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Missoula Big Sky's Gibbs, Polson's Todd are Athletes of Week, sponsored by Republic Services

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Missoula Big Sky's Porter Gibbs and Polson's Clara Todd were voted Prep Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Republic Services.

Gibbs set a freshman school record by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump in a home meet on April 8. He established his high school best five times on the day and broke his dad's personal best in the process.

Big Sky high jump coach Jay Owens was at a loss for words for what it felt like to watch Gibbs blow through the higher heights last Friday.

"I knew he had some lofty expectations coming into the season and he's certainly lived up to that," Owens told Missoulian sports writer Lance Hartzler.

"He's a humble kid and is very coach-able. ... It's kinda one step at a time. We wanted to qualify for state today. The next was to break the freshman record and now he is sniffing the school record. We've only had two meets and it's just baby steps the rest of the way."

Todd picked up the only win for the Pirates in a tennis dual meet loss to Dillon on April 8. Playing in the No. 1 singles spot, she rolled past Emma Mitchell, 6-0, 6-2. A day later, she rallied for a win over Lauren Brown of Whitefish.

Each week, the Missoulian sports department nominates three boys and three girls for the honor “Prep Athletes of the Week.”

Readers may vote for one girl and one boy in polls that appear at noon Sunday at Missoulian.com. Voting is open through 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The winners are announced in the Missoulian’s Thursday edition and appear in a special advertisement, sponsored by Republic Services, each Sunday.

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