Zach Bunney, Anthony Moritz and Drew Schleeman’s football careers in the Mining City didn’t end with that magical victory over Bozeman in the Class AA State championship game.
The three Butte High Bulldogs will also play football at Montana Tech.
Orediggers coach Chuck Morrell announced the signing of 11 players today. That list included Bunney, Moritz and Schleeman.
“I am ecstatic to have these three players staying in Butte,” Morrell said in a statement. “They understand what it means to win championships, which is certainly something we are after here at Tech.”
The list of signings also includes standout Helena High quarterback Dawson Reardon. Nine of the new Orediggers are from Montana.
Other players signing with the Orediggers are Matthew Tokarz of Kalispell, Gunnar Kayser of Colbert, Wash., Frank Ravarino of Sandy, Utah, Will Davey of Polson, Zach Winfield of Helena and Luke Bewley and Ryan Stemple of Missoula
“We are very pleased with this group of young men that will be attending Montana Tech,” Morrell said. “The commitment to excellence at Tech on and off the field really shows in the caliber of student-athlete we were able to attract this past season.
“We feel like we were to able address several future needs with excellent prospects. Not only did we sign some outstanding skill players we were also able to add to our line play with size and strength.”
— Bunney, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound running back and corner, was the offensive team captain for the 2012 State champions. He was selected first team All-State as a fullback and was named honorable mention All-Conference as a cornerback. Last spring in track, Bunney was part of the first place Eastern Divisional 400-meeter relay team. The son of Dana Bunney and Tom Bunney, Zach Bunney was named Academic All-State in football and track as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. Bunney will play for the West in the 2013 Shrine Game.
— Moritz, a 6-foot, 275-pound offensive and defensive lineman, will play defensive line for the Orediggers. The past two seasons, Moritz was selected second team All-Conference and All-State for the Bulldogs, and will play on the line for the West in the Shrine Game. Moritz is the son of Tom Moritz and Mike and Colleen Fink.
— Schleeman, a 6-foot-3, 215 pound offense and defensive lineman, will play linebacker for the Orediggers. Schleeman is the son of assistant head football coach Doug Schleeman and Tara Schleeman and Mindy Kane. Schleeman is slated to play in the East West Shrine game this summer as well as the Montana-Dakota All-Star Game. This past year, he was an All-Conference honorable mention as an offensive guard and was named first team All-State as a long snapper.
— Tokarz, a 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback and safety comes to Butte from Flathead High school, where he was a standout in both football and track. He will play wide receiver for the Orediggers. Tokarz will play for the West Shrine team this summer as well. As a junior, he was selected second team All-Conference and All-State honorable mention as a quarterback. This past fall, he earned second team All-Conference and All-State honorable mention as a safety. He was a successful jumper in track and field. He finished third at state last spring in the triple and long jump. The son of Raymond Tokarz and Eileen Ciancido, Tokarz will major in business.
— Kayser, 6’4” 200-pound quarterback and safety, attended 4A Mead High School, which is part of the Greater Spokane League. Next year, he will play wide receiver for the Orediggers. In football, Kayser earned second-team All-GSL as a defensive back in 2012. He was selected the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner for Mead and was a state finalist. In addition to football, Kayser also had success in track. He was selected first team All-GSL in 2011 and 2012; his 400-meter relay team took second and third those years. Kayser is the National Honors Society and German Club president at Mead. He has a 3.95 GPA and plans on majoring in Petroleum Engineering.
— Frank Ravarino is a 6-3, 265-pound offense and defensive lineman. Ravarino, who played football and wrestled at 5A Alta High School, will play on the offensive line for Tech. Ravarino is a three-year varsity letter winner in both football and wrestling. Last fall, he was selected All-Region as an offensive lineman. He took second place at the state power lifting competition. The son of Michelle and Frank, Ravarino has a 3.7 GPA and will major in engineering.
— Davey, a 6-1,175-pound wide receiver and safety, will play safety for the Orediggers. Davey was a two-year All-State selection and the 2012 Co-Defensive MVP for Class A. A multi-sport athlete, Davey was a four year letter recipient in basketball as well as an exceptional tennis player. He has a first and fourth place Divisional medals and a third at state. This summer, Davey will play in the Shrine game. The son of Steve Davey and Angie Stilson, Davey will major in biological sciences.
— Winfield is a 6-1, 200-pound running back who attended Helena High. Last season, he was selected first team All-Conference and second team All-State in addition to being a team captain for the Bengals. Winfield set school records in total touchdowns in a season (21) and points scored in a season (126). He was selected to play in the East West Shrine game this summer. Winfield brings a 3.96 GPA to Tech and is a member of the National Honors Society. The son of David and Monica, he will major in petroleum engineering.
— Reardon, who is 6-1 and 190-pounds, will play quarterback at Tech. Reardon was selected first-team All-Conference and second team All-State last season. Also a record setter for the Bengals, Reardon set single season marks in total yards, most touchdown passes, and highest completion percentage. He was selected to play in the Montana-Dakota All-Star game as well as the East-West Shrine game. In academics, he has a 3.67 GPA and earned eight Academic All-State honors. The son of Kurt and Erin Johnston, he will major in engineering.
— Bewley, a 6-1, 190-pound quarterback and safety from Missoula Hellgate, will play safety for the Orediggers. While at Hellgate, Bewley was a four-time letter winner in football and twice in basketball. Bewley earned second team All-Conference and an All-State honorable mention nod at safety. He was selected team captain and offensive MVP as a senior. The son of Marty and Bobbi, he will major in business.
— Stemple, a 6-3, 290-pound offensive and defensive lineman from Missoula Big Sky, will play on the offensive front for the Orediggers. As a sophomore and junior, Stemple was selected All-State honorable mention as an offensive tackle. This past season, he earned second team All-State for his play on both sides of the ball. He was also team captain for the 2012 season. As a multi-sport athlete, Stemple played basketball, wrestling and was a thrower on the track team. Stemple has a 3.85 GPA and was named Academic All-State nine times. The son of Brand and Shannon Stemple and Cyndi Meyer, he will major in geological engineering.