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Both basketball teams started strong last weekend with decisive victories over Stevensville. The boys crushed them 8636 while the girls were equally commanding, winning 69-22.
A bright future is in store for both the girls and the boys’ teams.
Girls basketball is looking dominant this year with four returning starters and seven seniors.
Head Coach Karen Deden said, “With Jordyn Schweyen and Kylie Frolich returning for us, who were a very solid crew, I feel like I have very good leadership.”
After a tough second place finish at state in 2017, Deden thinks the girls will be in the running for the title this year.
“Last year was a tough pill to swallow with Kylie getting sick right before the game, but stuff like that happens and it makes you realize that everything has to come into place to win a championship,” Deden said.
Helena High was the team our girls lost to last year in a close 41-46 loss.
Coach Deden thinks that they will be their toughest opponents this year as well.
Senior Kylie Frolich said, “We want to get back at Helena High, we know we can beat them!”
The boys are looking to set the pace against the competition as well. There is a lot of leadership with six seniors returning.
Head coach Jay Jagelski said, “We have a lot of the necessary components to make a good run this year, but it’s going to take some time this year getting gelled together.”
Jagelski said that there are many returning players who gave the team good time last year from the bench.
Last year the Spartans had a great season and suffered a close season-ending loss at State to Billings Skyview 52-54.
Senior Sam Beighle said, “I’m expecting to be playing at state and to finish top 3 in the conference. It is my last year so I would also really like to beat Hellgate again.”
Both teams travel to Billings this weekend to play Senior and West.