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Underriner Motors 2017-18 Year In Review: By The Numbers

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BOZEMAN — Sports is nothing if not about people. And numbers.

To that end, we bring you the Underriner Motors 2017-18 Year In Review for high school sports in Montana, by the numbers:

2,106: Total receiving and rushing yardage amassed by Billings Senior standout Gabe Sulser in his final season en route to winning Gatorade Montana Football Player of the Year.

Senior's Gabe Sulser

Senior's Gabe Sulser runs the ball at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium on Friday, October 20.

2019: The year Belgrade moves up to Class AA, making the Panthers the first school in Montana history to compete in all four classes.

1,700: Career points reached by Anaconda's Braxton Hill in early February, breaking the school mark set by Ali Hurley.

506: Dual-meet victories under the watch of 32-year Sidney wrestling coach Guy Melby.

300: Career victories amassed by 14th-year Frenchtown softball coach Eli Field after a win on April 28.

217: Wins amassed from 1978-2003 by legendary Miles City football coach Ed Rohloff, who died in the autumn.

153: Career touchdown passes for Westby-Grenora state-champion quarterback Jeremiah Paine, a 6-Man football record.

Westby's Jeremiah Paine

Westby's Jeremiah Paine looks to pass the ball during the 6-Man football state championship game at Bridger on Saturday. Paine concluded his record-breaking career with eight TD passes in the Thunder's 68-37 victory. 

145: Victories accumulated by retiring Billings Skyview head football coach Ron Lebsock since the Falcons began playing in Class AA in 1986.

134: Final two-day score by Libby's Ryggs Johnston at the Class A state golf tournament, breaking the event record.

133: Billings West golfer Joey Moore's two-round score at the Class AA tournament the same weekend, also a record.

83.3: The Scobey football team's average points per game after its first three outings.

53: Years coaching track and field at Missoula Hellgate by retiring Ron Jones, who turns 76 in September.

51: Strokes the Sidney girls golf team finished ahead of their next closest competition in winning their second consecutive Class A crown.

Class A Girls Golf - Sidney Eagles

The Sidney girls defended their 2016 state title and won the 2017 Class A title by 51 strokes on their home course September 30, 2017.

51: Points scored by Isaac Bell of Chinook on Feb. 1, most by a male or female basketball player in Montana this past season.

50: Average margin of victory during the regular season for the Box Elder girls basketball team, which won its first Class C championship in 20 years.

49: Consecutive conference victories for the Helena girls soccer team until suffering a loss to crosstown rival Capital; the Bengals, winners of six consecutive league titles, still won their second straight state crown.

Arlee vs Manhattan Christian 10

Arlee's Will Mesteth holds up the State C boys championship trophy after the Warriors defeated Manhattan Christian 66-58 on Saturday at the Butte Civic Center.

48: Winning streak for the Arlee Warriors boys basketball team, which won its second straight Class C title in March.

48: Wins against no losses on the wrestling mat for Great Falls' Jordan Komac.

45: Points scored by Corbin Wood in leading Ennis to the Class C state track and field championship.

Eureka celebrate

Members of the Eureka football team celebrate their second straight State B championship last weekend in Eureka. The Lions overcame a good share of adversity to blow out a strong Shelby team. 

44: Points averaged by Eureka football team in winning its second consecutive Class B state title and increasing its winning streak to 20.

43: Consecutive losses endured by the Missoula Hellgate football team, including 10 in 2017.

40: Miles on Interstate 90 from St. Regis to Mullan, Idaho, where the Montanans will travel to practice and play as part of a new football co-op.

39: Years between Class B state championships for Three Forks, which went undefeated (26-0).

37: National ranking for the Kalispell Flathead wrestling team, which had 15 placers en route to the Class AA state championship.

Class B volleyball

Huntley Project's Kamille Reynolds goes high for a spike Friday in the Class B volleyball tournament.

33: Matches without a loss for the Huntley Project volleyball team, which won its 10th Class B state title and finished unbeaten for the third time.

33: Goals scored during the soccer season by Kalispell Glacier senior Cadie Williams, including six against Missoula Sentinel.

26: Winning streak by the Billings Senior football team, which won its second consecutive Class AA title in 2017 after waiting 37 years between crowns.

24: Combined state cross country championships won under 45-year Kalispell Flathead coach Paul Jorgensen, who retired in December.

23: Years separating a football playoff meeting between Missoula schools when Sentinel toppled Big Sky in the snow in November; the previous time was the 1994 state championship showdown between Big Sky and Hellgate.

Great Falls softball

Great Falls High wins State AA Softball after defeating Missoula Sentinel 14-4 Saturday in Helena.

22: Victories without a loss for the Great Falls softball team, making the Bison the first in Class AA history to finish unbeaten.

22: Years between football playoff victories for Glendive, which ended the drought by defeating Laurel in late October.

17-0: Height cleared by Sidney pole vaulter Garrison Hughes, believed to be the best ever by a Montana high schooler.

Maddie Brockel

Maddie Brockel runs the anchor leg of Billings West's 400 meter relay team Friday at Great Falls. The group set the state record, winning in 47.56.

14: Gold medals won by Billings West sprinter Maddie Brockel in track and field over her four years, including four in the 200 meters. 

12: Years since a team other than Malta or Fairfield had won the Class B girls basketball title until Three Forks did it this year.

11: Individual state titles won by Bigfork distance running standout Bryn Morley, including eight in track.

Damien Nelson

CMR's Damien Nelson broke his own state 100 record on Saturday, winning the Class AA title in 10.50.

11: Consecutive state championships won by the Bozeman girls cross country team.

10.5: Time for Damien Nelson of Great Falls CMR in the 100-meter dash, an all-class record.

10: Consecutive state championships won by the Bozeman boys cross country team.

10: State softball championships for Florence since Class B/C was created 20 years ago.

Florence celebrates

Florence's Shannon Byrne (8) celebrates with Natalie Dulac (17) and another teammate Saturday after the Falcons downed Huntley Project 10-0 for their 10th B-C softball title in 20 years.

9: Football games in western Montana cancelled Sept. 8 due to smoke from forest fires.

9: Total career all-state citations for Underriner Motors Female Athlete of the Year Kamden Hilborn of Helena -- four in track, three in basketball and two in soccer.

8: Total state championships won by Kalispell Glacier distance runner Annie Hill in track and cross country.

7: Bozeman girls cross country runners to finish in the top 15 and give the Hawks their 11th consecutive Class AA crown.

Lucy Corbett

Bozeman's Lucy Corbett clears the bar during the Class AA high jump on Friday at Great Falls. She placed second with a jump of 5 feet, 7 inches.

5-10: Height cleared by Bozeman high jumper Lucy Corbett, which ranked sixth nationally at the time.

5: Consecutive state titles by both the boys and girls swimming teams at Missoula Hellgate.

5: Overtimes played in the two games between the Hardin and Billings Central boys during the regular season, each winning once; Hardin topped Central 47-43 in regulation to win the Class A championship.

State wrestling tournament

Billings Senior's Charlie Klepps celebrates his fourth championship win in the Class AA 132-pound bracket of the state wrestling tournament in Billings.

4: Class AA state wrestling titles won by Charlie Klepps of Billings Senior, making him the 32nd Montanan to accomplish a four-peat.

4: Class AA football games cancelled on Sept. 15 due to undisclosed threats received by Flathead Valley schools.

2: Girls competing against each other on the wrestling mat at state for the first time in history, with Chinook freshman Rebecca Stroh pinning Jefferson's Emma Brown; Stroh also became the first girl to make all-state in Class B/C, finishing sixth. 

Kimberly Peacock 1

Kimberly Peacock smiles before the 2017 divisional cross country meet in Frenchtown. 

1: Place in the hearts of athletes, coaches and spectators across Montana for Kimberly Peacock, the Columbia Falls cross country standout who continues to battle leukemia.

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