Helena Council honors HHS state champions

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA – Helena High School has seen its fair share of individual and team state championships in the past, and on Monday, March 11, several individuals were once again honored by members of the Helena City Council for their hard work, dedication and strong results in their respective sports in 2019.

The Helena City Council awarded three state champions with resolutions as one individual took home a first-place finish in wrestling and the other two took home state championships in the high jump.

Will Miller was awarded a resolution for winning his first state championship in the 2019 AHSAA Class 6A State 126-pound championship followed by resolutions being awarded to Allison Tanner and Jonah Hyde for winning the 2019 AHSAA Class 6A state high jump championship.

In addition to the winners, the council also commended those that finished either runner-up or third place in both wrestling and track and field.

The council recognized TJ Funches for a third-place finish in the high jump, Kirsen Gardner for a third-place finish in the shot put and Nathan Dunaway and Michael Moran for runner-up finishes in wrestling.

“This means an awful lot to us as a city to have these kids excel in these sports as it brings notoriety and public relations that we can’t make,” Helena Mayor Mark Hall said. “These kids are dedicated, and not only are they great athletes, they’re great students so we’re just very proud of them and appreciate them.”