Former Loyola star receives Big Ten honor
Former Missoula Loyola sports star Scott Welch, a sophomore shortstop for the Minnesota Gophers, has been named to the All-Big 10 Conference second team while helping his team make the NCAA tournament.
Welch, who was a football and basketball standout at Loyola, and starred for the Missoula Mavericks in American Legion baseball, is batting .342 for the Gophers with nine doubles, four triples, five homers, 54 runs and 40 RBI.
Welch delivered a key single during a game-winning rally last Sunday as the Gophers defeated Michigan 3-2 to win the Big 10 tournament championship.
Minnesota takes a 39-19 record into the NCAA tournament. The Gophers open with a first-round regional game Friday at defending national champ Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La.
UM quartet qualifies for national rodeo
Four University of Montana women earned berths in the College National Finals Rodeo last weekend at the College Championship Series Rodeo in Bozeman.
Seniors Hillary and Hollis Lusse of Missoula will return to the CNFR June 11-16 in Casper, Wyo., in June in goat tying, as will senior Blue Ogilvie of Florence. Hillary Lusse is also going in barrel racing after winning the short-go Saturday night with a run of 14.5 seconds. Freshman Kirby Watt of Alberta took second in the short go of breakaway roping with a time of 3.3 seconds to qualify for her first CNFR.
Montana finished fourth as a team in the women's competition. No UM men advanced to nationals.
Oklahoma State freshman Gretchen Benbenek of Missoula finished third in barrel racing at the championship series rodeo in Enid, Okla. last weekend. Benbenek, a 2000 graduate of Missoula Loyola, also qualified to compete at the CNFR.
Weber State wins all-sport trophy
Weber State won both the men's and women's divisions in the league all-sports trophy race, the Big Sky Conference announced Wednesday.
The men's teams compiled 66.5 points to outdistance Cal State Northridge with 56. Montana was sixth with 47.5 and Montana State was eighth at 33.
The Weber women's teams compiled 79 points to edge Montana State, with 76.5. Montana was sixth with 54.
Redfern signs with Montana Tech
Missoula's Solomon Redfern has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Montana Tech.
The 6-foot-1 guard played for the Missoula home school team and averaged 24 points a game last season.