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The Wescolite Student Newspaper February 16, 2005 Sports Men’s, Women’s Varsity basketball have National Tournament hopes By Leann Vetere The Varsity men’s bas ketball team has hit a record high for Western this season, being ranked as high as number nine nationally in the NAIA Division 1 conference. “We set goals this season. We wanted to win games, be ranked in the top 25, win the NAIA Frontier Confer ence tournament, and make it to the National Tournament,” Coach Durham comments. The last time a Western team has been to Nationals was in 1989. With a conference record of 6-3, overall 17-8, Coach Durham feels pretty good about the standings. “We started out 4-0 in the conference. Then we lost to some good teams. We had a big loss to Carroll. It was disappoint ing.” The Bulldogs played 16 non-con ference games (11-5) before playing their first conference game against MSU-Northem. Western won their first four games, defeating MSU-Northem 89-80, Uni versity of Great Falls 99-70, Montana Tech 97-73, and Rocky Mountain 85- 69. They then lost their next three games to Carroll 75-84, Lewis-Clark 43-65, and Westminster College 68-80. The Bulldogs added two wins to their record, beating University of Great Falls 78-76 and MSU-Northem 77-66. The Dawgs beat Montana Tech for the second time this season this past weekend with a score of 104-99. “We’re at the start of the second half of the season. The teams know each other. We’re adding plays, study ing films of past games, and making minor changes in the offense and de fense,” Coach Durham reports. Western has several players with national standings. Senior Bo Segeberg is leading the nation in double doubles, meaning he has scored in double fig ures and rebounded in double figures in more games than any other player. “He’s the best big player in the confer ence,” comments Durham. Senior Matt Luedtke is leading thé conference in scoring, is third in the nation in scoring, and he was nomi nated for NAIA National Player of the Week on January 11, 2005. In addition, the Bulldogs are second in the nation in free throws, fifth in the nation in number of three pointers made per game, and seventh in the nation in points per game. The Bulldogs are leading the conference in free throw percentage and scoring. The Bulldogs have four games left to play before the Frontier Conference Tournament, which is March 3-5 in Butte. They will travel to Carroll College on the 17 and Rocky Mountain on the 19 and will host Westminster and Lewis-Clark on February 25 and 26. For All Your School Supply Needs 16 South Montana * Dillon, MT 59725 406-683-3618 Mention Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:30 DILLON J. C. PENNY CATALOG STORE 1-406-683-4400 * 1-800-222-6161 By Leann Vetere The Western Lady Bulldogs are hav ing quite a season, playing some tight scoring ball games. The women have a record of 6-3 in the conference and 18-6 overall. “We’ve lost some games, but we get the chance to play everyone again and avenge some early season losses,” com ments Coach Kevin Engellant. The Lady Dawgs began their season with 15 non-conference games with a 12- 3 record. They lost their first conference game to MSU-Northem 87-88 but claimed victory of their next three, defeating Uni versity of Great Falls 80-64, Montana Tech 75-73, and Rocky Mountain 68-53. The women then suffered a hard loss to Carroll College in overtime 77-79 and another loss to Lewis-Clark 68-74. The Lady Bulldogs have won their past three games, beating Westminster 74-61, Uni versity of Great Falls 90-59, and MSU- Northem 74-51. The women also beat Tech for the second time this season with a score of 70-67. This past Friday. “We just need to win our home games, beat Carroll, and play well to build mo mentum for the tournaments. We need to move up in the conference the best we can and just take one game at a time,” adds Engellant. At the beginning of the season, the Lady Dawgs set their sight at winning the NAIA conference tournaments and mak ing it to nationals. They have been to the NAIA national tournaments for the last five years. Western has players experi enced with the national tournament. Hillary Taylor and Alyssa Matter have been to three, Lindsey Scott two, and Billi Suhr, Megan Schmitz, Katherine Sunwall, and Jill Feller one. In addition to providing edge-of-your- seat entertainment, the Western Lady Bulldogs are setting school records for Western this season. Senior Jill Feller had 21 rebounds against Point Loma, and sophomore Katherine Sunwall shot 10 for 10 from the floor against Westminster to set new school records. Sunwall was also nominated for the NAIA Division I National Player of the Week on January 4, 2005 and February 1, 2005. “Feller and Sunwall are also leading the confer ence in scoring and rebounding, but all have stepped and contributed their best,” says Engellant. The Western women have four regu lar seasons games left. They will travel to Carroll College on February 17 and Rocky Mountain on February 19 and then host Westminster and Lewis-Clark on February 25 and 26 to conclude their sea son. The Women’s Frontier Conference tournament is March 2-5 in Butte. PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals Results By Denise McRea The 26,h Annual Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Fi nals was held January 14-16,h in Great Falls. UM-W Rodeo Team members did an outstand ing job representing their school, placing high in their events. Only the top 12 competitors in each event are eligible to participate, so com petition is stiff. “Mac and Cheese”, UM-W’s Chase and Mac Erickson, headed into the Finals in 7th and 8,h place, respectively, in Bareback. Chase Erickson, UM-W Rodeo team captain, had a great Circuit Finals, and placed in the 3rd round. He earned a score of 77 on Broadmore, Ike Sankey’s National Finals Bareback horse. Eight current UM-W team members joined UMW Alumni, including Ryan Mapston and Flint Rasmussen, competing in all events. Seven of the twelve Saddle Bronc competitors had worn the “Western” vest. UM-W team members’ results: Chase Erickson, Bareback, tied for 3\1 with a score of 77; Shawn Downing, club president. Steer Wrestling, won a round with 3.8 seconds, finished 9 in year end; Jabe ‘the Babe’ Anderson, regional Big Sky student director, Steer Wrestling, 3 in the average with 15.1 seconds in 3 rounds, finished 10th in the year end; Tate Dempewolf and Alec Watson, Team Roping, 7.8 and 7.4 seconds, did not place; Jarrett Monroe, Saddle Bronc, 2nd in round 3, 7th in year end; Deanna Levine, Barrel Racing, did not place; Mac Erickson, Bull Riding, placed in the 1“ round. Matt Robertson and Brant Davis, Team Roping, 4,h in event, 2nd in the average, Robertson placed 3rd in year end heelers, Davis placed 4lh in year end headers Robertson is also the Montana State Cham pion Fiddle player. Jarrett Monroe is placing at Fort Worth, Texas. Team members will be participating at the 2005 season opener, in Kalispell. on Friday, February 11-13.