By Ryan Divish/Havre Daily News Sports Editorfirstname.lastname@example.org
Two local players will be representing the state of Montana in the the 2004 Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl football game to be played June 19 at Denton Field in Miles City.
Havre High senior Daine Solomon was chose as a wide receiver for the game. Solomon led the Ponies in receptions, yards receiving, yards per catch and touchdown receptions this year while earning Class A all-state honors.
Joining Solomon is Big Sandy's Mason Ophus, who will play defensive line. Ophus, who signed with Montana State to play football, was an all-state performer at both tight end and defensive end for the Pioneers, which finished second in Class C.
Also on the squad is MSU-Northern recruit Marc Samson, who was the Class AA defensive player of the year.
Montana leads the all-star series 8-2 over North Dakota.
Quarterbacks -Josh Saunders, Great Falls; Torrey Thomas, Dillon
Running backs - Rob Schultz, Great Falls; Jake Kallestad, Belgrade; David Stevenson, Miles City
Wide Receivers - Ryan Bagley, Great Falls Russell; Brian Sloan, Billings Senior; Kevin Staley, Dillon; Daine Solomon, Havre.
Centers - Clint Townsend, Baker; Kennedy Anderson, Fort Benton
Offensive line - Pernell Booth, Billings West; Tim Bastian, Miles City; Bob Kinyon, Conrad; Trapper Hight, Miles City; Colin Dow, Billings Senior; Jesse Carlson, Billings West.
Tight end - Chris Sunberg, Columbus.
Defensive ends - Gabe Brown, Great Falls; Bob Daly, Helena Capital.
Defensive line - Chris Smith, Laurel; Mason Ophus, Big Sandy; Karl pitcher, Anaconda; Mac Anderson, Drummond.
Linebackers - Chad Schira, Dillon; Elliot Barnhart, Broadus; Mikel Stevenson, Miles City; Tom Martin, Columbus.
Defensive backs - Marc Samson, Helena Capital; Dan McFarland, Conrad; Darrin Muri, Miles City; Nick Milodragovich, Great Falls; Tanyon Bissell, Bozeman.
KICKER - Dan Carpenter, Helena.