Fergus softball team, track teams begin competitive season

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Weather permitting, the Fergus fast-pitch softball team will kick off its 2017 season with a game in Miles City against the Cowgirls of Custer County. The game will be played on Friday, March 31 with the junior varsity scheduled for 3 p.m., followed by the varsity at 5 p.m. Custer County was the first team the Golden Eagles played at the Class A State Softball Tournament in Belgrade last season. In that contest, the Golden Eagles came away with a 9-6 win.
Several players return for Coach Mike Mangold including all-conference pitcher Carley Carpenter. Other starters returning are Mikalya Comes at shortstop, Hanna Hayes in centerfield, Gracia Butcher at second base, Dani Gapay in right field, Val Kolstad at first base, Elizabeth Craven in left field. Two starters who have to be replaced are Nora Weichel at third base and all-state catcher Karlie Southworth.
Golden Eagle fans will have their first opportunity to see Fergus in action at home on Saturday, April 8 when they host Havre in a conference contest.

Central Montana Invite Saturday
The Fergus boys’ and girls’ track teams are prepared to begin their competitive season with the Central Montana Invite this Saturday at Golden Eagle Stadium. This meet is usually one of the biggest meets of the year as includes teams from Class A, B and C. It will also be the first meet since the track was resurfaced last fall.
Field events begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Events scheduled for 10 include boys’ pole vault, javelin, long jump and discus, along with the girls’ shot put, triple jump and high jump. The first track event, the 3,200-meter run, is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. 
In the track events, the boys’ varsity race will take place, followed by the girls’ varsity, boys’ junior varsity and girls’ junior varsity. All running events will be timed finals.
In the field events, participants will have 1 and 1/2 hours to complete their four throws or jumps, except for the high jump and pole vault competition. There are no finals in the field events.

Tennis gets jump on other spring sports
The Fergus boys’ and girls’ tennis teams got the jump on softball and track when the Golden Eagle teams traveled to Cut Bank for an invitational tournament. Results will be printed in the News-Argus just as soon as they become available to the paper.
Also look for previews of both the  Fergus tennis and track teams in upcoming issues of the News-Argus.
This weekend the Golden Eagles travel to Conrad on Saturday for the Conrad Invitational Tennis Tournament. Normally mostly freshmen and sophomores compete in this meet due to the fact the Fergus juniors and seniors have their prom on Saturday night.

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