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A Fitting Tribute

Coaches, players open the hoops season by paying unique homage to the late Griff Bye


December 13, 2017

Clara Goodwin

Members of the North Star staff don Hawaiian shirts during a CJI Preseason Tournament game last weekend in Chester. Coaches and players wore the shirts in both Chester and Shelby, as well as elsewhere, to honor the late Griff Bye, who passed away earlier this year. Bye always wore a Hawaiian shirt and white Addidas shoes on the sidelines. Of his many coaching stops, Bye spent time at both North Star and Rocky Boy.

As many already know, there is a special kind of camaraderie that goes along with the coaching profession, particularly when it comes to coaching in Montana.

When it comes to high school basketball, especially along the Hi-Line, being a coach is kind of like being in a fraternity. Sure, the men and women who battle from the bench every night want to beat each other, but that doesn't mean they aren't still friends and colleagues when the clock hits triple zero.

And if ever there was an example of a man who was not only a great basketball coach but also a great friend it was Griff Bye, the...

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