The Montana Western Rodeo Team traveled to Bozeman Saturday for the MSU Fall Rodeo Finale. The top ten in each event in the Big Sky Region were invited to attend. (read more)
The Frontier Conference announced on Tuesday that sophomore Kylie McCree (Belgrade, Mont.) was selected as the Attacker of the Week. This is her first Frontier award. (read more)
The Montana Western Cross Country teams were in action this Saturday at Riverfront Park in Billings, Mont. (read more)
It is expected that any start up program would have some growing pains. The first year of competition for the University of Montana Western Cross Country team was no exception. This season has been a different story though. Year two has showed improvement all across the board, including having the record books written in on a couple of occasions. (read more)
Argos prove too much for Bulldogs
Western had too many errors both serving and attacking, and the inability to sustain any momentum hurt the Bulldogs, who dropped into fourth place in the conference with four games to go. They are, however, only two and a half games out of first place in a tight Frontier Conference.
The Bulldogs committed 21 attack errors and finished with a team hitting percentage of a paltry .067. Senior setter Callie Hanson (Spokane, Wash.) had 21 assists and 11 digs, sophomore libero Dylan Fowler contributed 12 digs, and outside hitters sophomore Cady Siemion (Huntley, Mont.) and senior Bailey Wilson (burley, Idaho) each had seven.
“We didn’t get enough digs,” Head Coach Brent Lewis said, “it’s hard to win that way.”
Sophomore outside hitter Kylie McCree (Belgrade, Mont.) had 8 kills, and junior middle blocker Tessa Miller (Manhattan, Mont.) added 6.
The Bulldogs will hit the road as they travel to Lewis and Clark State College (7-10, 2-5) on Thursday, Oct. 27 and to #23 ranked Montana Tech (16-7, 4-3) on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Bulldogs topple Coyotes 30-20
Dillon, Mont. – It took the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-3 Frontier) just 9 minutes to build a 17 point lead over the College of Idaho ‘Yotes (2-5, 1-5), thanks to interceptions on the first two Coyote possessions. Freshman defensive back Jason Ferris (Dillon, Mont.) picked off Tyler Cox’s first pass and returned it to the four yard line where senior running back Sam Rutherford (Great Falls, Mont.) took it the rest of the way for the easy score.
On the ‘Yotes next possession it was senior safety Skyler Roope’s (Helena, Mont.) turn to join the party as he to intercepted Cox. Junior running back Hunter Thomson (Great Falls, Mont.) gave the home team a three possession lead at 17-0 with a six yard run set up by a 59 yard catch by senior wide-out Matt Furhman (Billings, Mont.). Furhman had a monster game with 156 yards receiving on 7 receptions.
From there The Bulldogs cruised to victory. Sophomore quarterback JD Ferris (Dillon, Mont.) found senior tight end Ryan Sullivan (Sidney, Mont.) tip-toeing the line in the back of the end zone for a two yard score, later Ferris would use his legs when he found the end zone on a 13 yard scamper. Ferris was 14-27 for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The ground game was rolling, racking up 199 yards. Thomson led the way with 106 on 19 carries. While Rutherford’s 30 yards helped him surpass 3,000 total yards in his career. Rutherford is the all-time leading rusher for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldog defense held the ‘Yotes to just 109 yards rushing led by senior linebacker TJ Benson’s (Libby, Mont.) 10 total tackles. Junior linebacker Michael Bennett (Seattle, Wash.) senior defensive back Dakota Pineda (Idaho Falls, Idaho) and senior Lineman Tyrell Penner (Salmon, Idaho) each totaling 7 tackles each.
The #21 ranked Bulldogs travel to Eastern Oregon on Oct. 22 to face the #12 ranked Mountaineers at 2 p.m. MST
How Sweep It Is
In the first game, the Bulldogs won convincingly 25-17, 25-18, 26-24. As a team Montana Western hit .374, led by junior middle blocker Brittney Chilcott (Stevensville, Mont.) with a .600 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Bailey Wilson (Burley, Idaho) and senior setter Callie Hanson (Spokane, Wash.) each hit .500.
The Bulldogs were very balanced in their offensive attack, as Chilcott and Wilson each registering 11 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Kylie McCree (Belgrade, Mont.) tallied 12, and junior middle blocker Tessa Miller (Manhattan, Mont.) had 9 kills. Hanson led the way with 43 assists.
Defensively, sophomore libero Dylan Fowler (Belgrade, Mont.) had 17 digs. And sophomore outside hitter Cady Siemion (Huntley, Mont.) added 14 and Hanson recorded 11 digs.
After just over an hour rest between games, the Bulldogs kept up the pace in their second match and easily handled the Blue Hawks of Dickinson State 25-18, 25-18, 25-21.
McCree and Wilson led the Bulldog offense with 12 and 13 kills and .435 and .345 hitting percentage respectively.
Hanson added 39 assists and 12 digs to her total for the tournament. While senior libero Jami Flink (Missoula, Mont.) and Fowler contributed 14 and 12 respectively.
With the sweep in Dickinson, the Bulldogs improved to 11-10 overall, and will return to Frontier Conference play against the Argos of the University of Great Falls, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium.
Men's and Womens' Rodeo has a good night at the Fall Finale
The Fall Finale was held at the Bob Miller Pavillion at 6 P.M. on Saturday. The Men’s Team is currently leading the Big Sky Region, and Western Women are sitting second and well positioned to make it to the College National Finals Rodeo mid -June in Casper, Wyoming.
1. Tristan Hansen UMW 74 points
2. Brody Smith UMW 70 points
3. Talon Schneiter UMW 65 points
1. Keenan Kvamme UMW 3.7
2. Sean Sayers MT. Tech 4.3
3. Will Powell MSU 4.6
4. Jake Worthen UMW 5.2
1. Marlee Mussman UMW 7.1
2. Celie Salmond MSU 7.4
3. Katelyn Marchand MSU 7.7
4. Ryanne Tracy MSU 8.4
Saddle Bronc Riding
1. Sage Newman MSU 76
2. Tanner Butner UMW 73
3. Shane Birdrattler BCC 65
Kylie McCree wins Frontier Conference Attacker of the Week
McCree's 9 kills against Carroll College and 21 kills against MSU-Northern, helped the Bulldogs spilt on the weekend road trip.
Kylie and the Lady Bulldogs will be back in action on the 14th taking on Dickinson State University and Grace College in Dickson, N.D.
#10 Orediggers run past #22 Bulldogs 35-20
Tech came out firing on all cylinders moving the ball 70 yards to pay dirt in just three minutes, establishing a lead they would not relinquish.
Sophomore J.D. Ferris (Dillon, Mont.) answered for the Bulldogs, leading a ten play 75 yard drive culminating in a 10 yard touchdown pass to Senior Beau Brekke (Salmon, Idaho). The point after attempt was blocked.
From there it was all Tech, senior running back Nolan Saraceni (Billings, Mont.) had two of his three touchdowns in the first half, including a 39 yard scamper. Saraceni finished the game with 161 yards on 27 carries for a 5.5 yard per carry average.
The Bulldogs were able to string together a 77 yard drive just before half with Ferris finding senior wide receiver Matt Lickfold (Post Falls, Idaho) for a five yard score to keep the Bulldogs in the hunt. The PAT was again blocked.
The Oredigger defense held Western to 354yds of total offense, and made things difficult for Ferris all afternoon, forcing two interceptions.
In the second half Tech continued to make big plays. Wide Receiver Dion Williams hauled in 52 yard pass which set up Saraceni’s third touchdown of the day. Williams finished with six catches for 166 yards.
With the Bulldogs clinging to life late in the game the Orediggers gave them the shot in the arm Montana Western desperately needed by mishandling the snap on a punt resulting in a safety. However the Bulldogs fumbled the ensuing free kick to give Tech excellent field position for quarterback Quinn McQueery to put the game away with and eight yard run.
Lickfold caught another touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the game to bring the final score to 35-20.
Ferris finished the game with 188 yards on 20-38 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Junior running back Hunter Thomsen (Great Falls, Mont.) led the Bulldogs ground game with 83 yards on 16 carries.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back and continue a playoff push against the College of Idaho at the Homecoming/ Hall of Fame game on Oct. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Vigilante Field.
Montana Western Cross Country fares well at Yellowjacket Invitational.
Both the men's and women's teams competed against stiff competition in the form of Rocky Mountain College and three NCAA Division II schools: University of Mary, Black Hills State and host Montana State Billings.
On the women’s side, Mindy Kaufman led the dawgs, grabbing an 8th place finish with a new personal best (pb) of 18:50 and was first among NAIA schools. Beth Jansma was next in, 14th, running for a new pb of 19:35. The women’s’ team also had strong performances from freshman Casssie Panek, 38th, 21:27, freshman Megan Tarmichael, 48th and 22:24, and junior Amanda Stobie in 49th and 22:27.
“Though the women finished fifth out of five teams, we made great strides as a group today,” said Coach Dylan Zitzer.
On the men’s side freshman Josh Jessop lead the pack for the dawgs in 20:57 (5:14 pace) and 27th over all finish.
“Josh had a breakout race today, and this is a good sign for our group moving forward. Our guys didn’t have a great day overall but we have been training hard and I expect to see the results to bear that out as we move forward,” stated Coach Zitzer. The men’s team also had Russell Kujala finishing in 21:42, freshman Bradey Wilson 21:58, Tanner Lehr 21:59, Paul Bielawski 22:03 and Marcus Bearmedicine 23:29.
The team is off for week and then will travel to Great Falls, Mont. for the Great Falls Open on Friday Oct. 21 noon start.
Bulldogs Volleyball earns weekend split on road
However it was the Buklldogs who came out fighting establishing a lead in set. In the end, the nationally ranked Saints proved too much.
“We knew coming in we would have to play near our absolute best. We put up a great fight, but in the end the score board didn’t go our way,” Head Coach Brent Lewis said.
Sophomore Cady Siemion (huntley, Mont.) lead the way with a .267 hitting percentage and 11 kills, followed closely by fellow sophomore Kylie McCree (Belgrade, Mont.) with .238 and 9 kills. Senior setter Callie Hanson (spokane, Wash.) had 28 assists and 13 digs, Siemion and sophomore libero Dylan Fowler (Belgrade, Mont.) each had 11 digs for Western. “Our team made a lot of phenomenal plays to keep the ball alive and extend rallies. I’ve been most impressed with their tenacity. They have never given up or backed down.”
The Bulldogs, building off their tough fight against Carroll, carried that same intensity with them into Havre on Saturday afternoon against the Skylights of MSU-Northern, who themselves had been on a roll.
“Our offense was really on point with perhaps our best performance game of the year,” Lewis said. “Our defense once again made play after play.”
Hanson played great with three kills, 55 assists and 14 digs. McCree had 21 Kills. Siemion had 15 kills and 12 digs. juniors Brittney Chilcott (Stevensville, Mont.) and Tessa Miller (Manhattan, Mont.) each had 10 kills and Fowler had 27 digs.
The Bulldogs next travel to Dickinson, N.D. to play Dickinson State University and Grace College on Friday Oct. 14, and will be back at Montana Western's Straugh Gymnasium on Thursday, Oct. 20 hosting the Argos of the University of Great Falls.
Montana Western rodeo dominates in Dillon
The rodeo took place at Beaverhead County Fairgrounds in Dillon, Mont.
“It was a great weekend and I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication my student-athletes have invested into our rodeo program,” Head Rodeo Coach Iola "Olie" Else said.
Both the men’s and women’s team won the average for the home rodeo weekend. For the men's team, Tristan Hansen won the average for bareback riding, Ruger Piva won the average for the bull riding and Jake Worthen earned second in steer wrestling.
The women's team performed well under the lead of Tess Turk, a Big Sky Region Student Director and two-time qualifier for the College National Finals Rodeo, who won the average for both goat tying and breakaway roping, making her the weekend winner for the women’s all-around title.
“Our team is sitting very well going into the spring,” Turk said. “We had a great amount of success on both ends of the arena in rough stock and in the timed events."
Montana Western rodeo finished the season with the men number one overall in the Big Sky Region and the women second to Montana State University. Individual team members placed in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, break away roping and goat tying.
“We are very excited about all the talent on our men’s and women's teams heading into the spring season,” Else said.
The spring season will begin with the annual UMW Rodeo Club Banquet on March 31, 2016. Six Big Sky Region rodeos will follow.
Cross Country Making Strides at Season Halfway Point
The season started with a dual meet at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. With only two schools running, this was seen more as a warm up event than anything else. Still the Bulldogs had five runners place in the top 10, with Paul Bielwaski (Shelby, Mont.) finishing fourth on the men’s side and Mindy Kaufman (Alta, Wyo.) finishing seventh on the women’s side.
Next up on the slate was the Frontier Conference Preview Meet in Helena, Mont. Here the women’s team finished fifth out of six schools, but sophomores Kaufman and Beth Jansma (Bozeman, Mont.) both placed in the top ten. The men’s team finished the meet fourth out of seven teams, paced by Russell Kujala (Plains, Mont.) and Bielwaski who finished 16th and 17th respectively.
Their most recent event took place in Great Falls, Mont. for the University of Great Falls Triangular. Montana Western history was made here when Kaufman finished the race in first place, making her the first Bulldog, man or woman, to win a race in the programs history. Her time of 19:07 was four seconds better than the next finisher. Jansma also placed in the top ten again, coming in in sixth. Kujala paces the men at the Triangular, followed closely by Bielwaski.
The Monday after the Great Falls event, the Frontier Conference announced that Mindy Kaufman’s performance was good enough to win conference Runner of the Week, another first for the Bulldogs program.
Three more events are planned for the regular season, starting with the Rocky Mountain College Invite on Oct. 8th. The Dawgs sent two runners to the NAIA National Championships last year. By the way this season is going, it wouldn’t be a surprise anyone if that number increases.
A full recap of the seasons remaining races can be found at umwbulldogs.com