Our KSEN/K96 – Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week came thru when the pressure was on and helped their teams win big games in the process.

That scenario may have been especially true for our Male Athlete of the Week, Sr. QB Braden Mattson who led the CJI Hawks to a 1st round 6-man playoff win on the road at Hot Springs.   His stats for the day were impressive with almost 300-yards rushing and passing, but the heroics at the end of the game say it all.

In the two overtime 55-54 Hawks win…..Mattson first deflected a pass that prevented Hot springs from scoring an extra point after their second Touchdown.   CJI then scored on their 1st play and it was Mattson who carried in the extra point for the game winner.   In the end he had a TD pass and a TD run.  He also threw for 2 extra points and ran for one and had 9 tackles on defense.

CJI Head Coach Jim Vinson reminds us that Mattson broke a leg his Freshman year, and later had to have a back surgery. He essentially missed two years of football and in the Coaches words had to “work his butt off to get to where he was this year.”   It was a great team effort as well from the CJI Hawks.

We also had nominations for Kamden Broesder who had 2 TD Passes and 3 rushing TD’s in the Panthers playoff win over Noxon.  And finally Sr. Bradin Murphy, Cut Bank’s leading tackler in the Wolves loss to Huntley Project.

Our Female Athlete of the Week is always good, under pressure or not.  Choteau Sr. Ada Bieler led the Bulldogs in anothr solid team Championship at the !B District Volleyball Tournament.  Her play is solid all over the floor whether serving, digging up off the floor or blocking and spiking at the net.

In the two key matches against Fairfield, Bieler had 2 blocks, 12 digs and 17 kills and then in the Championship match, which Fairfield took Choteau to a 4th game, the Sr. hitter had 5 blocks and 11 kills.  Choteau always has a great team effort which is why they win this District so often, but Bieler for the last two years has been the anchor who really knows how to find the holes in the defense when she takes it over the net.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96 Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week, Sr. Braden Mattson of the CJI Hawks and Sr. Ada Bieler of the Choteau Bulldogs.  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, coaches, and parents to nominate Athlete’s of the Week when you feel they have had an outstanding performance. E-mail: markdaniels@townsquaremedia.com

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