BOZEMAN – Eight athletes from Bozeman High School put pen to paper Wednesday afternoon, inking National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics next year.

The first to sign was Duncan Hamilton, who will be running cross country and track for Montana State, and he’s happy to stay in his hometown.

“I’ve had such a great time running in Bozeman, it’s been a great running town through all of my high school (career) and now I’ll continue that in college,” said Hamilton.

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Meanwhile, Mack Anderson is headed to the Bobcats’ rival as he becomes the first Hawk basketball player ever to sign with the University of Montana.

“It was a lot (about) the relationships that I built with the staff and, like I said earlier, the way they play,” said Anderson. “It’s not home, but it’s still kind of close, so it just felt like the right one.”

Bozeman golf star Kameryn Basye might have had the hardest decision of them all as she signed with Weber State even though her mom, Brittany Basye, is the head golf coach at Montana State.

“It feels really good. It was very stressful and it’s probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make just because I got so many opportunities from so many great schools, and I’m super thankful for that,” said Basye. “And I think after this week I kind of just realized that Weber State will be the best fit for me and I’m very excited about my decision.”

Even though there will now be an in-conference rivalry at the dinner table, Bayse’s mother couldn’t be more proud.

The other signees include:

Phoebe Jacques – Portland State University (Cross Country & Track)
Camila Noe – University of Portland (Cross Country & Track)
Max Austin – Colorado Mason University (BMX)
Casey Stites – University of Montana (Volleyball)
Sarah Angwin – Utah State University (Javelin)