Sam Beighle (copy)

Sam Beighle, right, of Missoula Sentinel moves the ball up court while being guarded by Tyler Johnson of Kalispell Flathead. Beighle signed to play basketball at Carroll College next year.

TOM BAUER, 406mtsports.com

HELENA -- Missoula Sentinel point guard Sam Beighle, the No. 5 scorer in Class AA boys basketball last season, announced his commitment to Carroll College on Thursday via Twitter.

“Excited to announce I have committed to play basketball at Carroll College,” Beighle wrote in the tweet.

Saints coach Carson Cunningham confirmed the commitment.

“We’re thrilled to call Sam Beighle a Fighting Saint,” Cunningham said. “He had a massive junior season and was particularly monstrous in the State tournament. He’s a whipper-snapper in the lecture hall and strong and poised on the hardwood. The young man loves to compete. I dig that. I think Carroll fans will, too.

Beighle, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard, scored 16.5 points per game over the course of 21 games for Sentinel, helping him earn All-State recognition as a junior. He also pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game and dished out 2.05 assists and recorded 1.67 steals per night. Beighle led AA in 3-pointers made with 53. He made 38 percent of his 3s on the season. He also shot 88 percent from the free-throw line, the second best mark in AA.

Sentinel finished 11-12 overall last season, going 8-4 in conference. The Spartans qualified for the AA boys basketball tournament, but fell in a closely contested first-round game against Billings Skyview, 54-52. In consolation play, Sentinel fell to Billings West, 55-47.

Beighle was also selected for the AA All-Tournament team last year. In his two games at there, Beighle had the highest scoring average as he put up 26 points per game, 6 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field and 58 percent from the 3-point line. He also finished with a 93 percent mark from the free-throw line.

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