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Anaconda’s Hill, Mikalatos pace Copperheads past Wolves 64-53

(Trent Mikalatos grabs a rebound during Tuesday’s win over Three Forks at Memorial Gymnasium)

On a night where Braxton Hill passed one of the most prolific basketball players in Anaconda and Montana history, it was his combined effort with senior classmate Trent Mikalatos that willed the Copperheads past a stingy Three Forks 64-53 Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. 


Braxton Hill elevates in the lane during his 31-point performance Tuesday night.

Hill scored 31 points, the 30th and 31st coming from the free throw lines to tie and then ultimately pass Wayne Estes (1,440) for fourth place on Anaconda’s High School’s all time scoring list with 1:10 left in the game. 

Mikalatos poured in 19 with three treys accentuated by a second quarter dunk that invigorated the team and sent the Snake Pit into a frenzy. 

But no matter how much the two seniors put Anaconda on their backs, Three Forks continued to keep it close with the 3-ball. The Wolves drained nine treys led by four from Colter Miller en route to a team-high 21. Sophomore Micaiah Hauser, son of second-year head coach Terry Hauser, added 11. 

Off the bench, sophomore Kylar Gochanour scored a career-high 10 along with Gabe Byrne’s six and Michael Galle’s five. Freshman Braedon Sawyer scored his first career varsity points going 2-for-2 from the free throw line. 

Up next for the Copperheads, they will travel to Deer Lodge Thursday for the final game of the 2017 portion of the schedule. That game will be broadcast live on Copperhead Country 

Three Forks – 17 10 11 15 – 53
Anaconda – 18 17 11 18 – 64

Three Forks — Colter Miller 21, Macaiah Hauser 11, Bryce Olsen 6, Payden Lynn 4, Daren Miller 5, Corey Yecny 4.
Anaconda (4-1, 1-0) — Braxton Hill 31, Trent Mikalatos 19, Gabe Byrne 6, Michael Galle 5, Kylar Gochanour 10, Braedon Sawyer 2.



  1. Vatore Hekkel

    December 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    This is so awesome to see! There is no one more deserving than Braxton! He is such a role model to Anaconda kids! But let’s not forget about the ladies who also worked their asses off to not be forgotten from this remarkable list…Torry Hill- 1,496 points and Ali Hurley – 1,698 points! I can’t wait to watch this season unfold and Braxton surpass this list this season! Thanks for always covering and supporting Copperhead Sports Blake! Go Heads!

    • Blake Hempstead

      December 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      After receiving a big amount of backlash from years ago, I separated the boys and girls for these purposes. I still have three collections of data — boys, girls and combined — that I use for reporting purposes. And I agree with you, all of our athletes and their accomplishments and sacrifices need to be publicized. That’s why I do the things I do.

  2. Vatore Hekkel

    December 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    That totally makes sense, I just couldn’t go without mentioning those two ladies! You have done a fantastic job highlighting all of the athletes accomplishments! And Braxton deserves the recognition more than anyone! Thanks again Blake!

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