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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Walker named Pac West Freshmen of the Year

Lucas Walker of Montana State-Billings has been selected the freshmen of the year for the Pacific West Conference.

Three other Yellowjackets - Justin Hassell, Cameron Munoz and Buddy Windy Boy - earned second-team all-Pac West honors.

Walker, a 6-8 forward from Launceston, Australia, averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20 games this season before missing the final seven games because of a broken thumb. A crowd favorite for his high-flying dunks, Walker scored a career-high 32 in a win over Hawaii Pacific.

Hasselll, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., led the Pac West in rebounding (9.1) and ranked fourth in scoring (19.6). Hassell finished his career 10th all-time at MSU-B for career free throws made. He led the conference in double-doubles this season.

Munoz, a junior from Chino, Calif., ranked third in the Pac West for scoring (20.4) and led the league in 3-pointers made per game (4.44). Munoz finished his junior year ranked ninth all-time with 1,286 career points and second all-time with 304 3-pointers.

Windy Boy, a junior from Lodge Grass, dropped in 104 3-pointers this past season. He ranked eighth in the league for scoring (15.9) and was second to Munoz for 3-pointers made per game (3.85). Windy Boy, with 216 3-pointers, ranks sixth all-time at MSU-B. He is also in the top 10 for career blocked shots.

Jonathan Wiley and Windy Boys were also selected to the Pac West Academic all-conference team.

Wiley, a sophomore from Westlake Village, Calif., was the top pick. He carries a 3.94 grade point average in finance. Windy Boy has a GPA of 3.37 in math education.

City team bowls record score

The B & H Bowling Supply #5 team scattered pins in record fashion during the recent 69th Billings Bowling Association city tournament.

The five-member team set a tournament record with their pin fall of 3,625 scratch and 3,689 with handicap. They also surpassed the state record of 3,588 established by Montana Jerky Company of Kalispell on May 18, 1996.

The B & H Bowling Supply #5 team put together team games of 1,232, 1,148 and 1,245 for their record-breaking set at Fireside Lanes.

The team (and their respective three-game series) included Ed Bertrand 249-266-297-812, Keith Loran 223-197-259-679, Gary Good 194-215-246-655, Dave Winslow 289-244-233-766, and Ted Bertrand 277-226-210-713.

The previous city tournament team records belonged to Where It All Started (a 3,492 total in 1999) and Powderhorn Lounge (a 3,512 handicap score in 1994).

Association secretary Greg McCannel said the record team score of 3,625 has been reported to the Montana State Bowling Association. It will, in turn, be submitted to the United States Bowling Congress.

Late Billings bowler to join hall

The late Harold Jones of Billings will be inducted in the Pioneer Division of the Montana State Bowling Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony set for April 8 in Bozeman.

The Hall of Fame festivities will be part of the opening weekend for the state tournament, which runs April 9-May 22 at Bozeman Bowl and Country Lanes.

Jones was inducted into the Billings Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1970.

Joining Jones in the Hall of Fame will be Dave Benefield of Libby, Greg Waldon of Manhattan and Jim Kernaghan of Great Falls.

The banquet will be held at the Grand Tree Inn. It will start at 6 p.m. and the cost to attend is $20 per person.

For tickets or other information, contact Robin Sullivan at 406-582-7921.

Jacket softball splits 2 games

SEATTLE - The Montana State-Billings softball team split a West Region doubleheader with Seattle University on Tuesday.

The Yellowjackets won the first game 2-1 and dropped the second, 6-2.

MSU-B plays a doubleheader today at St. Martin's in Lacey, Wash.

Pitcher Joey Ehnes went the distance in the win for MSU-B. She stuck out seven and lowered her season ERA to 1.52.

The Yellowjackets manufactured the winning run in the seventh inning. Jenna Haacke reached on a fielder's choice and was replaced by pinch runner Jordan Waverek. Waverek advanced to second on a ground out and to third on passed ball. Layne Pavey hit a grounder to a deep shortstop to score Waverek.

Rachel Quarnburg had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for MSU-B.

Griz boosters in town tonight

Members of the University of Montana athletic department will be at Hooligan's Sports Bar in downtown Billings at 6 p.m. tonight to meet with Grizzly fans.

Jim O'Day, Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics at UM, as well as Grizzly Scholarship Association Assistant Director Greg Sundberg, will be in attendance.

The purpose of the visit is to plan a "Griz Picnic" in Billings on Thursday, May 6. This event will include coaches and other staff for intercollegiate athletics at Montana.

For information, contact the Grizzly Scholarship Association at 243-6487.

Roberts signs with UM-Western

DILLON - Billings West's Andy Roberts has signed a letter of intent to play football at UM-Western.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound defensive back earned all-conference honors his junior season and all-conference and all-state honors as a senior.

He had nine career interceptions with the Bears.

Hale, Bird roll 300 games

Josh Hale's 804 series Friday in the Businessmen's League at Sunset Bowl in Billings included a 300 game.

Hale opened the 804 with a 256 and followed with games of 248 and 300. It is the second time this season Hale has bowled both a 300 and 800 in the league. Hale bowls for the Pounders team and carries a 235 average.

On Saturday, Darin Bird rolled a 300 game in the Weekenders League at Sunset.

It is Bird's second 300 this season in the Weekenders league.

Bird's series was 757, with games of 300, 221 and 236. He averages 216 and bowls for Cap'n-N-Crew.

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