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Helena coach Tony Arntson talks to Bengal quarterback Kaleb Winterburn during a game versus Skyview in 2016.

Helena High will not have to look for a new head football coach.

Tony Arntson, who recently completed his 24th season and fourth trip to the state championship game with the Bengals, drew statewide attention last week when he was interviewed for the head coaching job at MSU-Northern.

But after four days of personal deliberations - mostly with himself - Arntson decided to make it 25 seasons next fall.

"What it boiled down to, after hashing it over and over in mind the past four days, is that I'm just way too happy where I'm at," said Arntson, who owns a career record at HHS of 160-91. "I've got such good kids here, and a good program; there's just no sense leaving something you love."

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Arntson, who quarterbacked CM Russell to a State championship in 1984 before a college career with the University of Montana, has not had a losing season since 2005. Over the past 12 years his Bengal teams have posted a 105-36 mark for a .743 winning percentage.

He recounted that the decision for Northern was made difficult because the Lights' offer was "pretty significant" and he was very impressed with the program.

"Everyone in Havre was wonderful, from Mr. Kegel the chancellor, to the administrators, along with the entire community. They're all great people, and I believe they're vision for the future is right," Arntson said. "But for me, every time I tried to convince myself to go, I kept coming back to, there's no reason to leave. Everything I want is right here."

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