For many years, we have known that Butte High and Butte Central would each have an outstanding senior class of athletes for the 2019-20 school year.
Those seniors, who are now graduates, have proven us correct by giving us four years of memorable performances that spanned the fall, winter and spring.
The COVID-19 pandemic, however, prevented the members of the Class of 2020 from ending their high school careers in the celebrated style that they deserve.
So, Butte Sports has teamed up with KBOW and KOPR to salute our 2020 seniors.
This week, we shine the spotlight on Scout Allen of Butte High and Cutter Thatcher of Butte Central.
Butte High: Scout Allen
The diminutive safety started his junior season as a junior varsity player. By midseason, he was one of the top players on the varsity defense.
A year later, in 2019, Allen was the heart and soul of the Butte High defense, leading the team with 106 total tackles during the Bulldogs’ run to the Class AA State title game. Allen registered 75 solo tackles.
The biggest of those tackles came in the semifinal win over Billings West, when Allen chased down a West receiver and forced a fumble inside the 1-yard line. The momentum changing play held Butte High go on to a 35-6 victory.
Allen’s “McGregor walk” to celebrate the play might end up being the lasting memory from the season.
In addition to lettering three years in football, Allen took home four varsity letters on the wrestling mat. He represented the Bulldogs at state at 126 pounds as a sophomore and a junior. His trip to state as a junior came after he missed much of the season with a broken leg.
Allen placed fourth at state at 138 pounds as a senior.
Butte Central: Cutter Thatcher
If you ask Butte Central track coach Dan McGree, nobody lost out more when the spring season was canceled than Thatcher.
The Maroon was on the verge of a huge season in multiple events, the coach said.
As a junior, Thatcher placed in four events at the Class A State meet in Laurel. He took second in the long jump, fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 400 meters. He also ran a leg of BC’s sixth place 400-meter relay team with Thomas McGree, Luke Jensen and Clay Fisher.
In 2020, Thatcher would have been one of the favorites for gold in the long jump, hurdles and 400, maybe even more.
Do not take our word for that, however. Listen to the University of Montana track coaches.
In February, Thatcher signed to run track for the Grizzlies while surrounded by his large family — either in person or on Face Time.
In true Thatcher form, Cutter took a shot at his siblings after the signing. He pointed out that his sisters Alex, Hattie and Kloie signed to play basketball at NAIA schools while he was heading to an NCAA Division I school.