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Dan Carpenter, who hit 21 of 25 field goals and scored 103 points as Miami's place kicker this past season, made the Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team.

The Montana Grizzlies' and Division I FCS career scoring leader was named to the team on Friday. Carpenter made all 40 of his PAT kicks during the regular season - his lone PAT in Miami's playoff loss to Baltimore was blocked - and matched an NFL rookie record by making 14 consecutive field goal attempts.

Carpenter's Miami and Grizzly teammate, Lex Hilliard, was signed to a reserve/future contract, meaning the running back is on Miami's roster for the 2009 season, though preparation for that season doesn't officially begin until March. Hilliard was the Dolphins' sixth-round draft pick in 2008.

Only players who weren't activated during the previous season sign reserve/future contracts. Another Grizzly, offensive tackle Cody Balogh, resigned with the Chicago Bears after spending 2008 on the practice squad.

Balogh reportedly was drawing interest from the Houston Texans, but stayed with the Bears, who signed him as an undrafted free agent last year.

Bantam hockey wins Tri-Cities tourney

Led by the goaltending of Kevin Wheeler, Missoula's Bantam hockey team defeated Coeur d'Alene on Monday to win the Chuck Mantello Bantam Tier II hockey tournament in Tri-Cities, Wash.

Six teams from Washington, Idaho and Montana competed in the tournament.

Wheeler allowed only nine goals during the six-game tournament. Missoula's Paige Maul led the team in total points with nine goals and seven assists.

"The boys really earned this one," Missoula coach Jacob Housman said. "They've been working their tails off all season and they were finally able to cash in when it counted most."

The Bruins play their next home games at the Glacier Ice Rink this weekend. Faceoff is at 11:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday against Kalispell and Sunday morning at 9:30 vs. Helena.

MHSA makes some rule changes

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Members of the Montana High School Association have modified the rule allowing eighth graders to play on varsity volleyball or basketball teams at small schools.

The new rule would allow varsity teams at small schools to bring up as many eighth graders as needed to field enough athletes to scrimmage at practice, or 10 players for basketball and 12 for volleyball.

Another rule change made at the annual meeting Monday in Bozeman would allow athletes to receive an award worth up to $50. The previous award limit, in effect since 1986, was $20.

MHSA Executive Director Mark Beckman says the change reflects the impact of inflation.

In Class B track, the top eight finishers from the Southern divisional meet, along with the top six finishers from the Western and Northern divisions, would advance to state. There are more schools in the Southern division.

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