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Columbia Falls could see high school baseball in 2023

March 23, 2022: High school baseball could soon be coming to Columbia Falls.

Police investigate vandalism at Columbia Falls baseball field

October 8th 2020: Glacier Babe Ruth, the Columbia Falls baseball association, and the Columbia Falls Police Association have concerns regarding vandalism at the Sapa-Johnsrud field in Columbia Falls.

Babe Ruth baseball says vandals keep damaging new grandstands

October 7, 2020: Glacier Babe Ruth has rising concerns about vandalism at the Sapa-Johnsrud field grandstands.

Babe Ruth All-Stars dominate state tournament

July 17, 2019: The Glacier team dominated the state tourney, winning two games via the mercy rule while scoring 30 runs on 23 hits and holding its opponents to just three runs.

Babe Ruth All-Stars on a roll heading into this weekend's state tournament

July 10, 2019 : The Glacier Babe Ruth Baseball All-Stars are on a roll. After going 2-2 to open the season in May, the 15U team has rattled off 18 straight wins and won three straight tournaments heading into this weekend’s state tournament at Sapa/Johnsrud Memorial Field.

Glacier 15U baseball earns pair of tourney wins

July 9, 2019:

Construction of new grandstands underway

July 11, 2018: The framework is set and construction continues at the Sapa-Johnsrud Baseball Field in Columbia Falls as crews work to replace the grandstands that were lost in a fire more than two years ago.

Glacier Babe Ruth 15U Team Wins State Championship

July 18, 2017: The Glacier Babe Ruth 15U squad won the state championship last weekend in Whitefish.

State Babe Ruth baseball tourneys in Whitefish, C-Falls

July 12, 2017: Babe Ruth baseball state tournaments for 13U, 14U and 15U divisions will begin play on Thursday at Memorial Field in Whitefish and Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Field in Columbia Falls.

Former Major Leaguer to Throw out First Pitch at Babe Ruth State Tournament

July 12, 2017: Glacier Babe Ruth is hosting the 2017 Montana Babe Ruth State Tournament for all three age groups this week in Columbia Falls and Whitefish. The tournaments for 13U, 14U and 15U will feature 17 teams playing July 12-16. Former Major League pitcher Steve Ontiveros will be throwing out the first pitch in Glacier Babe Ruth’s State Tournament Opener at Memorial Field in Whitefish at 6 p.m., July 13.

Don K donation helps grandstands

April 12, 2017: The effort to rebuild the Glacier Babe Ruth grandstands in Columbia Falls got a boost last week.

Glacier Babe Ruth Raising Funds to Replace Bleachers

February 15, 2017: Efforts are underway to rebuild the Sapa-Johnsrud baseball stadium after a fire ravaged the youth complex in Columbia Falls last year.

Columbia Falls Babe Ruth bleachers destroyed in fire

June 28, 2016: The bleachers at the Sapa-Johnsrud Babe Ruth Fields in Columbia Falls were destroyed by fire Monday evening about 11 p.m. Columbia Falls Fire Chief Rick Hagen said the cause appeared to be fireworks that youths had set off in a garbage can under the bleachers.

Baseball bleachers destroyed by fire

June 28, 2016: Ray Queen, Nancy Underdahl and others look on Tuesday at the scene of the fire that destroyed the bleachers at the Sapa-Johnsrud Babe Ruth Field late Monday night in Columbia Falls.

Fire Ravages Sapa-Johnsrud Baseball Stadium in Columbia Falls

June 28, 2016: The bleachers are a total loss while the baseball field and dugouts avoided damages

Glacier Babe Ruth Accepting Signups for Summer

February 17, 2016: Glacier Babe Ruth is accepting signups for players ages 13 through 15 years old for the upcoming baseball season.

2015 Sports Year in Review

December 31, 2015: Local sports highlights from the past year

Kidsports Complex Awarded $1.4 Million Grant for New Fields, Infrastructure

December 31, 2015: Columbia Falls is also receiving funding — roughly $88,000 — for parking improvements and road paving at the Sapa-Johnsrud baseball field.

Glacier 15s fall in first game at Babe Ruth World Series

August 15, 2015: Nearly rained out again, the Glacier 13-15 All-Stars struggled once play finally started for them at the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series, falling to the Southeast champions from Sarasota, Florida, 13-5 in their first game of tournament play.

Glacier 15U All-Stars World Series Bound

August 10, 2015: Glacier 15U all-stars capture regional baseball championship and earn ticket to Babe Ruth World Series in Tennessee

Glacier 15U All-Stars Raising Funds for World Series Trip

August 7, 2015: To help pay for the trip, the organization is raising funds with an online donation page and a spaghetti feed

Glacier 15 to play in Babe Ruth World Series

August 3, 2015: Glacier 15 is headed for the Babe Ruth World Series. The all-star team, consisting of players from Bigfork, Columbia Falls and Whitefish, captured the Pacific Northwest Regional baseball title Sunday evening by rallying past Union County from LaGrande, Oregon, 7-5.

Kalispell All-Stars Win Openers at Babe Ruth Regionals

July 31, 2014: Kalispell sweeps opening-round games; Glacier splits at Babe Ruth regional baseball tournament

Whitefish, Columbia Falls Host Regional Baseball Tournament

July 29, 2014: Glacier, Kalispell all-stars to play in regional baseball tournament

Babe Ruth Baseball: Kalispell 15U dominates Day 1 of state tourney

July 17, 2015: The Glacier 15s also won in a pair of blowouts, beating Miles City 18-2 and Bozeman 12-0.

2014 Sports in Review

January 1, 2015: A recap of the most newsworthy accomplishments involving local athletes

Babe Ruth says thanks

December 19, 2014: As the year comes to an end, the Glacier Babe Ruth board of trustees would like to take this time to reflect on the 2014 season. This was a year of firsts. We were able to field seven regular season teams, compared to six in past years. Nearly 90 kids ages 13-15 from Bigfork, Columbia Falls and Whitefish enjoyed Glacier Babe Ruth’s regular season and end-of-season tournament.

Babe Ruth World Series: Glacier All-Stars fall to Phoenix

August 18, 2014: Phoenix, Ariz., the Pacific Southwest Regional champions, whipped the Glacier All-Stars, the Pacific Northwestern Regional champions, 13-3 on the third day of play at the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old World Series on Monday afternoon.

Remembering Montana's last World Series team

August 19, 2014: The Glacier Babe Ruth All-Stars in 1983 won the Pacific Northwest Regional Championship and competed in the World Series.

Heroes of '83: Manager, players recall Glacier team's trip to World Series

August 15, 2014: As a manager in 1983, McEvoy took the Glacier All-Stars to the 13- to 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Frederick, Maryland. The 2014 Glacier All-Stars 13U team begins its World Series push today in Glen Allen, Virginia. It’s the first team in 31 years to qualify from Montana.

Glacier U13s heading to World Series

August 6, 2014 : The Glacier All-Stars are headed to the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series after an unforgettable rally to win the Pacific Northwest Regional baseball tournament.

Regional U14 Babe Ruth Baseball: Glacier, Kalispell fall in semis

August 2, 2014: he postseason streak for both the Glacier and Kalispell U14 All-Star baseball teams came to an end Saturday afternoon as each team dropped their semifinal contest in the Pacific Northwest Regional Babe Ruth tournament at Sapa-Johnsrud Field.

U14 Babe Ruth baseball: Kalispell All-Stars ready for Pacific Northwest Regional

July 28, 2014: Kalispell is coming off a 9-1 victory over Glacier at the state tournament. Glacier handed Kalispell its lone loss in the first championship game of the double-elimination tournament.

Glacier All-Stars baseball

August 15, 2012: The Glacier Babe Ruth U14 state championship baseball team finished its season with a second-place finish at the Pacific Northwest Regional tourney in The Dalles, Ore. This trip was made possible by the contributions of many local businesses and organizations.

Glacier falls in title game at Babe Ruth Regional

August 6, 2012: Glacier dropped a tough 9-8 decision to Twin Cities (Centralia, Wash.) on Monday in the championship game of the Babe Ruth Regional 14-year-old baseball tournament.

Glacier U13 Babe Ruth takes state

July 25, 2012: The Glacier U13 All Star Babe Ruth team won the state championship July 15. The team beat Kalispell twice to win the double-elimination tournament, both times by an 8-7 margin, said coach Davin Kastella.

Youth baseball commissioner resigns

Nov 12, 2011: Elected to follow Walling was Bruce McEvoy of Whitefish. McEvoy began his adult involvement as a coach in the Glacier Babe Ruth League in the early 1980s. He was a league president before being elected as district commissioner in 1981. He has been the assistant state commissioner since 2007.

Glacier wins State Babe Ruth

July 24, 2011: The Glacier All-Stars defeated the Bitterroot All-Stars 5-4 in eight innings Saturday afternoon to capture the State Babe Ruth 13U baseball tournament title at Sapa-Johnsrud Field.

Glacier Babe Ruth win tourney

July 6, 2011: The Glacier Babe Ruth 13U team recently won the Kalispell Invitational.

Babe Ruth by Bruce McEvoy

August 5, 2010: On behalf of Babe Ruth baseball, I would like to thank and commend the Glacier Babe Ruth League and the communities of Bigfork, Columbia Falls and Whitefish for an outstanding job in hosting the Montana State 13/15 Tournament in Columbia Falls and Whitefish on July 21-25.

Glacier All-Stars fall to Missoula Frontiers in State Babe Ruth title game

July 26, 2010: The Missoula Frontiers scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning Sunday, then snuffed out a Glacier All-Star rally in the bottom of the seventh to win the State Babe Ruth baseball championship for 15 year olds with a wild 12-11 victory.

Glacier Babe Ruth clinics start

February 24, 2010: Glacier Babe Ruth Baseball League is offering a six-month free membership at The Wave to those who take head coaching positions in Whitefish or Columbia Falls. Assistant coaches will be offered corporate rates for the year.

Glacier Babe Ruth just shy of state title

July 23, 2009: Glacier's 15-year-old Babe Ruth team fell short in its quest for a state title as the All-Stars finished fourth at the state tournament last weekend in Havre.

Glacier All-Stars win state baseball championship

July 16, 2009: For members of the U-14 Glacier All-Stars baseball team, it was deja vu all over again. By defeating Bozeman 10-4 in the championship game on Sunday, the Glacier All-Stars won Montana Babe Ruth baseball championship.

Glacier 15 all-stars nearly win tourney title

July 9, 2009: Oh, so close. Glacier's 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team nearly came away with the championship in the Fourth of July Invitational over the holiday weekend in Helena. Glacier won its first five games, including two in single-elimination bracket play, but was nipped by Mission 9-8 in eight innings in the title game.

Bigfork Babe Ruth's win streak snapped in Whitefish

June 4, 2009: Bigfork's Babe Ruth team broke its nine game winning streak last week, but they still hold the top spot in their division of the Glacier League with their 10-2 record.

Glacier Prep pulls off huge comeback win

July 31, 2008: The Glacier Prep All-Stars brought the fireworks to the Pacific Northwest Regionals Babe Ruth baseball tournament in Kelso, Wash., this week.

Glacier Prep captures Babe Ruth state title

July 24, 2008: The Glacier Prep All-Stars are Montana Babe Ruth state champions after rallying back from the losers' bracket to defeat Bozeman 8-5 in extra innings on Sunday afternoon at Sapa-Johnsrud Memorial Field in Columbia Falls.

Glacier 14s earns second in Babe Ruth State Tournament

July 24, 2008: The Glacier all-star team earned second place at the 14-year-old Babe Ruth State Tournament earlier this month in Eureka.

Glacier Prep All-Stars win Montana Babe Ruth

July 21, 2008: Glacier Prep All-Stars win Montana Babe Ruth

C-Falls, Whitefish host State Babe Ruth Tournament

July 17, 2008: There will be a ton of Babe Ruth baseball action in town this week, and the local boys are early favorites to make some serious noise.

Glacier Babe Ruth is grateful for the support

September 13, 2007:

Thanks for support of Babe Ruth baseball

September 6, 2007: Being the first year as president of Glacier Babe Ruth, I want to take the time to thank all the people that helped out and supported Glacier Babe Ruth this past year. If it was on the field or in the fireworks stand or up on the Whitefish Resort, everyone that put in their time was greatly appreciated.

Glacier AllStars win local tournament

July 12, 2007: If this weekend was any measurement, the future of Legion Baseball in the North Valley is looking bright. The Glacier AllStars 14-15-year-old team won the Babe Ruth League's Guy Houston tournament this weekend in Columbia Falls by beating Mission Valley 13-11 on July 8.

All star game

June 28, 2006: The Babe Ruth all-star team will take on the Glacier Twins' A team on June 29 at Memorial Field, starting at 7 p.m.