Butte High’s 1984 win over Great Falls High in the Class AA state championship game can now be viewed on YouTube.
The Bulldogs beat the Bison 53-50 in Missoula’s Dahlberg Arena to give the school its first title since 1958. The game was played on St. Patrick’s Day, and it came one week after Butte Central beat Billings Central 76-73 in the Class A State title game at the Butte Civic Center.
Chris Rasmussen scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs. Tom Hemmert and Mickey Tuttle each scored 12. Mike Ogrin, Scott Paffhausen and Rob Mirich also scored points for the Bulldogs in the win.
Brad Salonen’s 17 points led the Bison, who beat Butte High in the Western AA Divisional title game the week before.
Mike Parent had the foresight to record the game back in 1984. The magic of Rob Cox made it a file that can be shared on YouTube as a gift from the ButteCast.
The video starts near the end of the third-place game between Missoula Sentinel and Missoula Big Sky.
At the 1 hour, 58 minute, 51 second mark, you will see Tuttle climb up on the rim as Butte High celebrated the championship.
Thanks a million for doing this. Great memories to relive. As a sidenote at the beginning of the video. The white, Missoula Big Sky, had a player who would become a big star the next year for Montana Tech. He is still supplying Tech with future champions — #24 Brad Huse, former Montana State Bobcats men’s coach.