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Hawks soar upward on the charts

December 23, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Ranked number four of seven District 5-B basketball teams in pre-season coaches' polls, the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks, inside of one week of play, climbed to number one after winning four straight and upsetting Valley Christian, picked earlier as second in the league.

In their first outing against last-placed Darby, the Hawks managed to pull out for the win in only the last minute of play, so last Friday fans were apprehensive when number two Valley Christian came to town last Friday, even though the Hawks had pummelled Class C Lincoln 90-40 the night before.

Valley Christian held a significant height advantage, with Clint Nunnally standing at 6'8" and they took the floor with a confidence that was quickly shattered when the Hawks, playing flawlessly, took a 17-6 first quarter lead.

But from there on Valley Christian whittled away at the margin, but only slowly until they managed a 40-40 tie briefly before the end of the third quarter before the Hawks pulled back ahead.

In the fourth period, the Hawks found themselves down by four points, 51-47, before they went out ahead for good, holding on in the final minutes with free throws when Valley Christian was forced to foul.

In the 69-59 win, the Hawks placed four players in double figures led by Ty Cameron with 19 points, Joe McCoy with 16, Bobby Clark 11, and Kaleb Johnson 10. Just shy of double figures was Cameron Gamache with 9. Ladd Gordon added four.

The night before The Hawks had pummelled Lincoln by 50 points, 90-40, with Bobby Clark's 18 points leading the way. Ty Cameron followed with 16, Cameron Gamache 13, Kaleb Johnson 11, Brian Gallea 9, Scott Johnson 7, Luke Marlett 6, Ladd Gordon 4, Arrow Hoehn 2, and Ty Broesder 2.

Saturday night the Hawks faced a tougher Deer Lodge, but managed to pull away in the third and fourth periods after the game was tied 23-23 at halftime.

Big offensive guns were Kaleb Johnson with 22 points and Ty Cameron with 20. Bobby Clark added 9, Ladd Gordon 6, Joe McCoy 3, and Cameron Gamache 2.

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