Although the number of graduates was one of the smallest ever at Anaconda High, joy, exuberance and the occasional air horn wished the 61 individuals farewell during the 125th Commencement of AHS Friday, June 2, at Memorial Gymnasium.
In a slight change of what’s been a traditional Sunday procession since 1993, Anaconda High School will send 61 students into the world Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at historic Memorial Gymnasium. The 125th Commencement of AHS will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on KANA 580 AM, kana580.com and by downloading the live streaming app on the Apple or Google Play app stores.
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When the 6B and 7B districts released their postseason softball awards Tuesday, four Copperheads made the cut.
Anaconda’s senior battery of Michaela Cortright and Hannah Schaefer earned All-State accolades while sophomore Erin Chapman and junior Sydnie Peterson found a slot on the Second Team.
Schaefer, a three-year starting catcher for the Copperheads, led the team in on base percentage (1.323) and in extra base hits with seven doubles, four triples and two HRs. She was second on the team in average at .429.
Anaconda welcomed Ronan for their 6B district opener Tuesday at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex and made short work of the Maidens. The Copperheads drew 13 walks, the last of which earned freshman Audrey Forsberg the walk-off, 10-0 winner with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
Anaconda wasted no time earning their first win of the season, thumping Eureka 20-7 Saturday at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex.
Coming off a tough loss to Libby Friday afternoon, the Copperheads (1-1) wasted no time getting rolling on Saturday. Anaconda pounded out 14 hits and saddled Avory Escobar with 17 earned runs in the mercy-rule victory.
Two of the tougher teams in the Western B division met for Anaconda’s home and season-opener at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex. Libby proved too tough for the Copperheads, winning 9-4 in a nonconference, early season showdown.
The Copperhead softball team will brave the cold and rain today to kick off their season and home opener against Libby today at 3 p.m.
The weather is nothing new for the ‘Heads early in the spring season in Southwest Montana, and if anything they usually expect some sort of inclement pattern during the first few weeks of the year at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex.
Anaconda’s junior tandem of Braxton Hill and Trent Mikalatos led the contingent of All State award winners following the 2016-17 basketball seasons announced Friday, March 17.
All told, three Copperhead boys and two girls were recognized with post season awards in the 6B district.
Hill averaged 22.7 points/game to lead the team along with Mikalatos’ 13 ppg, guiding Anaconda High to a 17-10 overall record and ultimately a second place finish at the Class B state tournament.
Senior guard Kadin Stetzner earned honorable mention status with his 8.3 ppg.
Hill and Mikalatos were joined by Loyola’s Parker Davis, and Deer Lodge forward Brandon Porter on the All State team from the 6B.
The 2017 Southwest Montana All-Star Classic will tip off at the Montana Tech HPER Complex Tuesday with a girls game at 6 p.m., followed by a boys game at 7:30 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by the Butte Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Committee, will feature the top girls and boys high school players in Southwest Montana.
The games will also feature the bands and cheerleading squads from Butte High and Butte Central and performances by the Dynamic Dance and Tumbling Company. Three-point contests featuring the top shooters will be held at halftime of both games.
By BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
This past weekend, our Anaconda Copperheads made a nearly historic run through the Class B state tournament ending in a heartbreaking 54-51 loss to Malta in the championship game Saturday night at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings.
The numbers are in and they are remarkable.
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