Montana Western’s basketball team took on Dickinson State on Sunday evening and came away with a big win. The Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for a 94-80 victory. (read more)
The Montana Western football team heads to Billings on Saturday afternoon for a rematch versus Rocky Mountain College at 1 pm. (read more)
Montana Western cross country off and running
Head coach Lynn Reynolds has officially announced the signing of his first cross country athlete to the newest Bulldog athletic program. Geneva Plakke is a freshman at Montana Western and has committed to running for the Bulldogs. She most recently ran for Superior High School in the spring of 2013.
Plakke moved to Superior, Mont., following her freshman year in Soda Springs, Idaho. During her freshman year she helped the Soda Springs High School team win the state championship. Despite her new school not competing in cross-country she was able to find a way to lace up her running shoes competitively. As a junior she was all-state in the 3200 meters helping her team win the track state title despite having only three athletes.
Geneva is a four year honor student during her high school career. She is undecided on what she will study while attending classes at Montana Western. She is the daughter of Shawn Plakke and Billie Humphreys.
UMW volleyball looks to continue winning ways
The Bulldog volleyball team will wrap up their road portion of the regular season this weekend when they face Great Falls and Montana State-Northern on the road. Montana Western has had the winning formula since leaving for a tournament in Denver three weeks ago.
UMW has won five of their last six matches including two of three versus Frontier Conference opponents. While winning those five matches they have won all three of their contests that have gone five games. The last five game match was versus Carroll College in front of a raucous home crowd that came to support their Bulldogs as well as show support during the annual Pink Game.
The Bulldogs are led by their seniors. Kalispell native Paige Latimer leads the team as well as the conference averaging 10 assists a game. Fellow senior Kendra Mendicino leads the conference in digs with 438 on the season. They are joined by seniors Emily Erickson and Breanne Kelley who lead the Bulldog attack. Erickson has recorded 241 kills and Kelley has 209 on the season.
Head coach Lisa Griffiths has found the right combination of experience and youth lately. Freshman Joanna Avery has made herself known averaging better than 10 kills over the last six matches. Her match high was 16 versus NCAA-II opponent Fort Hays State (KS). Huntley, Mont., native and fellow freshman Brianna DeCock has gained valuable experience this season and has been averaging better than 10 digs a match over the last three weeks with a match high of 19 digs versus Johnson & Wales (CO).
The Bulldogs have four matches remaining before the Frontier Conference tournament and will bring their regular season to a close next week. UMW appears focused on the task at hand with their matches this week. Friday’s match will begin at 7 pm in Great Falls and Saturday’s match will begin at 6 pm in Havre.
Bulldogs return home for final time in 2014
UMW returns home for the last time in the 2014 season on Oct. 1 at 12 pm when they host College of Idaho. The Bulldogs have two games remaining on their 2014 regular season schedule. They are currently 4-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
Montana Western came up on the short end in the first game versus C of I. The final score was 28-31 in favor of the Yotes’ on Sept. 13 in Caldwell, Idaho. UMW is entering the game winning their last two games in exciting and to outsiders stunning fashion. They have taken on and beaten two ranked teams in the past two weeks. On Oct. 18 they faced then-No. 15 Eastern Oregon at Vigilante Field and won 32-28. Last weekend the Bulldogs took on then-No. 13 Rocky Mountain in Billings. The Bulldog win almost certainly dashes any hope of Rocky’s playoff aspirations in addition to raining on the Bears’ homecoming celebration.
“It was a great team win offense, defense, and special teams,” said head coach B.J. Robertson following the win. “I'm very proud of how this team went on the road against a ranked opponent and lead from start to finish.”
The Bulldogs welcome C of I to Dillon for the first time on the gridiron in nearly four decades. The Yotes’ have begun competing in varsity football for the first time in 37 years. In 1977 they competed in the Northwest Conference. The NWC is now a NCAA-III conference but was previously a NAIA conference.
“Compliments to College of Idaho and what they have done in their first year of competition in the Frontier Conference,” said Coach Robertson. “We are excited about having another opportunity to play them.”
The season finale will be the final home game for this group of Bulldog seniors. They will be honored prior to kickoff on Vigilante Field. The following seniors will be honored.
|7||Will Fields||LB||Bellevue, WA|
|15||Tyler Hulse||QB||Helena, MT|
|28||Michael Lake||RB||Battle View, NV|
|36||Connor Fuller||TE||Kalispell, MT|
|40||Jesse McCloud||DB||Manhattan, MT|
|43||Tony Wilson||FB||Fernley, NV|
|44||Ryan Otto||LB||Great Falls, MT|
|75||Nick Brown||OL||Spokane, WA|
|92||Phil Selin||DL||Great Falls, MT|
|Emma Mitchell||Mgr.||Gardiner, MT|
“We talk about those who commit will be champions. There is no doubt these seniors are committed to Montana Western and the Bulldog football family,” said Coach Robertson. “They are champions and you see it with how they have helped the program progress through their time as players. I am very proud to be their coach.”
In addition to honoring this group of seniors the game will be Military Appreciation day. All former and current military service men and women along with their families will be admitted free of charge.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12 pm.
Bulldogs win big in their tournament finale
The Bulldogs took on the Blue Hawks from Dickinson State on Sunday afternoon and came away with a 72-38 victory. It was UMW’s second straight win and they are 3-1 on the young 2014-15 season.
The UMW defense was stellar on this day. The Bulldogs held the Blue Hawks to just 29 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent shooting from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Montana Western shooters zeroed in on the basket knocking down 52 percent of their field goal attempts while knocking down 42 percent of their three point attempts.
Montana Western was led by Baylie Smith who had 15 points on the day, all of which came from behind the arc. Smith knocked down five of her six attempts for 83 percent shooting. Kaci Matthies had 14 points and three rebounds in the win and McCall Hasquet had nine points. Senior guard Jenna Banks led the team with six assists and Kaye Bignell had four.
The Bulldogs will travel to Salt Lake City in two weeks. They will tip off versus College of Idaho at 1 pm on Nov. 7 for the first of two games over the weekend. On Nov. 8 they face The Masters at 9 am.
Bulldogs win hotly contested game versus Dickinson State
The UMW men’s basketball team played their second game less than 24 hours after beating Walla Walla on Saturday night. The Bulldogs beat former Frontier Conference foe Dickinson State 94-80 in a game in which they held the lead for almost the entire 40 minutes.
Montana Western took a slim lead into the locker room at half leading the Blue Hawks 46-40. In the second half they were able to grind away and get the 14 point win. The Bulldogs shot 85 percent form the free throw line led by senior Jordan Overstreet who was perfect from the stripe making all eight of his attempts. Ryan McCarty was four of five from the charity stripe and Shyke Smalls made all four of his attempts. UMW capitalized on their rebounding advantage winning that battle grabbing 53 rebounds to the Blue Hawks 34 boards. Both teams had some trouble hanging onto the basketball turning it over a total of 38 times between the two teams. Montana Western accounted for 23 and Dickinson State had 15 turnovers.
The Bulldogs had five players score in double figures and were led by Overstreet. The Three Forks native dropped 22 on DSU. Dexter Williams Jr. had 14 on the night and sharp shooter Ryan McCarty had 12. Connor Woodill and Shyke Smalls each had 11 points. Quinn Smith had six points and hauled in seven boards. Stephen McCall had eight points and four assists.
The Bulldogs wrapped up their opening weekend winning both games. They will travel to Bozeman in two weeks to take on the Cats on Nov. 5 at 7 pm.
Bulldog basketball wins season opener
The Bulldogs began their season on the right foot with a resounding 90-53 win versus overmatched Walla Walla University. They came out on Saturday night playing aggressive defense and running the floor offensively. Montana Western had seven players take the court for the first time in a UMW uniform. The newcomers meshed well with returners such as Jordan Overstreet, Connor Woodill, and Zach Smith.
Montana Western was led in scoring by Harrison, Mont., native and one of the new Bulldogs Ryan McCarty. The junior poured in 21 points shooting 63 percent from behind the arc hitting five of his eight attempts. McCarty was one of four Bulldog players to score in double digits. He was joined by Stephen McCall and Jordan Overstreet who added 12 points apiece with Shyke Smalls contributing 11 points. Connor Woodill led the assault on the glass grabbing a team leading seven rebounds and Zach Smith hauled in five boards.
UMW's next game will be on Sunday evening at 5 pm when they take on Dickinson State in Straugh Gymnasium.
Bulldogs win Finny Tournament opener
The Bulldogs took on Walla Walla University on Saturday and won by a final score of 82-22. The 60 point victory was the result of a 41 point opening half outburst. The Montana Western women played stifling defense and held Walla Walla to seven points in the opening half. Walla Walla scored 15 second half points while the Bulldogs scored another 41.
Montana Western had 11 players score at least a point in the game led by Sierra Higheagle. The freshman from Lapwai, Idaho scored 13 points and has led the team in scoring in each of their first three games. Dani Baker poured in 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc. Senior guard Jenna Banks added nine points and five assists. Taylor Kanthack, Kelli Miller, and Bailey Smith each scored eight points.
The Bulldogs will face former Frontier Conference member Dickinson State on Sunday at 3 pm in Straugh Gymnasium.
Bulldogs take down No. 13 ranked Bears
The Bulldogs travelled to Billings for a Saturday afternoon rematch against Rocky Mountain College. Montana Western was looking for the win after they suffered a heart breaking double overtime loss to the Bears on Sept. 6. The Bears were the second ranked opponent Montana Western has faced in as many weeks. The Bulldogs came out on top 20-17 and may have dashed the Bears’ playoff aspirations.
Sophomore running back Sam Rutherford rushed for 120 yards on the day and the Bulldogs offense rushed for a total of 172 yards. Rutherford’s hard-nosed downhill running style helped Montana Western build leads of 14-0, 17-7 and 20-10.
The Bulldogs never trailed in the game opening the scoring with a 14 yard scoring strike from senior quarterback Tyler Hulse to freshman tight end Dustin Pickens on the first play of the second quarter following a Rocky fumble. Rutherford scored on the next drive from three yards out to make it 14-0 Bulldogs. Rocky battled back to make it 20-17 and had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldog defense came through with the game on the line. Dakota Wainwright made two huge plays on back-to-back series breaking up a pass and making a key tackle on the Bears’ leading and most dangerous receiver Andre McCullouch. Fellow linebacker A.J. Wilson sacked Bear quarterback Bryce Baker moments before Wainwright corralled McCullouch.
The Bulldogs will host new Frontier Conference member College of Idaho on Saturday Nov. 1 at Vigilante Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 pm and will honor the seniors on Senior Day. In the first meeting of the season the Yotes’ came away with the win by a score of 31-28.
Bulldogs beat Griffins in five games
Montana Western’s volleyball team is enjoying a hot streak winning five of their last six matches. The Bulldogs swept a tournament in Denver two weeks ago and have returned to win two of three Frontier Conference matches. UMW beat Westminster College three games to two on Friday in Straugh Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs dropped the first game of the evening and came back with a vengeance winning the next two games 27-25 and 25-23. Following a hard fought fourth game the Bulldogs held an 8-7 lead in the fifth game when the teams changed sides of the court. UMW never looked back and took the game in convincing fashion 15-11 to finish off the Griffins.
The Bulldogs had three players record double digit kills on the night. UMW was led by junior middle blocker Brea Mitchell with 13 kills and a .423 hitting percentage. Breanne Kelley and Bailey Wilson collected 12 and 11 kills on the night with Bailey finishing the night with a .280 hitting percentage.
Montana Western utilized timely defense and accurate sets throughout the match to gain the edge. The Bulldogs had five players finish with double digit digs. Senior Kendra Mendicino led the team with 31 digs and fellow senior Breanne Kelley showed her defensive ability with 20 digs to go along with her 12 kills. Paige Latimer contributed 17 digs and had 46 assists in the victory.
Montana Western will travel to Great Falls to take on the Argos on Friday Oct. 31 for their next match. The match is set to begin at 7 pm.
UMW Football looks forward to rematch with No. 13 Rocky
The University of Montana Western football team will take on their second consecutive ranked opponent on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm when they face No. 13 Rocky Mountain at Herb Klindt Field. UMW and RMC played a double overtime game on Sept. 6 with the Bears coming out on top 37-30. The Bulldogs are coming off a victory last Saturday versus previous No. 20 Eastern Oregon.
The Bulldog offense is led by their ground attack and sophomore running back Sam Rutherford. UMW is averaging 131 yards rushing per game and they have 14 rushing touchdowns this season. Rutherford is averaging 95 rushing yards a game in conference play. He has six rushing touchdowns on the year, second on the team to quarterback Tyler Hulse’s seven on the ground. Hulse is averaging 178 yards passing a game and has thrown 12 touchdown passes. Sophomore receiver Beau Brekke leads the team with 25 receptions for 403 yards and three touchdowns. His season long reception is 63 yards versus Carroll.
Sophomore outside linebacker T.J. Benson leads the team with 57 total tackles followed closely by fellow linebacker Joe Coker’s 49 total tackles. Benson has one interception and return for 25 yards and a touchdown. Coker has 2.5 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles on the year. The Bulldogs' linebacking corps has proven to be the heart and soul of the defense as A.J. Wilson has 48 total tackles and five tackles for loss from his inside linebacker position and outside linebacker Dakota Wainwright has six tackles for loss, 47 total tackles, and a blocked punt. Senior defensive lineman Phil Selin leads the team with five sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss while freshman defensive tackle Tyrell Penner has accumulated four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The RMC Bears are led defensively by defensive back Corey Bummer who has 72 total tackles on the season and is averaging 10.3 tackles a game.
The Bears’ offense is led by quarterback Bryce Baker who is averaging 273 yards passing a game and has thrown two interceptions on the season. His favorite target is Andre McCullouch. They have connected on 59 completions and seven touchdowns. McCullouch is averaging 103 yards a game and 12 yards a reception.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm at Herb Klindt Field in Billings.