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Athlete of the Year 2011[Gallery]

Last night, at the Shelby Elks Club, KSEN/K96 in conjunction with Bozeman Trophy presented a Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2010/2011.
Dinner was catered by TLC Catering of Shelby and we had 33 of our 38 athletes in attendance. Athletes, parents, family and friends enjoyed a fantastic lasagna dinner and listened to Coach Mark Sampson, of the MSU Northern Lights Football team, talk about being proud to win, using your influence over other students to get more of their classmates involved in the winning tradition continued by the athletes in the room last night.  Check out the finalists after the jump…

Female Finalists were:

Rashelle Johns – Jr. Conrad, Dec. 18th-21st, 2010

Rashelle is a talented Athlete in Volleyball, Basketball and a Pitcher for the Conrad girls Softball team.  She was honored as an Athlete of the Week in Basketball after scoring 21 points in a hard fought win over conference rival Cut Bank.  Among those 21 points was 5-6 at the free throw line in the overtime period.  She was a 2nd team All-Conference Volleyball player and an All-State selection in Basketball.

Skylar Steinbach – Sr. Fairfield, March 3rd-5th, 2011

Skylar was instrumental in leading Fairfield to their 3rd State B Championship in the last 4 years.  In the State Tournament, Skylar hit 15-16 from the free throw line and a perfect 8-8 in the last minute of the Championship game to seal the victory over Malta.  She was an All-Tournament, All-Conference, All-State selection for the Eagles.  Skylar ran the offense for the Eagles and was a big part of the defense that held Malta to just 8 points in the second half of the Championship game.

Alisha Breen – So. Choteau, Oct. 7th-9th, 2010 & Feb. 28th-29th, 2011

There’s much more to come for Alisha who as just a Sophomore was named to the Great Falls Tribune Super State Basketball Team.    She was a KSEN Athlete of the Week for both Volleyball and Basketball.   In Volleyball she became a big force at the net.  In a match against Cut Bank Breen recorded 15 kills,  11 blocks and 5 aces.  Coach Ann Funk said her “Athleticism is fun to watch.”   She was named Athlete of the Week in Basketball after scoring 24 points and pulling down 14 rebounds against Simms and the next night 24 points and 15 rebounds against Boulder.  Alisha was a first team All-Conference, All-State selection in both Volleyball and Basketball.

Deni Fitzpatrick – Sr. Cut Bank, April 16th, 2011

Deni is obviously a Track Athlete who could be named Athlete of the Week almost every week of the Track season.   She has been named Athlete of the Week every Year of her H.S. career.   At a meet in Big Fork she won the 100m & 200m.  She finished second in both hurdle events and anchored the winning Cut Bank 400m relay team.  Deni is the defending State B Champion 3 years running in the 100m & 200m.  She also won the State Championship in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles in 2010, her Jr. year and anchored the State Champion Cut Bank 400m relay team.

Female Athlete of the Year:

Mariah Renteria – Sr. Choteau, Oct. 28th-30th, & Nov. 11th-13th, 2010

Mariah is an outstanding Athlete in three sports for the Bulldogs including Volleyball, Basketball and Track & Field.  She was named Athlete of the Week, twice at the end of the Volleyball season as Choteau, again, advanced to the State B Tournament.  Described by Coach Ann Funk as a finesse player who not only leads the team many times in kills but also in digs.   Her first selection came after the District Tournament and then again after the State B in which Choteau finished 3rd.   She led the team with 16 digs per match and kills with 12 per match.    Mariah was a 1st team All-Conference, All-State selection in Volleyball and a 1st team All-conference selection in Basketball.

Male Finalists were:

Chase White – Sr. Shelby, Dec. 10-14th, March 3rd-5th & 10th-12th, 2010-11.

Our only 3-time Athlete of the Week award winner, a feat that has happened only a few times in the history of the award.   An All-State QB who hopes to continue his football career with the U. of Mt. Grizzlies, Chase White is also an exceptional Basketball player who helped the Coyotes reach the State Tournament for the fourth year in a row.  His 1st recognition was early in the season when he hit 73 points in the first 3 games of the season, including 31 against Missoula Valley Christian.   He was again named Athlete of the Week following the Northern B Divisional after averaging 21-points, 8-rebounds and almost 4 assists.  In two of the games he scored double-doubles in scoring and rebounding.  And finally following the State Tournament where he averaged 22-points a game on 56-percent shooting overall and better than 80-percent at the free throw line.    He was an incredible 52-percent from behind the 3-point line.   He was a 1st team All-Conference choice in Basketball and an All-State QB in football.

Chase Ballantyne – Sr. Shelby, April 21st, 2011

Chase returned to Track his Sr. year after taking his Jr. year off and how happy were Shelby coaches.   He has been an outstanding sprinter and jumper, showcasing his overall athletic ability.   In the Cut Bank Booster Club Invitational meet, he won the Long Jump with a leap of over 20-feet, among the top marks in the State.  He also finished 2nd in the Triple Jump, 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m.   Just last week at the Top 8 meet in Great Falls, Chase won the 100m, finished 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in the Long Jump.Chase is also an All-State receiver and Defensive Back in Football and An All-State Basketball player who played in four State Tournaments in his H.S. career.

Kyle Berkram – Sr. Cut Bank, December 4th, 2010

Kyle led the way in Cut Bank’s opening win of the season, a rare 100-point team score against Harlem.   He hit for 20-points and had 9 steals in the game, which also led to a few of those points.   Kyle has always been a full-go athlete who provides a lot of spark and excitement for Cut Bank fans in Basketball and Football.   In Football he was a 1st team All-Conference, All-State wide receiver.   He was a 2nd team All-Conference selection in Basketball and a 4.0 Honor Student in the classroom.

Gus Somerfeld – Sr. Power, Feb. 18th-19th, 2011

Simply put, Gus has a lot of  athletic ability and the heart to use it.  He was our choice for Athlete of the Week after playing a big role in Power’s upset win over Dutton/Brady in the District Championship game.  He scored 11 points in the second half including a couple of 3’s that really ignited the Pirates.  In addition to his basketball abilities, Gus is an All-State shot putter, and an All-State Football player.   He is the #1 Freshman recruit of the National Champion Carroll College Fighting Saints.

Charles Old Chief – Jr. Browning, April 16th, 2011

Self confident, good student, hard worker, and talented.  Those were some of the terms used by his coaches in describing Charles Old Chief.   He was the QB and a big play maker for the Browning Indians football team.  He was an All-State player in the Central A on the Browning Basketball team and in Track he has great speed.  In his first attempt ever at the 400 m he won the event in a competitive meet in Big Fork.  He also captured gold in the 100m & 200m, breaking the Big Fork meet record in the 200 with a time of 23.03.

Male Athlete of the Year:

(Photo by Lorraine DeBruycker)

Adam DeBruycker – Sr. Choteau, September 24th & Dec. 18th, 2010

Adam is an outstanding three sport athlete in Choteau in Football, wrestling and Track.   Football recognition came on a night when Adam did it all in leading Choteau to runaway win over Glasgow.  306 yards rushing, 3 TD’s and a 37 yard TD pass.   He was named to the All-Conference 1st team on Offense and Defense and was an All-State selection.   Adam was also named Athlete of the Week after winning the CMR Holiday Invitational Wrestling Championship at 171 pounds and went on to finish 3rd at the State B-C meet.

KSEN and K96 would like to thank the sponsors of the event:

Ben Taylor Incorporated

BTI Feeds

Cut Bank Tire

1st State Bank

Heartland Mechanical

Larson Clothing

Mark’s Tire and Alignment

Norman’s Sport and Western

Northern Montana Insurance Services

Northtown Drug

Pony Expressions

3 Rivers Communications

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