Choteau Siblings Fuel Bulldog Teams

The last name of "Achenbach" isn't the only thing that Tristin and Collin have in common.

They're both winners too. Collin is scoring 13 points a game for the Bulldog boys who entered the state tournament undefeated. Tristin ranks second on the girls team in scoring and helped Choteau beat Fairfield three times this year. The first of which ended the Lady Eagles record winning streak at 120 games.

"It's kind of amazing," says Sophomore Tristin Achenbach. "People say stuff about him and I'm like, 'oh hey, that's my brother.' I'm proud of him. He's done great."

"That was pretty cool," says Junior Collin Achenbach. "They were all really excited and They played a great game. It was good for them. We were all happy for them."

Of course the Achenbach's aren't the only siblings who have helped the Choteau teams reach the state tournament. Derrek Durocher and his younger twin sisters Payge and Payton have certainly aided in the Teams' success.

"It's Great for Colin. It's great for Tristin. It's great for Payge and Payton Durocher and Derek Durocher," says Lady Bulldogs head coach John Shepherd. "The same thing. Brothers and sisters who are going to State who are very good players. It's a very unique and special experience for them."

When the boys aren't playing, they're supporting the girls. The same holds true for the younger sisters with their older brothers.

"We have a really supportive family," says Lady Bulldogs Sophomore Payton Durocher. "We have a huge crowd at every game so it's nice to be able to play and make them proud."

"All of us are happy," says Payge Durocher. "We're big on Basketball so that's cool that all of us get to do it together while we're still in High School."

And the best part is the siblings have a common topic to talk about at the dinner table.

"Being able to go home at night and being able to talk to them about the same thing," says Bulldogs Junior Derrek Durocher. "What they're feeling going to state. And just being in the same situation and being able to feed off of each other."

None of these kids are Seniors so that means those dinner conversations will continue for at least another year before the older brothers are off to college. The hope is they'll leave the legacy of a state title behind for the entire town of Choteau to talk about for years to come.

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