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boys basketball; CHS vs Hellgate

Capital High’s Matt McGinley dribbles past Missoula Hellgate’s Logan Riddle during a game earlier this year in Helena.

Capital High has announced that Matt McGinley is the recipient of the Bob Bean award, while Taylor Sullivan will receive the Jude Gleason award.

Criteria for the awards consists of participation in two or more sports for all four years, and includes high standards of scholastics, athleticism, citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship, character and attendance.

The late Jude Gleason was a longtime coach and gym director at CHS from 1973-98, and the late Bob Bean was a multiple sport athlete for the Bruins in the 1970s.

Matt McGinley, a three-sport athlete who missed his entire sophomore basketball season due to a hip injury, will graduate with nine letters; four in track, three in hoops and two in football.

On the gridiron, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Bruin quarterback was an Independent Record all-area honorable mention last fall. One of his best games took place during CHS’ 24-10 quarterfinal playoff win over Flathead, when McGinley ripped off a 40-yard fourth-quarter go-ahead touchdown run and finished with 99 rushing yards.

In roundball, as a junior he averaged 7.2 points per game. This year, McGinley was No. 2 on the team with averages of 6.7 points and 1.4 assists per game, and led the Bru-crew with 31 steals and 36 made free throws.

McGinley topped CHS in scoring in four games this winter, with a high of 25 points against Butte, and was selected second team all-conference.

On the track, last spring he ran a leg on Capital’s 400-meter relay unit that placed fourth at the 2017 State track meet. At last week’s crosstown meet versus Helena, McGinley swept the 100 and 200 dashes, and was part of both relay victories.

In the classroom, McGinley sports a 3.7 GPA.

Taylor Sullivan

Capital’s Taylor Sullivan adds two with a layup during a game against Missoula Big Sky earlier this year in Helena. Sullivan set Bruin records for blocks in a season and career blocks.

Taylor Sullivan carries a 3.98 GPA, having sustained just one B in an otherwise straight-A scholastic prep career.

A 6-3 cager on the hard court, she was a two-time all-stater at the post position, and has committed to play basketball for West Point’s Army Academy.

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The versatile Sullivan will leave the school with 10 varsity letters in four sports; four in basketball, three in volleyball, two in track & field and one in tennis.

As a junior spiker for the Lady Bruins, she led the team during the regular season with 69 blocks. In track, her best high jump is a height of 4-10.

But without question Sullivan’s bailiwick is the game of roundball.

As a junior, she averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, which ranked No. 9 and No. 7 in Class AA respectively. She also led the state with a then Bruin-record of 46 blocked shots.

This winter, Sullivan paced the AA with 67 blocks, and concluded her career with 147 lifetime blocked shots, both listed as CHS standards. She also averaged 10.1 points, achieved a state-best 53-percent field goal accuracy, and was listed No. 8 among AA schools with 6.8 boards per game.

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