TB's Oliverson nominated to McDonald's All-American game

Twin Bridges' basketball star and University of Nevada commit Kailee Oliverson was nominated to play in the 17th Annual McDonald’s All-American Girls Game.

Over 700 high school seniors from 45 states were nominated. Oliverson, a four-year starter for the Falcons, was the lone Montanan on either the boys or girls nominee list.

Big Sky's Joslyn Tinkle is the only Montana girl to be nominated and play in the McDonald's All-American Game.

The Games' Selection Committee will whittle the nominee lists down to the top 24 boys and girls 24.

The games will be played on March 28 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, with the girls' game beginning at 3 p.m. and the boys' game tipping off at 5 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN2.

Montana Western games vs. Northern to be televised

Montana Western's home basketball games against MSU-Northern will be televised Saturday on the SWX network of stations as the Whalen Tire Games of the Week.

The 10th-ranked Western women tip off against the No. 21 Skylights at 5:30 p.m. in Dillon.

The No. 16 Western men, who have put up at least 100 points in winning their last two games, face the Lights at 7:30 p.m. The MSU-Northern men, who had won six straight prior to Thursday's loss at No. 10 Lewis-Clark State, were left just outside the NAIA Top 25 in the most recent poll.

The SWX network airs in Butte on channel 18.3, or channel 199 on Charter Communications.

Western track team breaks school records at MSU Invite

Two members of the Montana Western track team set schools records at the Montana State University Invite on Friday.

Tanner Lehr set a new mark for the Bulldogs by completing the men’s 5,000 meters in 17:44. In the women’s 800, Kaitlyn Bird completed the distance in a school-record 2:38.6.

Montana St. men suffer first league loss at Portland St.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Deontae North scored 22 points, Michael Mayhew hit 6 of 9 3-pointers for 18 points and Portland State handed Montana State its first league loss, 93-74, late on Thursday night.

Ryan Edwards, Bryce Canda and Deante Strickland all added 11 for the Vikings (12-5, 2-2 Big Sky).

Mayhew had half of Portland State's eight 3s in the first half and the Vikings were 9 of 14 from close range, and opened a 44-32 lead. Montana State never got closer in the second half.

Tyler Hall had 16 points with four treys for the Bobcats (11-7, 4-1), with Konner Frey and Keljin Blevins adding 12 each.

Portland State finished with 14 3-pointers, its second best effort from distance this season.

Montana State had 20 assists on 24 baskets but also had 21 turnovers.

Hauck hires ex-Griz Sacks as new UM defensive line coach

MISSOULA — Barry Sacks, a Montana linebacker from 1976-79, will be taking the reins as the Griz defensive line coach, Montana announced Friday.

"Barry is a Montana alum who provides a wealth of experience from around the western United States," Montana head coach Bobby Hauck said in a news release. "He has a great passion for coaching defensive football and for the University of Montana. He is a high energy, high effort, college football coach, which is exactly what we are looking for on our defensive line."

Sacks and Hauck have never been on the same staff, but they've coached against each other.

From 2010-12, while Hauck coached UNLV, Sacks coached the defensive line at Nevada. Sacks' Wolfpack won the "Battle for Nevada" all three meetings.


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