High School Sports


Bozeman boys poised for third consecutive championship appearance

Posted at 10:08 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 09:32:23-04

BOZEMAN — The Bozeman High School boys are, again, one of the top basketball teams in Class AA. After appearing in the state championship game each of the past two seasons, the Hawks are out to a 6-1 start this winter.

“We’re a lot different team than we have been the last few years,” said head coach Wes Holmquist. “We’ve changed gears a little bit and we’re doing things a little bit different offensively.”

The change in offensive philosophy isn’t a surprise. Mack Anderson, a 6-foot-9 Montana commit, is the team’s top returning scorer from last season, and he averaged just 2.9 points per game. Like Anderson, this is one of the biggest teams to come through Bozeman.

“We’ve got a lot of height this year and we can use that to our strength,” said guard Robbie Simpson.

The Hawks have five players at 6-5 or taller. Holmquist, obviously, saw this team coming years ago.

“They’ve been successful from their freshman year to varsity,” he said. “These guys have paid their dues — it’s their turn — and I think they’re pretty hungry for (another run at state).”

The Hawks will take that hunger to the court with them on Tuesday, when they play host to Billings West.