• Think of football season and stay at home

    Think of football season and stay at home0

    In the spring of 1997, Anna Fabatz became the first Butte High athlete to earn her 12th varsity letter. Before heading to a stellar career on the basketball court at MSU-Northern in Havre, Fabatz lettered four times each in volleyball, basketball and track at Butte High. Fabatz’s résumé, which included a role on Butte High’s

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  • Not all the greatest teams wear championship rings

    Not all the greatest teams wear championship rings0

    Is it possible that a high school team can be considered great if it did not win a state championship? That is a rhetorical question I have been asking myself in these days of coronavirus isolation. In the absence of spring sports, I have been thinking about football and basketball. I have been thinking from

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  • A lost spring sports season would really sting

    A lost spring sports season would really sting0

    Jake Herron was not crying, but you could get the sense that he could break down at any minute. We were standing outside the 112-year old Missoula Hellgate Gym, just after Butte High’s girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end with a 57-52 loss to Kalispell Glacier. The defeat came in a loser-out game

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  • Looking back on the best St. Patrick’s Day of all time

    Looking back on the best St. Patrick’s Day of all time1

    It has become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Every March 17, Scott Paffhausen starts a text message chain with all of the players and some coaches from the 1984 Butte High boys’ basketball team. That starts a back and forth of guys, now in their 50s, talking about the night the Bulldogs captured Butte High’s

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  • Maroons owe no apology for sharing state title

    Maroons owe no apology for sharing state title3

    For 16 years, I have waited to write a story about Brodie Kelly’s Butte Central Maroons winning a state championship. I always thought it would happen. Never did I think it would be like this. When I talked with Kelly moments after his Maroons were finally saddled with that long-awaited title Friday night, it was

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  • Dogs unleash ‘The Dragon’ at divisional tournament

    Dogs unleash ‘The Dragon’ at divisional tournament0

    As the Western AA Divisional boys’ and girls’ tournaments began Thursday in Missoula, Chuck Merrifield walked around the old gymnasium at Missoula Sentinel like he was running for office. The Butte High activities director smiled ear to ear as he circled the old gym, shaking hands, slapping backs and, presumably, kissing babies. Coronavirus be damned.

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