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Johnson injures shoulder,
sixth-ranked Hawks face
rough road in the stretch


February 3, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Gary Noland


In games last weekend the state-ranked, sixth-place Seeley-Swan Blackhawks pushed their record to 11 wins against a lone loss and scored 171 points in easy wins over Philipsburg and Darby.

But, all is not rosy and coach Kim Haines, reflecting on player injuries, says it's going to "...be very tough from here on out."

Offensive stand-out Kaleb Johnson, a senior who scored 63 points in two consecutive games recently, is "...out indefinitely with a sore shoulder," according to Haines.

That's the second player in double figures Haines has lost this year. Senior Joe McCoy who figured strongly in the offensive effort early in the season, dropped out after a foot injury.

Lack of depth now is going to hurt, Haines said, with the players not getting bench rest when they need it. Plus, going down to the last seven games before tournament time the Hawks will lose the home court advantage with only two more home games scheduled.

Florence is slated for a home court appearance this Friday, and the last home game, Feb. 10, pits the Hawks against the number one rated Class A school, Stevensville. Stevensville has beaten Class AA schools Hellgate and Sentinal. Haines is not expecting an easy game, but hopes it turns out to be exciting.

"Exciting" probably defines this year's team which, though smaller than most opponents, runs and shoots with the best. A half dozen players have been double-digit threats from inside and outside the three-point circle, and another joined that list last week when freshman Abe Madinger, replacing Kaleb Johnson, scored 24 points in the 96-80 win over Class C Philipsburg here Saturday.

Madinger was second behind Ty Cameron, one of Seeley's outstanding seniors, who pumped in 34 points. Cameron, who's a threat anywhere on the court, dropped in six 3-pointers. Bobby Clarke chipped in 17 points, Ladd Gordon 11, Cameron Gamache 8. amd Arrow Hoehn 2.

Last Thursday at Darby Bobby Clark and Ty Cameron scored 19 points each to lead the Hawks past District 5-B Darby, 75-56.

Kaleb Johnson added 14 points in that game and Cameron Gamache added 12 on three 3-pointers. Other Hawks scoring were Abe Madinger 5, Lad Gordon 2, Luke Marlatt 2, and Ty Broesder 2.

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