Maroons take victory lap

Maroons take victory lap
Butte Central seniors Aaron Richards and Braden Harrington hold trophies as the Maroons ride the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department's ladder truck Friday on Harrison Avenue. Richards holds a trophy from the divisional tournament while Harrington grips the state title hardware. Also shown are, from left, senior Matt Simkins, Carter Kelly and Cade "Buzz" Kelly. (Bill Foley photos)

Champions finally ride firetrucks

The state champion Butte Central Maroons finally got to take their victory parade around the “City of Champions.”

A little more than two months after claiming the Class A State championship, the Butte Central boys’ basketball team rode firetrucks around Butte this evening.

The victory lap was delayed because of the coronavirus. For the Maroons and their fans, who followed the parade uptown and downtown, it was definitely worth the wait.

BC delivered the school its first boys’ basketball state crown in 28 years at the Class A State tournament in Billings. The Maroons knocked off Billings Central and Browning to advance to the state championship game.

The title tilt, however, was not played against undefeated Hardin because the tournament was called off because the coronavirus reached the state on the eve of what will go down as “The Greatest Game Never Played.”

Central and Hardin were declared co-champions.

Members of the state championship team are Jared Simkins, Luke Heaphy, Matt Simkins, Braden Harrington, Trevor Neumann, Gator Yelenich, Bryan Holland, Ryan Wahl, Egan Lester, Kyle Holter, Aaron Richards, Thomas McGree, Isaac Sholey, Bryson Sestrich, Drew Badovinac and Dougie Peoples.

Brodie Kelly is the head coach. He is assisted by Renzy Kelly, Collin Hollow, Tanner Neumann, Alex Murphy and Keegan McCarthy.

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