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)
University of Montana Western senior guard, Jordan Overstreet, has been named to the pre-season Frontier Conference all-conference first team. (read more)
University of Montana Western student, Cody Westbrook, will be honored at half time of this Saturday’s football game with the Volunteer of the Game award. (read more)
UMW’s 23rd annual 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.
UMW’s Overstreet is pre-season first team all-conference selection
The Frontier Conference released the 2014-15 pre-season men’s basketball team this week and Montana Western senior guard Jordan Overstreet has been named to the first team.
Overstreet is a native of Three Forks, Mont, and is a 2011 graduate from Three Forks High School. Jordan has competed in 80 games throughout his career and has participated in the NAIA National Tournament twice. He is a career 79.2% free throw shooter and has hit nearly 40% of his three point attempts.
Jordan’s career high in points scored is 30 in a game versus Carroll in 2013. He attempted a career high 19 free throws versus Montana Tech in 2014 making 17 for another career best.
The Bulldogs begin their season on the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26 when they host the Finny Tournament at Straugh Gymnasium on UMW’s campus. The teams participating in the tournament are Walla Walla University, Rocky Mountain College, and Dickinson State. The Bulldogs tip off their season at 9 pm Saturday Oct. 25.
UMW volleyball hosts Carroll in Pink Game
Montana Western volleyball takes on Carroll College on Wednesday at 7 pm. The game will be played in Straugh Gymnasium and has been chosen as the UMW volleyball Pink Game. The game is designated the Pink Game in order to bring awareness and show support for those who have been affected by breast cancer.
The Bulldogs return home after a trip to Denver last week. UMW played three matches in 20 hours and swept all three. They swept NCAA DII Fort Hays State in straight games and then capped the night off with a 3-2 win over host school Johnson and Wales. On Saturday the Bulldogs completed the sweep by beating Dickinson State 3-1.
Carroll is currently 5-2 in conference play and 13-8 overall. The Saints lost their last time out in a match versus Rocky Mountain College played almost two weeks ago on Oct. 3.
The match will begin at 7 pm in Straugh Gymnasium.
Cody Westbrook to be honored with Volunteer of the Game award
Student volunteers from the five Montana Frontier Conference schools are being recognized by the Montana Campus Compact and the Governor’s Office of Community Service during one of their schools’ home football games this season. Cody Westbrook will be recognized for this award for UMW at half time of the football game versus Eastern Oregon this Saturday.
Cody is an active member of the Humans in Performance (HIP) club and has coordinated Jump Rope for Hearts in the local elementary schools. He has organized Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and One Billion Rising to bring awareness to the community about violence against women. Cody has exhibited his outstanding work ethic and preparedness when planning activities to raise awareness of important issues in the Dillon community.
Montana Campus Compact is Montana’s largest higher education network and works to improve community life by educating students for civic and social responsibility.The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.
Volleyball sweeps through Denver
UMW’s volleyball team played three matches in a span of twenty hours and swept all three matches. On Friday afternoon the Bulldogs started their weekend with a double header versus Fort Hays State (KS) and Johnson and Wales-Denver. On Saturday they played former Frontier Conference foe Dickinson State.
The Bulldogs won their opening match versus NCAA DII opponent Fort Hays State. UMW began their weekend with a straight game win versus the Tigers. They won by game scores of 25-19, 25-20, and 25-15. Montana Western was led by freshman Joanna Avery and her 16 kills with senior Breanne Kelley adding 10. Senior setter Madison Mansch had 42 assists and Kendra Mendicino had 28 digs.
For UMW’s encore Friday evening they played their hosts Johnson and Wales University-Denver. The Bulldogs took that match 3-2. Montana Western dropped the first game 19-25 and won three of the next four games by scores of 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, and 15-13. UMW was led by senior Emily Erickson’s 15 kills and junior Brea Mitchell’s 13 kills. Madison Mansch had another big match with 42 assists. Defensively the Bulldogs were led by Mendicino’s 31 digs and freshman Brianna DeCock adding 19.
On Saturday the Bulldogs took on former Frontier Conference member Dickinson State. UMW won the match 3-1 to complete their weekend sweep. Montana Western won the first two games before dropping the third game. They were able to close the match with a 25-16 win in the fourth game. The Bulldogs had four players with double digit kills. UMW was led by freshmen Joanna Avery and Tessa Miller who had 13 and 12 kills. Emily Erickson and Breanna Kelley followed closely with 11 and 10 kills. The Bulldogs were led by Mansch with 45 assists. Mendicino led the team with 34 digs and Kelley and Erickson each had 18 apiece.
UMW returns to conference play this week when they host Carroll College Wednesday at 7 pm and Friday evening Rocky Mountain College. The match on Wednesday will honor breast cancer awareness with a Pink Night.