Swinging between JV and varsity provides plethora of experiences for Gagne

Mackenzie George, Editor in Chief

Sophomore Russell Gagne may be one of the younger players on the varsity basketball team, but he isn’t new to the experience of the fast-paced game.

“I’ve been playing since I was about five years old,” Gagne said. “Plus my teammates push me to be the best, so it doesn’t feel like I’m an underclassman.”

Gagne began playing basketball competitively in third grade and currently swings for CMR — splitting his quarters between JV and varsity. The JV team is 4-0 on the season, defeating Flathead, Glacier, and Helena Capital twice; the varsity’s record is 1-3, with the lone win coming from a 60-44 route of Capital.

“We have had our rough times during games, but I think with this last win that we have the potential to play at a high level and compete with any team in the state,” Gagne said.

Regardless of CMR’s record, Gagne is enjoying the season.

“I enjoy the sport because I feel natural on the court and it helps clear my head during games and while practicing.”