Rangers to host undefeated Whitefish Saturday

Winner to advance to state finals
By 
Jeff Schlapp
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Park High Rangers are 80 minutes away from completing their seasonlong quest: Advancing to the Class “A” boys soccer State Championship match. On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Rangers will take to their own field for a rematch agains the undefeated Whitefish Bulldogs.

The first match between these two teams, played last month at McLeod Field, featured a tense back and forth battle which the Bulldogs won on a tie-breaking goal with only 1:50 left in the match. Rangers, Calvin Caplis, John Hasbrook, and Alec Dalby scored goals in the first match. For the Rangers this will be the first time this group of players have advanced to the semifinal game of the state tournament. Each player’s goal this season has been to win state and last Saturday’s dominate win over Stevensville, 2-0 was the first step in their quest. During that match the Rangers played strong defense and took advantage of the wind to keep the Stevensville team off the scoreboard. It will take another strong defensive effort for the Rangers to advance but given their dedication to themselves and to their teammates, these kids are up to the task.

The Rangers team members who will carry their Park High pride on the field on Saturday are: Brandon Smith, Gage Bober, John Hasbrook, Zach Rehder, Nik Pierson, Jake Stringer, Lance Mascari, Ryan Brown, Gio Page, Calvin Caplis, Silas Hjortsberg, Matthew Marlowe, Baylor Arterburn, Bridger Braham, Colter Edwards, Alec Dalby, Simon Bishop, and Isacc Winfrey.

The team is coached by Jeff Dickerson and assisted by Shiloh Barrett and Nick Amsk.

The Park High girls soccer team will take their usual position in the student section and their voices will be heard down at the Mint on Main Street as they cheer on their classmates. The weather forecast for Saturday is 55 degrees and sunny. It would be great if the town of Livingston and Park High students filled the stands and helped give the Rangers an emotional lift and collectively come together as one to stomp, cheer, scream, and support these deserving student/ athletes on their quest to host next week’s state finals.

Even Frodo needed Sam to help carry him the final yards to complete his quest. As Coach Dickerson has been known to say, “It takes a village to win state.”

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