When her Fairfield team needed her most, Jill Barta cemented her legacy.
When the trophy was presented and the fans cleared the arena at Montana State’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman last year, the facts were the Fairfield Lady Eagles had gone 26-0 for their fourth straight Class B state championship and 104th consecutive win.
Jared Samuelson of Billings West and Kendal Manuel of Billings Skyview were named to USA Today’s 2013-14 All-USA Montana boys basketball team.
Fairfield coach Dustin Gordon said it best Saturday afternoon at Alterowitz Gymnasium on the campus of Montana State University Billings.
The 2013-14 Montana high school basketball season has drawn to a close, but not without plenty of excitement.
BOZEMAN — It almost didn’t happen.
Thursday will be a long day at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. The boys and girls combined State B basketball tournament tips off at 9 a.m. Eight games later, the first-round of the tournament will reach its conclusion.
At last weekend’s Northern B divisional girls basketball tournament, the Fairfield girls beat Malta 58-45 in the championship game. Jill Barta scored 30 points to help lead the Eagles to their 101st consecutive victory.
When they beat Conrad in the Northern B divisional semifinals Friday night, the Fairfield girls extended their winning streak to 100 games.
When the Belt and Fairfield girls basketball teams met up for their game on Feb. 6, Fairfield coach Dustin Gordon had one more trick up his sleeve.
Fairfield girls basketball coach Dustin Gordon remembers when he first thought the Eagles might have something special in Jill Barta.
Fairfield’s girls basketball team is still really good. That’s what I learned more than a week ago when I watched them practice while I was on my trip catching up with Class B and C teams.
Dustin Gordon and Jeff Graham are good friends who coach good basketball teams.
In the media, there’s a term called “coachspeak.” It’s used to describe when a coach says all the right things, usually implementing plenty of clichés, rather than revealing the complete truth. Its biggest characteristic is the continual understatement of their own team.
The weather may be cooling down a little — OK, a lot — but the action inside Montana’s high school basketball gyms is really about to heat up.
For high school hoopsters, basketball is a year-round affair. Their high school seasons end in March, their teams play in tournaments in early summer, and then many attend camps or hit the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) circuit after that.
The Montana Coaches Association has announced its coach of the year selections for the winter high school sports season.
So far since the end of the season, I’ve written four post-hoops blogs, columns, whatever you want to call them. I just can’t let it go. I love prep basketball, and I think the rest of Montana does, too.
Mike Scherting and I were burning the midnight oil (for us newspaper guys the “midnight oil” is probably more like the “2 a.m. oil,” but that doesn’t have as nice of ring to it) after the State C championship in Bozeman on Saturday, and we decided it would be a good idea for me to make next …
For going on six seasons now, the Fairfield Eagles have dominated Class B girls basketball.
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