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 Emma Field and Sean Foley
For the past three seasons, Field has been a force at the net for the Butte High volleyball team.
The 6-foot-3 middle blocker helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class AA State tournament last November. It was Butte High’s first trip to state in 13 seasons.
Field, who had to shoulder more of a load after fellow 6-3 senior Kira Mortensen suffered a season-ending injury, earned an all-conference honorable mention in her final season.
A member of the National Honors Society and a valedictorian of the Butte High Class of 2020, Field received several scholarships, including the Believe Sorini Strong Scholarship and the Mariah Daye McCarthy Scholarship. She to study bio chemistry at Montana State University.
He went from a patient in the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane to a solid career for the Bulldogs.
Foley ran cross country for Butte High all four seasons at Butte High. As a senior, he won the school’s Purple and White race in Uptown Butte. He also ran distance races for the Bulldog track team.
“He’s been as steady and consistent as it gets for four years,” Butte High cross country coach Guy Wadas said after last year’s state meet.
That running career came after Foley was born with a clubfoot that required multiple surgeries and countless trips to the hospital in Spokane.
Foley, a recipient of the Mariah Daye McCarthy Scholarship, will attend Montana Tech.