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Manhattan Christian girls and boys sweep District 11C titles

Posted at 11:17 PM, Feb 16, 2019

CHURCHILL — It was a night that will go down in the record books for Manhattan Christian. Head coach Jeff Bellach coached the Manhattan Christian boys basketball team to a 78-43 win over Gardiner in the District 11C title game, then did the same thing with the girls in a 42-33 win over Shields Valley.

Both teams walked away with the District 11C boys and girls basketball titles respectively.

In the boy’s game, Caleb Bellach had 31 points. Jeff Bellach, though, said the win was a team effort.

“It’s nice that the guys are recognizing it and they always have. … They are great teammates and he couldn’t do it without them. So it is a special thing,” Bellach said.

“Like I said, four in a row. He is at the end of his senior year as we are going into the playoff push and he is playing great basketball,” Bellach finished, talking about his son, Caleb.

“I feel like as a team we did good. We had two kids get in foul trouble in the second quarter, so they didn’t play most of the second quarter,” senior Caleb Bellach said. “We had two guys step up and gave us some great minutes. That’s what we needed. We are working on getting better every game and I think we did that tonight.”

On the girl’s end, Kelsey Heidema lead the team with 10 points.

Both Manhattan Christian teams move on to the Western C divisional tournament in Butte Feb. 21-23.

Gardiner and Shields Valley, though, will face challenge games on Monday night in Churchill against White Sulphur Springs and West Yellowstone, respectively, with the winners moving on.