GRANITE COUNTY – Drummond and Granite High Schools will be moving to District 13C in the Fall of 2020, realigning themselves with teams they faced just over two seasons ago.
L:ast month Drummond Athletic Director Rick Parke petitioned the Montana High School Association to move back to District 13C, citing that the Trojan teams were having to drive an additional 600 miles per season while in District 12C. Two-thirds of that travel comes during the winter months at the end of volleyball season, the start of the spring season and the entire basketball schedule, putting athletes on the road under sometimes dangerous driving conditions.
When Drummond made the petition, Athletic Director JB Chandler and Granite High School opted to follow the Trojans, noting that they were their most logical and long-term rival.
When the two districts voted it fell in favor of the move with a 9-3 margin. Twin Bridges dissented from 12C with Seeley Swan and Clark Fork voting against from 13C. Only Seeley provided a reason for their vote, stating that the realignment could be done in two years when it was scheduled to occur rather than a year early.
The move will take the Trojans and Prospectors out of the eastern-based 12C and put them into the more Bitterroot based 13C. The opponents will be Seeley Swan, Clark Fork, Darby, Lincoln, Valley Christian and Victor. The teams that the locals will be leaving in the rearview mirror are Ennis, Twin Bridges, Sheridan, Harrison-Willow Creek and Lima.
The move will not affect the Flint Creek Titans as football is broken into different set of conferences for its play.