The Choteau High School boys basketball team opened the season with a loss on the road to Jefferson County High School in Boulder, but players are practicing hard this week as they prepare for conference games against Shelby on Jan. 8 on the road and at home against Cut Bank on Jan. 9.
The Choteau junior varsity team will play in Shelby at 4:30 p.m., followed by varsity at 6 p.m. At home against Cut Bank, the JV team will play at 1 p.m. and the varsity team at 4 p.m.
CHS is still playing stacked boys and girls basketball games this season, but the rotation has changed from last year so that the boys teams play first, followed by the girls teams with the later times.
Because of COVID-19, the attendance at home sporting events is being limited to just a few fans per player. Fans can call the CHS office at 466-5303 for more information on attending or plan to watch the games online on the National Federation of High Schools network (www.nfhsnetwork.com).
In their season opener, the Choteau Bulldogs fell behind, 24-14, in the first quarter and were never able to match Jefferson’s offensive production. Choteau had two players in double digits; senior Tony Daley had 22 points and junior Henry Bieler had 13 points. Jefferson had two players in double digits, Joe Visser with 32 points and Trent McMaster with 23 points.
Choteau’s boys went to the charity stripe 11 times and made 55% of their free throws. Jefferson went to the free-throw line 24 times and made 63% of their free throws.
The Choteau boys made 19 of their shots from the floor while Jefferson made 34 of their shots. From the three-point line, Choteau players sunk five long shots with Tony Daley coming up with three, Tommy James with one and Anthony Carlon with one. Jefferson had five players each make one three-point shot.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing and vaccinations for those age 16 to 64 in good health not scheduled until late spring at the earliest, the schedules for high school sporting events are subject to change every week. Next week, the CHS boys are scheduled to be on the road, playing Rocky Boy on Jan. 15 and Fairfield on Jan. 16 with both of these being District 1B conference games.
The following week, Choteau will be home on Jan. 22 against Great Falls Central Catholic and home against Broadwater County High School from Townsend on Jan. 23.
Choteau’s varsity and junior varsity teams are under new leadership this season with Kevin Kovatch as the head coach and Robert Dye as the assistant coach. The team took 11 boys to Jefferson: Bowen Rappold, Dillon Harrell, Henry Bieler, Jacob Brewster, Sterling Stott, Jacob Beattie, Tony Daley, Rocky Allaire, Tommy James, Landon Jamison and Anthony Carlon.
Choteau 14-12-16-7 — 49
Jefferson 24-21-25-18 — 88
Choteau — Bowen Rappold 0 1/2 1, Henry Bieler 5 3/4 13, Jacob Brewster 1 0/0 2, Jacob Beattie 1 0/0 2, Tony Daley 9 1/2 22, Rocky Allaire 0 0/1 0, Tommy James 2 0/0 5, Landon Jamison 0 1/2 1, Anthony Carlon 1 0/0 3. Totals: 19 6/11.
Jefferson — Braden Morris 2 0/0 5, Tom Meyer 3 0/0 7, Zach Zody 1 1/2 4, Joe Visser 12 7/10 32, Tyler Harrington 1 0/0 2, Trent McMaster 9 4/7 23, Jayden Kemner 1 0/0 2, Jake Genger 3 2/3 8, Hyrum Parke 2 0/0 4, Wade Rykal 0 1/2 1. Totals: 34 15/24.
Total fouls: Choteau 17, Jefferson 15. Fouled out: Beattie. Three-point goals: Daley 3, James, Carlon, Morris, Meyer, Zody, Visser, McMaster.