BOZEMAN — Manhattan Christian's Caleb Bellach and Helena High's Jamie Pickens are the 406mtsports.com Athletes of the Month for March after leading their teams to state basketball championships.
Bellach, a Montana State signee, poured in 42 points in the title game as the Eagles overcame nemesis Arlee 83-51 for the Class C boys crown. After hitting 12 of 19 shots from the floor and grabbing nine rebounds in the finale, Bellach was voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Arlee had defeated Manhattan Christian for the two previous state titles.
Pickens, a Montana Lady Griz signee, began the month with her second consecutive Montana Gatorade Player of the Year honor and then capped it by leading Helena to its third consecutive Class AA girls championship.
Pickens had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the Bengals' 55-37 rout of Billings West in the final. She averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds en route to being voted the tournament MVP.