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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Loyola's Kaden Lincoln

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Kaden is part of one of the best dynasties in Montana history. The Loyola Speech and Debate team has won 35 consecutive Montana Class B-C state championships. Since his freshman year, he has helped contribute to his team's golden legacy.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Jefferson's Simonie Mendenhall

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Jefferson High senior Simonie Mendenhall says she hits the volleyball court year-round and that work is paying off.  "Just determining open positions on the court based off of the set and things like that I guess," said Simonie Mendenhall. 

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Belt Husky Anthony Wall

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Teamwork is the signature trait for the Belt huskies. One of the major leaders in the Huskies team culture is coach, Jeff Graham. Meet coach Graham's right hand man, Anthony Wall.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Butte's Brittney Tierney

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Tierney plays sports and works hard in school, and on top of that she enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Hellgate's Burke McGowan

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Imagine entering your senior year of football having never won a football game. "Coming in as a freshman and seeing our varsity get beat 79-0, and just watching that from the sidelines and saying wow, this is going to take a lot." Burke McGowan says with a laugh.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Emily Kidder, Capital High School

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Capital High senior Emily Kidder participates in at least three sports throughout the school year and right now volleyball is in season.  "We're always together. We're always there for each other no matter what. If we get down a point we're like hey next one and we just stick together so it's awesome," said Emily Kidder.  

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Foothills' Falcons Keileigh Fulbright

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Senior Keileigh Fulbright shows up to practice every day with a smile on her face, ready to set her team up for success. Last season, she was a hitter, but has spent a lot of time playing in various positions on the court, and when the Falcons senior setter graduated, it opened up the spot to anyone daring enough to give it a try.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Bozeman High's Sophie May

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You might recognize Sophie May as a captain of the Bozeman Lady Hawks soccer team, but that's only a tiny slice of the person she is. May is crossing over into the basketball world and changing lives at the same time.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Helena High's Vanessa Walsh

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Valley Christian's Tyler Bell

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The images were striking then, as they are now. Almost a year later, the city of Houston, Texas is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. And a football player in Missoula, Montana felt like he needed to help.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Big Sky's Keri Peterson

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Keri Peterson leads a busy life style. Along with National Honors Society, Key Club, and student government, she loves to hoop. But an injury to her ACL in 7th grade looked to derailed plans of continuing her basketball career in high school. 

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Vote for Student Athlete 2017-2018

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Voting for Student Athlete of the Year 2017-2018 begins May 1!

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Camila Noe

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Six months removed from winning her first state cross country title, Bozeman's Camila Noe is off to a strong start on the track as well, which Hawks Head Coach Eric Fisher attributes to Noe's unstoppable drive and determination.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Katie Hoppe

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A key contributor on last season's Class A title team, Belgrade's Katie Hoppe is a leader on and off the field.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Max Austin

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When seven year old Max Austin first laid eyes on BMX racing, he was hooked for life.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Polson's Kaelyn Smith

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Since she began playing little league, Kaelyn Smith has wanted to play softball for the University of Montana. And last Wednesday, the Polson Pirate infielder made that dream, a reality. 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Big Sky's Paisley Ivanovitch

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Paisley Ivanovitch is used to representing her school on the course. The Missoula native runs cross country and track for Big Sky, and loves to push herself to get that next Personal Time Record. “During it, you're like ‘I’m dying, this is going to kill me, I’m done.’ And then afterwords, you are like ‘this is the best, I want to do that again.’” 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Alex Carey

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As a senior for the Bozeman Lady Hawks basketball team, Alex Carey has had to take on a bigger role on this season.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Flathead's Clayton Jaques

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Sometimes, it’s the big life altering events that help show us what we are meant to do. For Flathead Brave basketball player Clayton Jaques, it was his brother’s medical need that led him to pursing a career as a nurse. 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Hamilton's Caitlyn Lucas

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To be a cheerleader, practice and repetition are key to help bring passion and energy to your team’s fans. And today at Hamilton Middle School, the cheerleaders are going through different chants with a coach that has held the very same pom poms as they do.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Keegan Mulhill

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One of the top wrestlers in the state, Bozeman's Keegan Mulhill says there was just something about the sport that hooked him from a young age.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Jordan Schlauch

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When Jordan Schlauch isn't scoring goals for the Belgrade boys soccer team, you might catch him helping out at the concession stand, or running papers for teachers, really anything to help his school out.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Manhattan Christian's Matthew Amunrud

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Matthew Amunrud is on a mission to lead his Manhattan Christian team back to the Class C title game, but when he's not suiting up for the Eagles, Matthew enjoys working with kids at his church, helping lead the Awana club and by following in his dad's footsteps and helping coach the church's mini league.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Spencer Gordon

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If there's one thing Belgrade basketball head coach Mike Deming can count on from Spencer Gordon, it's a high level of effort and commitment.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Frenchtown's Owen Indreland

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In the sport of wrestling, there is only one attribute that can dictate success on the mat. “Wrestling is all about hard work. You can’t just go soft one day, and give 100% the there day. You are still going to be behind kids that are going 100% every day.” 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Frenchtown's Kylie Willet

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“A senior, number one, Kylie Willet!!” As a volleyball captain and a student leader of the Frenchtown school community, Kylie Willet embodies the word written on her shirt. 

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Student Athlete: Angel Richards from Stevensville

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Everyone looks forward to Bingo Night at Hillside Health Care Center, including a young Angel Richards. 

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Student Athlete of the Week: Great Falls Central's Rachel Ryan

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Student Athlete of the Week: Great Falls Central's Rachel Ryan

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ABC FOX Montana and Mattress Firm teamed up this year to celebrate student athlete's giving back to their communities. Every week for eight months a student was highlighted for his or her dedication, commitment and excellent sportsmanship. 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Loyola's David Koppang

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“It’s life changing and I love it, it’s awesome,” said Loyola Senior David Koppang. That life changing experience Loyola Senior David Koppang mentioned is his time at Camp Agape Northwest in Washington. For the past three years Koppang has been a camp counselor there, which helps kids who have some form of cancer. “Honestly you learn a lot like something that big doesn’t effect a kids life. You look at us we complain about two a days and then you ...

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Manhattan's Cal Holgate

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An all-state athlete with speed to burn, Cal Holgate has made himself right at home since moving to Manhattan a little more than a year ago. And he is this week's Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week.

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Student Athlete of the Week: Shelby's Brittany Brusven

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Shelby's Brittany Brusven helped rid parks in her hometown of tobacco while also raising money to help a Coyote fan fight cancer

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Capital's Justin Jenks

Capital Bruins senior Justin Jenks has a simple recipe for success in wrestling, football, and track.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Christian Bloch

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As the point guard for the Sunburst Refiners, Christian Bloch is tasked with leading his team, a role that comes naturally to him. "I've always wanted to be a leader, not just on the court," said Bloch. 

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Student Athlete of the Week: Foothills Basketball Player Ben Fried

Foothills Community Christian basketball player Ben Fried helps the Great Falls community in a number of different ways. He works as a technician at church, packs lunches at the food bank, and helps people at a transitional housing facility.

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Student Athlete of the Week: Great Falls Central's Isaac Armstrong

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Student Athlete of the Week: Great Falls Central's Isaac Armstrong

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belt's Hannah Schweitzer

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Hannah Schweitzer is used to being in the spotlight at Belt High School. The senior cheerleader is at every sporting event supporting her classmates. 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Fort Benton's Andy Giles

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As the star guard for the Fort Benton Longhorns, Andy Giles is always looking to set teammates for success. For Giles, however, this is a skill that transcends the court. 

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  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Big Sky's Kelsi McEnaney

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Big Sky's Kelsi McEnaney

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-06-14 16:19:41 GMT
    Wednesday, June 14 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-06-14 16:19:41 GMT

    On the court, Kelsi McEnaney is a force to be reckoned with. But it’s the off the court attitude and personality that matters more for her coaches. 

    On the court, Kelsi McEnaney is a force to be reckoned with. But it’s the off the court attitude and personality that matters more for her coaches. 

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Year: Big Sky's Kelsi McEnaney

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-06-14 16:19:37 GMT
    Wednesday, June 14 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-06-14 16:19:37 GMT

    After three weeks of voting, which brought in votes from all over the world, Mattress Firm and ABC Fox Montana are proud to announce that Big Sky High School's Kelsi McEnaney is your 2017 Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Year.

    After three weeks of voting, which brought in votes from all over the world, Mattress Firm and ABC Fox Montana are proud to announce that Big Sky High School's Kelsi McEnaney is your 2017 Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Year.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Camille Landon

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Camille Landon

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:21:46 GMT
    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:21:46 GMT

    Bozeman senior Camille Landon is a standout on both the volleyball court and on the track, she is the two-time defending state high jump champion, but she's also a standout in the classroom.

    Bozeman senior Camille Landon is a standout on both the volleyball court and on the track, she is the two-time defending state high jump champion, but she's also a standout in the classroom.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week 12/1: Joaquin Trevelline

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week 12/1: Joaquin Trevelline

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:21:23 GMT
    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:21:23 GMT

    On the football field Loyola Defensive End Joaquin Trevelline isn’t going to give you any yards. Off the field though, all he does is give.

    On the football field Loyola Defensive End Joaquin Trevelline isn’t going to give you any yards. Off the field though, all he does is give.

  • Student Athlete Of The Week 11/24/16: CMR's Xavier Pace

    Student Athlete Of The Week 11/24/16: CMR's Xavier Pace

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:20 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:20:56 GMT
    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:20 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:20:56 GMT

    Whether he's making big runs on the gridiron, balling on the court, or competing in track and field, senior Xavier Pace has made himself known at CMR High School and in the community as well.  

    Whether he's making big runs on the gridiron, balling on the court, or competing in track and field, senior Xavier Pace has made himself known at CMR High School and in the community as well.  

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Great Falls Central's Bre Cook

    Student Athlete of the Week: Great Falls Central's Bre Cook

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:02:07 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:02:07 GMT

    Whether she's in the outfield or doing one of her many community service projects, Mustang Bre Cook goes all in. 

    Whether she's in the outfield or doing one of her many community service projects, Mustang Bre Cook goes all in. 

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Foothills' Daniel Johnson

    Student Athlete of the Week: Foothills' Daniel Johnson

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:02:07 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:02:07 GMT

    Student Athlete of the Week: Foothills' Daniel Johnson

    Student Athlete of the Week: Foothills' Daniel Johnson

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Wes Robbins

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Wes Robbins

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:51 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:51 GMT

    Bozeman soccer faces off against Butte in their final regular season game of 2016, and leading the charge for the Hawks is captain and 2015 all-state selection Wes Robbins. 

    Bozeman soccer faces off against Butte in their final regular season game of 2016, and leading the charge for the Hawks is captain and 2015 all-state selection Wes Robbins. 

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Viktor Lemeza

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Viktor Lemeza

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT

    Opposing forwards be aware, Big Sky High School’s Viktor Lemeza is not going to back down on the soccer field.

    Opposing forwards be aware, Big Sky High School’s Viktor Lemeza is not going to back down on the soccer field.

  • Student Athlete of the Week: Ennis' Bridger Williams

    Student Athlete of the Week: Ennis' Bridger Williams

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT

    The Ennis Mustangs are rolling through the 8-Man football playoffs, and one of their key contributors is offensive and defensive lineman Bridger Williams. 

    The Ennis Mustangs are rolling through the 8-Man football playoffs, and one of their key contributors is offensive and defensive lineman Bridger Williams. 

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Butte Central's Mollie Peoples

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Butte Central's Mollie Peoples

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT

    Mollie Peoples is a standout forward for the Butte Central girls basketball team. The Montana Tech commit is an unquestioned leader for the Maroons.

    Mollie Peoples is a standout forward for the Butte Central girls basketball team. The Montana Tech commit is an unquestioned leader for the Maroons.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week 12/29: Syd Steele

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT

    There is never a break for Sentinel High School’s Syd Steele. The three sport athlete is always on the go, and that’s the way she likes it.

    There is never a break for Sentinel High School’s Syd Steele. The three sport athlete is always on the go, and that’s the way she likes it.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Manhattan Christian's Joey Lodine

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Manhattan Christian's Joey Lodine

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT

    It's always tough to switch high schools. It's even tougher to switch right before your senior year. But that's exactly what Manhattan Christian senior Joey Lodine experienced this last summer.

    It's always tough to switch high schools. It's even tougher to switch right before your senior year. But that's exactly what Manhattan Christian senior Joey Lodine experienced this last summer.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete; Claudia Wiese

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete; Claudia Wiese

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:50 GMT
    She is the hardest worker on the team she always gives 110% no matter what,” said Hellgate Senior Kaci Paffhausen. “She’s a leader on the floor and she’s a leader off the floor,” said Hellgate Head Coach Rob Henthorn. Claudia Wiese is a senior on the Hellgate basketball team, but as you just heard from her teammate and coach she’s much much more than that. She has a 4.0 GPA, is the Co-President of the Save program (students against violating the E...
    She is the hardest worker on the team she always gives 110% no matter what,” said Hellgate Senior Kaci Paffhausen. “She’s a leader on the floor and she’s a leader off the floor,” said Hellgate Head Coach Rob Henthorn. Claudia Wiese is a senior on the Hellgate basketball team, but as you just heard from her teammate and coach she’s much much more than that. She has a 4.0 GPA, is the Co-President of the Save program (students against violating the E...
  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Elaine Chandler

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Bozeman's Elaine Chandler

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT

    Elaine Chandler is a standout for the Bozeman Hawks, both on the basketball court and the soccer pitch. 

    Elaine Chandler is a standout for the Bozeman Hawks, both on the basketball court and the soccer pitch. 

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Whitefish's Travis Catina

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT

    On a Tuesday afternoon at Whitefish middle school, Travis Catina is helping teach new wrestlers some moves.

    On a Tuesday afternoon at Whitefish middle school, Travis Catina is helping teach new wrestlers some moves.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Dawson Fowler

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Dawson Fowler

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT

    "He's probably one of the most likable individuals on our team. He's a great sportsman, he plays with class and integrity," said Belgrade head coach Mike Deming. Belgrade junior guard Dawson Fowler is thought of highly by both his coach and his peers.

    "He's probably one of the most likable individuals on our team. He's a great sportsman, he plays with class and integrity," said Belgrade head coach Mike Deming. Belgrade junior guard Dawson Fowler is thought of highly by both his coach and his peers.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete: Sam Elliott

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete: Sam Elliott

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT
    For Flathead High School’s Sam Elliott, his sports accomplishments are vast. He just finished leading the Braves to their first state tournament birth since 2012, and is a dominant present on the baseball diamond, playing for the Lakers. But it’s his skills in the classroom that he is most proud of, caring a 4.0 GPA. “My mom is a teacher, so she is always in my ear, looking for me to keep push, and it’s something I’ve just always been pushed toward, and ...
    For Flathead High School’s Sam Elliott, his sports accomplishments are vast. He just finished leading the Braves to their first state tournament birth since 2012, and is a dominant present on the baseball diamond, playing for the Lakers. But it’s his skills in the classroom that he is most proud of, caring a 4.0 GPA. “My mom is a teacher, so she is always in my ear, looking for me to keep push, and it’s something I’ve just always been pushed toward, and ...
  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Manhattan's Alexa Arthun

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Manhattan's Alexa Arthun

    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT
    Friday, October 13 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 18:00:49 GMT

    There are few athletes in the state of Montana that are as versatile and dominant as Manhattan's Alexa Arthun.

    There are few athletes in the state of Montana that are as versatile and dominant as Manhattan's Alexa Arthun.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Sentinel High School's Bekah Joy

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Sentinel High School's Bekah Joy

    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:20 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:20:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 4 2017 6:20 PM EDT2017-05-04 22:20:36 GMT

    Bekah Joy and the Sentinel Spartans are on the field today, doing battle with the Hellgate Knights. But it’s a different type of battle that the Spartan goal keeper could be entering when she leaves high school.

    Bekah Joy and the Sentinel Spartans are on the field today, doing battle with the Hellgate Knights. But it’s a different type of battle that the Spartan goal keeper could be entering when she leaves high school.

  • 10/10 Senior Standout: Great Falls High's Sarah Dutro

    10/10 Senior Standout: Great Falls High's Sarah Dutro

    Monday, October 10 2016 11:10 PM EDT2016-10-11 03:10:34 GMT
    Friday, November 4 2016 6:11 PM EDT2016-11-04 22:11:02 GMT

    The motto for the Great Falls High Lady Bison is, "Champions aren't born, they're made." That motto is especially true for senior captain Sarah Dutro.

    The motto for the Great Falls High Lady Bison is, "Champions aren't born, they're made." That motto is especially true for senior captain Sarah Dutro.

  • Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Shania Neubauer

    Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Shania Neubauer

    Friday, October 7 2016 5:22 PM EDT2016-10-07 21:22:33 GMT
    Friday, October 7 2016 5:22 PM EDT2016-10-07 21:22:33 GMT

    This week's Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week comes from Belgrade High School. She's a standout on the volleyball court and the softball field. Shania Neubauer is this week's award winner. 

    This week's Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week comes from Belgrade High School. She's a standout on the volleyball court and the softball field. Shania Neubauer is this week's award winner. 

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  • Student Athlete Nomination Form

    Student Athlete Nomination Form

    Sponsored by Mattress Firm and ABC FOX Montana: Each week a student athlete (football - Griz) will be chosen by our sports team based off of nominations. If you have an athlete in mind fill our the form! 

    Sponsored by Mattress Firm and ABC FOX Montana: Each week a student athlete (football - Griz) will be chosen by our sports team based off of nominations. If you have an athlete in mind fill our the form! 

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