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BSSG deadlines approachingDeadlines for some 2001 Big Sky State Games events is Monday, July 9.

Entries will not be accepted following that deadline for archery, badminton, bowling, canoeing/kayaking, golfing, disc golfing, fencing, hockey, karate, racquetball, roller skating, soccer, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo/judo, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. The t-shirt deadline for these sports is also July 9.

There are a few sports that have specified entry deadlines, such as armwrestling (July 21), cycling (July 17), handball (July 16), 5K road race (July 20), 10K road race (July 16), 1/2-mile (July 16), shooting (July 20), Sporting clays (July 21), softball (July 11) and triathalon (July 16). The t-shirt deadline for these sports, however, is July 9.Meisner to coach Butte IrishBUTTE — Brian Meisner, 31, is the new head coach for the Butte Irish of the America West Hockey League.

He succeeds Joe Liquori, who was hired in January and let go last month.

Meisner had already accepted a Junior B job with the Suffolk Police Athletic League on Long Island when he got the offer from Butte, a Junior A team in the America West Hockey League. He had spent four years as an assistant at the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Black Hawks.

On Friday he headed to the Irish’s first tryout camp, in Owatonna, Minn.

Meisner is a native of Cloquet, Minn., and holds a degree in communications from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, where he played Division III hockey.

He was a four-year letter winner in hockey and received an All-America nomination in 1993, the year he was named team MVP and captain. He was a full-time assistant at Scholastica for three years, then became head coach at Duluth Central High School.Boomer sparkles in CFL debutMISSOULA — Former University of Montana linebacker Adam Boomer forced two fumbles and made three tackles in his Canadian Football League debut with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wednesday night.

The Bombers took a 48-20 victory over the Calgary Stampeders.

Boomer was released by the Bombers last week, asked to join the practice squad and was activated before the game.

Former UM quarterback Brian Ah Yat saw no action for the Bombers, who stayed with starter Khari Jones.

Former Griz standout Dave Dickenson, the Stamps’ starting quarterback last season and now with the San Diego Chargers, watched the game from the stands.Preseason teams honors 2 GrizMISSOULA — The Sports Network has named University of Montana seniors Calvin Coleman and Thatcher Szalay to the first team of its preseason Division I-AA All-America football team.

Coleman, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback from Niceville, Fla., is joined in the defensive backfield by Western Kentucky’s Bobby Sippio, Hofstra’s Doug Shanahan and Bethune-Cookman’s Rashean Mathis.

Szalay, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound left guard from Whitefish, is joined on the offensive line by Furman’s Chris Stewart, Western Kentucky’s Chris Price, Southern Utah’s Randy Clark and Yougstown State’s Pat Crummey. Szalay was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press last season.Deadline for Women’s Am is July 13WHITEFISH — The entry deadline for the 84th Montana State Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament is Friday, July 13.

Between 140-150 golfers have registered for the 54 holes of competition scheduled for July 24-26 on the North Course of Whitefish Lake Golf Club. A practice round is planned for July 23.

Tournament officials are aiming for a full field of 200 players.

For information, contact Carole Peschel at 1-406-862-4503 or by email at carole@aboutmontana.netFour cowboys to join N.D., shrineBISMARCK, N.D. — Four rodeo cowboys and a famed bucking horse are among the 11 inductees for this year’s North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

There will be an induction ceremony in Medora, N.D., on Aug. 4 and another in Sentinel Butte, N.D., on Aug. 5.

Sonny Ehr and Devlin Reich have been selected for the modern-era rodeo division, while Elmer Clark and George Denfer have been selected from the pre-1940 rodeo division.

Ehr, of Minot, had a rodeo career that spanned 20 years, which included numerous roping and steer wrestling titles in high school, college and professional rodeo. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling in 1970.

Reich, of Zap, won 15 North Dakota Rodeo Association titles in steer wrestling, saddle bronc and bareback riding, 1959-65.

Clark, of Marmarth, was one of the state’s top bronc riders in the 1920’s and in 1919, rode the horse Tipperary, which had not been ridden before. He continued as a rodeo judge and team roper into the 1950’s.

Denfer, of Standing Rock Reservation, began his bronc riding career in 1914 and won titles at Madison Square Garden in New York City and at the Calgary Stampede. He also competed in bareback, buffalo riding, calf roping and steer wrestling.

The horse selected is Old Fitzgerald, owned by John Steen of Linton. The saddle bronc horse was only ridden six times in 10 years at rodeos across the state.Cheerleaders picked for Shrine BowlGREAT FALLS — Eighteen girls from 15 Montana high schools will lead the cheers at the Montana Shrine Bowl all-star football game July 21.

Participants were chosen on the basis of videotape entries and demonstrations of their skills. Coordinator Cindy Duffy said the skills required for modern cheerleading have increased, and now require athletic dancing and stunt performances, as well as public relations abilities.

The day before the all-star game the cheerleaders will put on a mini-camp for boys and girls ages 4-12. The fee is $10 paid in advance or $12 after July 15.Polson trackster signs with MontanaMISSOULA — Polson standout B.J. McKay signed a letter of intent to compete on the University of Montana track and field team.

McKay competed for North Idaho Junior College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the past two seasons. The weight thrower had a strong sophomore season, placing third in the 35-pound throw with a mark of 55 feet, 53/4 inches. He also finished eighth in the shot put, with a throw of 48-113/4.

At the junior college outdoor national championships, McKay placed seventh in the hammer throw with a mark of 167-3. As a team, North Idaho finished eighth.Shodair soccer classic set for CarrollHELENA — The second annual Shodair Soccer Classic is scheduled for July 14 at Carroll College.

Sponsored by Shodair Hospital, the all-star games feature the best soccer players from across the state. Participants must be graduates of Montana high schools, and must be in good standing.

In the inaugural games, the West girls beat the East 2-0, and the East and West boys played to a 2-2 tie.

This year’s play will be at Nelson Stadium. Girls will play at 5 p.m. and boys at 7 p.m.Tech gets JC point guardBUTTE — A point guard from Bellvue (Wash.) Community College is joining the Montana Tech men’s basketball program.

Mike Girias was Bellevue’s captain last season, averaging 11.6 points, four assists and two steals per game. The team completed its Northwest Athletic Conference season with a 7-9 record, and finished 13-15 overall.

Oredigger head coach Rick Dessing said the recruiting was almost complete for the year Tech heard that Girias was available. Dessing said Girias had been offered scholarships at schools around Seattle, but wanted to leave the area.

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