The MHSA/Army National Guard Academic All-Team Award winners were announced Monday for the winter sports seasons.
The awards are given to the top three teams that exhibit outstanding academic achievement during the school year’s second quarter of play for each respective activity in each of the MHSA schools’ classification (AA, A, B and C). Member schools calculate their students’ accumulative grade point average for the award.
This season’s varsity winners with cumulative team GPA:
A story ran in last Thursday’s Missoulian about two local prep swimmers Kate Zimmer and Hailey Jacobson who’ve committed to big-time colleges to continue their sporting careers.
But there was some interesting background on Zimmer, a Big Sky and Missoula Aquatic Club swimmer, that didn’t quite fit the narrative of that piece. Zimmer, an accomplished pool sprinter who’ll compete at LSU next year, nearly had her favorite sport taken away from her.
She developed a pair of bulging disks in the lumbar section of her back as a freshman that took her out of the water completely. Continue reading
Hailey Jacobson summed up what I was feeling pretty well with one sharp observation at the University of Montana’s Grizzly Pool recently.
“You probably can’t even tell who we all are with just our black suits,” the Missoula Hellgate senior swimmer said.
This was last Saturday and I was at the pool working on a feature story on Hailey and her Missoula Aquatic Club teammate Kate Zimmer, a Big Sky High swimmer. But tracking them down was a bit tougher than I’d imagined.
That’s because at a Missoula high school swim meet rivals from Hellgate, Big Sky and Sentinel are anything but. They’re more like teammates playing for different sides. Continue reading
The Montana Coaches Association has named its Coaches of the Year for the winter sports season.
Missoula Hellgate’s Jeff Hays, AA boys’ basketball coach; Missoula Sentinel’s Karen Deden, AA girls’ basketball coach, Hellgate’s Helena Houlihan, AA girls’ swimming co-coach; and Stevensville’s Keith Chambers, A boys’ basketball coach, were all selected. Continue reading