Montana Western senior Tess Turk was recently named "Volunteer of the Game" by Montana Campus Compact and the Governor's Office of Community Service. (read more)
La Grande, Ore. - Despite a strong defensive effort the Montana Western Bulldogs couldn’t get over the hump and fell 21-13 to the Mountaineers of Eastern Oregon University. (read more)
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)
Bulldogs Trample Bison in Season Opener
Right off the bat, junior transfer, Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) scored the first points of his Bulldog career and the first points for the Bulldog 2016-2017 season. During the first half Head Coach Steve Keller went with a five player rotation, subbing guys in every five minutes. This allowed players Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) and Troy Scott (Dillon, Mont.) to come in early and provide Western a spark both offensively and defensively. The Bulldogs went into halftime with a commanding 58-33 lead, lead by Kidgell’s 14 points, and 5 assists along with Troy Scott’s hot shooting hand going 3-3 from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs began the second half strong, running the court and generating easy buckets from all over the floor, including a two handed slam from junior forward Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.). Some of the other second half highlights included some fancy passing from Robinson who finished with 3 assists and true freshman Derek Durocher’s (Choteau, Mont.) long distance three pointers.
All eleven Bulldog players found themselves in the scoring column with Kidgell recording a game high 23 points on an impressive 8-11 shooting. Brian Neal (Tacoma, Wash.) contributed 17 points in 16 total minutes of court time. The Bulldogs had 6 total players in double figures in a strong season opener in front of the home crowd.
Zachary Mills of Salish Kootenai College led the way in scoring for the Bison with 21 points on 8-18 shooting.
Bulldogs are in back in action at home Friday Oct. 28 and Saturday Oct 29 against Northwest Indian College. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm in Straugh Gymnasium.
Written by Beau Brekke (Sports Information Intern)
Montana Western senior Tess Turk named "Volunteer of the Game"
Montana Campus Compact and the Governor’s Office of Community Service are recognizing student volunteers at one home game for each of Montana’s five Frontier Conference NAIA institutions this football season. Turk will be honored during halftime of Montana Western's home game against Southern Oregon University on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.
"We're very proud of Tess and her dedication to serving her community and Montana Western," Chancellor Beth Weatherby said. "Between her school work, rodeo and volunteering, Tess takes on quite a full load, but the campus and community all benefit from her hard work and we're grateful to have her at UMW."
Turk was selected by her peers to be the Big Sky Regional student director for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. As a student director, she is involved in the business side of the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo. Turk is active in the planning process for this premier collegiate rodeo event, where she helps in selecting the awards as well as hiring personnel from the judges to the rodeo clowns.
She is currently the president of the Montana Western rodeo club and team captain for the rodeo team. She coordinates the club's annual banquet which has helped to raise over $40,000 for scholarships at Montana Western. Turk also helps plan the annual UMW rodeo which brings in over 10 men's and women's rodeo teams from throughout the region to Dillon.
"Tess has greatly strengthened our rodeo program on both the athletic and administrative side," Head Rodeo Coach Olie Else said. "She brings a tremendous level of skill and a selfless attitude to everything she does and I'm honored to work with her."
In addition to her work on campus, Turk volunteers around the community helping to organize UMW's presence in the Dillon Jaycees Labor Day parade as well as a fund and gift drive for families in need around the holidays.
Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.
Kujala, Kaufman Lead Bulldogs
On the men's side, not far behind Kujala was Paul Bielawski in 10th place. "We had our best meet of the season so far on the men's side this year, and Russell (27:04) and Paul (27:09) ran personal bests in adverse conditions," stated head coach Dylan Zitzer. "We had to hold out Josh Jessop today, but Tanner Lehr (27:57), Bradey Wilson (28:20), and Marcus Bearmedicine (29:19) stepped up today."
On the women's side Kaufman was followed by Beth Jansma, 22nd and 21:45, Cassie Panek 23rd and 21:54, Megan Tarmicheal 22:29 and 28th, and Amanda Stobie in 32nd and 23:16.
The Bulldogs will be back in action at the Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena, Mont. for the Frontier Conference meet on Nov. 4.
No. 21 Bulldogs falter at the hands of No. 12 Mountaineers
The Bulldogs came into the contest boasting the top rushing offense in the Frontier Conference but could not get much of anything going, mustering 37 total yards on the ground, and 221 yards of total offense, a season low.
Senior running back Sam Rutherford (Centerville, Mont.) carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards and quarterback J.D. Ferris (Dillon, Mont.) threw for 184 yards passing on 13 completions and 1 touchdown. Junior Matt Furhman (Billings, Mont.) led the Bulldogs in receiving with 5 catches for 74 yards including a touchdown in the closing seconds of the second quarter.
The Bulldog defense started out strong when safety MJ Simkins (Dillon, Mont.) intercepted a pass early in the first quarter giving what looked to be early momentum in favor of the Bulldogs. The Mountaineers were held scoreless in the first quarter but an interception deep in Bulldog territory allowed Zach Bartlow to punch it in from three yards our giving the mountaineers the lead. Defensively the Bulldogs were led by linebacker Jason Ferris (Dillon, Mont.) with 13 tackles, followed by another strong performance from Libby, Mont. native TJ Benson tallying 9 total tackles on the day.
The Bulldogs marched 70 yards (4 plays) in 46 seconds to get a much needed score with 37 seconds remaining in the first half on a 22 yard strike from Ferris to Furhman. The extra point failed leaving the scoreboard showing 14-6 entering the locker room.
Going into the second half the defense held their ground, but the offense remained stagnant until midway through the fourth quarter already in a 21-6 hole. Backed up on their own 3 yard line the Bulldogs went back to their up tempo offense and marched the ball down 97 yards on 11 plays capped off by a 30 yard touchdown run by Ferris on 4th down and 10, providing the Bulldogs a spark of life and only an 8 point deficit (21-13) with 7 minutes remaining in the contest. The Bulldog defense once again forced the EOU offense off the field without squandering any points and granted their offense one more chance. In the end, Western could not pull out any late game heroics similar to those of which happened a year ago in the Bulldogs dramatic 30-23 win over the Mountaineers.
The loss drops the Bulldogs back to .500, 4-4 overall (3-4 Frontier conference). The team will go back to work, looking to fix their mistakes heading into its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game against national runner-up Southern Oregon University on Saturday Oct. 29. Kickoff is slated for 12 pm MST.
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.