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Life of football, family ties leads Helena’s Sampson to Montana State


Holden Sampson has been showing up at summer morning workout sessions at Helena High likely longer than most who have ever played for the Bengals.

“Assistant coaches make fun of me because I’ve been going to morning workouts with him since I was really young,” the Helena senior-to-be said earlier this month. “I’ve been around the game for a long time.”

The kid who started coming to the weight room with Helena High offensive line coach Bob Sampson since before he was of school age has now developed into one of the top offensive line prospects in Montana. The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder recognized early on the solid men helping mentor the Bengals’ players, consistent leaders like Tony Arnston, the head coach at Helena for 24 years before retiring after last season.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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