Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson has announced that Montana Western Athletic Trainer, Dr. Janelle Handlos, has been named the 2014-15 Frontier Conference Athletic Trainer of the Year. (read more)
Future Bulldog football player, J.D. Ferris, named Badlands Bowl offensive MVP (read more)
Story by Ryan Holmgren, Casper Star-Tribune (read more)
On June 12th and 13th there will be a very Western feel to the Midland Roundtable Montana-Wyoming All-Star series. (read more)
Montana Western boys basketball campThe camp is open to all boys entering 4th through 12th grade. Registration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday the 12th. Campers may register at the door or online via email.
For more questions or comments, contact Steve Keller at 406-683-7341 or email@example.com, or visit http://www.umwbulldogs.com/2015-05-12-20-18-20/event-schedule.html for all camp information.
Handlos named Frontier Conference Athletic Trainer of the Year
Handlos automatically becomes a finalist for the NAIA National Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.
The recognition, which is voted on by Paulson and the athletic directors of the Frontier conference, was awarded to Handlos for her exceptional treatment and prevention, leadership, and commitment to the athletes at Montana Western.
Receiving awards is nothing new for Handlos, who recently received the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (NWATA) Excellence in Service Award.
Handlos goes above and beyond her job description when dealing with patient care. Russ Richardson, athletic trainer and associate professor of health and human performance, said, “Janelle is viewed as a leader with great character and integrity. She is a tireless worker, giving of herself without recognition and often behind the scenes.”
On top of the countless hours that Handlos has worked, ensuring that Montana Western’s student athletes prevent injuries and recover properly, she also serves on the board of directors for the Southwest Montana Community Health Clinic and voluntarily teaches first aid and CPR classes throughout the region. Handlos works with the local emergency medical service providers to ensure optimal care in emergency situations involving student athletes.
Dr. Handlos is actively involved in legislative issues relating to the improvement of healthcare for Montana athletes and has served on NWATA’s scholarship committee awarding over $100,000 to students in the northwest.
She has been the treasurer of the Montana Athletic Trainers’ Association for the past 10 years and was recently selected by the NWATA to present her original research titled “The Importance of Leadership, Management, and Personal Characteristic Competencies in College and University Athletic Trainers.”
Handlos receives this award in her final year as the Head Athletic Trainer at Montana Western, having served this position multiple times, she has also served as the Interim Athletic Director, Sports Information Director, and professor of health and human performance. Handlos will be transitioning into a full time assistant professor of health and human performance at Montana Western.
Handlos graduated from Montana Western in 2000, with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Health and Human Performance and a minor in English.
Bulldog football commit J.D. Ferris named offensive MVP of Badlands Bowl
J.D. Ferris played his high school ball at Beaverhead County High School in Dillon, Mont., and will not be leaving town to play his college ball, where he has signed with Montana Western.
Ferris helped lead the Montana team to a 40-25 victory over their counterparts from North Dakota. Ferris had to aerial assaults of 35-yards and 5-yards go for touchdowns. Ferris also showed of his speed by scampering for a 42-yard touchdown right before halftime.
With the win Montana now leads the all-time series 16-6.
Ferris will be majoring in Math and Secondary Education at Montana Western.
Montana Western rodeo has success in Casper
At the end of three preliminary rounds and the finals the men’s national champion team is Tarleton State University with 915 points, and the women’s national champion team is Blue Mountain Community College with 517.5 points.
The Bulldogs of Montana Western had good showings from both the men’s and women’s teams. The men finished in 16th place with 295 points and the women finished in 18th with 115 points.
The women got out of the gates quickly as Tess Turk found early success in breakaway roping. Turk posted a time of 2.1 seconds in the first go, fast enough for a first place tie in the round, earning 75 team points. In the next two rounds, Turk's rope fell short. Turk also competed in the goat tying event, and clocking qualifying round times 7.2, 6.8 and 8.0 seconds. Turk finished the three rounds in 14th place, two spots out of the finals.
Other competitors for the Montana Western women were Connlee Gray and Justinn Marshall. Gray completed three clean barrel racing runs with times of 15.19 seconds, 14.61 seconds and 14.45 seconds. Gray earned at 26th place finish in her first CNFR. Marshall's first round run in goat tying did not result in a qualified time. Marshall recovered to place fifth in the second round with a time of 6.5 seconds, earning 40 team points. In Marshall's final appearance at the CNFR she recorded a time of 8.0 seconds.
The Montana Western men’s team was led by senior Kane Cartwright. Cartwright competed in two events at the CNFR, steer wrestling and team roping. In steer wrestling, Cartwright did not record a time in his first two rounds, but bounced back strong to win the third round with a time of 4.1 seconds, scoring 80 team points.
Cartwright competed with Bulldog teammate Holden Garrison in the team roping, and the duo clocked runs of 6.6 and 7.3 seconds in the first two rounds. Despite a miss in the third round, the duo qualified for the finals and finished 10th in the final standings.
Cartwright's two event total of 100 points earned him eighth place in the men’s all-around competition.
Newt Novich scored qualifying rounds in all three of his attempts in steer wrestling. Novich had times of 5.4, 6.9 and 13.1 seconds, good enough to qualify for the finals. In the finals, Novich clocked a 8.7 second run to finish fourth in the nation.
Tyler Friend opened the CNFR with a 56 point ride in the first round of saddle bronc. In both the second and third rounds, Friend was bested by the stock.
Senior bareback rider J2 Bridges finished his collegiate career with scores of 71.5, 64 and 66 points to finish 21st in the bareback competition.
Phil Shields, the Big Sky Region men’s all-around champion, did not post qualifying rides in the first round of bull riding or saddle bronc. Shields bounced back to win the second round of saddle bronc by scoring a 74.5, earning 80 team points. The go round win was Shield's only qualified ride of the 2015 CNFR.
Ian Austiguy, competing with a partner from Montana State University in team roping, recorded a time of 12.2 seconds in the second round.
It was a very successful season for both the men’s and women’s rodeo teams, which finished first and second respectively in the Big Sky Region. The future looks bright for the rodeo teams at Montana Western as five of the ten CNFR competitors will return to school this fall, including the Big Sky Region men’s all-around champion Phil Shields and CNFR finals competitor Tess Turk.
Montana Western roper Ian Austiguy learns life lessons from younger brother
Montana Western senior Ian Austiguy’s first go-round in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo ended with a no-score. Don’t expect him to take the disappointment too hard, though.
His younger brother, Ben, was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), but Ian describes him as “the most positive person you’ll ever meet.”
And that attitude has rubbed off on the elder Austiguy.
“When stuff doesn’t go right, it doesn’t take long to think about how good I’ve got it,” said Ian, who’s from Bozeman, Montana. “It’s easy to get over stuff that doesn’t go good. Anything that happens could be a lot worse in someone else’s eyes.”
Especially for Ben, whose normal days are greatly impacted by CF.
He takes digestive enzymes each time he eats, along with pills to help his liver function. He also completes four inhale treatments per day to assist his lungs.
According to CF Foundation Patient Registry data, the life expectancy for those living with the hereditary disorder is somewhere in their early 40s.
“Cystic fibrosis has pretty much taught me that life is a gift and you should treat it like one every day, knowing that it could be your last and that time is limited here, so why let little things bother you?” said Ben, 19. “You should try to look at things with the glass half full, not the opposite. There’s no sense in getting down. There’s a lot of things in life that can swipe you away in a heartbeat. It’s important to keep your head up and keep looking forward.”
In talking to Ben, you’d never guess that he constantly deals with CF. When asked if he’d be willing to discuss his illness, he responded with a hearty, “Hell yeah!”
He wasn't always that way. He used to hide the fact that he was living with CF from others.
In high school, he had his mind made up: He didn’t want anyone’s sympathy or pity. All he wanted was to be “an average Joe.” Not the classmate with CF.
Then he realized that by being open about his condition, he could have a greater impact.
“I used to not tell a lot of people until a year or two years ago,” Ben said. When people started finding out, they were just shocked. They were like, ‘Wow, you’re so happy.’ They expected me to be more down about it. So that is really cool to get such good feedback.”
Ben tagged along with his parents to Casper this week to support Ian, who qualified for the CNFR for the first time. He’s been following Ian’s rodeo season closely.
“We don’t come from a very rodeo family and Ian has showed me to just follow your passion,” Ben said. “He started when he was younger, he kept up with it and here he is at the (College) National Finals Rodeo. I’m just really proud of him.”
Ben expects Ian to finish out his first CNFR strong. In Tuesday's slack, Ian and team roping partner Jesse Brown clocked in at 12.2 seconds on their second go.
Like most younger siblings, Ben still looks up to his older brother.
“Something I learned from him is just do what you like and keep working hard at it,” he said. “Ian has a great work ethic that has rubbed off on me. He’s taught me that even if you have a bad weekend or even a bad year, to keep pushing through and keep moving on.”
Since Ian left Bozeman for college, he admits that he hasn’t been as close with Ben.
“But when we see each other it’s just like old times,” Ian said. “I wouldn’t say we’re as close as some brothers and sisters are.”
Still, the CNFR team roper raves about his little brother with the big, positive attitude.
“Everything he does, he has a good time doing it, and everything that doesn’t go right, he takes it with a grain of salt,” he said. “You don’t see people that positive very often.”
Jesse McCloud receives national recognitionMcCloud has been recognized by the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society for his superior academic performance and excellence in intercollegiate football. The chairman of the National Football Foundation is Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback and college football Hall-of-Fame inductee.
“I feel extremely honored to have received this award, as well as blessed to have been surrounded by so much support at Western, from athletics to academics,” McCloud said, “without such support from teammates, coaches, advisors, staff, and especially my family I would not have had this wonderful experience.”
This award is one that McCloud can add to a long list of conference and national recognitions that include: 3x Frontier Conference defensive all-conference team selection, Frontier Conference academic all-conference, 2014 preseason NAIA All-American, AFCA NAIA All-American, and NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete.
McCloud who is a native of Manhattan, Mont. finished his season and career on high notes. During the 2014 season McCloud recorded 60 total tackles, and five interceptions that ranked him in the top 20 nationally for interceptions per game and total interceptions. In his four-year career as a Bulldog, McCloud accumulated 246 total tackles, 13 interceptions, and two blocked kicks.
McCloud said, “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my Montana Western family and Go Dawgs.”
McCloud will graduate in the fall of 2015 with a degree in K-12 Art Education and a minor in K-12 Health and Physical Education.
Montana Western girls' basketball camp
The camp is open to all girls entering 4th through 12th grade. Registration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday the 21st. Campers may register at the door or online via email.
For questions or comments, contact Lindsay Woolley at 406-683-7317 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.umwbulldogs.com/2015-05-12-20-18-20/event-schedule.html for all camp information and registration forms.
Montana all-stars sweep WyomingMontana finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record. The Montana boys won their games on Friday and Saturday, 114-86 and 92-85 respectively. The Montana girls were victorious by scores of 72-54 and 72-57.
With the sweep, Montana has now won nine consecutive match-ups, and Coach Steve Keller improved his record as head coach to an unblemished 8-0. “It was a fun week, the guys played really well, we struggled a little on Saturday night but found a way to win,” said Keller, “the kids were very coachable and had great attitudes all weekend.”
On a team loaded with future college basketball players, the boys were led in scoring both nights by Oregon State commit and former Hellgate High School star, Tres Tinkle, who scored 25 and 27 points. Tinkle was named Montana’s Mr. Basketball before tip-off of the second game.
Kendall Manuel, a Billings Skyview product, helped pace the balanced scoring for Montana by chipping in 17 and 23 points in the two contests. Manuel who was playing a new position, point guard, excelled in his role, “he was great, they couldn’t stop him off the penetration, and Kendall is definitely a D1 player,” stated Keller.
The Montana girls returned to their winning ways after a one-game slip-up last year. Montana has now won fourteen of the last sixteen matchups against Wyoming.
Brooke Jones from Manhattan led a very balanced Montana team in scoring on the weekend. Jones had a total of 28 points in the two contests, 17 and 11 respectively. The balanced attack of Montana was especially evident in game two, which saw every player on the Montana roster score at least 2 points.
Hamilton’s Taylor Goligoski, who will compete in basketball and softball at the University of Montana, was named Montana’s Miss Basketball for 2014-15.
Wes Keller, coach of the girls’ team, can now add his undefeated 2-0 record to improve on the Keller family total, which now stands at 10-0.
Lindsay Woolley, assistant coach and Montana Western’s head women’s coach, is now 4-0 in the Midland Roundtable series. Woolley picked up two wins in 1998 as a player.
Montana-Wyoming series will have a very 'Western' feel to it
The Midland Roundtable series matches the top high school boys and girls basketball players from their respective states against each other.
Three of the four coaches on the Montana side of the series have ties to the University of Montana Western. This includes two current coaches and a former player.
The boys will be coached by Montana Western’s eight-year head coach, Steve Keller. This will be Keller's fourth year leading the Montana team against their counterparts from Wyoming. “It is a great experience," Keller said, "and I feel honored to coach the best players in the state of Montana.”
Keller will be assisted by long-time friend and former Three Forks coach, Mike Sauvageau, who recently retired after 31 years of experience in high school. There is a deep connection that has been formed by Keller and his assistant, “Mike has been a good friend for a long time and he is one of the better coaches in the state and has coached some of my players.” Sauvageau coached recent UMW graduate and all-conference performer Jordan Overstreet at Three Forks High School.
Keller looks to extend his 6-0 record against the all-stars from Wyoming this year. The boys from Montana lead the all-time series 51-27, including six straight victories dating back to 2011.
The head coach for the girls’ team is Rocky Mountain College’s first year Head Coach, Wes Keller, Steve’s oldest son and former first team all-conference Bulldog basketball player. Wes Keller will be assisted by third year Montana Western Women’s head coach, Lindsay Woolley.
Woolley is looking forward to his second go around with the all-star series, “it is going to be a fun week and especially for me because I was fortunate enough to play in this game in 1998. Now I get to go back and help insure that these young women have a great experience like I did.” Woolley’s team split with the Wyoming all-stars in 1998.
The Montana girls have shared a similar success the boys have, winning twelve of the last fourteen match-ups against the Wyoming All-Stars and a 24-12 overall record. Montana split the series last year, losing the second game in overtime.
The first set of games on Friday will be played at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming, while Saturday’s games will be played at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. The girl’s games are set to tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the boys to follow.
Montana Western rodeo ready for CNFR
Seven men and three women will represent the Bulldogs at the CNFR after the teams each earned an invitation to the event by finishing in the top two for the Big Sky Region. The men claimed the team title by holding onto the top position throughout the 10 rodeos of the fall and spring seasons. The women overcame a slow fall season to pile up points in the spring, moving them into second place in the year-end standings. Montana State University claimed the other invitations to the CNFR from the Big Sky Region.
Bulldog rodeo coach Iola Else is looking forward to another trip to Casper and has her eyes set on bringing home championship hardware.
“We are ready to go and really looking forward to the week,” Else commented. “The kids are looking forward to great competition as well as a number of extra activities.”
The contestants will have the opportunity to participate in softball and golf tournaments and host a morning of rodeo activities for individuals of all ages with special needs. Monday night of the CNFR week also features a scholarship awards banquet.
“A number of our Montana Western athletes have been nominated for scholarships,” Else reported. “The academic success of our student has been recognized by the board of directors, and I am really hopeful that we will be rewarded during the scholarship presentations.”
These annual events are worked in around three full rounds of competition leading up to the short-go in which the top ten contestants will compete for the national championship saddles. Both team and individual points are accumulated over the four rounds to create the final standings.
The Montana Western men’s team underwent a slight realignment in the past week after junior tie down roper Jade Gardner suffered serious injuries while participating in a branding. Gardner will be unable to participate in the CNFR this season, but the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association allowed Else to name a substitute to round out her team.
“I am disappointed and heartbroken that Jade will not be able to compete at the CNFR after earning that right with his performance this year,” Else said. “Jade really stepped up his game this year and was a team leader in making positive choices that really paid off.”
“We are pleased that we can take J2 Bridges in Jade’s place, he is a seasoned competitor who will represent Montana Western very well,” Else commented
The following Bulldog rodeo athletes will participate in the 2015 CNFR:
Phil Shields, a junior from Philipsburg, Mont. won the Big Sky Region All-Around Cowboy award by claiming titles in both the bull riding and saddle bronc riding. This is Shields’ second trip to the CNFR, where he the first competitor of the 2015 event as he opens up the saddle bronc competition in the rough stock matinee Sunday afternoon.
Tyler Friend, a junior saddle bronc rider from Tetonia, Idaho will kick off his first CNFR on Sunday afternoon. Friend finished the regular season in second place in the standings of saddle bronc riding and third in the all-around competition.
J2 Bridges, a senior from Melrose, Mont. will represent the Bulldogs in the bareback riding. Bridges finished the season fifth in the Big Sky Region standings, but has a solid history at the CNFR as qualified twice for the event prior to transferring to Montana Western.
Newt Novich, a senior from Twin Bridges, Mont. earned the right to compete in the steer wrestling event after placing third in the Big Sky Region. Novich earned a qualification to the 2013 CNFR while competing for Northwest College.
Kane Cartwright, a senior from East Helena, Mont. will be competing in two events for the Bulldogs at this year’s CNFR. Cartwright will be competing in steer wrestling and team roping as a header, he finished second and third respectively in the Big Sky Region standings. This is Cartwright’s second straight trip to Casper, where he finished fifth in the 2014 CNFR short go.
Holden Garrison, a sophomore team roper from Dillon, Mont. will heel for Cartwright. Garrison finished third in the final Big Sky Region heeler standings. This will be Garrison’s first trip to the CNFR, but he brings with him a family legacy of success at the event. Garrison’s father and uncles represented the Bulldogs at the CNFR during their college rodeo careers.
Ian Austiguy, a senior from Bozeman, Mont. will also compete in the team roping event at the 2015 CNFR. Austiguy finished fourth in the Big Sky Region as a header, and will head for Montana State University heeler Jesse Brown during the CNFR.
Connlee Gray, a sophomore from Liberty Lake, Wash. will represent the Montana Western women’s team in the barrel racing event. Gray finished the Big Sky Region barrel racing competition in eight place, but is no stranger to running in big events as she claimed a championship saddle in the Pro-West Rodeo Association this past summer.
Justinn Marshall, a senior goat tyer from Saco, Mont. looks to end her Bulldog career on a high note after finishing seventh in the Big Sky Region this season. Marshall, a team captain, will be competing in her third and final CNFR.
Tess Turk, a sophomore from Elko, Nev. is looking to continue her outstanding season. Turk finished fourth in breakaway roping, and fifth in both goat tying and all-around standings for the Big Sky Region. Turk will represent the Bulldogs in both the breakaway and goat tying during the CNFR.
To follow our Bulldog Rodeo athletes use the following link: http://www.collegerodeo.com/CNFR/CNFRResults.asp?Year=2015.