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Best of Preps — Fall 2018

Best of Preps — Fall 2018

SCHOOL: Bigfork

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Offensive Line/Linebacker

A star on the hardwood in addition to the gridiron, Logan led Bigfork to its greatest soccer season in years as a two-way all-state honoree for the 9-2 Vikings. Logan paved the best way for all-state operating again Randy Stultz as an anchor on the offensive line however indulged his true ardour at linebacker, terrorizing offenses as Bigfork held 9 of its 11 opponents underneath 19 factors. Logan could have another season of basketball for the defending state champion Vikings earlier than, he hopes, donning his soccer jersey as soon as once more in school. “I just love it,” he stated of soccer. “I don’t mean to sound dumb, but I just love the physicality of it all, the camaraderie … It’s just a great game; the best game on the planet.”

SCHOOL: Whitefish

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Offensive Line/Defensive Line

Keegan rode the Whitefish curler coaster throughout his 4 years on the varsity roster, profitable a state championship as a freshman, plummeting to a one-win season as a junior, then bouncing again to convey the Bulldogs to the Class A playoffs this yr. An all-state choice at nostril guard and an all-conference decide on each the offensive and defensive strains, Keegan was a two-year captain whose onerous work paid off in an enormous means when Whitefish upset Butte Central for his or her first win of 2018, a harbinger of good issues to return. “This year, I wanted to leave everything out on the field and not have any regrets,” he stated. “We had goals we set and we accomplished almost all of them.”

SCHOOL: Columbia Falls

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Operating Again/Linebacker

Colten leaves Columbia Falls because the centerpiece of one of one of the best courses in program historical past. A four-year varsity contributor, Colten helped lead the Wildcats to 4 playoff berths, three straight Class A semifinals, back-to-back journeys to the title recreation and the 2017 state championship. This season, Colten was named the Northwest A Convention Most Priceless Participant on each offense and protection, breaking single-season faculty data in dashing yards (2,003), dashing touchdowns (31) and mixed touchdowns (38), whereas additionally main the staff with 87 tackles. He’ll proceed his soccer profession subsequent season at Montana Western. “When I was in fifth grade we went undefeated in the Flathead Valley and we had a really good team,” he stated. “If we stuck together, I knew we could do big things.”

SCHOOL: Flathead

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Operating Again

A two-year starter, Blake entered his senior yr with a private aim in thoughts: setting the varsity’s single-season dashing document. Because it turned out, that bar was approach too low. Blake smashed Lex Hilliard’s school-record mark by early October and put collectively the best statistical season in Montana historical past, compiling an all-class report 2,588 yards on the bottom. Simply as considerably, Blake led Flathead to the Class AA state championship recreation for the primary time since 2000, operating for 198 yards in a heartbreaking 20-14 loss at Billings West. “It’s not just an accomplishment for me,” he stated of setting the state report. “It’s an accomplishment for this entire team. Without those guys I couldn’t have done it.”

SCHOOL: Glacier

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Operating Again

Glacier’s coaches took one take a look at Preston his freshman yr and assumed they have been eyeing a future benchwarmer. As an alternative, they acquired the newest in a line of all-state rushers to put on the Wolfpack uniform. In his solely season as a big contributor, Preston ran for 1,622 yards and earned all-state recognition as a operating again and kick returner, and introduced Glacier again to the Class AA playoffs. Even Preston admits he wasn’t sure he’d ever contribute on the varsity degree, however a dedication to conditioning and coaching after his sophomore yr pushed him into the combination. “None of this could have really happened without my coaches,” he stated. “They found a way to feed me confidence but keep me humble and hungry.”


SCHOOL: Columbia Falls

CLASS: Junior

POSITION: Ahead

One of probably the most harmful strikers in Montana, Josie’s 28 objectives this yr have been simply two brief of the Wildkats’ single-season program document, though she collected her largest rating of 2018 shortly after the season when she landed a scholarship to play on the College of Montana in 2020. Earlier than she departs for Missoula, Josie has another season at Columbia Falls and an opportunity to each etch her identify within the historical past books and lead her younger staff to the highest of Class A. “It was a fun season,” she stated. “We made it to the (state quarterfinals) and we were close to both of the teams (that played in) the championship, so it gives us a lot of confidence for next year. I’m really confident for next year.”

SCHOOL: Whitefish

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Midfielder

It might be robust to put in writing a extra storybook ending to a profession than the one Xander wrote for himself within the Class A state championship match. Enjoying at house towards convention rival Polson, Xander scored a state-record 5 objectives in Whitefish’s 6-2 victory to finish his season as a champion. The Bulldogs have been within the title match in 2017 as properly, a contest Xander missed with an damage, however that defeat stays Whitefish’s most up-to-date loss after the Bulldogs went 14-Zero-1 in 2018. Subsequent yr, Xander will probably hold up his aggressive cleats to review environmental science in school. “Obviously you have some memorable moments, like that (state title) game,” he stated. “But most of my memories of soccer are just hanging out with good people; friends that I’ve played with.”

SCHOOL: Flathead

CLASS: Senior and Sophomore

POSITION: Ahead

For the previous two years, sister strikers Skyleigh and Shayenn have relished the pregame ceremonies earlier than each match. “I love when they introduce you (one after the other),” Shayenn stated. “It’s already starting off like, ‘Yes, you get two of us.’” This yr, the sisters additionally ended the season in one other lineup collectively, as each made the Class AA all-state workforce after guiding the Bravettes to their first state event since 2014. Shayenn, a senior, led Flathead with 13 objectives and can head to the College of Windfall in Nice Falls subsequent yr whereas Skyleigh (Eight objectives, 6 assists) and the Bravettes hope to proceed to ascend. “I really hope that the team chemistry that we built this year stays within our team next year,” she stated. “Because we ended on a very good note.”

SCHOOL: Flathead

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Ahead

Colter’s remaining season of highschool soccer marked the start of a brand new period for the Braves, who fell simply brief of a Class AA state playoff spot within the first season beneath new coach and former Flathead standout Zach Brenneman. For Colter and his teammates, Brenneman’s arrival coincided with renewed enthusiasm, and the outcome was a five-win convention season, matching Flathead’s greatest yr since 2008. The brand new feeling additionally netted all-state honors for Colter, who led the Braves with seven objectives and 15 factors within the common season. “This year, with a new coach, and with everybody being so close it was just more fun,” he stated. “That made it more enjoyable and that built chemistry.”


SCHOOL: Flathead

CLASS: Senior

Ben’s good season was not assured till concerning the second mile of the Class AA state cross nation meet in Missoula when he pulled away from the lead pack and held on to cross the road first. The state title introduced Ben even together with his brothers, Zach and Jake, each of whom additionally raced to championships for the Braves, however Ben’s profession stood out for its consistency as he improved his place on the state meet yearly and went Eight-for-Eight in race wins as a senior. Subsequent yr, Ben will doubtless be a part of his brothers as a high-level school runner, though he’s thus far undecided on a vacation spot. “It was awesome,” he stated of the state title. “All of my hard work and team’s hard work and our coaches’ efforts making us a good team paying off.”

SCHOOL: Columbia Falls

CLASS: Junior

Joe fell about 20 seconds brief of a private greatest regardless of taking residence third place on the Class A state meet, however all he and his teammates cared about once they crossed the end line was one another. Joe was one of three Columbia Falls runners to complete within the prime 11, 4 within the prime 20 and 5 within the prime 38, a balanced effort that was ok to provide the Wildcats their first state title since 2009. “In our hearts, I guess, we knew that we had taken it home,” he stated. “But what it really comes down to is that official result: hearing everybody say this team, Columbia Falls, came out on top. That was the big moment where it hit all of us.”


SCHOOL: Flathead

CLASS: Junior

POSITION: Outdoors Hitter

Julia and her teammates took an enormous step ahead in 2018, main Flathead to 21 wins and a visit to the Class AA state event for the primary time since 2015. On the state tourney, the Bravettes gained two extra matches — together with an exciting five-set comeback towards convention rival Helena — to complete fourth. Julia ended the common season ranked within the prime 10 in Montana in kills per set and have become the primary Bravette to fetch first group all-state recognition since 2013. Subsequent yr, as a senior, Julia as soon as once more has her eyes set on reaching Bozeman at season’s finish. “It was very fun,” she stated of her first event expertise. “I want to make it to state again.”

SCHOOL: Glacier

CLASS: Senior

POSITION: Center Hitter

Kali’s final season of volleyball noticed her tackle a brand new position as a pacesetter on an inexperienced younger workforce, and the Wolfpack began to click on late within the yr, profitable their final three regular-season matches earlier than being bounced in a state event play-in. Kali did get to expertise the state event twice in her profession, together with a run to a third-place trophy as a sophomore. Subsequent yr, Kali will commit herself absolutely to basketball, the place she’s already signed to play at MSU-Billings, however she leaves volleyball behind with nothing however completely satisfied reminiscences. “I love how fast-paced it is and the different energy that it brings,” she stated of volleyball. “I love the coaches and I love all the players; it’s just been a really fun sport.”


SCHOOL: Whitefish

CLASS: Sophomore

Cameron isn’t one to set expectations low. Earlier than the 2018 season, the sophomore deliberate to take down Libby’s ultra-talented Ryggs Johnston. That didn’t occur, as Johnston gained a fourth-straight state championship this fall, however the Whitefish teenager was subsequent, carding his greatest two rounds of the season at Hamilton Golf Course (73-72) to return up eight strokes brief. In getting ready for subsequent yr, even with Johnston out of his means, Cameron isn’t taking something as a right, dedicating himself solely to golf and rising early each morning together with his eyes on a scratch handicap and state title in 2019. “I’d watch (Johnston) in awe,” he stated. “I’d be like, I want to be that guy … See what it takes to become a great golfer like he is.”

SCHOOL: Flathead

CLASS: Sophomore

Marcella burst onto the native golf scene as a freshman, putting ninth on the Class AA state event, earlier than taking her skills on the street this previous summer time to play in a quantity of regional and nationwide occasions. There, when she wasn’t explaining exactly the place Montana is on a map to her fellow rivals, Marcella honed her expertise towards the highest younger golfers from all over the world, and the end result was a fair higher sophomore yr at Flathead that ended with a fifth-place end on the 2018 state tourney. As for the subsequent two years, her goal is aimed even larger. “I’d love a state title in high school,” she stated. “I’d love to play college golf as well, and I guess we’ll see where that takes me afterward.”

All-State Alternatives

Soccer — Class AA

Tanner Russell, Flathead, Junior, Defensive Finish

Patrick Hammond, Flathead, Senior, Offensive/Defensive Lineman

Andrew Siderius, Flathead, Senior, Offensive/Defensive Lineman

Sebastian Koch, Flathead, Senior, Offensive/Defensive Lineman

Gunnar Landrum, Flathead, Senior, Linebacker

Paxton Boyce, Flathead, Junior, Linebacker

Brian Wells, Flathead, Junior, Security

Probability Sheldon-Allen, Flathead, Junior, Cornerback/Kick Returner

Seth Moon, Flathead, Senior, Cornerback

Garrett Rieke, Flathead, Junior, Particular Groups

Logan Siblerud, Flathead, Senior, Tight Finish

Cole Dalager, Flathead, Junior, Offensive Lineman

Max Anderson, Flathead, Junior, Offensive Lineman

Anthony Jones, Flathead, Senior, Vast Receiver/Punter

Jaden Macneil, Flathead, Senior, Athlete

Eric Gardner, Flathead, Junior, Kicker

Seth Moon, Flathead, Senior, Lengthy Snapper

Ethan Baines, Glacier, Senior, Defensive Finish

Cole Crosby, Glacier, Senior, Linebacker/Fullback/Punter

Garrett Frost, Glacier, Senior, Security

Garrett Lally, Glacier, Senior, Offensive Lineman

Nico Younger, Glacier, Senior, Offensive Lineman

Drew Deck, Glacier, Junior, Vast Receiver

Soccer — Class A

Drew Morgan, Columbia Falls, Senior, Quarterback

Jakob Beich, Columbia Falls, Senior, Offensive Lineman

Taylor Gladeau, Columbia Falls, Junior, Offensive Lineman

Gage Karlin, Columbia Falls, Senior, Offensive Lineman

Zack Pletcher, Columbia Falls, Senior, Defensive Finish

Tanner Gove, Columbia Falls, Senior, Linebacker

Parker Greene, Columbia Falls, Senior, Linebacker

Brad Nieves, Columbia Falls, Junior, Linebacker

Lane Sapa, Columbia Falls, Senior, Security

Brayden Stone, Columbia Falls, Junior, Security

Carver Gilman, Whitefish, Senior, Kicker

Soccer — Class B

Anders Epperly, Bigfork, Senior, Quarterback

Randy Stultz, Bigfork, Senior, Operating Again/Defensive Again

Soccer — Class AA

Kenzie Williams, Glacier, Senior, Defender/Midfielder

Soccer — Class A

Kaylee Ashe, Columbia Falls, Senior, Midfielder

Flora Jarvis, Columbia Falls, Junior, Defender

Maddie Robison, Columbia Falls, Freshman, Midfielder

Anna Akey, Whitefish, Freshman, Defender

Grace Benkelman, Whitefish, Junior, Midfielder

Anna Prepare dinner, Whitefish, Junior, Midfielder

Story Stemborski, Columbia Falls, Junior, Keeper

Joshua Gunderson, Whitefish, Sophomore, Defender

Joseph Houston, Whitefish, Junior, Defender

Sam Menicke, Whitefish, Junior, Midfielder

Casey Schneider, Whitefish, Junior, Ahead

Volleyball — Class AA

Taylor Henley, Flathead, Senior, Center Hitter

Volleyball — Class A

Ryley Kehr, Columbia Falls, Senior, Center Hitter

Marlee Bender, Whitefish, Senior, Center Hitter

Volleyball — Class B

Brooke Fraley, Bigfork, Senior, Outdoors Hitter

Cross Nation

Tori Noland-Gillespie, Flathead, Sophomore, Class AA 13th Place

Jade Greenberg, Whitefish, Senior, Class A Fourth Place

Ella Greenberg, Whitefish, Senior, Class A Sixth Place

Anya Younger, Bigfork, Senior, Class B Eighth Place

Simon Hill, Glacier, Junior, Class AA Second Place

Aren Alexander-Battee, Glacier, Senior, Class AA Third Place

Seth Umbriaco, Columbia Falls, Sophomore, Class A 4th Place

James Position, Columbia Falls, Sophomore, Class A 11th Place

Golf

Ella Shaw, Whitefish, Junior, Class A Third Place

Megan Archibald, Whitefish, Junior, Class A Seventh Place

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