Butte Central sophomore Owen McPartland and Butte High junior Aydin Gonzales were named the Leskovar Honda Athletes of the Week.
Both players take home the honors after being nominated by their coaches.
McPartland receives the boys’ honor after Butte Central boys’ basketball coach Brodie Kelly called him an unsung hero for the defending Class A State champion Maroons, who ran their winning streak to 10 games.
Over the past four games, McPartland averaged 7.3 points per game, and he has hit 7 of 8 shots from behind the 3-point line.
“Most importantly, he had one turnover over the four games,” Kelly said. “Owen also did a great job defending two of the top point guards in our conference over the past couple games, guarding Eli Norse from Dillon and Eli Taylor from Hamilton.”
Gonzales was named the girls’ recipient after a 3-0 performance at the Billings Girls’ Mixer. She pinned Belgrade’s Erin Taylor, won by major decision over Gracelyn Hanson of Billings Senior and edged Billings Skyview’s Taylee Troutman in a 10-9 thriller.
“She had a great weekend,” Bulldog girls’ coach Geno Liva said. “She was 3-0 and had a victory over a wrestler who beat her previously this year. In her last match, she turned a girl in the last 30 seconds to win the match by one point, trailing by two at that point. She is working hard and is performing at a top level at the right point of the season.”
Leskovar Honda, home of the 20-year, 200,000-mile warranty, is honoring the finest student-athletes from the Mining City in an effort to encourage more children to get up, get out and try all kinds of sports and activities.
The photo of McPartland comes courtesy of Brianna O’Mara of BnO Photography. For more photos from the young, talented photographer, visit her Facebook page.