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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Scarlets, Royals battle today The Billings Scarlets host the Billings Royals today in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. at Cobb Field.

It is the first meeting of the Royals and Scarlets this season. Prior to the AA game, the Billings Blue Jays will face the Billings Cardinals at Cobb at 4 p.m. in non-conference action.

It is Morgan Stanley night at the park.

Rex Welton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Royals-Scarlets game. Welton was the first Scarlets coach and was also an assistant coach for the Royals. He also taught at Lewis and Clark.

Following the Royals-Scarlets game, Dave McNally Drive will be dedicated. Dave McNally Drive is the approach to Cobb Field and a Billings street sign will be placed there in McNally's honor. The Billings native played Legion baseball in Billings and went on to play professionally for the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos. He died last year following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Montana, N.D. plan Legion series Three Billings players have been chosen to play in the inaugural Montana-North Dakota American Legion All-Star baseball series.

Aaron Audet and Scott Reid of the Scarlets and Willie Crtalic of the Royals will compete in the event which is set for June 9-10 at Cobb Field. The rest of the Montana roster will be announced at a later date.

Each team will have 25 players and they will come from the Class AA and A ranks. There will be a single game on June 9 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader at 5 p.m. on June 10.

General admission tickets are available for $8 for both session. Box seats are $10. Contact Bob Sandler at 656-2035 or 861-5878 and Joe Studiner at 248-4949 or 671-9052 for tickets.

Former players are needed to fill out teams for the Alumni Tournament which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. There will be a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at Cobb Field and teams will assigned following the breakfast.

Ex-Bronc transfers to MSU-B Former Billings Senior High School standout Jenny (Doely) Auer has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Montana State-Billings next year. Auer, a 5-foot-7 guard who graduated from Senior in 2001, will transfer from Montana State after running track for the Bobcats the last two years.

In the Bobcats' 2002 indoor season, Auer placed second in the high jump at the Big Sky Conference meet and was named the team's most outstanding field performer. She joined the MSU track team after capturing five state titles in her high school career.

Auer led the Broncs' in 3-point percentage as a junior and free throw percentage as a senior. In 1998, Auer set a Senior record with a 72.0 percent free throw percentage. She also shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range, which was the fourth-best mark in school history at the time. As a senior in 2000, Auer scored 323 points, second-best on the Broncs' all-time single season scoring list. She averaged 14.2 points per game that season en route to first team all-conference and first team all-state honors.

Auer won the Big Sky State Games "Character Counts" scholarship as a junior in 2000. As a senior, she was named the Midland Roundtable Female Athlete of the Year, and after recovering from ACL surgery, she led the Broncs to a second place finish at the State AA track meet. She graduated as the valedictorian at Senior.

Mary finishes 4th at nationals DECATUR, Ala. — The University of Mary fell to the University of Mobile 5-2 in 12 innings Thursday to finish fourth at the NAIA women's softball championship tournament.

Mary, which ended its season with a 38-14 record, received hits from former Billings' athletes Sara Buening and Hope Johnson. Johnson also scored a run as Mary jumped ahead 2-0 after two innings against Kirby Baxter, the 2003 NAIA Pitcher of the Year.

Helena's Danelle Murphy went the distance on the mound for the Marauders, striking out three and allowing 11 hits. Murphy compiled a 23-9 pitching record this season.

MSU wins men's all-sports trophy OGDEN, Utah — The Big Sky Conference announced that Montana State is the winner of the league's Men's All-Sports Trophy and Weber State is the winner of the Women's All-Sports Trophy.

The Bobcat men, who last won the title in 1967, are just the third current conference team to win the award and the only other team besides Northern Arizona and Weber State to win since 1996.

Weber State won the women's division for the third-straight year. The Wildcats won titles in indoor track and field and basketball, as well as finishing second in outdoor track and field and cross country. With three-straight All-Sports titles and six overall under it's belt, Weber State now holds the conference record for most women's All-Sports awards.

Here is the sport-by-sport point breakdown for each team

Men's

X-C FB Ind.T BB Ten Out.T Total

Montana State 12 24 6 7 7 10 66

Northern Arizona 10 7 12 12 7 16 64

Weber State 8 5 10 24 3.5 13 63.5

Idaho State 5 18 8 15 10 4 60

Montana 6 21 5 18 3.5 5 58.5

Eastern Washington 3 9 4 21 3.5 7 47.5

Sacramento State 2 12 3 9 12 3 41

Portland State 4 15 2 5 3.5 2 31.5

Women's

X-C Glf VB Ind.T BB Ten. Out.T Total

Weber State 10 6 15 12 24 7 13 87

Montana State 8 4 18 6 21 3.5 16 76.5

Northern Arizona 12 8 12 10 9 10 5 66

Eastern Washington 4 10 24 3 12 3.5 4 60.5

Sacramento State 2 5 21 4 5 12 3 52

Portland State 5 12 9 2 15 3.5 2 48.5

Montana 6 3 5 5 18 3.5 7 47.5

Livingston native to coach at DSU DICKINSON, N.D. — Scott Berry from Yakima (Wash.) Valley Community College was hired as the new head men's basketball coach at Dickinson State University on Friday.

Berry has worked at Yakima Valley Community College since 1996. He served as an assistant coach for the men's team until 1999, when he was named head coach. Over the next four seasons, he compiled an 82-38 record, including a 25-5 mark this past season.

His final season at Yakima Valley culminated in his team winning the championship of the 36-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament.

Following the tournament, Berry was recognized as the NWAACC coach of the year for 2003.

As a college player, Berry played for NAIA coaching legend Dean Nicholson at Central Washington University. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Central Washington in 1981. He later returned to college to earn his master's degree in educational administration from Heritage College in 1994.

Born in Livingston, Berry is familiar with the region, having lived in both Glendive and Miles City. Berry's mother graduated from DSU in 1956.

Berry will assume his new duties effective June 1. Scott and his wife, Lisa, have nine children - seven college-age and two who will be attending junior high and high schools in Dickinson next fall.

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