KSEN and K96FM held their annual Athlete of the Year Banquet last night at the Coyote Club and Events Center. We had a great turnout of both our Athletes of the week and their parents, coaches and supporters.

Jeff Graham, current Belt Huskies Two Time State Champion Girls Basketball Coach and former Chester High School athletic standout gave a nice talk about the importance of team and the importance of being a part of something. Big thanks to Jeff!


Mark Daniels introduced each athlete and told us all a little about them -  you can read his comments on each athlete HERE.



We had a great dinner, catered by TLC of Shelby and enjoyed a slideshow, watch it below. Then the evening concluded with the announcement of the Athletes of the Year; Owen DeBruycker, Senior from Choteau and Jill Barta, Junior from Fairfield.

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Year:

Owen DeBruycker – Sr. Choteau Bulldogs, Dec. 14th-15th, 2012 & Feb. 9th, 2013

An All-State year in Football and two major championships in wrestling gave Owen an incredible Sr. year.  He became the third of the DeBruycker boys to win the CMR Holiday Invitational in their Sr. year.   In doing so, he pinned the #2 ranked wrestler in the State from Class A Havre.  The victory by  Owen gave Choteau an overall 8th place in the Tournament among the 40 that were entered and it was the second best finish among Class B teams.  Owen was also named Athlete of the Week after winning the State Championship at 215-lbs.   He won the title match with a pin and ended his Sr. year with a 35-1 record, leading Choteau to a 2nd place Team finish at the State Tournament.


Jill Barta – Jr. Fairfield Lady Eagles, Nov. 8th-10th, 2012, Jan. 19th & March 9th,  2013

She led the Fairfield Eagles to the State Volleyball Tournament with a continual ability to drive the ball over the net and leave no chance to return it on the other side.   At that State Tournament  she averaged double figures in kills throughout the Tournament and also added 3 aces in the 1st round win over Thompson Falls.   Jill had 10 against eventual State Champion Huntly Project and then 11 kills and 12 blocks against a very talented Townsend team.    She was a 1st Team All-Conference selection.  Jill won her 2nd Athlete of the Week award in Mid Jan. after leading the Eagles to big conference wins over Choteau and Conrad, combining for 57 points and 26 rebounds in the two games.   Her 3rd Athlete of the Week award followed the State B Tournament won by Fairfield as they completed their third straight undefeated season with an amazing 78 game win streak.    Jill was the State B Tournament MVP and an All-conference, All-State selection.


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