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 Cory West and Justice Ross.
One largely unmentioned key to the success of the 2019 Butte High football team was their hidden yardage.
The Bulldogs started so many possessions in good field position, and one of the main reasons for that was West. As a return man, West helped set the Bulldogs up for success. He racked up 488 yards on 23 returns this season. That is an average of 21.2 yards per return.
West also contributed on offense and defense. He hauled in 20 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. As a junior, West caught 24 passes for 257 yards and two scores.
West also ran track and wrestled in his years at Butte High.
In 2019, Ross was a shining example of hard work paying off in the long run.
Ross ran for the Bulldog cross country team for three seasons. As a senior, she battled hard to overcome an injury and post her best season.
Ross ran her fastest time came at the Class AA State meet in Great Falls. Her time of 25 minutes, 48 seconds marked the first time she ran in the 25s. Bulldog coach Guy Wadas called it a “gutsy performance.”