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Feb. 23 Headlines
Fundraising underway for historic Helmville grandstand Game on: Lynx defeat Darby; bring home 13-C second place trophy and earn trip to Western C Divisional tourney HB 196, bill to support rural EMS , tabled in committee Op/Ed: The threats to our representative democracy Letter: Thankful for Sen. Daines Deputy Forest Supervisor announced Obit: Bettie Russel
Legislative Feature: Last stand for Community Renewable Energy Projects?
New Jaws give LVFD more bite Music: A cohesive force that unified a generation of Americans Finnish artists Pernu returning to Lincoln
Game on Lynx defeat Darby; bring home 13-C second place trophy and earn trip to Western C Divisional tourney
The third time is the charm. The Lincoln Lynx defeated the Darby Tigers Monday afternoon in a 13-C tournament challenge game for the second-place trophy. The Lynx earned the game against the Bitterroot squad, which had defeated them twice by just single digits in the regular season, by advancing through the tournament’s loser out bracket. The Lynx lost their shot at the 13-C championship game when they fell to Valley Christian Friday but turned around and racked up a pair of decisive wins Saturday, scuttling the Victor Pirates 68-25 in the morning before going on to clip the Seeley Swan Blackhawks 60-45 in the consolation game that afternoon. As any sports fan can tell you, it’s hard to beat a team three times in a row and the Darby boys’ basketball team can now vouch for the accuracy of that prediction. In a display of talent and endurance, the Lynx had the best game of their season Monday and led the score from wire to wire. At one point in the third period Lincoln was 17 points ahead, but the Tigers never quit fighting and ended the game behind by ten, 50 - 60. Lynx Captain Nathan Brown, the usual three-point shooter, was having one of the best nights of his life with high percentage long balls and fearless drives into the key for jump shots and kick out passes. Senior Logan Fuit - Mr. “I will not be refused” under the basket - grabbed every rebound in sight and was careful not to draw the fouls aimed at him in the fourth period. Big men often don’t get the calls going their way, but the crowd erupted in cheers when Fuit took a charge at the end of the game and the ref got it right and called the foul on Darby. Only one Lynx player, energetic floor manager Gage Fitzgerald, fouled out and was replaced off the bench by sophomore Bridger Kamps. Kamps added his own five points to the win, including a clutch three-pointer that switched the momentum back to Lincoln. With a four-game winning streak in December, hopes were sky high in Lynx World that this would be a good year for Lincoln basketball. Injuries, ineligibilities and cold shooting by the starters hit the team in January, prompting some to ask, “are our chances slipping away?” But, the regular season ended on an upswing against St. Andrew and Coach Shane Brown told the BVD the team is peaking at just the right time. “We’re playing well together and we’ve won five of our last six games,” he said. “At Frenchtown we played every team in our conference and only lost once.” High-scoring Lynx players were Fuit with 24, and Brown with 19. In addition to a dozen awesome rebounds, Payton Peterson scored eight, Kamps had five and Gage Fitzgerald, four. The Lynx next stop is the western divisional Class C tournament in Butte, beginning Thursday Feb. 23. The last time the Lincoln team and their loyal fans caravanned over to the Butte Central Gym was in 2012, coming home in a blizzard after a mixed tournament performance. This year the weather forecast is warm and sunny, much like the revived hopes of the Lincoln Lynx and their legion of supporters.
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