Butte High Silver B’s set double induction ceremony

Butte High Silver B’s set double induction ceremony

Members of the Butte High School football teams of 1995 and 1996 are scheduled to join the ranks of the Butte High Silver B’s Friday, Oct. 8 before the Butte High Bulldogs take on the Glacier High Wolfpack in a Western AA contest at storied Naranche Stadium.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The Silver B Organization is composed of men who earned their varsity football letters at Butte High  25 years ago or more. Scott Paffhausen is the historian/president, Matt Pelletier is the treasurer, and Dean Ericson is the secretary of the group. There are also inductions for Golden B’s, players who earned their first varsity football letter 50 years ago, and Diamond B’s, players who lettered 75 years ago.

This year’s 82nd annual meeting and double-induction ceremony will see the inductions of those who first lettered for the Bulldogs in 1995 and 1996 as Silver B’s, in 1970 and 1971 as Golden B’s, and in 1945 and 1946 as Diamond B’s.

The 82nd annual meeting and dinner (1940 – 2021) will be held at the Elks Lodge at 206 W. Galena prior to the game. All Silver B members, including our new 2021 inductees, will be in attendance at Naranche Stadium on Oct. 8 for an on-field pre-game ceremony and to cheer on this years’ version of the Butte High Bulldogs football team.

Any questions concerning the upcoming Butte High Silver B Induction Ceremony, or for more information about our organization, contact Scott Paffhausen at (406) 490-9956.

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2021 Butte High Silver B Induction Class

1995 Silver B Inductees – The 1995 squad was coached by Rick Carriger. This was his second year as the head coach at Butte High School.

Clint Best, Anthony Jurenic, Bob King, Jay LeProwse, Steve Ouellette, Chad Powers and Kyle Smith.

1996 Silver B Inductees – The 1996 Squad was coached by Rick Carriger. This was his third and final year as the Head Coach at Butte High School.

Brandon Arntson, Conor Boyle, Lance Breen, Craig Chatriand, Chris Connors, Brenden Dennehy, Kevin Fabatz, Tony Granberg, Chad Hoar, Chris Jackson, John Kuchtyn, Bryan Loushin, Charlie May, Brian Neal, Josh O’Neill, Frank Rask, Jesse Schott, Mark Smith and Beau Young.

1970 Golden B Inductees – The 1970 squad was coached by Wayne Paffhausen. This was his first year as the Head Coach at Butte High School. He took over for Sonny Lubick who moved on to be an assistant coach at Montana State University.

Mike Anderson, Pat Bolton, Mick Cunneen, Dale Cutler (DEC.), John Dick, Tom Elich (DEC.), Al Hansen, Rich Hawe, Tom Hawke, Pete Hristou, Hal Hubber, Len Janson, Len Kelly, Andy Larson, Jack Lee, Dave Micheletti, Nicanor “Nick” Muniz, George Paul (DEC.), Paul Rajacich, Ted Richards, Dale Sterrett, Craig Thomas, and Paul Weatherly.

1971 Golden B Inductees – The 1971 squad was coached by Wayne Paffhausen. This was his second year at the helm for the Bulldogs.

Dan Davis (DEC.), Bob “Bubba” Dennehy (DEC.), Art Dick, Jim (Boston) Dunn, Russ Dunn, Dave Fiskum, Paul Klaboe, Shawn Maloney, Leo O’Brien, Will Rogers, Dan J. Sullivan, Mike Svejkovsky and Northey Tretheway.

1945 Diamond B Inductee – The 1945 squad was coached by the legendary Harry “Swede” Dahlberg. This team was Runners-up to the State Championship.

This year we are honoring the lone surviving letterman from the 1945 squad as the 14th Diamond B in the history of the organization. Mr. Bill Lindsay was a young junior during the 1945 season and played Fullback for Butte High School. Bill is 93 years old. He is very healthy and active living in Eureka, Montana.

The remaining first year lettermen from the 1945 squad are now deceased and dearly missed by our membership! The Silver B’s would still like to honor the following gentlemen from the 1945 team:

Ed Ambrozic, John Calcaterra, Richard Cannon, Jack Duffy, Ted Elliott, Bill Gibson, Rulon Limb, Dan McKinnon, Bob Moodry, Robert Schulte, William W. Smith and George Vucurovich.

1946 Diamond B Inductee – The 1946 squad was coached by the legendary Harry “Swede
“ Dahlberg.

This year we are also honoring the lone surviving first year letterman from the 1946 squad as the 15th Diamond B in the organization’s history. Mr. Bruce Goddard earned his letter while playing for the Bulldogs in 1946. This was Bruce’s junior year at Butte Public High School. Bruce is 92 years old and living in Palm Springs, CA.

The remaining first year lettermen from the 1946 team are now deceased and dearly missed. We would still like to honor the following gentlemen from the 1946 team:

Joe Chelini, Dick Griffin, George Huddleston, Jack Lloyd, Robert “Bob” McKechnie, Dick Menke, Joe Roberts, Ed Shelton, Charles Stears and George Tarrant.

The following members/future members have passed away since our last gathering and all are dearly missed! Please know that The Butte High Silver B’s Football Organization keeps our lost teammates in our thoughts and prayers and we send our condolences to all of the families.

2020/2021 DECEASED

Dave Mason – earned his first letter in 1985 and passed away August 12, 2020.

Dr. Jim Schneller – earned his first varsity letter in 1950 and passed away July 8, 2020.

Bob Butorovich – earned his first varsity letter in 1949 and passed away August 17, 2020.

Pete Schonsberg – earned his first varsity letter in 1957 and passed away September 9, 2020.

Tom Laird – earned his first varsity letter in 1957 and passed away October 16, 2020.

Herb Albright – earned his first letter in 1956 and passed away November 7, 2020.

Dan “Duke” Borozan – earned his first letter in 1953 and passed away November 15, 2020.

Wayne Baltezar – earned his first letter in 1981 and passed away November 17, 2020.

Thomas Burt – earned his first letter in 1979 and passed away January 7, 2021.

Bob Bennie – earned his first letter in 1949 and passed away on March 26, 2021.

Haley Beaudry – earned his first letter in 1963 and passed away April 12, 2021.

Robert “Lee” Parrett – earned his first letter in 1948 and passed away May 4, 2021.

Patrick Driscoll – earned his first letter in 1972 and passed away May 8, 2021.

Adam Bleken – earned his first letter in 2006 and passed away on May 19, 2021.

Darrell Harding – earned his first letter in 1954 and passed away May 28, 2021.

Heath McCloskey – earned his first letter in 2005 and passed away June 15, 2021.

Mike Reese – earned his first letter in 1960 and passed away March 14, 2021.

Bob “Pudgy” Kovacich – earned his first letter in 1979 and passed away July 9, 2021.

Harry Martz – earned his first letter in 1960 and passed away August 4, 2021.

Any Silver B Member who did not receive their fall mailing information is urged to contact Silver B Historian/President Scott Paffhausen at (406) 490-9956. PLEASE return your RSVP stub from your mailing or call Scott to RSVP so we can get an accurate food count to Casagranda’s Steakhouse for our banquet. Let’s show our support for the 2021 Butte High Bulldogs by attending and cheering them on to victory.



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