The year was 1914. In the fall of that year, athletics was introduced to the students at Butte Central. The Catholic School had its first football team that fall. They played Dillon in their first ever varsity game on October 31,1914. Dillon won the game 40-26. The Butte Central club won a single game during that first season. It was the kickoff to what has been a remarkable run through the years by Butte Central athletics.
This July, the private Catholic school will celebrate 100 years of Maroons athletics with a two-day reunion on July 15 and 16. Events lined up include a social at the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, July 15th. The next day, various mini-reunions will be followed by a banquet on Wednesday night, July 16th at the Maroon Activities Center.
The banquet with the theme “A Walk Through Time” will feature speakers from all generations except the early years of Butte Central athletics.
Butte Central will have a lot to celebrate this July. The Maroons have won 34 state championships in 8 different sports. They have also captured 65 divisional titles.
The Maroons have registered some remarkable milestones through their years of athletic completion. The 1982 Butte Central boys’ and girls’ track team became the first school in Montana to win state titles in the same year.
After those two titles, Butte Central received the All-Sports Trophy presented by The Great Falls Tribune newspaper. Butte Central became the first Class A school to ever receive that award.
Butte Central registered another first for Montana in the spring of 1999. The Lady Maroons’ softball team went through the season undefeated with a 26-0 record to win the state title. The Butte Central club became the first girls’ softball team in Montana to go through a season undefeated. The next spring, the Lady Maroons did it again going undefeated in softball to take home another state title.
In football, Butte Central won 28 straight games from 1971 to 1973 capturing three straight championships. The football program had the best winning percentage of any school in Montana from 1968-1974.
The Maroons continued to excel in football through the 1990s posting a record of 72-21 during that decade. They also made the state playoffs in nine of ten seasons in the first decade of the 21st century.
In basketball, the Lady Maroons have a remarkable 8-1 record in divisional or state championship games winning three state titles and five divisional crowns.
The Butte Central boys’ basketball program has been one of the premier programs in Montana. The Maroons have tallied 1,234 victories in 99 years of competition. The number of wins places Butte Central as the number one Class A school in terms of career victories. The only Class A school close in terms of wins is Anaconda. Butte Central only trails Class AA schools Billings Senior, Great Falls High, Helena High, Flathead High of Kalispell and Missoula County/Sentinel in terms of overall wins.
The Maroons have achieved remarkable success in tournament play winning five state titles and fifteen divisional crowns.
Butte Central has also achieved success in other sports like boys’ cross country, boys’ golf, boys’ swimming and wrestling where they have captured state titles. They have also taken home a first place trophy three times in boys’ tennis divisional tournaments.
All that and much more will be remembered this July when Maroon athletes and their families gather in Butte for a 100-year athletic celebration.