BILLINGS — The Montana rosters for the 2019 Montana-Wyoming All-Star basketball series were released on Thursday. The games pitting top high school seniors from Montana against those from Wyoming will be played June 7 at Rocky Mountain College and June 8 in Sheridan, Wyo. at the Golden Dome. Girls will be first both nights at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30.
Highlighting the boys team are state champions Ryan Simpson of Bozeman, Chrishon Dixon and Sam Gray of Billings Central and Caleb Bellach of Manhattan Christian. Dixon was named MVP of the State A tournament and Bellach was named MVP of the State C tournament.
Billings West’s Jesse Owens and Great Falls High’s Blake Thelen join Simpson as Class AA representatives. Dillon’s Michael Haverfield and Lewistown’s Jaden Graham join Dixon and Gray from Class A. Choteau’s Sayer Patton is the only Class B player on the roster. Melstone standout Brody Grebe joins Bellach from Class C.
Only Grebe and Gray have yet to decide their college plans. Simpson and Owens will be playing football at the University of Montana, while Thelen will join the other side of the rivalry and play for Montana State University. Dixon recently committed to play basketball at MSU Billings. Haverfield is joining older brother Tanner at Montana Western. Graham is joining Division II Northern State in South Dakota. Patton and Bellach will stay close to home, as Patton is joining recent 2019 NAIA Division I men’s basketball runner-up Carroll College and Bellach will play at Montana State under new head coach Danny Sprinkle.
Montana boys roster
Head coach: Steve Keller, University of Providence
Ryan Simpson, Bozeman; Jesse Owens, Billings West; Blake Thelen, Great Falls High; Chrishon Dixon, Billings Central; Michael Haverfield, Dillon; Sam Gray, Billings Central; Jaden Graham, Lewistown; Sayer Patton, Choteau; Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian; Brody Grebe, Melstone.