Ed Simonich, Jr., a 1961 graduate from Butte Central, and the son of legendary coach Ed Simonich will be one of the keynote speakers at the 100th anniversary celebration of Butte Central athletics this July, the school announced today.
Simonich played varsity football for the Maroons from 1958-60 as an offensive lineman who was selected and played in the 1961 Montana East-West Shrine Game. He played for his father at Montana Tech and was a member of the 1962 Orediggers’ football team that ended a nine-year losing streak. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, Simonich earned a master’s degree in the same field at Stanford. He spent 36 years in the oil business as an engineer.
The Maroons will celebrate the milestone with two days of events this July. The banquet will begin on Tuesday, July 15 with a social at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The general public is welcome to this no-host event. Wednesday morning, July 16 the annual McArthur-O’Brien golf tournament will be held at Fairmont Hot Springs. The event starts at 9 a.m. and has a tournament-limit for 120 golfers.
Wednesday night, Butte Central will hold a banquet at the Maroon Activities Center. The event begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. The banquet will honor student-athletes from every generation over the past 100 years.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Butte Central Foundation office by calling 723-6706. The office will also take reservations to participate in the golf tournament.