HELENA — To say it’s been a whirl-wind spring for Helena High’s Kamden Hilborn might be the understatement of the decade.

After signing to play college basketball for Montana State University, Hilborn captured the State AA pole vault championship.

This was followed by her selections the IR’s Female Track Athlete of the Year, Helena’s Pat Donovan Award, the 406mtsports.com Underriner Motors Female Athlete of the Year.

Now, Kamden Hilborn is the Independent Record’s 2017-18 High School Girls Athlete of the Year.

“I’ve really been blessed with some amazing teammates, and without them, none of this would’ve been possible,” said Hilborn, who is the first Helena High athlete to win three state championships in the same school year. “I’m so thankful to also be able to recognize all my coaches, and to my family and friends, as well; it really caps off an indescribable year.”

High among her list of accomplishments, is being part of five state titles; two each in soccer and basketball, and her recent track crown.

Hiborn set a school record with all-state citations in nine sports seasons; four in track, three in basketball and two in soccer.

As a junior, she became just the third Lady Bengals athlete to earn all-state in three sports in the same school year, joining Monica Grimsrud and Kyndal Williams.

And this year she became the first to do it twice, although teammate Jamie Pickens – who also turned the trick – has a chance to equal the feat next year.

Hilborn tied the school record of 12 letters, as well, joining Kelsey Williams, Callie Kanthack and Shanna Floerchinger.

Last fall, she garnered her second IR Soccer Player of the Year honor, finishing the season as the second-leading scorer in the Western Conference with 45 points. Her 17 assists set a new Class AA record.

At the state tournament in Missoula, in the title game versus undefeated Bozeman, with the score tied 2-2, her PK proved the go-ahead goal in the 4-2 victory.

As a junior, Hilborn tied the school record of 16 goals, while leading the conference in scoring and being named Montana’s Player of the Year. She finishes her career as No. 2 on Helena's all-time list with 43 goals.

During her career, the four-time Western AA champion Bengals reeled of 39 straight regular season conference wins.

“Kamden is the most amazing athlete I’ve had the privilege to play with,” all-state Bengals defender Cailyn Wall said. “She’s a very competitive person but that’s what helps her do so well. She never loses her cool and always stays positive.”

On the hard court, her final two seasons she led the state in both assists (4.8 average as a junior, and 5.1 as a senior) and steals (63 as a junior, 100 as a senior). She averaged 10.1 points last year, and 11.1 ppg this season.

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Two of her biggest games as a senior, were a 24-point effort in the Divisional championship loss to Missoula Sentinel in OT and 22 points in the state title victory over the Spartans.

Hilborn set the school record for season steals, and her career total of 239 swipes ranks No. 2 behind Amy Mouat’s 256.

She helped the Lady Bengals to back-to-back hoops crowns and garnering the tourney MVP awards both years, which she shared with Pickens this year. Helena compiled a two-year record of 41-6 record for an 87.2 winning percentage.

A four-time all-stater in track, Hilborn attained all-American status at the 2016 Junior Olympics. This year she qualified for State in three events, highlighted by an undefeated season in the vault.

After successfully repeating her Western Division title in the event, Hilborn soared 12-feet-3 for the state championship. It was the third highest clearance in AA finals meet history.

She also ranks in the top-seven on Helena's all-time lists in her other two events. Her 17-5 long jump is tied for third, and her 15.60 in the 100 hurdles stands at No. 7.

“That one thing that makes Kamden so amazing is her willingness to be the best she can be at everything she does,” Helena hurdles coach Linda Paull said. “I’m so glad I got to watch her grow up to be an amazing young woman; I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.”

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Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt.synness@lee.net or curt52synness@gmail.com


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