Southwest Counties Farm Bureau and The University of Montana –Western have teamed up to host Ag Appreciation Weekend October 23-24 in Dillon. (read more)
Montana Western's rally falls short against the Skylights. (read more)
Ag Appreciation Weekend slated for Oct. 23-24 in Dillon
Activities will kick-off Friday night with the Southwest Counties Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet at 7 p.m. at the Elks. The Farm Bureau Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The winner will receive a cash prize and the chance to compete in the Montana Farm Bureau YF&R Discussion Meet Nov. 9 during MFBF Annual Convention in Missoula. The winner of the MFBF competition receives a new Polaris Ranger and an all-expense paid trip to compete at the national level in Orlando in January.
Saturday is game day in Dillon. The UM-Western tailgate will open at 10 am and kick-off is at 1 pm against the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears. Ryan Nouse, athletic director, UM-Western, believes this is a really opportunity to show Western’s appreciation and ties to the agricultural community.
Southwest Counties Farm Bureau will have a tailgate at the event where they will not only be hosting tailgate refreshments, but offering ATV safety tips.
“Agriculture is the premier industry in Southwest Montana and recognizing the contribution of our agriculturists is important,” notes Southwest Counties Farm Bureau President Hope Kincheloe. “We urge area groups and businesses show their appreciation for agriculture by participating in this exciting weekend. We hope to see this grow in upcoming years to include other events. This really is a win for UM-Western and our ag community.”
Have questions? Contact Hope Kincheloe at (406) 320.0060.
Bulldogs spike competition in Denver
DENVER, Colo., October 11th, 2015 – The University of Montana Western volleyball team snapped an eight-game losing streak and started a new three-game winning streak over the weekend in Denver, Colo., at the Johnson & Wales Invitational.
The Bulldogs (7-12, 0-5) took the first game of the tournament against tournament host Johnson & Wales in straight sets – 25-16, 25-18 and 25-22. The win kick-started momentum for the young Bulldogs who have struggled to get a win in almost a month. STATS
Montana Western picked up where they left off by defeating former Frontier Conference foe, Dickinson State in a five-set battle that saw no team win two consecutive sets. The Bulldogs won by scores of – 25-8, 22-25, 25-21, 29-31 and 17-15. The win was the fifth consecutive over the Bluehawks. STATS
On the second day of competition, Montana Western continued to build off the momentum from the previous day as they swept the St. Louis College of Pharmacy – 25-12. 25-19 and 25-18. STATS
Against the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales, sophomore middle blocker Tessa Miller led the way with a .419 hitting percentage and 15 kills to go with her two solo blocks and three block assists. Fellow middle blocker Joanna Avery added in 10 kills and four block assists as the Bulldogs controlled play at the net.
Junior setter Callie Hanson dished out 35 assists and added 12 digs to follow up her Frontier Conference Setter of the Week honors.
Brianna DeCock, a sophomore libero tallied 17 digs to lead the floor defense for the Bulldogs, freshman Dylan Fowler chipped in 10 digs to add to the team total.
As a team, Montana Western had a season high hitting percentage of .273 and limited themselves to 14 hitting errors. They forced Johnson & Wales into a .161 hitting percentage and 16 errors on the afternoon.
Immediately following their victory over the Wildcats, the Bulldogs returned to the floor to face the Dickinson State Bluehawks, in what turned out to be a back-and-forth battle.
Montana Western was led by a trio of hitters who tallied 15 or more kills – Miller (15), Avery (16) and Kylie McCree (16) – paved the way to victory. Miller was very efficient as she recorded at .371 hitting percentage. McCree and Avery came away with .314 and .290 hitting percentages respectively.
Freshman Cady Siemion and junior Bailey Wilson each chipped in nine kills in the match.
Hanson again led the way by handing out 56 assists, here second time this season recording 50-plus assists in a match.
On top of Avery’s strong offensive play at the net, she was also a defensive stalwart, recording 10 block assists and one solo block in the contest. Wilson added seven block assists.
When the Bluehawks were able to get the ball around the frontline of the Bulldogs, the floor defense was in great position as Siemion led the way with 22 digs. DeCock added 16 digs, as Fowler pitched in 11. Hanson added 10 digs to her assist total.
For the second straight contest, Montana Western outhit their opponents as they doubled up Dickinson State’s hitting percentage – .236-.133.
In the weekend finale, the Montana Western made short-work of the Eutectics from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Avery continued her stellar play as she totaled 12 kills and a .280 hitting percentage to lead the team. McCree added 10 kills as Miller and Kyla Paulsen pitched in with seven kills.
Hanson again led the way with 30 assists as she averaged more than 10 assists per set on the weekend. She also was second on the team with 13 digs in the match.
DeCock put herself in good position all weekend as she led the team in digs for the second time in three matches as she recorded 14 in the victory, Jami Flink pitched in 8, as Fowler and Wilson added seven and six respectively.
The Eutectics were forced into 15 hitting errors and a .080 hitting percentage in the match as the Bulldogs more than doubled their kills – 51-23 – on the day.
Montana Western was able to gain some momentum heading into the second half of conference play, as they return home to face Carroll College at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16th and Montana Tech at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th. Both contests will be in Straugh Gymnasium.
Southern Oregon drops Bulldogs in overtime
DILLON, Mont., October 10th, 2015 -- In a battle of offense vs. defense, the No. 2 Southern Oregon Red Raiders (4-1, 4-1) and No. 16 Montana Western Bulldogs (3-2, 3-2) squared off in a Frontier Conference battle. The high-powered offense prevailed as the defending NAIA National Champion Red Raiders emerged victorious by a score of 37-30 in overtime. (Stats)
Southern Oregon, who leads the Frontier in scoring with 45 points per game, struck first on the first possession of the ball game, traveling 84-yards on six plays, to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter behind the arm of Tanner Trosin, including a 47-yarder to Adonis Griffin to set-up Sean Tow's 16-yard scamper.
The Bulldogs, who rank No. 1 in the NAIA in scoring defense by only giving up nine points per game, answered by scoring on back-to-back J.D. Ferris touchdown tosses to take a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The Red Raiders took to the field and drove 76-yards in 12 plays to knot the score up at 14-all with 8:18 remaining in the second quarter on a Trosin 7-yard strike to Keegan Lawrence.
Montana Western took little time in answering with points of their own on the very next possession as junior kicker Seth Mason tacked on a 23-yard field goal with 5:44 to play before intermission.
The Bulldogs then forced a three-and-out and drove down the field, only to be denied on a fourth-and-inches from the 20-yard line with 30 seconds remaining in the half.
The first half came to an end with a score of 17-14 in favor of the Bulldogs behind 238 passing yards from freshman quarterback J.D. Ferris. Ferris completed 15 of 26 passes and added two touchdown passes, a 25-yarder to Matt Lickfold and a 16-yard catch-and-run by Tyler Murray.
Southern Oregon limited Montana Western to 45 rushing yards on 21 carries, as they gained 95 yards on 22 attempts in the first half.
The second half provided those in attendance with a back-and-forth affair for the season. Southern Oregon started the scoring in the second half with a 30-yard field goal by Marcus Montano that knotted the game at 17. After forcing a three-and-out the Raiders marched down the field and scored on a Melvin Mason 1-yard plunge to take the lead, 23-17, for the first time since it was 7-0. Mason rushed for 41 yards and caught 3 passes for 31 yards on the day.
In the absence of starting running back Sam Rutherford, who left the game with sickness, Dylan Kramer punched in a 7-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter to tie the game at 23, the ensuing P.A.T was blocked by Southern Oregon.
After a defensive battle to start the fourth quarter, Southern Oregon scored the first points of the quarter on a nine-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard pass and catch from Kamerun Smith to Sean Tow.
With 2 minutes and 49 remaining the game, Montana Western mounted a seven-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by Kramer's second touchdown of the day. Kramer had 34 rushing yards on the afternoon to add to his two touchdowns.
That ended the scoring in regulation as the game entered overtime tied at 30.
On the first play of overtime, Trosin found Tow for 16-yards to set up first-and-goal, Tow took the second play around the right end and found the end zone to take the lead 37-30.
Montana Western's TJ Leep took the Bulldogs first play of overtime 24-yards on an end-around to get the ball to the 1-yard line. The Bulldogs were denied three straight plays and the fourth down pass fell incomplete, sealing the victory for Southern Oregon.
For the second straight game, Montana Western was unable to score from the 1-yard line against a top-5 ranked squad.
Tow led the way for Southern Oregon as he racked up 126 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns, including what proved to be the game winner in overtime. Receiver Adonis Griffin caught six balls for 138 yards to lead the Red Raiders potent receiving corps who was without start Matt Retzlaff. Trosin and Smith split duties at quarterback and combined for 315 passing yards and two touchdowns. Trosin also added 59-yards on the ground.
Montana Western was led by Ferris who threw for a career high 371 yards on 27 completions, on top of his two touchdowns, he was also intercepted by Karrington Jones twice in the contest.
Beau Brekke, in his first game of the season after suffering and injury during two-a-days led the Montana Western receivers with eight grabs and pitched in 65 yards, Matt Fuhrman added six receptions for 95 yards and had one carry for 12 yards. Lickfold added five snags for 67 yards to go with his scoring grab.
Southern Oregon was led on defense by Devvon Gage's 11 total tackles, Gage also added one tackle for loss. Joseph Lealofi added eight total tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss for the Red Raiders.
The Bulldogs were anchored by some familiar faces on defense as Joe Coker and T.J. Benson each recorded nine tackles, Coker added one tackle for loss as Benson had 2.5 tackles for loss. Dakota Wainwright also had a stellar day, tallying eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.
This was the second consecutive single-digit loss to a top-5 team, as the Bulldogs fell 10-9 to then-No.4 Carroll College two weeks ago.
With the win, Southern Oregon stays atop the Frontier Conference in a tie with Montana Tech, each team has one conference loss and the Bulldogs drop into a tie for third with Carroll College with 3-2 conference records.
Montana Western will return to action on October 17th as they travel to face Eastern Oregon in La Grande, Ore.
Callie Hanson earns Frontier recognition
Callie Hanson, a 5-foot-7 junior setter from Spokane, Wash. was named the Frontier Conference Setter of the Week following her performances last week.
Despite losing in three sets to Lewis-Clark State College and in five sets to Montana State-Northern, Hanson turned out two exceptional performances. She recorded 79 assists and 28 digs in two games, an average of 9.88 assists and 3.5 digs per set.
Hanson transferred to Montana Western after spending her first two seasons at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash.
Bulldog rodeo finishes fall rodeo season
DILLON, Mont., October 5th, 2015 – The University of Montana Western rodeo teams wrapped up their Fall rodeo season at home on a wet, cold and disappointing weekend.
The Montana Western men entered the weekend sitting atop the Big Sky Region, with a team total of 2,135.5 points and a small lead over second place Montana State University. By the end of the three-day rodeo, Montana State had taken over the top-spot in the Big Sky region and the Bulldogs had dropped to second in the region after finishing in third place, 20 points behind second place Miles City Community College.
For the women, they entered the weekend sitting second in the Big Sky Region, 600 points behind Montana State. After the Bulldogs were unable to score a single point in the rodeo, the Bobcat rodeo team stretched their lead to more than 1,200 points. Despite the setback, Montana Western still sits in second place, 400 points ahead of the University of Great Falls, who placed second in the weekends’ rodeo.
Bull rider Ruger Piva finished the Fall rodeo season as strong as he started it, by winning the average and scoring 170 points, adding to his Big Sky Region lead. Piva was the only competitor to have two qualifying rides on the weekend.
Tristan Hanser scored 160 team points and finished second in bareback, keeping pace with Big Sky leader Wyatt Bloom from Montana State. Hansen is also in second place in the region.
Dillon, Mont. native Holden Garrison scored 50 team points in steer wrestling and moved himself into the fifth position of the region heading into the spring.
College National Finals Rodeo competitor Tyler Friend continued his strong season as he won the saddle bronc and is sitting third in the Big Sky, behind the leader and fellow Bulldog, Phil Shields.
Other notable performances from the weekend came from Carson Clements (4th in bareback), Dakota Munns (3rd in saddle bronc), Jake Worthen and Colin Moore (4th in team roping) and Cleve Spang (3rd in bull riding).
Despite not scoring any points in the final fall rodeo, a few Montana Western women remain towards the top of their respective events in the Big Sky Region for the second place Bulldogs; Connlee Gray (3rd in barrels and 11th in breakaway), Darby Yaeger (3rd in breakaway and 11th in goat tying) and Tess Turk (4th in goat tying).
Bulldog volleyball drops a heartbreaker to Montana State-Northern
DILLON, Mont., October 2nd, 2015 – The University of Montana Western volleyball team fell to the Skylights of Montana State-Northern in a hard-fought come from behind five-set loss on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (4-12 overall, 0-5 Frontier) dropped the first two sets of the evening, 19-25 and 22-25 before rallying to win the third and fourth set, 25-22 and 25-19. The fifth and final set proved to be as exciting as the rest of the match, as it ended in favor of the Skylights (9-12, 1-4) 18-16. (STATS)
Montana Western was led offensively by sophomore Tessa Miller’s 19 kills and .390 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs saw three other players record double digit kills in the match, Bailey Wilson (12), Joanna Avery (10) and Mikayla Ness (10). Avery had a very efficient evening as well, with a hitting percentage of .321. The Bulldogs totaled a .149 hitting percentage on the night, their highest in the last eight games.
Junior setter Callie Hanson had her best outing of the season as she dished out 52 assists on 66 team kills. Hanson found her teammates early and often in one-on-one situations, allowing the attackers to gain an advantage and put the ball away.
Freshman Sierra Cahill notched three service aces.
Defensively, the Bulldogs were paced by sophomore libero Brianna DeCock, who recorded 24 digs. DeCock was followed by Cady Siemion (22), Hanson (17), Dylan Fowler (14) and Wilson (13).
Senior Mikayla Ness came away with two solo blocks, Wilson led the team with six block assists, as Miller and Avery recorded five and four block assists respectively to go along with their one solo block each.
Siemion also contributed with seven kills and a service ace in the match.
The Skylights saw a great performance from Cassie Krueger who tallied 28 kills, 19 digs and two solo blocks. The offensive attack was led by setter Emily Russell who matched her Western counterpart with 52 assists, Russell also recorded 13 digs in the match.
Libero Jacy Vining collected 33 digs to slow down the attack of the Bulldogs. Cydney Auzenne totaled 22 digs in the match.
Montana State- Northern was able to out-hit the Bulldogs on the night, .202-.149, and have less hitting errors, 25-31, that proved to be the difference of this Frontier Conference battle.
Montana Western will return to action next weekend as they travel to Denver, Colo. for a non-conference tournament hosted by Johnson & Wales University.
Bulldog volleyball falls to Lewis-Clark State
DILLON, Mont., October 1st, 2015 – The University of Montana Western volleyball team fell to the Warriors of Lewis-Clark State College in three sets on Thursday night, the 23rd consecutive loss to LC State.
The Bulldogs (4-11 overall, 0-4 Frontier) started slow by falling into a 10-5 hole in the first set, and were never able to cut the deficit to less than four. Montana Western was unable to overcome a .290 hitting percentage from the Warriors (10-8, 3-2), dropping the first set 20-25.
The second set started slowly for the Bulldogs again, as Coach Lisa Griffiths called a timeout with her team trailing 5-1. Following the timeout, Montana Western scored 11 of the next 15 points to take a 12-9 lead, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout. A back-and-forth finish that saw four lead changes and seven ties finished with a score of 25-23 in favor of LC State. The Bulldogs had a hitting percentage of .152 in the second set, but could not keep pace with the .200 hit by Warriors.
In the third and final set, the Bulldogs struck first and took a 4-3 lead before the Warriors scored eight straight points behind the tough serving of Stephanie Ovitz to take an 11-4 advantage. The young Bulldogs could not overcome the seven-point deficit, which remained throughout as LC State took the third set 25-18.
Montana Western was led by freshman Kylie McCree’s eight kills, and followed by Bailey Wilson and Cady Siemion who each tallied seven. Callie Hanson dished out 26 assists on 33 kills for the Bulldogs as she took on full setting duties. Jami Flink and Siemion each had two service aces.
Sophomore Brianna DeCock making her first appearance as the libero this season gathered 13 digs, Hanson added 12, as Siemion tacked on eight more. Siemion and Kyla Paulsen each recorded solo block in the contest.
Montana Western will return to action at 7 p.m. on Friday as they will play host to Montana State-Northern (8-12, 0-4).
Bulldog volleyball looks to bounce back
After falling to (RV) Carroll College, (RV) Great Falls and No. 6 Rocky Mountain College to open their 2015 conference campaign, the Bulldogs will play hosts to Lewis-Clark State College and Montana State-Northern this week.
Montana Western has had a balanced offensive attack all season, they are led by freshman Cady Siemion’s 94 kills and 2.04 kills/set. Junior outside hitter Bailey Wilson is close on Siemion’s heels, recording 86 kills and 1.76 kills/set. Sophomore middle blockers Tessa Miller and Joanna Avery follow close behind Wilson, tallying 84 and 80 kills respectively.
Junior setter Callie Hanson leads the team in assists (262) and service aces (11). Hanson has split setting duties with freshman Sierra Cahill who has tallied 150 assists. Sophomore Brianna DeCock has served tough this season, notching 10 service aces.
Defensively, freshman Dylan Fowler has led the charge by collecting 235 digs and 4.8 digs/set, followed by Siemion with 131 digs and Hanson with 118. Miller and Avery have combined for 13 solo blocks and 68 block assists on the season to lead the Bulldogs at the net.
Montana Western will look to put an end to a couple of long winless streaks against familiar conference foes when they take the court on Thursday and Friday evening.
The Bulldogs (4-10 overall, 0-3 Frontier) will open with Lewis-Clark State (9-8, 2-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Straugh gymnasium. The Warriors split their conference match-ups last week by falling to Carroll College and defeating Great Falls, both games were decided in four sets.
LC State took both contests from Montana Western last season and have defeated the Bulldogs 22 consecutive times dating back to the 2005 season.
Just 24 hours later, the Bulldog spikers will return to the court to face the Montana State-Northern Skylights (8-12, 0-4) at 7 p.m. The Skylights fell to Montana Tech and Carroll College in straight sets last week, both matches were at home.
The Skylights took both match-ups from Montana Western a year ago and 16 consecutive since the 2006 season.
Mason garners Frontier Conference Honors
Seth Mason, a 6-foot-2, 200 lbs, junior kicker from Hamilton, Mont. was named the Frontier Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against No. 6 Carroll College.
In a 10-9 conference loss, Mason was 3 for 4 on field goals, scoring all of No. 16 Montana Western's points. Mason booted his season and career long on a 44-yarder in the second quarter.
Mason is now 4 out of 5 on the season and boasts a 49.8 yard punting average in five attempts this season.
Bulldog rodeo continues hot start
Glendive, Mont., September 28th, 2015 – The University of Montana Western rodeo team found large amounts of success in Glendive, Mont. at the Dawson County Community College rodeo this past weekend.
In the first rodeo of the weekend, the men’s team won the rodeo with a total of 640 points and the women’s team placed third with 210 points.
The men’s team was paced by 13 participants who scored points en route the victory and 640 team points.
Senior Phil Shields won the saddle bronc event and scored 121 points for the Bulldogs in the first competition.
Tristan Hansen, a sophomore from Victor, Idaho, won the bareback and earned 145 team points for his efforts.
Freshman Riley Savage scored 42 team points in bull riding, placing him 7th in the rodeo.
There were four duos of Bulldogs that scored points and placed in the team roping event. Holden Garrison and Jade Gardner led the way by finishing in second place, followed by Lawrence Lesofski and Shay Wacker in fourth, Tess Turk and Dane Andreasen placed fifth and Brady Gulde and Mike Vines finished in the sixth position.
Paul Partner and Cyris Robertson scored 34 and 29.9 points respectively to finish in the second and third positions in the tie down roping event. Robertson has scored points in the tie down roping in both events this season.
Steer wrestler Jake Worthen also scored for the Bulldogs by placing fourth with a time of 26 seconds flat.
The third place finish for the women’s team was led by Connlee Gray, Tess Turk and Darby Yaeger.
Team captain Tess Turk placed fifth in the team roping event with teammate Dane Andreasen, setting up a huge second rodeo for Tess.
Freshman Darby Yaeger finished tied for fourth place in goat tying with a time of 16.2 seconds, Yaeger has been another young bright spot the Bulldog rodeo team.
Connlee Gray continued her stellar season by winning barrel racing to pace the Bulldogs.
The second rodeo of the weekend saw the men’s team finish in second place, just 13 points behind Montana State University. The women’s team improved on their third place finish by finishing in second place, also right behind Montana State University.
For the men, Cree Minkoff finished first, Phil Shields placed third and fourth place belonged to Jeret Angell to claim three of the top four places in saddle bronc riding.
Tristan Hansen continued to score points in the bareback by finishing in second place and scoring 71 team points in the event. Carson Clements also scored finishing in the seventh position scoring 39 points on the day.
Bull rider Ruger Piva, got back on track with a ride of 73 to win the event and score 145 team points. The second time this season that the national champion wrestler has won bull riding.
Tie down ropers Jade Gardner and Paul Partner finished fourth and fifth respectively. Gardner tallied 88 team points on the day.
Holden Garrison also scored 88 team points with his fourth place finish in steer wrestling, with a time of 7.7 seconds.
Team ropers Skeeter Steed and Ty Schofield finished sixth with a time of 9.7 seconds.
On the women’s end of the second rodeo, team captain Tess Turk scored all 204.5 points to finish second in the all-around.
Turk finished second in goat tying with a time of 7.5 seconds to score 107 team points and she placed tied for third in breakaway roping with a time of 4.1 seconds, good enough to score 97.5 team points.
Jamie Riley also placed for the women’s team, although she did not score any team points, she finished fourth in barrel racing with a time of 17.59 seconds.
With the team performances this weekend the Montana Western men’s team has taken over first place in the Big Sky Region with 2,135 points, just 13 points ahead of second place Montana State.
The women continue to have firm control of the second position, where they trail Montana State, 1,864-1,151.5, but have a huge lead over third place University of Great Falls.
Both teams will look to continue their strong start to the fall rodeo season when they compete again on October 2nd-4th in Dillon, Mont. for their home rodeo. The rodeo will take place at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds.