Vikings make history at state tournament


In the class 'B' state tournament the Bigfork boys did something that has never been done before in school history, the Vikings won their first ever state championship. "It means the world to us, we worked so hard all season for this and we finally made our goal," said Bigfork junior Josh Sandry. "We knew it was possible but we knew it was going to take hard work and dedication to get to it so every day in practice we just hustled hard and got the job done," said Bigfork senior Christian Evans. The Bigfork Vikings had their best basketball season in program history. Not only did the Vikings finish the season a perfect 26-0, they also brought home their first ever state title beating Columbus 71-62 in the class 'B' title game in Bozeman. "I would have felt really bad had we lost this game and I didn't let these guys celebrate once all year," said Bigfork basketball coach Josh Downey. "It's a big relief first one in school history feel great." "It's amazing you know words cant describe how all excited we are," said Evans. "I mean we finally got that first trophy back to Bigfork so very exciting." First year head coach Josh Downey helped guide the Vikings to new heights the team has never reached in past year's. "I give so much credit to these guys," said Downey. "A coach can only make a team go from great to really great or good to great or the other way. I may have brought them up one level but it's these players putting in the time putting in time in the summer, so I give all the credit to these guys." The future looks bright for Bigfork, the Vikings only graduate three seniors this spring, but there's no question this year's team left its mark in the history books. "It's awesome you know 30 years down the road we're going to look back on this and say ya we were that team that went undefeated and won the state championship that year, first team ever," said Sandry.