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Warrior Tyler Tanner headed east to play round-ball

By B.L. Azure
Char-Koosta News

Pardon me boys, it’s the Tannernugga choo-choo steaming through. Former Arlee Warrior Tyler Tanner will be buffalo-driving through a high-level defenses at Dawson Community College. (B.L. Azure photo) Pardon me boys, itís the Tannernugga choo-choo steaming through. Former Arlee Warrior Tyler Tanner will be buffalo-driving through a high-level defenses at Dawson Community College. (B.L. Azure photo)

ARLEE — Go east young man. That is the opposite of Horace Greeley’s call to “Go west young man” for those seeking fortunes way back in 1800s America. However, for young man Tyler Tanner it is in eastern Montana — almost North Dakota — where his fortunes await on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Glendive. It is on the hardwood and in the classroom at Dawson Community College where Tanner’s future fortunes will be earned.

Dawson Community College announced recently that Arlee Warrior hoopster Tanner has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Buccaneers, a feeder program for four-year college basketball programs.

Buccaneers coach Joe Peterson said 6’0” Warrior guard Tanner, has been on his radar for a few years and observed him play in a pair of State Class C Tournaments and was impressed.

The Warriors made it to the State Class C Tournament in Tanner’s final three years of high school. They lost a Saturday morning loser out game in 2015 to Manhattan Christian; were beaten by Box Elder in the 2016 championship game, and beat Manhattan Christian in the 2017 championship game. Tanner was named the MVP of the 2017 State Class C Tournament.

“I’ve watched Tyler for a couple of years now in the state tournament. His skills and poise have really impressed me. He makes big plays in big moments,” Peterson said of Tanner who averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game and he shot 52 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free throw line as a senior. “Plain and simple, Tyler Tanner is a winner. He has had tremendous success on the basketball court and in the classroom with a 3.5 grade point average. He has grown up on a farm and loves to hunt and fish so I think he will enjoy coming out to Eastern Montana.”

Arlee Warrior, now DCC Buccaneer, Tyler Tanner snags a rebound at the District 14-C Tournament. (B.L. Azure photo) Arlee Warrior, now DCC Buccaneer, Tyler Tanner snags a rebound at the District 14-C Tournament. (B.L. Azure photo)

The Buccaneers compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region IX Athletics League comprised of junior college programs in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.

“The Dawson program and coach Peterson gave me a great opportunity to play the game I love,” Tanner said. “I like the way coach Peterson came to me and told me about Dawson.”

The recent Arlee High School graduate who seems like he’s been around forever was a big cog in the Warriors rise to preeminence in the Montana Class C ranks. He burst on the high school varsity hoop scene as a freshman so it seems he has been around forever. During his high school hoop career he has been named to the All-Conference and All-State teams his sophomore, junior and senior years. In that three-year span the Warriors had an impressive 73-6 record that resulted in three District 14-C conference championships.

In his junior and senior years the Warriors had only one loss each season — 24-1 and 26-1 respectively. As a junior the loss came in the State C Tournament championship against Box Elder. As a senior the only loss was an early season one to the highly ranked Plains Horsemen. That loss was characterized as a “good loss” because it took the nerve uptick that comes with trying to maintain a perfect record. Better to lose early and adjust than lose late ala the last game of the season, like they did against Box Elder. Still they learned from that loss and those learned lessons were applied his senior season that resulted in the Warriors first ever state championship.

“It is a privilege and honor for Tyler to play at that level,” said Arlee Warrior coach Zanen Pitts. “I’m super excited for him to join a good program which will develop his weaknesses and make him a better all-around player.”

Go Buccaneers! Go Tyler!
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