Dillon gets it

 

To the editor,

 

Following Friday night’s 42-0 win at Anaconda, I hate to say I saw the writing on the wall well before the game, but inevitably it was the case.

For years, it hasn’t been Dillon’s overwhelming skill on the football field that has impressed me. Instead, it’s the way they handle themselves no matter the score.

Often times you see the cockiness of the athletes mimicking those actions on display during college Saturdays and NFL Sundays, even at the prep level. Celebrating the mundane like a 5-yard reception has become commonplace, except if you are wearing Blue and Gold.

The Dillon football team continues to exemplify how a group of young men should act during a football game. Discipline, respect and integrity have been bred into these young men, and you, as residents, parents and fans should be proud.

In all my years covering sports for the Montana Standard, Anaconda Leader and KANA 580 AM, I’ve never witnessed an ounce of bad sportsmanship from a Dillon coached team.

I’ve been privileged enough to meet and get to know your coaches, administration and players through the years, and never have I been disappointed. I was late in getting to the game Friday night and work kept me away from catching up with Rick Nordahl before the game to congratulate him face-to-face for taking over for the legend, Terry Thomas. So afterwards, I made it a point to let him know my feelings about their play.

I spoke briefly with the coaches and team on the bus, and did so for one reason. Although everyone in Dillon knows of this excellence first hand, sometimes hearing from an unbiased outsider may really hammer the point home.

As I stated on the bus to your young men, never have I witnessed a greater ambassador for high school athletics than that of the BCHS football team. Humble in victory and gracious in defeat: in my opinion there is no better measure of how a prep student-athlete shall be judged.

I hate to see my beloved Copperheads lose, but like I told your boys on the bus, never have I enjoyed a 42-point loss more than seeing the Beavers pull it off.  

Congratulations on yet another fine display Beavers and best of luck to Mr. Nordahl and his assistants. Even if you don’t get that ring this year, know that your impact on the game of football at the high school level goes far beyond just wins and losses. The impression you are leaving on people in other communities is worth at least 10 state championships.

 

Blake Hempstead

Anaconda