Bulldogs, Maroons make the cut

It looks like Arie Grey will have some familiar company on the sidelines this summer.

Grey, who led Butte High to its first State Class AA football title in 21 years, was earlier named the West head coach for the 67th annual Montana East-West Shrine Football Game. The contest will be played July 20, 2013, in Butte.

Grey’s Bulldogs saw five picks for the West team, as well as seven more alternates, while Butte Central placed a starter and an alternate as well.

Bryce Armstrong, Zach Bunney, Nick Butorovich, Anthony Moritz and Drew Schleeman were picked to represent Butte High, while Butte Central’s Northey Tretheway was tapped to represent the Maroons. Alternate picks from Butte High include receiver Jon Allen, kicker Jake Dennehy, tackle Zach Erickson, defensive end Daniel Kloepfel, defensive lineman Billy Robinson, safety Tanner Tregidga and cornerback Andre Vialpando. Butte Central’s alternate selection was receiver Joey Joyce.

Armstrong, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver, was a sure-handed receiver – especially on middle slant routes – for the Bulldogs this season, and also stars for the Bulldogs on the wrestling team.

Bunney’s amazing skills at running back for the Bulldogs were overshadowed by the fact that he came back from a recent bout with leukemia. The 5-7, 165-pounder showed excellent lateral movement and breathtaking breakaway speed during the Bulldogs’ title run.

At 6-5, 300 pounds, offensive tackle Butorovich was the biggest player on Butte High’s roster, and holds the same distinction on the Shrine list. More than a large presence on the line, Butorovich displayed a keen ability for both pass and run blocking.

“Chunk” Moritz, the strongest player in the Butte High lineup, also showed impressive quickness with his 6-1, 280-pound frame. Moritz was a game-changing force on both sides of the trench for the Bulldogs.

Drew Schleeman, a 6-3, 215-pound guard, was one of the most versatile players on Butte’s roster, as he was also an All-State selection as a long snapper. Schleeman’s speed was a factor as he spent time at linebacker, where he often moved back into pass coverage.

Butte Central’s Tretheway was one of the few seniors for the Maroons this season, but came up with great plays in the defensive backfield – as well as up front on run plays despite a 5-7, 165-pound frame – leading his young team on the defensive side.

Anaconda defensive lineman Joey Orrino (5-10, 265) made the cut, as did three players from Dillon; receiver Austin Carver (6-0, 175), safety Ben Folsom (6-3, 200) and offensive tackle Caleb Gillis (6-7, 225). Twin Bridges placed outside linebacker Cole Miotke (5-9, 185) and defensive lineman Max Orrin (6-2, 205) on the team, while outside linebacker Mac Bignell (6-1, 190) will represent Drummond.

The West team picks at quarterback include Dawson Reardon of Helena High and Quinn McQueary of Manhattan.

The East squad, which will be coached by Fairfield’s Les Meyer, looks to quarterbacks Ryan Gallogly of Billings West and Sean Sullivan of Red Lodge.

Grey, who hails from Deer Lodge, played in the 1997 Shrine Game before a standout track and grid career at Montana State University. He was an assistant coach at Kalispell Glacier before taking over the Butte High head coaching job in 2008. Grey, who will also be the head coach for Montana in the Badlands Bowl this summer, served as an assistant coach for the West Shrine team in 2009.

The Montana East-West Shrine Game, one of the oldest of its type in the country, raises money to help fund the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane. The game had been held exclusively in Great Falls until three years ago, when state Shrine officials decided to rotate the host city for the game between Great Falls, Butte and Billings.

Click below to see the complete rosters and alternates.