We celebrated North-Central Montana athletes last night in Shelby at our Annual Athlete of the Year Celebration. You can watch the video presentation below (photos by Mike Bashor, Debra Coverdell and Juli Kostelnik):

We were joined by MSU-Northern coach Christ Mouat who talked to our athletes about the great work ethic and heart of our local athletes:

Mark Daniels was our MC for the evening - catered by TLC Catering (delicious)!

We were honored to have over 25 athletes from all over the golden triangle.

At the end of the evening - finalists were named. Male finalists -Andrew Johnson of Shelby, Chandler Allen of Fairfield, Cantor Coverdell of Fairfield and Aaron White of Shelby. For the ladies: Natalie Klinker, Megan Krone and Allix Goldhahn

Our 2017 Female Athlete of the Year:

Allix Goldhahn, Fairfield Eagle Volleybal/Basketballl, November 16, 2016 Basketball March 15, 2017 Concluding a tremendous season on the volleyball court, senior Allix Goldhahn is listed as an outside hitter for the Eagles and she is definitely a powerful hitter at the net, but she may be even more impressive from the back row digging up balls to set the offense in motion. She typically leads Fairfield in digs and had some tremendous saves in the Eagles' three matches at the state tournament. The best effort came in the win over Shelby where she had 27 digs for the match. Fairfield head coach, Courtney Bake, says Allix is always hustling and really has a good foundation for how the game should be played. Goldhahn was one of three 1B district players who were named first team all-conference and all-state players at the end of the season. The other two were Molly Salmond and Megan Krone, both of Choteau. Fairfield senior forward Allix Goldhahn, a Montana State University Northern commit, is taking on an increasing role as a scorer in Fairfield. Fairfield head coach Dustin Gordon called the Eagles' win over Rocky Boy, "pretty significant", last weekend and Goldhahn had a lot to do with it. In fact, she was a major factor with career-high 29-points, five assists, three steals and no turnovers. Defense is also a big part of Goldhahn's game as she draws the opponents' biggest offensive threat in the man and expends a lot of energy in the zone. Coach Gordon says she will typically draw the opponents' best defender when the Eagles have the ball, so creating the shooting opportunities for her has taken a little time. Following Fairfield’s State Class B Championship victory by one point over defending champion Malta, Lady Eagles coach Dustin Gordon said, “We have a saying in Fairfield about big players stepping up in big games”. That’s exactly what senior Allix Godhahn did Saturday night with 17 points on four three-point shots, including the game-winner with 42 seconds left in the game. But it wasn’t just offense in this low-scoring championship game. Gordon was quoted afterward saying Allix told him directly in the second half she wanted to cover Malta’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Sophia Stiles. You have to acknowledge that it was a team defensive effort, but whatever they did, it worked, Malta shot just three of 17 in the second half. Allix Goldhahn and senior Kaitlyn Jones both came up with some big second half shots as Malta had senior, Natalie Klinker double and triple-teamed down low. Goldhahn’s17 points included a perfect three for three at the line.  She was a 1st Team All-Conference, All-State pick in Volleyball and Basketball.

Our 2017 Male Athlete of the Year:

Chandler Allen, Fairfield Football, November 16, 2016 Fairfield senior Chandler Allen, a three-year starter for the Eagles after Fairfield's loss to Missoula/Loyola last week was named a first team all-conference and all-state selection from the 1B on both offense and defense at tight end and defensive end. He was a key figure in the Loyola semi-final game with nine catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. The two touchdown completions in the first quarter went for 44 and 75 yards and got the Eagles off to a great start causing Missoula to play catch-up for most of the rest of the game. Allen not only has exceptional athletic skills, Fairfield head coach Les Meyer says he's a "natural leader on and off the field".    Chandler was an All-State pick in Football and 1st Team All-Conference pick in Basketball.