WHITEFISH, Mont., Nov. 28, 2016 – Marcus Payne of Montana Western was named the Frontier Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. (read more)
WHITEFISH, Mont., Nov. 23, 2016 — Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the 2016 all-conference football teams today. (read more)
Caldwell, Idaho – Shyke Smalls banked in a desperation 35-foot heave at the buzzer, as Montana Western (6-1) withstood a late College of Idaho (7-2) rally to claim a 70-69 victory in the final game of the Domino’s Classic inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. (read more)
Caldwell, Idaho – The Montana Western Bulldogs (9-0) played the ‘Yotes of the College of Idaho (0-6) in the final game of the Best Western Caldwell Inn and suites lady yote classic. Winning the game 86-81 and the tournament. (read more)
Elsha, Ill., Sophomore Mindy Kaufman (Alta, Wyo.) ran in the 5K NAIA National Championships and finished 76th out of 334 runners. Running a personal best 18:34.67 (read more)
Dillon, Mont., The Bulldogs (5-0, 0-0) overcame a hard fought first half to easily beat the Yellowstone Christian Centurions 104-70. (read more)
Whitefish, Mont., The Fontier Conference named junior running back Hunter Thomsen (Great Falls, Mont.) as the Offensive player of the Week. (read more)
Marcus Payne Named Frontier Conference Player of the Week
Payne is a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Livingston, Mont.
Montana Western went 1-1 for the week. The Bulldogs lost to (RV) Eastern Oregon 84-100 and edged No. 7 College of Idaho 70-69.
Payne averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. He was 10 of 13 from the field (77 percent), and 10 of 14 (71 percent) from the free throw line.
Also nominated: Riley Bradshaw of Rocky Mountain College, Issac Howard of the University of Great Falls, Zavon Jackson of Lewis-Clark State, Ryan Reeves of MSU-Northern and Lukas Vining of Montana Tech.
Five Bulldogs Named to Frontier All Conference TeamThe teams are chosen in voting by the league’s coaches:
Montana Tech head coach Chuck Morrell was selected as Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Montana Tech senior running back Nolan Saraceni was a repeat selection as the Offensive Player of the Year.
Montana Tech senior defensive back Gunnar Kayser was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Saraceni is the conference’s nominee for NAIA Player of the Year.
2016 First Team All-Conference Offense
Zach Bartlow * Eastern Oregon QB 6-0 195 Sr. Waitsburg, Wash.
Nolan Saraceni * Montana Tech RB 5-11 200 Sr. Billings, Mont.
Alfred Gross Eastern Oregon RB 5-9 200 Sr. Stockton, Calif.
Marcus Lenhardt ** College of Idaho TE 6-4 225 Jr. Eagle, Idaho
Connor Fohn Carroll College WR 6-1 195 So. Salem, Ore.
Dion Williams Montana Tech WR 6-1 195 So. Fairfield, Calif.
Matt Retzlaff *# Southern Oregon WR 5-1o 190 Sr. Medford, Ore.
Chris Emter Carroll College OL 6-4 300 Jr. Livingston, Mont.
Pete Morales # MSU-Northern OL 6-3 295 Sr. La Habra, Calif.
Ryan Stemple # Montana Tech OL 6-3 295 Sr. Missoula, Mont.
Kylan Putman Montana Western OL 6-3 265 Sr. Billings, Mont.
Ty King * Southern Oregon OL 6-6 300 Sr. Portland, Ore. 2016
Second Team All-Conference Offense
Quinn McQueary Montana Tech QB 6-3 195 Jr. Manhattan, Mont.
Zach McKinley #+ MSU-Northern RB 5-10 205 Sr. Great Falls, Mont.
Sam Rutherford ## Montana Western RB 6-0 225 Sr. Great Falls, Mont.
Andrew Loudenback Montana Tech TE 6-3 225 Sr. Parker, Colo.
Josh Richards Eastern Oregon WR 5-10 180 Jr. Kennewick, Wash.
Calvin Connors * Eastern Oregon WR 5-9 175 Jr. Winnemucca, Nev.
Matt Lickfold # Montana Western WR 6-4 240 Sr. Post Falls, Idaho
Sam Zvirzdys College of Idaho OL 6-4 275 Jr. Tumwater, Wash.
Mitch Staeffler Eastern Oregon OL 6-1 280 Sr. Rainier, Wash.
Shayden Flint Montana Western OL 6-0 290 Sr. Puyallup, Wash.
Kyle Reitler Rocky Mountain OL 6-5 285 S0. Billings, Mont.
Christmas Aumua Southern Oregon OL 6-1 280 Jr. Seattle, Wash.
2016 First Team All-Conference Defense
Tyler Craig *# MSU-Northern DL 6-2 230 Sr. Great Falls, Mont.
Luke Benz Montana Tech DL 6-2 240 Sr. Kidder County, N.D.
Tyler Sanders * Montana Tech DL 6-2 265 Jr. Helena, Mont.
Brendon Johnson Rocky Mountain DL 6-3 290 Sr. Anaheim, Calif.
Tucker Stanley Eastern Oregon LB 6-0 200 Sr. Napavine, Wash.
Drew Schleeman Montana Tech LB 6-3 230 Jr. Butte, Mont.
T.J. Benson * Montana Western LB 5-10 185 Sr. Libby, Mont.
Devvon Gage Southern Oregon LB 6-2 225 So. Salem, Ore.
Nate Moore * College of Idaho DB 5-9 170 Sr. Meridian, Idaho
Andre Brown Montana Tech DB 5-10 180 Jr. Compton, Calif.
Gunnar Kayser Montana Tech DB 6-4 220 Sr. Colbert, Wash.
Julius Rucker * Southern Oregon DB 6-2 205 Sr. Stockton, Calif.
2016 Second Team All-Conference Defense
Beaugh Meyer Carroll College DL 6-2 265 Jr. Boise, Idaho
Kyle Smith Carroll College DL 6-3 285 Sr. Casper, Wyo.
Kyle Lanoue ## Eastern Oregon DL 6-0 275 Sr. Bremerton, Wash.
Seth Swandal Rocky Mountain DL 6-2 260 Sr. Wilsall, Mont..
David Anderson Carroll College LB 6-0 220 Jr. Frenchtown, Mont.
Zach Hulse Montana Tech LB 6-2 225 Sr. Helena, Mont.
Chase Bertelsen Rocky Mountain LB 6-2 235 So. Wibaux, Mont.
Isiah Carter Southern Oregon LB 6-0 210 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Vince DiGiallonardo Carroll College DB 6-0 190 Sr. Polson, Mont.
John Payne Eastern Oregon DB 5-9 170 Sr. Camas, Wash.
Jason Baker Rocky Mountain DB 5-11 190 Sr. Billings, Mont.
Keegan Lawrence Southern Oregon DB 5-11 195 Jr. Sherwood, Calif.
2016 First Team All-Conference Special Teams
Marcus Montano Southern Oregon K 6-1 190 So. Manteca, Calif.
Dylan Torgerson Carroll College P 6-2 190 Jr. Kalispell, Mont.
Calvin Connors # Eastern Oregon KR 5-9 175 Jr. Winnamucca, Nev.
Calvin Connors * Eastern Oregon PR 5-9 175 Jr. Winnamucca, Nev.
2016 Second Team All-Conference Special Teams
Derrick Holt # Montana Tech K 5-9 205 Jr. Renton, Wash.
Louis DesPrez Southern Oregon P 5-10 180 Jr. Pleasanton, Calif.
Sam Sparks Rocky Mountain KR 6-0 190 Fr. Billings, Mont.
Levi Lynde Montana Tech PR 5-9 155 So. Red Lodge, Mont.
* 2015 First Team Selection
** 2014 and 2015 First Team Selection
+ 2014 First Team Selection
# 2015 Second Team Selection
## 2014 and 2015 Second Team Selection
Bulldogs Beat the College of Idaho at the Buzzer
The Bulldogs and the 'Yotes fought in a tough back and forth affair that would come down to the final possession. The Bulldogs gave inspired team effort on both sides of the ball, playing great defense against a tough ‘Yote team. Offensively the Bulldogs played well, hitting big shots when they needed them. Brian Neal and Riley King each had 13 points, with King adding eight rebounds, Marcus Payne added 10 points and eight boards. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs trailed at halftime by one point, in a game saw 13 ties and 12 lead changes with Bulldogs leading for nearly 21 minutes. they built their largest lead of 11 points late in the second half before The Yotes rallied from the 11-point deficit inside the final five minutes, using a 12-0 run to take a 66-65 lead on a Joey Nebeker free throw inside the final minute. C of I led 69-67 after Emanuel Morgan made the first of two free throw chances with six seconds remaining, but missed the second. Neal rushed the ball up floor, and was quickly double-teamed in the center circle – squirting a pass to Smalls, who heaved an attempt as the horn sounded – finding the twine for the win.
The Bulldogs travel to Billings, Mont. on Dec. 3 to take on the Batlin’ Bears of Rocky Mountain College.
(Mike Safford contributed to this report)
Bulldogs Survive Late Scare From 'Yotes, Win 86-81
The ‘Yotes came out in a full court press and were making shots, hitting their first three three point shots to jump out to an early lead. The Bulldogs weathered the storm and took a 16 point lead into the half thanks in part to clutch shooting from junior Jill Jacobs (Camano Island, Wash.) and senior Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) Jacobs hit from beyond the arc on three straight possessions and finished the game with 12 points and three rebounds. Howlett was clutch throughout the game and had a team high 21 points.
The Bulldogs held on to the 16 point lead heading into the final quarter. As it looked like the Bulldogs were going to walk away with an easy victory, but the ‘Yotes then began to catch fire and started to make more three point shots. Poor free throw shooting by the Bulldogs, 48 percent, combined with the ‘Yotes shooting nearly 50 percent from beyond the arc allowed them to cut the Bulldog lead down to four with under a minute to go in the game. The Bulldogs were able to hang on for the five point win
Senior Kaye Bignell (Helena, Mont.) had another strong game adding 17 points and eight rebounds, while fellow senior Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) had 14 points and five assists. Sophomore Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) nearly had a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will play again Dec. 3 at 5:30 in Billings, Mont. against Rocky Mountain College.
Cold Shooting Bulldogs Fall to Eastern Oregon
Eastern Oregon shot 52 percent from the field including 15 three pointes to easily beat the Bulldogs. The Mountaineers hot shooting combined with poor shooting, turnovers, and a porous Bulldog defense allowed Eastern to coast to an easy victory.
The Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run in the opening 2 minutes of the second half to cut the Mountaineer lead to seven, but couldn’t get any closer as Eastern pulled away and kept the lead to 20 the rest of the half.
Senior Chase Haack (Spokane, Wash.) led all scorers with 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Junior Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) added 20 points on 7-7 shooting and had eight rebounds including seven on the offensive glass. Junior Brian Neal (Tacoma, Wash.) had 18 points (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will regroup and will play the College of Idaho on Nov. 26 at 7 P.M.
Bulldogs out climb Mountaineers
The Montana Western Bulldogs came out flying and jumped out to an 11-0 lead just four minutes into the first quarter. Eastern Oregon called a timeout and that seem to wake Mountaineers out of their Tryptophan hangover. As the Mountaineers then started running the court and forcing bad shots from the Bulldogs, going on an 11-4 run themselves cutting the lead to 15-11 and the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs regrouped and started the second quarter on a 12-0 run claiming a 16 point lead while playing a stifling defense the mountaineers couldn’t figure out. It took eastern Oregon 6:33 to score in the second quarter. The bulldogs took a 31-21 lead into halftime.
Bulldogs were in a battle in the second half fighting their way to a 13 point win. The Bulldogs got clutch three point shooting from Seniors Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Jill Jacobs (Camano Island, Wash.) to keep the Mountaineers at bay. (Box Score)
Sophomore Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) led all scorers with 18 points, she added three rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Senior Kaye Bignell (Helena, Mont.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Palmore finished with 10 points and Jacobs with nine, all from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs will play the College of Idaho on Nov. 26 at 5 P.M.
Mindy Kaufman Runs a Personal Best in the NAIA National Championships
On a very hilly course at Principia College Kaufman ran a personal best , beating her old record by 16 seconds. Her mile splits were 5:56.02, 5:59.82, and 6:01.36 (Full Results) "Mindy ran a great race!" said an excited Head Coach Dylan Zizter "it was cold and super hilly, but Mindy ran great, nice even slpits, I'm really proud of her."
This was Kaufman's second trip in as many years to the NAIA national meet, where she improved greatly form last year, after finishing 144th.
Kaufman will hit the offseason looking to build on an already impressive college career.
Montana Western Survives Tough First Half to Cruise to Big Victory over Yellowstone Christian
The Bulldogs and Centurions battled through an evenly contested first half trading baskets and turnovers. The Bulldogs shot 46 percent from the field and committed 10 turnovers, while the Centurions shot 44 percent and had nine turnovers. Montana Western had slight edge from the charity stripe allowing them to take a slim 46-41 lead into the intermission. Junior Brian Neal (Tacoma, Wash.) led all scorers with 12 points on 5-9 shooting in the half.
The Bulldogs were able to break down the Centurion defense and open up a lead in the second half, cruising to a 34 point win. Five Bulldogs finished the game with double digit scoring with Neal leading the way with 26 points and six rebounds, freshman Derrek Durocher (Choteau, Mont.) hit five from beyond the arc to finish with 15 points. Senior Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) added 13 points including a powerful two handed jam. Fellow senior Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) chipped in 12 points and Chase Haack (Spokane, Wash.) had a solid game adding 10 and six rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will travel to Caldwell, Idaho to play in the Domino’s Classic against Eastern Oregon on Nov.25 at 3 P.M. and The College of Idaho on Nov 26. at 7 P.M.
Bulldogs Fight Past Centurions
The Bulldogs played their closest game of the season going up against the Centurions of Yellowstone Christian College. The first half saw 10 lead changes as the two teams went into the break with the Bulldogs leading 40-34. The Centurions came out with a strong 2-3 zone defense causing problems for the Bulldogs, holding them to 38 percent shooting from the floor. Junior guard Brian Neal (Tacoma, Wash.) scored 16 points in the first half, most of which came in the final minutes as he was able to get a couple of contested lay-ups to fall through the cylinder.
Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) sparked the second half for the Bulldogs as he stole the opening inbound pass and laid in the right-handed lay-up. The Bulldogs shooting woes from behind the arc continued in the second half. Senior Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) showcased his abilities midway through the second half, capitalizing on back to back strong drives to the hoop and shortly thereafter connected on a rare three for the Bulldogs. Plagued by foul trouble, Smalls ended with 10 points on the night. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs out scored their opponent by 12 points in the second half of play on their way to a 91-73 victory and fourth win of the season. Brian Neal followed his impressive first half with a equally impressive second half totaling a team high 24 points along with six rebounds.
Montana Western and Yellowstone Christian College will face off again Nov.18 at 3 P.M in Straugh Gymnasium.
Written By: Beau Brekke (Sports Information Intern)
Hunter Thomsen Named Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Week!
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Offensive Player of the Week: Hunter Thompson, Montana Western, 6-foot, 185 lbs, junior running back from Great Falls, Mont. In then No. 22 Montana Western’s 26-10 conference road win over Rocky Mountain College, Thompson rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. He had touchdown runs of 12, four, one and 49 yards. Also nominated and listed in alphabetical order; Brenden Kelly of Eastern Oregon, Marcus Lenhardt of College of Idaho, Tyrell McGee of Rocky Mountain and Quinn McQueary of Montana Tech.