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Friday, March 23, 2018 HIT TRNY RESULTS/STATS

March 23, 2018

 

Hi-Line Invitational Tournament/Havre

Friday

Girls

Class A 90, Class AA 65

Class AA 18 9 20 18 – 65

Class A 18 24 28 20 – 90

Class AA – Shayla Montague 8, Clara Vandenbosh 15, TyRaa Manuel 10, Kamden Hilborn 12, TyLee Manuel 7, Taylor Henley 7, Mary Heaton 6. Totals 26-80 6-12.

Class A – Micalann McCrea 4, Kyndall Keller 18, Ryley Kehr 14, Brynley Fitzgerald 4, Marca Herron 6, Leah Gannon 15, Olivia Hall 4, Sydnie Peterson 14, Ronnal Jordan 9, Shannon Reny 2. Totals 33-89 13-16.

3-pointers – Montague 2, Vandenbosh 3, TyRaa Manuel, Hilborn; Keller 2, Kehr, Herron, Gannon 3, Peterson 3, Jordan.

Class C 104, Class B 81

Class B 26 17 22 16 – 81

Class C 28 20 32 24 – 104

Class B – Sen Henry 8, Danielle Zahn 9, Kyle Olson 16, L’Tia Lawrence 6, Imani Bighorn 15, Mariah Dietrich 2, Darcy Walker 4, Makenna Liles 6, Aubrey McMaster 5, Jaylynn Mitchell 10. Totals 30-79 13-23.

Class C – Soda Rice 10, Joelnell Momberg 10, Jessie Maruska 6, Lilly Gopher 14, Cecillia Vielle 13, Dani Urick 4, Morgan Mason 10, Alyssa Vandenburg 16, Mackenzie Dethman 4, Kailee Oliverson 17. Totals 33-71 38-33.

3-pointers – Henry, Zahn, Olson 4, Bighorn, McMaster; Momberg, Maruska 2, Vielle 3, Vandenburg 4.

Class B 89, Class A 81

Class B 22 24 22 21 – 89

Class A 22 19 19 21 – 81

Class B – Sean Henry 8, Danielle Zahn 6, Kyle Olson 13, L’Tia Lawrence 7, Imani Bighorn 18, Mariah Dietrich 6, Darcy Walker 11, Makenna Liles 5, Aubrey McMaster 5, Jaylynn Mitchell 10. Totals 35-72 13-17.

 

Class A – Micalann McCrea 9, Kyndall Keller 10, Olivia Hall 2, Ronnal Jordan 7, Shannon Reny 6, Kaylee Nystrom 8, Marca Herron 9, Leah Gannon 11, Sydnie Peterson 4, Ryley Kehr 5, Brynley Fitzgerald 10. Totals 31-75 12-23.

3-pointers – Olson 2, Lawrence, Dietrich 2, McMaster; Keller 2, Jordan, Reny, Herron, Gannon, Fitzgerald.

Boys

Class AA 97, Class A 86

Class AA 14 19 30 34 – 97

Class A 21 15 26 24 – 86

Class AA – Jesse Owens 12, Rollie Worster 26, Sam Vining 9, Garrison Rothwell 11, Sam Elliot 5, Cade Tyson 4, Kendall Kynett 2, Blake Thelen 16, Tyler Johnson 10, Jake Olsen 2. Totals 38-92 7-10.

Class A – Chrishon Dixon 11, Dawson Fowler 10, Carter Kearns 9, Jaden Graham 11, Sam Gray 9, Tanner Goligoski 2, Hunter Omlid 9, Rydell Floyd 4, Tanner Trafton 12, Bridger Larson 9. Totals 38-84 3-5.

3-pointers – Owens 2, Worster 4, Vining 2, Rothwell 2, Thelen 2, Johnson 2; Fowler 2, Kearns, Graham, Gray, Omlid, Larson.

Class B 111, Class C 109

Class B 26 28 30 27 – 111

Class C 26 18 33 32 – 109

Class B – Ben Iron Eyes 18, Marcus Zeiler 2, Sayer Patton 25, Taylor Mathews 12, TJ Reynolds 2, Tayler Rowlison 8, Max Feight 19, Aaron White 11, Kendall Windy Boy 14. Totals 46-91 2-5.

Class C – Will Mesteth 5, CJ Nelson 7, Brody Grebe 11, Trevor Herzog 6, Treyton Pickering 23, Phillip Malatare 12, Riley Spoonhunter 18, Isaac Bell 4, Caleb Bellach 23. Totals 45-93 9-14.

3-pointers – Iron Eyes 4, Patton 3, Mathews 2, Rowlinson 2, Feight 3, White 3; Nelson, Grebe 2, Herzog 2, Pickering, Spoonhunter 2, Bellach 2.

Class A 115, Class B 109

Class B 27 16 28 38 – 109

Class A 28 27 29 31 – 115

Class B – Tayler Rowlinson 12, Ben Iron Eyes 22, Max Feight 11, Aaron White 8, Kendall Windy Boy 14, Marcus Zeiler 11, Sayer Patton 18, Taylor Mathews 13. Totals 46-95 3-3.

Class A – Chrishon Dixon 16, Dawson Fowler 13, Carter Kearns 16, Jaden Graham 7, Bridger Larson 14, Tanner Goligoski 14, Hunter Omlid 11, Rydell Floyd 12, Tanner Trafton 6, Sam Gray 6. Totals 45-91 14-17.

3-pointers – Rowlinson 2, Iron Eyes 3, Feight, White 2, Zeiler, Patton 4, Mathews; Dixon, Kearns 2, Graham, Larson , Goligoski 2, Omlid 2, Floyd 2.

Saturday’s Schedule

9 a.m. Class B girls vs. Class AA

10:30 a.m. Class B boys vs. Class AA

Noon. Consolation girls’ game

1:30 p.m. Consolaton boys’ game

3 p.m. Girls’ championship game

4:30 p.m. Boys’ championship game

 

 

 


2017-18 CLASS 'A' BOYS BBALL STATS BY TEAM

March 20, 2018

REGULAR SEASON STATS ONLY

NW 'A'

 

Browning

 

Season Stats

2pt

3pt

FT

Points

Reb

Misc

Player

G

A

M

Pct

A

M

Pct

A

M

Pct

Tot

PPG

O

D

Avg

Stl

Ast

TO

Blk

Brandon Aims Back

18

186

104

55

1

0

0

68

32

47

240

13.3

51

70

6.7

38

34

34

24

Tyree Whitcomb

18

154

73

47

61

17

27

30

19

63

216

12.0

49

90

7.7

46

64

50

23

Nano Stiffarm

17

67

34

50

61

21

34

30

15

50

146

8.6

14

28

2.5

34

55

21

1

Derek Loring

18

52

19

36

52

18

34

24

15

62

107

5.9

20

45

3.6

33

45

29

1

James Gilham

18

52

21

40

50

16

32

17

10

58

100

5.6

8

13

1.2

13

34

25

1

Deion Mad Plume

16

43

20

46

33

10

30

17

13

76

83

5.2

14

18

2.0

8

4

15

2

Ethan Running Crane

18

59

26

44

42

6

14

16

6

37

76

4.2

1

23

1.3

22

19

16

3

Justin Burd

18

53

27

50

22

4

18

9

6

66

72

4.0

9

18

1.5

23

32

18

3

Bull Child Latrell

16

37

16

43

12

5

41

10

4

40

51

3.2

9

25

2.1

8

8

6

0

Peytan Crawford

18

48

19

39

11

2

18

14

6

42

50

2.8

11

17

1.6

15

20

12

0

CJ Smith

18

40

18

45

12

2

16

12

5

41

47

2.6

14

23

2.1

27

27

22

3

Dylan Loring

2

2

1

50

1

0

0

0

0

-

2

1.0

2

2

2.0

1

1

1

0

Derek Sharp

13

4

2

50

7

3

42

0

0

-

13

1.0

0

4

0.3

3

5

4

0

Taylan Edwards

8

7

3

42

0

0

-

0

0

-

6

0.8

5

10

1.9

2

1

2

6

Trevon Fisher

12

8

3

37

1

0

0

4

3

75

9

0.8

2

1

0.2

1

4

2

0

Richard Running Crane

1

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0.0

0

3

3.0

0

2

0

0

Team Total

18

812

386

47

366

104

28

251

134

53

1218

67.7

209

390

-

274

355

257

67

 

 

Columbia Falls

 

Season Stats

2pt

3pt

FT

Points

Reb

Misc

Player

G

A

M

Pct

A

M

Pct

A

M

Pct

Tot

PPG

O

D

Avg

Stl

Ast

TO

Blk

Matthew Morrison

18

154

68

44

0

0

-

63

36

57

172

9.6

58

116

9.7

10

38

50

21

Quintin Schriver

18

91

45

49

29

8

27

64

43

67

157

8.7

23

49

4.0

39

38

50

7

Austin Green

18

90

33

36

71

17

23

50

24

48

141

7.8

12

44

3.1

41

40

62

2

Drew Morgan

18

57

20

35

58

22

37

24

14

58

120

6.7

21

53

4.1

21

26

45

0

Lowell Panasuk

18

67

28

41

66

18

27

13

6

46

116

6.4

15

28

2.4

17

27

38

2

Tucker Salmonsen

6

19

7

36

15

3

20

26

8

30

31

5.2

2

13

2.5

11

12

5

0

Logan Bechtel

18

43

25

58

28

5

17

32

12

37

77

4.3

17

28

2.5

20

15

23

0

Billy Barrett

18

12

6

50

9

2

22

13

6

46

24

1.3

4

10

0.8

3

3

17

0

Jack Price

5

2

1

50

0

0

-

2

2

100

4

0.8

1

2

0.6

0

0

3

0

Zack Pletcher

7

1

0

0

0

0

-

2

2

100

2

0.3

1

0

0.1

0

0

3

0

Jakob Beich

5

1

0

0

0

0

-

3

1

33

1

0.2

1

0

0.2

0

1

0

0

William Dyon

2

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

Danny Henjum

4

1

0

0

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0.0

0

1

0.2

0

0

0

0

Sam Hovde

1

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

Dillon Wanner

6

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0

-

0

0.0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

Team Total

18

538

233

43

276

75

27

292

154

52

845

46.9

155

344

-

162

200

296

32

 

Libby



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Ryggs Johnston 18 118 65 55 170 62 36 112 101 90 417 23.2 26 129 8.6 24 19 28 16
JJ Davis 18 66 28 42 88 23 26 38 21 55 146 8.1 4 21 1.4 20 31 51 1
Keith Johnson 18 94 46 48 1 0 0 65 44 67 136 7.6 23 55 4.3 17 14 31 10
Brian Peck 18 78 34 43 21 2 9 49 28 57 102 5.7 17 31 2.7 21 56 57 4
Jay Beagle 17 57 26 45 29 8 27 26 8 30 84 4.9 10 36 2.7 21 35 48 0
Nik Jones 18 68 28 41 0 0 - 42 23 54 79 4.4 28 63 5.1 6 16 33 0
Logan Christensen 18 40 27 67 0 0 - 18 8 44 62 3.4 19 23 2.3 10 11 17 0
Ryan Goodman 9 10 3 30 0 0 - 4 3 75 9 1.0 1 6 0.8 1 1 6 1
Chandler Bower 9 5 2 40 0 0 - 2 1 50 5 0.6 1 3 0.4 3 0 1 0
Kevin Barnes 8 2 2 100 0 0 - 1 0 0 4 0.5 2 5 0.9 1 1 1 0
Tim Goodman 11 5 0 0 0 0 - 8 4 50 4 0.4 5 8 1.2 1 2 2 2
Ryan Christensen 5 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 3 0.6 1 1 2 0
Austin Swartzenberger 4 3 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 1 0.2 0 1 4 0
Team Total 18 546 261 47 309 95 30 365 241 66 1048 58.2 136 384 - 126 188 281 34

 

Polson



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Shade Main 18 235 117 49 2 0 0 49 30 61 264 14.7 54 113 9.3 30 40 36 26
Connor Lanier 18 120 54 45 68 24 35 52 39 75 219 12.2 36 76 6.2 24 68 53 3
Asa Askan 11 36 17 47 46 13 28 17 10 58 83 7.5 13 17 2.7 10 21 26 0
Robin Erickson 18 87 36 41 5 3 60 53 33 62 114 6.3 15 26 2.3 5 34 43 5
Weston Danley 18 78 31 39 5 1 20 17 12 70 77 4.3 19 61 4.4 12 14 37 0
Trevor Schultz 18 45 20 44 14 2 14 17 9 52 55 3.1 18 34 2.9 14 12 18 5
Kordell Walker 4 8 5 62 2 0 0 2 2 100 12 3.0 3 10 3.2 1 3 3 0
Sam Schultz 18 36 15 41 16 5 31 15 7 46 52 2.9 10 16 1.4 9 32 16 1
Bo Kelley 11 10 2 20 30 6 20 2 1 50 23 2.1 5 7 1.1 7 3 10 0
Micah Askan 16 24 5 20 11 5 45 1 1 100 26 1.6 10 14 1.5 4 3 9 0
Ryker Wenderoth 18 11 4 36 26 3 11 3 2 66 19 1.1 13 7 1.1 10 9 11 0
Seth Lake 7 5 2 40 0 0 - 3 2 66 6 0.9 2 1 0.4 0 0 0 0
Keyan Dalbey 12 3 1 33 0 0 - 5 3 60 5 0.4 3 1 0.3 2 0 3 0
Parker Toth 13 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 100 2 0.2 2 3 0.4 1 0 5 0
Team Total 18 700 309 44 228 62 27 238 153 64 957 53.2 203 386 - 129 239 270 40

 

Ronan



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Anthony Camel 18 208 96 46 97 27 27 109 68 62 341 18.9 41 109 8.3 13 23 44 7
Zeke Misa 18 111 55 49 90 27 30 99 64 64 255 14.2 15 73 4.9 46 82 79 19
Dallas Durheim 18 144 65 45 2 0 0 57 32 56 162 9.0 49 82 7.3 27 10 27 11
Perry Panzetange 4 18 7 38 9 2 22 5 2 40 22 5.5 7 3 2.5 7 6 8 0
Jacob Gatch 7 23 10 43 14 2 14 11 5 45 31 4.4 6 12 2.6 6 1 15 3
Bubba Bush 5 5 1 20 9 3 33 8 6 75 17 3.4 3 4 1.4 0 3 4 0
Nate Dennis 18 30 12 40 31 3 9 24 16 66 49 2.7 11 23 1.9 31 44 35 2
Randy Finley 18 44 14 31 32 4 12 17 9 52 49 2.7 9 21 1.7 26 22 31 4
Vincent Bird-Webster 15 13 6 46 18 5 27 0 0 - 27 1.8 7 13 1.3 3 6 13 4
Zarec Couture 13 15 3 20 0 0 - 5 3 60 9 0.7 7 29 2.8 2 2 4 1
Elijah Durheim 6 0 0 - 5 1 20 1 0 0 3 0.5 0 2 0.3 1 2 4 0
Matt Victor 5 2 1 50 0 0 - 0 0 - 2 0.4 1 4 1.0 0 1 0 0
Bryant Hales 13 9 2 22 5 0 0 6 1 16 5 0.4 7 11 1.4 5 13 24 0
Kuba Detwiler 14 7 1 14 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 0.1 2 13 1.1 1 4 7 0
Terrell Stump 4 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 3 0.8 0 0 1 0
Levi Trahan 2 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 0
Team Total 18 630 273 43 314 74 23 342 206 60 974 54.1 165 402 - 168 221 296 51

 

Whitefish

 

Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Lee Walburn 17 159 69 43 87 30 34 59 44 74 272 16.0 18 84 6.0 29 36 65 17
Ryan Kemm 17 96 46 47 58 13 22 57 31 54 162 9.5 11 43 3.2 14 46 67 2
Dillon Botner 17 120 54 45 1 0 0 47 17 36 125 7.4 44 102 8.6 6 18 44 23
Alex Keuylian 17 18 8 44 56 18 32 8 4 50 74 4.4 8 16 1.4 13 25 40 0
Mark Anderson 17 40 16 40 35 11 31 9 4 44 69 4.1 16 36 3.1 6 15 18 0
Sam Menicke 17 51 21 41 2 0 0 24 10 41 52 3.1 14 37 3.0 7 11 31 11
Justin Conklin 14 9 2 22 19 4 21 2 2 100 18 1.3 3 8 0.8 0 3 9 0
Brendyn Peacock 14 5 0 0 11 4 36 2 2 100 14 1.0 2 5 0.5 3 10 13 0
Jack Schwaiger 13 4 1 25 3 2 66 3 1 33 9 0.7 2 2 0.3 2 1 5 0
Noah Fauth 13 8 3 37 0 0 - 1 0 0 6 0.5 5 9 1.1 3 1 5 0
Caleb Meehan 17 8 3 37 2 0 0 5 1 20 7 0.4 6 8 0.8 10 16 22 0
Danny Davis 10 3 1 33 0 0 - 0 0 - 2 0.2 1 3 0.4 1 3 4 1
Team Total 17 521 224 42 274 82 29 217 116 53 810 47.6 130 353 - 94 185 323 54

 

SW 'A'

Butte Central



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Dan McCloskey 12 71 32 45 47 11 23 50 34 68 131 10.9 14 20 2.8 11 10 26 0
Luke Heaphy 18 59 35 59 99 29 29 44 28 63 185 10.3 9 30 2.2 27 41 39 2
Matt Simkins 18 119 57 47 4 0 0 52 30 57 144 8.0 40 57 5.4 30 26 35 4
Cade Holter 18 89 50 56 18 4 22 45 19 42 131 7.3 29 28 3.2 43 43 31 11
Aaron Richards 18 93 50 53 1 0 0 47 28 59 128 7.1 49 75 6.9 27 31 24 13
Dylan Sestrich 18 41 16 39 33 9 27 38 22 57 81 4.5 16 51 3.7 7 24 29 5
Jared Simkins 16 55 21 38 0 0 - 39 22 56 64 4.0 18 27 2.8 9 12 23 1
Braden Harrington 12 24 9 37 15 4 26 10 6 60 36 3.0 1 11 1.0 2 3 10 1
Patrick Dolan 3 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 3 75 3 1.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Trevor Neumann 15 0 0 - 6 3 50 0 0 - 9 0.6 1 4 0.3 1 3 7 1
Cutter Thatcher 3 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 2 0.7 0 1 1 0
Ryan Wahl 3 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 1 0.3 0 1 0 0
Gator Yelenich 3 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 2 0.7 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 551 270 49 223 60 26 329 192 58 912 50.7 177 308 - 157 195 225 38

 

Corvallis



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Ryal Jessop 18 71 30 42 120 43 35 36 23 63 212 11.8 9 30 2.2 18 30 43 2
Kobe Jessop 18 99 34 34 36 16 44 60 35 58 151 8.4 16 88 5.8 20 58 78 6
Ridge Albright 18 27 9 33 115 35 30 14 6 42 129 7.2 2 33 1.9 3 15 20 0
Zach Jessop 18 76 33 43 3 0 0 43 27 62 93 5.2 46 60 5.9 11 15 36 1
Garrett Brown 18 61 36 59 0 0 - 33 17 51 89 4.9 38 71 6.1 3 9 15 11
Ryan Wiggins 17 33 15 45 0 0 - 26 9 34 39 2.3 24 40 3.8 3 0 7 5
Caeson Jessop 18 20 4 20 30 9 30 9 4 44 39 2.2 7 17 1.3 6 22 33 2
Caleb Warnken 17 20 9 45 9 2 22 21 11 52 35 2.1 6 7 0.8 10 14 14 0
Jeff Stoker 17 19 8 42 15 3 20 10 8 80 33 1.9 9 16 1.5 3 6 15 0
Jace Barcus 14 6 1 16 3 1 33 0 0 - 5 0.4 1 4 0.4 2 3 4 0
Team Total 18 432 179 41 331 109 32 252 140 55 825 45.8 158 366 - 79 172 265 27

 

Dillon



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
M Haverfield 7 62 29 46 52 13 25 25 21 84 118 16.9 8 18 3.7 19 6 19 5
A Lemieux 10 56 31 55 49 13 26 43 28 65 129 12.9 9 24 3.3 18 20 35 1
C King 13 72 28 38 32 12 37 25 20 80 112 8.6 15 26 3.2 19 24 38 1
J Fitzgerald 18 53 20 37 53 14 26 51 28 54 110 6.1 32 57 4.9 28 34 33 3
C Allison 18 66 42 63 0 0 - 39 17 43 101 5.6 46 62 6.0 15 10 28 14
Cole Truman 6 10 4 40 10 3 30 14 9 64 26 4.3 3 10 2.2 4 3 5 6
B Anderson 18 42 17 40 19 9 47 22 12 54 73 4.1 5 28 1.8 11 15 23 4
Justus Peterson 10 20 5 25 29 8 27 10 6 60 40 4.0 4 16 2.0 5 7 8 3
B Rakich 18 55 22 40 12 2 16 19 14 73 64 3.6 15 21 2.0 21 24 32 0
J Ferris 17 12 5 41 17 4 23 13 9 69 31 1.8 12 14 1.5 13 23 21 0
D Cervelli 11 5 3 60 12 4 33 0 0 - 18 1.6 4 5 0.8 8 0 8 1
W Korpi 11 11 4 36 1 0 0 6 4 66 12 1.1 6 3 0.8 2 5 1 1
T Walker 16 17 4 23 4 2 50 7 2 28 16 1.0 8 15 1.4 5 3 10 0
A Peterson 6 2 1 50 5 0 0 0 0 - 2 0.3 0 4 0.7 1 3 2 0
L Studeman 1 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 483 215 44 295 84 28 274 170 62 852 47.3 167 303 - 169 177 263 39

 

Frenchtown



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Cade Baker 18 119 47 39 107 41 38 75 48 64 265 14.7 9 28 2.1 33 60 59 1
Adam Botkin 18 73 43 58 89 31 34 58 42 72 221 12.3 46 131 9.8 27 31 40 26
Ethan Pyron 18 72 34 47 33 11 33 72 42 58 143 7.9 23 43 3.7 33 33 33 0
Zack Baker 18 104 34 32 45 11 24 47 35 74 136 7.6 20 30 2.8 21 31 27 0
Hank Rugg 18 92 44 47 3 0 0 60 35 58 123 6.8 24 55 4.4 19 24 34 7
Jared Cole 18 26 11 42 55 18 32 4 4 100 80 4.4 8 27 1.9 10 8 19 2
Brandon Finley 1 2 2 100 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 4.0 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0
Mason Pyron 1 3 2 66 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 4.0 1 2 3.0 0 0 0 0
Ty Hoppie 18 31 10 32 10 3 30 7 3 42 32 1.8 10 37 2.6 9 10 11 3
Dawson Leishman 16 18 8 44 7 3 42 2 1 50 26 1.6 14 8 1.4 2 2 7 1
Brock Rugg 18 24 3 12 12 3 25 4 2 50 17 0.9 12 23 1.9 22 15 22 1
Brock Diehl 13 4 3 75 1 0 0 4 3 75 9 0.7 0 0 0.0 8 4 3 0
Ben Larson 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 568 241 42 362 121 33 333 215 64 1060 58.9 168 384 - 185 218 255 41

 

Hamilton



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Carter Kearns 18 123 74 60 120 44 36 63 51 80 331 18.4 15 87 5.7 50 47 33 26
Tanner Goligoski 18 94 47 50 109 43 39 66 49 74 272 15.1 11 37 2.7 21 17 26 1
Hunter Omlid 18 95 61 64 58 25 43 66 50 75 247 13.7 25 69 5.2 41 50 47 11
Carson Rostad 18 76 48 63 0 0 - 48 30 62 126 7.0 31 47 4.3 17 12 16 5
Camron Rothie 18 50 22 44 33 14 42 22 14 63 100 5.6 7 23 1.7 32 72 19 1
Tyler Chouinard 18 47 28 59 20 5 25 23 15 65 86 4.8 25 42 3.7 29 38 26 2
Tyler Barnes 18 23 15 65 26 7 26 9 5 55 56 3.1 7 24 1.7 9 14 17 0
Bridger Bauder 18 15 6 40 40 12 30 11 3 27 51 2.8 3 22 1.4 7 35 34 1
Josh Dickemore 6 0 0 - 6 2 33 2 2 100 8 1.3 1 1 0.3 0 0 4 0
Trey Searle 10 1 1 100 7 3 42 0 0 - 11 1.1 3 5 0.8 2 2 1 0
Drew Brackman 8 0 0 - 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 0.4 4 2 0 0
Team Total 18 524 302 57 425 155 36 312 219 70 1288 71.6 129 359 - 212 289 223 47

 

Stevensville



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Logan Roth 18 137 56 40 140 39 27 86 62 72 291 16.2 15 50 3.6 12 21 58 17
Dalton Bragg 6 51 24 47 8 1 12 23 14 60 65 10.8 20 36 9.3 7 9 11 5
Colby Meeds 16 113 39 34 18 4 22 91 58 63 148 9.2 7 35 2.6 26 26 55 6
Alex Gavlak 17 70 32 45 25 5 20 45 30 66 109 6.4 21 59 4.7 28 32 54 0
Devlin Sherman 14 45 21 46 0 0 - 21 14 66 56 4.0 18 21 2.8 7 1 18 0
Sean Craft 12 36 12 33 0 0 - 12 9 75 33 2.8 7 14 1.8 2 3 13 0
Jacopo Carletto 18 46 21 45 2 0 0 12 4 33 46 2.6 6 25 1.7 6 9 16 1
Ivan Yazvak 16 37 10 27 13 2 15 24 13 54 39 2.4 16 21 2.3 11 17 33 0
Riley Rust 10 3 1 33 16 4 25 2 2 100 16 1.6 0 2 0.2 3 0 5 0
Jaren Gum 13 13 5 38 3 1 33 4 2 50 15 1.2 14 14 2.2 6 8 20 1
Kaleb Behner 18 9 2 22 6 1 16 13 2 15 9 0.5 7 10 0.9 5 4 18 0
Gavin Beeton 1 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Zel Frost 3 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 1 0.3 0 0 0 0
Kellen Jones 1 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 563 223 39 235 57 24 333 210 63 827 45.9 131 288 - 113 130 302 30

 

CENTRAL 'A'

Belgrade



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Dawson Fowler 18 164 76 46 119 39 32 113 74 65 343 19.1 28 121 8.3 28 55 40 18
Easton Page 18 125 55 44 53 11 20 67 46 68 189 10.5 19 32 2.8 27 44 36 0
Austin Edwards 18 110 56 50 8 2 25 42 27 64 145 8.1 37 51 4.9 19 17 29 11
Noel Reynolds 18 96 59 61 5 2 40 30 18 60 142 7.9 30 58 4.9 12 25 35 4
Matt Walker 18 11 5 45 79 34 43 7 2 28 114 6.3 10 35 2.5 31 42 30 8
Andrew Tofslie 13 13 6 46 3 2 66 13 6 46 24 1.8 9 8 1.3 2 3 5 0
Spencer Gordon 18 30 13 43 2 1 50 10 4 40 33 1.8 19 13 1.8 6 8 14 0
Jake Klonsinski 18 9 4 44 23 5 21 10 5 50 28 1.6 2 9 0.6 5 13 12 0
Tate Bowler 2 0 0 - 3 1 33 0 0 - 3 1.5 2 1 1.5 0 0 0 0
Riley Burman 7 4 3 75 0 0 - 4 1 25 7 1.0 2 1 0.4 0 1 1 0
Luke Turner 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 3 75 3 0.4 0 1 0.1 1 0 1 1
Owen Vaughn 8 2 0 0 0 0 - 4 1 25 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 3 3 0 0
Noel Reynolds JR 2 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Wyatt Shott 2 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 1 0.5 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 566 277 48 297 97 32 304 187 61 1032 57.3 158 332 - 134 211 203 42

 

Lewistown



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Jaden Graham 18 130 69 53 75 25 33 97 75 77 288 16.0 21 60 4.5 39 43 33 19
Tanner Trafton 18 162 95 58 11 4 36 92 67 72 269 14.9 63 96 8.8 18 16 41 6
Jake Clinton 18 85 51 60 13 2 15 47 21 44 129 7.2 33 34 3.7 28 41 35 12
Wes Jameson 18 82 35 42 38 9 23 53 31 58 128 7.1 13 21 1.9 26 24 41 4
Andrew Lalum 12 25 8 32 22 5 22 22 15 68 46 3.8 11 29 3.3 13 53 21 0
Carson Weeden 1 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 3 75 3 3.0 1 0 1.0 1 0 1 0
Cody Henderson 18 20 5 25 29 9 31 20 13 65 50 2.8 15 30 2.5 17 33 31 0
Landon Henderson 18 55 19 34 0 0 - 18 8 44 46 2.6 18 24 2.3 5 4 13 8
Jayce Phillips 17 21 10 47 0 0 - 15 10 66 30 1.8 9 11 1.2 3 4 5 1
Mitchell Norslien 17 19 10 52 1 0 0 8 0 0 20 1.2 17 21 2.2 11 15 12 2
Collin Comes 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 3 75 3 0.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Nate Kindzerski 14 1 1 100 6 1 16 2 1 50 6 0.4 1 1 0.1 2 1 7 0
Logan McQuinn 6 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 1 25 1 0.2 0 0 0.0 1 0 3 0
Gage Clinton 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 1 1.0 0 0 0 0
Caleb Russell 10 2 0 0 0 0 - 2 0 0 0 0.0 2 5 0.7 0 0 1 0
Greyeden Sanders 1 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 604 303 50 196 55 28 388 248 63 1019 56.6 204 333 - 164 234 245 52

 

Livingston



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Jakim Ricketts 16 131 60 45 91 31 34 70 47 67 260 16.2 33 56 5.6 14 31 53 4
Rydell Floyd 16 116 49 42 73 27 36 55 28 50 207 12.9 15 52 4.2 18 30 41 2
Brendon Johnson 16 35 23 65 57 17 29 26 18 69 115 7.2 5 64 4.3 13 23 21 12
John Waddell 16 62 31 50 9 2 22 38 23 60 91 5.7 4 47 3.2 22 41 35 2
Danner Purkett 16 26 14 53 22 10 45 8 4 50 62 3.9 27 23 3.1 15 5 22 0
Brock Peterson 16 38 11 28 17 8 47 11 9 81 55 3.4 20 20 2.5 11 18 14 3
Morgan Rosberg 16 34 9 26 22 3 13 10 8 80 35 2.2 9 27 2.2 6 21 17 1
Austin Parker 9 20 7 35 0 0 - 8 3 37 17 1.9 6 20 2.9 6 3 5 2
Matt Netley 16 14 4 28 4 0 0 0 0 - 8 0.5 8 13 1.3 1 3 5 2
Team Total 16 476 208 43 295 98 33 226 140 61 850 53.1 127 322 - 106 175 213 28

 

Havre



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Trey Murphy 18 44 14 31 90 29 32 34 25 73 140 7.8 12 35 2.6 5 30 39 0
Tanner Parsons 18 69 23 33 76 19 25 42 25 59 128 7.1 8 45 2.9 5 19 54 1
Jacob Irvin 18 89 44 49 36 11 30 6 5 83 126 7.0 15 35 2.8 11 5 35 0
Ivar Aageson 18 98 31 31 36 6 16 51 25 49 105 5.8 21 62 4.6 40 41 57 9
Austin DeLaRosa 18 34 17 50 37 8 21 25 14 56 72 4.0 12 28 2.2 9 7 33 1
Tysen Sangrey 14 36 18 50 1 1 100 24 12 50 51 3.6 8 43 3.6 4 15 15 5
Thomas Brown 18 35 17 48 19 6 31 24 11 45 63 3.5 14 26 2.2 12 18 28 0
Austin Jones 10 8 7 87 1 0 0 1 0 0 14 1.4 4 5 0.9 1 0 5 0
Lazarus Windy Boy 15 12 6 50 21 2 9 4 1 25 19 1.3 3 17 1.3 10 10 24 0
Mason Rismon 4 1 1 100 2 1 50 1 0 0 5 1.2 0 2 0.5 0 0 0 0
Kellen Detrick 8 9 4 44 2 0 0 0 0 - 8 1.0 2 5 0.9 0 0 5 0
Team Total 18 435 182 41 321 83 25 212 118 55 731 40.6 99 303 - 97 145 295 16

 

EASTERN 'A'

Billings Central



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Chrishon Dixon 18 121 64 52 59 21 35 94 66 70 257 14.3 28 81 6.1 30 112 65 5
Sam Gray 18 119 62 52 23 12 52 55 42 76 202 11.2 38 62 5.6 14 26 27 7
Seth Sasich 18 6 3 50 100 43 43 7 4 57 139 7.7 10 20 1.7 21 18 18 1
Liam Clancy 18 37 16 43 88 29 32 32 18 56 137 7.6 23 24 2.6 24 27 29 1
Cade Herriford 15 38 21 55 25 10 40 9 6 66 78 5.2 13 14 1.8 7 5 12 4
Joe Byorth 18 46 29 63 14 3 21 25 10 40 77 4.3 24 47 3.9 25 39 22 11
Isaac Meyer 18 30 13 43 54 13 24 15 9 60 74 4.1 20 28 2.7 22 33 26 1
Jae Hugs 18 46 14 30 28 6 21 23 14 60 60 3.3 22 43 3.6 12 20 23 10
Tyler Gray 11 6 5 83 2 2 100 6 4 66 20 1.8 3 8 1.0 2 2 4 1
Braden Molvig 3 0 0 - 3 1 33 0 0 - 3 1.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Mason Yochum 9 6 0 0 9 2 22 5 2 40 8 0.9 2 3 0.6 0 3 6 0
Charlie Parkan 8 2 2 100 0 0 - 1 0 0 4 0.5 0 6 0.8 1 0 1 0
Johnny Day 3 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
Sterling Hofer 5 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 2 0.4 1 3 4 0
Marcus Wittman 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 457 229 50 406 142 34 272 175 64 1059 58.8 183 338 - 159 289 238 41

 

Glendive



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Stephen Steinbron 18 206 112 54 17 3 17 86 49 56 282 15.7 42 92 7.4 16 8 39 11
Pacyn Partridge 12 42 22 52 57 18 31 27 15 55 113 9.4 4 18 1.8 23 36 34 0
Robert Keiser II 18 97 41 42 21 7 33 73 35 47 138 7.7 30 68 5.4 18 19 56 4
Kadyn Deckert 1 1 1 100 1 1 100 0 0 - 5 5.0 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0
Lane Walker 18 48 19 39 42 9 21 35 25 71 90 5.0 7 28 1.9 12 14 47 1
Logan Phipps 18 37 17 45 47 7 14 44 27 61 82 4.6 15 48 3.5 23 21 50 4
Trenton Reinhart 3 0 0 - 6 3 50 0 0 - 9 3.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
David Skerritee 12 9 3 33 28 8 28 2 1 50 31 2.6 5 23 2.3 3 20 12 2
Jayden Holley 5 2 1 50 0 0 - 4 4 100 6 1.2 1 11 2.4 1 2 2 0
Kade Hellman 15 15 2 13 16 2 12 14 7 50 17 1.1 4 4 0.5 10 7 22 1
Logan Boner 18 13 3 23 16 4 25 6 1 16 19 1.1 3 7 0.6 9 17 15 0
Jonathan Egan 17 5 1 20 2 1 50 6 5 83 10 0.6 3 8 0.6 3 2 13 0
Matt Dufner 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 1 1.0 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 476 222 46 253 63 24 297 169 56 802 44.6 115 308 - 118 146 290 23

 

Hardin



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Famous Lefthand 17 187 86 45 95 32 33 51 33 64 301 17.7 35 72 6.3 40 54 51 4
David Evans 17 140 86 61 9 1 11 112 76 67 251 14.8 50 66 6.8 23 25 56 14
Cayden Redfield 17 132 69 52 54 17 31 34 18 52 207 12.2 35 72 6.3 29 24 29 6
Trae Hugs 17 62 35 56 86 30 34 33 20 60 180 10.6 31 40 4.2 41 35 30 9
Andrew House 7 32 16 50 10 3 30 8 4 50 45 6.4 4 10 2.0 7 10 6 1
Konnolly Shane 17 67 25 37 0 0 - 29 19 65 69 4.1 23 37 3.5 10 8 26 2
Peyton Goodluck 16 36 19 52 25 6 24 15 5 33 61 3.8 11 18 1.8 13 10 14 1
Codi Small 17 30 16 53 32 8 25 13 7 53 63 3.7 8 24 1.9 17 26 20 0
Tavian Jefferson 9 21 9 42 10 2 20 15 7 46 31 3.4 9 9 2.0 10 4 11 0
Malik Touré 12 35 16 45 0 0 - 15 7 46 39 3.2 13 19 2.7 10 2 18 5
Emilio Oldbull 6 12 4 33 12 1 8 10 5 50 16 2.7 7 4 1.8 8 5 8 0
Ezekiel Coyoteruns 9 7 4 57 5 2 40 4 2 50 16 1.8 6 8 1.6 5 1 6 0
Teivon Ramos 5 3 2 66 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 0.8 1 3 0.8 1 1 1 0
Ryan Oldcrow 14 3 1 33 4 0 0 6 3 50 5 0.4 5 4 0.6 1 1 6 1
Team Total 17 767 388 50 342 102 29 345 206 59 1288 75.8 238 386 - 215 206 282 43

 

Laurel



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Gaje Leichner 18 81 29 35 147 56 38 49 35 71 261 14.5 10 41 2.8 35 32 45 1
Camden Hill 18 165 89 53 29 11 37 23 14 60 225 12.5 39 58 5.4 17 2 12 32
Dante Filpula-Ankney 18 51 23 45 32 7 21 45 24 53 91 5.1 6 39 2.5 15 40 25 3
Colter Bales 14 28 14 50 10 4 40 22 15 68 55 3.9 11 38 3.5 4 9 18 6
Trey Soucy 17 41 14 34 11 4 36 23 16 69 56 3.3 12 23 2.1 12 83 38 1
Deklan Harper 18 34 22 64 4 0 0 29 12 41 56 3.1 6 9 0.8 15 12 14 3
Levi Taylor 16 26 10 38 11 4 36 22 8 36 40 2.5 13 28 2.6 9 15 14 0
Brett Wagner 18 10 6 60 20 6 30 10 9 90 39 2.2 3 24 1.5 5 12 16 0
Colt Spencer 16 15 4 26 8 1 12 30 17 56 28 1.8 12 9 1.3 7 2 12 0
Logan Kennedy 15 22 6 27 2 0 0 23 13 56 25 1.7 21 30 3.4 13 10 17 2
Noah Gunther 16 11 3 27 10 3 30 13 8 61 23 1.4 1 15 1.0 7 11 16 0
Paul Oneil 15 5 2 40 1 0 0 2 1 50 5 0.3 2 0 0.1 2 3 3 0
Cash Golden 14 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 2 100 2 0.1 0 1 0.1 1 1 2 0
Eli Aby 4 0 0 - 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 1 0 0
Gus Crowl 12 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 2 1 0.2 0 0 0 0
Team Total 18 491 222 45 290 96 33 293 174 59 906 50.3 138 316 - 143 233 232 48

 

Miles City



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Gabe Gundlach 15 80 33 41 100 38 38 57 39 68 219 14.6 19 40 3.9 8 23 43 1
Kaden Stradley 15 118 45 38 59 15 25 73 38 52 173 11.5 15 40 3.7 34 46 37 0
Steven Ray 15 69 40 57 8 1 12 31 21 67 104 6.9 35 42 5.1 10 2 26 2
Jayden Venable 15 55 18 32 37 12 32 42 29 69 101 6.7 11 20 2.1 18 20 37 1
Keith Vanderlaan 13 54 23 42 32 7 21 21 9 42 76 5.8 18 28 3.5 24 8 23 3
Jess Bellows 15 31 12 38 7 0 0 21 14 66 38 2.5 20 22 2.8 5 4 22 0
Dayron Johnson 4 6 2 33 6 1 16 2 1 50 8 2.0 5 8 3.2 4 5 5 0
Cameron Muri 15 26 10 38 7 0 0 17 7 41 27 1.8 12 25 2.5 7 4 23 0
Clay Prell 13 13 2 15 17 3 17 4 3 75 16 1.2 2 12 1.1 1 4 13 1
Quest Savery 11 3 0 0 4 0 0 6 5 83 5 0.5 0 5 0.5 1 2 4 0
Shawn Beeler 14 8 1 12 0 0 - 2 1 50 3 0.2 3 9 0.9 1 0 4 1
Haden Warren 3 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 0 1 0
Team Total 15 463 186 40 278 77 27 276 167 60 770 51.3 140 251 - 114 118 238 9

 

Sidney



Season Stats2pt3ptFTPointsRebMisc
PlayerGAMPctAMPctAMPctTotPPGODAvgStlAstTOBlk
Bridger Larson 18 180 82 45 51 19 37 104 77 74 298 16.6 36 153 10.5 20 56 72 46
Cooper McGlothlin 17 67 23 34 105 34 32 18 9 50 157 9.2 14 54 4.0 20 24 52 0
Aaron Entz 18 88 43 48 94 18 19 30 20 66 160 8.9 15 41 3.1 27 32 45 0
Max Peters 18 52 23 44 43 18 41 39 28 71 128 7.1 27 46 4.1 14 21 49 0
Alec Lovegren 17 38 15 39 36 7 19 42 24 57 75 4.4 23 55 4.6 22 42 41 1
Conner Larson 18 49 25 51 2 1 50 28 10 35 63 3.5 27 40 3.7 5 17 29 7
Trev Stewart 9 5 3 60 6 0 0 0 0 - 6 0.7 1 3 0.4 0 2 3 0
Carter Johnson 5 0 0 - 2 1 50 0 0 - 3 0.6 0 2 0.4 1 0 0 0
Trenton Lambert 17 2 1 50 2 2 100 4 2 50 10 0.6 2 8 0.6 4 2 13 1
Alex Lee 8 4 2 50 0 0 - 0 0 - 4 0.5 0 8 1.0 2 2 7 1
Ian Jurgens 7 0 0 - 1 1 100 2 0 0 3 0.4 0 1 0.1 0 2 0 0
Ryan Howell 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Sean Montgomery 4 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 0 1 0
Team Total 18 486 217 44 342 101 29 267 170 63 907 50.4 145 411 - 116 200 312 56

 

 


CLASS 'A' BOYS BBALL ALL-STATE/CONFERENCE

March 6, 2018

 

Class A Boys 2018

All-Conference – All-State



1st Team Southwest (*All-State)



*Carter Kearns 12 Hamilton

*Hunter Omlid 11 Hamilton

*Adam Botkin 12 Frenchtown

*Tanner Goligoski 11 Hamilton

Luke Heaphy 10 Butte Central



2nd Team Southwest



Cade Baker 10 Frenchtown

Clay Allison 12 Beaverhead County

Cam Rothie 11 Hamilton

Cade Holter 11 Butte Central

Ethan Pyron 12 Frenchtown



Honorable Mention



Dalton Bragg 12 Stevensville

Matt Simkins 10 Butte Central

Jace Fitzgerald 9 Beaverhead County

Ryal Jessop 12 Corvallis

Logan Roth 11 Stevensville



SW Coach of the Year:  Travis Blome – Hamilton




1st Team Central (*All-State)



*Dawson Fowler 12 Belgrade

*Jaden Graham 11 Fergus

*Tanner Trafton 11 Fergus

Jakim Rikketts 12 Park

Rydell Floyd 12 Park



2nd Team Central



Easton Page 11 Belgrade

Noel Reynolds 12 Belgrade

Trey Murphy 12 Havre

John Waddell 11 Park

Wes Jameson 11 Fergus



Honorable Mention Central



Austin Edwards 12 Belgrade

Jake Clinton 11 Fergus

Ivar Aageson 12 Havre

Brendon Johnson 10 Park



Central A Coach of the Year:  Layne Glaus – Park





1st Team East (*All-State)



*David Evans 12 Hardin

*Chrishon Dixon 11 Billings Central

*Bridger Larson 11 Sidney

*Famous Lefthand 10 Hardin

*Stephen Steinbron 11 Glendive



2nd Team East



Sam Gray 11 Billings Central

Trae Hugs 10 Hardin

Gaje Leischner 11 Laurel

Cayden Redfield 10 Hardin

Kayden Stradley 11 Miles City



Honorable Mention East



Liam Clancy 12 Billings Central

Gabe Gunlauch 12 Miles City

Camden Hill 12 Laurel

Robby Keiser II 12 Glendive

Paycen Partridge 11 Glendive

Seth Sasich 12 Billings Central




1st Team – Northwest (*All-State)



*Ryggs Johnston 11 Libby

*Tyree Whitcomb 11 Browning

*Shade Main 12 Polson

*Brandon Aimsback 12 Browning

Ezekiel Misa 12 Ronan



2nd Team – Northwest



Connor Lanier 11 Polson

Anthony Camel 11 Ronan

Lee Walburn 11 Whitefish

Matthew Morrison 12 Columbia Falls

Nathaniel Stiffarm 12 Browning



Honorable Mention – Northwest



Dallas Durheim 11 Ronan

JJ Davis 11 Libby

Quintin Schriver 12 Columbia Falls

Ryan Kemm 11 Whitefish

Brian Peck 11 Libby

Robin Erickson 11 Polson



Northwest Coach of the Year:  Daniel Connelly Browning





MT 'A' BOYS BBALL TOP SCORERS--2018

March 7, 2018

 

SW 'A'        
Player Team G Tot PPG
Carter Kearns Hamilton 27 465 17.22
Logan Roth Stevensville 20 314 15.70
Tanner Goligoski Hamilton 27 373 13.81
Cade Baker Frenchtown 28 366 13.07
Hunter Omlid Hamilton 27 352 13.04
Ryal Jessop Corvallis 20 239 11.95
Luke Heaphy Butte Central 26 259 9.96
Adam Botkin Frenchtown 28 276 9.86
Cade Holter Butte Central 26 234 9.00
Colby Meeds Stevensville 18 156 8.67

 

 

EASTERN 'A'        
Player Team G Tot PPG
Famous Lefthand Hardin 23 379 16.48
Bridger Larson Sidney 23 367 15.96
Stephen Steinbron Glendive 21 319 15.19
David Evans Hardin 23 321 13.96
Gaje Leichner Laurel 21 290 13.81
Chrishon Dixon Billings Central 25 343 13.72
Gabe Gundlach Miles City 20 259 12.95
Kaden Stradley Miles City 20 242 12.10
Camden Hill Laurel 21 242 11.52
Sam Gray Billings Central 25 277 11.08
Cayden Redfield Hardin 23 247 10.74
Trae Hugs Hardin 23 231 10.04

 

CENTRAL 'A'        
Player Team G Tot PPG
Dawson Fowler Belgrade 23 427 18.57
Jaden Graham Lewistown 25 409 16.36
Jakim Ricketts Livingston 19 302 15.89
Tanner Trafton Lewistown 25 341 13.64
Rydell Floyd Livingston 19 237 12.47
Easton Page Belgrade 23 235 10.22
Noel Reynolds Belgrade 23 191 8.30
Tanner Parsons Havre 20 152 7.60
Austin Edwards Belgrade 23 171 7.43
Trey Murphy Havre 20 148 7.40

 

NW 'A'        
Player Team G Tot PPG
Ryggs Johnston Libby 24 529 22.04
Anthony Camel Ronan 24 442 18.42
Zeke Misa Ronan 24 384 16.00
Lee Walburn Whitefish 20 318 15.90
Shade Main Polson 22 312 14.18
Tyree Whitcomb Browning 29 386 13.31
Brandon Aims Back Browning 29 385 13.28
Connor Lanier Polson 22 274 12.45
Nano Stiffarm Browning 28 327 11.68
Matthew Morrison Columbia Falls 20 204 10.20

 

 


Big Sky boys battle past Treasure State, 101-94

March 13, 2018

 

Big Sky boys battle past Treasure State, 101-94

Big Sky boys battle past Treasure State, 101-94

Butte High star Clay Ferguson takes the ball to the hoop during the Southwest Montana All-Star Classic Tuesday night at the HPER Complex. (Bill Foley photo)

By Bill Foley

Lathan Ricketts figured the seven points he had already scored Tuesday night was plenty.

So, the Butte High senior passed up a shot on a two-on-one break to dish to Big Sky teammate Mac Hauck.

Hauck sank a long 2-point jumper as the buzzer sounded to cap the Big Sky Stars’ 101-94 come-from-behind win over the Treasure State Stars in the 2018 Southwest Montana All-Star Classic at the Montana Tech HPER Complex.

The bucket was the first of the game for Hauck, who made the trip from West Yellowstone for the crowd-pleasing game.

“I don’t know, I just decided to pass it off,” Ricketts said. “I didn’t get an assist all game.”

The Big Sky team included Rickets, Butte High teammate Clay Ferguson and Butte Central’s Luke Heaphy, Cade Holter, Dylan Sestrich and Aaron Richards

Ricketts was the lone senior from Butte in the game. He said he welcomed the chance to play alongside some Maroons.

“That’s awesome because they’re my friends as well. I got to play with Clay, and he’s a good teammate of mine,” Ricketts said. “It was just a bunch of Butte kids out playing ball as if we were out on the playground again.”

Big Sky started slow, falling behind by as many as 15 points, 33-18, in the first half.

The team wearing its home jerseys, though, rebounded in time to pull within 45-40 at halftime.

In the second half, Big Sky rolled, using a 17-2 run to take its first lead since early in the game. Ricketts scored all of his seven points in that stretch, including a 3-poitner that put Big Sky up 57-56.

Big Sky led 67-58 before Anaconda star Braxton Hill hit a 3-poitner to stop the bleeding. Hill, who scored a game-high 24 points, hit another 3-poitner to tie the score at 77 with 6 minutes, 11 seconds left.

Then, Holter hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run to give Big Sky the lead for good.

Ricketts said the Big Sky chemistry just wasn’t there early in. In the second half, that wasn’t a problem.

“When we came out in the second half we were settled in and ready to go,” he said.

Ricketts’ seven points were part of a balanced Big Sky attack.

Whitehall star Max Feight scored 18 points to lead a team that saw seven players reach double digits in scoring.

Holter, Ferguson, Sestrich, Dylan McDermid of Deer Lodge, and Nathan Morse of West Yellowstone each scored 11.

Richards, who hit two 3-poitners, scored 10 points, while Bryce Nye of Twin Bridges joined Ricketts with seven. Hauck finished with three.

Whitehall’s Wyatt Alexander, a Montana Tech football recruit, injured his knee during warmups and didn’t play for the Big Sky squad.

Anaconda’s Trent Mikalatos joined Hill in double figures for the Treasure State stars with 13 points.

Josh Eckmann of Jefferson High in Boulder scored nine points, while Tanner Wood of Ennis and Derik DeFrantz of Harrison each scored eight points.

The Treasure state got seven from Dillon’s Coby King, six from Dillon’s Clay Allison and Drummond’s Jonah Parke, five from Lima’s Dax Thornton, four from Drummond’s Luke Holland and three from Anaconda’s Michael Galle.

Colton Grange of Philipsburg also played for the Treasure State.

Ricketts said everybody had a blast.

“It was so much fun. Everything was relaxed. It was nice to see people from all over,” he said. “It’s just a good time. Yeah, there’s some competition here and there, but everybody was just having fun.”

The game was sponsored by the Butte Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Committee.

Butte Central’s band performed, and the Dynamic Dance & Tumbling Academy thrilled the crowd with halftime shows of the girls’ and boys’ games.

TREASURE STATE (94) — Tanner Wood 8, Michael Galle 3, Jonah Parke 6, Luke Holland 4, Colton Grange 0, Josh Eckmann 9, Coby King 7, Trent Mikalatos 13, Dax Thornton 5, Braxton Hill 24, Derik DeFrantz 8, Clay Allison.
BIG SKY (101) — Bryce Nye 7, Cade Holter 11, Luke Heaphy 0, Clay Ferguson 11, Dylan McDermid 11, Max Feight 18, Dylan Sestrich 11, Lathan Ricketts 7, Mac Hauck 3, Nathan Morse 11, Aaron Richards 10.
Halftime: Treasure State 50-54. 3-point goals — Treasure State 9, (Hill 4, Mikalatos 1, Galle 1, Eckman 1, King 1, Thornton 1), Big Sky 8 (Holter 2, Richards 2, McDermid 1, Feight 1, Sestrich 1, Ricketts 1)

 

 

 


SW MT BBALL CLASSIC

March 7, 2018

 

SW MT BBALL CLASSIC

Tuesday, March 13 at the Montana Tech HPER

Treasure State boys

Roster:

Braxton Hill                   Anaconda                Sr.

Trent Mikalatos             Anaconda                Sr.

Michael Galle                Anaconda                So.

Clay Allison                    Dillon                       Sr.

Coby King                       Dillon                       Sr.

Jonah Parke                   Drummond              Jr.

Luke Holland                 Drummond              Jr.

Tanner Wood                Ennis                        Jr.

Colton Grange               Granite Co.              Sr.

Derik DeFrantz               Harrison                   Jr.

Josh Eckmann                Jefferson                  Sr.

Dax Thornton                Lima                         Sr.

Alternates:

Kylar Gochanour           Anaconda

Jace Fitzgerald             Dillon

Kylie Allen                      Drummond

Colby Manley                Drummond

Chris Funston                Ennis

Lane Buus                      Harrison

Big Sky boys

Roster:

Luke Heaphy                  Butte Central           So.

Cade Holter                   Butte Central           Jr.

Dylan Sestrich                Butte Central           Jr.

Aaron Richards              Butte Central           So.

Clay Ferguson                Butte                        So.

Lathan Ricketts              Butte                        Sr.

Dylan McDermid           Deer Lodge              Jr.

Bryce Nye                       Twin Bridges            So.

Mac Hauck                     West Yellowstone   So.

Nathan Morse               West Yellowstone   Jr.

Max Feight                     Whitehall                 Jr.

Wyatt Alexander           Whitehall                 Jr.

Alternates:

Matt Simkins                 Butte Central

Trevyn Roth                   Butte

Kash Kelly                      Butte

Kale McCarthy               Butte

Judd Applegate             Deer Lodge

Greydon Nicholson       Deer Lodge

Daniel Kruer                  Twin Bridges

Jake Hughes                   Twin Bridges

Nate Konen                   Twin Bridges

Tim Finney                     West Yellowstone

Danny Sullivan              West Yellowstone

COACHES 

 Treasure State Boys

Torry Hill – former Anaconda Lady Copperhead player and member of State Championship Teams in 2008 & 2009, former University of Montana Lady Griz player, and current Florence High School Assistant Coach.

Rachel Wagner – former Anaconda Lady Copperhead player and member of the 2008 State Championship Team, current Anaconda Girls’ Assistant Coach.

Big Sky Boys

Chad Jonart – former Butte High player, former Butte High Boys’ Assistant and former Butte High Head coach. Current junior high coach.

Zach Bair – former Butte Central player and former Butte Central Assistant Coach.

 

 


Saturday, March 03, 2018 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

March 3, 2018

 

Saturday, March 03, 2018

GM9-FERGUS 57 HAMILTON 60 LO

GM10-BROWNING 69 FRENCHTOWN 62 LO

GM11-HAMILTON 74 BROWNING 69 3RD PLACE

GM12-HARDIN 47 BILLINGS CENTRAL  43 1ST PLACE

 

Hardin defeats Billings Central for its first boys basketball title since 1997

BOZEMAN — It began with a hug at mid-court between brothers Jae and Trae Hugs, and finished with hugs and tears among the Hardin Bulldog faithful as they defeated Billings Central 47-43 on Saturday night at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

The Bulldogs are the boys state basketball champs for the first time since 1997.

"You can see all the pent-up energy that we had to hold for 21 years. It's amazing," an emotional Andrew Round Face, Hardin's coach, said after the game. "That's what it's all about. We did it for the fans and the boys did it for themselves mainly. Sheesh, there's so many emotions going through us right now."

Senior David Evans led the Bulldogs with 17 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Famous Lefthand added 11 points for the Bulldogs who overcame a 13-point second quarter deficit to defeat their Eastern A rival. The teams met twice earlier this season, combining for five overtimes and splitting the previous two.

A 14-3 run in the second quarter brought the game within two at halftime, a 29-27 Central lead to cap off an incredibly fast-paced first half. The third quarter was much slower, but sophomore Cayden Redfield hit two 3-pointers to give the Bulldogs a 33-32 lead.

From there, it was back-and-forth, with the teams trading the lead four times. Hardin grabbed the lead for good after senior Codi Small drove to the hoop with a layup with 2:12 left. Lefthand then made one of two free throws, but grabbed a steal after the miss and threw it inbounds to a waiting Redfield who scored and put Hardin up 45-41 with 22 seconds left. The Bulldogs used a pair of Lefthand free throws to make it a four-point game with 9.8 seconds left. Central could not convert an ensuing 3-pointer and the party was on for the Bulldogs. Chrishon Dixon led the Rams with 15 points as the Rams finish the season 17-8.

Hardin finishes 22-1. 

"Our super happy for our team and my seniors that are leaving on a great note. We had to play our tails off to get this one though," Round Face said "Billings Central came out hot and we had to fight back. I knew we could fight back and we knew we withstood their best punch. It was amazing."

HARDIN 47 BILLINGS CENTRAL 43 1ST PLACE

B. Central 21  11  43 
Hardin 12  15  14  47 

Billings Central: Chrishon Dixon 15, Isaac Meyer 4, Jae Hugs 7, Sam Gray 6, Joe Byorth 2, Liam Clancy 3, Seth Sasich 2, Cade Herriford 4.

Hardin: Trae Hugs 3, Codi Small 3, Cayden Redfield 8, David Evans 17, Famous Left Hand 11, Peyton Good Luck 3, Andrew House 2

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Hamilton defeats Browning in run-and-gun third-place game

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BOZEMAN — After opening the State A tournament with a loss on Thursday, the Hamilton Broncs battled back to win three games and take the third-place trophy as they defeated the Browning Running Indians 74-69 on Saturday night at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

Tanner Goligoski scored 27 points thanks to shooting 6 for 11 from 3-point range and Carter Kearns added 16 for the Broncs who end the season with a team record in wins at 26-1. 

"It's exciting for the guys. Thursday was really tough and it hurt bad. This doesn't take away all the hurt but it does feel good," Hamilton coach Travis Blome said. "How hard it is to come back through the loser's bracket especially when we had such high hopes. It just shows how tough these kids are and where we've come and I'm really proud of them."

Hamilton and Browning came out shooting lights-out in the first half. The teams combined for 14 threes in the first half and Browning went into the break with a 39-36 lead. Goligoski scored 17 of his points then and knocked down five threes including a stretch where he scored 14 straight points for the Broncs. Browning's Tyree Whitcomb scored 10 straight for his own team to give them the halftime lead. Whitcomb with finish with a team-high 26 and Nathaniel Stiffarm, who transferred from Billings Senior for his senior year in Browning, finished with 12. 

"That first half was one of the best first halves of basketball," Blome said. "Had to be fun to watch with the kids running up and down the floor, making shots, playing really good basketball. Second half, legs get a little more tired ... our guys really battled and they did a good job at the end."

After a back-and-forth, but slower third quarter, Hamilton began to pull away midway through the fourth, leading by as much as 10 with just under three minutes left. The teams exchanged free throws down the stretch but Browning never could quite catch up. Brandon Aimsback added 11 for Browning while Hunter Omlid tallied 12 for Hamilton.

HAMILTON 74 BROWNING 69 3RD PLACE

Hamilton 16  20  15  23  74 
Browning 19  20 22  69 

Hamilton: Cam Rothie 7, Tyler Chouinard 4, Hunter Omlid 12, Tanner Goligoski 27, Carter Kearns 16, Carson Rostad 2, Bridger Bauder 6.

Browning: Nathaniel Stiffarm 12, Justin Burd 2, Tyree Whitcomb 26, Brandon Aimsback 11, CJ Smith 2, James Gilham 5, Ethan Running Crane 2, Deion Mad Plume 9

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Hamilton, Browning win loser-out games to advance to third-place game

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BOZEMAN — Browning moved on to the third-place game with a 69-62 win over Frenchtown on Saturday morning at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

Nathaniel Stiffarm scored 15 to lead the Running Indians while Tyree Whitcomb added 14 and Ethan Running Crane added 10. Browning shot the ball 52 percent from the field and was 9 for 15 from 3-point range. 

Frenchtown led 21-10 after the first quarter, but a strong second quarter from Browning made it a one-point deficit by half. The Running Indians used the third quarter to pull away. Browning withstood a 33-point performance from Cade Baker and Jared Cole added 11 for the Broncs. Frenchtown finishes its season at 17-11.

Browning will take on Hamilton at 6:30 p.m. for third place at the State A tournament. 

Hamilton 60, Lewistown 57

The Hamilton Broncs advance to the third-place game with a 60-57 win over Lewistown on Saturday morning. Three players scored in double-digits led by Hunter Omlid led the game in scoring with 19 points. Cam Rothie added 13 and Carter Kearns scored 11 for the Broncs.  

A close game from the beginning, Hamilton and Lewistown went into halftime tied 29-29. Hamilton used a four-point advantage in the third quarter to go ahead and the Broncs shot 8 for 18 from the three-point line.  

Fergus out-rebounded the Broncs 38-22 but only shot 38 percent from the field while the Broncs connected on 51 percent of their shots. Tanner Trafton led Lewistown in scoring with 10 points. The Golden Eagles, who were back in the state tournament for the first time since 2002, finish their season 19-6. 

BROWNING 69 FRENCHTOWN 62 LO

Frenchtown 21  14  23  62
Browning 10  14  20 25  69 

Frenchtown: Ethan Pyron 7, Cade Baker 33, Zach Baker 5, Adam Botkin 6, Jared Cole 11.

Browning: Nathaniel Stiffarm 15, Derek Loring 2, Justin Burd 2, Tyree Whitcomb 14, Brandon Aimsback 8, James Gilham 9, Ethan Running Crane 10, Deion Mad Plume 7, Latrell Bull Child 2.

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HAMILTON 60 FERGUS 57 LO

Lewistown 20 12  16  57 
Hamilton 18  11  16  15  60 

Lewistown: Tanner Trafton 24, Jake Clinton 5, Wes Jameson 5, Jaden Graham 21, Landon Henderson 2.

Hamilton: Cam Rothie 13, Tyler Chouinard 2, Hunter Omlid 19, Tanner Goligoski 9, Carter Kearns 11, Bridger Bauder 6

 

STATS FOR DAY 3

Saturday
Loser-Out
Hamilton 60, Lewistown 57 (Stats)
Browning 69, Frenchtown 62 (Stats)
Third place
Hamilton 74, Browning 69 (Stats)
Championship
Hardin 47, Billings Central 43 (Stats)

 

STATE 'A' PICS FOR DAY 3

http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high-school/basketball/boys/photos-class-a-boys-basketball-tournament-day/collection_232a47ae-c71b-51fa-bb60-485173c3e6ba.html

 

 

 


CLASS 'A' BOYS BBALL STATE TRNY SCHEDULE/TIMES

March 3, 2018

 

 

Sat, Mar 03, 18   Sat, Mar 03, 18   Fri, Mar 02, 18   Thu, Mar 01, 18   Fri, Mar 02, 18   Sat, Mar 03, 18
BOYS                    
            1E HARDIN 62        
        BUTTE CENT 40 LO   4W BUTTE CENT 51   GM7 630PM    
        FRENCHTOWN 53   GM1 11AM   HARDIN 47    
    FERGUS 57   GM5 1230PM LO       FERGUS 32    
    HAMILTON 60       2W FRENCHTOWN 40        
    GM9 9AM LO       3E FERGUS 60        
CONSOLATION           GM2 1230PM       CHAMPIONSHIP
HAMILTON 74   HAMILTON           STATE CHAMP    
BROWNING 69   3RD PLACE            HARDIN   HARDIN 47
GM11 630PM                   BIL CENTRAL 43
    GM10 1030 AM LO       2E BELGRADE 54       GM11-8PM
    BROWNING 69       3W BROWNING 63        
    FRENCHTOWN 62   GM6 2PM LO   GM3 2PM       BIL CENTRAL
        BELGRADE 63 LO       GM8 8PM   2ND PLACE 
        HAMILTON 66   GM4 330PM   BROWNING 51    
            1W HAMILTON 37   BIL CENTRAL 66    
            4E BIL CENTRAL  64        

 

 

BOYS STATE 'A' @ BOZEMAN

Thursday, March 01, 2018

GM1--#1 E HARDIN V #4 W BUTTE CENTRAL11AM

GM2--#2 W FRENCHTOWN V #3 E FERGUS 1230PM

GM3--#2 E BELGRADE V #3 W BROWNING 2PM

GM4--#1 W HAMILTON V #4 E BILLINGS CENTRAL 330PM

Friday, March 02, 2018

GM5--GM1 LOSER V GM2 LOSER 1230PM

GM6-GM3 LOSER V GM4 LOSER 2PM

GM7-GM1 WINNER V GM2 WINNER 630PM

GM8-GM3 WINNER V GM4 WINNER 8PM

Saturday, March 03, 2018

GM9-GM7 LOSER V GM6 WINNER 9AM

GM10-GM8 LOSER V GM5 WINNER 1030AM

GM11-GM10 WINNER V GM9 WINNER 3RD PLACE 630PM

GM12-GM7 WINNER V GM8 WINNER 1ST PLACE 8PM

 

 


2017-18 'A' BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS

March 3, 2018

 

BOYS BASKETBALL 2017-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHWEST

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

STATE

STATE

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

Saturday, March 3, 2018

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

DIVISION

DIVISION

DIVISION

RECORD

PERCENT

DISTRICT

DISTRICT

DISTRICT

BROWNING

21

8

10

0

72.41%

100.00%

3

1

75.00%

2-2

50.0%

2

1

66.67%

POLSON

11

11

7

3

50.00%

70.00%

0

2

0.00%

0-0

0.0%

2

0

100.00%

LIBBY

13

11

5

5

54.17%

50.00%

0

2

0.00%

0-0

0.0%

2

2

50.00%

COLUMBIA FALLS

5

15

4

6

25.00%

40.00%

0

0

#DIV/0!

0-0

0.0%

0

2

0.00%

RONAN

10

14

4

6

41.67%

40.00%

1

2

33.33%

0-0

0.0%

2

1

66.67%

WHITEFISH

2

18

0

10

10.00%

0.00%

0

0

#DIV/0!

0-0

0.0%

0

2

0.00%

 

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

DIVISION

DIVISION

DIVISION

STATE

STATE

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

SOUTHWEST

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

RECORD

PERCENT

DISTRICT

DISTRICT

DISTRICT

HAMILTON++

26

1

10

0

96.30%

100.00%

3

0

100.00%

3-1

75.0%

2

0

100.00%

BUTTE CENT

16

10

7

3

61.54%

70.00%

2

2

50.00%

0-2

0.0%

1

1

50.00%

FRENCHTOWN

17

10

6

4

62.96%

60.00%

2

1

66.67%

1-2

33.3%

2

2

50.00%

DILLON

13

12

5

5

52.00%

50.00%

1

2

33.33%

0-0

0.0%

3

1

75.00%

CORVALLIS

5

15

1

9

25.00%

10.00%

0

0

#DIV/0!

0-0

0.0%

0

2

0.00%

STEVENSVILLE

2

18

1

9

10.00%

10.00%

0

0

#DIV/0!

0-0

0.0%

0

2

0.00%

 

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

DIVISION

DIVISION

DIVISION

STATE

STATE

 

 

 

CENTRAL

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

RECORD

PERCENT

 

 

 

LEWISTOWN

19

6

4

2

76.00%

66.67%

3

1

75.00%

1-2

33.3%

 

 

 

LIVINGSTON

12

8

4

2

60.00%

66.67%

0

2

0.00%

0-0

0.0%

 

 

 

BELGRADE

14

9

4

2

60.87%

66.67%

2

1

66.67%

0-2

0.0%

 

 

 

HAVRE

3

17

0

6

15.00%

0.00%

0

2

0.00%

0-0

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVERALL

 

CONFERENCE

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

DIVISION

DIVISION

DIVISION

STATE

STATE

 

 

 

EAST

WIN

LOSS

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

PERCENT

WIN

LOSS

PERCENT

RECORD

PERCENT

 

 

 

HARDIN++

22

1

9

1

95.65%

90.00%

3

0

100.00%

3-0

100.0%

 

 

 

BILLINGS CENTRAL

17

8

8

2

68.00%

80.00%

2

2

50.00%

2-1

66.7%

 

 

 

LAUREL

12

9

6

4

57.14%

60.00%

1

2

33.33%

0-0

0.0%

 

 

 

GLENDIVE

7

14

3

7

33.33%

30.00%

1

2

33.33%

0-0

0.0%

 

 

 

MILES CITY

6

14

2

8

30.00%

20.00%

1

2

33.33%

0-0

0.0%

 

 

 

SIDNEY

11

12

2

8

47.83%

20.00%

3

2

60.00%

0-0

0.0%

 

 

 

DISTRICT CHAMP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**=CONF CHAMP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

++=DIVISION CHAMP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE CHAMP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Friday, March 02, 2018 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

March 2, 2018

 

Friday, March 02, 2018

GM5--BUTTE CENTRAL 40 FRENCHTOWN 53 LO

GM6-BELGRADE 63 HAMILTON 66 LO

GM7-HARDIN 47 FERGUS 32

GM8-BROWNING 51 BILLINGS CENTRAL 66

Saturday, March 03, 2018

GM9-FERGUS V HAMILTON LO 9AM

GM10-BROWNING V FRENCHTOWN LO 1030AM

GM11-GM10 WINNER V GM9 WINNER 3RD PLACE 630PM

GM12-HARDIN V BILLINGS CENTRAL 1ST PLACE 8PM

 

Hardin, Billings Central to play in championship game Saturday night

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Billings Central vs. Browning Class A boys

DIXON VS SMITH (DEAN HENDRICKSON, for 406mtsports.com)

BOZEMAN — For the third straight year, Billings Central is headed back to the state championship game. 

The Rams defeated Browning 66-51 on Friday night at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in the semifinals to clinch a third date with the Hardin Bulldogs for the state title. The Eastern A rival Rams and Bulldogs met twice during the regular season, splitting the meetings and combining for five overtimes between the two matches. 

"We're playing a team that we wanted to play. This is a great Hardin team that deserves to be there and I think we deserve to be there," Central coach Jim Stergar said. "I can't tell you how much respect I have for the Hardin Bulldogs. I hope we can give everyone a show like our previous two games and playing five overtimes. They were fun games and whether you win or lose those games they prepare you for this game."

Central and Browning played a back-and-forth first half. Browning grabbed a 21-17 lead after a score from Deion Mad Plume but Central responded with a 15-1 run, getting baskets from five different players, to take a 32-22 lead at halftime. 

"We had a sneaking suspicion that we'd be playing each other in the title game and it's great to be back but it's time for us to win one," Stergar said. "Our guys are focused on that and we're going to give it 100 percent. Our guys will be ready and willing to get out there and it should be fun."

From there, Central was in control. The Indians made a couple of pushes in the third quarter, but a six-point deficit was as close as they got before Central ended the third quarter on a 12-3 run to lead to make it 47-32 going into the fourth.

Once again Chrishon Dixon led the way for Central with 22 points and five assists, seemingly driving to the basket at will while also finding open teammates with ease. Sam Gray tallied 12 points while Seth Sasich and Cade Herriford each added eight points.

Nathaniel Stiffarm led Browning with 15 points. The Indians will take on Frenchtown at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the consolation semifinals. 

Dixon was the only player on Central's current team with significant minutes in last year's state championship, and players like Gray, Sasich, Herriford and more have contributed big minutes to the Rams' success this season. 

"We're such a tight-knit group and everybody has been contributing, especially as of late," Gray said. "It's really big for us and it feels that much more special this year. I definitely had some jitters coming into the game yesterday but getting into the game and getting the butterflies out and I've just had fun with it. 

"We were really excited but knowing what's happened the last two years we have to stay focused and get good rest and prepare for tomorrow night."

The Rams and Hardin will tip-off at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

BILLINGS CENTRAL 66 BROWNING 51

Browning 14  10  19  51 
Billings Central 11  21  18  16  66 

Browning: Nathaniel Stiffarm 15, Derek Loring 2, Tyree Whitcomb 9, Brandon Aimsback 8, James Gilham 6, Ethan Running Crane 3, Deion Mad Plume 5, Latrell Bull Child 3.

Billings Central: Chrishon Dixon 22, Isaac Meyer 1, Jae Hugs 6, Sam Gray 12, Joe Byorth 5, Liam Clancy 4, Seth Sasich 8, Cade Herriford 8.

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Billings Central 66, Browning 51

For the third straight year Billings Central will be playing for the Class A state title. They ran past Browning Friday night in Bozeman, 66-51.

“I thought we did a great job of grinding things out,” Billings Central head coach Jim Stergar said. “Our guys hung around, hit some big shots, got on the offensive glass and did a nice job of rebounding the basketball. Chrishon, late in the game, took over –getting to the rim. I thought our kids came up with big shots, timely shots, to keep us in it, to keep that lead growing little bit by little bit. To grind out a victory like that is all I can ask for our guys.”

Billings Central closed the first half on a 15-1 run, giving the Rams a 10-point lead heading into the break. Central kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter. Chrishon Dixon knocked down a triple from straight away to close the third quarter and give the Rams their biggest advantage of the night, 50-32.

For the second night in a row, Dixon wowed the crowd with his ball handling abilities. With Browning applying pressure to try to cut into the Central lead, Dixon became a one-man press break. Dixon was in constant attack mode, collapsing the defense on his penetration, drawing fouls, and kicking out for open looks.

“When (Tyree) Whitcomb gets in a little foul trouble it gets him out of rhythm a little bit. Chrishon just puts so much pressure on the defense, and when he’s got it going with that confidence it’s tough to really stay in front of the kid. When you try and throw a couple of guys in front of him, he makes that good pass.”

Dixon finished with game-highs of 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sam Gray added 12 for the Rams. Nathanial Stiffarm, a transfer from Billings Senior, led Browning with 15.

Billings Central will square off with Hardin in the championship game. The two previous meetings between the Rams and Bulldogs have combined for five overtimes. If that’s a precursor for Saturday night, another instant classic is in store.

“I think it would be fitting if we went to four or five overtimes,” Stergar said of the championship game with Hardin. “I don’t know if we’re deep enough to handle that, so hopefully we get it done in regulation.”

“It’s just about our guys getting in the right frame of mind, taking this night and celebrate for a couple minutes, and turn the page and get focused on what we need to do next,” Stergar said. “We’re playing a team that we know really well, they know us really well. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. We respect the heck out of the Hardin Bulldogs and what they’ve done and what they do. It’s the team we want to play, and hopefully that’s the way they feel about us.”

Hardin to Class A title for first time in 21 years, will face Billings Central

BOZEMAN – Hardin used 11 unanswered points midway through the second quarter to pull away from Lewistown in the semifinals of the Class A boys state tournament in Bozeman Friday night. The 47-32 win puts the Bulldogs in the state championship game for the first time in 21 years.

“It’s been long overdue,” Hardin head coach Andrew RoundFace said of the drought. “We’ve had a lot of great athletes come through Hardin High School, lot of great coaches, too, it’s just never been our time. I feel like it is now. It’s a big deal to the town, to the community, to our reservation — it’s really a big deal. I don’t think you can find anybody else back in Hardin.”

The Bulldog defense took control of the game early on, forcing 12 first half turnovers from Lewistown that led to 14 Hardin points, more than the Eagles’ first half point total.

“We just wanted to keep the pressure on them,” RoundFace said. “They’re a good shooting team, we couldn’t give them any space. We wanted to really put the pressure on, get them frustrated a little bit, and force them into turnovers. That’s what we’ve been up to this whole tournament. We didn’t want to change our gameplan, we just wanted to pick up the intensity another notch.”

Famous Lefthand dazzled the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse crowd, sending multiple defenders stumbling with his deadly crossover. Lefthand also took on the task of defending Lewistown star forward Jaden Graham, who he held to just seven points.

“I was just watching what he was doing (Thursday), and it was the same thing he was doing today,” Lefthand said of the matchup with Graham. “I just tried to jump out in between screens, just do everything possible to stop him.”

“Famous did an excellent job,” RoundFace said. “But I’d honestly have to give it up to the whole team. They ran him off so many screens, and we had to switch a couple of times, but Famous did a majority of the work, and he did an excellent job. We knew their offense ran through him, so we had to take him out of the equation.

“The crowd is amazing. They’ve always been amazing, and they follow us everywhere,” RoundFace said of the Bulldogs’ fans. “There’s no question they’re the greatest fans in the state. Having them here really gives us a lot of energy. It feels like a home game for us.”

David Evans was the only player in double figures, scoring 11 points for Hardin. Lefthand had nine points, five rebounds and two steals.

Hardin moves on to the state title game where they will face a familiar foe — (Billings Central). Hardin and Central played a combined five overtimes in their two matchups.

“We know who their shooters are, we know who does what,” RoundFace said of the matchup. “I think it’ll be a good showdown because there’s not much to hide from each other. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, so it’s going to be a really good championship game tomorrow.”

Hardin uses stifling defense to beat Lewistown, advance to state championship

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Hardin's Andrew House

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BOZEMAN — For the first time since 1997, the Hardin Bulldogs are heading back to the State A championship game after they defeated Lewistown 47-32 on Friday night at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

Hardin didn't score as much as usual, but the Bulldogs used strong defense to force Lewistown into 23 turnovers and held the Golden Eagles to 32 percent shooting. David Evans led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 and Cayden Redfield and Famous Lefthand each added nine.

"It feels great. That's all I have to say," a beaming Evans said after the game. "We played a tremendous game, our defense was really good. We just pressured them and I think that was the key to our success."

Hardin scored 27 points off of turnovers, leading by 21-9 at one point in the second quarter. Hardin never relented that double-digit lead, and used its stifling full-court press to force turnovers and get out in transition. Hardin shot 44 percent from the field.

It wasn't quite the hot shooting the Bulldogs experienced the day before in their win over Butte Central. They had to grind out more possessions against Lewistown and slow things down once in a while too. 

"Yesterday we just came out hot," Evans said. "Today, we came out a little slow but we eased into it and that's what got us to it."

Lewistown struggled to hit shots and also shot only 3 for 11 from the free throw line. Tanner Trafton led the Golden Eagles in scoring with eight points while also grabbing 14 rebounds. Lewistown will play against Hamilton at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the consolation semifinals. 

Hardin will take on the winner of Billings Central and Browning at 8 p.m. on Saturday to decide the state champion. 

"It means a lot to go to the state championship game. It's been awhile for Hardin," Hardin coach Andrew Round Face said. "It's been a lot of hard work. It seems like it took forever for us to get here but it was all worth it. Representing our community and families has been really good ... We've had such strong community support and they've been amazing for us day in and out."

HARDIN 47 FERGUS 32

Hardin 10  13  13  11  47 
Lewistown 11  32 

Hardin: Trae Hugs 6, Codi Small 5, Cayden Redfield 9, David Evans 11, Famous Left Hand 9, Peyton Good Luck 3, Malik Tour'e 2, Andrew House 2.

Lewistown: Tanner Trafton 8, Jake Clinton 6, Wes Jameson 7, Cody Henderson 4, Jaden Graham 7.

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Cam Rothie's last-second layup lifts Hamilton past Belgrade         

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Hamilton's Cam Rothie

ROTHIE VS FOWLER

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BOZEMAN — Cam Rothie took the ball from just past half-court, drove to his right, lifted up a soft layup that went in, was fouled, and the celebration began for the Hamilton Broncs.

Rothie then buried the free throw, and Hamilton topped Belgrade 66-63 in a loser-out game on Friday afternoon at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

"We were doing pick-and-roll throughout the whole game because they weren't switching so Tyler Chouinard set one up-top for me and I came around the corner," Rothie said among congratulations from Hamilton students and fans. "If the guy in the corner would've crashed I would've kicked, and he didn't, so I went up and got fouled and put it in.

"I knew I got fouled so I knew I was getting free throws anyway so I was like, 'Let's make it a 3-point lead and make them at least shoot a half-court shot.'"

Rothie knocked down his layup with three seconds left in the game. Belgrade heaved a half-court shot that was off and the Broncs lived to fight another day.

Rothie would be one of four Broncs who finished in double-figures. Carter Kearns led the team with 18 while Rothie finished with 17. Hunter Omlid and Tanner Goligoski each had 12. As a team the Broncs shot the ball 42 percent from the field and shot 9 for 26 from three. 

Trailing 56-47 with four minutes left, Kearns and Rothie led a furious charge back for Hamilton (24-1). The duo combined for Hamilton's final 19 points, with Kearns scoring 12 of his points then. Then, down six, Kearns drilled a 3-pointer and Rothie immediately followed up with a steal and layup to bring Hamilton within one point with 1:33 left. 

Belgrade's Dawson Fowler went to the line next, and made one of two free throws. Hamilton came the other way, and Rothie missed two free throws but Kearns grabbed the miss and scored with just under 40 seconds to play. Belgrade was unable to score on the other end, setting the Broncs up for Rothie's game-winner. 

"It was exciting to see those guys make big plays, especially Carter," Hamilton coach Travis Blome said. "He was struggling a little big in the first game (against Billings Central) and then really came up huge for us. It's just exciting. Our main goal was gone but just the mental toughness of those guys to come through in the end really made me proud as a coach".

Fowler finished the game with 28 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Panthers and Noel Reynolds added 12. Belgrade shot the ball at a 47 percent clip and will finish its season at 14-9. Hamilton will play in a loser-out game on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

 

HAMILTON 66 BELGRADE 63 LO

Hamilton 13 17 11  25  66 
Belgrade 16 13  15 19  63

Hamilton: Cam Rothie 17, Tyler Chouinard 3, Hunter Omlid 12, Tanner Goligoski 12, Carter Kearns 18, Carson Rostad 2, Bridger Bauder 2.

Belgrade: Dawson Fowler 28, Easton Page 7, Noel Reynolds 12, Matt Walker 2, Austin Edwards 9, Jake Klonsinski 3, Spencer Gordon 2.

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Frenchtown defeats Butte Central to stay alive

Frenchtown's Zach Baker

Frenchtown's Zach Baker dribbles past Butte Central's Trevor Neumann on Friday in a loser-out game at the State A boys basketball tournament at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. Frenchtown won 53-40.

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BOZEMAN — Friday's State A tournament kicked off with two teams that are quite familiar with one another, and Frenchtown ended up the victor, topping Butte Central 53-40. 

Zach Baker scored 16 points to lead the Broncs and Cade Baker added 11 and Frenchtown (17-10) will play in another loser-out game on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. 

Frenchtown took control right away, leading 18-9 at the end of the first quarter. Butte Central used an 8-0 run to get within one point to open the second, but Frenchtown used a 7-0 run of their own to end the quarter and go into halftime up eight. Frenchtown shot the ball just under 53 percent for the game while holding the Maroons to around 38 percent shooting.

"Today, maybe it was our comfort level with Butte Central, this being our fifth meeting," Frenchtown coach Mark Quinn said. "It's crazy how often we've played them. They realized this morning when we checked out of the hotel, they realized, 'Oh crap, this is for real.'

"They came out with great energy and we played together. That's our big key every game. When we play together we're a lot better."

Butte Central ends its season at 16-10. Cade Holter scored 10 points to lead the Maroons in scoring.

Maroons’ season ends with loss to Frenchtown

Maroons’ season ends with loss to Frenchtown

Butte Central sophomore Braden Harrington drives for a bucket past Frenchtown's Adam Botkin Friday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. (Bill Foley photo)

BOZEMAN — Butt Central’s season ended today with a 53-40 loss to Frenchtown in a loser-out game of the Class A State boys’ basketball tournament at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. (Stats)

The Maroons never led in the game, which was the fifth against Frenchtown this season. The Broncs won three, while BC lost two.

Zach Baker scored 16 points to lead the Broncs. Cade Baker tossed in 11.

Cade Holter was the lone Maroon in double digits. He scored 10.

Braden Harrington tossed in eight, while Matt Simkins scored seven, Luke Heaphy and Dylan Sestrich each scored five, Jared Simkins netted two, and Aaron Richards tossed in three

Trevor Neumann and Tyge Yelenich also played for the Maroons.

The tournament appearance was the 12th in 14 years for the Maroons.

BC loses one senior, Yelenich, who missed most of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the fall.

More to come …

 

FRENCHTOWN 53 BUTTE CENTRAL 40 LO

Frenchtown 18 7 14  14  53 
Butte Central 9 8 12 11  40

Frenchtown: Ethan Pyron 8, Cade Baker 11, Zach Baker 16, Adam Botkin 6, Hank Rugg 5, Jared Cole 5, Dawson Lieshman 2.

Butte Central: Jared Simkins 3, Luke Heaphy 5, Dylan Sestrich 5, Cade Holter 10, Aaron Richards 2, Matt Simkins 7, Braden Harrington 8

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STATS FOR DAY 2

Friday
Loser-out
Frenchtown 53, Butte Central 40 (Stats)
Hamilton 66, Belgrade 63 (Stats)
Semifinals
Hardin 47, Lewistown 32 (Stats)

Billings Central 66, Browning 51 (Stats) 

 


Thursday, March 01, 2018 'A' BOYS BBALL RESULTS/STATS

March 1, 2018

 

BOYS STATE 'A' @ BOZEMAN

Thursday, March 01, 2018

GM1--#1 E HARDIN 62 #4 W BUTTE CENTRAL 51

GM2--#2 W FRENCHTOWN 40 #3 E FERGUS 60

GM3--#2 E BELGRADE 54 #3 W BROWNING 63

GM4--#1 W HAMILTON 37 #4 E BILLINGS CENTRAL 64

Friday, March 02, 2018

GM5--BUTTE CENTRAL V FRENCHTOWN LO 1230PM

GM6-BELGRADE V HAMILTON LO 2PM

GM7-HARDIN V FERGUS 630PM

GM8-BROWNING V BILLINGS CENTRAL 8PM

 

 

Billings Central hands Hamilton its first loss of the year, advances to semifinals         

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Hamilton vs. Billings Central Class A boys

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BOZEMAN — Billings Central ended Hamilton's perfect season with a 64-37 win over the Broncs on Thursday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in the first round of the State A boys basketball tournament. 

Chrishon Dixon led the way with 20 points and Sam Gray added 17 as the Rams built a 21-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. 

"Our guys were locked in on defense tonight. They didn't let too many guys get wide-open looks," Central coach Jim Stergar said. "They've shot the ball pretty darn good just about every game so we needed to create an off night for them. Get hands in their face and rebound and don't give any second-chance points."

 

Liam Clancy added 10 for Central, six of which came in the first quarter to spark the Rams. Dixon was seemingly driving at will and also shot the ball 11 for 12 from the free throw line while Gray was 8 for 11. The Rams out-rebounded Hamilton 42-33. Carter Kearns led Hamilton with 13 points as the Broncs drop to 23-1 and will take on Belgrade at 2 p.m. on Friday in a loser-out game. Hamilton, one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the state, shot the ball 30 percent from the field and was 4 for 18 from 3-point range.  

Central will play Browning at 8 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals. 

 

"It feels great going to the semifinals again, knowing we've done it two years in a row," Dixon said. "We just have to keep it going and keep the momentum going."

Billings Central upsets Hamilton, will play Browning in Class A semifinals

By Alec Bofinger

BOZEMAN – Hamilton came into the Class A boys state tournament a perfect 23-0. That perfect record is no longer intact, as Billings Central upset the Broncs in the first round Thursday afternoon, 64-37.

Billings Central shot out of the gates, opening up a 13-point advantage after the first quarter, and lead by as many as 16 in the first half.

“It was nice to get them in that position,” Bilings Central head coach Jim Stergar said of the first half lead. “And then just kind of pedal to the metal, and (the final score) what you get.”

The Rams kept their distance from Hamilton in the second half, not allowing the Broncs to close the gap to single-digits. Hamilton was visibly frustrated offensively, as the Billings Central defense forced Hamilton into turnovers and tough shots for the duration of the game.

“What we wanted to do, really, was just lower their percentage a little bit, and us, on our end, make a couple shots,” Sterger said. “You look at their percentage, (it was) lower than I could have asked for. Our guys played a great defensive game, lot of hands in shooter’s faces, and we rebounded the ball well, and that’s the key right there.

Chrishon Dixon brought the Billings Central crowd to their feet numerous times with exemplary dribbling and passing expeditions, as he finished with 20 points and three assists. Sam Gray added a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

“He’s very quick,” Stergar said of Dixon. “Great kid, great leader, great teammate, does a lot of things well. He hit a timely three for us today, got to the rim a few times, passes the ball well. It’s nice to have a point guard that can play.”

Billings Central will take on Browning in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m.

​Tyree Whitcomb scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Browning defeated Belgrade 63-54 Thursday to move on to the Class A boys semifinal.​ Whitcomb also added a team-high five assists for the Indians.

Browning carried a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Belgrade continued to fight. The Panthers cut Browning’s lead to five on numerous occasions, but Whitcomb and the Indians continually had answers for Belgrade’s runs.

Speeding up Belgrade and forcing them into turnovers was part of the game plan for Browning coming in, one that they feel they executed well.

“At Browning, it’s all about pressure,” Browning head coach Daniel Connelly said. “We’ve got to turn them over so we can get easy baskets. That’s what we hang our hat on is defense. Everybody sees the flashy play, the scores, but ultimately it comes down to our defense.”

Whitcomb, Brandon Aimsback and Nathanial Stiffarm combined for 58 of Browning’s 63 points. Stiffarm, a transfer from Billings Senior, made all four Browning 3-point shots.

“They’ve been my constants all year,” Connelly said of Whitcomb, Aimsback, and Stiffarm. “Brandon is my double-double man, he’s the bruiser down low. Tyree, he’s my Swiss army knife. He rebounds, leads us in scoring, he leads us in assists, and he actually leads us in steals, too. He kind of does everything for us.

“(Nathanial) has fit right in with these boys,” Connelly said of Stiffarm’s transfer. “He’s the outside threat that we needed and he’s sure stepping it up this year.

Dawson Fowler, a future Montana Western Bulldog, had 13 points and seven assists for Belgrade.

BILLINGS CENTRAL 64 HAMILTON 37

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Billings Central 64, Hamilton 37

Hamilton  8  8  9  12 37 
B. Central  21  7  12  24 64

Hamilton: Cam Rothie 4, Hunter Omlid 8, Tanner Goligoski 4, Carter Kearns 13, Carson Rostad 2, Bridger Bauder 6.

Billings Central: Chrishon Dixon 20, Isaac Meyer 5, Jae Hugs 2, Sam Gray 17, Joe Byorth 4, Liam Clancy 10, Seth Sasich 3, Johnny Day 1, Cade Herriford 2.

Tyree Whitcomb, Nathaniel Stiffarm and Brandon Aimsback combine for 58 points to lead Browning past Belgrade         

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Browning's Brandon Aimsback

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BOZEMAN — The Browning Running Indians are heading to the State A semifinals with a 63-54 victory over Belgrade on Thursday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Nathaniel Stiffarm (18), Tyree Whitcomb (25) and Brandon Aimsback (15) combined for 58 of Browning's 63 points as the Running Indians will take on the winner of Billings Central and Hamilton at 8 p.m. on Friday. 

"It's great (contributing at state). We've been talking about it all year just to get back to this tournament," Stiffarm said. "We just want to to our best. We've been preparing a lot for it so we just had to come out and play hard."

Stiffarm is a transfer from Billings Senior, where he saw minutes on the varsity team last year as a junior. For him, this is his first time at state at either level. Browning is back for the first time since 2012. 

Browning and Belgrade were tied at 10-10 at the end of the first but Browning began to pull away in the second, leading by six at the half thanks to mostly scoring from Stiffarm and Whitcomb. Aimsback really came alive in the second half, and Stiffarm said they knew they could trust their two big men to contribute due to their size advantage. Whenever they needed a clutch basket they pounded the ball down low. 

Belgrade got within five points twice in the fourth quarter but that is as close as they got. Easton Page led Belgrade with 16 points while Noel Reynolds scored 15 and Dawson Fowler added 13. The Panthers will play the loser of Central and Hamilton at 2 p.m. on Friday. 

"Belgrade is an old conference foe. We were in the same conference (Central A) for 29 years and they moved us out this year, so there was some familiarity there," Browning coach Daniel Connelly said. "I told the boys that we had to control Fowler and the boards and I thought we did that. And my big three stepped up in Aimsback, Whitcomb and Stiffarm. They've been my constants all year and they did it again today."

BROWNING 63 BELGRADE 54

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BROWNING   BELGRADE  
Tyree Whitcomb 25 Easton Page 16
Nano Stiffarm 18 Noel Reynolds 15
Brandon Aims Back 15 Dawson Fowler 13
James Gilham 2 Matt Walker 3
Deion Mad Plume 2 Austin Edwards 3
Justin Burd 1 Spencer Gordon 4

 

Lewistown dominates Frenchtown to advance to the semifinals

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BOZEMAN — After not making the State A tournament since 2002, Lewistown began this year's with a bang, defeating Frenchtown 60-40 on Thursday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Jaden Graham had 26 points to lead Lewistown and Jake Clinton added 15. Lewistown held Frenchtown to one point in the first quarter and led 27-8 by halftime. Lewistown out-rebounded Frenchtown 38-15 and 16-7 on the offensive glass. 

"We practiced our intensity overall. We had to get better defensively and had to be pushing and offensively we had to be playing fast but under control fast," Graham said. "Every practice we hammer rebounding. We have a drill called "NBA" but it's just rebounding and if you don't get a rebound you're running suicides. So we practice that a lot."

Tanner Trafton added a pair 10 points for Lewistown including a pair of dunks in the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles pulled away. Frenchtown began to head up offensively in the third quarter but a 16-point differential was as close as they got. Jared Cole led the Broncs with 11.

Lewistown will play Hardin at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals on Friday while Frenchtown will take on Butte Central in a loser-out game at 12:30 p.m. 

"We've got great players like Jaden, Tanner, Wes (Jameson), Cody (Henderson) and Landon (Henderson) who step up," Lewistown coach Scott Sparks said. "Jake's always going to get it done for us defensively but today he demonstrated some stuff on offensive that really helped us."

FERGUS 60 FRENCHTOWN 40

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Frenchtown  1  7  13  19 40 
Lewistown 13  14  12  21 60

Frenchtown: Ethan Pyron 3, Cade Baker 6, Zach Baker 6, Adam Botkin 3, Hank Rugg 4, Ty Hoppie 2, Ben Larson 2, Jared Cole 11, Dawson Lieshman 3.

Lewistown: Tanner Trafton 10, Jake Clinton 15, Wes Jameson 2, Cody Henderson 1, Jaden Graham 26, Jayce Philipps 2, Landon Henderson 4.

Hardin uses fast first quarter to race past Butte Central

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Hardin's David Evans

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BOZEMAN — The Hardin Bulldogs used a near-perfect first quarter to set the tone as the Bulldogs defeated Butte Central 61-52 in the opening game of the State A boys basketball tournament at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. 

Sophomore Famous Lefthand led the Bulldogs with 24 points including shooting 4 for 5 from 3-point range. Hardin outscored Butte Central 25-6 in the first quarter, paced by 11 points from Lefthand and six points from senior David Evans. Evans finished with 10 points and Trae Hugs added 11. 

"We came out with a lot of energy. We know what's at stake here so we're coming out to play. These boys are ready for their shot and they showed right when they stepped on the court they were ready to go," Hardin coach Andrew Round Face said. "That is the fastest start we've had. If that's a sign of things to come I'm happy with it."

Butte Central trimmed the deficit down to single-digits in the second quarter, outscoring Hardin 14-6. Hardin came out hot again in the third and led by as much as 22 in the fourth quarter. Cade Holter played well for the Maroons, scoring 24 points on 8 for 13 shooting and Dylan Sestrich added nine points. Butte Central shot 33 percent in the first quarter but improved to a 51 percent clip by the end of the game. Hardin as a team shot the ball 55 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range. 

"We were moving the ball well and were just trying to board up," Lefthand said. "We weren't doing too well on the boards and we let them get offensive rebounds (in the second quarter). They kind of took control of that but we came back in the second half and got boards."

Hardin will play the winner of Lewistown-Frenchtown at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals while Butte Central will play the loser of that same game in a loser-out game at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Slow start sinks Maroons in 62-51 loss to Hardin

Slow start sinks Maroons in 62-51 loss to Hardin

Butte Central's Trevor Neumann looks to the hoop in front of Hardin's Famous Left Hand Thursday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. (Shelly Davis photo)

By Derek Hendrickson

BOZEMAN — The favored Hardin Bulldogs came out on fire to build a quick 15-2 lead before leading 25-6 after one and the Butte Central Maroons couldn’t recover in route to a 62-51 opening game win at the Class A State Tournament at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse Thursday morning. (Stats)

Maroon head coach Brodie Kelly was disappointed by the early run that put his team in a hole too deep to dig out of, saying, “In 14 years of coaching, I don’t think we’ve ever given up 25 points, I know in a first quarter, maybe in some fourth quarters with some fouls, but we were awful defensively and they were knocking everything down.”

Famous Left Hand was as good as advertised, scoring 24 for the game with 15 coming in the first half on 6 of 6 shooting with three coming from downtown.

The Hardin press stymied the Maroons who showed their youth by giving up several early turnovers that led to easy baskets in putting them behind the early eight ball.

“They just came out hot, they didn’t miss early on, we weren’t playing great defense, we were turning the ball over,” Cade Holter said after the game.  “We came out and looked scared honestly.  You can’t have that at the state tournament that was collectively, all of us.”

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The lead was as big as 20 in the first quarter but Central finally calmed down and out scored the Bulldogs 14-6 in the second to make a game of it.

“I’m proud that we came back after that first quarter, we got punched in the mouth,” Kelly said.  “We made somewhat of a go of it in the second half.  Collectively we were not good enough today, we were just not tough enough, competitive enough and so that was the difference.”

Left Hand did take some momentum into the locker room by draining a long two to make it 31-20. He also swished a 30 foot three to end the first.

The teams played evenly in the second half but the Maroons could never get the big run they needed to put any sustained pressure on the now 20-1 Bulldogs.

Much of the comeback hope was eliminated behind a 16-10 Hardin third quarter as Central tried various tactics but just simply could never get consistently going offensively.

The Maroons scrapped to a 21 point fourth but they couldn’t get enough stops to challenge the 2nd ranked Bulldogs who actually built their biggest lead of the game early in the quarter by tossing in the first five to make it 52-30.

“It was a massive deficit,” Kelly said about the opening few minutes as well as the early fourth.  “When you play a team like this they’re going to make runs and you’ve got to stay composed and focused and respond with some mental toughness and some guys did, some guys didn’t.

“If you’re asking my why, I don’t know that answer.  I think throughout the year we’ve been pretty good at that. It takes toughness in any situation when things aren’t going well, it’s easy to hang your head and throw in the towel.  It takes a special kind of guy to respond and that’s exactly what Cade Holter did.”

Central got a monster game from Holter, a junior captain, who dropped a career high 24 points, matching Left Hand, and almost singlehandedly kept the game from becoming a rout. Holter also led the Central effort with six rebounds and three steals.

“Thank God for Cade Holter, if he wasn’t on the floor we might’ve lost by 40,” Kelly said. “He was unbelievably tough and sometimes that’s what competition is about.  That team was collectively tougher than us today, they played harder than us, they played more confident and some guys responded today and some not.  Collectively we’ve been a pretty resilient team when things aren’t going well and not everybody was today.”

Hardin shot 23-42 for the game, a blistering 55 percent pace that saw them make at least 50 percent in three of the four quarters.

Central wasn’t far behind at 20-39 for 51% but the Bulldogs canned 60 percent of their threes, 9 of 15, compared to just 2 of 10 for the Maroons.

“Credit them for shooting the heck out of it,” Kelly said. “It didn’t feel like they missed a three, I don’t know what their three point shooting percentage was but it was unbelievable.”

Hardin also created 15 steals that led to 25 points compared to nine and 12 respectively for BC.

Left Hand, a sophomore, was joined in double figures by Trae Hugs and David Evans who added 11 and 10.

Holter was the only Maroon to crack double figures. Dylan Sestrich had nine, Aaron Richards scored six, Jared Simkins and Braden Harrington both had three as well as two apiece from Trevor Neumann, Luke Heaphy and Matt Simkins.

“We just needed points,” Holter said when asked about his extra level of aggression Thursday morning.  “The ball wasn’t going in the basket so I thought my shots are falling, I might as well keep shooting.  I was trying to do everything I could to help us come back.  At the end of the day they just outplayed us collectively and that’s ultimately what matters.”

Matt Simkins battled through his foot injury which was noticeably hobbling him throughout the game.

“Cade was awesome,” Kelly said.  “That game was one of his best ever and that’s saying something. Credit him, credit Matt for playing through some sickness and foot injuries, he gave us everything he had.”

The Bulldogs advance to the semifinals tomorrow evening against Lewistown, who got off to an 18-1 edge early on Frenchtown, on their way a comfortable 60-40 win giving the East a 2-0 edge early on day one of the State Tournament.

The Maroons will face Frenchtown for the fifth time this year Saturday morning in a game that will decide the series and end one team’s season

“Sometimes you get to State and get in the losers bracket and sometimes lack the same level of motivation,” Kelly said about playing Friday morning.  “After this performance today and the team that we have, the youth that we have and the way our season’s gone I don’t think I’ve personally ever felt more motivated to come back and try to get to Saturday night and earn that third place trophy.  After this game guys have a lot to prove, individually we have a lot to prove and collectively.”

The Broncs knocked Central into the consolation bracket last Friday night when Jared Cole hit a three in the waning seconds that sent Frenchtown to the championship game of Divisionals.

“We know we’ve got to fight like hell,” Holter said when asked about playing tomorrow morning.  “We are not giving up on this season right here.  We’re going to go try and get that third place trophy Saturday night, carry some momentum into next year, it’s my last year so I want to go in there swinging.”

HARDIN 62 BUTTE CENTRAL 51 

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Butte Central  6  14  10  21 51 
Hardin  25  6  16  15 62

Butte Central: Luke Heaphy 2, Matt Simkins 2, Dylan Sestrich 9, Cade Holter 24, Aaron Richards 6, Jared Simkins 3, Braden Harrington 3, Trevor Neumann 2.

Hardin: Trae Hugs 11, Codi Small 4, Cayden Redfield 7, David Evans 10, Famous Left Hand 24, Konnolly Shane 1, Andrew House 5. 

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STATS FOR DAY 1 

Thursday
Hardin 62, Butte Central 51 (Stats)
Lewistown 60, Frenchtown 40 (Stats)
Browning 63, Belgrade 54 (Stats)
Hardin 62, Butte Central 51 (Stats)

 


CLASS 'A' BOYS STATE BBALL PREVIEWS

February 28, 2018

 

WESTERN 'A'

Undefeated Hamilton Broncs living the dream and still getting better

By Derek Buerkle

BUTTE – The expectations soared pretty high before the season even started in Hamilton, 

BUTTE – The expectations soared pretty high before the season even started in Hamilton, but the boys have raised hopes even more. The Broncs dominated the Western A divisional tournament in Butte, and now head to the class A state bracket a perfect 23-0.

The Broncs don’t suit up a ton of size. Star senior Carter Kearns is 6’4, but he plays all over the court. No one else is listed over 6’2, but they come at you with waves of skilled athletes and shooters.

No one has caught them all season, and Hamilton could be getting even better. The competition should get tougher this time of year, but the Broncs rolled through three games at the divisional tournament, winning each game by double digits. They hammered Libby in the first round, 71-45, Beat Dillon for a fourth time in the semifinals, 56-44, and then ended Frenchtown’s upset run in the championship, 54-37

“About halfway through the season we thought, maybe we could actually do this,” admitted Kearns after the championship victory. “I know Dillon did it last year, and maybe we could do the same. It’s actually, it’s a dream. It’s a dream really to be undefeated. I never thought we could do that. But really it’s been a dream season, and I’ve loved every moment of it.”

“As long as we give great effort and really want it, then whatever happens with the ball, the ball tends to go our way. But it doesn’t matter as long as we play together and play hard,” said head coach Travis Blome. He then cautioned that nothing will come easy at state. “Whether we have a target or not, everyone is there to play on Saturday night. I think we’re all 0-0 going into it now, and we’ve got to play that way.”

Blome is right to expect a challenge at the next level. Top seed Hamilton gets a very difficult state tournament first round game versus Billings Central. The Broncs will take on the Rams at 3:30 Thursday afternoon.

Hamilton Broncs look to make school history at Class A state tourney, ready for challenges

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Hamilton's Tanner Goligoski shoots against a Corvallis defender in a December game. Goligoski finished with nine 3-pointers in the contest and he's hoping to take his shooting touch to Butte where the undefeated Broncs are shooting for a State A championship this week.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian 

MISSOULA — The Hamilton Broncs are poised to make history in Bozeman this weekend, but they don't want to jinx it. 

Rightly so. 

It's been 43 years since the Hamilton boys played in the state basketball title game and 71 years since the Broncs last took the title trophy back to the Bitterroot Valley. 

"It would be really special for our community," Hamilton coach Travis Blome told 406mtsports.com. "We've had great community support. Every team's goal at the beginning of the year is to win the state title and we're one of eight teams left, so we've got a chance. It'll be a very challenging weekend, but that's what the state tournament is for, to see who can come out on top."

The 1947 team and the 2018 team are quite different. A Missoulian article recapping the Broncs' lone Class B title described Hamilton as the "rangy Broncs," who towered over their opponent in Hardin. That squad, according to the article, was led by three players who'd just started their basketball careers. 

This time around, it's Hamilton's seniors — Carter Kearns, Bridger Bauder and Tyler Chouinard — who are leading the way. And Kearns, the reigning Western A Divisional MVP, is the tallest Bronc on the roster at 6-foot-4. 

"They've had great leadership," Blome said. "I came in with these guys four years ago as freshmen. We've all grown up together. To see them really mature and become great leaders within our team is why we've been successful this year on and off the court. It's been really fun and exciting to see them really come through and step up."

Since losing to Polson at the State A tournament last season, the Broncs haven't missed a beat. 

Literally.

Hamilton has downed 23 straight opponents on its quest for the school's first Class A basketball championship on the boys' side. (The Hamilton girls won a Class A title over Billings Central in 1984 and over Butte Central in 2015.)

The Broncs are the only undefeated team in the field. Hardin, the tourney's other top seed, is 19-1. That one loss came in double overtime against Billings Central — Hamilton's first round foe. 

Anything goes in the high school version of March Madness and the Broncs are fully aware of that. 

"It's exciting that we're coming in playing good basketball," Blome said. We're all going to be 0-0 going into the tournament and in our opening round, Billings Central, is a great team. It's going to be a real challenge but we're excited for it."

[MORE: A Guide to the Class A State Boys Tournament]

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When Polson ousted Hamilton in the Class A state tourney last year, Blome's message to his team was a positive one. 

Instead of pouring salt in the wounds of a freshly-eliminated team, he encouraged them for having one of the best seasons in recent memory. 

"I think the idea is no matter what the result is, we want to do it the right way," Blome said of his post-game speech last year. "We want to be positive with each other. We want to play hard, play as a team and have fun. Whether you win or lose, that happens and you can't really control that, but you can control your attitude and effort.

"I think they've really bought into that."

That's been Blome's message all along.

The fourth-year skipper inherited a team that finished dead last in the Southwest A with a 4-16 overall record and a 1-9 league record in 2014. The Broncs did marginally better in Blome's first season, going 7-15 and winning three games in conference play. 

Then they exploded, finishing the 2016 season with a 12-12 record and made it to state for the first time since at least 2004. Last season was even better at 16-8 with a second-straight state tourney apperance. 

"We've came a long way," Bauder said of the team under Blome's leadership. " ... He's great at bringing us up and he's great at making it fun. He's definitely getting the best out of us."

Kearns agreed. 

"Going to state was really special for us last year, but this year's definitely a little different because we've been to state two years in a row," Kearns said. "Now we're going for the win."

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Blome said the one thing that sets this year's team apart from the rest is their collective attitude and effort. That stems from last year's post-Polson pep talk and rolled through the season. 

"It's really a credit to our kids and wanting to work hard in the season and the offseason," Blome said. "These guys have put a lot of time in. Growing up and in the gym throughout the summer, just shooting. You can really see that our guys really care for each other and care for the game and want to succeed. They want to work hard. I think that's a testament to them and our coaching staff."

It helps that the this team has played together since they first learned to dribble. 

"The top eight players on our team I've known since I was so small," Kearns said. "It means a lot to play with these guys. This weekend's going to be special. And I'm really, really excited for it."

But it's not going to be a cake walk. Hamilton's first opponent is Billings Central — last year's state runner up. 

"I know they're coming in as the four seed but really throughout the whole year they were one of the top two teams (in the east) and we know that it's going to be a huge challenge and we have to come ready to play," Blome said. "We're hoping that's an exciting game and we'll see what happens."

Kearns, along with the rest of his team, is motivated for it, because they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. He wants to go out with a bang. 

"Us three seniors on the team, we've been playing together and dreaming of winning a state championship since we were little," Kearns said of the possibility of taking home the trophy. "It would definitely mean a lot to us.

"It would mean everything."

No pressure on Maroons as they open State A

By Bill Foley

Butte Central isn’t exactly playing with the house’s money, as they say, when the Maroons open the Class A State tournament at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.

The Maroons, though, are hitting the road feeling free of pressure.

BC opens at 11 a.m. Thursday against the Hardin Bulldogs, the Eastern A Divisional champion. (Bracket)

All Central games will be carried live on KOPR (94.1 FM or online)

The Bulldogs take a 19-1 record into the tournament after beating Belgrade 49-38 in Saturday’s championship game at Billings’ Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

“Going into this game, we’ve got no targets on us,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said on the eve of taking his Maroons to the state tournament for the 12th time in 14 seasons. “Hamilton and Hardin have the targets. They are two pretty great teams. They’ve got one loss between the two of them.”

The Maroons are clearly facing a tall task in the tournament opener.

The Bulldogs won their first 13 games of the season. After dropping an 81-76 Feb. 3 game against Billings Central. Hardin won its next six games, including the divisional tournament. (Unlike the Northwestern and Southwestern A conferences, the Eastern and Central A didn’t hold district tournaments.)

Maroon Matt Simkins looks to the hoop as Stevi’s Logan Roth defends Jan. 20 in Stevensville. (Butte Sports file photo) 

Hardin averaged 75.8 points in the regular season. The Bulldogs’ high-scoring game came in a 97-87 win over Billings Central Jan. 6.

“Defensively they will pick you up full court and trap the whole game,” Kelly said. “Most teams don’t press on a missed basket, but they do. Then they get back on man.”

As a team, the Bulldogs averaged 12.6 steals per game in the regular season.

On offense, Kelly said he is impressed with the simplicity of the Bulldog attack.

“They just roll out ball, run motion and let their guys make plays,” Kelly said. “They are so athletic. You’ve got to be composed. You’ve got to take care of the ball, and you can’t panic. If you panic, you’re toast.”

A great deal of BC’s upset hopes ride on the foot of 6-foot-4 sophomore post player Matt Simkins.

Simkins played sparingly as the Maroons captured fourth place at divisionals because of an injury that developed during the course of the season.

“Not having your all-conference post player, that’s a tough blow for any team to overcome,” Kelly said.

The coach added that the foot injury is a tricky one. It is better one day, then worse the next, and Simkins has been staying off his foot all week.

The Maroons aren’t sure how far he can go, but Kelly said they are going to find out on Thursday morning.

“We’re going to go all out against Hardin,” Kelly said. “We need him against Hardin.”

Maroon Cade Holter drives as Corvallis’ Ridge Albright defends Jan. 13 at the Maroon Activities Center. (Butte Sports file photo)

Aside from having possibly the best name in the state, Hardin’s Famous Lefthand has possibly the best game.

The 6-3 sophomore averaged 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 16-1 regular-season record. He scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs in the divisional title game.

Andrew House, a 6-1 junior came off the bench to score 12 points in the title game.

Overall, four Bulldogs average in double figures scouring.

David Evans, a 6-2 senior, adds 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds to the Bulldog lineup. Cayden Redfield, a 6-3 sophomore, scores 12.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, while sophomore point guard Trae Hugs scored 10.6.

The Maroons don’t jump off the state sheet like the Bulldogs. That is partially because the Maroons have been getting pretty solid contributions from up and down the lineup.

Sophomore guard Luke Heaphy was the lone Maroon to average in double figures in the regular season. He averaged 10.3 points per game.

Heaphy tossed in 20 points as the Maroons opened the tournament by beating Browning.

Butte Central guard Luke Heaphy drives for a scoop shot Jan. 6 at the Maroon Activities Center. (Butte Sports file photo)

Matt Simkins averaged 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the regular season, while junior Cade Holter averaged 7.3, and 6-4 sophomore Aaron Richards chipped in with 7.1 and 6.9.

Richards scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in BC’s third-place loss to Browning.

Jared Simkins, a 6-4 sophomore like his twin brother, is a key contributor for the Maroons, as is 6-3 junior Dylan Sestrich, who built on his Southwestern A District tournament breakout party with a couple of huge games at divisionals.

Sestrich scored 24 points in BC’s Saturday-morning, state-clinching win over Ronan. He scored 14 in the opener.

Sophomores Braden Harrington and Trevor Neumann have also come up big time for the Maroons in the postseason.

The BC roster also includes sophomores Ryan Wahl, Gator Yelenich and Cutter Thatcher, junior Patrick Dolan and senior Tyge Yelenich.

The older Yelench missed all but a handful of minutes after suffering a torn ACL in the fall.

The Maroons and Bulldogs are on the top half of the bracket with Frenchtown (16-9) and Lewistown (18-4). Those teams meet at 12:30 p.m.

Belgrade (14-7) plays Browning (18-6) at 2 p.m., while Hamilton (23-0) will take on Billings Central (15-7) at 3:30 p.m.

All the games on the first day are early because Montana State’s men’s basketball team will use the arena to play Idaho State at 7:30 p.m. The Bobcats also host Weber State at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Kelly said the Maroons are upbeat, even though they saw Browning score 17 of the last 19 points for a 66-62 win over BC in the third-place game Saturday.

“Overall we’re excited,” Kelly said. “That’s one thing we’ll never take for granted is to get to state. It is so difficult to get there. It’s our No. 1 goal every season, and we consider it a successful season getting there.”

Still, the Maroons, who have wins over three of their seven state tournament counterparts (Frenchtown, Belgrade and Browning), like their chances as they head to Bozeman.

“I have been at this long enough to know anybody can win on any given night,” Kelly said. “If we play well, we’ll have a chance to win.”

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BUTTE — Brodie Kelly is still learning things about his team.

It may be the final weekend of the season, but even as the Butte Central boys' basketball team heads to Bozeman for the state tournament to face Hardin in the first round, their head coach is seeing changes.

The postseason, it seems, usually does this. The Maroons are young and for several of the players, it's the first time they've played meaningful minutes in these type of games.

The intensity is up and Kelly is seeing that they're learning to handle it well.

"This is a tough bunch of kids, that's what I love about them," Kelly said. "When you're in tournament play, it's a different level of pressure. Different kids respond to different ways to that.

"We've had some kids absolutely rise to the occasion when we need them."

One of those players has been Dylan Sestrich.

The 6-foot-3 junior guard didn't start until leading scorer Dan McCloskey transferred to Butte High in January, but still has played a critical role all season. Sestrich was part of the rotation before starting and has played in every game this season.

Against Ronan, during a loser-out game in the Western A Divisional, Sestrich was at his best. He scored 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting less than 12 hours after a heartbreaking semifinal defeat to Frenchtown.

The Maroons couldn't afford a letdown and he helped make sure they'd punch a ticket to state.

"I'm really proud of the way he's playing right now," Kelly said. "I've been saying all year that the sky is the limit for Dylan. He's got a lot of tools. He's kind of a tough guard because he's strong, big and can play point. He can play the one through the four if we need him to. 

"For him, it's like he's just playing with another level of confidence right now and he's doing it on a big stage."

Sestrich has been humble about the whole thing and attributes a lot of success to his improved defense. His shooting, which can occasionally be streaky, is a massive weapon when it's on.

There's both a perimeter and interior component to his offensive game and he's solid without the ball in his hands as well. He's played nearly 30 minutes per game in the divisional tournament and it'll be the same in Bozeman.

He's certainly not nervous about it.

"It's all about confidence," Sestrich said. "I just keep telling myself, 'you can play' and I've just kind of gone out there and let it fly."

The Maroons are hardly a one-man show and numerous players have the ability to lead the team in scoring on any specific night.

Sophomore guard Luke Heaphy has been strong for the Maroons all year, especially from behind the arc. Fellow sophomore's Braden Harrington and Jared Simkins are both strong options off the bench for Butte Central.

Jared's brother, Matt, starts and while he is battling a foot injury (he has not practiced this week), he can also be a force in the paint. Starting forward Cade Holter has gotten better as the season has gone on and feels that he's been able to find his role better.

They're all in for a tough task this weekend. Central draws Hardin in the first round of the tournament and the Bulldogs come in 19-1. A high tempo, fast paced team, it'll be a challenge for the Maroons.

Hardin averages 73 points per game while allowing just around 53. 

"They're a great team and we know they're going to try and get out and run," Holter said. "They crash the boards harder than anyone I've ever seen, so we're gonna have to box out.

"We're gonna have to play solid defense and if we take control of the ball, that'll be the difference maker."

Bounce-back years for Browning boys

AT BROWNING, meanwhile, Dan Connelly and the Indians have a ‘never give up’ mentality.

“We lost at districts to Ronan and had to come through the back door,” said Connelly. “Then we lost our first game at divisionals to Butte Central and had to come through the back door again.

 

“Truthfully, it’s been a blessing in disguise. Because we’ve played seven games the last two weeks, and those extra games have made us better.”

Connelly has been associated with many successful Browning basketball teams. As a high school junior in 1987 he was on a superb team led by Gary Cross Guns and Ron Juneau that went unbeaten until a narrow state tournament loss to a Plains squad that included Bill Pilgeram.

Connelly coached 14 years as an assistant at Browning under Ray Augare and Mark Magee, when the boys’ program made it to State A 12 times.

But the last six years have been not as successful. This is Browning’s first State A appearance since 2012.

And Connelly sees no reason for his team to stop now.

“Hamilton and Hardin are out there,” he said, listing two of the State A favorites, “but I actually think it’s whoever’s playing the best basketball, and I think we have as good a chance as anybody. Because we’ve been playing our best basketball the last three weeks.”

The Indians are led by Tyree Whitcomb, a 6-6 junior.

“He’s our swiss army knife, because he does a little bit of everything,” Connelly said. “He leads us in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals – and he plays good defense.”

Brandon Aims Back is a standout senior who was a great football player for Browning coach Jerry Racine last fall.

“Brandon is my double-double man,” Connelly said.

Nano Stiffarm is a transfer from Billings Senior who has really come into his own lately.

“Since the tournaments began he hasn’t scored less than 13 points, and he had 30 in one game (against Polson),” Connelly said.

There are others contributing as well.

“I have a deep bench,” Connelly said. “One of our strengths is I can go 7-8 deep.”

The Indians are also motivated, he said.

“Since that loss to Butte Central, we’ve been playing very well, Connelly said. “That really lit a fire under our boys.”

Browning, 19-6 overall, won the Northwest A with a 10-0 record. The team’s losses have been to Hamilton and Frenchtown, Shelby (twice, including a triple-overtime game), Ronan and Butte Central.

Browning meets Belgrade at 2 p.m. in a first-round game.

EASTERN 'A'

Pressure Defense: Hardin Bulldogs ready for State A

By Casey Conlon

BILLINGS – The Hardin Bulldogs can score. That’s never been a problem. But it also hasn’t gotten them anywhere meaningful in over 20 years. 

So their head coach knew something had to change last off-season.

“I really did challenge them because I knew they could be better than they think they can be,” Hardin head coach Andrew Round Face said, “and I think that’s all they needed was just to be challenged a little bit.”

The challenge was to improve a press defense from annoying to stifling.

“(It) has to have more intensity in it, and we didn’t have a lot of intensity before, the last couple of years, and we haven’t had the size and the quickness we have this year,” Round Face said. “Absolutely, that’s been our bread and butter.”

The Bulldogs smother opponents, regularly forcing 20 plus turnovers a game. Most recently, they held Belgrade scoreless for an entire quarter in Saturday’s Eastern A championship.

“Press was pressuring them very good, I’d like to give a shout out to my teammates for that,” David Evans smiled after Saturday’s title win. “Our defense likes to get stops more than buckets.”

One of those teammates is sophomore Famous Left Hand, who routinely guards the opposing team’s best player. And he relishes the opportunity.

“It’s just to play smart,” Left Hand said of his style. “I watch the great defensive players.  Defense creates offense is what it does.”

And as everybody knows, defense wins championships.  Hardin has one title – but not the one they want.

“Our main goal is to take State, but one step is just taking divisionals,” said Evans.

“It’s a stepping stone,” chimed in Left Hand, “a stepping stone just how they always say.  And the next one is the final step.”

“This is a special moment, I wanted them to enjoy it,” Round Face said after the win. “But this is just a stepping stone just for us to get to the next spot.  We have so many steps we have to go before we get to the state tournament, before we get to the state title game, and before we win it.”

Not nearly as many as it takes opponents to get through the Bulldogs.

Bounce-back years for Lewistow boys

When the Fergus High boys’ basketball team lost point guard Andrew Lalum to a season-ending knee surgery, it seemed the Eagles’ state tournament drought was destined to continue.

But perhaps, just perhaps, Lewistown is a team of destiny.

“It’s been really nice to see everybody come together and jell at the right time,” said head coach Scott Sparks.

For the first time in 16 years, Lewistown’s boys have qualified for the State A tournament. The Eagles and Browning Indians will be among the contenders this weekend in Bozeman as the tournament unfolds at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

“We knew coming in we had the talent to make a good run, but we had a lot of ups and downs throughout the course of the season,” said Sparks.

Losing Lalum, a talented all-around athlete who plans to play baseball at Jamestown (N.D.) College, was a particularly rough blow a month ago.

“Tore his ACL,” Sparks said. “He was a three-year starter for us. It stinks.”

The Eagles (18-5) regouped.

“We had to take our best scorer, Jaden Graham, and move him from the wing to the point,” Sparks said. “It took a little bit of adjustment. But over the last couple weeks we’ve kind of been running a poi