By Joseph T. O’Connor
Explorebigsky.com Editor

BIG SKY – Lone Peak High School’s athletic program is relatively new. Varsity football and volleyball are in their second years. Yet players for both teams are being recognized as some of the best in the state, for athletics as well as academics.

The varsity volleyball team led the honors by achieving a team cumulative GPA of 3.2, an impressive accomplishment, said Tony Beardsley, LPHS’ activities director. The team had six Academic All-State selections, meaning players receiving a varsity letter who also achieved a 3.5 GPA or better.

Varsity football was close behind, with a 3.0 cumulative team GPA and nine players chosen for Academic All-State awards.

Tucker Shea, a senior football player at LPHS, led the pack of decorated athletes. He made Montana’s six-man football All-State team for his second year in a row, the All-Conference team, and was invited to play in the Class “C” six-man senior football game.

“When you look at our awards, Tucker stands out,” said Beardsley, also head coach for the football team. “To have an All-State football player is one of the biggest things and shows our program is one of the best in the state.”

Shea’s biggest accomplishment, however, may have been off the field. His 4.08 GPA earned him an Academic All-State selection and he was one of 20 finalists for the Wendy’s National High School Heisman award, a program which honors students “through star performance in the classroom, on the field and in the community,” according to the award website. Each state picks one boy and one girl for award consideration.

“These [accolades] show LPHS is on the move,” Beardsley said.

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LPHS Varsity Volleyball Academic All-State

Tehya Braun

Johanna Fischer

Gabrielle Gasser

Soby Haarman

Zoe Ross

Kaela Schommer

LPHS Varsity Football Academic All-State

Justin McKillop

Ben Michel

Micah Robin

Chase Samuels

Tucker Shea

Tate Tatom

Winter Madden-Pattison

Jake Cruse

Cooper Shea

Football All-Conference Player Selections:

Tucker Shea

Jake Cruse

Haven Morris

Football Honorable Mention All-Conference Player Selections:

Tanner Burton

Tate Tatom

Football All-State Player Selections:

Tucker Shea

Selected to Class “C” 6-Man Senior All-Star Football Game in June:

Tucker Shea

Jake Cruse

Haven Morris

Grayson Bell (Alternate)

Dan Klein (Alternate)