The late Dan Stanton was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award, and Jon Stevenson received the Honorary Letterman Award.
From Dickinson State University
The awards ceremony was held Oct. 31, 2015 following the DSU football game vs. Mayville State.
Outstanding Achievement Award: Dan Stanton
Dan Stanton went to Baker High School from 1982 to 1986. He graduated in 1986 from Baker where he was an all-state player in football in 1984 and 1985 and was one of the top rushers in Baker High School history. He was an all-state track and field athlete as well in 1985-1986 and was all-conference in basketball.
Stanton attended Dickinson State from 1986-1991, where he played linebacker and punted for the Blue Hawks as a freshman in 1986. He played in the first playoff game hosted by DSU. He red-shirted in 1987 before playing from 1988-90. Stanton was an all-conference linebacker for the Blue Hawks in 1990. He was on the first Blue Hawk football team to win a national playoff game in 1989. He also participated in track and field. He graduated from Dickinson State in 1991 with a double major in social studies and physical education.
Stanton accepted a job at Custer County District High School in Miles City in 1991. He spent his entire 24 years in Miles City. He coached football, track and field, basketball and Little League baseball. He was the head coach in three different sports at Custer County: football, track and field, and basketball.
He compiled an 84-30 overall record as head football coach, making the playoffs 10 of 12 years as head coach. He won two state championships in 2008 and 2010. His only losing record as head coach was the year he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and missed most of the season to recover from surgery. He coached seven more seasons after the surgery. In the historic 2008 season, Stanton led the Cowboys to a 12-1 record and a state title. His only loss was to brother Jim’s Billing Central team, but he came back to defeat them in the state title game. 2010 was a repeat, as the Cowboys again lost to Billings Central in the regular season and again came back to defeat them in the state title game 8-0 in a snow storm.
Stanton was named Teacher of the Year at CCDHS for the 2014 school year. He was very passionate about teaching history. He was also a very proud supporter of Blue Hawk athletics.
Dan passed away Sept. 13, 2015, but his Cowboys just finished an undefeated season and are again preparing for the playoffs.
Honorary Letterman Award: Jon Stevenson
Jon Stevenson was born and raised in Miles City. He grew up and played football and wrestled for the Custer County Cowboys. He married Marlys Kolka and the couple made their home in Baker for 20 years where Jon became the second generation to operate Stevenson Funeral Home.
They raised their two boys, Nicholas and Brandon, to be avid Baker Spartan fans and enjoyed watching them compete throughout high school. In the fall of 2000, Jon and Marlys purchased the Mischel Olson Chapel in Dickinson.
Before Marlys and Brandon moved to Dickinson, he lived with Pete Stanton and developed a passion for Blue Hawk athletics. The next two years were busy with Brandon’s Trinity football and Midget wrestling, but Jon always made time for the Blue Hawks. He served on the Blue Hawk Booster board for a number of years and was instrumental in establishing the current pre-game tailgate event. Stevenson was very proud of the Baker athletes who have come to play for DSU and did his best to welcome them and their families into the Blue Hawk family.