KSEN/K96 – Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the Week played big roles in helping their teams advance on in the playoffs. The Choteau volleyball team, a perennial state qualifier, is advancing on again after winning championships in the 1B District and the Northern B Divisional. The Lady Bulldogs have once again made it, despite an almost entirely new team from a year ago.   Head coach Ann Funk says it’s not your typical Bulldog team and that can partly be attested in our choice for athlete of the week…….junior Katie

Kostelnik is not big……..just 5-7, but as an outside hitter she knocks ‘em down just as well as the bigger players. Kostelnik led the lady bulldogs with 11 kills, 4 blocks and 4 aces in the championship match win over Fairfield and in the semi-final against Shelby Friday Night was also the team leader in kills with 11.  Funk agreed with our assessment saying Katie had a fabulous divisional tournament and says Kostelnik is a hard working player, always trying to improve and try new things.    After being assured of a state berth following the Friday Night win, coach funk said, in regards to qualifying for state, this year has been harder than most.

Male Athlete of the Week honors go to one of the Fairfield stars who could have been considered for the award just about every week of the season.    Senior tailback Cade Heckman helped the eagles get off to a fast start in the quarterfinal playoff game against Colstrip last weekend, something Coach Les Myer called key. Heckman scored touchdowns on the Eagles first two drives of the game, picked up another later on in the half and put a stamp on the eagles 1st half dominance with a 55-yard interception return for a td.   He did get some help from teammate Chandler on this play. Heckman ended the day with 91 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Coach Myer says Heckman is a very good student and an individual who younger kids look up to.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96 –Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the Week, Junior Katie Kostelnik of Choteau and senior Cade Heckman of Fairfield.    The Athlete of the Week is sponsored locally by McDonalds in cut bank……McDonalds provides our Athletes of the Week with two free value meals.