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)
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)
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.
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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