The Montana Western football team heads to Billings on Saturday afternoon for a rematch versus Rocky Mountain College at 1 pm. (read more)
Sophomore kicker Connor Greth was voted the Frontier Conference special teams player of the week for his efforts versus Eastern Oregon. (read more)
The University of Montana Western will be the site for the Craig Finberg Memorial Basketball Tournament held by the UMW men’s and women’s basketball teams this weekend. (read more)
The University of Montana Western held its 23rd annual Booster Bash on Saturday night in Keltz Arena on Montana Western’s campus with over 500 supporters in attendance. The turnout for the event was the most ever for a Bulldog Booster Bash. (read more)
The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team opened their season on Friday night and beat Lethbridge University 62-60 in the closing seconds. (read more)
The University of Montana Western volleyball team took on Carroll College on Wednesday night and were able to come through in the clutch and get the victory. (read more)
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.
Montana Western kicker special teams player of week
The University of Montana Western football team played No. 20 Eastern Oregon last weekend and came away with a win thanks in part to their kicking game.
Montana Western’s victory over Eastern Oregon has been noticed around the conference and one key component to the win was kicker Connor Greth’s performance. He was voted the Frontier Conference player of the week for his efforts in that game.
He played a crucial role in the win versus then No. 20 ranked EOU. Greth was perfect in PAT’s making both attempts and was 2-for-2 on field goals as well. He knocked in two thirty plus yard field goals with a long of 38 yards. In addition to his field goals and PAT’s Connor was able to limit the Mountaineers to just 16 yards per kickoff return with high and deep kicks. He had one touchback.
The Bulldogs travel to Billings to take on Rocky Mountain on Sat. Oct. 25 at 1 pm.
Bulldog basketball will host Finny Tournament Oct. 25-26
The Montana Western men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting the Finny Tournament this weekend Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. The Bulldogs welcome Walla Walla University, former Frontier Conference member Dickinson State, and conference foe Rocky Mountain College.
The Bulldog men will be making their 2014-15 season debut. They look to get back to the NAIA National Tournament after missing out last year following four straight trips to Kansas City, Mo. UMW’s top returner is a Three Forks, Mont., native Jordan Overstreet. He is a senior guard who has played in 80 career games and was picked as a pre-season all-conference player. He averaged better than 12 points a game last season and is a career 45 percent shooter from the field and has hit nearly 40 percent of his three point attempts. Other key returners include Zach Smith and Connor Woodill. The Bulldogs welcome five newcomers to the team. The newest Bulldogs are Iba Keita, Stephen McCall, Quinn Smith, Dexter Williams Jr., and Ryan McCarty. Stephen McCall is a senior guard from Las Vegas and will be looked to lead the team at the point and Quinn Smith is a 6’ 10” junior center from Florence, Mont.
Rocky Mountain is the most familiar team in tournament to the Bulldogs and they were recently picked to finish second in the Frontier Conference by the coaches. The Bears finished first in the conference last season. Their top returning player is pre-season conference player of the year Tyree Anderson. He averaged 18 points a game last season and shot 50 percent from the field and scored 20 or more points 11 times.
The UMW women’s basketball team opened their season this past weekend versus Lethbridge University. The Bulldogs split the two games. Friday nights’ victory was a nail biter that came down to the final three seconds when UMW newcomer Kaye Bignell hit a layup to give Montana Western the lead and win. UMW received big games from another newcomer Sierra Higheagle. The freshman guardscored 19 points in the opener and 13 the following afternoon. The Bulldogs are looking for big seasons form senior guard Jenna Banks and junior forward McCall Hasquet. Senior forward Kaci Matthies will be looked to score inside the paint while Hasquet, Higheagle, and Melody McCloud will look to score from perimeter.
The games will begin at 3 pm on Saturday with Rocky Mountain taking on Dickinson State. The Bulldog women’s team will tip off at 7 pm and the men will follow at 9 pm. The Montana Western teams will play at 3 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. All tournament games will be played in Straugh Gymnasium on UMW’s campus.
Craig Finberg Tournament Schedule:
3:00 pm: WOMEN – Rocky Mountain College (Home) vs. Dickinson State University (Visitor)
5:00 pm: MEN – Rocky Mountain College (Home) vs. Dickinson State University (Visitor)
7:00 pm: WOMEN – Montana Western (Home) vs. Walla Walla University (Visitor)
9:00 pm: MEN – Montana Western (Home) vs. Walla Walla University (Visitor)
11:00 am: WOMEN – Rocky Mountain College (Visitor) vs. Walla Walla University (Home)
1:00 pm: MEN – Rocky Mountain College (Visitor) vs. Walla Walla University (Home)
3:00 pm: WOMEN – Montana Western (Visitor) vs. Dickinson State (Home)
5:00 pm: MEN – Montana Western (Visitor) vs. Dickinson State University (Home)
UMW’s Booster Bash brings in over 500 Bulldog supporters
The weekend’s schedule was busy with four UMW teams competing at their home venues. The Montana Western women’s basketball team opened their 2014-15 season with a 4pm game on Friday followed by a home volleyball match. On Saturday the football team played Eastern Oregon at Vigilante field and the women’s basketball team played their second game in two days. The Booster Bash was the culmination of the weekend with supporters gathering for dinner and games as well as a silent and live auction.
The evening began with dinner followed by a brief welcome by athletic director Ryan Nourse and honoring of a few notable UMW athletics supporters. Those honored this year were Joe Morstein, Dave Marsh, and Harris Wheat.
The activities and games followed dinner and were kicked off with heads or tails with Bulldog frisbees. A horse race followed with current student athletes rolling a dice to move their teams’ horses forward and the games concluded with money chair. The silent auction began when the doors opened and concluded five minutes after the last live auction item was sold.
The 2014 Bulldog Booster Bash was the biggest such event thus far and continues to grow.
Bulldogs come back and beat Mountaineers
University of Montana Western hosted Eastern Oregon in a clash on the grid iron and the Bulldogs came through with a touchdown with three minutes remaining to get the victory.
With time winding down Sam Rutherford bulled his way into the endzone from two yards out behind key blocks by the offensive line to put the Bulldogs ahead. The UMW defense took the field with the task of stopping EOU’s offensive attack from scoring a touchdown and answered the call. Montana Western’s defense did not let the Mountaineers cross the fifty yard line and forced a punt with just over two minutes on the clock. The Bulldog offense stayed with the ground attack and forced EOU to use their time outs while trying to preserve the clock for one last chance. The UMW offensive line came through and gave the running backs a chance to get the first down and seal the Mountaineers fate.
The Bulldog offense was led by Sam Rutherford’s 109 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns including the deciding score. Sophomore Beau Brekke had over 100 total yards of offense with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown and gaining 10 yards rushing on an end around. Tyler Hulse threw for 188 yards completing 15 of his 22 attempts and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The offensive line opened holes for the Bulldog backs and 204 rushing yards on the day.
The UMW defense came through stopping the Mountaineer offense in critical situations. Following a UMW turnover in the final minute of the first half in their own territory linebacker A.J. Wilson intercepted Zach Bartlow to thwart a Mountaineer scoring opportunity. In the second half after the offense gave the Bulldogs the lead the defense was set with the challenge of stopping Eastern Oregon’s offense from reaching the endzone with just under three minutes remaining. The Bulldogs’ defense came through again with time running down to help put the final touches on the victory.
Defensively linebacker Joe Coker led the way with 11 total tackles including eight solo stops and one tackle for loss. Libby, Mont., native T.J. Benson had eight total tackles and one tackle for loss. The defensive line was able to come through with pressure on EOU’s quarterback throughout the day. The Bulldogs had 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks on the day with Tyrell Penner picking up 1.5 sacks.
Montana Western will travel to Billings next Saturday to take on Rocky Mountain College at 1 pm. This will be the second match up between these two teams. The first game went to double overtime with the Bears escaping Dillon with the win.
Bulldogs’ streak ends at hands of the Bears
University of Montana Western’s volleyball team wrapped their week up hosting Rocky Mountain College and falling by a score of 0-3. The Bulldogs were in the midst of a four match win streak dating back to last week in Denver. UMW entered the match following a home win versus Carroll College on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs dropped the match by a score of 0-3.
Montana Western fought hard throughout the match before dropping the third game by a score of 21-25. The Bulldogs were led on the night by Emily Erickson with 11 kills and Paige Latimer who had 23 assists. Defensively Kendra Mendicino had 22 digs and Latimer added 16. UMW had 32 attack errors on the night while Rocky Mountain had 12.
The Bulldogs will host Westminster College next Friday Oct. 24 at 7 pm in Straugh Gymnasium.
UMW women’s basketball wins thriller in 2014 season opener
Montana Western played host to the Lethbridge University Pronghorns and won their season opener in instant classic fashion. New Bulldog Kaye Bignell hit a layup with 3 seconds remaining to give UMW the win.
UMW trailed at half time 27-34 and fought back to make the second half hotly contested. The second half had eight lead changes and the Bulldogs did not have a lead for the final 6:30 seconds. The only lead they needed was the one they took with 3 seconds remaining to earn the victory.
Freshman Sierra Higheagle led the scoring with 19 points shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. McCall Hasquett poured in 15 points of her own and Jenna Banks had 12 to go along with her three assists.
The Bulldogs will play the Pronghorns on Saturday at 3 pm in Straugh Gymnasium.
Montana Western topples Carroll College in five game match
Montana Western hosted Carroll College in their annual Pink Game and continued to build on the momentum gained from their three match sweep in Denver last week. The Bulldogs are riding a four game win streak and picked up their first Frontier Conference win.
UMW dropped the first game 21-25 to the Saints but bounced back in a big way winning the next two games. They won those games by a score of 25-21 and 26-24. Carroll grabbed the fourth game which was another highly contested game by a score of 28-26. The Bulldogs were undeterred and determined to get the victory. Montana Western took the fifth and deciding game 15-10 to secure the victory.
The Bulldogs will host Rocky Mountain College at 7 pm on Friday night in Straugh Gymnasium.
UMW football hosts Eastern Oregon for Pink Game
The Bulldogs will take on the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in their annual Pink Game on Saturday at Vigilante Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm.
Montana Western enters the game at 2-5 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Mountaineers are currently 4-2 overall and 3-2 in conference. The Bulldogs return to Vigilante field after a long road trip to Ashland, Ore., last week. Eastern Oregon is coming off a home loss to Carroll College.
UMW is led offensively by Tyler Hulse who is averaging over 170 yards passing a game and has seven rushing touchdowns as well. Sam Rutherford leads the Bulldogs’ ground attack gaining nearly 85 yards a game and four rushing touchdowns on the year. Beau Brekke leads the receiving corps with 20 receptions and has scored two touchdowns. Matt Lickfold has three receiving touchdowns to lead the team and boasts a gaudy 27.4 yard average per reception. Dylan Kramer has been used in a variety of ways and has 13 receptions and has carried the ball 43 times.
Defensively the Bulldogs are averaging one interception per game with Jesse McCloud leading the team with two. Sophomore T.J. Benson has one interception return for a touchdown to his credit. Benson leads the team with 49 total tackles from his outside linebacker position. Helena native A.J. Wilson, Dakota Wainwright, and Jay Owens each have 42 tackles on the year. Joe Coker is an integral piece to the defense as well as a special teams leader. Coker has recorded 38 total tackles and leads the team with two forced fumbles in five games.
EOU is led by quarterback Zach Bartlow. He is averaging 278 total yards per game averaging 223 through the air and 54 on the ground. Jace Billingsley has been Bartlow’s favorite receiver hauling in 32 passes for an average of 5.2 receptions a game. Gary Posten leads the defense with 56 total tackles from his linebacker position. Fellow linebacker Ryan Watson is second on the team with 54 total stops.
The game has been designated the annual Pink Game to help bring awareness to breast cancer. Game time is scheduled for a 1 pm kickoff at Vigilante Field.