(Posting this now since I failed to post the week that we gave the awards)

(UNDATED) – KSEN/K96 –Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week both played key roles in their team’s success at the State B Volleyball Tournament and on the gridiron for the Semi-finals of the State 6-man Football playoffs.

Female Athlete of the Week honors, for the 2nd time this season go to Choteau Sr. Emma Gunderson.  While the entire Choteau team had another tremendous season and a 4th place finish at State, it was Gunderson who was knocking down the kills at a torrid pace in the 4 matches at the State B.

In the opening match against  Jefferson Co., she led the team with 19 kills and was also the team leader with 35 digs, showcasing her backcourt skills as well.  That first match was a dog fight as Choteau pulled it out in the 5th game.    In a loss to Townsend she still had 8 kills and then 15 against Malta in a straight set victory.  Things got stressful once again in the Dawgs final match with Jefferson once again and the Sr. hitter turned it on again, with a couple of big hits down the stretch of the 5th game which Jefferson won this time, but Gunderson had 24 kills in that match and an amazing 46 digs.

Choteau lacked a lot of height this season and they went thru some adversity with Covid-19 and other things, but they still finished 21-4 and Head Coach Ann Funk told the Choteau Acantha “I’m incredibly proud of them for how hard they worked and all they had to overcome.”

Our Male Athlete of the Week once again comes off the Power/Dutton/Brady Football team as they beat Shields Valley 21-12 to advance to the State Championship game this weekend.

The honors go to starting center, John Baringer, who is described as a very versatile player who is used in a variety of situations.  After a scoreless 1st quarter against Shields Valley, Sr. QB Kellen Doheny found Baringer in the end zone for the Titans 1st score.

The opening of the 3rd quarter found the Titans with a 7-6 lead and ready to receive the kickoff. The short kick was grabbed by Baringer and returned 36-yards to the 30-yard line and led to the Titans 2nd Touchdown of the day early in the 3rd.

Head Coach Tom Tranmer said, as always , they played as a team and came away with a strong effort.   As a center, the coach says, Baringer blocks extremely well, and he can catch the ball.”

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96—Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week, Sr. Emma Gunderson of Choteau and Sr. John Baringer of Power/Dutton/Brady.  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.

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