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Pioneer girls enter offseason with work to do

Big Sandy completed the girls' basketball season without a win but finished with a flourish in the final contest of 2021. The Pioneers (0-14) took the long road Wednesday to Hays-Lodgepole and...

 

Big Sandy gives up Cinderella slipper to C-J-I

HAVRE - Big Sandy did not get to resume the role of lovable, scrappy underdog in a run to the divisional boys' basketball tournament in Great Falls as understudy Chester-Joplin-Inverness upstaged the...

 

Pioneers enter tourney on three-game win streak

Big Sandy boys basketball coach Thomas Dilworth has been preaching the same message all season to his young squad and the Pioneers looked ready Saturday night to don their choir robes in response. Be...

 

No W but Pioneer girls produce points

The Big Sandy girls concluded a winless regular season Saturday on the hardwood but went out with their best offensive production over the course of a weekend. The Pioneers have had to battle to...

 

Wrestlers battle foes, injuries as postseason looms

Big Sandy wrestlers are beating their foes on the mat but the toughest test may be the injury bug as superdivisionals loom. “We are a little banged up right now,” said Tucker Taylor, the head coach of the Fort Benton-Big Sandy coop program....

 

Pioneers split weekend, need help to start 9C at home

Check "season series sweep" off the to-do list for the Big Sandy boys after a 68-55 win Saturday against North Star in varsity basketball. The Pioneers moved to 4-7 with their first home-and-away swee...

 

Box Elder, North Star get better of Big Sandy girls

Better foes outmatched the Big Sandy girls on the basketball court on Friday and Saturday as the difficult 2021 season winds down. The Pioneers fell 79-24 on Friday at Box Elder and 65-8 to North...

 

Pioneer wrestlers shine under spotlight at home

Big Sandy High School wrestlers get one opportunity a year to perform in front of a home crowd and let the light shine on their efforts. The Pioneers, accordingly, made a grand entrance Thursday...

 

Pioneer girls post progress, points against Chinook

The Big Sandy girls displayed the essence of Pioneer spirit in playing their most complete basketball game of the season Saturday on the heels of arguably their most difficult one. The Pioneers posted their best offensive output of the season...

 

Boys: Pivotal win at CJI between bruising battles with FB & Chinook

The regular season in District 9C boys basketball has clearly become a two-team race for the top seed to the tournament followed by six teams that really could knock any of the others off on any given...

 

Wrestlers bring momentum home for friendly crowd

The high school wrestlers from Big Sandy are on a roll. That’s good timing, coming into the week in which they will get their one chance for the year to compete in their home gym. A trio of Pioneers, combining with Fort Benton as a coop team, compe...

 

Pioneer boys go back-to-back, turn back Turner

With dos consecutive wins, the Big Sandy boys could make a case for being the most interesting basketball team in the world. They don't always have a size advantage, but when they do ... The Pioneers...

 

Tornadoes leave Pioneer girls twisted

The Big Sandy girls returned to their home floor Friday night coming off their best offensive performance of the season in the friendly confines. Unfortunately, matched with the Turner Tornadoes,...

 

Pioneers post first win at North Star after Box Elder thriller

The Pioneer boys produced their first win of 2021 when they went on the road Saturday to North Star. Big Sandy bested the boys from Rudyard 52-45 in an afternoon tilt to get the monkey off their back...

 

Pioneer girls take strides vs. Box Elder, fall at North Star

Big Sandy produced its most prolific offensive output of the season Friday but it was not enough as the Pioneers fell 76-29 to Box Elder in girls basketball. The Pioneers went on the road Saturday...

 

Holidays pass but Pioneers still have cheer

Cheerleading began fashionably late this school year but has been fashionable as of late. The Big Sandy Pioneers boast a six-girl squad this winter sports season after a fall hiatus. The cheer crew...

 

Wrestlers add numbers, experience

The Big Sandy Pioneers are contributing twice as many wrestlers in 2021 to their co-op squad with Fort Benton as they did in a successful season a year ago. The Fort Benton/Big Sandy combined team...

 

Boys hoop comeback short vs. CJI, beaten by Beeters

With back-to-back three-pointers from Pioneers young (freshman Lane Demontiney) and old (senior Kade Strutz), Big Sandy halved what had once been a 20-point deficit against visiting...

 

Girls cagers can't contain Hawks, Beeters

Big Sandy faced perhaps its most frustrating league foe Friday in the form of the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hi-Line Hawks. Two years ago, the Pioneer girls came up short by two points twice against...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    January 6, 2021

Young Pioneers start journey with league's best

In a sense, Big Sandy boys' basketball is picking up just where it left off. The Pioneers faced Fort Benton with a divisional title and state playoff berth on the line in their penultimate game of...

 
 By Sean Janssen    Sports    January 6, 2021

Pioneer girls' hoop go to school of hard knocks

There are no easy games in the District 9C, as the Big Sandy girls have found out again and again on the hardwood in recent years. Though there are somewhat less challenging games than those against...

 

Pioneer Jr. High boys move from mat to court

Raw talent more accustomed to rubber mats than a rubber ball refined its way to a respectable season on the hardwood in junior high boys’ basketball at Big Sandy. First-year coach Katie Nicholson led a team loaded with athleticism that finished...

 

JH Pioneer girls flex on court

It took a fair amount of scheduling gymnastics to permit Big Sandy to complete a full junior high girls basketball season in 2020. The Pioneers proved able to defeat nearly every opponent they faced, COVID-19 included. The pandemic forced last-minute...

 
 By Sean Janssen    News    December 2, 2020

Thanksgiving: 'to be thankful, that would suffice.'

The observance of Thanksgiving Day felt appropriately simple to me this year. I write this, however, with the caveat that I cooked nothing for the turkey dinner. Those who devoted hours to their bird and/or its tabletop companions may have seen...

 

Pioneers corral Longhorns 57-6 in playoff opener

It's not quite the bustling holiday season but Big Sandy is already toiling away at vanquishing the Ghosts of Postseasons Past. The first specter appeared against a backdrop of powdery white in the fo...

 

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