A Night to Remember – High School Basketball in Montana

The state sectional finals are being held in Cut Bank, Montana and I have the privilege of being in Montana to watch.  I was hired to speak at Cut Bank High School and Conrad High School on Friday, March 1 and Monday, March 4.  During this time, the state Class B basketball tournament is being held at Cut Bank High School.

Many people know that I got my start as a basketball coach and teacher in Hollis-Brookline High School, Hollis, New Hampshire.  Any time I get a chance to watch high school basketball or high school sports I get excited.

I was a little concerned about high school basketball in Montana.  I mean, what kind of talent and athletes are in Montana.  I was not disappointed as I watched over six basketball games so far.  A few of my favorites are Malta High School, Choteau High School, and Fairfield High School.  These schools have great players, coaches, and fans.  The talent is nothing short of really really good.

A few players really stick out.  Two from Malta and one player from Choteau High School, #11 who single handedly took over a game in which they were nearly 15 points down in the later part of the first quarter.

I have to admit, I was a Malta High School fan.  Players #44 and #10 were exceptional and played tough solid basketball.  #44 is one of the toughest and great character driven players I’ve ever seen.  He’s headed to the University of Montana next year to play football.  He’s a coaches dream if you ask me.  #10 was a great player who was a varsity quarterback for the football team.  Great athlete and was certainly a good floor leader.  Great team and it looked like early on they were going to cruise to victory.

Don’t count them out though.  Choteau High School isn’t a big team.  They are not big in size.  Not big in strength, but they are big in heart and soul.  I thought the game was over until #11, and I don’t know much about him, but he took over the game.  I was impressed in how he went up against stronger players.  Went up against a stronger and more physical team, but he showed more heart and perseverance and brought the team within a few points before taking the lead and never looking back.  He played smart, strong, and took over.  While Malta had three guys all in double digits, #11 from Choteau High School had 33 points himself.

#11 Took Over and Won the Game

#11 Took Over and Won the Game

#11 is one of the best high school basketball players I’ve witnessed in a long time.  He’s a shooter and he’s not afraid to shoot from long range.  When the team needed him, he certainly took over.  He took technical free throws, he caused the other team to get undisciplined at times, he caused the other players to make mistakes, he got offensive rebounds, and in the end, Choteau was left to continue playing in the winners bracket because of one great player.

Well done kid!  It was a pleasure to watch you and I don’t want to take anything away from all the great players, but you, Sir!  You stuck out and took over.

Congrats to all the coaches, schools, and parents that came out to Cut Bank High School to watch tonight.  We will see you tomorrow for another day of great high school basketball.  Good luck to everyone.


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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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