State Tournament MVP signs to play for Miles Community College basketball team

Miles Community College has added a host of new athletes to the rosters for the next school year, including the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 Montana State Basketball tournament, Nate Costin of Saco, Montana.

The women’s basketball program and the Pioneer golf program also announced a pair of new recruits each in news releases.

MCC men’s head basketball coach Chase Tait announced that Costin, a 6’-0’’ guard out of Malta High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Pioneers in the 2017-18 season.

The sharp-shooter was the the 2017 state tournament MVP, capping an impressive high school career in which he scored 1,477 points.

He averaged 19 points per game in his senior season, shooting 54 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the three-poin line.

Costin was an All-State selection his junior and senior season, and made the All-Conference team three times. He also played in the Montana/Wyoming All-Star game this past year.

With four letters in basketball and two in football, the MHS standout brings some athletic depth to the Pioneer roster, according to an MCC news release.

Costin put together an outstanding career averaging double digits in scoring in three of his four years of varsity play and amassing 1,477 career points in an MHS uniform.

He’s also a winner. With Costin in the lineup, Malta won a pair of district champions, and finished in the top five in the state tournament twice.

Costin plans to pursue an education leading toward a career in agriculture.

“I chose Miles City because of how nice the town and college is. It is relatively small and I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Miles City,” Costin said in the news release. “It has the degree I want, and I think the basketball program will be a good fit for me.”

Lady Pioneer head coach Liz Lewis announced the signing of Kylee Meridith of Flathead High School in Kalispell, and Dakota Dosh of Cutbank High School. The pair will suit up for the 2017-18 season.

Meridith, a 5’-6’’ guard, was an Academic All-State selection three years in basketball and carried a 4.0 GPA for five semesters. She averaged 10.4 ppg while shooting 34 percent from the three-point line.

“Kylee will be a great addition to our team,” said MCC Head Coach Liz Lewis. “She’s a tough player with a tremendous work ethic.”

“I am ready for the hard workouts and conditioning to come because I know it is going to be worth it,.” Meridith said. “I also like that I am able to stay in state. I love Montana so much and being able to stay in the state I have spent my whole life in is an added bonus.”

Dosh a 5’-7’’ guard, earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2015 and All-State in 2016 at Cutbank High School. She averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.

“She is strong and has a solid skill set that can potentially benefit us in many areas,” Lewis said. “What really impressed our coaching staff is her love and passion for the game of basketball. She is grateful for her opportunity and will bring a great energy to our team.”

Talon Burchard of Helena and Chalee Mullin of Elko, Nevada have signed to compete for the MCC golf team in the 2017-18 season, Tait, who is also the golf coach, announced in a news release.

Burchard earned four varsity letters at Helena High School and finished 16th in the Montana State Tournament this past fall. He finished the year with a scoring average of 76 in six tournaments.

“When I got the scholarship offer there was no way I could resist the chance to have coach Tait as a mentor and the chance to golf for Miles Community College,” Burchard said.

Mullin finished her high school golf career with four varsity letters, and helped Elko win a Nevada state championship in 2016. She finished sixth in the state tournament her senior season. Her scoring average was 92.5 in eight tournaments.