Four Bulldogs receive postseason honors

Four Bulldogs receive postseason honors
From left, Butte High's Makenna Carpenter, Tommy Mellott, Jake Olson and Haley Herron are shown in these Butte Sports file photos.

The Montana Class AA All-State and all-conference basketball teams for the 2019-20 season were released to the media today, and four Butte High players made the grade.

Seniors Haley Herron and Makenna Carpenter took home honors on the girls’ side, while senior Tommy Mellott and junior Jake Olson received accolades for the boys.

The teams were selected by a vote of Eastern AA and Western AA coaches and compiled by Class AA statistician Lowell Peterson . (Girls’ team; Boys’ team)

Herron and Carpenter were both named second-team all-conference in the Western AA. That came after Herron averaged 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Carpenter, who hit on 44 attempts from 3-point range, averaged 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds.

The duo helped lead Butte High’s inspired run in the Western AA Divisional tournament that ended just shy of the state tournament.

All-State girls’ players from the Western AA are Dani Bartsch and Paige Bartsch from Helena Capital; Bailee Sayler and Addy Heaphy of Missoula Hellgate; Lexi Deden and Challis Westwater of Missoula Sentinel; Audrie Rademacher of Kalispell Glacier; and McKayla Kloker of Helena High.

Mellott and Olson each received an all-conference honorable mention after helping lead the Bulldogs to the Class AA State tournament for the first time since 2013.

Olson averaged 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Mellott missed the team’s first four games before returning to average 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Western AA boys’ players on the All-State team are Rollie Worster, Camdyn LaRance and Abe Johnson of Missoula Hellgate; Alex Germer of Missoula Sentinel; and Parker Johnston of Helena Capital.

Go to to see stats from all the Class AA teams.

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