Sportsmanship trumps bitter rivalry

The following is from Blake Hempstead’s blog,

During the second meeting of Butte Central-Anaconda (Saturday) night at Memorial Gymnasium, a simple act of helping a friend proved no matter the game, situation or hatred one rival has over the other, sportsmanship triumphs over all.

Anaconda’s Kiernan Gallahger had slipped to the floor and rolled her ankle. She fell to the ground awkwardly, then struggled to walk it off. When it became obvious she wasn’t going to make it, Butte Central’s Mariah Cooney bent over, picked Gallagher up into her arms without hesitation and walked her to the Copperhead bench where the trainer awaited.

It was greeted with a round of applause by the large crowd and served notice to so many in the stands that friendship, such as the one shared between these two girls off the floor, shall not be ruined by representing ones school-even when it’s AHS-BC.

BC went on to win and secure the No. 1 seed heading into the divisional tournament starting next week at the Maroon Activities Center. With a win in the first round against Dillon, Anaconda and BC will meet in the semis for a chance at the divisional title.

But that all meant nothing to Cooney, who put her team and school on hold to do the right thing.

It’s one of the best moments I remember seeing at Memorial Gymnasium, one I could get used to seeing a little more often. 2 comments

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  • Sandi Skender
    February 18, 2013, 9:50 am

    As the high school counselor at Butte Central Catholic High School I want to congratulate Mariah for showing how we at Butte Central HS practice good sportsmanship! I am so proud of all our students and to those who are willing to “step up to the plate”. Thank You! Mariah!

  • Carla
    February 18, 2013, 8:37 pm

    This is so cool growing up in philipsburg 30 years ago this. Makes me so happy to hear! Wish all schools were like this! We live in colorado now and My daughter tore her ACL in the second game of the season! She leads in all sports and when she fell theckach from the oposing team got to her before our own! One of the refs even said hurry and get her off the floor! The other ref dais absolutely not she can stay there as long as she needs! When the game was over the whole team came hugged her and wished her well! So this story makes me proud to be from Montana !!!!!


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