Scouts end season with a lot to look forward to

Photo by John Hanson

Shaniah Schwend readies

a kill against Chinook.

The Bridger Scouts traveled to Bozeman for the state tournament looking to make some noise. The first team they would challenge was the Gardiner Bruins; however, the Bruins over matched the lady Scouts, winning in three sets by the scores of 15-25, 8-25, 16-25. The next game would be played against Chinook, who would take the Scouts in five sets. In an up and down game, the Scouts lost by the final scores of 19-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, and 9-15. While the Scouts were bounced out of the tournament in two games, they have a lot to be proud of. The Scouts had an up and down year off the court that would have sent many teams on a downward spiral. Last year, during the basketball season, Shaniah Schwend tore her ACL and wasn’t able to get back into the mix until mid-season. Then this summer, sophomore Annie Cooke was hit by a drunk driver that would sideline her until right before the district tournament. However, the team hung together and hit their stride at the right time. Going into the district tournament as a three seed, the Scouts would run the table and win the district championship and follow it up with a 2nd place divisional trophy. Now, with a championship on their resume, the Scouts will go into next season returning all but Bailey Kilfoy and Kelsey Schober; making them the likely team to beat. Robin Smith, assistant coach, commented, “I am very proud of our girls. They overcame numerous adversities to get to the State Tournament. I don't think very many thought they could make it. Fortunately we healed faster than expected and began to gel as a team.”