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Claunch's arm sparks Riptide FRESNO, Calif. - Former Columbus High School and Montana Tech quarterback Kane Claunch directed the San Diego Riptide to a 69-52 arena football2 victory over the Fresno Frenzy on Thursday night.

Claunch completed 13 of 22 passes for 219 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for another TD.

The Riptide, 1-1, scored 50 points in the first half - including a 30-point explosion in the second quarter.

San Diego returns home to face the Tulsa (Okla.) Talons on April 20 in the Sports Arena.

Rocky honors Allen, Peterson Josh Allen of Dillon and Lindsey Peterson of Nashua were honored as Rocky Mountain College's senior athletes of the year Friday night during the school's awards banquet at the First Presbyterian Church.

Allen, whose play helped Rocky advance to the NAIA national basketball tournament in March, received the Herb Klindt Award.

Peterson, who was instrumental in the Lady Bears winning three consecutive Frontier Conference championships in golf and advancing to nationals, was presented with the Clara Klindt Award.

Rocky athletes in golf, football, volleyball, soccer, skiing and basketball also received team awards.

Rocky athletic awards Men's golf Scoring leader (average) - Nathan Bailey; team MVP - Bailey; most inspirational - Ryan Truscott; newcomer award - Victor Myers.

Women's golf Scoring leader (average) - Sara Hamilton; team MVP - Sara Hamilton; most inspirational - Jill Selman; newcomer award - Ashley Griffith.

Football Green Bear award - Matt Kimmet; defensive MVP - Junior Fatupaito; Gold Bear award - Dan Fox; offensive MVP - Cory Albin; special teams MVP - George Warburton; team MVP - Travis Salter.

Volleyball Outstanding offensive player - Traci DeRudder; outstanding defensive player - Kelsey Williams; team MVP - Tiffani Bauer.

Women's soccer Most valuable player - Clare Halliday; player's player of the year - Halliday; leadership award - Brittany Hessenthaler.

Ski racing Outstanding competitor of the year - Christie Eichentopf (female) and Bryce Craig (male).

Consistent team scorer - Heidi Eichentopf (female) and Dario Andrasek (male).

Most improved freshmen - Hailey Hamilton (female) and Jon Miller (male).

Men's basketball Most inspirational player - Brett Wilson; team MVPs (tie) - Marshaun Jourdan and Ryan Eklund; defensive MVP - Sean Turner.

Women's basketball Hustle award - Rae Dawn Lei; rebound award - Beth Gerber; team most valuable person - Hannah Elletson.

Overall awards Frank Matthew Award (Outstanding underclass male athlete) - Nathan Bailey, Laurel.

Helen Matthew Award (Outstanding underclass female athlete) - Tiffani Bauer, Riverton, Wyo.

Clara Klindt Award (Outstanding senior female athlete) - Lindsey Peterson, Nashua.

Herb Klindt Award (Outstanding senior male athlete) - Josh Allen, Dillon.

Coaches Award - Matt Bucklin (male) and Beth Gerber (female).

Arthur and Linda DeRosier Award - Kelly Hancock, Billings.

Lady Cats sign 3 players BOZEMAN - The Montana State women's basketball team signed a pair of junior college transfers and a high school player to national letters of intent, coach Robin Potera announced Thursday.

Belinda Stubbs from the College of Southern Idaho, Sheila Hutchison from Ricks College and Vanessa Rogers of Pleasanton, Calif., have signed to play for the Bobcats next season.

Stubbs, a 6-foot-2 forward/center from Ayr, Australia, is the sister of current Bobcat Isabel Stubbs. Belinda Stubbs averaged 11.4 points and six rebounds per game, while shooting 42 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Stubbs was also recruited by Oregon, which captured this season's Women's NIT championship.

Hutchison, a 5-9 guard from Blackfoot, Idaho, played the past two years at Ricks College. She averaged 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and three steals per game in earning first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors during her sophomore year. She also was named the Scenic West Conference player of the year.

MSU player Candis Wilcox is a former teammate of Hutchinson's at Ricks.

Rogers, a 5-6 guard, was a four-year starter for Amador Valley High School, which captured the North Coast Section California High School title four consecutive seasons and were Northern California state tournament champions three of the last four seasons.

Potera has already signed Megan Foy of New Brighton, Minn., and Elyse Mengarelli of Yakima, Wash., during the early signing period in November.

Helena's Blixt signs with Miles MILES CITY - Davin Blixt, an all-state guard from Helena High, has signed to play basketball for Miles Community College.

During his senior season with the Bengals, Blixt averaged 17 points per game, which ranked third in Class AA.

Blixt holds Helena High records for career three-pointers (110), season three-pointers (65) and most three's made in a game (8).

Skyview pair headed to Europe Billings Skyview sophomores Tyler Duffield and Blaine Derhak will join high school track and field athletes from all over the U.S. in June on an 18-day tour of competition and cultural exchange in Switzerland, Austria, France and Germany.

Duffield and Derhak were part of Skyview's 400 meter relay team that placed fifth at the Class AA state meet last spring. Their team also placed second at the divisional meet. Duffield was the divisional runner-up in the 100 meters.

The trip will include opportunities to compete in the Youth Invitational in Innsbruck, Austria, and a competition in Switzerland. In between the competition and scheduled workouts in Europe, the U.S. athletes will have time for some sightseeing including a tour of the 1972 Olympic Village in Munich.

The traveling track and field team, which is sanctioned by the United States' national federation, will include over 50 athletes from over 30 states, including Washington, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Idaho.

Woman makes PRCA history PRINEVILLE, Ore. - For the first known time, a woman has placed in the saddle bronc riding at a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo.

Kaila Mussell, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, used a 69-point ride to tie for fourth place at the Championship Indoor Rodeo in Prineville, Ore.

Women competed against men before the PRCA formed as the Cowboys Turtle Association, yet no accurate records exist. Some rodeos held, "Girls Bronc Riding," in the early 1900s and featured such champions as Alice and Marge Greenough. Both women are great-aunts to former world bareback champion Deb Greenough of Red Lodge.

Mussell, 23, has been honing her saddle bronc skills since she was about 18. Prior to that, she competed in steer riding, roping events and barrel racing as a junior in amateur associations. Mussell has also attended Lyle Sankey's rodeo schools where she was selected the most improved saddle bronc rider.

Mussell, the British Columbia Rodeo Association roughstock rookie of the year for 2000, hopes to be competitive in the PRCA's Columbia River Circuit and make a run for the 2003 Dodge National Circuit Finals.

Northern signs Wyoming standout HAVRE - The MSU-Northern football program has signed Mitch Wilkins of Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyo., to a letter of intent to play next season.

Wilkins, at 5-foot-8 and 168 pounds, was a first team all-state quarterback for the Camels and was named to the Super 25 all-state team for Wyoming.

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