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THE WINNER: Tres Tinkle
School: Hellgate (Missoula, Mont.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 21.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Knights (19-5) to the Class AA state championship game. A returning Class AA First Team All-State selection, Tinkle led Hellgate to the Class AA state championship as a junior last season, capturing 2013 state tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Academic excellence: Tinklehas maintained a 3.89 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s Link Crew leadership program, he has volunteered locally at the Missoula Food Bank and as a youth basketball instructor.
“Honestly, what doesn’t impress me about Tres Tinkle?” said John Hollow, head coach of rival Helena. “He can do everything. He is good on the perimeter, good in transition, can get to the rim, and probably what he gets the least amount of credit for is he is a lockdown defender. He could take every game over he plays in, but he wants to do what’s best for the team, and I really respect that.”
THE FUTURE: Tinkle will be a senior this fall.