Cats win Stillwater food drive

Marlo Pronovost
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Columbus Elementary School's donations.

Courtesy photo

Columbus High School Student Body President Anna Peters, and officers Marissa Peters and Koree Holden with some of the seven turkeys and seven hams the school donated.

Rapelje students pose with an over-flowing Bobcat donation basket.


For the sixth consecutive year, Stillwater County schools proved to be Montana State University Bobcat fans by winning the annual Cat-Griz food drive conducted last week.

Participating schools that reported Cat wins included the Columbus Elementary and High Schools, Absarokee schools and the Rapelje school.

During the course of a week, students brought food to place in a MSU or University of Montana Grizzly box. Whichever box had the most donations at the end of the week was declared the winner. In the end, the food is donated to Project Hope to help with Thanksgiving boxes that are given out every year.

Project Hope Executive Director Lara Strickland said an estimated 2,700 pounds of food was generated by the annual contest. Project Hope is preparing 85 Thanksgiving boxes this year.

The schools have been running their own version of the statewide Cat-Griz food drive for the past nine years in what has become a popular event that focuses kids on giving as the holiday season approaches.


The Bobcats also won the statewide food drive, collecting a record-setting 236,263 pounds of food and $185,457 in donations. The Grizzlies weren’t far behind, with 210,714 pounds and $193,086 in donations collected. It was the 19th year the competition has been held. All proceeds go to food banks in Bozeman and Missoula.


The most important Bobcat victory came on the field, as the Cat’s beat the Griz 29-25 in Missoula on Saturday in 118th Brawl of the Wild.

It was the third consecutive win against the Grizzlies for MSU.

The day appeared to belong to UM, which got out to a 22-point lead. With 2:19 minutes remaining in the game, MSU managed to pull ahead and stay there. The Griz made a serious rally that by all appearances was destined for a touchdown and the game victory, as the offensive line sat at the 1-yard line with 14 seconds remaining

However, in what is being called “The Miracle in Missoula,” MSU not only held the offense, but forced a fumble and recovered it, ending the game.

The Cats closed out the regular season with an overall record of 7-4 and received an at-large selection for the Division 1 Football Championship bracket. They host Incarnate Word, the co-champion of the Southland Conference, this Saturday in Bozeman.