Helena, Mont. - Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) and Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) combined for 59 points to lead 17th ranked Montana Western to a 99-85 comeback win over sixth-ranked Carroll College on Wednesday night. (read more)
WHITEFISH, Mont., Nov. 28, 2016 – Marcus Payne of Montana Western was named the Frontier Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. (read more)
WHITEFISH, Mont., Nov. 23, 2016 — Frontier Conference commissioner Kent Paulson announced the 2016 all-conference football teams today. (read more)
Caldwell, Idaho – Shyke Smalls banked in a desperation 35-foot heave at the buzzer, as Montana Western (6-1) withstood a late College of Idaho (7-2) rally to claim a 70-69 victory in the final game of the Domino’s Classic inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. (read more)
Caldwell, Idaho – The Montana Western Bulldogs (9-0) played the ‘Yotes of the College of Idaho (0-6) in the final game of the Best Western Caldwell Inn and suites lady yote classic. Winning the game 86-81 and the tournament. (read more)
65 Point Second Half Gives Bulldogs Huge Comeback Win over Carroll
The Bulldogs came back from a 23-point deficit enroute to their third consecutive win and second straight conference win.
The Saints had led by 23 points with 5:15 remaining in the first half before consecutive baskets by Smalls and Robinson cut the Carroll lead to 49-34 at the break.
Smalls came out on fire in the second half, scoring 13 points in the first five minutes. He would lead all scorers in the game with 34 points, 25 of which came in the second half. Dom Robinson added 25 points, 11 came from the charity stripe. Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) attacked the basket all night, scoring 19 points while going 12 of 13 from the free-throw line. (Box Score)
Western's Riley King didn’t surrender an opportunity to remind his old team what they were missing, proving his dominance on the boards with 10 rebounds, four of which led Bulldog baskets.
The Bulldogs travel to Chandler Ariz. to play in the Cactus Classic Dec. 19-21
Written by: Beau Brekke (Sports Information Intern)
Bulldogs Remain Undefeated, Beat Carroll 65-64
The undefeated Montana Western Bulldogs won a tightly contested back and forth game against the Fighting Saints of Carroll College. The Bulldogs played great team defense all game and lead by one after the first quarter, and trailed by two at halftime 36-34. The Bulldogs came out of the break and continued to shut down the Saints taking a five-point lead into the final frame. The Saints battled back and after a very questionable double-dribble call on Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) let the Saints cut the lead to just one-point with 37-ticks on the clock. Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) hit one of two free throws to bump the lead up of to two with 36 seconds left in the contest. The Saints Baylee Watson, who was 0-3 from downtown on the night, hit a three-point shot to give the Saints their first lead since early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs elected not to take their final timeout and Palmore found Bignell who took a couple dribbles before hitting a step back 17-foot jumper giving the Bulldogs the lead with 6.3 seconds left. The last ditch desperation shot bounced off the side of the backboard giving the Bulldogs the hard fought victory.
Palmore led the team in scoring with 20 points and six rebounds, Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) added 11 points and continued her dominance on the glass pulling down eight rebounds, her 27th in the last two games. Bignell scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter and also pulled down eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs are off until Dec. 29 and 30 when they travel to Billings to take on Dickinson State and The University of Calgary. Both games are set to tipoff at 1:30 P.M.
Dom Robinson named Player of the Week
Robinson is a 5-foot-8 junior guard from Tacoma, Wash. Montana Western opened Frontier Conference play with an 80-75 road win at Rocky Mountain. Robinson scored 27 points, pulled down three rebounds along with two assists and one steal. He was 8 of 15 from the field including 5 0f 9 3-point field goals. He was 6 of 8 from the free throw line.
Also nominated: Carson Dummer of Montana Tech, Justin Dunsmore of MSUNorthern, Ryan Imhoff of Carroll College and Doug McDaniel of Lewis-Clark State.
Bulldogs Bounce Bears 80-75
The Bulldogs shot the ball very well against the bears. Shooting 45 percent from the field including 35 percent from beyond the arc and 91 percent from the free throw line. The Bulldogs held the Bears to just six made three point field goals, two of which came in the final seconds with the outcome of the game already sealed.
Junior Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) led the team with 38 minutes played shooting 8-15 from the field and 5-9 from downtown for 27 points. Fellow Junior and defending player of the week Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) was perfect on the night shooting 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line, for 14 points, he also pulled down 8 rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will face the Fighting Saints of Carroll College in Helena on Dec. 7 at 7:30 P.M.
Bulldogs Trample Bears in Conference Opener
Another fast start helped the Bulldogs (10-0, 1-0) to an easy victory over the Bears of Rocky Mountain College (7-4, 0-2). Three Kaye Bignell (Helena, Mont.) baskets helped give the Bulldogs a 9-0 lead just two minutes into the game and they never looked back, leading 19-8 after the first quarter and 35-26 at halftime. Despite going 3 for 20 from beyond the arc the Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the field and pulled down and impressive 54 rebounds. (Box Score)
Bignell led all scorers with 21 points on 10-14 shooting, she also added three rebounds, two steals and an assist continuing her great start to her senior season.
Sophomore Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) had an impressive game with 18 points on 8-12 shooting and pulling down 19 rebounds, adding two blocks and a steal as well.
Senior Taylor Howlett (Spokane Wash.) chipped in 10 points, four assists and five steals.
The Bulldogs will face a tough test when they travel to Helena on Dec. 7 to take on the 25th ranked Saints of Carroll College. The game is set to tip off at 5:30 P.M.
Marcus Payne Named Frontier Conference Player of the Week
Payne is a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Livingston, Mont.
Montana Western went 1-1 for the week. The Bulldogs lost to (RV) Eastern Oregon 84-100 and edged No. 7 College of Idaho 70-69.
Payne averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. He was 10 of 13 from the field (77 percent), and 10 of 14 (71 percent) from the free throw line.
Also nominated: Riley Bradshaw of Rocky Mountain College, Issac Howard of the University of Great Falls, Zavon Jackson of Lewis-Clark State, Ryan Reeves of MSU-Northern and Lukas Vining of Montana Tech.
Five Bulldogs Named to Frontier All Conference TeamThe teams are chosen in voting by the league’s coaches:
Montana Tech head coach Chuck Morrell was selected as Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Montana Tech senior running back Nolan Saraceni was a repeat selection as the Offensive Player of the Year.
Montana Tech senior defensive back Gunnar Kayser was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Saraceni is the conference’s nominee for NAIA Player of the Year.
2016 First Team All-Conference Offense
Zach Bartlow * Eastern Oregon QB 6-0 195 Sr. Waitsburg, Wash.
Nolan Saraceni * Montana Tech RB 5-11 200 Sr. Billings, Mont.
Alfred Gross Eastern Oregon RB 5-9 200 Sr. Stockton, Calif.
Marcus Lenhardt ** College of Idaho TE 6-4 225 Jr. Eagle, Idaho
Connor Fohn Carroll College WR 6-1 195 So. Salem, Ore.
Dion Williams Montana Tech WR 6-1 195 So. Fairfield, Calif.
Matt Retzlaff *# Southern Oregon WR 5-1o 190 Sr. Medford, Ore.
Chris Emter Carroll College OL 6-4 300 Jr. Livingston, Mont.
Pete Morales # MSU-Northern OL 6-3 295 Sr. La Habra, Calif.
Ryan Stemple # Montana Tech OL 6-3 295 Sr. Missoula, Mont.
Kylan Putman Montana Western OL 6-3 265 Sr. Billings, Mont.
Ty King * Southern Oregon OL 6-6 300 Sr. Portland, Ore. 2016
Second Team All-Conference Offense
Quinn McQueary Montana Tech QB 6-3 195 Jr. Manhattan, Mont.
Zach McKinley #+ MSU-Northern RB 5-10 205 Sr. Great Falls, Mont.
Sam Rutherford ## Montana Western RB 6-0 225 Sr. Great Falls, Mont.
Andrew Loudenback Montana Tech TE 6-3 225 Sr. Parker, Colo.
Josh Richards Eastern Oregon WR 5-10 180 Jr. Kennewick, Wash.
Calvin Connors * Eastern Oregon WR 5-9 175 Jr. Winnemucca, Nev.
Matt Lickfold # Montana Western WR 6-4 240 Sr. Post Falls, Idaho
Sam Zvirzdys College of Idaho OL 6-4 275 Jr. Tumwater, Wash.
Mitch Staeffler Eastern Oregon OL 6-1 280 Sr. Rainier, Wash.
Shayden Flint Montana Western OL 6-0 290 Sr. Puyallup, Wash.
Kyle Reitler Rocky Mountain OL 6-5 285 S0. Billings, Mont.
Christmas Aumua Southern Oregon OL 6-1 280 Jr. Seattle, Wash.
2016 First Team All-Conference Defense
Tyler Craig *# MSU-Northern DL 6-2 230 Sr. Great Falls, Mont.
Luke Benz Montana Tech DL 6-2 240 Sr. Kidder County, N.D.
Tyler Sanders * Montana Tech DL 6-2 265 Jr. Helena, Mont.
Brendon Johnson Rocky Mountain DL 6-3 290 Sr. Anaheim, Calif.
Tucker Stanley Eastern Oregon LB 6-0 200 Sr. Napavine, Wash.
Drew Schleeman Montana Tech LB 6-3 230 Jr. Butte, Mont.
T.J. Benson * Montana Western LB 5-10 185 Sr. Libby, Mont.
Devvon Gage Southern Oregon LB 6-2 225 So. Salem, Ore.
Nate Moore * College of Idaho DB 5-9 170 Sr. Meridian, Idaho
Andre Brown Montana Tech DB 5-10 180 Jr. Compton, Calif.
Gunnar Kayser Montana Tech DB 6-4 220 Sr. Colbert, Wash.
Julius Rucker * Southern Oregon DB 6-2 205 Sr. Stockton, Calif.
2016 Second Team All-Conference Defense
Beaugh Meyer Carroll College DL 6-2 265 Jr. Boise, Idaho
Kyle Smith Carroll College DL 6-3 285 Sr. Casper, Wyo.
Kyle Lanoue ## Eastern Oregon DL 6-0 275 Sr. Bremerton, Wash.
Seth Swandal Rocky Mountain DL 6-2 260 Sr. Wilsall, Mont..
David Anderson Carroll College LB 6-0 220 Jr. Frenchtown, Mont.
Zach Hulse Montana Tech LB 6-2 225 Sr. Helena, Mont.
Chase Bertelsen Rocky Mountain LB 6-2 235 So. Wibaux, Mont.
Isiah Carter Southern Oregon LB 6-0 210 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Vince DiGiallonardo Carroll College DB 6-0 190 Sr. Polson, Mont.
John Payne Eastern Oregon DB 5-9 170 Sr. Camas, Wash.
Jason Baker Rocky Mountain DB 5-11 190 Sr. Billings, Mont.
Keegan Lawrence Southern Oregon DB 5-11 195 Jr. Sherwood, Calif.
2016 First Team All-Conference Special Teams
Marcus Montano Southern Oregon K 6-1 190 So. Manteca, Calif.
Dylan Torgerson Carroll College P 6-2 190 Jr. Kalispell, Mont.
Calvin Connors # Eastern Oregon KR 5-9 175 Jr. Winnamucca, Nev.
Calvin Connors * Eastern Oregon PR 5-9 175 Jr. Winnamucca, Nev.
2016 Second Team All-Conference Special Teams
Derrick Holt # Montana Tech K 5-9 205 Jr. Renton, Wash.
Louis DesPrez Southern Oregon P 5-10 180 Jr. Pleasanton, Calif.
Sam Sparks Rocky Mountain KR 6-0 190 Fr. Billings, Mont.
Levi Lynde Montana Tech PR 5-9 155 So. Red Lodge, Mont.
* 2015 First Team Selection
** 2014 and 2015 First Team Selection
+ 2014 First Team Selection
# 2015 Second Team Selection
## 2014 and 2015 Second Team Selection
Bulldogs Beat the College of Idaho at the Buzzer
The Bulldogs and the 'Yotes fought in a tough back and forth affair that would come down to the final possession. The Bulldogs gave inspired team effort on both sides of the ball, playing great defense against a tough ‘Yote team. Offensively the Bulldogs played well, hitting big shots when they needed them. Brian Neal and Riley King each had 13 points, with King adding eight rebounds, Marcus Payne added 10 points and eight boards. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs trailed at halftime by one point, in a game saw 13 ties and 12 lead changes with Bulldogs leading for nearly 21 minutes. they built their largest lead of 11 points late in the second half before The Yotes rallied from the 11-point deficit inside the final five minutes, using a 12-0 run to take a 66-65 lead on a Joey Nebeker free throw inside the final minute. C of I led 69-67 after Emanuel Morgan made the first of two free throw chances with six seconds remaining, but missed the second. Neal rushed the ball up floor, and was quickly double-teamed in the center circle – squirting a pass to Smalls, who heaved an attempt as the horn sounded – finding the twine for the win.
The Bulldogs travel to Billings, Mont. on Dec. 3 to take on the Batlin’ Bears of Rocky Mountain College.
(Mike Safford contributed to this report)
Bulldogs Survive Late Scare From 'Yotes, Win 86-81
The ‘Yotes came out in a full court press and were making shots, hitting their first three three point shots to jump out to an early lead. The Bulldogs weathered the storm and took a 16 point lead into the half thanks in part to clutch shooting from junior Jill Jacobs (Camano Island, Wash.) and senior Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) Jacobs hit from beyond the arc on three straight possessions and finished the game with 12 points and three rebounds. Howlett was clutch throughout the game and had a team high 21 points.
The Bulldogs held on to the 16 point lead heading into the final quarter. As it looked like the Bulldogs were going to walk away with an easy victory, but the ‘Yotes then began to catch fire and started to make more three point shots. Poor free throw shooting by the Bulldogs, 48 percent, combined with the ‘Yotes shooting nearly 50 percent from beyond the arc allowed them to cut the Bulldog lead down to four with under a minute to go in the game. The Bulldogs were able to hang on for the five point win
Senior Kaye Bignell (Helena, Mont.) had another strong game adding 17 points and eight rebounds, while fellow senior Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) had 14 points and five assists. Sophomore Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) nearly had a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will play again Dec. 3 at 5:30 in Billings, Mont. against Rocky Mountain College.
Cold Shooting Bulldogs Fall to Eastern Oregon
Eastern Oregon shot 52 percent from the field including 15 three pointes to easily beat the Bulldogs. The Mountaineers hot shooting combined with poor shooting, turnovers, and a porous Bulldog defense allowed Eastern to coast to an easy victory.
The Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run in the opening 2 minutes of the second half to cut the Mountaineer lead to seven, but couldn’t get any closer as Eastern pulled away and kept the lead to 20 the rest of the half.
Senior Chase Haack (Spokane, Wash.) led all scorers with 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Junior Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) added 20 points on 7-7 shooting and had eight rebounds including seven on the offensive glass. Junior Brian Neal (Tacoma, Wash.) had 18 points (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will regroup and will play the College of Idaho on Nov. 26 at 7 P.M.