Thursday, December 15, 2005
NAIA title game on Bresnan
Bresnan Communications will offer a free preview of the College Sports Television network (CSTV) for its expanded basic customers this weekend, giving them the opportunity to watch the NAIA national championship football game between Carroll College and St. Francis, Ind.
CSTV is carried on Bresnan's digital cable (channel 411 in Billings) and is also available on DirecTV and Dish Network, but agreed to the free preview this weekend in Montana.
"We're grateful that the folks at CSTV have agreed to let us run a free preview weekend on this of all weekends," said Sean O'Donnell, Bresnan's regional vice president for Montana. "We know how important this game is to people, not just in Helena, but across the state."
The Carroll-St. Francis game kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. Mountain time.
The CSTV free preview runs from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Monday.
The CSTV free preview will be shown on channel 70 in Billings.
The complete channel list for the free preview is as follows: Anaconda channel 19, Billings 70, Boulder 98, Bozeman 63, Butte 61, Conrad 9, Cut Bank 36, Deer Lodge 19, Dillon 20, Fort Benton 37, Glasgow 46, Great Falls 70, Hamilton 74, Havre 96, Helena 80, Kalispell 67, Livingston 19, Malta 37, Missoula 67, Polson 97, Shelby 13, Townsend 8 and Wolf Point 47.
Griz roll past Western, 110-71
MISSOULA - Kevin Criswell scored 21 points in 22 minutes, leading Montana to a 110-71 win over Montana-Western Wednesday night, the second most points scored by the Grizzlies in school history.
All 12 players scored for Montana (8-1), which is off to its best start since the 1993-94 team opened 13-0.
The most points ever scored by a Montana team came in a 111-84 victory over Idaho State during the 1965-66 season.
Andrew Strait added 20 points for the Grizzlies, who out-rebounded Western 53-26 and forced 27 turnovers, 14 of them steals.
The Bulldogs (4-7) never led, but kept it close for most of the first half. Montana was up just 27-24 when a 3-pointer by Criswell with 3:07 left launched an 18-5 Grizzly run to close out the first half.
Montana led 45-29 at halftime and scoring runs of 9-0, 8-0 and 7-0 in the second half.
Matt Dlouhy and Virgil Matthews were also in double figures with 12 and 10 points, and Jordan Hasquet and Kyle Sharp both had eight rebounds.
Wes Morales hit 6-of-9 shots and led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Charlie Cox added 16 but committed 10 turnovers.
Rocky alumni games tonight
The men's and women's basketball teams from Rocky Mountain College will take part in games against alumni squads tonight in the Fortin Center.
The women's game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.
The games will likely consist of 15-minute halves, instead of the usual 20 minutes.
The games are open to the public. No admission will be charged.
Klaboe to coach Montana squad
MILES CITY - Billings West football coach Paul Klaboe, whose team went 13-0 in winning the state Class AA championship this season, has been named the head coach of the Montana All-Stars for next summer's Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl.
The Montana-North Dakota all-star game will be played June 17 in Miles City. North Dakota won 53-29 last year. Montana leads the series 9-3.
Klaboe's teams have posted a 143-65 record in 20 seasons at West High. He will be assisted by West assistant Steve Guelph along with Belgrade coach Matt Hollowell, Hysham coach Shawn Hollowell and Cut Bank coach Paul Schilling.
MCC men ranked 18th in poll
MILES CITY - The men's basketball team at Miles Community College is off to a 13-1 start and is ranked 18th in this week's National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll.
Coach Shawn Neary's Pioneers are 5-0 at home this season, 1-0 on the road and 7-1 on neutral courts.
MCC will be playing at home Friday with an 8 p.m. game against United Tribes of Bismarck, N.D.
The Pioneers are being led in scoring by freshman Trevor Morris, who is averaging 15.4 points per game. Teammate Jerry Moody is chipping in with 14.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest.
Engellant notches 200th win
DILLON - Montana-Western women's basketball coach Kevin Engellant posted his 200th career coaching victory last weekend.
Montana-Western beat Eastern Oregon University 65-64 in a nonconference game on Saturday.
In 10 years at Western, Engellant has 200-93 record. Western is 13-1 this season and ranked fifth in the NAIA poll.
Coups, Belfry to play at Shrine
The Plenty Coups-Belfry boys and girls basketball games scheduled for Friday in Belfry will now be played Friday at the Billings Shrine Auditorium. The varsity girls game will be played a 6 p.m., followed by the boys varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Also, Saturday's Belfry-Broadview/Lavina games scheduled to be played at the Shrine will now be played Saturday in Belfry. The varsity girls game will start at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys at 7:30 p.m.
Dutton-Brady shortens JV games
DUTTON - Dutton-Brady athletic director Tim Tharp has announced that due to a low number of players, the school will play only half-games for its junior varsity games for the remainder of the season.
Tharp said the move is primarily in order to comply with the MHSA rule that states players who play in sub-varsity games can not start a varsity game.
"With our numbers, this would mean that the sub-varsity squad would have to play their entire contest without any substitutions," said Tharp. "That would have detrimental effects on our varsity program with players left on the bench who have already played a full contest."
For home games, Dutton-Brady will conduct the half-games by playing four four-minute with a regular halftime.
Tharp added that teams interested in scheduling a sub-varsity scrimmage with Dutton-Brady can call him at 406-476-3424.