Sunday, December 05, 2021

Time Capsule: In the strike zone

by Lake County Leader
| November 18, 2021 12:15 AM

This week in Lake County news archives.

Teen bowls two perfect games in one night

Nov. 13, 2003 Lake County Leader

It’s not like he is the only 15-year-old to possess the pride of scoring 300 — but twice in one night, in successive games?

Surely Polson High School sophomore Colton Woods is in a class of his own.

While bowling a four-game series with the American Bowling Congress-sanctioned league, Monday Night Majors, Colton threw the first perfect game of his life — and his second.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Colton, who averaged 216 going into the night.

Colton is the son of ross and Glenda Woods, who own Sportspage Bowl, Lounge and Casino with Colton’s grandparents, Don and Carolyn Woods.

Softball complex gets green light

Nov. 14, 1996 Lake County Leader

Following a brief presentation by high school athletic director Dennis Jones, School District #23 trustees gave the go-ahead for work to begin on a four-field softball complex just south of Cherry Valley School, adjacent to the district bus garage.Thanks to the efforts of Jones, PHS softball coach Larry Smith, the Polson Baseball Association and countless others, construction of the complex should come at virtually no cost to Polson’s schools. Along with a cash grant from Plum Creek, most, if not all, of the materials and labor for the project will be supplied by area businesses and individual volunteers.

Maurice White receives Purple Heart after 63 years of waiting

Nov. 20, 1980 Flathead Courier

MOIESE — Sgt. Maurice White, 85, was awarded the Purple Heart 63 years after World War I.

Sgt. White, a member of Headquarters Company, 148th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio 37th Division, received a shrapnel wound to the head during the Battle of the Argonne Forest on Sept. 19, 1918 in France. After returning to action, Sgt. White was gassed four days later by the dreaded chlorine gas the Germans used.

White was awarded the Purple Heart by American Legion Post Commander of Montana William Heikkinen of Missoula at ceremonies held on Armistice Day.

Sgt. White’s wife of 63 years, Hazel, was by his side as he was awarded the Purple Heart.

The delay came because of government red tape. White’s son Bob, of Moiese, wrote a letter to Sen. John Melcher, who made inquiries and opened the door to getting Sgt. White the honor he deserved.