LOCAL SPORTS – “ATHLETE OF THE WEEK”

(UNDATED)—If you were wondering at the beginning of the season how Shelby might fare in their new eight-man game and with the loss of a ton of key seniors Your questions should have been answered by now as the Coyotes have run the table in their first four games of the season.

A huge factor in those wins has been the experience and overall athletic ability of senior receiver, running back, kicker and defender, Wyatt Brusven. In the Coyotes 58-0 win over Cascade, Brusven returned a punt for 70 yards for a touchdown, his third of the year. He crossed the goal line three times in all and made all six of his extra point attempts and that was all int he first quarter. He's had two field goals this season of 25 and 41 yards and could have made more, but the Coyotes just haven't needed them. Wyatt has also handed opponents eight touchbacks with unreturnable kicks throught the end zone which Coach Mike White says is "Huge for us".

Also nominated this week, North Toole County senior Michael Buckley who scored five touchdowns and powered the Refiners' strong running game int he second half of a win over Power/Dutton/Brady. He had ten carries for one hundred yards and caught a key pass for a touchdown to put the Refiners up at the half.

Female athlete of the week honors go to an outstanding senior athlete for the Simms Tigers, Lissy Willekes. In a key matchup last week Simms took on perennial state contender Belt and, even though the Tigers came up short three to one, Willekes knocked down 18 kills in the match and added six blocks. In a previous match, she had five kills and five aces in a straight-set win over North Toole County. Coach Molly Pasma says Lissy is maturing as an athlete and working hard to be a team leader in her senior season.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96- Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the week, senior Wyatt Brusven of Shelby and senior, Lissy Willekes of Simms. The athlete of the week is sponsored locally by McDonald's in Cut Bank. McDonald's honors our athletes with two free value meals each.