MANHATTAN – Between games of a big rivalry series between Manhattan and Manhattan Christian, Mark Beckman of the Montana High School Association stepped out on the court. He brought Manhattan High School athletic director Pat Lynch to center court and inducted Lynch into the Montana Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
For a few minutes, Eagle and Tiger fans were united, celebrating Lynch’s career that has spanned more than four decades. But then it was back to business.
In the opening game, Manhattan Christian’s boys cruised past the Tigers, 73-40. Manhattan Christian senior Caleb Bellach led all scorers with 28 points. Finnley Tesoro recorded a team-high 12 for Manhattan.
The Tigers got their revenge in the next game, defeating the Manhattan Christian girls team, 63-46. Amy Grevious led the way with 17 points for Manhattan and her teammate Olleca Severson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Eagles senior Kelsey Heidema also had a double-double on the evening with 18 points and 10 boards.