Missoula Big Sky sprinter Alex Mustard entered the 2014 track season with high expectations after a couple silver finishes from last spring.
But in mid-March, doubled over in pain in a Billings hotel room, his mind was a long way from this year’s State AA meet.
Mustard missed the beginning of this season’s competition after an emergency appendectomy last month. The senior Eagle is getting stronger by the day, though, inching closer to joining his teammates back on the track.
Missoula Hellgate’s run to the championship game gave the Knights a unique set of circumstances as the State AA boys’ basketball bracket played out. The Knights would only face teams they’d lost to during the regular season.
Hellgate lost four games during the regular season starting with – in chronological order – Billings Skyview, Billings West and Helena Capital (twice).
In order to win a second straight state title, the Knights needed to beat – again, in order – Skyview, West and Capital.