(UNDATED) – EVEN THOUGH JUST COMPETING WITH THE WEATHER SEEMS TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT TASK THIS SPRING, WE HAVE SOME KSEN/K96—BOZEMAN TROPHY ATHLETE’S OF THE WEEK WHO HAVE MADE THE MOST OF IT WHEN THEY GOT THEIR CHANCE.

THE CONRAD/CHOTEAU SOFTBALL TEAM WAS ONE OF THE FEW TEAMS WHO WERE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT LAST WEEKEND AND THE YOUNG TEAM CAME UP JUST SHORT OF ALMOST BEATING TWO OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THEIR DIVISION.

WHILE THERE WAS A LOT OF TIMELY HITTING GOING ON, ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS GO TO JR. PITCHER MAGGIE BENDER, WHO IN THE WORDS OF HEAD COACH TYSON ANDERSON, “CAN REALLY HAMMER THE BALL.”  IN 4 GAMES SHE HAMMERED OUT 3 HOME RUNS AND THE COACH SAYS PROBABLY WOULD HAVE HAD A 4TH HAD THE WIND NOT BEEN BLOWING IN.

IN THE 4 GAMES OF THE LEWISTOWN INVITATIONAL SHE WENT 10-14 AT THE PLATE, AND HAD 10 RBI’S. NOT ONLY WAS SHE RIPPING THE COVER OFF THE BALL BUT ALSO PITCHED 3-4 GAMES INCLUDING EXTRA INNING GAMES AGAINST SHEPHERD AND COLUMBUS.   THAT SHEPHERD GAME WENT 10 INNINGS AND BENDER PITCHED ALL THE WAY WITH 14 STRIKEOUTS BUT ENDED UP LOSING BY ONE.   SHE ALSO STRUCK OUT  7 IN THE OPENING GAME WIN OVER HUNTLEY PROJECT.

AND WE ARE BACKING UP A LITTLE BIT WITH OUR MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK, BUT I THINK ONLY BECAUSE HE HASN’T HAD A CHANCE TO COMPETE MUCH SINCE THE OPENING WEEK.   CUT BANK SR. BAUER SEEWALD, IN THAT OPENING TRACK & FIELD MEET IN CUT BANK WON THE 3 EVENTS RIGHT OFF THE BAT WITH THE 100m DASH, THE LONG JUMP AND THE TRIPLE JUMP.

THE BIGGEST STORY THERE IS THAT HIS TRIPLE JUMP OF 42’02” IS STILL THE BEST JUMP IN THE STATE IN CLASS B AND IT’S 7TH BEST IN THE STATE ALL-CLASS.  ALL WE NEED NOW IS A LITTLE BETTER WEATHER.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR KSEN/K96—BOZEMAN TROPHY ATHLETE’S OF THE WEEK, JR. MAGGIE BENDER OF CONRAD AND SR. BAUER SEEWALD OF CUT BANK.  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 FANS, PARENTS, COACHES TO NOMINATE ATHLETE’S OF THE WEEK WHEN YOU THINK THEY HAVE HAD AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE.  E-mail markdaniels@townsquaremedia.com