Student athletes from Alberton and Superior met in the Superior High School gym on Wednesday, Nov. 14. They gathered with family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments during football and volleyball seasons. The boys ended their season 6-4 with a playoff game in Great Falls. The girls were District 13C champions and traveled to Divisionals.
Head Coach Jeff Schultz started things off by praising his eight-man, Class C football team, “It was a fun year and everyone is proud of the outcome. These guys grew up from being boys and are on their way to becoming men. They improved at every game but it was more than improving their skills. This was a group of brothers who really enjoyed being a part of the team.”
The Mountain Cats averaged 60 points a game and went from a 1-9 season to 6-4. It was also the first time the Clark Fork Mountain Cats, which is the Superior/Alberton School coop, went to the playoffs in Great Falls where they lost to the Great Falls Central Mustangs.
Shultz also thanked his team managers, Jordan Taapken and Sophia Krutilla, and assistant coaches Charlie Crabb; Matt Doughty; and Travis Stroot.
Awards were handed out which included 16 varsity letters and several individual awards. Including Trey Green and Isaiah Kovalsky making All-State and Michael Spence and Korey Radford making the All-Star game which will be played next June.
Next, head coach Toni Labbe presented awards to her volleyball girls, “We had a surprisingly successful season and I’m so proud of all of their accomplishments.”
A season that took the team to Divisionals after taking first place at Districts. It was the first time the Mountain Cats had achieved that level of success. Labbe said it was a phenomenal season despite the team being short with most of the team under 5-foot, 7-inches. They were also plagued with illness and injuries with 11 players by the end.
Along with thanking parents and her assistant coach Cary Chamberlain, she also thanked Tammy Wippert for driving and decorating the bus, providing the girls with snacks, and spearheading a sheriff’s escort out of town to the tournaments.
Now, basketball and wrestling season for the Clark Fork Mountain Cats has started with a kickoff tournaments to be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with basketball at Frenchtown High School and wrestling in Polson.
Varsity letters: Cassie Green; Margaret Parkin; Madison Mask; Emmah Baughman; Bailey Milender; Kristina Solinger; Kathryn Parkin.
All Conference and All-State
Top Setter: Madison Mask
Top Aces: Margaret Parkin with 63 season aces
Top Kills: Emmah Baughman with 158 kills for season
Top Blocker: Soreen Reese with 25 solo blocks
Top Digger: Margaret Parkin with 298 season digs
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Anthony Mueller
Special Forces Player of the Year: Mike Spence
Most improved: Kyler Francis and Isaiah Kovalsky
Defensive Stud of the Mud: Jacob Lapinski
Offensive Stud of the Mud: Hewston Coon
Most Valuable Player Defense: Trey Green
Most Valuable Player Offense: Bryan mask
Assistant Coaches Charlie Crabb, Matt Doughty, Travis Stroot
Trey Green, inside linebacker and running back
Hewston Coon, outside linebacker
Michael Spence, kicker and center
Jacob Lapinski, Defensive Line
Isaiah Kovalsky, defensive back and wide receiver
Bryan Mask, quarterback
Kyler Francis, tight end
Jack Calloway, wide receiver
Isaiah Kovalsky, honorable mention, punt returner