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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Bighorns slip past Bulls, 4-3

HELENA - Helena's Brandon Marino and Larry Willard put in goals in the shootout and Billings didn't as the Bighorns claimed a 4-3 win over the Bulls in NAHL hockey Saturday.

Helena's Nate Rein scored two goals as his team was up 3-1 after the second period.

"We were down 3-1 going into the third period and came out and scored a couple big goals to tie the game up," said Bulls coach Mike Aikens. "It showed a ton of character and the guys played hard. In the overtime we played well, but we got in the shootout and we hit the post, the goalie made some big saves and the puck just didn't bounce our way."

The Bulls play today against Minnesota at 3 p.m. at MetraPark Arena.

Seahawks set 3 state records

MISSOULA - Swimmers from the Billings YMCA Seahawks set three state records in the Montana State Swim Championships in Missoula.

The Seahawks' 21 swimmers (ages 8-17) brought home 34 medals in the meet and finished second overall as a team.

The Seahawks' Ashley Crowe, age 12, broke her own state records in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 1,000-yard freestyle events. Crowe won six events in the meet.

Morgan Denny, age 15, set a new state record in the 40-yard backstroke and also won the 50-yard freestyle.

Taylor Cook won six events in the girls 17-over division. Kelsey Henan won all of the breaststroke events and also won the girls 1,650 freestyle in the girls 15-16 age division.

Taylor Rowe won five events in the boys 11-12 division, and Chandler Crowe won five events in the boys 10-under division.

Other event winners for the Seahawks included Lindsay Robb (girls 17; 100 fly, 200 fly), Cara Duberstein (girls 15-16; 400 IM) and Jessica Knote (girls 17; 200 breast).

The Seahawks are coached by Mike Burton and Sheri Rowe.

UM's Swanson gets golf honor

OGDEN, Utah - Montana sophomore Krista Swanson was named the Big Sky Conference women's golf player of the week, the league announced.

Swanson carded rounds of 78, 69 and 74 to finish in a tie for third with a five-over-par 221 at the Bobcat Desert Classic in Goodyear, Ariz.

Swanson, of Forest Lake, Minn., has lowered her season stroke average to 78.8 through five competitions and tied the school record for the low single round with a three-under-par 69.

Montana finished seventh at the spring season-opening tournament with a team total of 922.

Rohloff finalist for national award

Former Miles City head football coach Ed Rohloff has been selected by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association to be one of eight national finalists for coach of the year.

All football coach of the year finalists will be recognized at a banquet in Orlando, Fla., on June 30.

Rohloff retired from head coaching duties at Miles City last summer. In his 33 years of being a head football coach -26 in Miles City - Rohloff compiled a 217-81 record. He won five state titles at Miles City.

Rohloff was inducted into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999-2000. He won regional coach of the year accolades twice and was the MCA coach of the year in 1981, '85, '94, '95 and '96.

Rohloff was nominated for the MCA coach of the year 14 additional times in his tenure, and was the Mon-Dak All-Star Game head coach twice, and head coach of the Shrine Bowl three times in Montana and once in Wyoming.

Boxing with the Bulls at Babcock

The Billings Bulls NAHL hockey team will be well represented at Thursday Night Fights this week at the Babcock Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Assistant coach Doug Johnson will be fighting against an unnamed opponent. And in heavyweight action, Bulls mascot Josh Fenton will face Sean Kocab.

Also on the card is women's city lightweight women's champion D.J. Morrison versus Joan Flores.

Luna makes Scholar-Athlete team

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Montana State-Northern wrestler Brian Luna was named to the Daktronics-NAIA Wrestling All-America Scholar Athlete team.

Luna, is a junior from Milliken, Colo., who is majoring in drafting. He won the national title at 133-pounds and finished the season with a 31-1 record.

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