She doesn't lose. She eithers wins, or she learns. I haven't forgotten what JoJo Martinez, now a 6th grader at Ben Steele Middle School in Billings, first told us about her career in the sport of boxing. One year later, JoJo Martinez is heading to nationals.
Coach Tinkle isn't the only coach playing in the Elite 8 with Montana ties. Kelvin Sampson, the head coach of the Houston Cougars, used to coach at Montana Tech in Butte. And the two Montana-connected coaches will now face each other Monday night.
Just before we wrapped up our conversation with School District 2 Superintendent Greg Upham in Billings, I figured I better ask him a couple more quick questions. Will there be a prom, and will there be a graduation this year? Graduation yes. Prom no.