Hamilton High School Boys basketball head coach Travis Blome said the Hamilton High School Broncs will shine at the Montana High School Association, 2018 Southwestern “A” Boys and Girls, District Basketball Tournaments Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17.
“The Hamilton district both boys and girls are the toughest in the state,” he said. “It will be a great tournament – for both boys and girls. It will be exciting - all teams have a chance. When tournaments hit all teams are zero and zero so it will be a great environment and a lot of fun.”
Earlier this week, the Hamilton Broncs boys basketball team overwhelmed the Stevensville squad with a final score of 84 to 51, remaining as the top boys' team in Class A.
The Broncs raced out to a halftime margin of 44 to 27, led by Carter Kearns with 19 points and Tanner Goligoski with 9.
Kearns finished the game scoring 33 points, Goligoski poured in 16, Carson Rostad had 8 points, and Hunter Omlid found the rim for 9 points.
The Stevensville squad was led by Dalton Bragg with 16, Logan Roth with 14, and Colby Meeds with 13.
Next up for the 17-0 Hamilton team is an away game against Beaverhead County on Saturday, Feb 10. That same day, the Stevensville Yellowjackets face Frenchtown in a home game.
The Hamilton Bronc Boys are undefeated and the Bronc girls have only lost one game this season. Both teams have earned the number one seed and start play at the tournament on Friday, Feb. 16. Hamilton girls will play at 3:30 p.m. and the boys will play at 5 p.m.
“Our boys' team has great senior leadership and are a lot of fun to be around,” Blome said. “They are very positive, very unselfish and put in a lot of hard work so it is fun to see it pay off for them.”
The HHS Boys' team has three seniors.
“We’ve got four juniors on the varsity squad and a sophomore out of our top eight who play, and they all mesh really well together,” Blome said. “Our younger programs have done a good job. It is exciting to see our program of Hamilton High School basketball coming into shape.”
Hamilton High School Girls basketball head coach Mark Albert said this is his 30th year of coaching basketball and it might be the most fun.
“The Lady Broncs are humble, selfless and are willing to put their teammates ahead of any personal recognition,” Albert said. “This is extremely unique for a high school basketball team. We've had a special season and exceeded my expectations, but we're hoping to keep it going so we can continue to spend more time together.”
Albert said the addition of Cariann Kunkel to the team has been a “real blessing.”
“She is a humble competitor and her teammates (especially the other four seniors) have really embraced her,” he said. “Again this speaks to the character of our girls. I am really rooting for them to do something special during the tournament season.”
Teams will play at the Montana High School Association’s 2018 Southwestern “A” Boys and Girls District Basketball Tournaments Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at Hamilton High School.
Phil Connelly contributed to this story.