Writer WHITEFISH (ILNS) -- Whitefish Whitefish High School Bulldogs, Northwest Northwest Division champions, wound lip practice at home last night snd headed for Great Falls today to make their bid for Class B basketball's most coveted crown --the slate championship. The state playoffs, copped last year by St. Ignatius with Poison third, will open tomorrow afternoon afternoon · in the Great Falls Central High School gymnasium when Anaconda Central, Southwestern Division champion, meets Choteau, kingpin in the Northern Division. Coach Rollie Schauble's Bulldogs, Bulldogs, who hit their stride late in the conference season and continued continued the surge to sweep the Northwest crown, make their debut debut tomorrow night at 9 p.m. against Roundup of the Southern Division. ·. Eight teams from the six Class B divisions In " Montana will tangle In the 3,700 capacity gymnasium gymnasium that Is expected to be packed all three days of the tournament. tournament. ' Tournament 'officials at Great-Falls said-tickets for the playoffs have been sold out since Feb. 27. ; : : After tha Anaconda Ceutral- Choteau game : at 2 p.m. tomor- Rhoades Gets All-Stdr Spot SALT LAKE CITY (UP)--Champion (UP)--Champion Brigham Young, unexpected Winner of the recent Skyline Conference Conference basketball race, surprised one today by fittingly earning most of the post-season honors ac- .corded by coaches selecting the United Press all-conference team. Head basketball coaches from each of the eight schools in the five-state circuit embracing the Rocky Mountains picked John Benson Benson and Tom Steinke of BYU to the 1957 honor team in addition to voting ; Steinke "player of the Styles :'ow, Wolf Point, perennial powerhouse powerhouse from the Eastern Division will meet Harlem, second place team In the Northeastern Division. Division. In the first night game, Thursday, Cut Bank, second place representative from the Northern Division will square off against Shelby, Northeastern D i v i champs. The winners and losers will remain remain in the same bracket Friday, then will switch , brackets Saturday Saturday to determine the championship championship teams. The Whitefish Bulldogs, getting their first shot at a state title the first time in a long time, meet either the Cut Bank Wolves or the Shelby Coyotes in their second game Friday. Whitefish, spearheaded by three seniors and two juniors most of the season, ended the conference schedule with . a not-to-enviable 8-6 record and a 12-8 overall slate. But the Bulldogs, improv- ng with each game, reached their peak at tournament time and defeated defeated all tourney foes, including R o n a n, Northwest Conference champs, to earn their berth in state finals. Ronan had defeated Whitefish twice during the rocky conference season. . Paced by Gary Smith, Mike McNeilly, Jim Baker, Doug Knapton Knapton and probably Lauren Buckland, Buckland, if his twisted ankle mends, the Bulldop;,, all capable ball handlers and dangerous shooters, will be relying on the late season surge to continue when they meet their first state test, Roundup. Schauble was not acquainted yesterday with the Roundup team or style of play they use, but drilled bis team on both zone man-to-man defense and the double and single post type of offenses to cope with anything the Bulldogs may meet in the tournament. The Bulldogs, who will be followed followed to the finals by nearly Whitefish High School students and a handful of town rooters, planned to workout tonight on the Great Falls Central gym floor, then rest tomorrow.

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  1. The Daily Inter Lake,
  2. 13 Mar 1957, Wed,
  3. Page 5

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