‘Heads, Stetzner 1-for-1: claim titles at Old Works

IMG_1361

Caleb Stetzner recovers from a wayward tee shot on the Par 5 15th at Old Works Monday to win his first tournament of the season. © CS Photo

Playing in his first official high school tournament since his runner-up finish as a freshman a year ago, Caleb Stetzner shot a 3-over 75 in windy conditions to claim medalist honors at the Anaconda Invitational played at Old Works.

Then, powered by senior Jackson Wagner’s third-place 78, the boys’ team (351) recorded their first team win of the season as well, beating defending Class A champions Belgrade (363) by 12 shots in the process.

Ironically, Stetzner’s last high school round was also played at Old Works during the 2012 Class A state tournament last October. Unlike last year, Stetzner, who still didn’t putt spectacularly by any means, didn’t lose an excess of strokes on the greens. Because of that, he cut three strokes off his final round of 2012 en route to his first-place finish.

“Definitely hit more greens today,” Stetzner said, deflecting the emphasis off his putting, even if he said that part of his game was more precise than a year ago.

IMG_1338

Jackson Wagner tees off on the Par 3 17th at Old Works

Stetzner also had the joke of the year so far, lauding good friend Wagner for his steady round while chiding the rest of the team.

“He’s looking good, the first two of us are anyway,” Stetzner joked. “Towards the end at divisionals, we will all be there. I know it.”

Anaconda’s No. 3 and 5 players, Dennis Stanberry and Zach Dauenhauer, each carded 99s followed by sophomore Bryce Napier’s 119. All three were playing in their first varsity tournament.

IMG_1395

Alexandra Huber hits her tee shot on the Par 3 13th at Old Works © CS Photo

The Copperhead girls recorded two Top 10 finishes in seniors Alexandra Huber and Julia Peterson, finishing in eighth- and tenth-place with 102 and 104, respectively. Juniors Emily Morley shot 108 and Brittany Slaughter carded a 116 to round out the scores.

Polson’s Jaylin Kenney, who led after Day 1 of the 2012 State A tournament at Old Works and finished third, won the girls’ medalist honors with 91. Park’s Christal Tokash, the defending Class A champ, struggled in the windy conditions and finished fourth with 97.

Below is a complete list of all the competitors from Monday’s Anaconda Invitational.

Anaconda Invite results

IMG_1411

Anaconda’s Julia Peterson hits her approach shot on the Par 4 12th. © CS Photo

IMG_1314

Bryce Napier tees off on the 17th Monday. © CS Photo

 

 

Griffey Jr. a class act, inducted into Ms HOF

Tonight, I cried, albeit hidden from the eyes of my wife, when Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall Of Fame. Not because he was inducted, but because the way he brought into the family.

Ken Griffey JrIchiro, the most silent, hard-to-interview, max-salary guy in the bigs, even had a word for him wearing the Yankees pinstripes. He talked about the 2009 season when he was finally united with Junior on his return trip to Seattle.

Now I wasn’t taking notes, so forgive me if I’m off a little bit on my quotations here.

“You were my hero growing up, I couldn’t wait to be your teammate,” said Irchiro on the Jumbotron during Junior’s tribute.

Then, Ichiro turned his hat backwards, a symbol to when Griffey first did it during batting practice early in his career to get the old, decrepit baseball writers’ diapers in a bunch, and quoted the late, great Dave Neihaus by calling one of Griffey’s home run shots. “My Oh My,” he said, bringing the packed house at Safeco, and myself, to tears.

Griffey was much more than the best centerfielder since Hank Aaron. He was, arguably, the best baseball player ever to play the game. With the ability to hit for average, power, stretch singles into doubles, steal bases, go from first to home (who can’t remember him scoring on Edgar’s double in the Kingdome against the Yankees?), and play, again arguably, one of the best center fields of all time, Ken Griffey Jr. was the one guy you could use to turn around a fledgling organization.

And when he first appeared in a Seattle uniform at the tender age of 19, it was apparent to all who watched him play.

It’s not often you get a chance to meet your idol growing up as a child. Even less often do you get to stand in front of him and ask him questions professionally. But when it happened to me, I’ll never forget it.

In 2009, when local boy Rob Johnson was added to the everyday roster for the Mariners, myself along with Pat Ryan, Bill Foley and Paul Panisko jumped on the opportunity to see him in action during the Mariners’ Opening Day festivities. Johnson was the backup to Kenji Johjima, and we were unlikely to see him even play during that series. But we made the trip anyway.

And when we were there, not only did we get to see Rob play, we also got to get to know Griffey. But it wasn’t until our trip back in 2010 when Griffey truly treated us as one of his own.

Here’s a column I wrote following my trip in 2010 when I finally got the chance to talk with my childhood idol.

 

Judging by the average douchebaggery from shock jocks and headhunting media outlets superstar sports figures have to put up with daily, it was no wonder Ken Griffey Jr. spurned my interview request a year ago.

Looking back, he was returning to a city that he almost single-handedly put on the baseball map – the same one that crucified him for signing a free agent deal to play in his home state of Ohio for the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. 

And since his return to the Emerald City in 2009, he’s been more untouchable than MC Hammer circa 1993. It’s almost as though being an obvious first ballot Hall of Famer, Griffey’s been off limits to trash talking scribes looking for the almighty scoop.

Coldness and candor is a professional athletes defense mechanism. By not talking to the media they don’t know or trust, none of their words get twisted, rumors don’t get started and their lives aren’t turned into living soap operas.

I know as good as anyone negativity sells. Gossip columns and tabloids are in every supermarket check stand aisle, and the so-called professional journalists dig and delve into an athletes private life just for a byline on a breaking story. 

Guys like Griffey can smell fear. And fear is exactly what I was giving off when I asked him for a minute last year. And the dirtier the headline, the more coverage it receives.

He saw right through me … Even if he misread my intentions.

However, one year later, Griffey’s just a regular dude.

In two visits to Safeco Field, Griffey has gotten to know us. KBOW radio’s Paul Panisko, Montana Standard sportswriter Bill Foley and myself have been in the mix covering Anaconda-born and Whitehall- and Butte-raised Rob Johnson during the Mariners’ Opening Day celebrations. It helps that his locker is right next to Johnson’s as well.

Last year, he warmed up to us after Johnson explained where we were from and what we were doing in the M’s locker room. This year, it almost felt he went above and beyond to make us feel at home.

When Robby was busy with the media following his first home Opening Day start in his career Monday in a 2-0 loss to the Oakland A’s, Griffey was shooting the bull with us and talking trash to Johnson.

By Wednesday night, after Johnson was late coming to the locker room while spending time with his son, Lane, Junior was telling us about his daughter’s AAU basketball adventures and bragging up his 16-year-old son’s leg press and time in the 40.

In other words, he was no different from your brother, friend or neighbor. He’s just a proud dad.

What’s more, that awkwardness I felt being in the presence of my all-time favorite sports idol was put aside because one of the 20-best baseball players ever to put on a major league uniform, and possibly the biggest star in Seattle sports history, took the time to be just a regular guy.

I won’t go into details what we talked about. I don’t think it’s my place. All I know is when a guy takes the time to make you feel welcome, especially when that man is a hero of your childhood, it cements the way you think about the goodness of people.

For two years, the only media entity in the press box that even gave us the time of day was Ryan Divish, a native of Havre covering the Mariners’ for The News Tribune in Tacoma. From what I’ve gathered, it’s no wonder these athletes walk on eggshells. 

Seattle media, and even some of the M’s press box staff, comes off as stuffy and elitist. In two visits, we wanted as much to do with them as they wanted from us.

All we went out there for was to continue to spread the word of our own local sports icon Rob Johnson. But now, thanks to the calming embrace of Griffey, it seems as though we have a couple friends in that locker room.

So, how did your week go? For me, my three-day adventure ended when Griffey, normally short and sweet with the media, telling us to drive safely, thanked us for coming and shook our hands.

Rob has always treated us like gold. Now, thanks to him, Griffey does as well.

When was the last time your childhood came full circle? For me it was Wednesday. And I can’t tell you how proud to say Ken Griffey Jr. was more than I ever envisioned him to be.

 

After his induction speech tonight into the Mariners Hall Of Fame, I can sit back and comfortably say the man you saw speaking so candidly, humorously, peacefully, and poininently, was the same guy we got to know in 2009 and 2010.

As I look back at the column I wrote in 2010, the line about being a proud dad rings even truer. He broke down into tears when he saw a note from his son, Tre — the same young man he was speaking glowingly about when we were in the clubhouse — who couldn’t make the trip because he’s in preseason camp with the University of Arizona Wildcats football team. Then, when he spoke about his best friend Jay “Bone” Buhner, it brought it all home for me.

As a father myself now, when Junior turned and told everyone, in lieu of his own parents, the one man he would want to raise his children if something were to happen to himself or his wife was Jay, it was too much.

It was just Junior, front and center, from the heart.

I know he may never read this, but by chance if he ever stumbles upon it, congratulations on your honor Junior. You epitomize the class of an organization I’ve lived and died rooting for, and I feel as comfortable now as ever knowing my childhood idol was the perfect person and athlete to emulate.

And because I have a say in it, my own children will know the story of people like Rob Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. probably a little too well.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Anaconda’s Geno Wilhelm battling like a true Copperhead

I usually pride myself on how much I know about the city I love, but when I just found out today my good buddy Geno Wilhelm, the Dukiest of Dirty Duke fans, the Cheesiest of Green Bay Packers and one of the kindest men I know is in Salt Lake City battling Leukemia, I was overcome with sadness.

But above all of his sports loves in life, he is most passionate about following the stellar career of Anaconda-born and Whitehall- and Butte-bred Rob Johnson.

IMG_3659

This picture was in April of 2010 when Rob was with the Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Mariners. Rob signed autographs at the Sports Arena in Butte.

He’s spent thousands on purchasing gear of Rob’s in online auction houses and from charity events around Southwest Montana, and even more time checking stats and following games of all levels throughout the long and tenuous baseball seasons. And sure he’s kept most of the items he’s purchased himself, but most of the time he donates those back to worthwhile charities he’s passionate about.

Why? Because that’s Geno. And honestly, that’s Rob too.

So when my good friend Shane Wolfe told me the following news today, I cried a little. WIth so much tragedy going on around Anaconda, every little bit of good news is met with a little wetness.

IMG_3781

This photo was taken when Rob was still a member of the San Diego Padres. It was taken in November of 2011 at the Haufbrau when Rob came to Anaconda to speak to the local schools on the importance of making good choices in life.

That news was simple: Last week when Rob was called up to be a part of the St. Louis Cardinals as Yadier Molina’s understudy after a solid stint for AAA Memphis, one of his first calls was to Geno in the hospital to tell him the news.

And there’s the wetness again.

For sports fans, being touched by those who you idolize is a feeling like no other. I can remember the first time talking candidly with Ken Griffey Jr. (made possible by Rob being with the Seattle Mariners) I was like a little boy all over again. Sure, as Bill Foley will attest, he spurned my first request to speak with him, but after he got to know our group was with Rob, he treated us as a member of the team. I’ll never forget it.

So when Rob took time out of his busy schedule to call Geno, I must say, that’s the classiest of all class. It goes to show Rob is a man of his word. It all goes back to when Rob was a child. When the Copper Kings were in Butte, he was spurned for an autograph growing up at Alumni Colesium. He told himself if he were ever in that position, he would never let that happen. And he has lived up to every word.

Here’s the message Geno posted on his Facebook account talking about the conversation:

     “I would like to take this time to thank all my Family, friends, D.r. Nurses, Patients.If it wasn’t all the support, It would be a lot tougher. The Week of the 4th of July, Greg and Gina came down for a few days, and it was great. Pam got to go to the motel with them and relax a bit .Than on the 6th , I get a call  from the one and only ROB JOHNSON, CATCHER FOR THE MEMPHIS RED BIRDS, AND NOW HE GOT …CALLED UP TO CATCH FOR THE S T. LOUIS CARDINALS ,MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM .WHEN I GOT THIS  CALL I WAS LIKE A LITTLE KID AGAIN. i WAS LIFTED OFF THE FLOOR, AND AND BEEN ON CLOUD 9 EVER SINCE,AND ONE MORE THING TO SAY, IF THERE IS A GREAT KID OUT  THAT IS LOOKING FOR A GREAT ROLE MODEL. WELL THIS IS THE MAN.HE TREATS PEOPLE AND KIDS GREAT GIVES AUTOGRAGHS, AND WORKS HI BUTT OFF FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND FANS. OH BY THE WAY HE TOOK TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO CHAT WITH ME. SO THANKS AGAIN MR. ROB JOHNSON”
Look at what one phone call did to make the day of a guy who needed a little good news for once. I’m absolutely speechless at the length of Rob’s kindness, generosity and good will. Bob and Eileen, you two produced some amazing offspring. I can’t thank you enough for giving Rob to the world.

Above all, I can’t profess how much I must apoligize to the Wilhelm family for not knowing sooner.

Geno, you keep fighting. We’re all behind you. And if you’re reading Rob, thanks for being a guy who everyone can look up to and hopefully emmulate.

Courtney Moodry leads AHS softball with All-State nod

Anaconda catcher Courtney Moodry led the contingent of seven Copperheads selected to the 2013 Southwestern A softball All Conference teams chosen last week following the regular season.

IMG_5515

Courtney Moodry

Moodry, a junior catcher and lead-off hitter for the Copperheads, was the lone first team honoree, and earned her second-consecutive All-State nomination as well.The Copperheads finished the season in third place in the SW-A followed by a 1-2 showing at the Class A state tournament last weekend in Belgrade (click here to see a replay of all the games via Anaconda’s scorecast).Five Copperheads were chosen for Second Team honors. Senior pitcher Brooke Chapman, senior second baseman Karli King and senior center fielder Lauren Bolton, junior first baseman Delaney Chapman and junior third baseman Sara Schaefer all made the list.

Sophomore right fielder Lacee Moodry earned a spot on the Honorable Mention team.

Hamilton head coach Jason Goligoski earned Coach of The Year honors as well. All State selections alongside Moodry included Hamilton’s Brie Clifford (P) and Taylor Goligoski (SS), Butte Central’s Shannon McLaughlin (C) and Teresa Piazzola (P) and Stevensville’s Alycia Sims (3B).

2013 Southwestern A Softball All Conference-State

Employment specialist adds another dynamic to Anaconda Stand Down

Mike Hall for story

Mike Hall, an employment specialist for the Department of Labor’s Disabled Veterans Outreach Program, will be available at next weekend’s Stand Down in Anaconda

Beginning next weekend, American Legion Post 21 and its Auxiliary will be hosting their third annual Vets on Vets Stand Down at the National Guard Armory east of Anaconda.

The Stand Down focuses on the needs of veterans, young and old, and provides a vast array of services from providing mental and physical health options, clothing and outreach to veteran’s service officials. And all are completely free of charge.

However, the misconception of the event is that it’s tailored to the more seasoned veteran rather than a recently discharged member of the Armed Services.

Mike Hall, an employment specialist for the Department of Labor’s Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP), is a prime example of why Anaconda’s Stand Down is for everyone with a military background.

“I work with veterans who have come back from a conflict, and help them with skills assessments, schooling or occupational training they may need to return to being regular citizens,” Hall said. “I help them with Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation program) — it’s an effective way to bring them back full circle from deployment and back to some sort of normalcy.”

Hall, along with Dave Williamson of the Montana State Veterans Affairs office based in Butte, will be on hand to help any and all veteran who is unclear what, if any, services are in place to help ease their transition from active duty.

Although Williamson’s main focus is in veterans outreach for the VA — for example providing medical counseling and processing possible disability claims among other mental and physical health services — he works hand in hand with Hall to provide the veteran the best possible treatment and care following their discharge.

To go one step further, Hall, a former Air Force veteran in his own right, also builds relationships with local businesses in order to encourage the hiring of veterans.

“We just want to make sure they aren’t forgotten comrades,” Hall said. “These Stand Down’s give them basic mental and physical health screenings, even assist with surplus food and clothing in some instances.”

Anaconda’s Stand Down will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28. Doors will open at 9 a.m. both days and is open to all veterans with a VA or military ID card, proof of discharge orders or a copy of his/her DD-214.

“We are all doing this for the greater good of our vets,” Hall added.

Former Copperheads help Lady Griz to 2012-13 Big Sky championship

Ali-torry with trophy

Ali Hurley and Torry Hill after they helped Montana win the 2012-13 Big Sky Conference championship Saturday, March 16 in Missoula

On Saturday, Anaconda natives Ali Hurley and Torry Hill helped earn the Lady Griz a 56-43 win over Northern Colorado to earn the 2012-13 Big Sky Women’s championship title and automatic berth in next week’s NCAA Tournament at a site to be determined.

The likely place for the Lady Griz will be in the Spokane First and Second rounds played on the Campus of Gonzaga University, but Monday’s nationally televised selection show on the ESPN family of networks will unveil where their true destination is.

Hill’s statline looks pretty mundane – a 1-for-4 shooting performance good for three points with an assist and two steals – however her transformation from dynamic scoring threat into one of the Big Sky’s leading turnover to assist ratio point guards is remarkable. Through 27 minutes of play, Hill had just one turnover against heavy perimeter pressure by an obviously frustrated UNC. That the Griz shot just 27.3 percent (15-for-55) was one of the reasons her assists to turnover ratio suffered in the title game. Defensively, she was lights out. Along with a team goal to shut down the fantastic guard D’shara Strange, Hill and Co. limited the explosive Bears offense to just 15 of 47 shooting (31.9 pct.) and 2 of 13 from behind the arc.

Hurley brought her “A” game at the most important time for the Lady Griz. Relegated as a role player and key reserve off the bench for rebounding and defense, Hurley cemented herself as a resilient, reliable and key cog for the team this year. Last night, Hurley hauled in nine rebounds. Then Saturday, she grabbed seven boards dished out an assist in just 11 minutes of play.

Because of their unselfishness, both Hill and Hurley have stepped back from the more popular and glamourous scoring roles in order to do what’s best for the team. And look at the results. Both have now won two Big Sky championships and will be making their second trip into the NCAA Tournament (the last one coming in 2010-11 against UCLA in Spokane). Ali played in that loss to the Bruins while Torry was out with an ankle injury, so this trip, being that it’s Hurley’s final season with the Griz, is going to be special.

What’s special for me is their impact on girls’ basketball in Anaconda. They are forever linked to the greatness of back-to-back Class A state titles in 2008-09 for the Copperheads (Ali graduated in 2008), not to mention rising to the top by playing Division I basketball for one of the most storied coaches in women’s basketball history (Robin Selvig).

We may have to wait another 50 years to see one D-I basketball player come out of Anaconda, let alone having them being a part of a big-time conference championship team. Today, we have two.

Not too bad for these two humble and classy girls that proudly wore “Anaconda” across their chests.

IMG_4133

Ali cuts down the net

IMG_4145

Torry goofing on her net-cutting ceremony

IMG_4123

Ali Hurley congratulating Robin Selvig during the awards ceremony

IMG_4072

Ali celebrating with Big Sky Conference MVP Katie Baker after Saturday’s win

IMG_4058

Left to right: Jordan Sullivan, Torry Hill, Kellie Cole, Alyssa Smith, Kenzie DeBoer and Katie Baker watch the final seconds tick off the clock Saturday

IMG_4043

Ali Hurley shot attempt

IMG_3839

Torry with the low post entry

IMG_3831

Torry strips the ball from LIndsay Mallon

IMG_3814

Torry battling for a rebound

IMG_0208

Alyssa Smith, Kenzie DeBoer, Ali Hurley and Katie Baker – the four Lady Griz seniors – with the Big Sky championship trophy

IMG_0200

Ali and Kenzie

 

Kendahl Buck: A true warrior

Anaconda High School is tougher that you know, and the reason that’s true is because of Kendahl Buck.

Buck, a freshman on the Copperhead girls’ basketball Frosh-JV team, is playing for the first this year after receiving a kidney transplant when she was 14.

IMG_6738

If it were me, I don’t know if I’d have the mental makeup to play a contact sport. Not Kendahl.

Talking with her father, Jim, before the season, he told me she couldn’t wait to play.

I couldn’t believe it.

Kendahl doesn’t play varsity ball, she comes off the bench in JV. She isn’t doing it for the glory of seeing her name splattered across the newspaper for leading the team in scoring. She’s doing it in order to return to the same things she did before the transplant. To do what she loves. To be a kid.

But what she doesn’t realize, is that she’s a hero in every sense of the word. Her story undoubtedly will give a youngster in the same situation the drive to keep fighting – maybe just to strive for the normalcy so many take for granted.

As I was ready to post this story, a link came across my Facebook page about Kendahl learning about who donated the kidney to her. It’s a great read and just adds to this wonderful story.

(See the story here)

 

On Saturday, Kendahl will play in her final game of the season for the Copperheads as they host Butte Central. If you want to see the heart of a champion and the true definition of a hero, stop by Memorial Gymnasium to give her a hand.

 

Heaphy to Heaphy: Locals return to Memorial Gymnasium for first time since 1994

Back in the heyday of Copperhead athletics – a time of constant conference championships in all sports – our football, basketball and track and field teams were loaded. Remnants of those days, the biggest spanning from the late 80s and mid to late 90s, are often hard to come by.

Just last week, one such “archive” from those days appeared in Anaconda’s Memorial Gymnasium as a spectator – and his presence brought forth hundreds of great memories from my high school days at AHS.

Ike Heaphy, watching his wife, Carrie, coaching the Missoula Loyola girls’ basketball team on Jan. 19, sat in the same gymnasium he was basically raised in. His father, Larry, a retired teacher and girls’ basketball coach from Anaconda High, was also back on the court for the first time since the days he stomped the sidelines when his daughter, Sarah (Armstrong), was an all-conference and All-State standout for the Copperheads. Unlike the days of his leadership for AHS, Larry is now a valued statistician for his daughter-in-law.

In both cases, it has been some time since the Heaphy clan had been in the gym that served as the building block for Ike, an All-Conference basketball and football player for the Copperheads in his day (1990-94).

“The first time I’ve been in here since I graduated,” Ike told me before the game, as he entertained his two children, Luke and Addy, in the visitors’ bleachers.

I asked his son if he saw his fathers football in the trophy case, a ball representing the record 48-yard field goal he kicked during the 1993 season.

photo

 

 

 

 

 

“We were just talking about that,” Ike responded.

It was great rubbing elbows with a former Copperhead standout in the place he spent as a gym rat with his father and sister. He grew up in the Snake Pit, and his play represented that.

We talked about when he started for the Copperheads in 1991-92 as a sophomore, next to Shane Parrow (6-foot-8), Eric Wells (6-8), Tony Huot (6-4) and Chris Stetzner in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game against Butte Central. The Memorial was packed that night, not a seat in the house even with the retractable bleachers extended. At least 3,000 people watched BC upset Anaconda that night, a win that would propel the Maroons to the Class A State Championship in Billings that year.

IMG_7043

For guys like Ike, being gone 19 years from the gym they helped memorialize with their service to the Copperhead name is far too long. It’s time to better recognize our student-athletes for their contributions while wearing “Copperheads” across their chest.

Welcome home, Ike and Larry. Glad to have you back even if it’s representing the visiting team. Thanks for the talk and good luck to the ‘Breakers this season.

Two of our own play hoops with an angel

For true Copperhead fans, the Lady Griz ARE Ali Hurley and Torry Hill. They are an extension of the Blue and Silver and our link to something bigger and better in Anaconda.

In the world of sports, WE is often used incorrectly in support of one’s favorite team. But in this case – in the case of these two Copperheads – calling the Lady Griz WE is absolutely and undeniably accurate.

Add one more to our list.

You see, Hurley and Hill get the opportunity to play basketball with an angel. That angel is Alyssa Smith.

Joel Carlson of the University of Montana Sports Information Department wrote an article that will bring you to tears describing how one young lady turned her tragedy into being a becon of hope for hundreds of young children at Camp Eyabsut located in her home state of Washington.

Here’s the link to the story:

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Lady Griz will be doing a fundraiser for Camp Eyabsut at the Eastern Washington/Montana Big Sky women’s basketball game. I know the Fifth-Annual Pintler Plunge is happening that day here in Anaconda, but there’s no reason you can’t plunge and hit the road to Missoula in order to take it what proves to be the biggest home game for OUR Lady Griz for so many reasons. Tip off is 2 p.m. and you can buy your tickets here

Get to Missoula and support Ali and Torry against the Eagles. Bring your check books to donate to a wonderful cause. Oh, and don’t forget to blow the roof off Dahlberg Arena with applause when OUR newly adopted Copperhead, Alyssa, takes the floor.

2012 Southwestern A All-Conference football list

Three Copperheads, Joey Orrino, Eric Boyd and Marcus Monaco, made the Southwestern A All-Conference and All-State squads announced by conference officials today.

Even more made the all-conference lists as well.

Check back later for more on their contributions to the Copperhead football team later …

2012 SW-A football all conference