Athlete of the Week
KSEN/K96—Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week played big at last week’s State Tournament and capped off remarkable seasons.
Our female Athlete of the Week has been sparking the Shelby Lady Coyotes during the final weeks of the regular season and thru the District, Divisional and State Tournament.
It just seemed to be a scripted beginning to each game in the final weeks, Sr. Brogan McAllister to the left corner, pass the ball and swish, for a 3-point lead. In the two games of the State B Tournament, Brogan led the Coyotes in scoring in both games, tying Maddison Underdal with 12 in the 1st round win over Colstrip. She hit 3-5 from 3-pt. range and added 3 steals.
Head Coach Mac McDermott said she’s “tough on defense and always did just everything we asked her to throughout her career. From my own perspective she was always playing at 100-percent and never took a play off. In the Missoula Loyola game she again led the Coyotes in scoring with 7, went 2-2 from the free throw line and had 5-rebounds.
Our male Athlete of the Week, one last time for his brilliant basketball career, is Fairfield Sr. Keeley Bake. As it turned out, Keeley ended his career with a win and a Co-State B Championship, due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the cancellation of the State Tournament after the Semi-finals.
In the two State B games, Keeley did just as he has been doing for the last 4 years, averaging 19 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Eagles ended up running away with both games.
Fairfield Head Coach Jordan Ratliff said he averaged a double-double for the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds and he had a season high 36 points against Rocky Boy. But Keeley doesn’t just shoot and rebound, he averaged 6 assists per game. In the State Tournament games he had 4-steals, eight assists and even a blocked shot.
Jordan Ratliff, a great player himself, asked to evaluate Keeley’s ranking as a Basketball player had high praise. “even including my time at Rocky Mtn. College and in Fairfield, Keeley is the most talented Basketball player I’ve ever been around and, are you ready for this, “the best player in Fairfield history for all-around skills and shooting ability.” The only other name he brought up was Shane Gamradt and when you consider the great players in Fairfield history, this is quite the compliment.
The coach said his kids have now had a chance to let sink in and deal with the immediate disappointment of not getting to play that Championship game. He said it was almost immediate “celebration to disappointment,” as the announcement that the Tournament was to be cancelled immediately after the Eagles semi-final win over Three Fork