Class C boys basketball
2017-18 top three: 1) Arlee, 2) Manhattan Christian, 3) Melstone
All arrows are aimed at Arlee, which finished last season with a 26-0 record and its second straight state title. Gone are all-state players Phillip Malatare and Will Meseth, but back are seniors Greg Whitesell and Lane Johnson, who both made the all-state team.
So is Caleb Bellach, a Montana State commit who has led Manhattan Christian to two straight state title appearances (and losses to Arlee). Bellach, an all-state player, averaged 20.4 points per game on 48.1 percent field goal shooting last season. The Eagles graduated several key players, including all-state selection Ryan Busch, but Bellach is hardly the only experienced returner.
A controversial finish to its first-round state tournament game against Scobey ended Melstone’s title hopes. But the Broncs, like Manhattan Christian, return an all-state star: senior guard Brody Grebe, who averaged 24 points per game last season. Junior Shayden Cooke and senior Thomas DeJaegher, both 4C all-conference selections, join Grebe as returning starters for Melstone.
One big number
304: Jason Grebe’s total wins in 18 seasons as Melstone’s head coach. His record over that time includes 119 losses.