So who is this year’s All-Sports award winner? Here is a surprise

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I have regularly received emails regarding the All-Sports Award from the Great Falls Tribune this year.

I have received these emails from almost everyone with access to a device that sends emails – parents, coaches, athletes.

To be honest, I wasn’t particularly keen on doing the award this year … for no other reason than labor. Right now I’m the workforce at the Tribune Sports Desk, which is my kitchen table.

And my wife would like to get her table back. Sooner rather than later. And since she does 95% of the cooking around Castle Vernoy, you know how this story is going to end.

But that’s not meant to be what I’m writing this column about.

This column is supposed to talk about what Montana High School will win the Tribune All-Sports Award for the 2020-21 school year.

The All-Sports Award – which was a trophy as tall as me (six feet) until a few years ago – goes to the Montana High School Association school that has the best school year on the athletic field. .

And contrary to popular belief, it isn’t necessarily awarded to the school with the most state championships. Schools earn points for their ranking in their state championship tournaments. It’s more like the NCAA Top 25.

All MHSA member schools are eligible to win the award.

Rather than just going out and announcing the winner. I’ll show you the 10 best schools in reverse order, from 10th to 1st:

  • 10. (tie) COLUMBIA FALLS WILDCATS and HELENA CAPITAL BRUINS (61 points each). Yes, there is a tie at the bottom. The Class AA Bruins have won state titles in volleyball and women’s basketball, as well as three fourth places. The Wildcats did not win a crown in Class A sports, but secured second place in men’s soccer, women’s track and field and women’s cross country equipment.
  • 9. MISSOULA HELLGATE KNIGHTS (75): With their only AA title in men’s football, the Knights were set to win a few finalist team medals – women’s basketball, as well as men’s and women’s cross country.
  • 8. MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN EAGLES (78): The Eagles and Manhattan Tigers Co-op defeated the Fairfield Eagles last November for the Class B football crown, but MCHS won four by sweeping golf and cross-country equipment from class C. Add three finals, a third and a fourth.
  • 7. FORT BENTON LONGHORNS (81): Class C state champions in boys’ track and field and girls’ basketball, the ‘Horns and have collected two-thirds and a trio of quarterbacks.
  • 6. MANHATTAN TIGERS (83): The Tigers co-op with Manhattan Christian won a state football championship, while four second places as well as a third in Class B sports completed their year.
  • 4. (TIE) BOZEMAN HAWKS and BILLINGS CENTRAL RAMS. (85): There. I said it: This year’s champion won’t be the Bozeman Hawks, despite the women’s swimming, tennis, cross country and golf championships. And three seconds, two-thirds and a quarter. The Rams – the last Class A school to win the award eight years ago – took the swimming titles and won the Class A boys’ two-second and two-thirds hoops.
  • 3. WHITEFISH BULLDOGS (89): Whitefish walked away with titles in boys’ golf and soccer, as well as finalists in girls’ track and field, tennis and soccer, and boys’ swimming and tennis. Women’s swimming came third, and fourth place went to women’s golf and women’s basketball.
  • 2. MISSOULA SENTINEL SPARTANS (128): Sparty swept the boys ‘and girls’ track, won football, men’s golf and cross country honors, then added three thirds (softball, men’s football and basketball). ball) as well as a fourth in women’s golf.

And now the Great Falls Tribune All-Sports Champion for the 2020-2021 school year … if my drummer does the honors, that is … with 132 points in total, it’s:

  • 1. LAUREL LOCOMOTIVES. This is the first time in seven years … in fact, eight when you count the year our lives were interrupted by the pandemic. Much like Sentinel, the Trainmen collected five Class A chippers, four in women’s sports – golf, cross country, soccer and track, added to the Locos State Soccer Championship. Laurel’s wrestling boys also took second, while boys ‘golf, boys’ hoop and girls ‘softball were each in third and the boys’ track finished fourth.

It’s been all year. At least we are approaching a certain sense of normalcy.

Lee Vernoy covers sports and more for the Tribune. Email him at [email protected] or [email protected], and follow him on Twitter @GFTrib_LVernoy.


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