In case you hadn't noticed, despite losing three extremely talented players to graduation, after winning two straight state championships, the Choteau Bulldogs are once again, winning a lot of games.

They did have a 52-game winning streak broken, but still, they're off to a four and one state. Head coach Matt Luedke says definitely the scoring and leadership of senior Darrien Garcia has made a difference. The numbers alone justify Garcia as he scored 43 in Choteau’s only loss to Townsend in overtime. Coach Luedke was especially excited about the Fairfield game which he says is one of the best games he’s ever been involved in. Fairfield and other teams have tried to pick Garcia up full-court man-to-man, but he’s still finding ways to score. He had seven threes in the Townsend game and five against Fairfield, but he also has a nice touch with his fifteen-foot pull-up jumper and can drive to the basket. He’s averaging a whopping 29 points per game with six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Maybe the best part of the whole thing, according to Coach Luedke is that he sets the tone for the team, hits the open man a lot with passes and is “making everybody better, on a team that doesn’t have a lot of game experience.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96 – Bozeman Trophy Athlete of the Week, senior Darrien Garcia of Choteau. The Athlete of the Week is sponsored locally by McDonald's of Cut Bank who honor our Athletes of the Week with two free value meals each.


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