Congrats to Class of 2019 area athletes who are moving on to college sports
Last updated 6/6/2019 at 8am
For anyone who has ever participated in high school sports, you will know there is something special about it. It's a rare opportunity to take part in organized athletics and for most, doing it in high school is the last chance they will get.
Yet, there are those rare athletes that are talented enough to advance to the collegiate level. Along the Hi-Line, we have been blessed over the years to have been able to watch our fair share of them, and this past year was no different.
Havre High certainly churned out a number of scholarship athletes this past school year, but none are more high-profile than Martin Wilkie, a four-time individual state wrestling champion that will be grappling in the Big Ten next season for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Another Blue Pony wrestler that will keep his career going is Lane Paulson, who will wrestle right here at home for Montana State University-Northern. Austin Ratliff, who, like Paulson, finished as a runner-up in his weight class, will wrestle at Concordia College in Minnesota, where Havre classmate Sarah Faber will also compete in track and field.
The Ponies will also be represented in volleyball at the next level as Kadyn Acor signed will Miles City Community College. A couple more Havre High athletes will be going the route of junior college in softball players Janae Boles and Lauren Kato. Boles has played both outfield and catcher for Havre, while Kato has played third base and is a pitcher. Kinzee Peterson, who was the catcher for the softball team the past two years and earned Class A All-State honors twice, will also continue her softball career at Williston State College.
When it comes to local athletes moving onto the next level, the majority of them are basketball players including Havre's Tommy Brown, who will be joining Rocky Mountain College next season. Yet, he won't be the only basketball player from the Hi-Line heading to the Battlin' Bears as Leah Gannon of Fort Benton will be joining the Rocky Mountain Women's basketball program. She may also take part in track and field.
Two other decorated local athletes will continue to display their talents for college basketball teams in Montana and one of those will be former Box Elder star Lillian Gopher, who helped lead the Bears to back-to-back Class C state championships. She was a three-time All-State selection in Class C girls basketball and helped Box Elder reach the state title game three times in four seasons. She is signed to play for the Bulldogs of Montana Western.
Isaac Bell of Chinook will be taking his talents to the Electric City as the former Chinook Sugarbeeters standout will play basketball for the University of Providence. Bell was a two-time All-State selection in Class C and helped the Beeters reach the Class C state tournament for the first time in more than 30 years this past season. He also once scored 51 points in a game against Harlem in 2018.
Editors Note: Any high school athletes signing with colleges in the upcoming year, please let the HDN know so we can publish it.