Area sports roundup: Montana Griz spring football game to be held in Hamilton; Flathead sweeps Big Sky in basketball on Tuesday night | Sports


The annual Griz Spring Game will take place on Friday, April 8 in Hamilton, the Grizzly Scholarship Association (GSA) announced on Wednesday.

Tickets for the annual spring scrum are on sale now at and cost $10 each. Tickets for the 6 p.m. showcase can be purchased in advance online or at the GSA office in Missoula and will also be available at the door. All proceeds from the event go to the GSA and its mission to provide scholarships to student-athletes.

Opened in 2019, the Hamilton Athletic Complex features a 1,600 seater stadium, lights and a new artificial turf playing surface.

The annual Spring Scrum was originally scheduled to be held in Hamilton in 2020, but was canceled due to the pandemic. In the spring of 2021, Montana played two games against Central Washington and Portland State in lieu of an intrasquad scrimmage during the NCAA-sanctioned spring competitive window.

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The GSA Griz Spring Game was first held in the Bitterroot Valley in 2009 when Corvallis hosted, and last held in 2019 in Kalispell.

The Grizzlies are scheduled to open their spring training slate on Wednesday, March 2. Training will continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon until April 8, with a week off during spring break, March 21-25.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranked Montana No. 63 this week – UM’s first-ever national ranking.

After getting off to their best start at 6-0 this spring, the Griz are the highest ranked team in the Big Sky Conference and the third highest ranked team in the ITA Mountain Region in this week’s top 75, sitting only behind Utah (#26) and Denver (#54).

The ITA ranking algorithm is based on an accumulation of win points and loss points, taking into account a record of wins and losses, strength of schedule, and depth or importance of wins and defeats. Montana has had great success this season with a tough schedule, beating the Air Force (ranked No. 69 this week) 4-3 on Jan. 16 and Boise State 4-3 on Feb. 4.

If the current ranking stands, Montana will play its first game in program history against another ranked opponent on March 18 when the Griz travel to Spokane to face Gonzaga. At 6-1 on the year, the Bulldogs ranked 46th in this week’s ITA standings.

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Kalispell flat head won a 76-73 home thriller against Missoula Big Sky on Tuesday night. Jostan Cripe led the Braves with 28 points, followed by Gavin Chouinard with 20 points and Luca Zoeller with 14. Caden Bateman led the Eagles with 24 points, followed by Louis Sanders with 15 and Shane Shepherd 10.

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Kalispell flathead recorded a 44-37 win at Missoula Big Sky 37 on Tuesday night. Clare Converse led the Bravettes with 13 points and Maddy Moy added 10. Averi Batt led the Eagles with 17 points.

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