Sam Barber, a 2017 graduate and all state football player, traveled to Seattle in June to repair a heart condition known as a Mitral Valve Prolapse. This announcement came as a shock to many within the Wolfpack community as most people knew that Sam was headed to Northern Montana on a football scholarship that he earned from two outstanding seasons at safety for the Pack.
Sam is the final Barber of an amazing wrestling family to graduate from Glacier High. Zach, Jackson, Quinn, and Sam all flourished on the mat for the Pack and have been influenced by current head Wolfpack wrestling coach Ross Dankers.
Once Ross Dankers, Glacier’s Head Wrestling Coach, heard that the family would have to pack up and go to Seattle for the surgery for an extended stay, he started a GoFundMe account for the Barber family. Ross’s goal was to assist the family with $5000 . This fund would help to offset the myriad expenses associated with the surgery and accommodations in Seattle. Once the fundraiser began, Ross along with the help of social media contacted the Wolfpack and wrestling communities. Within days, the GoFundMe account totaled an amazing $6680.
The Barber’s have had their share of medical challenges including battles with cancer, concussions, knee surgery’s, shoulder surgery’s, mono, and various other health issues that a family with four boys would have during their high school athletic careers. It was a testament to the Wolfpack family how quickly they rallied behind Sam this past summer. Sam’s surgery was a success despite a few initial complications and he has been seen hiking in the valley and preparing for college. The Barber family is incredibly thankful for the generous support of the Wolfpack community and the leadership of Coach Ross Dankers.
Glacier High welcomes 15 new members to its Wall of Fame including multiple state champions, 1st Team All State selections, musicians, and students who thrived in theatre. Leading the 2017 class of inductees are Alpha Award winners Nikki Krueger, Jaxen Hashley, and Tadan Gilman. Both Hashley and Gilman will bring their talents to Montana State to play football, while Krueger will continue to play basketball and compete in the shot and discus at Carroll College. The inductees also included Justin Gibson, Brynn McChesney, Erin McHugh, and Brock Adkins who were 4.0 graduates in addition to their prowess in their respective activities. Inductees will be honored on December 20th between the boys and girls basketball game. The full Wall of Fame Class of 2017 includes: Gibson, Hashley, Krueger, McChesney, McHugh, Adkins, Gilman, Jack Desmul, Patrick O’Connell, Kellen Bemis, Sam Barber, Natalie Krueger, Aleesha Hillis, Scout Willcut, and Tea Mergenthaler. By clicking here, accomplishments for each inductee may be viewed.
All-State baseball and football player Patrick O’Connell will leave Glacier High School as one of the greatest competitors to ever wear the Blue and Green. His tenacious spirit made everyone around him better by pushing further than anyone thought they could. Daily workouts in Applied Fitness and Core will miss Patrick’s willingness to go for one more rep. During Patrick’s senior year, he played in three championships including baseball, football and basketball.
He was a key leader in the Pack winning its state championship in basketball. He is a proven winner! Despite multiple scholarship offers in Montana, Patrick will take his talents and competitive desire to the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND to play baseball and football. We wish Patrick good luck!
The Wolfpack brought home its first boys basketball state championship this past March under some great play and leadership from senior All-State Tournament team member Tadan Gilman. Bringing home a state basketball championship had not been done in Kalispell since 1989 (28 years ago) when Tadan’s dad, Mark, helped Flathead bring home their last state basketball championship. Tadan displayed admirable poise and persistence during some of the most challenging moments of the state championship game by canning buckets and displaying a fierce, yet confident fire. He undoubtedly learned many lessons in competition from his dad who was an ultra-successful high school and collegiate athlete. At the University of Nebraska, Mark was a guiding force in leading the Huskers to two national football championships under legendary head coach Tom Osborne. The Montana State Bobcats believe that Tadan will help propel them to greater heights of competition as he steps onto the gridiron to play linebacker for the Cats. To view more of the Gilman family successes, please visit a great article written by Dillon Tabish for the Flathead Beacon: http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/11/03/like-father-like-son-2/
Arguably the best all-around athlete that Glacier has ever seen, Jaxen Hashley jumps into the football trenches for the Montana State Bobcats this coming season. Unlike his dad, Doug, who was once a standout basketball player for the Cats, Jaxen will bring his talents to compete in Bobcat Stadium this fall. Doug’s heroics at MSU are well known throughout Big Sky Country. Jaxen’s performances in both football and basketball will be renowned for many generations by Wolfpack fans as he earned First Team All-State multiple times in both football and basketball. Jaxen has been a key leader and a keeper of the Glacier covenant playing with grit, enthusiasm, and class. His athletic IQ, tenacity, and fierceness allowed the Pack to win championships in football and basketball. He holds multiple basketball individual records in scoring and rebounding despite missing his junior season with a knee injury. He was also named the MVP of the state basketball tournament this past March in Great Falls.