BOZEMAN – It’s the calm before the storm inside Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Thirty-two teams take the court Thursday in a combined four classes with their eyes on state volleyball championships.
We’ll start with the heavy hitters at Billings Senior High. It’s sort of a drought — we say that loosely by Senior standards. The Broncs haven’t won a title in three seasons. Sue Dvorak is trying to win her first in charge of the program. She was in Bozeman as a spectator last year, so she knows what it will look like. But she mentioned to MTN Sports how it’s very different when you’re in the thick of things as both a coach and a player.
In Class A, Billings Central has only lost to Senior this season — once at an early tournament in North Dakota, and another at the Nelles Center in Billings. Otherwise the Rams have rolled through Class A competition, including a couple wins over Belgrade, which the Rams consider one of their main rivals. The Rams open against Stevensville in the first set of games at 10 a.m.
Surprise, surprise, Huntley Project is your favorite on the Class B court. The Red Devils continue to show how dominant of a program they have, but — like Senior — they haven’t won a title in a few years, so they’re eager to get back into that winner’s circle. The Red Devils begin their march Thursday against Fairfield.
In Class C, the Bridger Scouts are back chasing their 11th state title in program history. Bridger enters 28-2 after rolling through districts and divisionals. Head coach Wayne Moorman’s squad will open against Gardiner, a team also used to winning in this field.
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