Hall bios

Veterans

Martha Apostel

She was an outstanding skier for Butte High School in the early 1960s. Martha was a pioneer in women’s sports becoming the first female athlete to earn a varsity letter at Butte High. Apostel was the first girl admitted to the varsity lettermens’ “B’ Club in her senior year. Martha lettered in skiing at Butte High from 1960-63. She was on three straight state title teams in 1960, 1961 and 1962. Apostel was awarded the Butte Athletic Council’s outstanding skier award twice. During her senior year in 1963, Martha went through the season undefeated in the slalom, giant slalom and downhill. Martha was the leading scorer for girls at the 1962 and 1963 state high school finals. Apostel also competed in the Junior National Alpine Ski Championships four years from 1960-63.

1960 member state champions  Butte High girls ski team…..

1960 competed in Junior National Ski Championships………

1960 first girl to letter in varsity sports at Butte High..

1961 member state champions Butte High girls ski team……

1961 competed in Junior National Ski Championships………

1962 member state champions  Butte High girls ski team…..

1962 winner slalom event at state high school meet………

1962 top-point scorer state high school meet……………

1962 competed in Junior National Ski Championships………

1963 member Butte High girls ski team………………….

1963 undefeated in slalom, giant slalom and downhill…….

1963 top-point scorer state high school meet……………

1963 selected top skier at Butte High………………….

1963 competed in Junior National Ski Championships………

 

Bob Given 

He was an outstanding football player at Butte High and Montana State in the 1960s. Given was a wide receiver on the 1960 and 1961 state championship Bulldogs’ football teams. Bob was the team’s leading receiver in 1961 hauling in nine passes for 199 yards, scoring seven touchdowns. The seven touchdown receptions set a new school record that stood for 30 years before being broken in 1991 by Jon Smitham. Given was named first team All-State following the 1961 season. Bob also played basketball for two seasons at Butte High in 1961 and 1962. He started for the Bulldogs in 1962, scoring 132 points while averaging 5.2 points a game. Given went on to play football at Montana State. He was a three-year starter as a defensive back. During his three games against Montana, Given had four interceptions including two in the 1965 game. His four interceptions is the most ever by a Bobcat in the annual Divide War game. Only the legendary “Wild” Bill Kelly of Montana in 1925 and 1926 has as many interceptions as Given. Bob was a member of the 1964 Montana State team that won the Camiella Bowl beating Sacramento State 28-7.

1960 starter Butte High state championship football team….

1961 member Butte High basketball team………………….

1961 starter Butte High state championship football team….

1961 caught 7 TD passes setting new school record………..

1961 selected first team All-State in football…………..

1962 starter Butte High basketball team…………………

1963 starter Montana State football team………………..

1964 starter Montana State football team Big Sky champions..

1964 starter Montana State football Camiella Bowl winners…

1965 starter Montana State football team………………..

1965 two interceptions against Montana Divide War game……

1963-65 four career interceptions in Divide War game tying him with “Wild” Bill Kelly of Montana all-time record

 

Ray Harris

He was the first Butte High wrestler to ever win a state title. Harris won the 95 pound division at the 1959 statetournament. The next year he placed third at 116 pounds. In 1961 Ray went through the season undefeated, winning the state crown at 120 pounds. During his three years at Butte High he had a record of 51-5. Harris went on to wrestle at Montana State University. He then became a coach at Simms High School for 18 years. He coached 10 individual state champions at Simms.

1959 95 pounds state champion…………………………

1960 116 pounds third place finisher at state tournament…

1961 120 pounds undefeated state champion………………

1962 member Montana State wrestling team……………….

1963 member Montana State wrestling team……………….

1967 member Montana State wrestling team……………….

1970-88 head wrestling coach Simms High School………….

 

Merlyn “Huz” Jensen

He served as the head football coach at Butte Central from 1957 to 1964. During his tenure, the Maroons won the state championship in 1964 with a 7-1-1 record. Jensen was named Class A Coach of the Year following the season. Prior to 1963, Butte Central competed in the Class AA as the smallest enrollment in the division. Despite the small numbers, the Maroons placed second in the Class AA in 1960 and third in 1961. Jensen served as the head football coach for eight years at Butte Central the longest tenure prior to Don Peoples Jr. In addition to football, Jensen served as both the head wrestling and track coach. He started the wrestling program in 1959. In track, during his eight years as head coach he produced four individual state champions. Butte Central also scored more points that Butte High at the 1961 state meet, the only time in school history that every happened. Following his days at Butte Central, Jensen was the head football coach at Flathead High School in Kalispell for four seasons. He also served as assistant wrestling and track coach at Kalispell. Prior to his coaching days, Jensen was a standout athlete at Miles City. He played football for the Miles City Cowboys. Huz also was a member of the 1947 Miles City American Legion team that won the state title.

After his prep days, Jensen played football at the University of Montana. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Kalispell before moving to Butte to become the head coach of the Maroons.

1947 member Miles City American Legion state baseball champs

1947 member Miles City Cowboys football team…………….

1951-54 member Montana Grizzlies’ football team………….

1955-56 assistant coach Flathead High School…………….

1957-64 head football coach Butte Central……………….

1964 head football coach Butte Central state champions……

1964 selected Class A Football Coach of the Year…………

1957-64 won 34 football games at Butte Central…………..

1964 coached eight seasons at Butte Central most ever…….

1958-65 head track coach at Butte Central……………….

1959-65 head wrestling coach at Butte Central……………

1965-68 head football coach at Flathead High School………

 

Danny Kane

He was a three-time winner of the Men’s State Amateur Golf title. Kane took his first title in 1952. The second one came in 1958 with his last in 1966 at the Butte Country Club. In 1958, Danny qualified and played for the US Men’s Amateur golf tournament. He was inducted into the Montana State Golf Hall of Fame with the inaugural class.

1952 Men’s State Amateur Golf Champion………………….

1958 Men’s State Amateur Golf Champion………………….

1958 qualified and played US Men’s Amateur tournament…….

1966 Men’s State Amateur Golf Champion………………….     inducted into the Montana State Golf Hall of Fame……

 

Gary Koprivica

He was a standout golfer winning numerous tournaments over the span of almost 40 years. Gary began his career winning the Municipal Golf Club championship at the age of 13. He

was competing against adults in the event. He also won the City Junior Championship at the age of 13. Gary qualified and played in the National Junior Championships when he was 16 in Denver and at 17 in West Virginia. Koprivica lettered in golf as a freshman at Butte Central. After transferring to Butte High his sophomore year, Gary played for the Bulldogs his junior and senior year. Koprivica won the 1963 state high school golf crown his senior year. He went on to play golf four years at the University of Montana. Gary was selected first team All-Big Sky all four years at Montana. Gary played in many state tournaments. He was the State Mid-Amateur runner up four times before winning the title in 2002. Gary’s efforts on a golf course went far beyond Montana. He played nationally and internationally. Koprivica qualified and played in two U.S. Amateurs in 1966 in Cleveland and 1967 in Pennsylvania. He also played in two U.S. Senior Opens in 1997 in Chicago and 2002 in Baltimore, two U.S. Senior Amateurs in 2001 in South Carolina and 2002 in Florida, three British Senior Amateurs in 2000 in Scotland, 2001 in Ireland where he placed 10th and 2002 in England where he was 8th. Gary also competed in track at Butte High throwing the discus in 1962 and 1963. The 1963 team won the state title.

1958 Municipal Golf Club champion at age 13…………….

1958 City Junior Golf champion at age 13……………….

1960 member Butte Central golf team……………………

1961 qualified and played National Junior Tourny Denver….

1962 member Butte High golf team………………………

1962 member Butte High track team ……………………..

1962 qualified and played National Junior Tour. West Virgina

1963 member Butte High golf team………………………

1963 state champion Montana High School Class AA tournament

1963 member Butte High state track champions……………

1964-67 member Montana Grizzlies golf team……………..

1964-67 selected first team All-Big Sky Conference………

1966 played in U.S. Amateur in Cleveland……………….

1967 played in U.S. Amateur in Pennsylvania…………….

1997 played in U.S. Senior Open in Chicago……………..

2000 played in British Senior Amateur in Scotland……….

2001 played in U.S. Senior Amateur in South Carolina…….

2002 state Mid-Amateur champion……………………….

2002 played in British Senior Amateur in Ireland 10th place

2002 played in U.S. Senior Open in Baltimore……………

2002 played in U.S. Senior Amateur in Florida…………..

2002 played in British Senior Amateur in England 8th place

 

Bob McDonough Jr.

He was a standout speedskater in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. McDonough just missed qualifying for the 1964 United States Olympic team. He participated twice in the two mile

at the Race of Champions in Madison Square Garden. Bob was

the first person west of the Mississippi to win the Chicago

Silver Skates during their 43rd annual championships. He won

top honors at the Great Lakes Indoor Championships.

1956 6th place two mile event Race of Champions………..

1958 4th place two mile event Race of Champions………..

winner of Chicago Silver Skates………………………

champion Great Lakes Indoor meet……………………..

1963 participated in US Olympic tryouts……………….

 

Ted McElhenney

He was an all-round athlete at Butte Central who went on to compete at the University of Montana. McElhenney played both football and basketball at Butte Central in the 1950s. McElhenney was a two-year starter as an end in football for the Maroons in 1955and 1956. During the 1955 season, Ted recovered two fumbles for touchdowns and also caught three passes for 181 yards scoring three touchdowns. In 1956, McElhenney was selected first team All-State in football. In basketball, Ted was a member of the Butte Central team from 1955-57. He was a starter on the 1956 club that won the state championship. Overall, McElheeny played in 54 games for the Maroons, scoring 433 points for a career average of 8.0 a game. McElhenney played in both the All-Star Basketball Classic and Shrine football game following his senior year. He was the Most Valuable Player in the All-Star basketball game played at the Butte Civic Center. Ted went on to play football at the University of Montana. In the 1963 Cat/Griz game, McElhenney booted a 49-yard field goal for Montana. It was the longest field goal ever by the Grizzlies in that game. The record stood for over 40 years before being broken.

1955 member Butte Central basketball team………………

1955 starter Butte Central football team state runner up…

1956 starter Butte Central state championship basketball…

1956 starter Butte Central football team……………….

1956 selected first team All-State in football………….

1957 starter Butte Central basketball team……………..

1957 played in All-Star Basketball Classic at Civic Center.

1957 selected MVP of the All-Star Basketball Classic…….

1957 played in Shrine football game in Great Falls………

1963 member Montana Grizzlies football team…………….

1963 kicked 49-yard field in Cat/Griz game a Griz record…

 

Bill Mulcahy

He was a standout athlete at Butte Central and Montana State. Mulcahy competed in football, basketball and track at Butte Central in the 1950s. In football, Mulcahy was a two-year starting quarterback for the Maroons in 1957 and 1958. He rushed for three scores and passes for three touchdowns during the 1957 season. He also picked off one pass. In 1958, he tallied two scores and passed for another touchdown. In his career, he had 38 carries for 253 yards, scoring five times. Mulcahy passing the ball was 52-129 with 13 interceptions. He passed for 5527 yards for three touchdowns. He was selected honorable mention All-State in football following the 1958 season. In basketball, Mulcahy was a two-year starter in 1958 and 1959. Bill tallied 372 points in 47 games for an average of 7.9 points a game. His best sport might have been track. Mulcahy was an outstanding pole vaulter. After finishing second in the event in 1957, Mulcahy was the pole vault at the 1958 and 1959 state meet. His winning leap of 12’2.5 in 1959 is still a school-record at Butte Central over 50 years after his efforts. Mulcahy is the only Butte Central athlete to win the pole vault at the state meet. He was also the first Butte Central athlete to win the same event in back-to-back years at the state meet. In addition, Mulcahy placed fourth in the long jump at the 1959 state meet. Bill took his talents to Montana State in Bozeman where he played football for the Bobcats. He was a quarterback on the MSU team from 1960-62. Mulcahy threw the winning touchdown pass in the Cat/Griz game to Butte High product Bill Cords in the 1961 game won by MSU 10-9. In three Divide War games against Montana, Mulcahy completed 16 passes in 37 attempts for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

1957 member Butte Central track team………………….

1957 second in pole vault at state track meet………….

1957 starter Butte Central football team……………….

1958 starter Butte Central basketball team……………..

1958 member Butte Central track team……………………

1958 state champion track meet in pole vault 12-0………..

1958 starter Butte Central football team……………….

1958 selected honorable mention All-State in football……

1959 starter Butte Central basketball team……………..

1959 member Butte Central track team…………………..

1959 fourth place long jump at state track meet…………

1959 state champion track meetin in polu vault 12-2……..

1959 set school record in pole vault 12-2 still a record…

1960 member Montana State football team………………..

1961 quarterback Montana State football team……………

1962 quarterback Montana State football team……………

 

Alan O’Leary 

He was one of the very best track athlete’s ever at Butte Central. In the 1959 state meet, Alan was 5th in the 440 yard run as a sophomore. O’Leary won the 440 yard run at both the 1960 and 1961 state track meets. During the 1961 season, he was clocked in 47.7 in the 440 which was under the state record in a duel meet with Butte High. During the state meet, he ran 49.7 to set a new state record in the event. In addition to the 440 event, Alan was 4th in the 220 yard dash and 5th in the 100 at the 1961 state finals as the Maroons finished with 14 points to edge out Butte High in the team standings. Its the only time in school history when both schools were in the same classification that the Maroons outscored the Bulldogs at the state track meet. In addition, O’Leary played two years on the Maroons’ basketball team. He started both seasons. Alan played in 47 games, scoring 389 points which is 8.5 points a contest. Following his prep career, he competed for the University of Oregon in track. O’Leary was a member of the 1964 and 1965 Ducks team that won the NCAA title. During the 1964 NCAA meet, Alan competed in the 440 yard run and mile relay. His personal best that year was 47.5 in the 400 yard run. Also, in 1964, he was on a 440 yard relay team that had a time of 40.2 seconds, the second best in the nation. In 1965, he placed 5th in the Pacific Coast Conference track and field finals in the open 440. His mile relay team was second in that same meet. In 2009, O’Leary was inducted into the University of Oregon’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to track and field for the Ducks.

1959 5th place 440 yard run state track meet……………

1960 state 440 yard run champion state track meet 50.0…..

1961 state 440 yard run champion state track meet 50.4…..

1961 4th in 220 yard run at state track finals………….

1961 5th in 100 yard run at state track finals………….

1961 set a school record in 440 yard run 47.7…………..

1962-65 competed in track for the University of Oregon…..

1964 member NCAA national championship team U of Oregon….

1965 member NCAA national championship team U of Oregon….

2009 inducted into University of Oregon Hall of Fame…….

 

Tom Pomroy Sr.

Tom Pomroy was a great all-around athlete starting in the 1950s as a baseball, basketball, football and track athlete for Butte High. His career lasted into the 1990s when he was a competitive handball player on the state level.

Pomroy was the ace pitcher on the 1951 Butte Miners American Legion Baseball team that placed second at the state tournament. Pomroy lost only one game that season, and that came in a relief appearance in the state championship game. Following the season, he had a tryout with the Chicago Cubs.

Tom Pomroy Sr.’s résumé

1951 Member Butte Miners Montana state runner-up American Legion baseball team
1951 Suffered just one loss on the season, and it came in a relief appearance
1951 Member Butte High football team that was crowned co-state champions
1951 Led Butte High in rushing in 61-0 win over Butte Central
1951 Leading rusher for Butte High in 7-all tie with Kalispell
1952 Was starting halfback for Montana Grizzly Cubs, which went undefeated
1952 Placed fourth in the 440-yard dash at state
1952 Was on 440-yard relay team that won or placed second at state (results were incomplete)
1953 Pitched for Miners Union team that won Copper League championship
1954 Pitched for Montana Grizzlies baseball team
1954 Posted undefeated record as Grizzlies won Skyline Conference Western Division title
1984 Placed third in his age group at Governor’s Cup
Won multiple City doubles titles in handball
Won multiple City Golden masters championships in handball
State championship doubles runner up with Ernie Burby

 

Marco Stanisich

He was an outstanding all-around athlete at Butte High during the 1950s. He was a starting running back on the Butte High football team from 1955 to 1957. In 1955, he carried the ball 11 times for 94 yards scoring 4 touchdowns. Marco also caught one pass and intercepted two balls. In 1956, he had 30 carries for 380 yards scoring 6 times and intercepting one pass. In 1957, he led the Bulldogs with 39 carries for 494 yards, scoring 5 times. He had a punt return for a touchdown plus caught 3 passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. During his three-year football career at Butte High, Marco rushed for 968 yards on 80 carries scoring 15 touchdowns. He also caught 7 passes for 190 yards and two scores. He was named first team All-State in football following the 1956 and 1957 seasons. Marco was a member of two state basketball title teams at Butte High in 1957 and 1958. Marco averaged 6.2 points a game his senior year. During his three-year basketball career at Butte High Stanisich scored 384 points and averaged 5.2 points a contest. Stanisich was also an excellent track athlete. He placed third in the pole vault at the 1956 state meet. In 1957 and 1958, he won both the pole vault and the long jump at the state finals. In 1999, Marco was selected to the All-Century Butte High football team.

1955 member Butte High football team…………………..

1956 member Butte High basketball team…………………

1956 member Butte High track team……………………..

1956 third place in pole vault at state track meet………

1956 member Butte High football team…………………..

1956 selected first team All-State in football………….

1957 member Butte High state basketball champions……….

1957 member Butte High track team……………………..

1957 state pole vault champion state track meet..12’ 2”….

1957 state long jump champion state track meet.. 21’ 8”….

1957 fifth place high jump at state track meet………….

1957 fourth place 120 yard low hurdles at state track meet.

1957 member Butte High football team…………………..

1957 selected first team All-State in football………….

1958 member Butte High state title basketball team………

1958 member Butte High track team……………………..

1958 state pole vault champion state track meet.. 12’ 0”…

1958 state long jump champion state track meet.. 22’ 5 1/2”

1999 selected to All-Century Butte High football team……

 

Jim Stevens

He was a standout athlete at Butte Central competing in

football, basketball and track in the 1950s. He was a member of the 1952 state football title team at Central. Stevens was the starting quarterback for the Maroons in 1954. He threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Bob Petrino in the 1954 city title game which is the longest passing score in the history of the game. For the year he had 8 carries for 30 yards and 2 touchdowns, completed 6 of 14 passes for 116 yards and 2 scores plus caught 3 balls for 90 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He was selected first team All-Conference following the 1954 season. Jim played in the 1955 Shrine game. Stevens also played basketball and competed in track for the Maroons. He lettered three years in all three sports. During his three-year basketball career at Butte Central, Jim scored 333 points, averaged 5.8 points a game in 57 games. He acquired a scholarship to Montana State and competed in football for the Bobcats. Jim was a member of the 1956 Bobcats’ team that played in the Aluminum Bowl in Arkansas. In addition, Jim participated in American Legion baseball. He was a member of the 1953 Butte club that won the state championship. Following his playing days, Stevens was a volunteer coach for Butte Central’s junior high programs. He also was a longtime football official from 1967 to 1985. During his years as an official, he participated in two Class AA title games, two Shrine games and was an umpire for two American Legion state baseball tournament. He was inducted into the Montana State officials Hall of Fame in 1986.

1952 member Butte Central state football champions……..

1953 member Butte Central basketball team……………..

1953 member Butte Central track team………………….

1953 member Butte American Legion state baseball champions

1953 member Butte Central football team……………….

1954 member Butte Central basketball team……………..

1954 member Butte Central track team………………….

1954 played for South Side in Copper League  average .308

1954 quarterback Butte Central football team…………..

1954 completed record 81 yard TD flip in city title game..

1954 selected first team All-Conference in football…….

1955 member Butte Central basketball team……………..

1955 member Butte Central track team………………….

1955 played for South Side in Copper League average  .333

1955-58 member Montana State football team…………….

1956 member MSU team that played in the Aluminum Bowl…..

1970s-80s coached Central Junior High program………….

1967-85 football, basketball, baseball official………..

1986 inducted into Montana State Officials Hall of Fame…

 

Don Williamson

He was a standout all-around athlete competing in football, basketball and track for Butte High in the 1950s. He also played baseball. He played football from 1951-53 at Butte High. Williamson was a member of the 1951 team that shared the state title and the 1953 team that played in the Class AA state championship game. He was the co

-captain of the 1953 team. He was selected honorable mention All-State in 1953 in football. Williamson was selected and played in the 1954 Shrine game. He played varsity basketball three years from 1952 to 1954. His best year was in 1954 when he tallied 317 points in 23 games for an average of 13.7 points a game, second best on the team. In his career, Don had 446 points in 49 games for an average of 9.1 a game. In track, Don won the 220 yard run at the state track finals in 1954 with a time of 22.6 seconds. Williamson also played baseball on the American Legion team. He was co-captain of the 1953 American Legion team that won the state championship. Don took his talents to the University of Montana where he played football three years, baseball two years and competed in track two years for the Grizzlies. In 1957, he won the Grizzly Cup in recognition of athletic and academic achievements.

1951 member Butte High co-state football champions……..

1952 member Butte High basketball team………………..

1952 member Butte High football team………………….

1953 member Butte High basketball team………………..

1953 member American Legion state baseball champions……

1953 member Butte High football team………………….

1953 selected honorable mention All-State in football…..

1954 member Butte High basketball team………………..

1954 averaged 13.7 pts a game 2nd best on team…………

1952-54 averaged 9.1 pts a game for career in basketball..

1954 member Butte High track team…………………….

1954 state champion 220 yard run   22.6 seconds………..

1955-58 competed for Grizzlies in football, baseball, track

1957 received Grizzly Cup for athlete excellence………..

 

John “Butter” Driscoll

He was a great athlete for Butte High in the 1910s. Driscoll was a star end and quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1914-1916. He played on three straight state title teams that also took regional honors in 1914 and 1915. Driscoll scored a game-record four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 80-0 victory over Butte Central in the 1916 city championship game. The record stood the test of time and was only tied by Josh Paffhausen in the 1991 contest. He was picked first team All-State in football after the 1916 season. Driscoll also played basketball and was a member of the Bulldogs’ first-ever state basketball champions in 1917. During the season, Driscoll played in 17 games, scoring 64 points. Following graduation from Butte High, Driscoll played football one year at the University of Montana then played four more years at Creighton University in Nebraska. He was an end and quarterback. When Driscoll returned to Butte, he coached the Dublin Gulch Independent League football team leading the squad to the title in 1924. John was the founding father of the Butte High Silver B’s. He also was an excellent handball player and a past president of the Butte Handball Association.

1914 end Butte High regional football champion………….

1915 end Butte High regional football champions………..

1916 quarterback Butte High state football champions…….

1916 set record with four touchdowns against Butte Central.

1916 selected first team All-State in football………….

1917 member Butte High state basketball champions……….

1917 member University of Montana football team…………

1918-21 member Creighton University football team……….

1920s coach Dublin Gulch football team…………………

1924  coached Dublin Gulch to league title……………..

1920s excellent handball player……………………….       past president Butte Handball Association………..       founding father of Butte High Silver B’s…………

 

Ray Gallant

He was a tremendous all-around athlete. Ray competed in swimming, handball and basketball. He was Montana’s first great handball champion playing the sport in the 1930s and 1940s. Gallant won the state handball championship in 1932

at the very first-ever state meet. He also took the city handball title and the Pacific Northwest handball title that year. The next year, in 1933 he won the Pacific Northwest handball title again. He went on to compete in the National AAU handball tournament in New York reaching the semifinals before losing a match. Ray came back to win the city singles handball title in 1946 and the state singles crown in 1947. In swimming, Ray won the state senior men’s division at the state meet in 1932, 1933 and 1934. At the 1932 finals, he set a new state record of 63.1 seconds in the 100-yard free style. He also took the diving competition scoring a total of 20 points for the meet. After again winning the high point scorer in 1933 state finals, Ray came back to tally 18 points to be the high scorer at the 1934 state meet. Gallant also played basketball. He was a member of the Dahlberg Service Station that won the state independent basketball tournament played in Helena in 1932. Ray was a four-year starter in basketball at Montana School of Mines in the 1930s, winning All-American recognition his senior year. He was born in Helena, but raised in Butte. He was considered one of the best athletes ever produced in Montana according to Professor Walter T. Scott at the Montana School of Mines. Following his playing days, Ray served as the coach of the Natural Gas independent basketball team also called the Butte Business College. Ray was head coach from 1936 to 1941. During that time, the team had a record 158-27.

1932 State Singles Handball Champion at 1st State Tourney…

1932 City Handball Champion…………………………..

1932 Pacific Northwest Handball Champion……………….

1932 member state independent basketball champions………

1932 state senior division swimming champion…20 points…

1933 Pacific Northwest Handball Champion……………….

1933 semifinalist National AAU National Handball tourny…. 1930s four-year starter School of Mines basketball team….

1930s All-American recognition basketball senior year……

1936-41 coach Butte Business College Natural Gas team……

1946 City Handball Champion…………………………..

1947 State Handball Champion………………………….

 

Namen “Dixie” LaHood

He was declared the “Uncrowned Bantamwieght Champion of theworld” during his time. Dixie was born in Brazil and came to Butte at a young age. LaHood was one of the most giftedprofessional boxers around. He defeated Abe Goldstein immediately after Goldstein had lost his world crown. Dixie also beat the number one challenger at the time in the bantanweight Pete Sarmianti. He also whipped Australia’s bantemweight champion Vic King in Seattle in 1925. Another opponent of note he beat was Chick Suggs. Lahood won in a fight which took place on July 4, 1926 at the Montana Theater in Butte. LaHood was a real crowd favorite in the Mining City. He fought professionally from 1923-1933.

1923-1933 professional boxer…………………………

 

Sonny O’Day

His real name was Carlo Giorgi born in Italy on March 8, 1913. Sonny came to America and started boxing in Butte at the age of 10. He was an amateur fighter in the 1920s fighting first in New York City and then in Butte. He came in 2nd place at 135 pounds at the State AAU tournament. In 1931, Sonny became Montana’s youngest professional boxer. He was dubbed “The kid from Meaderville”. O’Day changed his name to an Irishman Sonny O’Day early in his fighting days. O’Day claims he fought in 529 amateur and professional fights winning all but 32 times. Following his boxing career, Sonny opened a bar in Laurel, Montana. He built up a boxing museum second to none in the state. Sonny also served on the Montana Boxing Commission for 26 years. The commission oversaw 77 professional fights during that time and three world championship contests.. He was the referee for the 1960 World Middleweight Championship fight in Bozeman between Gene Fullmer and Joey Giardollo.

1923-31 started his amateur boxing career………………

1931 2nd place 135 pounds State AAU tournament…………

1931 started his professional boxing career……………

26 years member Montana Boxing Commission………….

1960 referee World Middleweight Championship Fight……..     boxing historian with boxing Hall of Fame at his bar

 

Babe O’Farrell

He was one of the pioneer speedskating standouts in Butte.

Babe won his first race in 1935 at the Anaconda Winter Carnival at the age of 16. O’Farrell won the state speedskating title in 1935,36,37,38 and 39. Babe went to Baniff, Alberta in 1936 where he won two intermediate races then moved up to the Senior Men’s Division winning the 220 and 880 yard races plus the two-mile event. It allowed him to win the Grand Championship and his first possession of the David White Trophy. In 1937, he again won the Anaconda Winter Carnival title. He and Butte skater Kenny Nygren were the first two local skaters ever to participate in the National Indoor Championships at St. Paul, Minnesota. They competed at the 1937 finals. In 1937, 38 and 39, he again won the David White Trophy in Baniff, Alberta. He also won races in 1938 and 1939 in Edmonton, Alberta. At the indoor meet in Edmonton in 1939 Babe set a new indoor record with a time of 43 seconds in the 440-yard race and also a new mark of 22 seconds in the 220-yard event. In 1939 at the state meet, Babe set a record in the 220-yard race that stood for 20 years. That year in Baniff, Alberta he took a clean sweep of the four races winning the 220, 440, 880 and two-mile races. It produced a perfect score of 120 points. The next year, in 1940, Babe’s dream of making the USA Olympics team was negated by the start of World War II. In 1938, Babe helped form the Butte Figure Skating Club. He got the organization affiliated with the AAU so skaters could compete in Canada. When his racing days were over, Babe joined the Butte Figure Skating Club in the 1950s and performed in many of their shows. Following his athletic days, O’Farrell stuck with the sport helping organize the Western International Speedskating Meet in 1960 with Bruno Comas of Red Deer, Alberta. Babe helped run the event for many years. He was also active in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball.

1935 Anaconda Winter Carnival Junior Boys’ champion……..

1935 state champion Junior Boys division……………….

1936 state champion Intermediate Boys state speedskating

1936 Intermediate Boys Champion Baniff, Alberta…………

1936 Senior Men’s Champion Banff, Alberta Winter Carnival…

1937 state champion Senior Boys Division………………..

1937 competed in National Indoor Meet in St. Paul, MN……

1937 Senior Men’s Champion Banff, Alberta Winter Carnival…

1938 state champion Men’s Division……………………..

1938 Senior Men’s Champion Baniff, Alberta Winter Carnival

1938 founder Butte Skating Club later called MASSA……….

1939 state champion Men’s Division……………………..

1939 set a 220-yard record at state meet lasted 20 years….

1939 Senior Men’s Champion Baniff, Alberta Winter Carnival..

1950s performed Butte Figure Skating Club……………….

1960 helped organize Western International Speedskating Meet

coached skating, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball……

Don “Lefty” Orlich  

He was an outstanding baseball player in the Butte Copper League. Lefty was called the “Bambino” or Babe Ruth of the circuit for hitting towering home runs. Orlich won the league batting title in 1952 at the age of 36 with a .413 average. He played for the McQueen squad from 1946 to 1957.Lefty was on two league champions in 1953 and 1957. He served as the player-manager for two seasons during his time with the McQueen. Orlich began his baseball career playing on the first American Legion team formed in 1932. He later played on the McQueen’s team and also the Highlander Beer club in the old city league in 1935. He then joined and played for the Silver Bow Parks team in the  Montana State League before hooking on and playing a number of years for the Butte Copper Sox in the Montana State League. He was on the 1939 team that won the league title. Lefty was given a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds in September, 1940. He was to report to the Reds’ minor league training camp the next spring, but military duty prevented him from pursuing a baseball career. Besides playing, Lefty served as the vice president of the Butte Copper League for a number of years.

1932 member Butte American Legion baseball team………….

1935 member McQueen baseball team old city league………..

1935 member Highlander Beer baseball team old city league…

1936-38 member Silver Bow Parks team Montana State League…

1939-40 member Butte Copper Sox team Montana State League…

1940 received a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds………….

1946-57 member McQueen team Copper League……………….

1952 Copper League batting champion….413 batting average..

1952-53 player-manager McQueen baseball team Copper League..

1953 member McQueen team Butte Copper League Champions……

1957 member McQueen team Butte Copper League Champions……

1946-57 served as vice president Butte Copper League……..

George Paul

He was an outstanding running back for Butte High in 1940 and 1941. Paul had a remarkable season in 1941 scoring 15 touchdowns during the season. He rushed for 716 yards on 65 carries. He also completed 29 of 50 passes for 413 yards and 4 touchdowns as he led the Bulldogs to a co-state championship with Billings. Paul was selected first team All-State in football following the season. During his career, George rushed for 927 yards on 80 carries for 19 touchdowns. He completed 34 of 57 passes for 482 yards and 7 touchdowns, plus he snagged 2 interceptions. George later in life developed a competitive handball game. He competed in the sport into his 70s. In 1999, he was selected to the All-Century Butte High football team.

1940 starting back Butte High state football champions…..

1941 starting back Butte High co-state football champions..

1941 selected first team All-State in football………….

longtime handball player in Butte……………………..

1999 selected to All-Century Butte High football team……

 

Contributors

Fritz Apostel

He was a key contributor to the development of skiing in Butte. Apostel was a charter member of the Butte Ski Club when it was formed in 1937. He served as president of the Butte Ski Club from 1953-1970. During that time, Fritz created and managed the city championship ski races and also the Mighty Mite competition for youngsters. Apostel was instrumental in getting the Montana High School Association to sanction skiing as a sport. It was the first varsity competition ever in high school for girls. Fritz won a national certificate to become a ski jump judge at major events. He also served as a coach for the Junior National Nordic team. He was instrumental in the development of a National Nordic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He owned a local ski shop called Fritz’s for over 25 years. Apostel stayed with the Butte Ski Club until they sold their Beef Trail property in 1987. Apostel had the money from that sale put into a trust fund called the Butte Ski Club Charitable Foundation. For over two decades, the funds from that Foundation has been used by local schools to send students out for “Ski Day” at Discovery Basin. The program has allowed hundreds of students the opportunity to learn the sport Fritz Apostel loved, skiing. In addition to skiing, the Foundation in 2009 funded a “Learn to Swim Program” at the local YMCA. This allows third grade students from around the community to come learn how to swim. The Foundation also funded bleachers at the Jeremy Bullock soccer complex.

1937-87 member Butte Ski Club…………………………

1953-70 president Butte Ski Club………………………

1950s  petitioned Montana High School Association for the

varsity sport of skiing in the high schools………

1960s  became a National Certified Ski Jumping Judge…….

1960s  Junior National Nordic Ski Coach………………..

1960s  helped develop National Nordic Training Center……

1963-88 owner Fritz’s Ski House……………………….

1987  helped create Butte Sky Club Charitable Foundation…

 

Ron Collins Sr.

He was a longtime wrestling official well known for his integrity, judgment and famous “flying pin call.” Ron began officiating in 1963 after graduating from high school and would continue in the activity until his retirement in 2010. His career spanned 47 years and in 2014 he was inducted into the Montana Official’s Association Hall of Fame.

Sports officials, like any other vocation or avocation, come in many different packages. Some “get by”; some are “good”; a select few can be considered “great” in their field. Ron exemplified the qualities of a great sports official. He was well-respected by wrestlers, coaches and wrestling fans throughout the state of Montana. If a match or dual meet was going to be close, he was the preferred official among wresters and coaches. This preference resulted in Ron officiating more high school wrestling tournaments than any other official in Montana. His hustle and unique style made wresting entertaining to watch and he was always a fan favorite at many state tournaments.

In addition to high school wrestling, Ron has officiated 12 NAIA National College Wrestling Tournaments starting in 1982, 5 Junior College National Wrestling Tournaments in 1986,87,88,89 and 90. He also was an official at 2 Big Sky Conference tournaments. Collins was placed in charge of officials of the NAIA National Meet in 1996 and served in that role for nine years.

  • In 1990, he was recognized by the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials for his dedication and his achievements in the sport of wrestling as an official.

 

  • In 2007, Collins was named the National Wrestling Official of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine.

 

  • In 2009, he was selected Montana Wrestling Official of the Year.

Ron has also been a longtime supporter and contributor to the success of Butte sports. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in the late 60’s and 70’s. Umpired Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball and substituted as an umpire for the Pioneer League Butte Copper Kings. He was past president of the Mile High Little League, Silver Bow Kiwanis and United Way. Collins was chairman of the chamber of commerce sports and recreation committee, president of the Butte Athletic Council for two years and served three years on the Butte School Board. His strong ties to the community enabled him to help raise money for various teams, athletes and organizations. Ron also helped establish the Butte Wrestling Club and was involved as a coach and official.

 

Jack Crowley

Jack Crowley worked as the club pro at the Highland View Golf Course from 1969 through 1996. Jack’s leadership led to the unique atmosphere of the “Muni,” a place known for its good times and beer machine. The golf course had just a handful of members when Crowley took over in May of 1969. The 9-hole course had nearly 1,000 members by the time he retired. In 2018, the course had less than 400 members. Thanks in large part to Jack, the Par-3 course opened at the Highland View in 1980. During his first several years as pro, Crowley also worked as the club’s grounds keeper. For 29 summers, Jack opened the pro shop early every morning and he closed it after dark.

A 1955 Butte High graduate, Jack played on the Bulldogs’ first golf team. He played on golf teams during his years in the Air Force, and he set the course record at the Deer Park Golf Course in 1965. More than anything, Crowley’s legacy will be junior golfers. He provided free lessons to juniors every summer, and he fought to keep $1 junior days on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekends after 4 p.m. Those junior days went away shortly after his retirement. Jack introduced countless golfers — young and old — to the game of golf, and he helped make sure the “Muni” was a fun place for them to play it.

Francis Dolan and George Perry 

Francis and George were longtime athletic trainers at Butte Central donating their time to the program. Francis and George served in that capacity for three decades until Francis died in 1966. Francis was a vital part of many Butte Central teams which took state titles in both basketball and football. In addition to his duties as athletic trainer, Dolan served on the Butte Central Roundtable, the fund raising arm of Maroons’ athletics, for 17 years. Prior to his days as athletic trainer, Dolan was a football player on the 1924 Butte Central football team that did not get beat during the season. He played in the Independent Basketball League in the 1930s for Texaco and the Daly-Shea team. Francis coached the V.F.W. basketball team to the national finals in Anderson, Indiana, in the 1940s.

1924 member Butte Central football team………………..

1930’s played basketball in the Butte Independent League…

1940’s coached the V.F.W. team to the national basketball      finals in Anderson, Indiana.

1948-1966 athletic trainer Butte Central……………….

1949-1966 member Butte Central Roundtable organization…..

‘Hoot’ Gibson

He has been a longtime supporter and contributor to the success of the wrestling programs in Butte. Gibson helped start the Little Bulldog wrestling program in 1971. The next year, he put down the money to establish the Butte Amateur Wrestling Association with the AAU. Since that time, Hoot has worked with both high schools developing wrestlers and teams. He has been a key contributor to acquiring local, state and national tournaments to Butte. Gibson would do ever possible duty asked to help secure a wrestling tournament and put it on in a first-class manner. He has been a member of the Butte Amateur Wrestling Association for forty years. Through the years, he has mopped mats, sold hot dogs, acquired ads for programs, sold tee-shirts, tickets and also coached kids in the sport of wrestling from the pee-wee division up thru college. He was one of the key reasons why Butte had so much success in wrestling at the high school level in the 1980s and 1990s. He helped secure financing so many youngsters could attend events like the NCAA national tournaments or compete in regional and national events. Gibson is an active member of the Advantage Butte Board of Directors. In 2010, Gibson sold over $20,000 in advertising to help the Shrine Football game which was played for the first time ever in Butte. In 2010, Hoot received the Mike Venner Award from the Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding work in the community.

1971 helped start the Little Bulldog wrestling program……

1972 founding father of the Silver Bow Wrestling Club…….

1971-2011 member Silver Bow Wrestling Association………..

1971-2011 helped secure local, state, national tournaments..

1971-2011 helped finance many trips for wrestlers………..

1971-2011 performed numerous duties and wrestling meets…..

2010 helped sell $20,000 of ads for Shrine football game….

2010 received Mike Venner Award from Chamber of Commerce….

Vern “Hanna” Griffith

A former President and Director of the Montana Speed Skating Association for a number of years. He was instrumental in the development of a speed skating 400 meter oval at the corner of George and Utah Streets in the early 1960s. Through his efforts, a solid group of speedskaters like Judy Morstein Martz and Sylvia White Blaine became members of the 1964 US Olympic team. Griffith was constantly taking speedskaters to meets in Canada and the United States. In addition to speedskating, Griffith was an active member of the South Side Athletic Club and served as manager of the South Side team in the Copper League for two years.  Hanna was a member of the Eclipse Market baseball team in the Butte Amateur League in 1932. He was a catcher and good hitter for many years in the Amateur League and later the Copper League. Griffith was instrumental in the development of Little League in Butte in the early 1950s. He was also an active bowler, competing in many big tournaments and holding down an average of 180 through most of his bowling career. He also sponsored a number of men’s and women’s teams through his business Main Cash Market. Griffith also loved to hunt and fish.

1932-40’s baseball player Butte Amateur & Copper League..

1963 developer of speedskating oval in Butte…………..

1950’s-60’s active member in Montana Speedskating Assoc…

1950’s-60’s manager South Side baseball team……………     active bowler and sponsor for many years………….     helped in the development of the little league…….

Dave Keltz

He served as a longtime successful ski coach at Butte High. Keltz was the Bulldogs coach from 1958-1070. During that time span, he led the Bulldogs to six state championships. His boys teams won state crowns in 1960, 1961, 1966 and 1968. The girls were on top at the state meet in 1960 and 1961. From 1960 to 1968, his boys teams finished in the top three at state every year.

1958  head coach Butte High ski teams………………….

1959  head coach Butte High ski teams………………….

1960  head coach Butte High boys and girls state champions

1961  head coach Butte High boys and girls state champions

1962  head coach Butte High boys ski team……………..

1963  head coach Butte High ski teams………………….

1964  head coach Butte High ski teams………………….

1965  head coach Butte High ski teams………………….

1966  head coach Butte High boys state championship ski team

1967  head coach Butte High ski teams………………….

1968  head coach Butte High boys state championship ski team

1969  head coach Butte High ski teams…………………..

1970  head coach Butte High ski teams…………………..

George “Nig” McGrath 

He was a football player for Butte High in the mid 1930s. McGrath intercepted a pass in the 1936 Butte High-Butte Central football game. McGrath became a star running back for the Englewood team in the Independant Football League. Nig continued to play the game even after a mine accident resulted in the loss of one arm. Nig later went on to become a longtime official and baseball umpire from 1936-1977. He was inducted into the Montana Officials Hall of Fame in 1984.

1936 member Butte High football team……………………

1937-1939 member Englewood football team………………..

1936-1977 worked as an official for high school & college     football and basketball games. He was also an umpire for American Legion, Copper League and Industrial League games…………………………………….

1984 Selected into the Montana Officials Hall of Fame

Sig Meyer 

He was perhaps Butte High’s biggest fan. Sig traveled the state watching the Bulldogs participate in football, basketball, wrestling and track. Meyer helped organize theButte Athletic Council and served as president of the group on a number of occasions. Sig also established the William Meyer Scholarship, in honor of his father. The award was given out every year to a student-athlete going off to college. After the Bulldogs won the state football title in 1981, the team presented him with a signed football. When the Butte High basketball team took state honors in 1984 they gave Meyer a gold basketball. In addition to supporting Butte High, Sig followed Butte Central, Montana Tech and the Butte Copper Kings.

Bill Miller

He was a standout athlete in the sport of taekwondo martial arts. Miller competed in the sport for 24 years. During his time, he earned a black belt. Bill won at least two state championships. He won once as a black belt in the welterweight division. Miller won a gold medal in forms, free sparring and creative board-breaking. The second time he won the state title Miller was in the middleweight black belt division. Miller won the gold medal in forms, free sparring and creative board-breaking. He competed in the National Finals in Anaheim, California. At the Wyoming state finals, Miller took first place in black belt for free fighting. Bill caped his career by competing in the Senior National Taekwondo Martial Arts tournament in San Jose, California. There were over 3,000 competitors in the meet. Miller finished third in free sparring. After his career, Miller gave back to the sport by teaching taekwondo and martial arts at the Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Academy in Butte.

competed 24 years in taekwondo competition…………

state champion welterweight black belt division…….

gold medal forms/free sparing/board-breaking……….

state champion middleweight black belt division…….

gold medal Wyoming State tournament in free fighting..

competed in Senior National Taekwondo tournament……

teacher Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Center…………

Mike Parent 

Mike Parent has been a major contributor to the local sports scene for more than half a century. Mike has coached Little League Baseball in the Mining City since 1962. He has coached the Elks/Photo Stars team in the Northwest Little League Major Boys division since 1969, leading the same team for 47 years. During this time, Mike has also managed or coached 17 Major Boys All-Star teams for Northwest Little League. In 2013, Mike was presented with the prestigious Dale Clawson Montana Little League Award.

In addition to his unparalleled Little League experience, Mike was the tennis director for the City of Butte for approximately 10 years in the 1970s. Mike participated in four varsity sports (baseball, football, bowling and tennis) in college (Montana Tech and MSU). Mike has coached elementary school basketball for the past 42 years (Central, West and Kennedy). Mike first passed his Montana Officials Association test 41 years ago, and has been a basketball referee ever since working at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. Through his Photo Stars business, Mike has been the team photographer for various Montana Tech, Butte High School and Butte Central Catholic High School squads. He also has taken the team and individual photos for countless Little League players. The majority of Butte homes have one or more Mike Parent photos on the refrigerators, walls or album pages.

Mike Parent’s résumé:

1962-present Northwest Little League Baseball Coach
1969-present Head coach of the Elks/Photo Stars Major Boys NWLL Team
2013 Winner of Dale Clawson Little League Award
Grade school basketball coach
Basketball official
Photographer

Jim Peltomaa
He has spent over three decades as one of the main driving forces behind two outstanding youth programs, the Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling Association and the Little Guy Football program. Peltomaa was a volunteer in both programs without any of his own children in either program. Jim has been involved in the Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling Association for over twenty-five years. He has served as a longtime coach, plus served as an executive board member and a key member of the tournament organizing committee. Butte has hosted the Western Regional Amateur Tournament four times and Peltomaa has been a key driving force behind hosting the tournament and also making sure it is successful. He has mentored hundreds of athletes in wrestling with many winning state titles. The Butte team has competing at the highest level in the state and national tournaments with Peltomaa right there as a coach. He has also been involved in the Little Guy football program since its inception in 1995. In the early years, Jim served as a coach in the program. He later turned his attention to administrative duties running the organization. Peltomaa has been unsung hero in both activities and is highly regarded by everyone associated with amateur wrestling and little guy football.

Frank Quinn
He was a longtime sports writer in Butte for the Butte Daily Post and the Montana Standard. Quinn began as a sports reporter at the Butte Daily Post in 1927. Frank used to announce to the general public results of major fights outside the Post building during the era of the ticker tape. Frank was named sports editor at the Daily Post in 1934 and served in that capacity until the paper went out of business in 1961. Quinn wrote a column for the Post called “Sports of All Sorts.” When the Post job ended Frank then served as a sports reporter at the Montana Standard until 1968. Quinn was selected as Montana Sports Writer of the Year in 1960. His column “Frankly Speaking” was a big hit for many years. So was a column called “Whoozit.” In addition to being a reporter Quinn served as a ring announcer in boxing for 50 years from 1929-1968. He was an announcer in many Montana communities including Butte. In 1968 he was honored with the Montana Boxing Association Award for 50 years of service to the sport. Quinn then served 6 years on the State Athletic Commission from 1969-1975. He also coached at the Grant School and St. Ann’s. 1920’s amateur boxer in Butte…………………………

1929-1968 ring announcer for boxing events in Montana……

1927-1934 sports reporter Butte Daily Post…………….. 1934-1961 sports editor Butte Daily Post……………….

1960 selected at Montana Sports Writer of the Year……… 1961-1968 sports reporter at Montana Standard…………..

1968 received Montana Boxing Association Award for service     to the sport……………………………………

1969-1975 served on State Athletic Commission…………..

Bob Rowling

He was a longtime official and Recreation Director at Butte-Silver Bow. Bob served as the Recreation Director for 45 years, retiring in 2012. Rowling was a football and basketball official at the high school and college ranks for 40 years. He worked many high school football and basketball championship games. He was one of the few officials in the state that has served as an official in both a high school football and basketball state championship game. He also was an official for the annual East-West Shrine football game in Great Falls. Rowling also was a football official in the Frontier Conference and the Big Sky Conference. He was an official in four straight 1-AA National Championship games. After 50 years of service as an official, Rowling was honored in 2010 as the recepient of the National Football Foundation Montana Chapter contributor as an official. In addition, Rowling was a softball official and tournament director for many years. He was honored as the Montana Officials District/Regional Delegate for many years. He also served as the State Commissioner of the American Softball Association for many years. Rowling also spent over four decades as the Butte Silver Bow Recreational Director. Rowling was in charge of softball, volleyball, football and basketball leagues in the city. He also oversaw many tournaments in each sport. Rowling was instrumental in the development of the Corette Pool at Stodden Park in 1968. Rowling oversaw the management of the pool for 38 years until the pool was shutdown for good in 2006. He was also a leader for upgrades to the Stodden Park Golf Course and the creation of the Copper Mountain Sports Complex.

1960s-2012 official of high school football and basketball

1960s-2012 official for numerous district/divisional/state

tournaments…………………………………….

1960s-2012 official numerous Shrine football games……..

1970s-2000s official Frontier Conference football……….

1970s-2000s official Big Sky Conference football………..

1980s-2000s Montana Officials Regional Delegate…………

1967-2012 Butte Silver Bow Recreation Director………….

1970s-2000s State Commissioner American Softball Association

1980s official four straight 1-AA national football titles.

1992 official Class A state championship basketball game…

2010 honored as Montana recipient of the National Football

Foundation award as an official……………………

2012 retired as Recreational Director after serving in that

positon for 45 years.

Brother Robert Satterthwaite
He was a football and basketball coach at Butte Central for two years. Satterthwaite led the Maroons to their first state title ever in 1942 in football. He took over the program midway through the season from Howard Ruegemer. Satterthwaite’s club won their final three games of the season to finish the year at 7-1. The seven wins tied a school record. The Maroons scored 169 points during the season. It was the first time they had topped 100 points scored in a year since 1931. Butte Central was declared co-state champions with Glendive. There was no state title game played due to World War II. The next season, Brother Satterthwaite led the Maroons to a 5-2-1 record. Butte Central tied Butte High in the renewal of the city championship game 0-0. It was the first time the Bulldogs had not beaten the Maroons since 1925. In his two years as head coach, Satterthwaite compiled an 8-2-1 record. It was the second highest winning percentage at Butte Central behind only Harold Eaton in 1927-28. In basketball, Brother led the Maroons for two seasons in 1943 and 1944. In 1943, he led the Maroons to a 16-6 record for the season. They finished 1/2 game behind Butte High for the Big 16 League title. There was not state tournament that year due to World War II. The next season, Butte Central went 19-8. Butte Central took the divisional tournament beating Missoula 46-36 in the finals. It was the Maroons’ first divisional crown since 1930. Butte Central got beat by Great Falls in the state semifinals losing by two points 44-42. The Maroons placed third in the tournament. In his two years as head coach, Brother Satterthwaite compiled a record of 35-14. His combined record with football and basketball was 43-16-1. During his playing days, Satterthwaite played for the Maroons in 1923 starting as a running back in the city title game against Butte High. He also played for Dublin Gulch. Satterthwaite became the first Butte Central graduate to be ordained as an Irish Christian Brother. Satterthwaite left Butte and taught and coached in Harlem, New York, Vancouver College in Vancouver, Canada and Cantwell High Schol in Montebello, California.

1923 member Butte Central football team…………………

1924 member Dublin Gulch football team………………….

1942 head coach Butte Central football co-state champions… 1942 first state title in school history………………..

1943 led the Maroons to a 5-2-1 record for the season…….

1943 head coach Butte Central basketball team  16-6 record..

1943 tied Butte High in city title game…………………

1942-43 career record at Butte Central 8-2-1…………….

1944 head coach Butte Central divisional basketball champs..

1944 led Maroons to a 19-8 record third place finish state..

1942-44 overall coaching record two sports 43-16-1.

Bruce Sayler

He was a longtime sports writer for The Montana Standard newspaper. Sayler was hired at the local paper in 1979 and stayed at the Butte establishment until 2012. Sayler covered every potential sport during his tenure at The Standard. The list includes: football, baseball, basketball, track, wrestling, tennis, swimming and many other activities. In addition to his regular duties, Sayler was actively involved in the community. He wrote the program for the 1982 and 1983 city of champions banquets held at the Butte Civic Center. He spent countless hours on his own time covering athletes, coaches and teams during his time at the Butte paper.
In 2012, Sayler started working for ButteSports.com, where his career continues.

Jim Scown

He served as the league president at the Northwest Little League in Butte for 26 years from 1970-1995. Scown helped begin girls Little League softball in Montana in 1974. He was the first league president to provide girls softball in the Pacific Northwest. He is credited with being a pioneer of the sport. During his tenure as president, the girls’ teams at Northwest won nine state titles. Scown served on the board of the District 2 Little League for 21 years. In the early 1990s, Butte-Silver Bow renovated the Northwest Little League and named it Jim Scown Field. Scown served many years as a coach of all sports at the grade school level at Washington, Whittier, Greeley, St. Ann’s, North and South Central. His tenure at the Northwest Little League began in 1954 as an umpire. He started coaching in 1965 with the Ossello’s club. During his own playing days, Scown participated in fast pitch softball and also was a member of the Butte Buzzies football team.

1947 started coaching at the Washington Grade School……..

1950 defensive linemen Butte Buzzies football team……….

1954 umpire Butte Northwest Little League……………….

1965 started coaching at Northwest Little League…………

1970-1995 served as president of Northwest Little League….

1974 started the first girls’ softball league in state…….

1970’s-80’s served as coach at St. Ann’s, North & South      Central, Whittier and Greeley Grade Schools

1990 Northwest Little League field renamed Jim Scown Field 1975-96 served on District Two Little League Board for state

  1. Owen Smithers

He was a longtime photographer of Butte sporting events and teams. C.Owen took hundreds of photos of local grade school, high school, college and independent football, baseball and basketball teams. Smithers came to Butte in 1923. He was still taking photos when he died 49 years later in 1972. In addition, Smithers was a co-founder of the Butte Veterans’ Day race with Montana School of Mines athletic director and Butte Sports Hall of Fame member Charlie McAuliffe. They started the race in 1934. It has been carried on and run through the streets of Butte ever since then except for the war years between 1942-45. Smithers continued to help run and organize the race until his death in 1972.

1923-72 photographer of Butte sports teams and events…….

1934 co-founder of Butte Veterans’ Day race……………..

1934-72 helped organize the annual Veterans’ Day race…….

 

Rudy Tomazich

He was a longtime successful coach in the Butte Copper League. Rudy coached both the North Side and Miners Union. During an eight-year period, Tomazich led his team to either the league title or the final championship series. He coached 11 years in the Copper League, winning seven pennants and four league titles. In addition to being a coach, Rudy played baseball in the old Independent League in 1937 and 1938 with the Modern Woodsmen. He pitched a no-hitter in both 1937 and 1938. He signed a contract and played in the Dodgers’ farm system. After a stint in the service during the war, Rudy returned to play in the Copper League. A shoulder injury forced him to become a coach. He also competed five seasons for Centerville in the

Independent Football League during the 1930s. He was the captain of the Centerville team during his final year of competition.

1930s member Centerville football team in Independent League

1930s played in Dodgers’ farm system……………………

1946 played in the Butte Copper League………………….

1947 coach North Side to Copper League championship…….

1948 coach North Side to Copper League regular season title

Tom Tutty

He was a longtime volunteer for Butte High School athletics and other events around the community of Butte. Tutty served as official scorer for many years at basketball tournaments in the community. In addition, he was the pole vault judge at numerous track meets. He did his job so well that Tutty went to various parts of Montana to judge the pole vault at many state meets. Tutty was involved in the Butte Athletic Council and received their Special Recognition Award one year for his outstanding service to Bulldogs’ athletics. Tutty also helped at Butte Copper Kings games serving as a ticket taker and announcer. 1 comment



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  • Louie
    January 10, 2019, 6:08 pm

    Great job with the hall of fame bio’s
    I read every one many great candidates!
    Thanks for all you do for butte sports!

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