Following a convincing victory against No. 21 Dickinson State University on Saturday night, the Frontier Conference has recognized a member of the Bulldog offense for his outstanding play in the season opener. (read more)
Taking the field for the first time in 2016, # 25 Montana Western (1-0, 0-0) put in a dominating performance Saturday night in Miles City. Smothering defense and an unstoppable running game helped contribute to the 29-13 victory over Dickinson State University (0-1, 0-0). (read more)
The University of Montana Western Bulldogs Volleyball (4-4) road trip continued this weekend, seeing their travels take them just up the road to Butte, Mont. There they participated in the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge, hosted by Frontier Conference rival Montana Tech. (read more)
The University of Montana Western Bulldogs Volleyball (3-1) saw their first action of the season this past weekend, heading to Denver to participate in the Johnson and Wales Tournament. New Head Coach Brent Lewis and his team started the season strong, finishing 3-1 on the weekend. (read more)
The University of Montana Western Football team is gearing up for the start of the regular season and has two activities slated for later this week. (read more)
Tristan Hansen, all-around hand from Victor, Idaho was the first Bulldog to put himself in position for the short round competition at the College National Finals Rodeo. Tess Turk, of Elko, Nev. recorded her third solid breakaway run moments later to place herself on the short go list as well. (read more)
Bulldogs Rutherford Named Frontier Conference Offensive POTW
Sam Rutherford, a 6-foot, 225 lbs., senior running back out of Great Falls, Mont. was named as Offensive Player of the Week for week one. During the game in Miles City, Mont. Rutherford broke Montana Western’s career rushing record. While accomplishing this historic feat, he also rushed for three touchdowns to go along with his 169 yards. His performance ranks him third in the nation for total rushing yards after one week, and second in total touchdowns.
“Sam is an incredible competitor and a huge part in the turnaround of our program,” said Head Coach Ryan Nourse. “Getting the Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Week the same week that he not only breaks the Bulldog career rushing record, but breaks his hand shows that he is the blue collar person that Southwest Montana is all about.”
Rutherford will look to increase his newly found school record when the team heads to Caldwell, Idaho to take on the College of Idaho on Saturday, September, 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
#25 Montana Western Hits the Ground Running in Season Opener
Taking the field for the first time in 2016, # 25 Montana Western (1-0, 0-0) put in a dominating performance Saturday night in Miles City. Smothering defense and an unstoppable running game helped contribute to the 29-13 victory over Dickinson State University (0-1, 0-0).
The first half of the game was a feeling out process for both teams. DSU scored first with a Kaler Ray 27-yard touchdown pass to Jamion Lindsey late in the first quarter. Dalton Reid would miss the extra point, giving the Bluehawks a 6-0 lead.
The Dawgs got on the board halfway through the second quarter when Sam Rutherford (Great Falls, Mont./Centerville HS) capped off a 7 play drive that took 7:02 off the clock with a 4-yard rush. Seth Mason’s (Hamilton, Mont./Hamilton HS) extra point gave UMW a 7-6 lead that they would not relinquish for the remained of the game.
An explosion of offense in the second half helped pad the Bulldog lead. Two Rutherford rushing touchdowns increased the lead to 20-6. Austin Urlacher (Pasco, Wash./Chiawanna HS) found also found pay dirt, as his fourth quarter touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 26-6 lead.
Connor Greth (Minden, Nev./Douglas HS) would end the Montana Western scoring for the night with a 22-yard field goal attempt to put the score at 29-6. A late Karsten Mack Jr. rushing touchdown for DSU late in the fourth quarter put the score at its final total of 29-13. UMW ran 91 total plays for 463 yards, compared to DSU’s 51 for 218.
Head Coach Ryan Nourse was excited about coming away with the W. “It’s great to get the first one under our belt with a win. We’re headed into week two ready to work on improving.”
Rutherford rushed for 169 yards to lead the Bulldogs backfield. With tonight’s performance, he now holds the all-time rushing record at Montana Western. Urlacher added 71 yards, as Montana Western out rushed the Bluehawks 247-49.
JD Ferris (Dillon, Mont./Beaverhead County HS) went 18-35 passing on the night, good for 216 yards. Beau Brekke (Salmon, Idaho/Salmon HS) lead Bulldog receivers with 6 catches, totaling 67 yards. The Bluehawks Kaler Ray went 13-22, for a total of 124 yards and 1 interception. Austin Brown rushed for 70 yards on 5 attempts for DSU, with a long of 40 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball TJ Benson (Libby, Mont./Libby HS) led the Bulldogs with 8 total tackles. Dustin Pickens (Clancy, Mont./Helena HS) had 2 tackles for a loss, including a half sack. Dickinson’s Rob Nalewaja lead all players with 16 total tackles, 1.5 for a loss.
Nourse recognized that there was room for improvement, but was overall satisfied with his team’s performance. “Pleased with the win and the effort. I felt like we didn’t execute as well as we could have in the Redzone.” He continued by talking about the line performance of the Bulldogs. “Our defense stepped up and dominated the second half, along with the performance of the offensive line in the run game.”
Special teams were highlighted by Devyn Christian’s (Meridian, Idaho/Rocky Mountain HS) 37-yard punt return. Punter George Sherwood (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) also had a solid night, registering 2 punts for 71 yards. DSU’s Seth Moerkerke tallied 8 punts for 276 yards, including 2 within the 20-yard line.
The Dawgs will now head home for a week of practices before hitting the road again. They will take on the College of Idaho next Saturday, September 3, at 1pm. Full recap, as well as a live stream, can be found on umwbulldogs.com
Bulldogs Falter at Big Sky Volleyball ChallengeThe University of Montana Western Bulldogs Volleyball (4-4) road trip continued this weekend, seeing their travels take them just up the road to Butte, Mont. There they participated in the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge, hosted by Frontier Conference rival Montana Tech.Unlike last weekend, which ended in a 3-1 overall record, the competition proved to be too much for the Montana Western, as they dropped three of four matches to fall to 4-4 on the season.
First on the slate was Evergreen State College (1-4). The Geoducks and Dawgs went to five sets during the match, with Evergreen coming out with the W (25-20, 24-26, 35-37, 25-17, 13-15). Cady Siemion (Huntley, Mont./Huntley Project HS), Tessa Miller (Manhattan, Mont./Manhattan HS), and Bailey Wilson (Burley, Idaho/Delco HS) each had an outstanding game on the offensive side of the net, contributing at least 13 kills, with Miller registering a .478 total attack percentage (TAP). Britney Chilcott (Stevensville, Mont./North Idaho College) led the team defensively, registering 4 of the 11 blocks the team had on the match. Dylan Fowler (Huntley, Mont./Huntley Project HS) was on her game on defense as well, tallying 22 digs
Friday’s late game was a matchup against Corban University (4-0). The Warriors were the second straight team to take the Bulldogs to five sets, once again topping the Dawgs (21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 14-16), handing them an 0-2 record for the day. Miller lead the team in kills once again with 12, and a TAP of .308. Chilcott dominated the ball on defense, leading both teams in blocks with 7. Callie Hanson (Spokane, Wash./Columbia Basin College) registered 19 assists in the losing effort.
Montana Western looked to turn things around on Saturday, starting with Dickinson State University (0-3). The Dawgs got on the winning side of the scorecard for the first time, handily defeating the Bluehawks in four sets (25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22). Cady Siemion and Chilcott had 13 and 10 kills respectively. Dylan Fowler continued her hot streak, putting up 22 digs, with Hanson out-assisting the entire Bluehawks team by two with 40.
The action in Butte wrapped up with a losing effort against a very competitive #11 College of Idaho team (5-3), dropping the match in four sets (16-25, 25-17, 18-25, 17-25). Siemion topped the team with 17 kills, second out of all players in the match, and a .355 TAP. Fowler added 12 more digs to her total, giving her 77 for the four game slate.
The Bulldogs now get a much needed two weeks off before heading to Hastings, Neb. to participate in the Five Points Bank Invite. Live stats, as well as the weekend recap can be found on our website, umwbulldogs.com.
Bulldogs Start Season Strong, Take Three of Four at Johnson and Wales Tournament
Embry-Riddle (2-2) was Montana Western’s first opponent, with the Dawgs taking the match in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-22). Kylie McCree (Belgrade, Mont./Belgrade HS) had an outstanding game, contributing 20 kills and a .500 total attack percentage (TAP) to the team effort. Britney Chilcott (Stevensville, Mont./North Idaho College) led the team defensively, registering 5 of the 14 blocks the team had on the match.
Next up for UMW was Benedictine Mesa (2-2). The Redhawks were no match for the Bulldogs, being dispatched in three straight sets (25-12, 27-25, 25-21). McCree put in another great performance with 12 kills and Bailey Wilson (Burley, Idaho/Delco HS) had a solid .444 TAP. Callie Hanson (Spokane, Wash./Columbia Basin College) dominated the assists game, tallying 27 of the Montana Western’s 39 assists.
Saturday’s slate saw two more competitors for the Bulldogs, starting with John Brown (4-0). The Wildcats proved to be a worthy opponent, beating the Bulldogs in five sets (23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-25, 16-18). Cady Siemion (Huntley, Mont./Huntley Project HS) and Chilcott had 13 and 10 kills respectively. Dylan Fowler (Belgrade, Mont./Belgrade HS) had an astonishing 34 digs, a career high. Newcomer Kiarra Johnson (Idaho Falls, Idaho/Idaho Falls HS) contributed 35 assists to the effort.
The tournament wrapped up with a convincing victory over Loyola (La.) (0-4) in straight sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-18). Tessa Miller (Manhattan, Mont./Manhattan HS) topped the team with 11 kills and a .476 TAP. Hanson and Johnson shared assist duties, combining for 27 of the teams 32.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be another four game slate this weekend, when they participate in the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge in Butte, Mont. Live stats, as well as the weekend recap can be found on our website, umwbulldogs.com.
Bulldogs to Have Final Scrimmage, Offer Kids Camp This Week
The University of Montana Western Football team is gearing up for the start of the regular season and has two activities slated for later this week.
Head Football Coach Ryan Nourse and the Bulldog team welcome children grades Kindergarten through eight to participate in their Little Dawgs Football Camp on Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19.
Campers will meet players and coaches at the football practice fields outside of the Bulldog Athletic and Recreation Center (BARC). The camp will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.
The registration fee is $40 per camper and includes a shirt, individual instruction from UMW coaches and players, as well as games and activities. Online sign-ups are closed, but walkups are welcome. For more information about the camp, please call 406-683-7346.
On Saturday, Aug. 20, the team holds their second and final scrimmage of the 2016 preseason. Kickoff will occur at 1 p.m. at Vigilante Field.
“We are excited to see where we are at going into game week versus Dickinson State on Aug. 27. There are still several starting spots up in the air and the competition is high,” Nourse said.
Montana Western’s first home game will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 against Eastern Oregon University at 1 p.m.
Bulldog football schedules summer scrimmage.
The University of Montana Western Bulldog summer football scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Vigilante Field in Dillon, Mont.
“The first summer scrimmage of the season is a great opportunity to see how our players have progressed since spring and throughout the summer,” Head Football Coach Ryan Nourse said. “We lost some outstanding seniors to graduation last spring, so there are jobs to be won based on the performance in this scrimmage.”
With nearly 40 incoming freshmen players, the scrimmage will be a chance to see the future of the program, Nourse explained.
Vigilante Field is located at 500 Vigilante Dr, Dillon, MT 59725.
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Riley King signs with Montana Western basketball
King will join the Bulldog basketball program in the fall of 2016.
King comes to Montana Western from the Kansas City Royals organization where he played three years of professional baseball.
The Missoula native played one year of college basketball at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. before joining the Royals organization. King averaged 6.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and had a team-high 30 steals for Carroll during the 2012-13 season.
“I’m excited to join a premier Frontier Conference basketball program,” King said. “I’ve known Coach Keller my entire life and I’m comfortable with his style of coaching and feel I can contribute a great deal to the Bulldogs.”
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore will have three years of eligibility with the Bulldogs.
“Riley King is an all-around great athlete, with the ability to play multiple positions,” Keller said. “A player of his size and athleticism is a strong addition to our program.”
King will major in business while at Montana Western.
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Turk finishes fourth in nation
Turk completed her four CNFR runs in a total of 12.6 seconds, with her fastest time coming in the third round, securing her entry to the short go. The junior from Elko, Nev. was competing in her first short round of her three consecutive trips to the CNFR. The Montana Western women’s team finished the national finals in the number 16 position, one spot behind Big Sky Region champions Montana State.
Tristan Hansen represented the University of Montana Western in the bareback competition during the championship round. Hansen, a sophomore from Victor, Idaho, posted a 73.0 point ride, his highest of the week, to end the CNFR with 282.0 points on four trips out of the gate. The total earned Hansen an eighth place finish and the Montana Western men’s team a total of 65 points at the finals.
Bulldogs continue to battle at CNFR
Thursday action saw sophomore Jacob Worthen end his final steer wrestling run with a no time, while junior Connie Gray tipped the final barrel to post a 21.26 second run, and Junior Tess Turk posted a 9.1 second goat tying run, leaving all three out of contention for the short go.
Turk is still in good position to advance in the breakaway roping as is sophomore Tristian Hansen in the bareback competition.
During Friday's final preliminary events, freshman Ruger Piva will try to post a score in the bullriding and senior Dakota Munns will make his final collegiate saddle bronc ride.
Short go in sight for Hansen and Turk
In the first round, Hansen battled to a 72 point score on his second horse of the evening and then matched that score in the second round. On Wednesday night Hansen scored a 65 point ride to record three qualified rides in the competition, he also ended his work in the bull riding with a no score. Hansen is now left to watch the rest of the competition as the preliminary rounds conclude over the next two performances. Turk caught her three breakaway calves in a total of 9.4 seconds and still has a third run goat tying remaining to earn points toward the all-around title and a chance at the short go.
Senior Dakota Munns, saddle bronc, junior Connlee Gray, barrel racing, sophomore Jacob Worthen, steer wrestling, and freshman bull rider Ruger Piva will compete in the third round on Thursday and Friday evening.
Freshman Darby Yeager, breakaway, and Jaret Angell, saddle bronc, finished their first CNFR appearances with one score apiece in the three rounds, but will bring the experience back to lead Montana Western when the fall rodeo season kicks off in September. Senior Philip Shields, Philipsburg, Mont., concluded his collegiate career in the saddle bronc competition at the CNFR, five weeks after earning his bachelor’s degree.