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 Mario Uggetti and Andrew Booth.
He did not score a touchdown, catch a pass or make on tackle for the Bulldog football team. For four seasons, however, Uggetti was a key member of the team as the manager.
Not only was Uggetti a hard worker when it came to his job, he was also a leader by example for everyone on the team.
“He would always show up with a great attitude and smile,” Bulldog head coach Arie Grey said. “He’s an awesome kid.”
Uggetti routinely helped fire the Bulldogs up from the sidelines during games and practices throughout his four years.
As a junior, Uggetti competed on the Butte High wrestling junior varsity team. Now that he’s a graduate, Uggetti plans to work to become and firefighter and an EMT.
Booth’s career went from one that might have been to one that ended on a high note.
The sharp-shooting Booth was instrumental as Butte High made a late-season run that ended with Bulldogs’ first trip to the Class AA since 2013.
Booth connected on 37 shots from 3-point land, and he seemed to play his best ball at the biggest moments, hitting key shots as Butte High placed fourth at the Western AA Divisional tournament in Missoula.
He was also on his way to a terrific career in football and baseball before suffering a gruesome broken leg playing baseball the summer before his junior season. Booth was a touchdown machine in junior varsity football, and he had a strong arm and solid bat in baseball.
Without question, Booth would have been a major contributor to the Bulldog football team as a junior and a senior without the injury. He also would have been an asset for the Butte Miners.
Booth, who does not turn 18 until this month, plans to attend Montana Tech. He has not ruled out trying out for the Oredigger basketball team.