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Wilbert to golf at MCC MILES CITY - Billings Central golfer Mitch Wilbert has agreed to play golf at Miles Community College, coach Dwight Gunnare announced.

Wilbert was a member of the Billings Central team that finished second at the state Class A tournament this fall. He has been a top 10 finisher at the state tournament the past three seasons.

"Mitch is a great addition to our team," Gunnare said. "We have a strong nucleus returning from this year's team and Mitch has the potential to make our team even more competitive next year."

UGF narrows search for coach GREAT FALLS - The University of Great Falls has narrowed its search for a new men's basketball coach and athletic director to two candidates, but officials say other candidates also could be considered later.

The university declined to release the names of the two men. But Kermit Young and Scott Berry told the Great Falls Tribune in interviews that they are being considered.

The coaches, who both have administrative experience, are hoping to succeed Mike Geniesse, who compiled an 11-86 record the past three years. Geniesse was asked to resign about six weeks ago.

Young, 60, is a former Fairfield High athlete who starred at Montana State University in the 1960s. He coached seven seasons at Napa Valley Junior College in northern California, after stints as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I programs Nevada-Reno and University of Pacific. He has been working as an assistant principal at Natomas High School in Sacramento.

Berry, 44, grew up in Livingston. He has compiled an 82-38 record in four seasons as head coach at Yakima Valley Community College. He also works as an assistant superintendent for the Selah (Wash.) school district.

Dillon's Tash to play at Western DILLON - Dillon Guard Kacee Tash has signed letters of intent to play basketball and golf at Montana-Western.

Tash was named MVP of both the Central A and the Class A state tournament. She averaged 7.9 points, 3.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 4.3 rebounds per game.

In golf, Tash was a member of the 2002 state championship team. She placed in the top 10 at the state meet. She was third at state in 2000 and second in 2001.

Northern signs E. Utah transfer HAVRE - The MVP of the College of Eastern Utah women's basketball team has signed a letter of intent to join the Montana State-Northern basketball team.

Megan Valgardson averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and two blocked shots per game in earning all-region honors at Eastern Utah during the 2002-2003 season.

Valgardson graduated from Tempview High School in Provo, Utah.

Graham to play at Northern HAVRE - White Sulphur Springs defensive tackle Marc Graham has signed a letter of intent to play football at Montana State-Northern, coach Walt Currie has announced.

Graham, a 5-foot-9, 215-pounder who also played linebacker for the hornets, was an all-conference selection.

He was his team's defensive player of the year.

Kloker is Helena mat coach HELENA - Longtime Helena High assistant wrestling coach Marty Kloker is the school's new head wrestling coach.

He takes over for Ken Cloud.

Kloker, a wrestling assistant for 18 years, is also an assistant football coach.

Big Sky honors UM athletes OGDEN, Utah - University of Montana athletes Suzanne Krings and Dane Brubaker earned Big Sky Conference track and field honors this week.

Krings, a senior from Helena, won the 100 meter hurdles in a meet record 13.91 seconds at the UM-MSU dual last Saturday. The career best time qualified Krings for the NCAA regional meet.

Brubaker, a sophomore, won the javelin at the UM-MSU dual with a career best mark of 210 feet, 5 inches. The distance improved his regional qualifying standard.

Also honored by the league were Weber State distance runner Joel Atwater and Idaho State thrower Maureen Griffin.

Wright steps down at Big Sky MISSOULA - Missoula Big Sky volleyball coach Mark Wright is resigning, but said he may offer to be a volunteer assistant for his replacement.

Wright was an assistant coach at Missoula Sentinel for 13 seasons before taking over at Big Sky in 1999. Wright's teams compiled a record of 35-57 at Big Sky, including a 16-10 record last fall.

Besides volunteering with the Big Sky volleyball team, Wright said he is also considering putting together a club volleyball program for boys.

Eggum 3rd at U.S. nationals LAS VEGAS - Sidney's Brandon Eggum finished third at 185 pounds at the U.S. Senior National wrestling meet, which concluded here Saturday.

Great Falls' Bill Zadick, an NCAA national champion for Iowa in 1996, finished second at 145 pounds with a 3-1 loss to Chris Bono in overtime. Zadick was going for a third straight national championship.

Mike Zadick, Bill's younger brother, defeated Yero Washington 4-0 in the third-place match at 132 pounds.

All three Montana wrestlers were competing in the freestyle classification.

The next big national meet is the World Team Trials, slated for June 20-22 in Indianapolis. Weight class winners at the meet will advance to the World Championships, Sept. 12-14 in New York.

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