(UNDATED) – KSEN/K96 – Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the week gave us reason to believe that it’s going to be a good year for both in basketball and wrestling.

Our Male Athlete of the Week is no stranger to Fairfield football and basketball fans.  He has moved into a slightly different position this season at the power forward, and it was apparently to his liking as he led the Eagles in scoring in both of their games at the Coyote Classic in Shelby.

6’3” forward Kaelob Flores led the Eagles scoring with 14 points in a runaway win over Missoula Loyola.  We’re told he sort of struggled thru 19 minutes playing time with a case of food poisoning.

He did have to sit for a large part of the 2nd quarter in a much closer Three Forks matchup Friday, not due to illness but because of two quick fouls.  Kaelob stayed almost foul free in the 2nd half and was a huge contributor to the Fairfield effort which fell 3 points short.   27-points and 9-rebounds kept Fairfield in the game.  He went 3-3 from the line and shot 88-percent overall.

Defense was also impressive where Flores had 3 steals, drew a charge, and picked up 8 of the rebounds.  Kaelob Flores is described to us as a quiet, humble and respectful student-athlete on and off the court.  An unselfish player and great teammate on the court.

On the Wrestling mats, she picked up right where she left off last year.  Our Female Athlete of the Week is Cut Bank Sr. wrestler Mariah Wahl.  Mariah quickly swept thru 3 opponents in the First Annual Flathead Girls Invitational.    Her 1st two matches ended in pins, in 2:06 and 1:07.  It took a little longer in the Championship Match, but she got the win 4-1 over Makenzee Neal of Billings West.  The effort led Cut Bank to a 6th place team finish out of 22 teams.

Looking back to a year ago, Mariah won the 1st ever all-girls State wrestling Championship with a 13-0 record against female opponents.   She’s now 6-0 this season and has never lost to a female opponent.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96—Bozeman Trophy Athletes of the Week, Sr. Kaelob Flores of Fairfield and Sr. Mariah Wahl of Cut Bank.  The Athlete of the Week is sponsored locally by McDonald’s in Cut Bank. McDonald’s honors our Athletes with two free value meals each.

KSEN encourages fans, Coaches, students & parents to nominate Athletes of the Week when you feel they’ve had an above-average, outstanding performance.  E-mail markdaniels@townsquaremedia.com.