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 By Sean Janssen    Sports    October 14, 2020 

Big Sandy Netters making progress near season-end

SAND COULEE — The Big Sandy Pioneers are seeing improvement as their regular season on the volleyball court nears completion. Big Sandy 3, Centerville 0 The Pioneers went down to Sand Coulee and swept Centerville on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for their...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    October 14, 2020 

Pioneers reclaim North, chase state title after 46-29 PDB win

The football season at Big Sandy is playing out like a great drama. In Act I, the Pioneers were matched with bit players and the action lacked suspense as they rolled to 3-0. After a three-week long...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    October 7, 2020

Pioneers return to favorite status, withstand Refiners' fire 74-34

It just took a bit of time to soak in oil country before Big Sandy could be free of the rust of three weeks without football and claim a 74-34 win Friday night in Sunburst. A mistake-filled end to...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    October 7, 2020

Netters hope to build mo' off D-B win

A little home cookin’ got the Big Sandy spikers back on a winning track Saturday. Coming off three straight away matches, the Pioneers took advantage of a homecourt edge at last and beat Dutton/Brady, 25-18, 25-15, 25-6. “It was an exciting...

 

North Star plays the long game again, beats Big Sandy

As Yogi Berra said, "It's like deja vu all over again." For the first time in 2020, Big Sandy matched up on the volleyball court Saturday against an opponent they had seen earlier in the season. This...

 

Big Sandy spikers split on the road

The Big Sandy Pioneers’ varsity volleyball squad collected its first victory on the road in District 7C play Friday in Hays before dropping a hard-fought match Saturday at Chester. The Pioneers won their second match of the season much as they did...

 

Pioneers reserves pile up points on Box Elder, 68-13

Two weeks after it started, the Big Sandy Pioneers football regular season is halfway done. In yet another 2020 oddity, the home slate is two-thirds complete following Friday’s 68-13 romp over Bear Paw country rival Box Elder. Fourteen days after...

 

Pioneers reserves pile up points on Box Elder, 68-13

There’s no night like Parent Night to pick up a win. Upon recognizing the support of their folks, the Big Sandy varsity and junior varsity volleyball squads each swept visiting Box Elder Thursday night. The victory is the first on the season for...

 

Lady Longhorns stampede over Pioneers, 3-0

The new kids on the block might just be the toughest kids on the block. The Fort Benton Longhorns left no uncertainty on the floor Friday night that they will challenge for a district crown, as they swept away visiting Big Sandy, 25-3, 25-5, 25-12....

 

Pioneers start slow, then roll over Valier 47-6

The rumpled appearance of new wrinkles in the Big Sandy offense ironed out smooth in the second half of a 47-6 win against visiting Valier in Friday's football season opener. "It was very sloppy,"...

 

Lady Pioneers measure against league's best

An opening week against upper-tier league foes Chinook and North Star sent Big Sandy volleyball to the school of hard knocks. The defending league champion Sugarbeeters swept the host Pioneers,...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    August 26, 2020

Pioneers prepare to reload - not rebuild

The more things change, the more they stay the same for the powerhouse Pioneer pigskin program. Big Sandy left unfinished business on the field after a 10-1 2019 season ended with a semifinal loss to...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    August 19, 2020

Pioneer netters have new look, vision for 2020

Before a single set is played, chalk one up in the "win" column for Big Sandy volleyball. With all the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the squad is well aware every match, every...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    August 5, 2020

Fall sports proceeding, with caution

Preparations for a Big Sandy Pioneers fall sports season are geared toward maintaining as regular a program as the COVID-19 pandemic will allow, according to state and local authorities. At press time, Big Sandy Schools Athletic Director Melanie...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    March 11, 2020

State hopes Belt-ed, Pioneers finish 3rd in divisional

GREAT FALLS — All good things must come to an end. And make no mistake. Big Sandy had a good run in postseason boys basketball. Great even. Yet it ended March 3 in Great Falls against the Belt Huskies, who by virtue of a 58-39 win in the Northern...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    March 4, 2020

Pioneers' Cinderella run leads to March matchup

Big Sandy beat the odds. And then did it again. And again. The last entry from District 9C to the Northern C Divisional boys basketball tournament won three thrilling games there to force an unlikely...

 

Pioneers reach divisional for first time since 2013, earn 3rd at 9C tourney

HAVRE - For the first time in seven years, Big Sandy is sending a boys basketball team to the Northern C divisional tournament at Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls. To give some perspective, that is...

 

Lady Pioneers' season concludes at 9C tourney

HAVRE - Two teams with championship pedigrees escorted the Big Sandy girls out of the 9C district basketball tournament. Fort Benton successfully defended its district championship, opening with a...

 

Pioneers beat Turner away, can't beat buzzer at home

One point and mere seconds were all that prevented Big Sandy from entering the District 9C boys basketball tournament on a four-game winning streak. The Pioneers followed a 56-38 win at winless...

 

Frigid shooting frustrates Lady Pioneers

A more ideal opportunity could not have been presented for the regular season finale for Big Sandy girl's basketball. The Lady Pioneers, who avenged a close loss on the road against Chinook at home to...

 

Genereux reps Big Sandy at state wrestling

In just his second year of wrestling, Big Sandy junior Bayley Genereux extended his season a week longer than last year by qualifying for the state tournament. Next year as a senior, the challenge...

 

Genereux advances to state wrestling tourney

Big Sandy junior Bayley Genereux earned a spot at the Montana state wrestling tournament Friday at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark in Billings. Genereux, in the 138-pound division, won his first...

 

Pioneers rebound from FB loss to beat Box Elder, North Star

The Big Sandy boys have not reached their full potential on the hardwood this season. Yet. Battling the injury bug, the Pioneers were no match for league-leading Fort Benton at home Monday, Feb. 3 and lost 66-36. With junior Parker Proulx making his...

 

Lady Pioneers get pushed around by 9C heavyweights

The Big Sandy girls have taken their lumps this season against the best the District 9C has to offer on the basketball court. This week proved no exception. A favorite to win the Class C state championship paid a visit to the Lady Pioneers Monday...

 

Second-half slide sinks Pioneers

The rematch of a game that went down to the wire for the Big Sandy boys' basketballers again provided plenty of excitement late. Unfortunately, a Pioneer team that shot out to a 31-16 lead at...

 

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