It’s no question if you are from Butte and follow sports even the slightest bit when you hear of the Butte Central boys’ basketball program, Brodie Kelly comes to mind immediately, there are a lot of curtains in in life, we know that such as death taxes, and Brodie Kelly coaching the Maroons for almost two decades and taking them the promise land more times than once. As the December air rolls in the Mining City that means hoops is about to get underway shortly.
The Butte Central boys’ basketball team much like the girls are a new look team this season, but head coach Brodie Kelley said “I’m excited to see returning vets, Owen McPartland, and Jack Keeley, mold into their more natural roles as scorers” when asked what it would be like replacing the scoring capacity BC guard Dougie Peoples provided for so many years for the Maroons.
“We are a unique team this season, we are small so matching up with other teams may be different than it has been in years past, but we will also be tough to match up with.” Said coach Kelly of his Maroons.
The Maroons will see sharpshooter Owen McParland, big man Zane Moodry, Homecoming King Jack Keeley, and two young dynamic players in Josh Sutton and Ryan Peoples to round out their starting 5.
McPartland will be the floor general but will also share that duty with Josh Sutton and Jack Keeley when the matchup calls for it Kelly said. Butte Central saw a lot of key contributors in the season opening 69-41 win over East Helena, including youngster GG Fantini who came in and hit some big shots against East Helena.
The roster is rounded out with Coy Campbell, Pat Stimatz, Jack Nagle, Justus McGee, GG Fantini, and Parker Robertson.
Coach Kelly had high praise for his team, especially the likes of Sutton, Fantini, and Robertson for what they can bring to the team on a nightly basis.
Butte Central will also look to be much more balanced in their scoring attack as they have a ton of great scores and perimeter shooters that will make it tough for teams to adjust to when the shots are falling, they are fast and will look to push the ball when they can.
Butte Central will also continue play this weekend in Frenchtown at the Tip Off Tournament as they take on a new look Fergus team.
We will post stories after the game when stats and information have been compiled and sent into us.