Special Olympians perform well at state basketball

Members of the Central Montana Eagles No. 1 team, who competed at the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament in Helena over the weekend, are (beginning second from left) Ethan Yates, Phil Wichman, Carson Patten and Phil Huber. The team brought home bronze medals for their efforts at the competition.                                                                                                Photos courtesy of Kaylene Patten

The Central Montana Eagles had a very successful Special Olympic State Basketball Tournament in Helena this past weekend. The Eagles No. 2 4-on-4 team of Allisha Ayers, Danny Selph, Justin Yates, Patrick Yerman and Cassidy Holmquist won a gold medal. In their first game the Eagles defeated the Gold Diggers by a score of 26-6 to advance to the championship contest. In the championship game, the Eagles defeated the Great Falls Hornets, 14-6.
The Eagles No. 1 4-on-4 team of Phil Huber, Ethan Yates, Carson Patten and Philip Wichman faced a very strong Vipers team in the first round and were defeated, 16-8. This Eagles team earned a bronze medal for its effort.
Head Coach Mike Huber and Assistant Coach Tara Olson coached both Eagles teams.
The two Central Montana athletes who competed in the individual basketball skills competition were also very successful. Amanda Thompson earned a bronze medal, and Jess Arneson earned a gold medal in his division.
“Amanda and Jess really stepped up and gave it their all at state,” said Lindsay Bauer, the individual skills coach for the tournament. “I was very pleased with their performance.”
Forty different cities in Montana were represented at the tournament. Many of the cities had numerous teams competing. Over 1,100 athletes and coaches competed in Helena at the state tournament. Next year’s state basketball tournament will again be in Helena on Nov. 9-11, 2017.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to be a part of the Central Montana Eagles as a volunteer, coach or athlete, can contact Kaylene Patten at 538-8479.



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