The boys Varsity team set off to the District Tournament in Colstrip on Feb. 19 with high hopes and determination to extend their post-season play. In their first match up of the tournament, they faced off against Lame Deer and lost to them 39-48.
Senior Caleb Ploeger led the Spartans in scoring, finishing the game with 13 points; Caleb also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Senior Jacob Wang was next in scoring with a total of 11 points; Jacob also claimed the honors of most rebounds with a total of 8 for the game. Riley O’Donnell, another Spartan senior, put in 4 points and had 4 rebounds, while fellow senior Trent Collins had 3 points and 4 rebounds. The final Spartan senior, Teight Madler, contributed 3 rebounds to the Spartans’ attempt to defeat Lame Deer. Junior Konner Flint finished with 6 points and sophomore Jaxson Tronstad had 2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
In the second game of the tournament, the Spartans went up against St. Labre and were able to secure a victory, which earned them the honors of playing for third and fourth place. The Spartans defeated St. Labre 41-31.
In this second game of tournaments, Riley O’Donnell claimed the honor of being the high scorer, putting in a total of 13 points along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Teight Madler was second highest scorer, finishing the game with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Sophomore Garrett Lesh saw a lot of action and scored 6 points for the Spartans and pulled in 6 rebounds. Jaxson Tronstad put in 5 points and had 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Caleb Ploeger finished the game with 4 points and was the tied with for the most rebounds with Jacob Wang; both Caleb and Jacob had 9 rebounds. Jacob also scored 3 points; Caleb had 2 steals and both he and Jacob were credited with 1 assist. While he didn’t score for the Spartans, Trent Collins had 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
In the third game of the tournament, Baker went up against Colstrip; unfortunately, the Spartans were not able to match the momentum of the Colts and fell to them in loser-out action 37-50.
Garret Lesh was the high scorer for the Spartans, putting in a total of 10 points; Garrett was also the leading rebounder with 8 for his team. Riley O’Donnell was next in scoring, finishing with 7 points; Riley also contributed 3 assists and 3 rebounds to his team’s attempt to move on to the Divisional tournament. Teight Madler and Jaxson Tronstad each scored 6 points; Teight also had 3 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal, while Jaxson had 2 rebounds. Scoring 3 points apiece were Jacob Wang and Logan Graham; Jacob had 3 rebounds while Logan had 1 rebound and 1 assist. Trent Collins rounded out the Spartans’ scoring with 2 points. While he didn’t score, Caleb Ploeger contributed 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
The Spartans finished the 2019-20 season with a 5-16 record and fourth place at District Tournaments. Teight Madler commented, “We gave it all our all and played every game like it was our last and we definitely learned a lot of life’s lessons throughout the season.”