125 Commencement of AHS celebrates 61 graduates


The customary cap toss signaling the end of the 125th Commencement of Anaconda High School shows the remnants of silly string and confetti on the Memorial Gymnasium floor. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

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.


Michael Hessler, left, and Michaela Cortright, right, sit beside the chair belonging to Macy Fitzgerald, who was in intensive care in Missoula following an equine accident the day prior to graduation. It was used to collect roses from each classmate as they filed into Memorial Gymnasium as a sign of friendship. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

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125th Commencement of AHS to be broadcast live on KANA

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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Live coverage is made possible thanks to our exclusive sponsors Dahood Law Firm, Georgetown Sound, AWARE Inc. and KANA 580 AM.

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Four Copperheads earn postseason softball recognition

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Hannah Schaefer, left, Michaela Cortright, Erin Chapman and Sydnie Peterson all earned postseason softball honors in the Western B this season. PHOTOS COURTESY CS PHOTO

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.

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Copperheads bats come alive, take out Eureka

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.

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Libby spoils home, season-opener for Anaconda


Erin Chapman slides safely into second after her first steal of the season. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO/Blake Hempstead

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.

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Copperhead softball kicks off season today vs. Libby

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The Copperhead softball team will be in action this afternoon at 3 p.m. vs Libby for their season and home opener at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Sports Complex.

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.

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Anaconda’s Hill, Mikalatos earn All-State recognition


Trent Mikalatos


Braxton Hill

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.

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Southwest Montana All Star Basketball Classic features five AHS standouts

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.

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Numbers from weekend broadcast are in, and they’re remarkable


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.

Overall, the traffic on the kana580.com Web site recorded 2,182 sessions including 1,524 unique users logging in from individual IP addresses associated with their device – mobile, tablet or desktop.

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