Montana-Wyoming series will have a very ‘Western’ feel to it

DILLON — On Friday and Saturday there will be a very Western feel to the Midland Roundtable Montana-Wyoming All-Star series.

This annual series matches the top high school boys and girls basketball players from their respective states against each other.

Three of the four coaches on the Montana side of the series have ties to the University of Montana Western. This includes two current coaches and a former player.

The boys are coached by Montana Western’s eight-year head coach, Steve Keller. This will be Keller’s fourth year leading the Montana team against their counterparts from Wyoming. Coach Keller on being able to coach the Montana all-stars, “it is a great experience and I feel honored to coach the best players in the state of Montana.”

Keller will be assisted by long-time friend and former Three Forks coach, Mike Sauvageau, who recently retired after 31 years of experience in high school. There is a deep connection that has been formed by Keller and his assistant, “Mike has been a good friend for a long and he is one of the better coaches in the state and has coached some of my players.” Sauvageau coached recent UMW graduate and all-conference performer Jordan Overstreet at Three Forks High School.

Keller looks to extend his 6-0 record against the all-stars from Wyoming this year.  The boys from Montana lead the all-time series 51-27, including six straight victories dating back to 2011.

The head coach for the girls’ team is Rocky Mountain College’s first year Head Coach, Wes Keller, Steve’s oldest son and former first team all-conference Bulldog basketball player. Wes Keller will be assisted by third year Montana Western Women’s head coach, Lindsay Woolley.

Woolley is looking forward to his second go around with the all-star series, “it is going to be a fun week and especially for me because I was fortunate enough to play in this game in 1998. Now I get to go back and help insure that these young women have a great experience like I did.” Woolley’s team split with the Wyoming all-stars in 1998.

The Montana girls have shared a similar success the boys have, winning twelve of the last fourteen match-ups against the Wyoming All-Stars and a 24-12 overall record. Montana split the series last year, losing the second game in overtime.

The first set of games on Friday will be played at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming, while Saturday’s games will be played at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. The girl’s games are set to tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the boys to follow.

— Montana Western Sports Information 

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