The winter sports seasons swung into high gear this past week with tournaments dotting the Montana landscape.
Basketball teams in the state state saw their first major action as well as wrestlers and swimmers who are beginning the grind toward state titles.
Each week, we nominate an equal number of boys and girls for our “Prep Athletes of the Week.” Readers will be able to vote for one boy and one girl in polls that appear by noon Monday at Missoulian.com. Voting will be open through 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The winners will be published in the Missoulian’s Prep Extra section each Thursday.
Here are this week’s nominees:
St. Ignatius' Aaron Ahenakew scored 29 points Friday and then 28 points Saturday in two basketball tournament victories.
Missoula Sentinel's 205-pounder Colin Hammock went a perfect 7-0 at the Mining City Duals wrestling tournament in Butte, helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish.
Missoula Sentinel's Ryan Mason won the 50-yard freestyle at the Butte Invitational swim meet Saturday and added a 100-backstroke title as well.
Darby's Zach McCrossin hit the 30-point barrier with an even 30 on Friday in a tournament victory over Noxon.
St. Ignatius-Charlo wrestler Jamie Mullins clinched a Bob Kinney Classic title with an 8-1 victory in the 132-pound finals on Saturday to help his team earn the tournament championship.
Missoula Hellgate's Mari Aoki took first place in the 200-yard IM at the Butte Invitatoinal swimming meet. She also won the 100 backstroke for the first-place Knights.
Florence's Chloe Arthur scored 29 of her team's 37 points Friday in a basketball matchup with Columbus. She hit five 3-pointers in the game and had 20 of the team's 22 points after halftime.
Darby's Keely Ehmann scored 26 points Friday and then 25 Saturday in a pair of preseason basketball tournament victories.
Hamilton's Taylor Goligoski scored 22 points Friday and then 27 points Saturday to help the Broncs go 2-0 in Tip-off Tournament play in Missoula.
Bigfork's Makena Morley took third in the nation in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Saturday at San Diego. She finished the 5-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 29 seconds.