Butte High basketball players Brityn Stewart and Jace Stenson are the Leskovar Honda Athletes of the Week.
The honors come after the two Bulldogs put up big performances during the Western AA Divisional tournament in Kalispell.
Stewart, a 5-foot-8 sophomore, takes home the girls’ honor after she set Butte High’s girls’ postseason record with 36 points in a 67-59 overtime win over Helena Capital. She also pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory that kept the Bulldog season alive one more day.
With her huge performance, Stewart passed Butte Sports Hall of Famer Deanna Dugdale for No. 1 on Butte High’s girls’ postseason scoring list. Dugdale scored 35 points in a 1982 Class AA State tournament game against Columbia Falls.
Only Lexie Nelson, who tossed in 39 points in a home win over Billings Skyview in 2010, has scored more points in a game for the Bulldog girls.
“Brityn has been a huge part of our team this year,” Bulldog coach Bryan Arntson said of Stewart. “She has gotten better each week. I really think that Brityn is just scratching the surface on how good of a player she can be. She is a great kid and one of the hardest workers we’ve seen. I look forward to seeing her progression from this year to next.”
Stenson, a 6-2 senior who will play football at Montana Tech, takes home the boys’ honor. That comes after Stenson scored 66 points in four games to help lead Butte High’s boys to third place in the Western AA.
After scoring a game-high 24 points in Butte High’s 89-65 loser-out win over Kalispell Flathead on Friday, Stenson scored 33 points in two games on Saturday. He scored 16 as Butte High clinched a berth in the Class AA State tournament with a 79-64 win over Helena High. Then he poured in 17 in a 73-45 rout of Missoula Big Sky in the third-place game.
In the regular-season, Stenson averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
“When Jace is locked in, he is one of the most dynamic scorers in the state,” Butte High coach Matt Luedtke said of Stenson. “I have loved coaching him during his time as a Bulldog, and I am looking forward to seeing him continue playing great at the State tourney.”
Butte High will open the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Bozeman at the Butte Civic Center.
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.