Thursday’s Hot Ticket: High School Hoops Resume in The Mining City

By John Robbins

Both Mining City high schools are coming off their Christmas breaks and look to come off the break refreshed and make a run for the state tournaments.

The Butte Central girls (0-3/0-5) will play host to Park (0-1/1-3) @ the MAC Thursday January 5th @7:15pm, the Butte Central boys (3-0/4-1) will travel to Livingston @7:15 to take on Park (0-1/1-3). 

The Butte High boys (0-0/1-2) will return to action Friday night @ the Ross J. Richardson Memorial Gym, they will play host to Glacier (0-0/3-1) and tipoff is @6pm. The Butte High girls (0-0/1-2) will travel to Flathead to battle with Glacier (0-0/1-3) in their return to action this week.

I spoke with Bulldogs coach Matt Luedtke on what he expected of his team out of the break, “I am hoping that after break we will shoot the ball better, pass the ball better, and defend better. I would like my players to be really aggressive on both ends of the floor and be a little more polished running our stuff than we were in the first three games” The Bulldogs had a shaky first 3 games of the season but showed great potential going forward, they continue to improve each game.

Stenson drives to the basket Friday night (photo by John Robbins)

The Lady Maroons ended 2022 on a tough loss to Corvalis and look to bounce back and have some things ironed out during their break.” Over the break our girls worked extremely hard. The amount of time teams get over the break is a grind; we have some great opportunities coming up this month and I know we will give it our best shot.”

Arika Stajcar knocks down a jumper against Corvallis. (Photo Butte Sports)

The Butte Central boys have come out firing on all cylinders with their only loss coming in the state title rematch game against Fergus. Butte Central looks sharp and poised to make a deep tournament run in 2023.

Dougie Peoples of Butte Central drives to the hoop Saturday in Frenchtown. (Shelly Davis photo)

The Lady Bulldogs ended their 2022 year on a positive note as well as they began to find a groove with a new team this year and look to continue that against Glacier this week. The Lady Dogs are fitting the pieces in this year after losing the bulk of their scoring from a season ago. They are young but they play hard and determined for coach Arnston.

Sophomore Brityn Stewart takes a jumper in the first quarter. (Photo by John Robbins Butte Sports)