Holter dream comes true with Oredigger signing

Holter dream comes true with Oredigger signing
Butte Central senior Cade Holter poses for photos with his parents C.D. Holter and Dawn (Bugni) Holter after signing with Montana Tech Tuesday at Butte Central.

By Bill Foley

For Cade Holter, Tuesday was a day in which a dream came true.

Surrounded by his parents, classmates, teammates, teachers and coaches at Butte Central, Holter signed an NAIA Letter of Intent to play basketball at Montana Tech.

“I really wanted to do this since forever,” Holter said after a brief ceremony at the BC rotunda. “I really wanted to play college basketball, so I’m really excited about this.”

The signing comes after Holter was a key contributor for the Maroons for 107 varsity games. Only Joe Devich, who closed his BC career with 111 games in 1946-47, played more  games for the Maroons.

Holter played in every BC varsity game from his freshman year on.

“This is a special guy here,” BC coach Brodie Kelly told the Central students. “He loved playing for the school, and he loved playing for you.”

Holter earned Class A All-State honors during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 11.7 points to lead BC to a 22-5 record and the third-place trophy at the Class A State tournament in Great Falls.

A model of consistency, Holter scored 210 points in 18 regular-season games and 105 points in nine postseason contests.

Holter, the MVP of the Western A Divisional tournament in Hamilton, is also know for his defensive prowess, shutting the top scorer of opposing teams.

“He’s a winner,” Montana Tech coach Adam Hiatt said. “He’s a tough, team oriented guy. He’s a kid who’s going to be able to fulfill any role that we ask him to fulfill from a freshman on through when he’s a senior.”

Kelly, a 1993 Butte Central graduate who had a standout career in basketball at Montana Tech, has coached the Maroons the past 15 seasons. Hiatt said Kelly vouching for Holter pushed him over the top in offering the BC senior a scholarship.

“He’s got a really high ceiling for basketball ability,” Hiatt said of Holter. “His coach, Coach Kelly, raves about him. He basically told us in terms of what we’re looking for to fill this roster spot he’s a no-brainer.”

“We were fortunate enough to see him several times, and we had our own opinions on him. When you’re able to hear that from his coach, who is very candid and doesn’t deceive anybody, it just speaks volumes. “

Holter, also a standout in football and in the javelin in track, said he feared his high school career would mark the end of his basketball career.

Then, he heard from Tech assistant coach Derek Selvig.

“Right before state, Coach Selvig texted me ‘good luck’ and stuff, and that they’d be watching,” Holter said. “That got me really excited.”

Then Holter went out and put on an epic performance for the Maroons. That included two battles on Saturday, an overtime win over Livingston in the morning and a double-overtime victory over Hamilton in the third-place game.

“I’m really excited to get to play in my hometown,” Holter said. “Butte’s always been good to me. I can stay with the best people in the world. My parents will be able to watch me. I’m really happy for them.”

Butte Central principal J.P. Williams said Holter is a role model for every student at Butte Central, on and off the court.

“He’s an incredible young man,” Williams said. “He’s the model of student athletes. He’s 100 percent accountable in the classroom and 100 percent accountable to his teammates and community.”

Holter, the son of C.D. Holter and Dawn (Bugni) Holter, said he is undecided about his major.

“I’m not really sure what I want to do,” he said.

That is, he is unsure of what he wants to do off the court. On the court, his mind has been made up for quite some time.

“I thought about it a lot,” Holter said. “I didn’t really put my name out there to play football because I knew if I wanted to do anything it would be basketball.”


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