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 Lucas Kingston of Butte High and Jayden Mitchell of Butte Central.
Butte High: Lucas Kingston
Kingston was one of the key members of Butte High’s 11-1 team in 2019.
He earned All-State honors while playing left guard for the Bulldogs. He helped protect quarterback Tommy Mellott as the Bulldogs amassed 2,976 yards through the air. He helped pave the way as Butte High ran for 3,071 more.
Kingston also earned All-State honors on the O-line as a junior.
An Academic All-State player, Kingston was also a force on the defensive line for the Bulldogs.
In February, Kingston signed to play football for Montana Tech, either on the offensive or defensive line. He was named an alternate to for the West roster in the Montana East-West Shrine Game.
Butte Central: Jayden Mitchell
In his years at BC, Mitchell was known for his hard work and dedication.
That stands out even if he never earned All-State honors while logging long miles for the Maroon cross country and track teams. He competed at the state meet three times.
Mitchell’s best time came in his last cross country meet in the Mining City. He finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 40 seconds at Butte High’s meet in Oct. 5 at the Highland View Golf Course.
This spring, he was looking for another solid season on the track.
Mitchell will now put his hard-working mindset to work for his country. He has enlisted into the Army National Guard.