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By Nathan Bourne

Smoke Takes Toll on Blackhawks


August 31, 2017

CHARLO - The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks season kicked off Aug. 25 against last year’s state runner up, Charlo.

Blackhawks Head Coach Ryan Sokoloski said they didn’t play as bad as the score, 6-52, would indicate. He felt there were some really good plays and they moved the ball well early on.

The team has not been able to physically train as hard as Sokoloski would like due to the smoke in Seeley Lake. They have been taking it day by day as to how much they can practice.

“As the game went on, you could see the ability to keep up, our kids were just out of breath,” said Sokoloski.

Sokoloski remains optimistic that they can put together a couple of victories this season though he is concerned that the smoke issue is going to linger on for quite some time.

“We can feel sorry for ourselves and emotionally and mentally give up or we can decide emotionally and mentally that we are going to do the best we can,” said Sokoloski. “We’re going to work our hardest despite those odds and those challenges. They’ve all stepped up and accepted that.”

The Blackhawks next game is at home against Troy, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. providing the smoke has lifted that day.


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