It’s time to run to the polls and vote


For those of you wondering, I’m up at 12:30 a.m. (i.e. 6:05 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, with little daylight) on a SUNDAY baking our cupcake for this week. The thing is, I was up 95% of the night.

I took a nap during the Mariners replay of their win over the beloved Minnesota Twins from our fearless former leader Scott Mansch on Saturday night, and am currently feeding myself a hot 24-ounce cup of black coffee ( yes, I drink it black… to quote my late father: “Why waste a good cup of coffee?”).

I can only imagine what you are saying right now. Some of them have something to do with dedication. Part of it has to do with being a glutton for punishment.

And some of them are downright irreplaceable. But – and you can agree with me – I digress.

We are gathered once again to select last week’s top male and female high school student-athletes, just as we were gathered last week…just later in the day last Sunday. And you picked Scott Klinker of Great Falls High and Kaydance Reiter of the Havre Blue Ponies as Tribune Athletes of the Week.

Against Scott were AJ LaFurge of CMR and Kameron Reum of Poplar, while Kaydance competed against Brie Ginnaty of CMR and Tehneson Ehnes of Great Falls High.

So here’s how it works: First, go online to and find this story. Once you’re there, you’ll see two built-in poll boxes – one for boys, one for girls, and not necessarily in that order. All you have to do from there is select the athlete of your choice, click the “VOTE” button at the bottom of each poll box, and start again…and again…and again (I need to be careful not to hypnotize myself).

Yes, vote as many times as you want by this Friday, April 15 at noon. That’s when a little green man inside my laptop hangs a big “CLOSED – GONE FISHING” sign on the ballot boxes for another weekend.

And so – before my current fearless leader, Grady Higgins, says, “Oh yeah – he’s lost his mind” – let’s do this voting thing, starting with the girls:

  • TORI LAPIERRE, CMR softball: A senior third baseman, Tori broke through with a long home run in the top of the seventh to propel the Lady Rustlers past Billings Skyview last Thursday.
  • ELSIE CROUSE, Fergus track: Elsie was a three-time winner of last weekend’s Fergus Invitational in Lewistown, taking 100 and 200 meter races and being part of the winning 4-by-100 meter relay team.
  • KARA REID, DGS track: Kara has won twice at the Fergus Invite, winning the 400 meters as well as the 300 hurdles.

Now – before my wife agrees with Grady – here are the candidates for the boys:

  • RHETT PATNODE, Tri-City Track: Rhett won three times over the weekend at the Fergus Invite, winning the 100 and 200 meters as well as the pole vault. He also finished second in the 4 par 100 relay and fourth in the 4 par 400 relay.
  • DANE BYLE, Fort Benton track: Dane was also at the Fergus Invitational, winning the discus and long jump while placing fourth in the shot put.
  • JACKSON TARUM, Great Falls Central track: At the Havre Invitational, Jackson picked up victories in the 110-meter hurdles, pole vault and long jump.

Vote, vote and vote again… as often as you want until the polls close this Friday, April 15 at noon.

And to nominate a worthy student-athlete, email me at [email protected] or [email protected] Please include the student-athlete’s name, school, grade level (which is optional), sports, and what they did so well that it’s worth talking about. And remember, a student-athlete can only be nominated for this award once per calendar school year (late August through Memorial Day), regardless of how many sports they participate in during the term. .


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