BILLINGS — The Bozeman Hawks are the Underriner Motors 406mtsports.com School of the Year in a runaway.
The Hawks scored in 13 of the 18 available sports to finish with 28 points. Manhattan Christian was second with 16, Billings Central came in third with 15. Hardin scored 14 for fourth-place in a tie with Billings Senior. Missoula Sentinel rounded out the top five places in a tie with 13.
All team trophy finishes in every sport awarded by the MHSA were awarded points. First-place was worth three, second-place worth two, and third-place was worth one. In sports that held single elimination brackets that didn't determine a third-place winner, both semifinal losing teams were awarded third-place points. If there was a tie, both teams were awarded the respective points. If there were co-op teams that formed just for that sport, both schools were awarded points individually.
Led by state championships in girls golf, boys and girls cross country and girls tennis, the Hawks also were runners-up in girls soccer, boys and girls swimming, wrestling, boys basketball, boys tennis and girls track and field. They took home third-place trophies in girls basketball and boys track and field.
Class C Manhattan Christian got off to a strong start by winning boys cross country in the fall and followed it up with three spring championships in girls track and field and a sweep of the boys and girls golf titles. The Eagles were runner-up in girls cross country and boys basketball.
Billings Central stood atop the Class A podiums in volleyball and both boys and girls swimming. The Rams were runner-up in girls soccer and boys basketball and finished third in boys golf and football.
Hardin may have won the boys basketball championship over Billings Central, but finished one point behind in the overall tally. Anchored by their wins in boys basketball, girls cross country and a share of the boys tennis title, they also were runners-up in girls tennis and girls basketball with a third-place finish in boys swimming.
Billings Senior earned their second-consecutive state football championship and swept the boys and girls tennis titles to lead the Broncs. They were runners-up in girls volleyball and third in girls soccer and both boys and girls cross country.
Missoula Sentinel's girls led the Spartans with championships in volleyball and girls track and field. They were runners-up in girls basketball and softball. The Spartans placed third in girls swimming and the lone points that came from the boys side were in football and boys tennis.
Editor's Note: Billings Senior had a third-place finish in girls soccer that was not accounted for in the initial totals. Changes have been made to reflect their new total and placement.