Ali Hurley set to cap historical basketball career

I can remember Ali Hurley’s career as if she were a daughter of my own. It was one that turned an 11-11 record team in the Central A when she was an eighth-grader into one of the most impressive four-year prep campaigns in Montana girls’ basketball history.

A national Elks Hoop Shoot champion in her adolescence as a 13-year-old in 2002 — a title which included a 25-for-25 performance that earned her the Getty Powell Award given to the best overall female shooter regardless of age — was just the beginning of the star-studded career the quiet, unassuming, kind youngster would have.

It just so happened that when Hurley entered high school, it also signaled the move to the Southwestern A Conference for the Copperhead girls’ and boys’ basketball programs. It turned out to be bad news for the rest of the conference for years to come.

Hurley and her teams never lost a Southwestern A game, recording a perfect 48-0 mark (the record is 56-games lost to Hamilton in 2009) including the first four- of seven-consecutive SW-A girls’ basketball championships for the school. That her teams held a 31-1 record at Memorial Gymnasium during her prep years is almost an after thought.

Hurley, although she didn’t start her freshman year, led the team in scoring every year. In fact, her 20.96 points/game scoring average is the highest in school history, beating out her uncle, Rob Hurley, with 20.69 ppg.

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 3.36.08 PMBut the true measure of her sustained greatness as a four-time Class A All-State and Super State (Great Falls Tribune) player and three-time SW-A Most Valuable Player is her place in Anaconda High School scoring history. Even though Hurley playing into the fourth quarter was usually never warranted or allowed by head coach Maury Cook, she still managed a school-record 1,698 points, surpassing Ed Kalafat’s 50-year reign on top of the list with a 22-point performance against Butte Central on Feb. 16, 2008 — the final regular-season game of her career. (This was the program from that night ali insert – color)

Hurley capped her career that year on top, ending a 35-year state championship drought by leading the Copperheads to a 49-34 win over Glendive on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Dale Berry Court in Hamilton. She led the team with a 6-for-13 shooting performance, including 7-of-9 from the free throw line, for 20 points. Due to her efforts, she was awarded the Class A State Tournament MVP honor. It was a fitting ending to a storied prep career.

That led her to the University of Montana and a spot on legendary head coach Robin Selvig’s bench. After a redshirt in her first year with the team, Hurley has played in 105 of 117 games for the Lady Griz leading up to Thursday night’s Senior Night at Dahlberg Arena.

Although her career isn’t quite what she envisioned, Hurley has been an inspiration in so many other ways. (See this great story by Missoulian columnist and Lady Griz beat writer Bill Speltz in December) It just so happens Hurley may be more important than she leads on. Her teammates adore her and depend on her for moral support, not to mention being the fabric of an all-for-one, one-for-all approach on and off the floor. And although the early years were tough, including sporadic playing time and various position and role changes, Hurley has overcome adversity and thrived. She is a rock of a teammate — one who Torry Hill, a former Copperhead teammate as well, still credits for easing her into the role of student-athlete when she joined the Lady Griz two years after Ali arrived.

If the mark of an athlete is leaving the place better than when they arrived, then Hurley has exceeded every lofty expectation put on her. She’s played in four Big Sky tournaments and advanced to one NCAA tournament her sophomore season, a loss to UCLA in the regional played in Spokane, Wash. This year, she’s an important cog off the bench for the first-place Lady Griz heading into her Senior Night against Southern Utah.

Although she’s not looking past the season or the end of her career, she admits it’s all coming a little too quickly. “I can’t believe it’s all ending,” she told me during a halftime interview at the Southwestern A boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament this past weekend in Butte. “I seems like just yesterday I was playing for Anaconda. It’s all gone by so fast.”

When it all does end, Hurley can look back and have zero regrets. She’s been a part of the largest girls’ basketball game ever in Montana, a then No. 1 vs. No. 1 showdown versus Class AA Butte High and Class A Anaconda in the Civic Center on Feb. 8, 2008 — which announced a 4,072 attendance afterwards — was a McDonald’s All-American award winner and a girl who earned a spot in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces In The Crowd” March 24, 2008 edition. But that only scratches the surface of what she means to Anaconda.

Balancing athletics and academics in college is tough enough, but this year she will graduate with honors and has been accepted to several law schools around the country begging for her to become part of their university.

It’s been my humble pleasure getting to know Ali as an awkward teen who couldn’t give an interview without calling herself names, seeing her blossom on the Snake Pit court wearing “ANACONDA” across her chest alongside some of the most respected teammates and young women the school has educated, not to mention following her collegiate career probably a little too closely. Why? Because under her athletic exterior lies a sweet young woman — one who I can only hope my own daughter will emulate some day.

Thursday will be a special night for me. I’m bringing as many family members as I can to celebrate Hurley’s career. As she walks to the center of the court with her mother, Tammy, and brother, Tyler, it will be tough holding it all in. I’ll be remembering all the good times — her state title as captain in 2008, her second-place finish to Lewistown as a freshman in 2005 at Dale Berry Court in Hamilton and her allowing me to be present as she signed her collegiate letter of intent to join the Lady Griz before her senior season.

We’ve all been lucky to have such a special person represent our community, and I can’t think of a word to say to her for all she’s done. “Thanks” just doesn’t cut it. Maybe, in time, I can think of something.

(In the meantime, here’s a bit of a picture tour of Ali from her Copperhead days up through her time in Missoula. Congrats kiddo! Thanks for the ride!)


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2008 state title celebration at Dale Berry Court

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2008 SW-A conference title


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Hurley guarding Dillon’s Hayley Pettit in the SW-A title game

Ali Hurley 3-point contest

Ali winning the women’s 3-point contest at the Wayne Estes in 2008


Ali defense vs. Portland


Ali and Torry Hill on the bench pregame for Pink Game vs. Portland State in 2012


Ali during warm ups vs. Portland State


Ali trey vs. Montana Tech in 2012


Ali gets defended by former Copperhead Lisa Laslovich of Montana Tech in 2012


Ali vs. Portland U


Former Copperheads Ali and Torry vs. Portland State


Battling for a rebound vs. Portland U



Ali scoring against double team vs. Portland State in 2012


Free throw against PSU in 2012


vs. PSU in 2012


vs. PSU in 2012


vs. PSU in 2012

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Copperheads reunited: Ali Hurley, Lisa Laslovich and Torry Hill before a Tech-Montana game during the 2011-12 season

Ali Hurley rebound at NCAA Tournament

Ali Hurley rebound vs. UCLA as a sophomore in the NCAA Women’s First and Second Round in Spokane, Wash. during the 2010-11 season



Danee Leary: Anaconda grown, state-championship tested

Time to go against the norm … An obviously pro-Anaconda boy tooting the horn of a Maroon. If I truly was a religious man, nothing short of a Sunday full of confessionals would be warranted for the Copperhead in me.

But not just any Maroon, by the way, a standout student-athlete, one who made a very tough decision following her eighth-grade year to move to the Mining City in order to attend Butte Central, who once dreamed of wearing the word “Anaconda” across her chest.

I knew her well, coaching her in seventh-grade at Fred Moodry Middle School. I am friends with her mother, Billie Jo Thompson,  and father, Dan, not to mention her Jovanovich roots with grandfather, Steve, great-grandparents Jill and the late Pete Jovanovich, and Billie’s brothers Steve, Kevin and Sam, and have a ton of respect for her owning her decision made at such a young age. Her God father, Mark Beckman, the director of the Montana High School Association, is a man whom I’ve modeled my own volunteer coaching and mentoring life upon, helped Danee come to her decision to move schools. Although he didn’t push her to transfer to the “enemy,” he didn’t dissuade the move either. He stayed a neutral party, standing by any decision she would make.

Through chants of “traitor”-albeit playfully- from the Anaconda High student section and obviously strained relationships from life long friends, she has persevered. The young girl I used to pester for not having much of a left hand has put it all together. Much of the credit for Danee’s development into one of Montana’s top prep basketball players has to go to another person I have tremendous respect for, BC head coach Meg Murphy, but the bulk of Danee’s success is attributed to her outstanding family support system.

IMG_3389But the main reason Danee is so successful is due to the young woman she is. She is a fierce competitor, almost to a fault. Even as a youth, Danee had a tough time leaving losses on the court. Technical fouls for showing too much emotion has served as a lesson learned in many instances, the biggest coming in last year’s state title game. Luckily, with the talented group she played with in her prep career, those losses have been few and far between.

She’s learned to let go of the uncontrollable aspects of the game, all the while transforming into a coveted recruit. Well, until Montana Tech inked her in November, a signing that, for whatever reason, has never been publicly announced or much ballyhooed by the university. (As soon as we can talk about her signing with the Lady ‘Diggers, probably after the prep season, I’ll post that story here)

It’s also a point of contention for me seeing that Danee is the last one standing. Out of all the girls on that seventh-grade team, Danee will be the only senior on the floor today when the second half of the Butte Central-Anaconda rivalry gets together during Senior Parents Night at Memorial Gymnasium.

After I got word she was leaving for BC, I remember approaching her. I asked if it was true and she agreed. I told her I supported her decision and would never question it again. And true to my word, no matter how much it’s killed me seeing her in the Maroon of BC, I’ve been one of her biggest fans.

Staying unbiased on her talents, I can say she’s got a great nose for the basketball. Standing just 5 foot 8, she’s one of the best rebounders in the Southwestern A. Her ability to facilitate under the hoop with either hand-something I could never get her to do-makes her a dynamic threat with either hand. Oh, and she’s one of the better spot up shooters in the conference as well.

Danee’s near double-double numbers of 13.7 points and 8.9 rebounds along with a team-leading three steals per game, leads the No. 4 ranked Maroons into Anaconda today in the last time she will step foot on the hallowed Snake Pit floor. Although she’s not in the uniform I’d prefer, it’s worked for her. She will continue her career around those who have supported her most – one that will undoubtedly be successful as well.

I often joked about Danee leaving Anaconda and what I thought for sure would be a state-championship worthy Copperhead team. Then, all she did was play big minutes off the bench as a sophomore earning BC’s first state title since ’82 in 2011 with the likes of Quinn Peoples and Lexi Murphy. As a junior, again playing in the state title game at the Civic Center, the other Catholics were the better team on that particular night, as Butte Central lost to the Rams of Billings Central 46-36. Now, she’s pushing the team towards another state title run.

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Congratulations on a great career, Danee. Although I’m pulling for a Copperhead victory, I know it won’t bother you a bit. In fact, I think you expect it.

Kendahl Buck: A true warrior

Anaconda High School is tougher that you know, and the reason that’s true is because of Kendahl Buck.

Buck, a freshman on the Copperhead girls’ basketball Frosh-JV team, is playing for the first this year after receiving a kidney transplant when she was 14.


If it were me, I don’t know if I’d have the mental makeup to play a contact sport. Not Kendahl.

Talking with her father, Jim, before the season, he told me she couldn’t wait to play.

I couldn’t believe it.

Kendahl doesn’t play varsity ball, she comes off the bench in JV. She isn’t doing it for the glory of seeing her name splattered across the newspaper for leading the team in scoring. She’s doing it in order to return to the same things she did before the transplant. To do what she loves. To be a kid.

But what she doesn’t realize, is that she’s a hero in every sense of the word. Her story undoubtedly will give a youngster in the same situation the drive to keep fighting – maybe just to strive for the normalcy so many take for granted.

As I was ready to post this story, a link came across my Facebook page about Kendahl learning about who donated the kidney to her. It’s a great read and just adds to this wonderful story.

(See the story here)


On Saturday, Kendahl will play in her final game of the season for the Copperheads as they host Butte Central. If you want to see the heart of a champion and the true definition of a hero, stop by Memorial Gymnasium to give her a hand.


Follow Copperhead home games live with Gamecast

For a few games this year, we’ve been providing another way to follow Copperhead home games thanks to my IScore Gamecast.

It’s simple: log on by using the following link:

And type in the following password:


And you’re in …

Here’s what it looks like.


And the best part is you can replay the game as many times as you want. Next year, we here at KANA 580 AM will work to pair this service up to an online listening portal to bring you every Copperhead game live with audio and visual to keep you as close as possible to your favorite team.

Let us know what you think!


Dallas Cook returns to Memorial Gymnasium

Whether you like it or not … Dallas Cook is returning to Memorial Gymnasium.

And to be quite honest, it’s a significant return. If it wasn’t for the Copperheads’ two wins against Corvallis this season, the 46-43 win in 2010 with Cook as a freshman reserve against Butte High was the last win before a 31-game losing streak haunted our local boys.

Dallas and current Copperhead leading scorer Jackson Wagner tied that season with 229 points as freshmen, building what was thought to be a strong base for the future.

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(Wagner and Cook as Copperhead freshmen)

That’s until Cook, his family and siblings moved to Butte and enrolled at Butte High.

Keeping the speculation out on why they left Anaconda, losing Dallas was a huge blow. I have nothing but great things to say about him and his younger brother, Dylan, because they have been nothing less that fantastic young men to me and my family. Others will argue, but that’s not what Thursday is about.

Like him or hate him, Dallas was a big part of Copperhead football and basketball when he was here in 2010-11. After moving to Butte, he flourished into a state championship quarterback in 2012 for the Bulldogs and dangerous scorer on the hardwood. In fact next year he will be THE top quarterback in Montana when the recruiting deadline comes and goes.



IMG_2341As a frosh, Dallas had two points for the Copperheads in the win, the first against Butte High since a 61-60 win in 2000, but also led the ‘Heads with seven rebounds off the bench. Wagner had seven, setting the stage tonight.

Another storyline of this game is, as a sophomore, Jade Green, who I tabbed Big Game Jade after the win, was probably the key player in the win. I’ve attached my story of the game below.

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What’s nice about the return is both Dallas as Jackson have remained good friends. They play on 3-on-3 teams and from what I understand stay in touch pretty regularly. Dallas has good memories from being a Copperhead, even if his departure may have rubbed some people the wrong way.

He tweeted this today …

imageNothing wrong with being exited to return to the place where he began his prep career and playing against the team he once suited up for.

I’ll be the first to welcome Dallas and his family back into the Snake Pit, the first to hope he has a great game against Anaconda, and the first to pull for a one-point win by the hometown Copperheads.

But I’m putting it out there now, it’s going to be loud. The high school section will be ready for his return, and I’m sure there are some chants ready to take Dallas out of his game. And I’m positive the Butte High faithful are geared up ready to come to his defense. I’m for it all, as long as it remains in good taste.

The best part of high school athletics is the emotion involved, but let’s remain courteous Copperhead fans. Let him hear it – cause he will be listening, but remember he once wore the Blue and Silver for you as well.

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Patience pays off: Bryan Armstrong set for second-straight state championship title run


(Bryan Armstrong, middle, sits as a glorified cheerleader for Anaconda High at their Senior Parents Night quad mixer at Memorial Gymnasium)

Picture this: After a family decision to move schools, you find that your status as an eligible participant in athletics is in limbo. Because you family doesn’t actually live in the district, your transfer, which occurred before the school session began in August, left you unable to participate in the fall and almost all of the winter sports season. Because it’s part of the Montana High School Association bylaws, all claims and protests did nothing to rectify the situation.

That’s exactly where Bryan Armstrong, a 2011-12 Class AA 125-pound State Championship wrestler, stood when the bulk of his family decided to attend Anaconda’s School District 10 this year.

Forget about football season, participating as a wrestler, even wrestling in triangular or varsity all-class tournaments was forbidden by MHSA officials. Once the red tape was stretched and tied around Armstrong, the word came down he would be eligible for participation with the Copperhead varsity team – one meet before the Southwestern A divisional tournament.

Through it all, Armstrong has be vigilant. He was discouraged, at first, then motivated by the decision. Tell any high school athlete he must attend every practice, cut weight, stay in tip-top shape without the ability to practice his craft against varsity-level opponents and keep his edge only to be granted his unconditional release at the final moment.

Without sensationalizing, it’s not a stretch of any imagination that a large percentage of athletes would have just hung the shoes up.

Not Armstrong.

Through it all, he has been battle tested and driven by Anaconda head coach Jerry Arneson and assistants Dustin Hanson and Ed Jones in the wrestling room. His patience paid off last weekend with a SW-A individual title at 130, earning him the overall No. 1 seed heading into the All-Class State Tournament held at the Billings Metra and Rimrock Arena starting Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

(See brackets here)

I spoke with Armstrong about his move to Anaconda. Here’s our conversation.

Q: Going into the season, you knew you weren’t going to wrestle varsity matches until the end. Was it a tough decision to stay with it?

A: It was very tough to stay. I wanted to be there for my big brother and his senior year (at Butte High) and thought about going back a lot when we first came here.

Q: How has the transition from Butte High to Anaconda and coach Arneson been?

A: The move has been okay.I’ve wrestled for Arny when I was younger and he’s a great coach. I really like the way he coaches, (it’s) a lot like coach Parvs (Kevin Parvinen) in Butte who retired last year.

Q: Winning the divisional title must have felt pretty good after all you’ve endured this season. What are your thoughts on that?

A: Yes it was a good win! I have been training hard throughout the year. I think the wait has helped and set me back a little. It helped by making me want to wrestle more and more. It makes me just want to go out there and give back what they took away from me. It also set me back by not getting the tough matches that I need to make me better. Practicing with the team helps me but it’s not the same as those hard matches that I’m going to face at state.

Q: You’re going back to the place where you won the AA title last year. Are you excited; nervous; anxious?

A: I love wrestling in the Metra. It’s the best feeling ever. It’s such a big place and the feeling of having all those people from all classes watching you is amazing. It is so nerve-wracking. I get nervous before all of my matches no matter who it is. I think I do this because I never underestimate anyone, because it can come back to get you when you do that.

Q: You’re draw is extremely tough. Laurel’s Karson Kukes and Glendive’s Tyler Forcella are in your half of the bracket. What are your thoughts?

A: Yes it is very tough! My second match of the tourney will be against a very tough opponent (Kukes), he is a senior who has been in the finals every year. But I think I am ready for it. It doesn’t really matter what your draw is though, it’s not something that you should be worrying about. If you are truly the best than you don’t need a good draw to win. You can beat anyone at anytime and that’s what I plan on doing. I’m ready to get my second title for Anaconda.

Armstrong is exactly what’s right about high school athletics. He is a respectful young man and one who rolled with the punches even though he clearly didn’t like the decision in his case.

Hopefully, the MHSA can draft a plan to help young men and women in the unique situation such as Armstrong. There has to be some sort of loop hole that recognized special situations like his in order to allow the transfer to occur without repercussion.

Nonetheless, Armstrong is back where he belongs: on the mat competing for his second-straight state title.

Good luck young man. We’re all proud to see you wear “Copperheads” on your chest.

Live up to the minute results can be followed by logging on to the Web site of Armstrong and all 14 other Copperhead wrestlers earning a trip to Billings.

Eric Boyd commits to Dickinson State

After a star-studded career on the Copperhead gridiron, this all-time great will be continuing his playing career in Roughrider country.

Eric Boyd, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound quarterback/safety for the Copperheads, signed his letter of intent Saturday afternoon in the studios of KANA 580 AM to play for the Dickinson State Blue Hawks starting in the fall of 2013.


Although his LOI has been received, the sports information department declined to comment on Boyd’s recruitment at this time. When that announcement becomes official, I’ll post it here.

Boyd’s career was a four-year adventure at every skill position imaginable for the Copperheads. From being a receiver from his freshman to halfway through his junior seasons, then onto quarterback for the final three games of his junior year and all 11 games of his senior season – not to mention being a starting, awarding-winning defensive back all four years for the Copperheads – Boyd has established himself as an all-time great when it comes in comparison to historic numbers and statistics at Anaconda High.


In 2012 alone, Boyd accounted for 64 percent of the team’s offense, rushing for an AHS quarterback record 854 yards and 15 TDs. He completed 50 percent of his passes, connecting on 66-of-132 attempts for 948 yards and six TDs. Pretty solid for a young who never played the position until midway through the 2011 season.


His best game of the 2012 season was the 28-27 comeback win over archrival Butte Central dubbed the “Miracle at Memorial” when Boyd brought his team back from a 27-0 deficit in the fourth quarter and 27-6 lead with 3:39, scoring the final of their four TDs with :33 seconds left on the clock with a TD pass to wideout Cory Stanberry. Boyd ended the game with an interception at midfield to seal the first Copperhead win over Butte Central since 2006 in their 86th meeting. In that game alone, he rushed and passed for two TDs apiece, rushing for 127 yards on 19 carries and passing for 103 yards on 8 of 17 attempts.

What’s most impressive about Boyd was his big-play ability from such a small frame. During his senior season alone, he scored rushing TDs on carries of 32, 54, 54, 55, 63, 63, 63 and a season-high 74 yards in a 32-14 win over Columbia Falls in the first round of the Class A playoffs.


Boyd’s offensive capabilities keyed the Copperheads to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006, win a playoff game for the first time since that same year and host a home playoff game for the first time since 1989 at Mitchell Stadium (a 32-14 win over Columbia Falls).

In the annals of Copperhead history, there really hasn’t been a quarterback with Boyd’s numbers. He ranks seventh all time in career points scored with 160, falling in behind legendary running Nate Sanders (187 in 1993-94) and in front of Pat Sugrue (159 in 1920-21) (Note on Sugrue, it’s believed his numbers could be higher due to 42 TDs being unreported from 1919-1921). His 94 points scored during his senior season (15 rushing TDs with 2, two-point conversions) ranks 11th all time behind Casey Reilly (96 in 1967). In fact, the last time any Copperhead player scored more than 90 points in a single season was in 1994 with running back and former Montana Grizzly, Sanders, with 139 points in 1994 (Sanders also scored five TDs in three different games that season).

As far as a passer, Boyd is tied for ninth all time with nine (9) career TD passes with current Missoula Big Sky head football coach Matt Johnson (1994-95), numbers that don’t seem that significant. However, due to the rare passing attack employed by Copperhead football teams throughout their history, they are noteworthy nonetheless.

In addition, his receiving numbers for the first three years are impressive as well. He hauled in 58 career receptions for 912 yards and nine TDs (9-180, 4TDs fr.; 26-316 2TDs so.; 22-376 3TDs jr.; and 1-50 sr.) before being asked to take over signal caller duties.

During his junior season, Boyd was recognized as a Second Team All-Southwestern A slot receiver and honorable mention safety for his efforts. In his senior season, Boyd earned First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors at safety and a Second Team nomination at quarterback.

With Boyd’s choice of colleges, he is also planning to walk on with the DSU baseball team.

And with all the numbers, accolades and awards received, it still doesn’t take away for the quality young man Eric is. He’s a close family friend who is already a welcomed role model for my own children.

Boyd is the son of Mike Boyd and Cristi Boyd of Anaconda.

Below is a PDF of some of the categories Boyd entered into after his 2012 senior season …

Where Eric Boyd ranks in Copperhead history

KANA heard in Finland

After building a Facebook page to begin building a bigger base for our local radio station, KANA 580 AM in Anaconda, a message came in from Antti Aaltonen, a 48-year-old lawyer Finland.

A radio enthusiast, Aaltonen recorded a signal he came across from our small station in 2007 in his homeland. Below is his story …

Dear friends there at KANA The Mighty 580 – greetings from your listener in Finland! My name is Antti Aaltonen, I’m a 48-year-old lawyer and radio enthusiast from Finland. I am pleased to inform you that KANA came in loud and clear here in Finland back in 2007 (approximately 5 years ago). It really was a wonderful surprise to realize that I had caught a station from Montana, the State I had the pleasure of visiting in 1982. I’m sorry for the delay in writing this message – I have tried to write to you earlier, but the e-mail addresses I have used have not worked. However, here (finally) is the whole story: I had the great pleasure of picking up KANA Radio broadcasting on 580 kHz AM on Thursday night, the 1st of November 2007 at 11.03 p.m. – 11.05 p.m. M.D.T. (Mountain Daylight Time). I’m pleased to tell you that for a while your signal was amazingly strong, considering the huge distance between us. You must have excellent equipment to have such a strong signal even here in Finland! Unfortunately reception was possible for only a short while. The channel was almost free of interfering signals. The receiver I used was a JRC NRD-535 communications receiver and the antenna was – believe it or not – an approximately 3000-foot-long wire directed towards your part of the world. The wire runs through a forest on branches of trees. I picked up The Mighty 580 during a listening trip to the Arctic parts of Finland, approximately 175 miles north of the Arctic Circle. For several reasons the reception of North American radio stations is considerably better in the Arctic than in the southern parts of Finland (where I live). To prove that I really did receive KANA, please find below a description of the programming I heard (Thursday night, November 1, 2007). The times are in MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME (M.D.T.). In addition I’m attaching an audio clip with a recording of the programming I heard. The clip contains the end of Linda Ronstadt’s song and some words by a male voice at 11.05 p.m. “The Mighty 580” is mentioned very clearly! Please listen to the audio clip – I guarantee you’ll be surprised by the nice reception! 11.03 p.m. Programming of oldies music: Linda Ronstadt with “When Will I Be Loved”. 11.05 p.m. A male voice said: “…good time rock ‘n roll on the Mighty 580.” 11.05 p.m. Back to music (and right after that, KANA ’s signal gradually faded away and I had to stop listening). Thanks a lot for the programming. It really was a huge pleasure to be able to pick up KANA and it was thrilling to realize that the programming I heard came all the way from Montana. In addition, Linda Ronstadt’s “When Will I Be Loved” happens to be one of my all-time favorites! Please say “hi” from me to the announcer whose voice I heard. Does he realize that his voice has been heard all the way here in Finland? It’s a pity that reception was possible for only such a short time – I would have stayed with pleasure in your company for a longer period. And now I’m asking you to do a favor for me: would you please listen to the audio clip and check the program details above. If the recording and the details are positive proof of my reception, would you please confirm that the station I heard really was KANA. Your cooperation would be deeply appreciated and your reply would really make my day. I have three children: my son Jussi is 20 years old. In September he started his studies at the Helsinki School of Economics. The name Jussi is the Finnish equivalent of the English name John. My daughter Anna is 15 years old and she is on the third grade of middle school (junior high). My daughter Aino is 13 years old and she is on the first grade of middle school. My wife is also a lawyer (we met in law school). I am originally from the southwestern corner of Finland (the area around the City of Turku), but due to my work I live nowadays in the Helsinki (capital) region. I got my LL.M. degree at the Faculty of Law of the University of Turku back in 1991. Since 1993 I’ve been working as an attorney-at-law for one of the biggest corporate law firms in Finland. I head the law firm’s real estate department. Picking up distant radio stations has been my favorite hobby ever since I was only 11 years old. I must admit that North American stations have always been my favorite stations: I enjoy the programming very much and when reception conditions are favorable, the reception quality may be excellent. In my opinion broadcasting there in the U.S. is a lot better than broadcasting here in Finland. For example, in the whole country we don’t have any stations specialized in oldies. During my “career” as a radio enthusiast, I have managed to obtain written confirmations of reception from approximately 1850 different radio stations in all parts of the world. Your confirmation would be a valuable addition to this collection. I picked up KANA in the extreme North of Finland. I spent one week in a small cabin in the middle of nowhere just listening to distant AM stations (mostly from North America). The name of the place is Lemmenjoki, which translated into English means “Love River”. Reindeer are the most common animals up there. Spending a week in the Arctic just sitting and keeping your headphones on may sound totally crazy, but I thoroughly enjoyed the time. It’s a great way to get some distance to work. I spent a year as an exchange student in Spokane, Washington back in 1981-1982. I even graduated from a high school there (Class of 82) and therefore I am the proud holder of a Washington State High School Diploma. I enjoyed my stay enormously. In 1989 I visited the Northwest again and I also got the opportunity to travel in other parts of the west coast, all the way down to the L.A. area. In 1999 I spent two weeks in the U.S.: first a couple of days in New York City and after that I spent a week in the Boston area, where I attended a summer course at Harvard Law School. After that I returned once again to Washington State. During my three trips I’ve visited the following states: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, New York and Massachusetts. I spent one week in Bozeman in February of 1982. I spent a lot of time on the MSU campus and I went skiing at Bridger Bowl. I traveled from and to Spokane on a Greyhound Bus, which gave me the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. I traveled through Missoula, Deer Lodge and Butte. Montana is really beautiful! My map tells that Anaconda is located close to Butte. Well, that’s all for now. Once again, it really was a pleasure to be able to pick up KANA. Greetings from Finland to all of you & I’m hoping to hear from you soon.


Antti Aaltonen,

Kruununkuja 3 A 2,

FI-02180 Espoo,



The attachment of the clip he recorded and a picture of himself and his family was there to accompany his letter.

With this news, I’m making a bump thanking the fine listeners in Finland! Cheesy, I know, but verifiable!

KANA 580 – dx Mr. Antti Aaltonen (Finland) and his family, August 2012

Courtney Moodry out for season for Copperheads

Courtney Moodry, a two-time First Team All-Southwestern A point guard for the Copperheads, was recently ruled out for the season due to sustaining a broken ankle.

The injury occurred Jan. 4 during the first half of a 61-43 win over Corvallis in the Bitterroot Valley. Moodry held out hope in returning to the team before the divisional tournament, however those wishes were later shot down by her physician.


Moodry was the fourth-leading scorer overall and the top-ranked point guard in the SW-A, averaging 13.7 ppg. Moodry also averaged over two rebounds, assists and steals per game for the Copperheads.

As a freshman, Moodry led the Copperheads to their seventh-straight Southwestern A tournament championship and helped the team to reaching their seventh-straight Saturday appearance at the State tournament (a school record).

As a sophomore, Moodry led the team in scoring as well, averaging just over 14 ppg.

The three-sport standout for the Copperheads in volleyball, basketball and softball vowed to return to the court for her senior season. She is also expected to be ready for the softball campaign, where she’s a two-time All-Conference catcher and leadoff hitter for the Copperheads.

Joey Orrino inks with ‘Diggers, earns East/West Shrine Game, Badlands Bowl honors

Joey Orrino, a senior co-captain for the Copperhead football team, signed his letter of intent to continue his playing career for Montana Tech (see the release here).


Orrino, a 5-foot-10, 265-pound offensive and defensive lineman, will join the reigning Frontier Conference football champions for the Fall semester as a defensive lineman for second-year head coach Chuck Morrell.

Orrino was a starting center and defensive tackle for the Copperheads this season, leading them to their first playoff appearance and win (a 32-14 win over Columbia Falls in the first round) since 2006.  The senior co-captain also handled the kickoff and PAT duties for the Copperheads.

As a freshman, Orrino earned Southwestern A Honorable Mention honors at inside linebacker. As a sophomore, Orrino earned Southwestern A Second Team honors at inside linebacker. As a junior, Orrino earned Second Team status as a center on the offensive line. Last year, he doubled up First Team honors at center and defensive line, adding an All-State nomination for his achievements on the defensive side of the ball. He also added Second Team kicking accolades as well.


Being one of the highest rated defensive linemen in Montana, Orrino was selected to the annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game to be played this July in Butte. He also was added to the alternates roster for the annual Bandlands Bowl, a showdown between Montana and North Dakota All-Stars.

Joey is the son of Bob and Teresa Orrino.