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Hansen takes Gardiner postPat Hansen has accepted the head football coaching job at Gardiner High School.

Hansen will also coach boys basketball. He replaces Matt Schriver, who also coached both sports at the school.

During the past school year, Hansen was the head coach of the Bridger Scouts boys and girls basketball teams. He is currently the manager of the Laurel Dodgers American Legion baseball team. The Rocky Mountain College graduate also guided the Dodgers last season when they claimed second at the state AA tournament.

Big Sky hires soccer coachMISSOULA – Missoula Big Sky has appointed Scott Moorcroft as the new head boys’ soccer coach. He replaces Frank Jobe.

Moorcroft has 20 years of soccer experience, including two years as a player at Virginia Tech and two years as an assistant coach at Big Sky, first for the girls’ team and then for the boys’ team.

Gardner starts charitable foundation SALT LAKE CITY – Rulon Gardner, Greco Roman gold medal winner at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has started the Miracle on the Mat Foundation.

The Miracle on the Mat Foundation’s mission is education for the prevention of disease through nutrition, exercise and healthy living. It also aids those suffering from rare and catastrophic diseases by providing funding for transportation and alternative therapies.

After winning Nationals in May in Las Vegas, Nev., and the World Team Trials in Cincinnati, Ohio just two weeks ago, Gardner is now preparing for the World Championships to be held in New York in late September.

He will be in Billings on July 20 to light the torch during the opening ceremonies of the Big Sky State Games.

Gardner’s desire to assist those stricken with disease comes from the heart – he lost his brother Ron to cancer in 1978.

For additional information regarding the Miracle on the Mat Foundation, visit www.miracleonthemat.org or call (801) 355-5525.

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