Bozeman, Mont. – The Montana Western rodeo teams were back in action this past weekend at Montana State for two rodeos. After dominating for most of the fall season, the Bulldogs didn’t show any signs of rust after the long winter layoff, winning four individual events in the first rodeo and five individual events in the second rodeo. The women’s team won the second rodeo, and both teams currently sit second in the Big Sky Region. (read more)
IRVING, Texas (April 5, 2017) - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. (read more)
DILLON, Mont., April 8th, 2017 – The University of Montana Western football team has scheduled it's second spring scrimmage for Saturday, April 15. Following the intra-squad clash, the third annual Bulldog Football Easter Egg Hunt will be held for kids of all ages. (read more)
Kansas City, Mo. -The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016-17 Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday. Four Bulldogs recieved the Honor: Dom Robinson, Shyke Smalls, Aniese Palmore, and Kaye Bignell. (read more)
By Eric Montgomery, NAIA Media CoordinatorKANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Box Score) No. 1-seeded Dalton State (Ga.) controlled play in the paint and claimed a 79-60 win in the second round of the 2017 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The Roadrunners advance to the quarterfinal round and will play third-seeded Texas Wesleyan, a 77-75 winner over The Master’s (Calif.), on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., CST. (read more)
Billings, Mont. - The Montana Western Bulldogs (24-9) lost their second round game of the NAIA Women’s Division 1 National Tournament to Oklahoma City University (31-2) 81-79 as the Stars hit a 16 foot jumper at the buzzer Friday morning. (read more)
By Andy Pulverenti | NAIA Media ServicesKANSAS CITY, Mo. – No. 4 seed Montana Western led throughout much of the game, but had to hold off a late rally from No. 5 seed LSU Shreveport (La.), to win the final first round contest at the 2017 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo. Montana Western will play No. 1 seed Dalton State (Ga.) in the Liston Bracket Friday at 9:15 p.m. CST in the NAIA National Championship Second Round. (read more)
Billings Mont. – Playing in the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in 10 years the Montana Western Bulldogs (24-8) rallied for a 63-53 victory over Columbia (Mo.) (26-7) in the opening round of the tournament. (read more)
Western Rodeo Has Strong Performance at Montana State Spring Rodeo
In the first rodeo of the weekend, the men’s team finished second, and the women’s team finished third. “We had a great start our first weekend out,” said an excited Coach Iola “Olie” Else.
Riding broncs and bulls that have beenthe National Final Rodeo, Western riders dominated the rough stock. Tanner Butner won the saddle bronc with a total score of 144. Tristan Hansen won the bareback with a score on 223 and Talon Schneiter finished a close third at 203 points.
“We are unbelievably strong in the rough stock. Tristan, Brody Smith, and Talon looked terrific,” stated Olie, “they and made a tremendous move in the regional standings this week, I couldn’t have three better bareback riders.”
In a blazing barrel racing competition, Conlee Gray took third with a time of 30.82 seconds and teammate Callie Wollenburg finished in seventh, just .17 seconds behind with a time of 30.99 seconds.
Olivia Cook was fourth in the breakaway with a time of 6.5 seconds, Tori Lewis won the goat tying with a time of 15.4 on two head, and Tess Turk placed third with 15.8 seconds.
For complete first rodeo results click HERE
The buckles and the checks kept coming Western’s way in the second rodeo of the weekend as the men’s team finished second to Northwest College and the women’s team won, beating out Montana State by 18.5 points. “I can’t even tell how excited I am,” said Olie, “our girls have been amazing.” Western cowboys and cowgirls captured five individual titles in the second competition.
Butner won the single head saddle bronc competition with a score of 76. Connor Murnion and Will Shirley also covered their broncs, finishing in fifth and sixth place. “Tanner was the star this weekend dominated the bronc riding,” stated Olie.
Schneiter continued his hot streak, winning the bareback with a ride of 75, and Hansen finished second with a 70 point ride. Rugar Piva took second in the bull riding, posting a score of 80.
Mussman won the tie-down roping with a time of 8.8 seconds, and Cyris Robertson took fifth with a 9.9 second run.
Holden Garrison won the steer wrestling with a time 4.6 seconds. Alonzo Skunk Cap was the top team roping header with a 6.0 second run, and Wyatt Griffith was the second place heeler recording a time of 6.4 seconds.
In the barrels competition was tight again as 0.34 seconds separated the top eight contestants. Callie Wolenburg took second with a 15.26 second run, and Gray placed third turning in a time of 15.30 seconds.
Madison Sorden and Marlee Mussman finished in the breakaway roping 1-2 with times of 2.0 and 2.3 seconds respectively. Turk and Lorrie Smith tied for fourth place in the goat tying with times of 8.1 seconds.
Schneiter finished second and Hansen third in the men’s all-around race, and Turk finish second in the women’s all-around battle, missing first by just 25 points.
“We have tremendous talent, we are right where we need to be. If we can stay healthy we will have a great (spring) season and be in the 1-2 spots to go to the college finals,” said coach Olie.
The Western men currently sit in second place in the region with 3,196.50 points, just 91.5 points behind Northwest College, and 564 points ahead of Montana State.
The rodeo team will take a week off before heading to Glendive, Mont. on April 20-21 and Miles City, Mont. April 22-23 for back-to-back rodeos.
Nine Bulldogs Selected to the National Football Foundation Honor Society
A total of 1,091 players from 298 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 11th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program.
This year nine Bulldogs received the honor.
||Health and Human Performance
||Health and Human Performance
||Secondary Education & Math
||Secondary Education: Physical Education and Health
||Health and Human Performance
||Idaho Falls, Idaho
||Health and Human Performance & Business
||Health and Human Performance
||Health and Human Performance & Business
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
- Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
- Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
- Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements
Other Bulldogs to receive the honor include: TJ Benson(2016), Dylan Kramer(2016), AJ Wilson(2016) and Jesse McCloud(2015)
Click HERE for the official release.
Bulldog Football to Host Easter Egg Hunt
The University of Montana Western football team has scheduled it's second spring scrimmage for Saturday, April 15. Following the intra-squad clash, the third annual Bulldog Football Easter Egg Hunt will be held for kids of all ages.
The scrimmage is set to start at 11 a.m. at Vigilante Stadium. The community is invited to watch the full contact matchup between the Bulldog offensive and defensive squads.
The Bulldog Football Easter Egg Hunt will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the scrimmage. All children will have the opportunity to hunt for eggs with members of the Bulldog football team.
Nine Bulldogs Make Academic All-Conference Team
On the men's team was junior Marcus Payne, who also received NAIA Daktronics Scholar athlete this year, and Derek Walker.
Making the women's team was: Kaye Bignell, Sierra Bignell (Daktronics Scholar Athlete), Brandy Bookout, Britt Cooper, Molly Klinker, Aniese Palmore, and Alexa Welch.
||Deer Lodge, Mont.
||Health and Human Performance
||Health and Human Performance
||Santa Monica, Calif
||Early Childhood Education
Kaye, Sierra and Molly each received the honor last year.
Offical Men's Release
Bulldog Basketball Signs Tanner Haverfield
Tanner Haverfield, a native of Dillon, is the son of Gary and Terri Haverfield. Haverfield led the Beaverhead County Beavers to back-to-back Class A State Championships. "We are very excited that Tanner has decided to join our Bulldog basketball team." stated head coach Steve Keller, "Tanner has played in a great program and has been well coached. He knows how to win as he helped lead his team to two consecutive state titles."
He averaged 18.6 points and 5.2 rebounds a game during his high school career. He was an two-time all state selection as well as a two-time Southwestern A MVP. "Tanner has become a very good three point shooter and has improved at getting to the rim and freethrow line. We look forward watching Tanner develop into a very good player in our league." Keller added.
Haverfield will graduate from Beaverhead County High School this June, and is undecided on a major at Western.
Four Bulldogs Named NAIA All-Americans
On the men's side, junior Dom Robinson was a second team All-American Selection. And senior Shyke Smalls was a third team All-American Selection.
Dom Robinson, a 5-8 guard from Tacoma, Wash. was named Frontier Conference Newcomer of the Year, as well as being a First-Team All-Conference selection. Robinson averages 17 points a game, tied for third in the conference,and scored 561 total points. He led the conference in three-pointers made with 96 (sixth in the NAIA), three-pointers made per game averaging 2.90 (ninth in the NAIA), assists with 149 (12th in the NAIA), and assists per game averaging 4.52. He also scored a conference high 39 points in a single game.
Shyke Smalls, a 6-1 guard from Great Falls, Mont. was named to the Frontier Conference First-Team. Smalls scored 470 points on the season, and averaged 15.2 points per game. He led the conference in steals averaging 2.24 a game, and is ranked fourth in the NAIA with 74. This season Smalls scored a career high 34 points in a come from behind victory over rival Carroll College, and finished his career with 1285 points. Smalls was named Frontier Conference Player of the Week three times this season and NAIA National Player of the Week in December. Last season Smalls was an All-American honorable mention.
The Bulldogs have had 11 All-Americans since the 2009-10 season; JaRon Brown (2009-10), Brandon Brown (2010-11 & 2011-12), Kyle Erickson (2011-12), Jake Owsley (2012-13), Stephen McCall (2014-15), Dexter Williams Jr. (2014-15 & 2015-16), Shyke Smalls (2015-16 & 2016-17), and Dom Robinson (2016-17).
For the complete men's team click here.
On the Women's side, senior Aniese Palmore was a second team All-American, and senior Kaye Bignell was an All-American Honorable Mention.
Senior point guard Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) was named to the First-Team of the Frontier Conference, and the second team of the NAIA All-championship team. Palmore averaged 15.39 points a game this season leading the team with 508 points. She had 149 rebounds, 104 assists, and 46 steals. Palmore was ninth in the NAIA for free throw percentage (84.3 percent) and 20th for assist to turnover ratio (2.00). Palmore was named All-American Honorable Mention last season.
Senior forward Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) All-American Honorable mention was also named to the All-Conference Second-Team. Bignell scored a career high 441 points, and averaging 13.4 a game. She had 190 rebounds and 44 steals. Bignell was 16th in the NAIA for shooting percentage (52.1 percent).
The Lady Bulldogs have had three All-Americans since the 2012-13 season; Sammi Bignell (2012-13), Aniese Palmore (2015-16 & 2016-17), and Kaye Bignell (2016-17).
For the complete women's team click here.
Bulldogs fall to Dalton State
Reed Dungan led all scorers with 19 points for Dalton State, while Carnilious Simmons posted 17 points and a game-best 19 rebounds. Sayvon Wilson chipped in with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Isaiah Box tallied 11 points and six rebounds.
“I thought the difference in the game was the kids were willing to do what needed to be done to win the game,” said Dalton State head coach Tony Ingle. “We ran a 1-3-1 half-court defense the majority of the night. We’ve maybe ran that defense two minutes total in four years. It was the best defense we needed to win the game.”
Dalton State (29-4) dominated play inside on both ends of the floor, posting a 52-30 rebounding advantage that included a 16-6 discrepancy on the offensive end. The Roadrunners turned those rebounds into 17 second chance points, contributing to a total of 50 points in the paint to 28 for the Bulldogs.
The Roadrunners led nearly wire to wire, falling behind by just a single point on two occasions in the opening minutes of the game. Wilson erased the last of the two deficits with six points of an 8-0 spurt that pushed Dalton State in front, 21-14, at the 10:46 mark of the first half.
The closest Montana Western edged toward the lead came late in the first half when Chase Haack hit a three-pointer, followed by buckets from Shyke Smalls and Kooper Kidgell to tie the game at 31-31. However, Dalton State answered with nine-straight points to finish the half, the last five coming from Dungan.
Defense was the catalyst in the second half for the Roadrunners, holding the Bulldogs to 9 of 31 (.290) shooting that included a 14.3 percent mark (2 of 14) from three-point range. Though both teams recorded just seven turnovers apiece, Montana Western finished the game 4 of 27 (.148) from beyond the arc.
“You can’t win if you don’t rebound,” said Montana Western head coach Steve Keller. “We didn’t make enough shots and they outworked us. We still had a great season and I didn’t expect this team to go 25-8.”
Smalls paced Montana Western with 12 points, while Kidgell, Haack and Marcus Payne each finished with 10 points. Dom Robinson chipped in with eight points and four assists, while Zaccheus Darko-Kelly led the effort on the glass with six rebounds.
Dalton State – In just their second appearance at the national championship, the Roadrunners of Dalton State are now 7-0 all-time at the event … In the first appearance for the Roadrunners, they won a national title over Westmont (Calif.) … In the NAIA, Dalton State ranks No. 3 in steals per game (9.9) and total steals (319) … Carnilious Simmons ranks No. 2 individually in offensive rebounds per game (3.8) as well as No. 3in total rebounds (323) and No. 5 in total rebounds per game (10.1) … Reed Dungan earned 19 points – this mark led all scorers in the game … From the field the Roadrunners went 31-71 for just 43 percent … The matchup in the quarterfinals against Texas Wesleyan will be the first meeting between the two this season.
Montana Western – With the loss, the Bulldogs of Montana Western now fall to 8-14 all-time in the national championship after completing their 14th appearance in program history … Last season, Montana Western was knocked out in the first round to William Penn (Iowa) … Out of the Frontier Conference, the Bulldogs rank No. 4 in the NAIA in scoring offense per game (88.2) and No. 5 in total scoring (2,823) … The 60 points scored tonight were well-below their season average … Four Bulldogs earned double-digits led by Shyke Smalls with a team-high 12 points … The Bulldogs were held to just 14 percent from the 3-point line while only connecting on four.
By Eric Montgomery, NAIA Media Coordinator
Lady Bulldogs Fall in the Second Round at the Buzzer
The Bulldogs impressive season came to an abrupt end Friday in Billings, as the Stars sunk a 16 foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to keep the Bulldogs from advancing in the national tournament.
The Bulldogs started out hot against Oklahoma City, taking a seven point lead into halftime. Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) was on her game connecting on eight three-pointers and tying a career high 29 points.
Battling foul trouble all game, The Bulldogs recieved a total team effort as their bench got significant playing time, and we able to keep the pressure on the Stars.
Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) had another great game, scoring 20 points, on 4-6 shooting from downtown. (Box Score)
With the Bulldogs leading in the fourth quarter, the Stars were able take advantage of the foul trouble and chipped away at the lead. The Bulldogs were able to tie the game with seven seconds left, but the stars had just enough time as they were able to set a play and sink the winner.
· The Bulldogs, who were picked to finish last in the conference in the preseason, finished the season with their best record in 10 years, finished a game out of second in the conference and almost advanced into the quarterfinals of the national tournament.
· Kaye Bignell joined the 1000 points club with her 13 points in the game. She scored 76 points in her one season at Carroll College and 934 in three season at Western for a total of 1,010 points.
Bulldogs Beat LSU-Shreveport, Advance to Second Round
No. 4 seed Montana Western led throughout much of the game, but had to hold off a late rally from No. 5 seed LSU Shreveport (La.), to win the final first round contest at the 2017 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo. Montana Western will play No. 1 seed Dalton State (Ga.) in the Liston Bracket Friday at 9:15 p.m. CST in the NAIA National Championship Second Round.
“We shot really well in the first half, which gave us confidence,” said Montana Western Head Coach Steve Keller. “Dom Robinson got the team going early on, and put on a great effort. The team is playing without worrying about any risk, it’s the way we’ve been playing all season.”
Dom Robinson led the Bulldogs (25-7) with a tournament-high 32 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor. Robinson added seven assists. Shyke Smalls added 25 points and Kooper Kidgell finished with 11 points. (Box Score)
LSU Shreveport took an early lead, putting Montana Western into a 6-4 deficit within the game’s first three minutes of play. The Bulldogs responded and strung together an 8-0 run, capping the stretch with a Zaccheus Darko-Kelly field goal to put Montana Western in front, 12-6 with 16:15 to play in the first half.
The Pilots cut their deficit to 12-9 moments later, but that’ as small as the Bulldog lead would be through the rest of the game. Montana Western’s advantage stretched out to double-digits for the first time at 22-11 after Kooper Kidgell scored two of his 11 points with 12:19 to play before halftime.
Montana Western maintained its lead through the rest of the half, and a field goal from Riley King just before the end of the half put the Bulldogs up 53-37 at the break.
Montana Western gradually added to its lead through the opening nine minutes of the second half. Robinson hit a three-point field goal with just over 11-minutes to play in the contest, extending the advantage to 76-55, the largest lead of the game.
LSU Shreveport worked back into the game, and a three-pointer from Benjamin Batts with 1:34 to play cut the Bulldog lead back to single-digits, and Batts hit a free throw to finish a four-point play, to put the Pilots in a 92-85 deficit. Rashard Owens followed a pair of Montana Western free throw misses with a three-point field goal to cut the Montana Western lead to 92-88 near the one-minute mark. Montana Western pulled away from there, and built another double-digit lead, eventually earning a 99-94 win.
“I’m really proud of the way the guys played throughout the entire game,” said Keller. “Our guards gave a great effort, and we were able to hold our own on the boards.”
Benjamin Batts led the Pilots with 21 points, while Greg Pollins added a career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Also in double-figures were Josh Walker, with 15 points, and Uzonna Akazi with 13 points. LSU Shreveport scored 18 second-chance points and scored 21 points off 20 Bulldog turnovers.
“We got beat by a really good basketball team today,” said LSU Shreveport Head Coach Kyle Blankenship. “When at the national tournament, you can’t trail by 21 points and expect to come back. I am proud of our guys for cutting it down to single digits. We had a great year and hopefully we learn from this experience, getting back to the tournament again.”
LSU Shreveport finishes its season with a 20-10 record.
Montana Western Notes
Dillon, Montana, home of Montana Western, has the highest elevation of any team’s hometown at the 2017 tournament (5,118 feet)…The Bulldogs scored 53 points in the first half, the most first half points scored by any team so far at this year’s tournament, and the most since Mid-America Christian (Okla.) scored 55 points in the first half in last year’s national semifinal game… Montana Western’s 14 national tournament appearances is the most among program’s from the state of Montana…The Bulldogs are now 7-7 all-time in first round games…Five of those first round wins have come since 2010…The 94 points given up is the most in a win this season for Montana Western…The Bulldogs improve to 6-3 against teams in this year’s national championship field.
Lady Bulldogs Win First NAIA Tournament Game in 10 Years
The Bulldogs used a strong fourth quarter to overcome a 10 point second half deficit to stun Columbia 63-53.
Both teams were locked in a defensive battle for the most of the game. Missed opportunities by the Bulldogs allowed Columbia to take a nine point lead into halftime.
Columbia focused on stopping seniors Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.), holding the two to a combined 0-17 shooting and one point in the first half. Sophomore Cierra Lamey (Wise River, Mont.) stepped up in the first quarter and senior Taylor Howlett carried the Bulldogs into the fourth quarter. Without the performances from Howlett and Lamey the Bulldogs would not have been in position to make a comeback.
Trailing by seven heading into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs couldn’t find any offensive momentum. Plagued by missed free throws and empty possessions the Bulldogs looked like were not going to overcome the deficit.
But the Bulldogs wore down the Columbia defense and shut down the offense. Outscoring Columbia 25-8 in the fourth quarter to pull off the upset and the comeback with a 10 point victory.
Palmore finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Bignell had a double-double, 11 points 11 rebounds. Howlett scored 13 points. Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored 11 points and eight rebounds and Lamey had 10 points and eight rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs return to action Friday March 17, at 10:45 a.m. when they face two-seed Oklahoma City University in the second round of the tournament.