Naming a KSEN/K96 - Bozeman Trophy Athlete of the Week this week may have been as difficult as it's ever been.  Outstanding performances in both wrestling and basketball were numerous and because of that we have named Co-Athlete's for both male and female, one from basketball, one from wrestling in each category.

Our female Athletes of the week are Shelby Freshman Elly McDermott and Cut Bank 8th grader Stella Wahl.  We received nominations from Coaches, family and even a teammate for McDermott's performance against Rocky Boy last Sat.  The Coyotes point guard caught fire in the 4th qtr. with the Coyotes down by 11, Mcdermott scored 8 straight points to tie the game with just under 4 minutes left. In the end, Elly scored a career high 28 points which included 6-3's and 6-8 from the free throw line.  23 of those points came in the 2nd half and she also had 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.  Her teammate told us it was "so much fun to watch her fight for loose balls and rebounds.  Elly also "handled the ball so well and she's a great teammate and selfless point guard."

Our Co Female Athlete of the Week, just an 8th grader who has compiled a 47-4 record on the wrestling mats and has won three Championships at in-season Tournaments. Stella Wahl of Cut Bank now has added her 1st Divisional championship, at 120-lbs., to that list.   in the process she scored 30-points for her team which took a 3rd place trophy. Stella was also an All-State X-country runner last fall with a 10th place finish at the State meet.

We also had nominations this week for Lucy Armstrong, a Fr. at Choteau who won the Divisional Championship at 126-lbs, Jaycee Luse of Cut Bank with a 21-point game against Rocky Boy and Natalie St. Goddard, the Browning Sr. Class President and her 20-point game against Whitefish.

Our Male Athletes of the Week, both from Cut Bank, are Sr. Tate Monroe and Jr.  Alex Wahl.   Wahl continues his outstanding career on the wrestling mats where after a 2nd place finish at the State Tournament last year, he has won The Havre Invitational, Cut Bank, Glasgow and Choteau.  His only loss at the CMR Holiday Classic where he finished 2nd at 160lbs. The loss in the Championship at CMR was his only loss of the season and with a Championship in the Western Divisional Alex now sports a 44-1 record heading into the State Tournament.  He also won the Quick Pin Award at the Divisional with 4 pins in 3:24.

Our Co-Male Athlete of the Week is Cut Bank Sr. Tate Monroe who started the week with 18 points against Rocky Boy, but his coaches say, "really, his defense and leadership are what has boosted us to where we are now."  And where they are now is in 1st place in the 1B District with only one conference loss.  Tate continued his stellar week with 31 points against Choteau and then 26 against Chinook Sat.  In the Rocky Boy game, he added 6 blocks, 4 steals and 8 rebounds.  Head Coach Jordan Running Wolf told us, quote, "he's been a defensive nightmare for opponents, and I don't think there's another player at his level in thee 1B right now."

We also had nominations for Cut Banks' Dallas Berkram for his tenacious defense and wrestlers Asher Clayton, Divisional Champion from Choteau and Jesse Gebhart, an 8th grader form Choteau who lost only to his teammate (Asher Clayton) in the 126-lb Championship.

Wow, what a week!

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96-Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the Week, Fr. Elly McDermott of Shelby, 8th grader Stella Wahl of Cut Bank, Junior Alex Wahl of Cut Bank and Sr. Tate Monroe of Cut Bank.  The Athlete of the Week is sponsored locally by McDonald's in Cut Bank. McDonald's honors our Athlete's with two free value meals each. KSEN encourages all fans, parents, coaches and even teammates to nominate an Athlete of the Week when you feel they have had an outstanding performance. E-mail:

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