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)
Tristan Hansen, the Big Sky Region All-around champion cowboy, notched a second straight 72 point ride Tuesday at the College National Finals Rodeo. Women’s team leader Tess Turk threw down a 2.5 second breakaway run to place in a tie for fourth in the round and take the lead in the average. (read more)
Lewis will take over as the head volleyball coach after spending last season as the head coach at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. (read more)
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.
Hansen and Turk stay in hunt at CNFR
Hansen, a sophomore from Victor, Idaho, is also competing in the bull riding at the CNFR, but has yet to record a score in the event which has seen only a handful of qualified rides through two rounds. In addition to placing in the breakaway, Turk, a junior from Elko, Nev., recorded a 13.4 second run in the second round of the goat tying.
Freshman Jeret Angell of St. Anthony, Idaho covered his second round saddle bronc to earn a score of 64.5 points. In the barrel racing junior Connlee Gray, Liberty Lake, Wash., nearly matched her first round time as she clocked 15.80 seconds on Tuesday.
The second round of the CNFR concludes Wednesday evening then moves to the final preliminary round which will conclude Friday, June 17. The top hands in each event will move on to the championship round on Saturday.
Turk leads Bulldogs in first round of CNFR
In Sunday evening’s “Bulls, Broncs, & Breakaway” showcase, Turk caught her calf in 2.8 seconds, good enough for a tie for 12th place. During Monday morning’s conclusion of the first round, Turk recorded a 6.7 second run in goat tying which placed her into a tie for 14th place.
Sophomore Tristan Hansen of Victor, Idaho earned the only rough stock score of the first round for the Bulldogs as he recorded 72 points on a reride in the bareback event. Connlee Gray, a junior from Liberty Lake, Wash. posted a 15.29 second run in the first round of the barrel racing competition.
Tuesday the men and women of Bulldog rodeo will return to the arena for the second of three rounds leading up to the finals of the CNFR. Senior Phil Shields, Philipsburg, Mont., will be joined by senior Dakota Munns, Rexburg, Idaho, and freshman Jeret Angell, St. Anthony, Idaho in the saddle bronc competition. In addition to bareback, Hansen will compete in bull riding along with freshman Ruger Piva, Challis, Idaho. Sophomore Jacob Worthen, Rigby, Idaho represents the Bulldogs in steer wrestling to round out the men’s team. Turk is joined by freshman Darby Yeager, Choteau, Mont., in the breakaway roping.
Handlos named to athletic training hall of fame.
University of Montana Western professor of health and human performance Janelle Handlos, Ed.D. was recently inducted into the Montana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame (MTATA).
The induction ceremony occurred at the MTATA annual meeting in Helena, Mont.
Handlos has practiced athletic training in Montana for 16 years. She previously served as head athletic trainer and interim athletic director at Montana Western.
"I'm excited to have been inducted into the MTATA Hall of Fame," Handlos said. "It's a real honor to be included along with my mentor Dave Kendall and many others who provided outstanding athletic health care around our state."
Handlos has been on the MTATA executive council for nearly 10 years, currently serving as secretary/treasurer. She also serves on the Northwest Athletic Trainers' Association District 10 scholarship committee.
"Janelle goes above and beyond her job description when dealing with patient care," UMW Athletic Director Russ Richardson said. "Janelle is viewed as an industry leader and is known to be a tireless worker on behalf of student-athletes."
Handlos graduated with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, health and human performance from Montana Western in 2000. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Montana in 2014.
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Dominic Robinson signs with Montana Western hoops
DILLON, Mont., June 2, 2016 – Montana Western men’s basketball coach Steve Keller is excited to announce the signing of Dominic Robinson to an NAIA Letter of Intent. Robinson will join the Bulldog basketball program in the fall of 2016.
Robinson, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Tacoma, Wash. spent two seasons at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. where he was a member of the Plainsmen basketball squad. During his freshman season at Northeastern, Robinson played in 32 games and averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 assists per game as his team lost in the second round at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships and finished with a 31-4 overall record.
In his sophomore year, the Plainsmen finished with a 23-10 record and Robinson played in all 33 games and started the last 17. He averaged 7.1 points, a team-high 3.2 assists and brought down two rebounds per game.
As a prep, Robinson helped lead Curtis High School to the 2013 4A Washington State Championship his senior year of high school. He was named the tournament’s MVP and was a first team all-state selection after averaging eight points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals per game.
“We are excited that Dominic Robinson has decided to join the Bulldog basketball program. Dom is a true left-handed point guard and he is capable of going both ways,” stated Coach Keller, “Dom controls the game on both ends of the floor and has the total package; he can get to the rim, shoot the mid-range shot and hit the three.”
Keller finished, “We look for him to make a huge impact on our program for the next two years.”
Dominic is the son Carine DeLeon and Dominic Robinson Sr. and plans to major in Health and Human Performance while at Montana Western.
Brent Lewis named Montana Western head volleyball coach
DILLON, Mont., May 31, 2016 – Brent Lewis has been named University of Montana Western head volleyball coach Athletic Director Russ Richardson announced today.
“We are pleased to name Brent Lewis as the new head volleyball coach,” Richardson said. “He was the top candidate for the position after conducting a national search. His demonstrated experience in being a part of championship programs will be important for our young team.”
Lewis takes over the Bulldog volleyball program after spending the past season as the head coach at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. During his only season at Ranger, Lewis led his team to a program-best 14 wins. He coached four players who were named to the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference all-conference team.
"I am very excited to become the next head coach of Montana Western volleyball,” Lewis said, “I see a lot of potential in this team and I am looking forward to meeting the players and getting things going this fall.”
Prior to Ranger College Lewis spent two seasons as assistant coach at Iowa Western Community College. In his first season at Iowa Western, the team finished with a 44-5 record and earned a seventh-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I National Tournament.
A native of Marshall, Texas, Lewis received a master's degree in kinesiology from Hardin-Simmons University, where he also worked as an adjunct instructor in the fitness and sports sciences department. He received his bachelor's degree in mass communication from East Texas Baptist University, where he played as a right side hitter on the men's club volleyball team.
“I loved everything I learned about Montana Western throughout my interview process including the campus, community and especially the Experience One program," Lewis said.
Lewis' appointment will be submitted to the Montana Board of Regents for final approval.
He will assume his duties August 2016.
Montana Western girls' basketball camp
Montana Western will host its annual girls’ basketball camp June 20th – 23rd on the campus of UMW.
The camp is open to all girls entering 4th through 12th grade. Registration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday the 20th. Campers may register at the door or online via email.
At the Lady Bulldog basketball camp, campers will receive top-notch one-on-one instruction from Bulldog basketball players and coaches.
For questions or comments, contact Lindsay Woolley at 406-683-7317 or email@example.com, or visit http://www.umwbulldogs.com/community-calendar/event/2305-bulldog-basketball-camp-girls.html for all camp information and registration forms.