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WMC rodeo member Holly Hayworth a t the CNFR. This run recieved a time o f 7.2 seconds. Still Hanging on to that Championship Title by Sarah Mild After five rodeos this fall, the WMC rodeo team has experienced a roller coaster of ups and downs, from freezing weather, hang-ups on the bulls, a thumb caught in a dally, all the way to a couple of horses passing away and many other terrible incidents. Despite it all, both the mens and womens teams continue to fight and keep their first place titles. Many of you may ask yourselves, how can this team possibly be holding on after all of the hard times this season and losing seventeen seniors last year? “Well,” replies coach Olie Else, “we still have a bunch of strong, seasoned veterans aboard that are looking good out there. We also have some new freshmen and transfers that are showing us what they can do, and I am impressed.” A few of these new faces in the arena are Casey Erb, Angie Herman (sitting 7th in Barrel racing), Tammy Eberline (8th in barrels), Shonna Wright (11th in barrels), Tate Else (won •2nd place athe Miles City Rodeo with his partner, Rhett Harber, in team roping), Sam Swan (7th in bull riding), Jessie Heggie (2nd in steer wrestling) and Tyler Demsey. Also on Coach Else’s hot list dre transfers Jon Hagen (5th in saddle bronc) and Pam Rolph (1st in goat tying). It’s obvious that these new members are lending a big hand to Western’s team. Other members that deserve mentioning are this season’s Big Sky Regional leaders Ryan Siemsen (calf roping), J.T. Robbins (saddle bronc), Rafael Paoliello (team roping) and women’s all-around leader Holly Hayworth. Hayworth currently is ranked 2nd in both barrel racing and goat tying. Unfortunately, Hayworth lost her horse Whitney this past weekend, a good friend that has been with Hayworth for 10 years. Whitney was raised by her owner and has taken Hayworth to many rodeos, including three College National Finals Rodeos (CNFR). Whitney will be greatly missed in the rodeo spotlight. Other notes of interest in the world of collegiate rodeo: ** This past CNFR was aired on Direct TV. It included footage of some of our team mem bers in action, as well as an interview with Coach Else. ** February 23rd and 24th marks the dates of the tryouts for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The top four riders from each event are allowed to tryout, and 3 members of WMC’s teams are qualified: Holly Hayworth, J.T. Robbins, and Tiffany Wagner.. On that note, I’ll close by saying I look forward to seeing the team in action again in the spring, and hope you do too! Bulldogs Starting to Come Together by M ichael Tatum The Western Montana College foot ball team’s season is slowly winding down but it is looking to finish o ff strong and end the season turning heads. The Bulldogs are at home for a challenging match-up with Rocky Moun tain College this Saturday in Dillon. The Bulldogs will then play MSU-Northem, which is a TV game here at home on the 19th o f October. The Bulldogs recently snapped their 13 game losing streak on homecoming with a 21-20 victory from a last second field goal against Carroll College. Offensively the Bulldogs have been moving the ball and are slowly improv ing with each game. Western’s running game is now starting to come alive and is starting to balance out their game. Defensively, the Dawgs have been playing solid in the games so far and are looking to also shutout the Battlin’ Bears o f Rocky this weekend. In the last match up with the Bears the Bulldogs were solid,a showing that they would like to repeat this weekend at Vigilante Field. The team is looking to turn its season around and come out o f this year on a positive note. Lady Spikers Sticking Together by M ichael Tatum The Western Montana College Lady Bulldogs have had many new arrivals for the season but are still looking solid. They are starting to all play together now and of course the ladies are steadily improving. Offensively when the ladies are playing together with outstanding passing they pro duce a great effort that is usually successful. Defensively they are strong, especially in their blocking. When the team loses focus they seem to pull back together and make the play. Last Friday and Saturday the Lady Bull dogs put their opponents out with excellent defense and an amazing offense. The Lady Bulldogs are looking to have a successful season with team leadership and dedication. Overall the season looks promising.