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Central finishes regular season with win over Livingston

The Butte Central softball team finished its regular season with a 12-2 non-conference win over Livingston.

The Maroons got on the Rangers early and often, eventually taking the game in six innings. Emma Keeley and Maddi Kump both had home runs for Central.

It was also senior day and the Maroons said goodbye to standouts Kassidy Criscuolo and Kloie Thatcher. 

The Maroons still have a chance to make the state tournament, but it will depend on how Stevensville fares against Hamilton and Frenchtown this weekend. Central had a chance to solidify a spot at state over the weekend, but fell in its final conference game against Frenchtown.

Former Griz CB McKinley waived by Tennessee Titans

MISSOULA — The Tennessee Titans waived former Montana Grizzly cornerback Ryan McKinley on Monday, according to the daily list of NFL transactions.

The Titans called McKinley after the NFL Draft on April 28 to extend him an undrafted free agent contract. McKinley agreed to terms with the Titans on Friday, May 11.

McKinley, of Anthem, Arizona, had been in talks with the Titans before the NFL Draft. He had also been in talks with the Arizona Cardinals as well.

As a senior, McKinley led the Big Sky Conference with 15 passes defended and earned All-Big Sky third-team honors after the season concluded. He racked up 48 tackles in his final season as a Grizzly, bringing his career total to 83. He also had two interceptions this season, including a 53-yard pick-6.

McKinley, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back, raised some eyebrows at Montana's pro day with his jumps.

McKinley jumped 39 1/2 inches for his vertical — a mark that's tied for 13th with all NFL Combine participants. Among defensive backs, he'd be sixth. McKinley's broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches — or 130 total inches — would have been 10th overall at the Combine and seventh among defensive backs.

Montana WBB add Arizona transfer Sammy Fatkin

The Lady Griz initially recruited Sammy Fatkin out of high school, but she chose Arizona. Now, the 6-foot guard out of Snohomish, Washington, is transferring to UM.

"The appeal was to have a chance to be part of a rebuilding process and culture change," Fatkin said in a news release.

"I want to be more involved on the floor instead of just a guard who only contributes by shooting from the corner."

As a freshman at Arizona, Fatkin played in all but two games, averaging two points and 1.1 rebounds per game in her 11.8 minutes per game. She also averaged 55.6 percent shooting from the free throw line.

Fatkin had 11 points in a home loss to San Diego State and seven points and six rebounds in a road loss at Oregon State, a team that advanced to the Elite Eight.

Fatkin will have to sit next season, but she has three years of eligibility remaining.

Durham creating 'Sixth Man Club' to help support MSUB

BILLINGS — New Montana State Billings men's basketball coach Mick Durham is creating a Sixth Man Club to support the program.

The first meeting is Thursday at the Billings Hotel Lounge at 6 p.m.

The Sixth Man Club is aimed to keep the Yellowjackets connected with the community and MSUB supporters year-round.

"I have always felt that it was important to have a Sixth Man Club as a way to keep our program in touch with our supporters," said Durham. "The Billings community is a vital factor for our program and the success of our student-athletes both on, and off, the court. Hopefully, this club will help rejuvenate our community impact as we build on our solid foundation of supporters."

For information, concerning the Sixth Man Club, those interested should contact Hollie West at hollie.west@msubillings.edu or call at 406-896-5934.

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