Bulldog Soccer Teams Looking For Players, Signatories

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By Bill Foley

If you’re up for a bit of running, having fun, and maybe even singing a bit, then Cody Carpenter is looking for you.

About two months before the start of the 2021 season, the third-year Butte High boys football coach is in serious need of some players to compete for the Bulldogs.

“Looks like we have 20,” Carpenter said of the number of boys on his team. “We would like to get to 30.”

With 11 players playing at a time, 20 players will mean Butte High can field a college team. The Bulldogs, however, would like more than that.

“It’s more than enough for one team, but not enough for two,” said Carpenter. “We really want to have JV and university. It really helps to build for the future to have two teams.

Almost every AA class has a varsity team and a junior varsity team. Some teams even have enough players for a freshman squad, and that only helps produce better college teams.

Carpenter stressed that players don’t need to have played club football. They don’t need to have any football experience. All players should be ready to learn, play hard and have fun.

“We really like to have fun,” Carpenter said. “We want to have a good time, but we also want to be competitive. This is how we compete, it is to have figures.

New Butte High girls’ coach Steve Shahan said his program could use more female players as well.

“I think we’re close to or just above last year’s numbers, but we can always use more,” Shahan said.

Win or lose, the boys at Butte High are known to have a blast on road trips. Their bus ride homes have become giant chants.

“We’re having a great time,” Carpenter said. “We’re having a lot of fun. Win or lose, we just want to have fun.

At home, the Bulldogs will be moving to Bulldog Memorial Stadium for home games, which means the Bulldogs will likely play in the most beautiful – and largest – high school football stadium in the state.

Another reason for playing football, Carpenter said, is education. Students who participate in extracurricular activities do better in school, he said.

Both Carpenter and Shahan stress the importance of education.

“We both think it’s super important,” Carpenter said. “Shahan and I are having a competition to see who can get the most academic players from all the states.”

Shahan also promises a fun first season. He is a popular teacher (at East Middle School) and assistant athletics and basketball coach at Butte High. During the summer, Shahan is an assistant director at Ridge Waters Water Park.

This will help play in the pre-season fun for Bulldog programs.

“We’re having a family home evening with the women’s team on the Saturday before the season,” said Carpenter. “We’ll be playing kickball with the girls and we’ll have Ridge Waters to ourselves. Shahan knows a person two.

Carpenter encouraged any boy or girl considering playing for the Bulldogs to attend Mile High Soccer Camp July 26-29 at the Jeremy Bullock Complex. Click here for camp information and a registration form.

Players will not have to audition their singing ability to play.

“Singing is not a requirement,” Carpenter said, “but it is an advantage.”

Boys interested in playing should contact Carpenter at (406) 560-7802. Girls who wish to join the Bulldog program should call Shahan at (406) 740-0772.

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