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Carroll's Mortensen wins A.O. Duer Award HELENA - Carroll College volleyball standout Lena Mortensen has been named this year's recipient of the Frontier Conference's A.O. Duer award.

The award is named in honor of the NAIA's former executive secretary who served the association for 26 years. This award has been annually presented since 1967 to a junior student-athlete in any sport who has excelled in scholarship, character and citizenship.

Mortensen, a junior outside hitter, is majoring in psychology and minoring in biology with a 3.96 cumulative GPA. She plans to attend dentistry school upon graduation.

In addition to the A.O. Duer award, Mortensen earned honorable mention all-conference and academic All-America honors.

West's Vicars to play basketball at Tech BUTTE - Billings West senior Shelli Vicars has signed a letter of intent to join the women's basketball program at Montana Tech this fall.

Vicars was a three-year letterwinner at West and was a starting guard on this year's State AA championship team. She earned honorable mention all-conference and all-state basketball honors as a senior.

Vicars carries a 4.0 GPA and is one of the five finalists for the Midland Roundtable Female Athlete of the Year.

Western football signs 3 players DILLON - Two Montana high school football players and a third from Idaho have signed national letters of intent to play football for the University of Montana-Western next fall, head coach Tommy Lee says.

Lucas Stacy, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back from Eureka, Justin Johnson, a 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Joplin and Omar Rodriguez from Glenn's Ferry, Idaho, all signed to play for the Bulldogs.

Stacy earned All-Conference and All-State honors at outside linebacker and defensive back for Eureka. He earned second team All-Conference honors as a quarterback. He'll play in this summer's Class B All-Star game and was selected as an alternate for the East-West Shrine Game.

Johnson earned All-State honors in the six-man program for Joplin-Inverness on the Hi-Line. He will play in the six-man All-Star game next month.

The Bulldogs are looking at Johnson to fill wide receiver or defensive back, Lee said.

Rodriguez earned AA-Conference and All-State honors as a running back. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and recorded 70 tackles, seven interceptions and averaged 30 yards per punt return.

Butte's Johnson to play at South Carolina BUTTE - Rob Johnson, a 2001 Butte Central High School graduate and former Butte Miners standout, plans to attend the University of South Carolina on a baseball scholarship, his father, Bob Johnson, told The Montana Standard.

Rob Johnson currently attends Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he led the Gauchos to victory in the Southern California Region 1 playoffs last weekend.

He drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 5-4 win over Citrus Junior College. Saddleback later defeated host Cuesta College in the regional played in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Johnson was one of seven Gauchos chosen to the All-Conference team. Saddleback (29-14-1) is ranked No. 7 in the national junior college baseball poll.

South Carolina is ranked No. 19 by Baseball America and No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball News in major college baseball polls this week.

Johnson was picked as a draft-and-follow candidate by the Florida Marlins in last year's amateur baseball draft. The Marlins hold signing rights to him until May 28 when Johnson, if he remains unsigned to a pro contract, can make himself eligible for this year's draft scheduled for June 3.

Eureka's Bean joins UM track program MISSOULA - Curtis Bean, a thrower from Eureka, has signed a letter of intent to join the Montana track and field team, coach Tom Raunig announced.

Bean is the defending Class B state champion in shot put and discus. He won the shot put with a mark of 51 feet, nine inches and the discus with a throw of 149-6.

His personal best mark of 54-10 in the shot put ranks him third overall in the state, while his career best discus throw of 165-11 ranks him fourth overall in the state.

Raunig said Bean has a lot of potential to improve as he gets stronger.

Big Sky's Williams to play hoops at Tech BUTTE - Missoula Big Sky boys' basketball MVP Jake Williams has signed a letter of intent to play at Montana Tech, coach Mike Bauer announced.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 wing player, averaged 18 points and eight rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game in earning all-state honors. He made 80 percent of his free throws and 42 percent of his 3-point shots.

Williams also was named to the Class AA all-tournament team his junior and senior seasons.

Jordan Noblitt, the co-MVP of the Missoula Loyola boys' basketball team has also signed a letter of intent to play at Montana Tech.

Noblitt, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 19.7 points, seven rebounds, 2.3 steals and two assists per game in earning all-conference honors.

Jordan scored a career high 38 points in one game last season and twice might eight 3-pointers in a game.

Sheridan's Elser to play at Western DILLON - Chad Elser, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Sheridan, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Montana-Western.

Elser averaged 17.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals during his senior season.

He earned all-conference and all-state honors and was named to all-tournament team at the Class C State Tournament.

During the state tournament, Elser averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding. He was also an All Conference selection in his junior season.

Kittelmann to play football at Black Hills SPEARFISH, S.D. - Black Hills State University football coach John Scott has announced the signing of Ekalaka's Kaine Kittelmann, who will transfer to BHSU from Jamestown College, N.D.

Kittelman was an all-state performer in both football and basketball at Carter County High School in Ekalaka. In football, he was a starting quarterback in the 2002 Class C Treasure State all-star game football game. In basketball, he was the MVP of the District 4C tournament as a senior.

Scott said Kittelmann will compete for a starting spot at either wide receiver or defensive back.

Scott also announced the signing of two recruits from Buffalo, Wyo., running back/wide receiver Daniel Cronk and fullback Sam Hilton; and two recruits from Worland, Wyo., tight end Marcus Geis and quarterback Coby Rideout.

Sheridan College inks Washington standout SHERIDAN, Wyo. - Solidifying its front line, the Sheridan College women's basketball team has signed Chelsie Atkinson of Clarkston, Wash.

Atkinson, a 6-foot center, averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds this past season as a senior. She was all-Greater Spokane League selection this year.

Glasgow's Johnston to wrestle at Dickinson DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson State University wrestling coach Thadd O'Donnell has announced the signing of Glasgow standout Cory Johnston to a letter of intent to join the program this fall.

Johnston was a state tournament placer in all four years of his high school career, placing third as a freshman, first as a sophomore and junior and second as a senior.

He was also an all-state cross country runner for the Scotties as a senior.

O'Donnell also announced the signing of Eamonn Torgison of Polson and Jesse Long of Frenchtown.

Livingston's Lyman to play volleyball for Saints HELENA - Carroll College volleyball coach Amy Heuiser has announced the signing of Lindsey Lyman of Livingston.

Lyman earned all-conference honors for the past three years and all-state honors for the past two at Park High.

She earned Central A Conference MVP honors as a senior.

Northern men sign junior college transfer HAVRE - Dustin Sawejka, a 6-7 junior college forward has signed with the Montana State-Northern men's basketball team.

Sawejka averaged 17 points and seven rebounds a game this past season for Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. He earned honorable mention All-America honors, along with being selected to the all-region and all-conference teams.