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.
Today, we shine the spotlight on Butte High Bulldogs Sydney Doyle and Myles McClernan.
She was a valuable piece of Butte High’s volleyball team. She split setter duties, running Butte High’s attack as the Bulldogs qualified for the Class AA State tournament for the first time in 13 years.
As a junior in tennis, Doyle and teammate Sierra Meza came within one win of advancing to the state tournament. She was looking to take that next step before the season was wiped out this spring.
Doyle, a recipient of the Mariah Daye McCarthy Scholarship, was also voted Homecoming Queen in 2019. She plans to attend Montana Tech and major in nursing.
He hand a hand in perhaps Butte High’s biggest play of the season in 2019.
After teammate Scout Allen raced down a Billings West receiver to force a fumble inside the 1-yard line in the Class AA semifinals, McClernan caught the ball out of the air to give the Bulldogs the touchback.
It was just another example of McClernan coming through for Butte High when called on. He provided solid play on the defensive line all season.
McClernan also had a standout senior season on the wrestling mat. He placed sixth at 182 pounds at the Class AA state meet in Billings.