Maroons celebrate 100th anniversary

Butte Central athletics will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a two-day event in July.

The school announced some plans for the event this afternoon at a news conference at the Maroon Activities Center.

A welcome reception will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The next day will feature the Butte Central booster Club’s McArthur/O’Brien Memorial Golf Tournament. Play begins at 9 a.m.

Wednesday will also include the 100th anniversary banquet at the Maroon Activities Center. Beverages begin at 5:30 p.m., with the banquet starting at 7.

Several mini-reunions celebrating the many eras of Maroon Athletics are currently being planned in conjunction with the two-day event. Details on those will be announced in May.

Butte Central sports began in the fall of 1914 when the Maroons took the football field for the first time.

Since then, BC has captured 34 state championships in 11 different boys’ and girls’ programs.

In 1982, Butte Central became the first Montana school to win the boys’ and girls’ state track and field championships in the same day.

In 1999 and 2000, the Maroons became the first team to post back-to-back undefeated championship seasons.

In 2013, Butte central captured the Northwestern Energy Academic Excellence Award for the Class A. The award recognizes the school with the highest cumulative grade point average of students who participate in athletics, speech and debate, music and drama. Butte Central has won the award in five of the last seven years.

Butte Central state championships

Football (10) 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973

Girls’ basketball (three) 1981, 1982, 2011

Boys’ cross country (five) 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1980

Boys’ basketball (five) 1950, 1956, 1978, 1984, 1992

Boys’ golf (two) 1978, 1989

Girls’ softball (three) 1997, 1999, 2000

Boys’ swimming (one) 1996

Wrestling (one) 1983

Boys’ track & field (one) 1982

Girls’ track & field (three) 1981, 1982, 1983

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