Best of Preps Fall 2014

The top Flathead Valley athletes from the fall sports season

By Greg Lindstrom & Dillon Tabish

Ty Morgan

School: Columbia Falls
Class: Senior
Position: Wide receiver | Cornerback | Return Specialist
HT/WT: 5’11’’, 175 LBS

The Wildcats put together another sensational season, leading Class A in both scoring offense (41.33 points per game) and scoring defense (9.78 ppg). As the team’s talented catalyst, Ty opened the season with a 287-yard performance in Columbia Falls’ 47-7 win over Lewistown. On senior night against Libby, Ty caught his 25th career touchdown, surpassing Glacier’s Kyle Griffith (2010-12) and Sidney’s Clay Schreder (1989-91) for the most on record for receivers in the state, according to the Montana High School Association. Ty capped his final football season with 1,201 yards, the most in Class A, and 11 total touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to the playoffs once again. On defense he had four interceptions. Now the multi-sport standout is on the basketball court as starter for the defending state champs, who will no doubt chase another title. Next year Ty plans to play football in the Frontier Conference.


 

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Josh Sandry

School: Bigfork
Class: Senior
Position: Quarterback | Safety | Return Specialist | Kicker
HT/WT: 6’2’’, 195 LBS

Along with being a state champion high jumper and a starter on last year’s undefeated championship basketball team, Josh is a Division I recruit on the football field. As Bigfork’s versatile quarterback, Josh led the Vikings to their sixth straight District 7B title and a 7-1 record in the regular season. The team advanced to the semifinal round of the Class B playoffs for the third time in five years. In the three playoff games, Josh threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 290 yards and another six touchdowns. He finished his second season as the starting QB with 1,394 passing yards, 776 rushing yards and 29 total TDs. He also logged 46 tackles and two interceptions as the team’s safety. Next fall Josh will play at the University of Montana, where he hopes to follow in the footsteps of the great Griz players he looked up to as a kid — Colt Anderson, Lex Hilliard and Chase Reynolds.


 

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Josh McCracken

School: Flathead
Class: Junior
Position: Running back
HT/WT: 5’9’’, 190 LBS

First-year head coach Kyle Samson called on Josh to fill in as the Braves’ varsity running back. The first-year starter took the opportunity and ran with it. The powerful junior rushed for 987 yards, third most in Montana, and nine touchdowns. His 6.3 yards-per-carry were also third best in the state, and his total all-purpose yardage — 1,283 — was sixth best. His sudden emergence as one of the state’s best running backs helped fuel the renewed excitement around Flathead’s football program. The Braves opened the season 2-1 and stunned Helena Capital 21-17 in week three, beating the Bruins for the first time in 11 years. In that game, Josh recovered a fumble and returned it 50 yards for the clinching touchdown. Although Flathead finished 3-7, Josh feels the rebuilding process is underway. “The record didn’t show that but this season was a stepping stone,” he said. “We’re all motivated for next year.”


 

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Jack Streibich

School: Whitefish
Class: Senior
Position: Wide receiver | Linebacker
HT/WT: 6’3’’, 190 LBS

There were a lot of people who doubted the Whitefish Bulldogs and expected a letdown after last season’s surprising run. Not Jack. As one of the team’s few seniors, the all-state co-captain led by example in the weight room and on the field. The team emerged this fall as one of the best in Class A, beating rival Columbia Falls and eventually unseating the Wildcats as the champs of the Northwestern A conference. The Bulldogs developed into one of the most potent offenses around, compiling 4,167 yards, the fourth most of any team in the state, regardless of classification. Jack had 866 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Whitefish advanced to the semifinal round of the Class A playoffs for the first time since 2002 before bowing out with a 8-3 overall record. Jack graduates after helping rebuild the Bulldogs, who are 15-5 the past two seasons.


 

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Josh Hill

School: Glacier
Class: Senior
Position: Linebacker
HT/WT: 6’1’’, 200 LBS

The 2014 Glacier Wolfpack should go down as one of the most dominant football teams in Montana history. A juggernaut with few flaws, the Pack outscored opponents 645-164 en route to an undefeated state championship season, its first as a program and first for a Kalispell team in 44 years. The roster boasts a remarkable 12 Class AA all-state players, including the league’s Offensive MVP, quarterback Brady McChesney, and Defensive MVP, linebacker Josh Hill. Perhaps no one better than Josh embodies the toughness and talent that defined this Glacier squad. The bruising inside linebacker tormented opponents all season, piling up 108 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. Surprisingly, he’s only been playing football since moving to Kalispell in eighth grade. Now he’s one of the top recruits in Montana and colleges across the region are fighting over him. Josh appears destined to take his talents to either Montana State University or the University of Montana.


 

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Teigan Avery

School: Glacier
Class: Junior

Teigan showed why she’s the best female high school golfer in Montana at the Class AA state tournament in Bozeman. On the first day, the defending champ had a rough start, shooting a 6-over 77 and trailing the leader by five shots at Bridger Creek Golf Course. “I had not been in that position before. But I kept patient. I let someone else sleep on the lead, and I went out and played as well as I could,” she said. The next day, as the leaders struggled, Teigan finished her 18-hole round with par-birdie-birdie and forced a playoff. With over 100 people watching the two girls compete for the title, Teigan calmly knocked in a par to win the championship. “It was really exciting. I wasn’t nervous at all. I felt like I could play another 18,” she said. Over the next year, Teigan will keep competing at elite tournaments across the West and try to defend her state junior title before returning for one final high school season that will definitely be worth watching.


 

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Cody Sherrill

School: Glacier
Class: Senior

There’s already a strong tradition of great golfers from Glacier High School, and Cody cemented his place among that pack this fall. The senior striker earned his way onto the leaderboard at several top tournaments this past year, including the Labor Day Tournament at Buffalo Hill, where he tied for fourth place among talented adult golfers from across the region. During the high school season he demanded attention, driving the ball 320 yards from the tee box and logging impressive rounds in the mid 70s on a regular basis. He shot a 67 at Buffalo Hill to win the Flathead Valley Invitational and finished 8-under for the two-day competition. At the Class AA state tournament in Bozeman, he shot 73-78 and finished tied for seventh. Now he’s off to top tournaments across the country before competing at MSU-Billings next fall.


 

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Annie Hill

School: Glacier
Class: Freshman

Before seventh grade, Annie had already broken the 6-minute barrier in the mile. By the time she arrived at high school this fall, she was already one of the nation’s fastest runners. In the first chapter of an already brilliant career, the freshman phenom blazed through the cross country season, winning the prestigious Mountain West Classic in record time and capturing the Class AA state championship by half a minute. Now her talents are taking her across the West to race at elite national competitions. Last weekend Annie placed fourth at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional in California, qualifying for nationals along with Makena Morley, who won the regional, and Bryn Morley, who placed sixth. Annie clocked 18:11 in the 5K race. Makena won for the second year in a row, running 17:34. Bryn finished in 18:17. The three girls are now in San Diego, where they will vie for a national title against the best in the U.S. For Makena, this is her fourth and final attempt at the championship. For Annie, it’s likely the first of many.


 

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Kade McCutcheon

School: Glacier
Class: Senior

Kade paced Glacier’s talented cross country team through a remarkable season that included winning the Mountain West Classic, the state’s largest and most competitive meet. The Wolfpack had four runners in the top 30 and finished first out of 53 teams. Kade placed seventh, clocking 15:29 for three miles. At the state meet in Helena, Kade came in sixth, 15:48, and the Wolfpack brought home a third-place trophy, narrowly missing out on second place by two points. Even though it wasn’t the finish Glacier had hoped for, it marked another impressive stride for the program, which has now brought home top-three trophies the past two years. Kade is competing at national meets and training through the winter with hopes of finishing his senior year with a standout track season.


 

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Hannah Liss

School: Glacier
Class: Senior
Position: Setter

Hannah grew up playing volleyball with a tight-knit group of friends, and these last few years of high school, their chemistry has definitely shined. Glacier is 24-0 in Western AA matches and 44-4 overall the last two regular seasons. The Wolfpack captured a second consecutive conference championship this fall and advanced to the Class AA state tournament for a fifth straight season. The girls fell short of bringing home a trophy, but nonetheless Hannah and her six senior teammates can look back on an impressive legacy at Glacier. Five girls earned first-team all-state honors this fall, including Hannah, the Wolfpack’s standout setter. The four-year starter will keep playing through the winter on a club team before going to Montana Tech next year to compete.


 

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Winter Kemppainen

School: Columbia Falls
Class: Senior
Position: Middle hitter

Winter and her Wildkat teammates made a remarkable season even more memorable at the Class A volleyball state tournament. Columbia Falls won its first three matches before falling in the semifinals to Belgrade. Instead of bowing out, the girls fought back, beating Frenchtown in the third-place match and lining up a rematch with Belgrade in the championship. Columbia Falls won the first match, forcing a second contest against previously unbeaten Belgrade. It ended in Belgrade’s favor but not for a lack of effort on Wildkats’ part. At the conclusion of the tournament, the girls had played six matches and 25 games in four days. Winter finished her standout senior season with 16 aces, 138 kills and 41 blocks, helping Columbia Falls win the conference for the second year in a row and achieve a 19-3 overall record. There’s no time to rest for Winter, though; she’s now starting for the talented Wildkats basketball team with most of her volleyball teammates.


 

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Kyle Thomson

School: Bigfork
Class: Senior
Position: Midfielder

Before the soccer season began, Kyle wasn’t sure he had enough teammates to play at Bigfork. As the Vike’s reigning all-state captain, he began walking the halls recruiting schoolmates. When the season arrived, the Vikings hit the pitch with four first-year players. Inexperience aside, Bigfork held its own, defeating Whitefish for the first time in program history and clinching a trip to the Class A state soccer tournament. In the team’s first-round match against the defending state champs from Livingston, Kyle scored a pair of unassisted goals to secure the 2-1 victory. Bigfork’s season ended with a loss to the eventual champ Corvallis 3-0 in the semifinals. But for a team that barely had enough players two months earlier, this was a hallmark season. In his senior season, Kyle capped his stellar career with 12 goals.


 

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Stephanie Wilson

School: Flathead
Class: Junior
Position: Midfielder

With a lifetime of playing on the pitch and three years of varsity experience, Stephanie knows how to compete under pressure. She proved that in the decisive moments of Flathead’s season, scoring two goals against Helena Capital in the Bravettes’ 4-0 playoff win and adding another pair of goals at the Class AA state soccer tournament. Flathead’s talented midfielder was named the co-MVP of Western AA and picked up well-earned all-state honors after scoring eight goals this fall. She’s playing basketball for the Bravettes this winter before returning to the soccer field for spring action. Then she’ll be back next fall for her senior campaign, when she hopes to lead Flathead back to the state tournament.


 

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All-State Selections

Football

Class AA

Brady McChesney, Glacier, Senior, Quarterback, 1st Team
Brandon Purdy, Glacier, Senior, Kicker, 1st team
Andrew Harris, Glacier, Senior, Defensive End, 1st Team
Truman Pisk, Glacier, Senior, Lineman, 1st Team
Harrison Kauffman, Glacier, Senior, Lineman, 1st Team
Logan Jones, Glacier, Senior, Wide Receiver, 1st Team
Tucker Rauthe, Glacier, Senior, Safety, 1st Team
Cain Boschee, Glacier, Senior, Corner, 1st Team
Andrew Klamecki, Glacier, Junior, Lineman, 2nd Team
Devin Cochran, Glacier, Senior, Wide Receiver, 2nd Team
Hunter Kauffman, Glacier, Senior, Lineman, 2nd Team
Thomas Trefney, Glacier, Junior, Running Back, 2nd Team
Jess Beaman, Flathead, Senior, Safety, 2nd Team
Jacob Ridgeway, Flathead, Junior, Linebacker, Honorable Mention
Greg Kelly, Flathead, Senior, Lineman, Honorable Mention
Colten Boyle, Flathead, Junior, Lineman, Honorable Mention
Riley Leigh, Flathead, Senior, Lineman, Honorable Mention
Keaton Krantz, Flathead, Junior, Wide Receiver, Honorable Mention
Payton Boyce, Flathead, Junior, Fullback, Honorable Mention
Josh McCracken, Flathead, Junior, Running Back, Honorable Mention
Aaron Siderius, Flathead, Senior, Defensive End, Honorable Mention
Jaxen Hashley, Glacier, Sophomore, Defensive End, Honorable Mention
Charles Calobeer, Glacier, Senior, Lineman, Honorable Mention
Neal Wood, Glacier, Senior, Linebacker, Honorable Mention
Tadan Gilman, Glacier, Sophomore, Linebacker, Honorable Mention
Jake Willich, Glacier, Junior, Safety, Honorable Mention
Caleb Jones, Glacier, Junior, Corner, Honorable Mention
Jacob Janke, Glacier, Senior, Return Specialist, Honorable Mention

Class A

Luke May, Whitefish, Junior, Quarterback
Jed Nagler, Whitefish, Junior, Wide Receiver
Chris Park, Whitefish, Junior, Fullback
Chaffin Ross, Whitefish, Junior, Defensive End
Logan Wynn, Whitefish, Junior, Linebacker
Brian FauntLeRoy, Whitefish, Junior, Safety
Ike Schweikert, Columbia Falls, Senior, Linebacker
Spencer Ross, Columbia Falls, Senior, Lineman
Trevor Houston, Columbia Falls, Senior, Safety

Class B

Vinny Quirk, Bigfork, Senior, Running Back
Grant Ozegovich, Bigfork, Junior, Lineman
Logan Mejak, Bigfork, Senior, Defensive End
Isaac Martel, Bigfork, Senior, Wide Receiver
Adamt Jordt, Bigfork, Senior, Wide Receiver

Volleyball

Class AA

Tessa Krueger, Glacier, Senior, Outside Hitter, 1st Team
Katie Wiley, Glacier, Senior, Right-side Hitter, 1st Team
Brielle Baumgarner, Glacier, Senior, Middle Blocker, 1st Team
Kayla Russell, Glacier, Senior Defensive, Specialist, 1st Team
Jourdan Schultz, Flathead, Junior, Defensive Specialist, 2nd Team
Jessica Simmons, Flathead, Senior Setter, 2nd Team
Marissa Postovit, Flathead, Junior, Outside Hitter, Honorable Mention
Lizzie Sherwood, Flathead, Junior, Outside Hitter, Honorable Mention
Hailee Bennett, Glacier, Junior, Libero, Honorable Mention
Abbie O’Brien, Flathead, Junior, Libero, Honorable Mention

Class A

Cydney Finberg, Columbia Falls, Sophomore, Setter

Boys Soccer

Class AA

Colton Becker, Glacier, Junior

Class A

Keegan Driver, Bigfork, Senior
Taven Edland, Whitefish, Senior
Shanoah Montano, Whitefish, Senior
Jared Johnson, Whitefish, Senior

Girls Soccer

Class AA

Amanda Buxton, Flathead, Junior
Ally Staats, Glacier, Senior

Class A

Tavia Bechtel, Columbia Falls, Junior
Lexi Strouse, Columbia Falls, Junior
Sidney Grilley, Columbia Falls, Junior
Grace Kurtz, Whitefish, Senior
Haley Nicholson, Whitefish, Sophomore

Boys Golf

Scott Larson, Glacier, Senior, Class AA 7th place (tie)
Ryan Keenan, Flathead, Junior, Class AA 15th place
Mitch Young, Whitefish, Senior, Class A 6th place (tie)

Girls Golf

Coral Schulz, Whitefish, Junior, Class A state champion
Katie Fyall, Whitefish, Senior, Class A 4th place (tie)
Malia Morris, Whitefish, Senior, Class A 8th place (tie)
Georgia Donaldson, Whitefish, Senior, Class A 14th place
Jenna Jensen, Flathead, Senior, Class AA 9th place

Boys Cross Country

Logan Morley, Bigfork, Junior, Class B state champion
Sylas Schutt, Flathead, Senior, Class AA 8th place
Logan Harmon, Glacier, Junior, Class AA 13th place
Brock Sandry, Glacier, Senior, Class AA 14th place

Girls Cross Country

Makena Morley, Bigfork, Senior, Class B state champion
Bryn Morley, Bigfork, Freshman, Class B 2nd place
Samantha Mundel, Columbia Falls, Senior, Class A state champion
Sarah Latcham, Whitefish, Senior, Class A 2nd place
Barrett Gray, Whitefish, Junior, Class A 9th place
Kaitlin Wride, Flathead, Freshman, Class AA 7th place

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