Big Sky Conference

After magical last season, Senior stars shift to opposite sides of the rivalry


Nolan Askelson rolled out of bed and put weight on his right wrist. The pain shot up through his arm even though he could not remember taking any sort of hit worthy of the discomfort the night before.

Askelson had shown no sign of injury in Billings Senior’s season-opening 37-21 win over Kalispell Glacier in a rematch of the previous season’s Class AA state title game. In his first start at quarterback, the Montana State linebacker commit threw for 219 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncs made a statement that they were still the team to beat in Montana.

The broken right wrist meant more than an inch of training tape — “It looked almost like a cast,” Askelson said — every Friday night for the next three months. But Askelson did not miss a step on the way to a diverse and productive season that further solidified him as one of the top prep prospects in the state of Montana.

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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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