(UNDATED) – Nominations were numerous this week and all with a lot of merit for consideration!  Part of the reason for the volume was the State X-country meet in which a lot of local runners fared very well.

Our female Athlete of the Week honors go to Shelby Freshman Aeris Stewart.  Aeris had the highest finish at the State Meet among all the local runners.   In the Class B girls race she finished 3rd, topping her All-State 14th place finish as an 8th grader.  Stewart broke the school record last year with a 19:28.

Shelby Head X-country coach Caydon Keller says followed up her 2nd place finish at Harlem, prior to the State Meet, with an outstanding performance.  Coach Keller tells us that Stewart has an uncanny ability to find a pace and keep it.  During interval workouts she will consistently run the same time over and over.  The Coaching staff calls her a “metronome,” a musical term to keep time, due to her ability.

We also had nominations for Nikki Nau of Sunburst, who finished 4th in the State C meet and led the Sunburst girls to a 3rd place finish and a trophy for the Team standings.  Also, a quality nomination for Browning Volleyball setter, Natalie St. Goodard who had 40 assists, 15 digs 6-aces and 6 kills in a match vs. Ronan.

Male Athlete of the Week honors, for the 2nd time this season, CJI Jr. Running back Nate Nelson. Nelson exploded in the Hawks 1st round playoff win over Big Sandy. Listen to this, he had 10 carries for 163 yards and 3 TD’s.  Nelson added a 78 yd kickoff return for a TD and he in fact had 3 kickoff returns that when totaled with the rushing yards, he was very near 300-yards total offense.   6 solo tackles and an interception on defense.  It was really an amazing day for Jr. Nate Nelson.

We also had a nomination for Sean Ward of Cut Bank who returned an interception for 100-yards and a Touchdown on the last play of the game against Conrad.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96—Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the Week, Fr. Aeris Stewart of Shelby and Jr. Nate Nelson of CJI.  The Athlete of The Week is sponsored locally by McDonald’s in Cut Bank. McDonald’s honors our Athlete’s with two free value meals each.

KSEN encourage all fans, Coaches and Parents to nominate Athlete’s for this award. E-mail markdaniels@townsquaremedia.com