Whitefish, Mont. – The Frontier Conference has released the seeding for the men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments. The Montana Western men’s and women’s teams have both advanced to the Frontier Conference playoffs. (read more)
Havre, Mont.- Defending conference player of the week, Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) set a career high on the Hi-Line with 31 points Friday Night. Leading the Montana Western Bulldogs (23-6, 13-4) to a 76-66 victory over MSU-Northern (20-9, 9-8) at the Armory Gymnasium. (read more)
Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson has released the 2016 Academic All-Conference teams for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Volleyball, and Football. (read more)
Dillon, Mont.- The No. 13 Montana Western Bulldogs (22-6, 12-4) had a great night shooting, beating Montana Tech (7-21, 1-16) 78-66 at the Straugh Gymnasium Saturday night. (read more)
It's Playoff Time! Both Men's and Women's Basketball Teams Adavance
When the final horn sounded, and the dust settled Saturday night 12 teams of the Frontier Conference had survived a brutal season during which they faced each team three times, and earned their way into the season that really matters…the playoffs.
On the men’s side of the conference, Carroll finished first with the Bulldogs a close second. Both teams receive a bye through the first round and will host the semi-final games Saturday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Carroll will host the lowest remaining seed and Montana Western will face the highest seed advancing from the first round games which will take place on Wednesday, March 1.
In the first round #3 Lewis-Clark State College hosts #6 University of Great Falls and #4 MSU-Northern hosts #5 Rocky Mountain College
Lewis- Clark State College finished as the #1 seed for women’s basketball, and MSU-Northern earned the #2 seed, both receive a first round bye.
The Montana Western women finished the season in third place, and will host #6 Rocky Mountain College Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The second quarterfinal features #5 Carroll College traveling to #4 Montana Tech.
The lowest remaining seed from the first round will travel to play Lewis-Clark State on March 3, while the highest remaining seed will travel to face MSU-Northern.
PLAYOFF GAMES at the Straugh Gymnasium
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 7:00 p.m.(Doors Open at 6:00p.m.)
Frontier Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament
Montana Western vs Rocky Mountain College
SATURDAY MARCH 4, 7:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 6:00p.m.)
Frontier Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament
Montana Western vs Highest Remaining Seed
$10.00 – Adults
$8.00 – Senior Citizens
$7.00 – Students (Must have ID)
$5.00 – UMW Students (Must have ID)
FREE – Children under 5
Frontier Conference “Lifetime Passes” and “NAIA” passes are the ONLY passes excepted!
Bulldogs Rout the Argos 108-63
The Bulldogs were unconscious from beyond the arc Saturday night, shooting 63 percent and making 19 three’s en route to a 45 point blowout.
On the Argos first possession of the game they knocked down a triple to give them a brief 3-2 lead. It took the Argos five minutes to score again, and by that time the Bulldogs already had a double digit lead. That was the closest the Argos would get as shots kept falling for the Bulldogs, who shot 63 percent from the field and made 40 field goals.
Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) continued his hot hand connecting on 6 of 8 shots from downtown, and scored 22 points in just 23 minutes of play, as he sat most of the second half.
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly (Missoula, Mont.) Derek Durocher (Choteau, Mont,) and Riley King (Missoula, Mont.) each scored career highs, with 22, 16, and 15 points respectfully. Darko-Kelly and Durocher were each 4-5 from downtown. Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) added 13 points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will host a second round playoff game on Saturday March 4, at 7:00 p.m. The opponent is still to be determined.
Bulldogs Win Big Over Great Falls
The Bulldogs started out hot, hitting their first three shots from downtown and never looked back. The Argos tied to keep things close, cutting the Bulldog lead to two a couple of times. But the Bulldogs wouldn’t allow them to get any closer, and coasted to the big victory.
The Bulldogs hit 11 long distance shots for 44 percent and shot 40 percent from the field for the game. As the Bulldogs got production from nearly everyone.
Aniese Palmore (Santa Moncia, Calif.) and Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) each had 17 points in limited playing time. Cierra Lamey (Wise River, Mont.) scored nine points. And Alexa Welch (Helena, Mont.) scored a career high eight points. Jill Jacobs (Camano Island, Wash.) and Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) each scored seven. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will host Rocky Mountain College on Tuesday Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the Frontier Conference Playoffs.
Robinson Carries the Bulldogs Past the Lights
The Bulldogs hit their first four shots from beyond the arc, en route to finishing 10-19 from downtown for the game.
Jumping out to a quick lead the Bulldogs held the Lights at arm’s length, taking a nine point lead into the locker room.
The Lights started picking away at the lead to start the second half eventually taking a brief one point lead of their own.
However the Bulldogs would not be upset a second time to the Lights, as they pulled away late thanks to the play of Robinson who made a career high 12 free throws.
Robinson led the way with 31 points and three assists, Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) scored 15 and added two more steals. Riley King (Missoula, Mont.) pulled down eight rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs close out the regular season against Great Falls Saturday night Feb. 25 at the McLaughlin Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
No. 20 Bulldogs fall to No.15 Skylights
The Bulldogs and Skylights battled for most of 40 minutes, but in the end the Skylights escaped with a victory, which secured them a second place finish and a first round bye in the upcoming Frontier Conference Playoffs.
Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) started the game hot, scoring the team’s first eight points, and 14 in the first half. But the Sklights were able to shut her down in the second half.
Trailing by 10 in the second quarter the Bulldogs made a comeback taking a lead in the third quarter and tying the game at 51 late in the fourth. However, turnovers and lack of rebounding prevented the Bulldogs from coming away with the win.
Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif) scored 17 points, Bignell finished with 14. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the field, but only made two shots from beyond the arc. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will be the three seed in the Frontier Conference Playoffs and will host a playoff game, the opponent is still to be determined.
The Bulldogs will close out their best regular season in 10 years on Saturday Feb. 25 against Great Falls. Tip-off is set for 5:30 at the McLaughlin Center.
52 Bulldog Student Athletes Named to Academic All-Conference Teams
Montana Western has 52 student athletes named on their respective teams. Three for men’s cross country, four for women’s cross country, 10 for volleyball and 35 for football.
"We are extremely proud of these athletes that have committed to excellence not only on the field and court but in the classroom as well. Our scholar-athletes have demonstrated their ability to balance the complexities of college life with intercollegiate athletics and we are very proud of this accomplishment!" stated Director of Athletics Russ Richardson.
To be eligible for the team, the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters
Men’s Cross Country
Name Hometown Yr. Major
Paul Bielawski Shelby, Mont. So. Elementary Education
Russell Kujala Plains, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Tanner Lehr Hamilton, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Women’s Cross Country
Name Hometown Yr. Major
Gabriela Gomez-Wint Spokane, Wash. Sr. Interdisciplinary Social Science
Beth Jansma Bozeman, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Malinda Kaufman Alta, Wyo. So. Interdisciplinary Social Science
Amanda Stobie Marion, Mont. Jr. Elementary Education
Name Hometown Yr. Major
Sierra Cahill Huntley, Mont. So. Biology
Brianna DeCock Huntley, Mont. Sr. Health & Physical Education (K-12)
Brittany Erickson Missoula, Mont. Sr. Environmental Science
Jami Flink Missoula, Mont. Sr. Business Administration
Callie Hanson Spokane, Wash. Sr. Psychology
Kylie McCree Belgrade, Mont. So. Elementary Education
Tessa Miller Manhattan, Mont. Jr. English
Kyra Palmer Kimberly, Idaho So. Early Childhood Education
Kyla Paulsen Stevensville, Mont. Sr. Elementary Education
Bailey Wilson Burley, Idaho Sr. Business Administration
Michael Bennett Seattle, Wash. Sr. Business Administration
Taft Benson Libby, Mont. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Beau Brekke Salmon, Idaho Sr. Health & Human Performance
Connor Butterfield Pocatello, Idaho Jr. Health & Human Performance
Tristen Clark Deer Lodge, Mont. Jr. Elementary Education
Nolan Donisthorpe Great Falls, Mont. So. Business Administration
Brandon Ferguson Boise, Idaho So. Health & Human Performance
Jason Ferris Dillon, Mont. So. Natural Horsemanship
J.D. Ferris Dillon, Mont. So. Mathematics
Shayden Flint Puyallup, Wash. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Connor Greth Minden, Nev. Sr. Environmental Interpretation
Donovan Hucke Dillon, Mont. Jr. Secondary Education/Modern History
Zachery Janis Yakima, Wash. Jr. Health & Physical Education
Kessler Leonard Great Falls, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Jacob Malek Highwood, Mont. So. Natural Horsemanship
Riley Martello Bozeman, Mont. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Seth Mason Helena, Mont. Sr. Secondary Education/Mathematics
Jacob McElroy Missoula, Mont. Sr. Elementary Education
Connor McKillop Missoula, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Walker McKitrick Ennis, Mont. So. Elementary Education
Hunter Mullin Otis Orchards, Wash. So. Interdisciplinary Social Science
John Munger Meridian, Idaho Sr. Health & Human Performance
Tyler Murray Hamilton, Mont. Sr. Health & Human Performance (K-12)
Sonny Oana Kaneohe, Hawaii Jr. Visual Arts
Mitch Pelroy Coupeville, Wash. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Tyrell Penner Salmon, Idaho Sr. Health & Human Performance
Dakota Pineda Idaho Falls, Idaho Sr. Business Administration
Skylar Roope Helena, Mont. Sr. Business Administration
Mark Simkins Dillon, Mont. Jr. Secondary Education/Modern History
Logan Sluggett Winnett, Mont. So. Business Administration
Cody Stone-Murphy Laurel, Mont. Sr. General Studies-Science
Charlie Switzer Richey, Mont. Sr. Biology
Hunter Thompson Great Falls, Mont. Sr. Health & Physical Education (K-12)
Austin Urlacher Pasco, Wash. So. Business Administration
Eric Weaver Great Falls, Mont. So. Visual Arts
Dom Robinson Named Player of the WeekRobinson is a 5-foot-8 junior guard from Tacoma, Wash. No. 13 Montana Western won two games over the weekend. The Bulldogs downed (RV) LewisClark State 95-66 and Montana Tech 78-66. Robinson averaged 20 points and 4.5 assists. He was 13 of 22 (59 percent) from the field including 6 of 12, 3-point field goals; and a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line.
This is the second time he has been named player of the week this season.
Also nominated and listed in alphabetical order: Tyler Chandler of MSUNorthern, Zach Hinton of Rocky Mountain College, Ryan Imhoff of Carroll College, Zavon Jackson of Lewis-Clark State and Chris O’Neill of Montana Tech.
Mindy Kaufman Named Runner of the Week
Kaufman, a sophomore from Alta, Wyo., despite battling sickness for the last couple of weeks and only having limited training, she took second place in the 5,000 meter with a school record time of 19:46.74 at the Bobcat Open in Bozeman, Mont.
Also nominated: Bailey Bard of Rocky Mountain College.
Robinson Leads Bulldogs to Win and Season Sweep of Tech
Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) hit his first five shots, four from downtown, and finished 7-11 from the field for 21 points to lead the Bulldogs to a victory and sweep of Montana Tech. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs built an early lead and looked to make quick work of the Orediggers. But Tech wasn’t going to roll over, as they shot 49 percent for the field, and made the Bulldogs work for the win.
Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) and Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) 14 and 13 points respectively helped round out the Bulldog scoring attack, as the Bulldogs as a team shot 54 percent from the field.
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly was productive off the bench, scoring 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block.
The Bulldogs will travel to Havre, Mont. on Feb. 24 to take on the MSU-Northern Lights. Tip-off is set for 8:00 P.M.
Seniors Lead Bulldogs to Victory Over Tech
On senior night, The Bulldogs were lead to victory by the play of their seniors. Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) scored 21 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. Aniese Palmore (Sanata Monica, Calif.) scored 19 and had seven rebounds. And Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) scored nine points including two clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter. (Box Score)
Early on the Bulldogs and Orediggers played a very close game, as both teams were trading baskets and shooting 43 percent in the first half. After Palmore hit a three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to give the Bulldogs a six point lead, The Orediggers, aided by missed Bulldog free-throws, were able to turn things around and take an eight point advantage into the locker room.
The Bulldogs tightened down defensively and outscored the Orediggers in both the third and fourth quarters, pulling away late to seal the win and take the season series two games to one.
The Bulldogs will travel to Havre, Mont. on Feb. 24 to take on the MSU-Northern Skylights, in a battle for second place in the conference. Tip-off is set for 6:00 P.M.