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  • Lady Lynx battle Valley Christian in Senior Night contest

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Oct 22, 2022

    Before the opening buzzer to begin the Lady Lynx vs. Valley Christian Lady Eagles volleyball game Thursday, Oct. 20, senior athletes Hayden Dempster (football) and Jessica Zarske (volleyball) were escorted onto the gym floor by their proud parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Honored for their dedication, character and hard work in leading their respective teams representing Lincoln and the Blackfoot Valley, Jessica and Hayden received the applause and gratitude...

  • Jr. High Lady Lynx take a swat at Seeley Lake Lady Blackhawks Oct. 12 at home

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Oct 21, 2022

    All good things eventually come to an end. Amid tears and smiles, the junior high school Little Lady Lynx wrapped up their season against a tough opponent – the Seeley Lake Lady Blackhawks. Backed up by an exceptionally skilled 'B' team, the 7th and 8th grade ladies on the 'A' team showed their stuff by pulling out a win in the first set, 25 – 22, against Seeley. Ahead for most of the set, the Lady Little Lynx saw the Black Hawks roar back and almost take the win away fro...

  • The "Glory Days" Alums relive the lime light

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Oct 21, 2022

    They were great once, long ago. With dreams of past high school victories dancing like sugar plums in their memories, the Lincoln alums who took the football field Saturday night, Oct. 15 expected to romp over their younger and slimmer sons and nephews on the current Lincoln Lynx JV squad. After all, they had been champions in 'The Day' ! And to make sure none of the old Glory Days players became seriously injured, the contest was Flag Football, not the rough and tumble...

  • Lady Lynx varsity battles Drummond Lady Trojans

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Oct 5, 2022

    With determination and a good attitude, the hometown Lady Lynx ran onto the court ready to play hard in their rematch with the Drummond Lady Trojans. After a recent away game loss to the Trojans the Lincoln gals were anxious to get a win and even up the competition. However, a cold start in the first two sets, 12 - 25, 8 - 25, gave the Lynx ladies a steep hill to climb, even though the volleys were long and very competitive. As usual Jess Zarske, Kylee Copenhaver and Sophomore... Full story

  • Lady Little Lynx pound Alberton Lady Panthers

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Sep 28, 2022

    A home volleyball match against the visiting Alberton Panthers on Friday, Sept. 23 demonstrated a shining lesson in compassion and sportsmanship to the young ladies from the Clark Fork Valley. Winning in three quick sets, 25-17; 25-23; 25-22; the Lynx gals and their coaches showed the crowd what a class act they are by subbing in all their new 5th and 6th grade players in the second and third sets, giving the inexperienced junior high Panthers a chance to even the score and...

  • Jr Hi Lady Lynx edged out by Drummond Trojans

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Sep 21, 2022

    The Drummond Lady Trojans came to Lincoln on Sept. 10 to face the Lincoln junior high Lady Lynx volleyball squad. After a five-set slug fest, the Drummond Trojan wooden horse had captured the cats by two points in the fifth set. So close, but no cigar. Playing with strength and confidence, Lincoln battled hard and the result was up in the air until the very end: 23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23 and 15-17. Coaches Dani Fry and Cailey DenBoer had a nice bench of middle school ladies...

  • Injuries cripple Lynx football home opener

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Sep 21, 2022

    Coming off a convincing win against Gardner last Saturday, the young Lincoln Lynx football men felt confident going into their Thursday, Sept. 8 match up against the Great Falls Central High junior varsity. Even though there were only six eligible Lincoln players for this game, our freshmen and sophomore gridiron squad (with one junior) was fired up for the contest. The Lincoln Lynx are required by the MHSA to play a JV schedule this year because the Lynx had to cancel some...

  • Lynx Varsity Volleyball Off To a Shaky Start

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Sep 7, 2022

    The Lincoln volleyball season kicked off with a visit from the Granite Lady Prospectors from Philipsburg Thursday, Sept. 1. Freshman veteran Makenna Copenhaver said the team was "super anxious to play before the hometown crowd," and was fighting first game jitters, reflected in their 9 - 25 loss. But the experienced squad settled down into a rhythm for the next two matches, showing a lot of intense focus and calm "get-it-done" resolve. Playing without their strong senior,...

  • Seeley Blackhawks Defeat Lady Lynx

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Sep 7, 2022

    With only one day to rest from their pounding by Granite, the Lincoln Lady Lynx fired themselves up to face visiting Seeley Lake, who showed up Saturday, Sept. 3 with seven seniors and a full bench of lower classmen. Whew! Time to dig deep. The Lincoln squad has high expectations for their season and each hitter is, as they said, "all in." Courage was the word of the day. The Blackhawks are always contending for the top spot in the 13-C conference and their swagger is well...

  • Lynx lady round ballers bring home win from Ronan

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Lincoln Lady Lynx opened their varsity season Dec. 4 at the invitational tournament in Ronan. Getting a slow start after a Friday loss, the Lincoln ladies were hungry for a win when they faced the Two Eagle School squad from Pablo Saturday. New coach Ray Campos said he is in a skill building year with the team led by senior Jenna Templeton and juniors JJ Lewenight and Jessica Zarske. Athletic underclassmen Kylee Copenhaver and Krymzen Dempster round out the team with...

  • Lynx wins at Ronan tourney

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Winter's here and varsity basketball is in full swing, giving everyone who's looking to avoid Christmas shopping a place to hide out. Taking five eligible men to the Ronan Invitational on Dec. 4, Coach Brown didn't have much wiggle room if any player fouled out, but small schools do the best they can with what they have. That's life. The Friday game was a hard loss, but after making some overnight adjustments, the Lynx hit the hardwood Saturday against Two Eagle River School,...

  • Lincoln basketball teams put up spirited fight, but fall to Blackhawks in first home games of season

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Boys fall 33-73 The Blackhawk express from Seeley Lake thundered through Lincoln on the Friday before Christmas break and it wasn't bringing gifts from the North Pole. Both teams, the Lady Lynx and varsity men, fell to the perennial powerhouse Seeley Lake Blackhawks in lopsided losses that were tests of character and resiliency. The Lynx men suited up six players which gave Coach Shane Brown a lonely bench of one to rotate his tired team. The Blackhawks had seven on their...

  • Lynx varsity teams fall to Darby in Saturday faceoff

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    It's a New Year and a fresh chance to show those bigger schools that Lincoln teams can put up a good fight and be competitive in the Class C bracket. The first varsity game of 2022 was an entertaining but losing effort with the boys and girls varsity teams from Darby on Saturday, Jan 8. The stands were packed with Lincoln folks looking for an evening of comaraderie and fun while rooting for the home teams. Yes, it was another of those nights where the Lincoln Lynx were...

  • Lady Lynx junior high gals split ticket with Drummond

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    On Saturday morning, January 15th, the Junior High Lady Lynx B-Team came out strong and defeated the B-Team Drummond Lady Trojans on the Lincoln hard woods 11 - 4. The young Lincoln B-Team, made up of 4th, 5th and 6th graders, played a powerful game highlighting the skills they learned last year at many of their out-of-state summer basketball camps. Kaya Butterfield was the high scorer with four also using her height as an impenetrable defensive weapon. Kaitlyn Brown played...

  • Valley Christian Eagles take down Lynx 53-67

    Connie McCAfferty|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Valley Christian Eagles varsity men had a tough game against the Lincoln Lynx Friday Feb. 4 and it would have been an evenly matched contest except for a Valley Christian senior named Becker, who scored half of the Eagle points all by himself. The Lynx men were only two points behind in the second quarter, but their brave and courageous play could not keep up with Becker who could score from NBA range. Teegan Tybo was top man with 14 points followed by Andrew Brown with 13...

  • Lynx JV boys edge out Granite 18-16 Feb. 3

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Finally, a home bench of five players vs. an opposing team of five. It was going to be a match game, after all. The junior varsity players from both teams were young and energetic. The Lincoln Lynx J.V, when called up to bolster the varsity, are used to fighting it out with juniors and seniors who out-weigh and tower over them. Now the young Lincoln men had opponents in the Granite Prospectors who were more in their weight division. In the low scoring, big D game, the fierce...

  • Lady Lynx Shock Valley Christian Eagles

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    O how the mighty have fallen. Rolling into Lincoln on Friday, Feb. 4, the Valley Christian Eagle ladies from Missoula are used to cruising to victory against Lincoln. Laughingly, one member of the visiting team said to the Lynx coach, "We'll try not to run up the score against you too much." New coach Ray Campos may not have been here when those past massacres happened, but he knew a great motivational opportunity when it came along. Relating the Eagles taunt to his team in...

  • Tournament Time! The District 13 C games in Frenchtown

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    It could be the pep bands, the gathering of seven high school basketball teams, the media cameras and reporters or the plethora of goodies at the food court. "Tournament time" is like a winter vacation in Sports World. A special vibe and excitement is in the air for both athletes and fans. Who you play in your first game depends on the record accumulated during the season and both Lincoln Lynx men and ladies had a difficult draw. The Lincoln gals came the closest to a win...

  • Lynx men fall to Victor Pirates in season ender

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    In a varsity vs. junior varsity match-up, the younger, less-experienced players have to climb a steep mountain. But the hometown Lynx men don't even have a full component of high school players. Two of their most talented shooters, Kayden Riddle and Roegun Dietz, are only in eighth grade! The Victor Pirates, starting seniors and juniors who average 5-foot, 10-inches and 150 pounds, made intimidating opponents Feb. 12. A fan did not need to be a fortune teller to see the outcom...

  • Ron Kruelski remembered with $5,000 scholarship

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    The family of Ron Kruelski, a Lincoln resident and faithful member of the Blackfoot Valley Bible Church, wanted their dad to be remembered for his life-transformation after accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior late in his life. For many years, Ron was a devoted supporter of youth and children's ministries. Ron died in the fall of 2021 of a massive heart attack on the top of Stemple Pass. In his memory, his family established a permanently endowed scholarship of $5000...

  • Staying Safe in an Unsafe World. Part II

    Connie McCafferty|Updated May 4, 2022

    Tonight, two transients walked off the highway, came through the bushes by the creek, and rang our back door bell. I answered the door, but did not open the storm door. The tall fellow, about 20-something, dressed in black, said, "My phone is dead. Can I come in and use your phone?" His partner, also dressed in black stood by. After my article in last week's BVD about not letting any stranger into your house for any reason, it was as though Providence brought a startling...

  • Freezout Lake Field Trip Awes Lincoln High School Students

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Apr 12, 2022

    March 24 was a school day "on the bus" for Lincoln High School students. A field trip to Freezout Lake, between Fairfield and Choteau, was originally scheduled only for Nancy Schwalm's Wildlife Biology class, but when word leaked out about the adventure, the administration decided that all students in grades 9-12 would go. Have you ever tried to get a teenager out of bed at 4 a.m.? Everyone had to be present at the school at 5 a.m. for a bus departure that would get the group...

  • Guest Readers Program brings community into the classroom

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Twice a week, folks from the greater Lincoln community come to Cailey DenBoer's first grade classroom to read to her students and initiate a lively discussion with questions and answers about their book. The children gather around the guest reader in the library corner of the room and listen with rapt attention. One component of the attention-getting events are the new guests. Who are they? What book did they bring? DenBoer's goals for the visit are for the students to practic...

  • Lady Little Lynx showcase the next generation

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Mar 10, 2022

    In a hastily scheduled pickup game that left the bleachers only partiality filled, the Lincoln Junior High ladies took on the Darby Lady Tigers on Saturday afternoon, March 5 on the Lynx home court. The junior high squads, made up of 4th, 5th, 6th and junior high age players, are a window into things to come. Despite the score, the top athletes get a chance to showcase their stuff and give the hometown fans a reason to hope that good things are coming down the pike in future...

  • Senior Night win winds up regular season for Lady Lynx

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Feb 24, 2022

    The bleachers were full to wit-ness the emotional goodbye ritual of "Senior Night" on Feb. 12 in the last home game of the regular basketball season. As a special gift to the only senior player, Jenna Templeton, the Lincoln Lady Lynx pounded out a decisive win over the Victor Lady Pirates, 43 - 32, sending Jenna off to college with memories of victory dancing in her head. Taking the lead in the game from tip off to final buzzer, the mini-squad of six players (five high school...

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