Jefferson High sophomore Avery Stiles says he is six months removed from ACL surgery after a football injury and surprised even himself earlier this year.
"I jumped 6'7" at Belgrade and that was unexpected and I've been focusing on high jump a lot and this form and getting stronger with my knee. I feel like I'm getting stronger and stronger every day," said Avery Stiles.
Avery and his sister Hailee, a freshman, each compete in the high jump and 4 x 100 meter relay.
"It's fun because I get to see her every day and help her out because we do basically the same events and she has a lot of potential," said Avery Stiles.
Hailee is a Southern B district leader in the 200 meter dash and says Avery helps her develop in their shared events.
"Yeah usually after races like we go and talk and then like I tell him things that he should work on then he also helps me out … It kind of helps also with timing because when he's done usually I'm up so he can watch me and then I can watch him," said Hailee Stiles.
Hailee and Avery make the 35-minute drive to Vigilante Stadium each Wednesday to work on high jump with Helena High assistant coach Andrew Mozer who is most excited for the potential he sees in both siblings.
"The fact that they're both so young, sophomore and freshman, I have no idea where they're gonna stop at and so as long as they keep sticking with it working I'm sure they're gonna be some of the greatest around," said Coach Mozer.
Panthers assistant coach Cody Ottman says he also expects this young duo to continue rising.
"I'm excited to see what they both have in the future. We've got two more years with Avery and three with Hailee so it's an encouraging start," said Coach Ottman.
The Stiles look well on their way to new heights and lower times in 2018 and beyond.