Name: Michele VanDyke
With consistently strong play at the net, Chester senior Michele VanDyke led the Coyotes to a top-seeded birth in this year's Class C State Tournament two weekends ago in Lewistown.
VanDyke, the Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball in Montana, also represented the Class C in the ABC All-Star Volleyball Tournament at Montana State University-Northern Friday.
At the state tournament, VanDyke, who signed to play basketball next season for the University of Montana, served 98 percent with six aces. She also had 44 kills and 13 blocks in three matches. In the previous weekend's divisional tournament in Chester, where the Coyotes took first place, VanDyke served 95 percent, had 65 kills and 19 blocks in four matches.
Name: Brandon Bushard
Level: Class 2
School: Big Sky Gymnastics of Havre
Havre's Brandon Bushard, of the Big Sky Gymnastics Club, led his team to a third-place finish at the recent state gymnastics meet in Hamilton by placing first in the all-around competition.
Bushard, 16, had three first-place finishes and three second-place finishes en route to the title.
Bushard scored a 7.8 to take first on the high bars, a 7.7 for first on the parallel bars, and an 8.3 for first on the vault. Bushard's second-place finishes came in the floor exercise (7.6 score), pommel horse (5.6 score), and rings (6.7 score). Bushard's all-around score was 43.7.
With the top finishes at the state meet, Bushard and his team is now preparing for the regional meet in Boise, April 6-7.