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Vidal, Lane earn Gatorade awardsCHICAGO — Gatorade has awarded its Montana track and field athlete of the year awards to David Vidal of Kalispell and Heidi Lane of Great Falls CMR.

Vidal is a two-time state champion in the 1600m and 800m. He holds the state record in the 1600m with a time of 4:13.29.

Vidal graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Lane is a two-time state champion in the 1600m and 3200m. Her 1600m time of 5:00.50 is a new state record.

Heidi is carrying a 3.8 GPA.

The 102 winners from across the nation, selected by a panel of sport-specific experts as well as a National Media Advisory Board, were chosen based on their exceptional accomplishments on and off the field of play. In addition to athletic performance, the award’s criteria include the athlete’s achievements in the classroom and contributions to the community.Mustangs plan youth clinicThe annual Billings Mustangs Youth Baseball Clinic will be held Sunday, July 15 at Cobb Field from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the clinic is free and is open to all youngsters between the ages of 7 and 13. All of the participants will receive a free game ticket for Sunday night’s Pioneer League game against Medicine Hat.

The clinic will be conducted by manager Rick Burleson and the Mustang players. They will be teaching baseball fundamentals. All participants are being asked to furnish their own glove.

Interested youngsters can pre-register at the Billings Mustangs office at Cobb Field.Avison to coach Charlo footballFairview native Kevin Avison has been named the new head football coach in Charlo.

Avison graduated from Dickinson State University. While in Dickinson, Avison was selected as an NAIA All-American defensive back. For the past five years, he served as an elementary teacher and coach for the Shields Valley schools.

In his second year as head coach, Avison led Shields Valley to an 8-0 season, and an appearance in the State Class C playoffs.Besplug coming up big in CalgaryCALGARY — She may be small in stature, but the accomplishments of her young career have been big.

Make that huge.

Jill Besplug, an elfin teenager from Claresholm, Alberta, is rapidly becoming a star in her Calgary Stampede debut.

On Thursday, she chalked up the fastest time — 17.50 seconds — on the seventh day of the barrel racing competition and leads the aggregate at 35.14, five one-hundredths of a second ahead of Athens, Texas, legend Charmayne James, who has a slew of world championships to her credit and leads the money race again this year.

“It feels pretty good,” allowed the soft-spoken Besplug, who barely breaks the 5-foot mark on the height chart.

Molly Swanson was second Thursday after stopping the clock in 17.89 seconds. The cowgirl from Simms, Mont., sits sixth in the cumulative standings and is in great shape to make Saturday’s short round.

Raylee Walter of Lethbridge, Alberta, had the day’s third-fastest time of 18.08 while Cheryl Daines of Innisfail, Alberta, was fourth at 18.18.

In steer wrestling, the bulldoggers were rarin’ to go. The steers, however, were less than convinced.

Mike Garthwaite took note of the hesitant animals and capitalized to post the best time on the seventh day of the North American steer wrestling championships.

Garthwaite has an aggregate time of 11.6 seconds — good for seventh place with one performance to go — and will almost certainly be one of the bulldoggers to qualify for Friday’s short round.

Chad Biesemeyer of Stephenville, Texas, had the day’s second-fastest time at 8.2 seconds but his 15.4 aggregate won’t be quick enough to carry him through to Saturday. The same is true for Ote Berry of Checotah, Okla., third with an 8.4.

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