Montana Boys Basketball is Fantastic

Montana Boys Basketball Tournament

Montana Boys Basketball Tournament

Great Games in Montana

Great Games in Montana

Cut Bank, Montana hosted the Class B Boys Basketball Sectional Semifinals basketball tournament this weekend.  The top three teams advance to the finals next weekend.

This tournament happened to coincide with my visit to Cut Bank High School and Conrad High School too.

I was invited to come and speak at Cut Bank High School and the only days that were available were the same days that the tournament was going to be taking place at the high school.  I came in and before the 1pm tip-off, Jeff shared his message to 350 high school teenagers in the auditorium before school dismissing.

As the tournament started, Jeff moved into the gymnasium to begin watching what would end up being 10 full basketball games.  Why would I spend three days in a high school gymnasium watching 10 basketball games?  I used to coach basketball.  I played basketball.  My family grew up basketball fans.  I love high school sports.  It was an honor and a pleasure to watch the games.

More importantly, as I watched the games I couldn’t help but notice the quality of the basketball I was watching.  The athletes were quick, could shoot, could play defense, and they were great young men of sportsmanship and character.  I couldn’t help but wonder how my teams in the day would have held up against some of these teams?  I don’t think we would have done so well.

I wanted to shout out to the great schools that I had the honor of watching and to the principals I had the pleasure of meeting.  First, thank you to Cut Bank High School and Peter Hamilton for bringing me into your community to speak.  Thank you to Conrad High School for hosting me on Monday.  It was a pleasure to watch Malta High School which was my favorite to win.  They ended up coming in third place.  I want to congratulate Choteau High School who came in second place.  Of course, I have to congratulate the first place team that won the tournament, Wolf Point High School.  Great job men.  This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the others as well.  I applaud the players and coaches of: Perrywood High School, Glasgow High School, Shelby High School, Fairfield High School, and Rocky Boy High School.  Excellent players, coaches, and wonderful fans.

In the end, I can’t help but think of some of the great memories.  Choteau High School Cheerleaders had a special needs cheerleader.  It was special to watch the other girls embrace her.  She did excellent.  One of the other highlights was when Choteau boys came out to prepare for the game, and in the huddle, that had a boy with autism come out and lead the center of the huddle to motivate and inspire the team.  I have a nephew with autism.  This touched my heart and I immediately became a fan of Choteau High School.  I have to admit, I’m a big fan of the team and #11 who can shoot from anywhere.  Great job!

This kid can shoot!

This kid can shoot!

The basketball was phenomenal.  A special congrats goes out to Cut Banks High School for hosting the tournament and to Peter Hamilton for inviting me to take in this great experience of reliving my old days as a gym rat and a high school basketball coach.

I’m leaving Montana having watched some good quality basketball.  As a visitor, I give a big shout out to the great coaches, referees, fans, and schools for doing such an awesome job raising good hard working young men that represented communities and schools.  Great job 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.

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