Anniversary, activities fill Advantage Butte meeting

The recent anniversary of the buttesports.com Web site was a mention during Tuesday’s August meeting of Advantage Butte, held at the Butte Plaza Inn.
The anniversary occurred Monday, marking three years since the all-Butte site went online. Ron Davis of Butte Broadcasting, who is also the owner of the Website, said he wasn’t sure the endeavor would last a year when he first embarked on the technological adventure in 2015.
The well-received site covers Butte and Butte-related sports and carries reports on general Big Sky Conference and Frontier Conference athletics as well. Veteran sports reporters Bill Foley, Bruce Sayler and Pat Ryan write on the site with contributions from other stringers, such as Derek Hendrickson, Dave Dunmire and others, including photographer Jason Silvernale and additional article support. Foley is the content editor.
Activity on the site should increase this weekend with the coverage of Butte High fall sports scrimmages on Friday, and Butte Central scrums on Saturday. Montana Tech is also involved in pre-fall ball. The 2015-2016 prep sports season began Monday with Butte Central’s invitational golf tournament at the Highland View municipal course, and Butte High’s participation in the Great Falls Invitational golf tourney, which continued on Tuesday.
Butte 100 organizer Gina Evans reported Tuesday that this year’s event, held earlier this month, drew “just under 300” cyclists to the challenging mountain bike course north and northeast of Butte. Canadians Jamie Wilson of Calgary and Amy Lamb of British Columbia were the 100-mile winners while two Bozeman racers captured the runner-up spots. Evans said a paralyzed hand-cyclist was among this year’s entrants and completed the race despite being slowed by two flat tires fixed on the course. A surprise highlight, Evans said, was that an owner/representative of the Big Dipper ice cream store in Helena entered — but failed to finish — and still dished up $600 worth of ice cream for the competitors.
“We had awesome volunteers,” Evans said, talking about another successful holding of the event. “Now, we’re looking forward to the 10th annual Butte 100 (to be held next summer) and are working on sponsors.”
Advantage Butte Treasurer Brad Spear, of Anderson ZurMuehlen and Co., said $23,355 rests in the group’s checking account with $1,704 in commitments yet to be paid.
Davis said Advantage Butte helped fund competitive sporting events held as part of Evel Knievel Days late in July. He said the festival’s organizers requested financial help for the celebration. Davis said Advantage Butte complied with a $4,000 contribution — $2,000 to provide the moving of loads of dirt needed for the endurocross races, $1,000 to fund the mountain bike downhill racing event and $1,000 to pay for skateboarding downhill races.
No general meeting of Advantage Butte was held in July when the Evel Knievel Days requests were submitted. Therefore, Davis said, the group’s executive committee met on the matter and recommended the Advantage Butte board approve the allocations, which it did.
Davis is an Advantage Butte past president.
Davis informed meeting attendees that Butte Central High School will play host to a Class A divisional golf tournament at the Fairmont Hot Springs resort on Sept. 26 and volunteer spotters will be needed. No administrators or coaches from Butte Central, Butte High or Montana Tech were able to attend the Advantage Butte gathering, so more information on the request is expected to be made available at next month’s meeting, slated for Sept. 15. It will be held at noon, also at the Butte Plaza Inn.
The Northern Rodeo Association Finals competition is returning to Butte for an Oct. 8-10 run in the Butte Civic Center, Marko Lucich, executive director of the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce said. Lucich was reporting for Civic Center Director Bill Melvin, who was unable to be at the Advantage Butte meeting. Lucich noted, also, that the Civic Center is displaying a new landscaping look on the front lawn after work done this summer, and the arena played host to the Northwest Regional Shriners Convention last weekend in a non-sports usage of the facility.
Another non-sports topic was brought up the meeting when Davis told the group that KXLF-TV is working on an updated Lady of the Rockies documentary to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the placement of the statue on the East Ridge. The documentary is planned for a Christmas Eve statewide showing, Davis said.
He added it is being done with a film crew, drones and a $30,000 grant.
“It’s a movie production, a documentary,” Davis said. “I’ve seen the first clips and they’re really impressive.”
Late Butte historian Pat Kearney put together the first documentary on Our Lady of the Rockies and also chronicled the project in a book. Both the film and the book remain in distribution.
Lucich talked about two Chamber of Commerce sports activities approaching. The seventh annual Chamber-Digger Classic golf tournament is slated for Aug. 28 and the Paint The Town 5-K Fun Run is scheduled for Aug. 29
The golf tourney will be held at the Fairmont Hot Springs course with a 9-9:45 a.m. check-in preceding the 10 a.m. shotgun start. The scramble is limited to four golfers per team and space is limited. Fees are $80 per golfer and corporate sponsorships are still available, as well. Contact Stephanie Sorini, 723-3177 or 490-7632 for more information or to donate. The tourney supports Chamber and Montana Tech endeavors.
The fun run will be held on the Chamber of Commerce walking trail. Registration is to begin at 9 a.m. and the run will start at 10. Entry fees are $80 for each five-member team with $10 charged for each additional adult team member. Individuals may participate independently at a $20 cost. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information,

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