BUTTE — The Shine Game’s West all-stars have been practicing all week in preparation for Saturday’s big game in Great Falls.
But Helena Capital head coach Kyle Mihelish has been preparing for his role for half a decade. Mihelish has spent his fair amount of time with the annual Shrine Game but as an assistant coach.
This year, he was named the head coach for the West all-stars for the first time. It felt like long time coming, but well worth the wait.
“Back home I’m a head coach so the transition has been somewhat simple, but it’s easy here. A lot of these guys on the staff are head coaches, so they have the ability to do anything,” Mihelish said.
As a veteran of the Shrine Game, Mihelish understands the competitiveness of the game and desire to bring a win to his side of the state.
However, Mihelish knows the true value the week-long event holds.
“It’s special for these kids and coaches, because as the week progresses we see some of the patients and we get to know them and hang out with them at practice, so those are the special moments,” Mihelish said.