The Dutton/Brady and Power Titans football team and the Lady Pirates and Dutton/Brady DiamondBack volleyball teams kicked off their 2019 season last week.
The Titans football team left no doubt they were ready to play, defeating Valier, 52-0, Aug. 31 in Dutton.
According to Power Athletic Director Merrick Parnell, the Titan offense got off to a blistering pace from the start of the game. Nicholas Widhalm threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another score. Ben Lehnerz reeled in two passes from Widhalm and Jackson Widhalm caught a 45-yard pass from Nicholas Widhalm.
Defensively during the contest, the Titans smothered the Panthers, keeping them off the scoreboard while recording a safety and several interceptions, Parnell added.
The Titans have 22 players on the team including four returning offensive players and three with experience on defense. They have nine seniors on the roster, three juniors, seven sophomores and three freshmen.
Titans head coach Tom Tramner with 35-plus years of experience, said the team’s strength this year will be their speed and experience. “Out weakness will be our size,” he added.
“We lost five players to graduation last year including a running back, offensive line, and end and defensively D-line and linebacker,” Tramner said. This year’s team is working at filling all of those positions and has the personnel up for the challenge.
The Titans first conference game will be against Dodson-Geyser-Stanford in Geyser on Sept. 7.
Coach Tramner sees Big Sandy, Geraldine-Highwood and DGS as the leaders in conference play.
Serving as the assistant coaches are Darrell Laubach with 27 years of experience and Trey Taylor with three years.
There are 13 girls out for volleyball in Power, including one senior, two juniors, four sophomores and six freshmen.
“This is the largest team I have had in Power since I started coaching here,” Carly Beck, the head coach said. She has two returning starters, Veronica Smelser and Kinsey May.
Looking at her squad’s strengths, Beck said she has a great group of girls this season. “They are scrappy and have really been clicking as a team,” she added. “We are a younger team, but I think we will be just as competitive as the rest of the district.”
Power had five seniors graduate this last year, all of whom were key players for the Lady Pirates. “Except for my two returners, we essentially will be a whole new team on the floor this season,” Beck said.
Their opening game was Aug. 29 against Sunburst at home. At press time the outcome on that match was unknown.
Beck believes the conference will have some great competition this season. “We will definitely have to find ways to shut down teams like Simms, Augusta and Valier who are always aggressive and have some talented athletes on their rosters,” she said.
This will Beck’s third season coaching volleyball for the Power. The team has new assistant coaches this season, Kaliegh Hall from Great Falls, and junior high coach is Chelsea Johnson. She was the assistant junior high coach last year. “Both of these women bring great energy and excitement to our program and we are excited for them to be a part of the Lady Pirate volleyball team,” Beck said.
The Dutton/Brady volleyball team features 13 players this year, four juniors, five freshman and four eighth graders. All three juniors are returning starters from last year.
The Lady DiamondBack coach Lori Ostberg sees the team’s strength this year as how well the girls work together. Their biggest weakness will be that they are young and inexperienced.
At the opening tournament last week in Sunburst, the team worked on communicating, as well as trusting in one another.
Ostberg, who has 20 years of coaching experience sees Simms as the leader in the conference. She will be assisted on the bench by Breanna Dahlman.
Titans 8-30-14-0 — 52
Valier 0-0-0-0 — 0
Nicholas Widhalm — 19-yd. pass (Brady Smelser kick).
Ben Lehnerz — 6-yd. pass from. N. Widhalm (Smelser kick).
Widhalm — 3-yd. run (Smelser kick).
Jackson Widhalm — 20-yd. pass from N. Widhalm (pass failed).
J. Widhalm — 45-yd. pass from N. Widhalm (Smelser kick).
Lehnerz — 21-yd. pass from N. Widhalm (Smelser kick).
Smelser — 25-yd. field goal.