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Orediggers down Bulldogs
Tech tops rival Western, 42-28

By Bill Foley - 09/05/2009

Pat Ryan / The Montana Standard Montana Tech defender Stephan Burns chases Western quarterback Micah Mamiya during the fourth quarter of their game in Dillon Saturday. Burns forced a fumble on the tackle, but Western retained possession when the ball went out of bounds.

DILLON — To say that J.T. McIntyre had a "breakout game" Saturday doesn't nearly do it justice.

The 5-foot-11 former Butte Central Maroon caught three absolutely ridiculous touchdown passes — the first three of his college career — to lead the Montana Tech football team to a 42-28 Frontier Conference win over Montana Western at Vigilante Field.

"We thought he was due for a breakout game, and he did it," Oredigger coach Bob Green said. "It was good to have him back.

McIntyre made plays that ended in a pair of Tech touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 15 seconds of the first half to put the Orediggers up for good.

The junior receiver caught a 6-yard pass from Tech quarterback Matt Komac at the 2:15 mark.

Connor O'Neill and Roger Mad Plume tackled Deryk Van Zee after a snap sailed over the punter's head to set up Tech's next TD.

Two plays after the bad snap gave the Orediggers the ball at the Western 24-yard line, McIntyre caught a 16-yard strike from Komac with 7 seconds before halftime to put the Orediggers up 21-14.

"It was a big momentum builder," Tech senior linebacker Skippy Sims said of the two quick scores. "Having that cushion going into halftime and that momentum heading into the third quarter really helped us out."

It was the way McIntyre scored the touchdowns, though, that will be talked about for a long time.

"Those were some of the best catches I've seen a Tech receiver make in my 23 years," Green said. "He just ripped the ball away. He's a player, a playmaker."

On the first TD, McIntyre outleaped two Western defenders to pull in a high pass on a fade pattern. McIntyre's helmet was ripped off, and the Bulldogs were flagged for pass interference.

"I don't really know how I came down with it," McIntyre said.

The second TD pass, McIntyre fell down breaking for the ball and caught the ball while lying on the ground. The ball was about 2 inches from the grass.

" I slipped, and I just lunged for it," he said.

To prove the catches weren't a fluke, McIntyre's third touchdown was basically and interception.

He stole the ball from a Western defender and raced down the right sideline for a 31-yard TD that put Tech up 42-14 with 1:07 left in the third quarter.

"I wound up behind him and it was a jump ball again," McIntyre said. "I put one hand on h is shoulder pads. The other I just scooped with my left hand. Somehow I wound up with it."

The Orediggers also squeezed in a 2-yard TD pass from Komac to Skyler Knuchel on fourth-and-goal and a 3-yard run by Komac in between halftime and McIntyre's last TD.

"Everybody went in to halftime and we were just pumped and ready to go," McIntyre said. "I didn't even think we needed a halftime. We were ready to go."

After a bit of a slow start, the Oredigger defense was ready to go, as well.

The Orediggers sacked Western quarterback Micah Mamiya five times and held the Bulldogs to minus 37 yards rushing — thanks, in part, to a pair of snaps over the punter's head.

"The D-line played really well today," Sims said. "They batted balls, and just got good pressure on the quarterback and made him force throws and make some bad throws. That was big for us."

Stephen Burns was in on three sacks, while Jon Gallatin and Paul Klaboe each had a hand in two.

Still, Mamiya passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns — two each in the first and fourth quarters.

"We're still playing a little inconsistent on defense," Sims said. "We're hoping to smooth that out before next weekend."

Of course, a lot of the credit for that "inconsistency" goes to the Western offense, which was led by receivers Craigh Cornelius and Colton Woods.

Woods caught TD passes of 7 and 4 yards — sandwiched around a Knuchel 13-yard run — to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 first-quarter lead.

Woods, who caught nine passes for 99 yards, left the game after being knocked unconscious by a hard, but clean hit by Tech defensive back Jordan Heringer (see related story on Page B1).

Cornelius caught 12 passes for 114 yards. He caught TD passes of 16 and 31 yards, the last one coming on fourth-and-25.

Mamiya, a sophomore, completed 29 of 47 passes. He didn't throw an interception.

"Micah took care of the ball really well," Western coach Rich Ferris said. "We didn't give them any interceptions. Micah made great decisions today."

Komac, a junior, had perhaps his best day as an Oredigger. He threw 20 passes, and only three fell incomplete.

Komac racked up 229 yards without a pick, but the Orediggers lost two fumbles.

"Our offense ran the ball, threw the ball well, did everything well," Green said. "We had a couple untimely turnovers, other than that straight A's.

"It was just like when I used to study far into the night by the light of a single candle," Green said. "Straight A's."

Komac hit seven different receivers, with Kyle Lewis catching three for 34 yards.

Jareth Wilson, Trent Thomas, Hunter Kerkes and Drew Savage also got into the action.

Savage also ran for 84 yards on 16 carries, his most extensive action since injuring his ankle last season.

"The offense really came through today," Sims said. "The offensive line played great. The backs and receivers played great, and Komac threw the ball really well today."

"Is that right," Green said when told of Komac's completion percentage. "Somebody caught every damn one of them."

The Orediggers (1-1 overall) play at home for the first time this season when they take on Carroll College next Saturday.

Western plays host to Eastern Oregon.

Tech 7 14 21 0 — 42

Western 14 0 0 14 — 28

First Quarter

Western — Colton Woods 7 pass from Micah Mamiya (Kahal Sevilla kick), 7:13

Tech — Skyler Knuchel 13 run (Sean Kelly kick, 4:41

Western — Woods 4 pass from Mamiya (Aukkarapong Sribenjakul kick), :37

Second Quarter

Tech — J.T. McIntyre 6 pass from Matt Komac (Kelly kick), 2:15

Tech — McIntrye 16 pass from Komac (Kelly kick), :07

Third Quarter

Tech — Knuchel 2 pass from Komac (Kelly kick), 10:29

Tech — Komac 3 run (Kelly kick), 6:40

Tech — McIntyre 34 pass from Komac (Kelly kick), 1:07

Fourth Quarter

Western — Craigh Cornelius 16 pass from Mamiya (Sribenjakul kick), 11:42

Western — Cornelius 31 pass from Mamiya (Sribenjakul kick), 4:34

Tech Western

First downs 18 23

Rushes-Yards 41-142 26-(-37)

Comp.-Att.-Int. 17-20-0 29-47-0

Passing yard 229 309

Total yards 371 272

Punts-Ave. 1-52.0 3-39.7

Fumbles-lost 9-66 11-85

Penalties-yards 9-66 11-85


RUSHING — Tech, Drew Savage 16-84, Knuchel 11-40, Komac 9-25, Team 5-(-7). Western — Jordan Clary 6-31, Charlie Dotson 6-16, Mamiya 10-(-20), Team 4-(-44).

PASSING — Tech, Komac 17-20-0-229. Western, 29-47-0-309.

RECEIVING — Tech, McIntyre 7-113, Kyle Lewis 3-34, Jareth Wilson 2-31, Trent Thomas 7-24, Savage 1-15, Hunter Kerkes 1-10, Knuchel 1-2. Western, Cornelius 12-114, Woods 9-99, Kekoa Perbera 2-36, Kahai Sevilla 2-20, Deryk Van Zee 2-20, Clary 1-10, Reed Watkins 1-11

Tech spikers drop two

By The Montana Standard Staff - 09/05/2009

IRVINE, Calif. — The Montana Tech Oredigger volleyball team fell twice in Irvine, Calif. Saturday.

The Orediggers lost to two California teams ranked in the top four in NAIA national rankings, No. 4 Azusa Pacific and host No. 2 Concordia University.

The tournament was tough for Tech, but coach Marilyn Tobin liked what she saw from her team.

"This was a really, really tough schedule for us," she said. "After the tournament we've grown together and learned a lot. This is going to help us through our conference. I'm actually really excited about going into our conference playing as well as we did today."

Tech was even able to take a game off of No. 4 Azusa.

"I was very pleased with how we performed and competed with them," Tobin said. "Both teams have a lot of players back from teams that went to the nationals tournament. Because we competed so well against these highly rated teams I'm pumped up for us to play our conference games."

What really impressed Tobin was the Oredigger defense Saturday.

"The defense that we've shown is very, very good. We're digging the ball a lot. If we're digging the ball against these teams I feel we're going to be digging the ball during conference," she said. "In my 20 years, I feel this is the best defensive team that we've put together."

Tobin noted some impressive performances over the weekend: Katie Daly was very consistent on hitting. Jodi Hogart did a nice job defensively and setting the ball.

She moved Allyse Cruise to libero and defensively she picked up a lot of balls.

Shersteen Cline started on the outside and made waves there.

Tech plays Westminster at 8 p.m. on Friday and Lewis-Clark at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Azusa 3, Tech 1

After winning the first game 25-19, Tech fell in three straight games.

The No. 4 ranked team in the nation held a 48-42 advantage in kills.

Tech's Katie Daly was the big hitter of the match with 16 kills. Azusa's Jill Baker crushed 15.

Katie Petteys hit a pair of aces for Tech. The Orediggers had a 17-dig performance by Allyse Cruise.

Azusa Pacific def. Montana Tech 19-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-13

KILLS — Tech 42 (Katie Daly 16, Shersteen Cline 7, Janet Friesz 6), Azusa 48 (Jill Baker 15, Krista Brenner 8). ASSISTS — Tech 40 (Jodi Hogart 33), Azusa Raechel Jones 16, Sophie Burns 10). ACES — Tech 5 (Katie Petteys 2, Lacey Phelan, Jesse Bowden, Allyse Cruise), Azusa 9 (Amy Alkazin 3, Jones 2, Sophie Burns 2). DIGS — Tech 59 (Cruise 17, Savanna Lester 13, Daly 7, Jesse Bowden 7), Azusa 42 (Jill Baker 10, Robin Portela 9). BLOCKS — Tech 1 (Daly), Azusa 1 (Baker).

Concordia 3, Tech 0

Montana Tech was swept by the No. 2 team in the nation.

It wasn't without an effort, though. The Orediggers tied it 20-20 in the third game before Concordia rang off five straight points to end it.

Tobin felt her squad played very consistent against Concordia.

The Orediggers were led in aces by Jesse Bowden with three. Katie Daly hit nine kills and Janet Friesz added five.

Concordia's Brooke Marino hit 13 kills.

Concordia def. Montana Tech 25-20, 25-14, 25-20

KILLS — Tech 27 (Katie Daly 9, Janet Friesz 5, Samantha Sheble 4, Shersteen Cline 3, Lacey Phelan 3), Concordia 45 (Brooke Marino 13, Amber Ridens 9, Jillian Lane 7, Alexandra Barsotti 6). ASSISTS — Tech 26 (Jodi Hogart 22), Concordia 43 (Vanessa Perry 18, Elizabeth Younglove 14). ACES — Tech 6 (Jesse Bowden 3), Concordia 13 (Taylor Jacobs 3, Amber Ridens 3, Jenna Salo 2, Serrina Russo 2). DIGS — Tech 53 (Savanna Lester 12, Allyse Cruise 12), Concordia 54 (Jacobs 8, Stephanie Darnall 7). BLOCKS — Tech 0, Concordia 0.

Late Friday

Westmont 3, Tech 2

The Orediggers took a 2-0 lead late Friday against Westmont, but suffered from a three-game Westmont rally.

"We played really well those first two games," coach Tobin said. "Westmont started coming on and we stopped playing as well as we did in the first two games. I think our intensity level went down in the last three games."

Katie Daly led Tech in kills with 12. Savanna Lester collected 17 digs. Jodi Hogart had 43 assists.

Westmont def. Montana Tech

18-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-8

KILLS — Tech 49 (Katie Daly 12, Lacey Phelan 9, Janet Friesz 8, Allyse Cruise 7), Westmont 60 (Alison Sharp 14, Beth Widicus 14, Stephanie Dunn 10). ASSISTS — Tech 46 (Jodi Hogart 43), Westmont 59 (Candace Adema 28, Kailee Blair 27). ACES — Tech 4 (Hogart 3, Phelan), Westmont 11 (Sharp 5). DIGS — Tech 58 (Savanna Lester 17, Cruise 13), Westmont 60 (Erin Dohm 14, Sharp 12, Adema 10). BLOCKS — Tech 0, Westmont 3 (Katelyn Lowry, Beth Widicus, Kate Barton).

2009 Lady Digger High School Team Camp June 28-30
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Orediggers Wrap Up Spring Football With Green/White Game

The 2009 edition of the Montana Tech Oredigger football team will be on display this Saturday, as the Diggers kickoff the annual Green/White game at 11:00 AM in Alumni Coliseum.  According to head coach Bob Green the game should be exciting with two evenly matched squads going head to head.  "We'll see two teams which are just about equal in athletic ability and experience."  According to Green, "I believe that there will be some big plays on offense and defense.  Our guys have had an outstanding series of spring practices, and are excited to play a game. LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED!"

Admission gates will open at 10:00 AM.  All seats will be available for $5.00 per person.  Tech students will be admitted free with their digger card.  Following the game, Montana Tech Touchdown Club personnel will host a burger and hot dog cookout in the North Endzone gazebo.  Everyone in attendance is invited.

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The 2009 edition of the Montana Tech Oredigger football team will be on display Saturday the 18th of April when the Diggers take the field for their third scrimmage of this year's series of spring drills. Saturday's first snap will be at 9:40 AM in Alumni Coliseum.  According to head coach Bob Green, this scrimmage will be a Golden Opportunity for many players who have not had game experience to display their talents.

"We have some young guys who are making great progress in practice," Green said  "The stage is set for them to shine.  Our coaches are looking for some outstanding performances.  We are going to have 96 Orediggers flying around, having fun playing football."

Shooting Guard from Down Under Signs With Lady Diggers

Endless winter, also known around here as Butte spring, may be facing Montana Tech women's basketball recruit Danielle "Dannii" Devenny. Her winters really are our summers as is the case in the Southern Hemisphere.

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2009 Oredigger Recruits at a Glance

The Montana Tech Orediggers are proud to welcome the 2009 recruiting class.

2009 Recruit List


Snow College Badger Signs with Diggers

BUTTE, MT (April 1) – Taesha Higbee, a 5-9 wing player from Salt Lake City, Utah, has signed an NAIA Letter of Intent to play basketball for Montana Tech for the 2009-10 season. 

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Digger Signing Day
Digger Athletics will be hosting its second annual Digger Signing Day Wednesday April 8th, 6:30 pm at Metals Bank Sports Bar and Grill.   Digger Signing Day is a chance for the public to meet the new Digger recruits for the upcoming seasons. Appetizers will be provided along with a no host bar.  Also, Mike Hamblin will be present to display the cover of the new children’s book that will be available next fall titled How the Diggers Got Their Name- The Charlie Oredigger Story.
Little Digger Dribblers Basketball Camp

This camp is for girls and boys grades 2nd through 4th.  It will be held April 13th, 14th and 15th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at Montana Tech Kelvin Sampson Arena (HPER).  The cost is $30.00.

This Camp is for young kids to be introduced to the fun and exciting game of basketball.  We will teach the fundamentals of basketball while creating a positive fun filled atmosphere by encouragement and awarding daily prizes.  The camp will be directed by Coach VanDyke and coached by Montana Tech basketball players.

Any Questions- Please call Michele VanDyke at (406) 496-4896, or email mvandyke@mtech.edu

Tech Spring Football Drills Begin March 28th

On Saturday March 28th Oredigger football coaches will welcome 97 spring gridders as the first of 16 padded practices begins.  The Diggers will be on Leonard Field Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday through the month of April.  Large scale scrimmages will take place in Alumni Coliseum on Saturdays the 4th, 11th, and 18th of April with the annual Green - White game wrapping up spring practice on the 25th of April.

According to Head Coach Bob Green 2009's spring drills hold much potential for the Orediggers.  "We need to get our guys outside and get the fundamentals of blocking and tackling going again, plus installing our schemes on offense, defense and special teams.  Our teaching progression is to start fast and then pick up speed.  When the large number of returning players which we have is combined with an outstanding contingent of 2008 redshirts, I expect performance and production.  There is going to be some enthusiastic competition for starting positions and playing time."


Montana Tech's football roster has grown by three.  Myles Kittleson, an inside linebacker from Glasgow, MT.  Joe Mitzer, a running back from Missoula (Loyola), MT, and Gregg Qualls, a wide receiver from Chinook, MT, have all signed letters of intent to join the Orediggers.  This brings the number of players signed during the 2009 recruiting season to 31.  These new gridders will join the Orediggers in August as they prepare to open the 2009 season in Rapid City, SD against the South Dakota Mines  Hardrockers.

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Tech Women's Hoops Signs Local Star

Montana Tech head women’s basketball coach, Kerie DePell, announced on Tuesday the signing of Butte Central prep star Brooke Pokorny. A resident of Butte, MT, this 5-6 point guard has the ability to make an immediate impact for the surging Oredigger program. Averaging 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals per game, she guided her Butte Central team to a successful season. With an extremely young but talented team, the Pokorny-led Butte Central Maroons fought their way to within one game of making it to the Class A State Tournament.

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Diggers sign two more

Montana Tech has added two excellent high school players to their 2009 football recruiting class. Shane Knuchel and Justin Smith both signed letters of intent to play for the Orediggers. They will join the team for preseason camp on August 10, as the Diggers prepare for their opener against South Dakota School of Mines.

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Diggers sign six from West

Montana Tech has added six more players to its 2009 recruiting class – all from Billings West High School. Derek Fritz, Tyler Patenaude, Tyson Shriver, Jordan Spoonemore, Eli Swain, and Patryk Webster all signed letters of intent to play for the Orediggers this fall. Tech has signed 26 players so far, including nine from Billings West. The Bears finished 11-2 in 2008, losing only to Class AA State Champion Helena Capital.

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Tech signs three marquee recruits

The Orediggers have added to their already outstanding football recruiting class with the addition of four exceptional players. Nick Baker, Butte High’s Mike Ueland, Dalton Williams, and Bryce Worthington all signed letters of intent to play for Montana Tech next fall.

Nick Baker is a 6’1”, 185 pound quarterback from Lake Stevens, Washington. Baker was named one of Washington’s Top 100 Recruits by The Seattle Times, and The Everett Herald selected him as their All-Area Offensive Player of the Year. Baker threw for an astounding 2,785 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 66 percent of his passes. He led the WesCo 4A conference in every major passing category while shattering his team’s all-time records. Baker plans to study Science Education or Civil Engineering at Montana Tech.

According to Head Coach Bob Green, Baker brings several talents to the Orediggers.

"I really like the way Nick delivers the football," Green said.  "He has great touch and accuracy, plus he can really gun the thing deep.  Nick can move his feet; he keeps plays alive and is a definite threat to run."

Mike Ueland is a 5’9”, 178 pound running back from Butte High School. Ueland earned Class AA All-State and All-Conference honors while rushing for 965 yards in the 2008 campaign. He has also been selected to play in the Montana Shrine Bowl. Ueland is an outstanding three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs.  He is a mainstay on the Butte High Basketball Team and an exceptional track athlete. Ueland is an Academic All-State honoree and will study Engineering at Montana Tech.

"Mike has outstanding speed and balance," Green said.  Taking him down is like tackling a circular saw.  I really like the way he finished runs as we watched him play.  His vision and instincts let him make one cut and really go.  Plus, he possesses outstanding skills as a receiver out of the backfield.

Dalton Williams of Eureka, Montana was a Class B All-State selection at running back and twice earned First Team All-Conference honors at both running back and defensive back. The 5’10”, 190 pound Williams racked up 1,455 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns while breaking Lincoln County High School’s single season rushing record. Williams will play in both the Class B All-Star Game and the Montana Shrine Bowl. He is a three-time Academic All-State selection and plans to major in Geological Engineering.

"When we watched Dalton Williams on tape, he ran over, around, and through everyone in sight," Green said.  "He has  quickness and speed, plus the knack for punishing tacklers on contact.  I mean he can really rock them.  I like the way Dalton combines big play potential with the ability to get the tough yards."

Bryce Worthington is a 6'1", 170 pound wide receiver from Billings West High School.  He earned both first team All-Conference and All-State honors as the West High Bears battled their way to an 11-2 season.  Worthington caught 41 balls and rushed ten times for a total of 742 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns.  He is also an All-State sprinter in track and was a member of last year's state champion 400m relay team.  Worthington plans to study Petroleum Engineering at Montana Tech.

According to Green, Worthington is a complete receiver.

"Bryce catches the ball in his hands and can cross white stripes rapidly after the catch," Green said.  "His speed will stretch defenses.  He evaluates coverages well and adjusts his body position accordingly.  The guy catches anything near him. We can't wait to get Bryce attacking opponents' coverage schemes."

Montana Tech will celebrate their recruiting classes in all sports with a reception at Metals Sports Bar on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm.

Westminster 78, Montana Tech 63

From the Montana Standard

Nobody will ever accuse Kerie DePell of being happy with a loss.

But the second-year Oredigger head coach was clearly pleased with her team's performance Saturday night.

"I feel like tonight we lost to a better team. Before we were killing ourselves," DePell said. "It was really actually encouraging for us, even though we lost."

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Orediggers make late run, fall to LC State

The 6 p.m. start was apparently too early for the Orediggers, who lost for the eighth straight time.

The Montana Tech men heated up toward the end of the second half, but it was too late.

The Warriors (4-6, 10-10) led 35-22 at halftime and took a commanding lead with a 9-0 run early in the second half that put them up 47-29.

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Basketball vs. Westminister

Photos from the Diggers' games against Westminister

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Basketball Photo Galleries

Check out photos from the Diggers' contests against Lewis-Clark State College.

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Tech signs three on defense

The Montana Tech Orediggers have added three more players to their rapidly expanding list of football signees. Josh Wallis, Mike Waldman, and Collin Johnson all signed letters of intent to play for Montana Tech next fall.

Wallis is a 5’11”, 230 pound defensive lineman from three-time Montana State Champion Helena Capital High School. He earned honorable mention to the Class AA All-State team in 2008, and plans to major in Engineering at Montana Tech.

"Josh Wallis has exceptional strength and quickness," said Oredigger Head Coach Bob Green. "He has the great first step we look for in a D-lineman. I like the way he diagnoses plays quickly and gets to the football. Plus, Josh can tackle on the run."

Waldman is a 6’3”, 245 pound defensive end from Butte High School. He plans to study Business at Montana Tech. Waldman said he has long looked forward to playing for the Diggers.

"Ever since I was little I have wanted to sign with Montana Tech,” Waldman said.

"Mike's enthusiasm is contagious," Green said. "Plus, he is going to continue to grow. He plays exceptionally hard. I believe Mike possesses the hands and feet to become and outstanding pass rusher. He is a hard worker in the weight room and a student of the game."

Johnson is a 6’0”, 185 pound defensive back from Spearfish, South Dakota. He earned first team All-Conference and second team All-State honors while serving as a team captain. Johnson plans to study Engineering at Montana Tech.

Green said the Orediggers learned about Johnson after he moved to Billings this winter. He currently attends Billings Senior High School.

"At Spearfish, Collin made big plays," Green said. "He intercepted three passes and returned three kicks for touchdowns. We look forward to getting Collin working with the Digger D-backs."

Diggers sign three more

Montana Tech has added to their recruiting class with the signing of three coveted prospects.  The addition of Josh Barnett, Hayden Cristaldi, and John Hundtofte brings the Diggers’ list of signees to ten.  Oredigger Head Coach Bob Green said he is very pleased to lock up three recruits of their caliber:

“The signing of these three outstanding student-athletes is a red letter day for Oredigger Football.  I feel like today is payday, Christmas, the Fourth of July, and St. Patrick’s Day all rolled into one.”

Barnett is a 6’3”, 280 pound offensive guard from State Class AA runner-up Billings West High School.  He earned consecutive All-State Honors as well as selection to the Montana Shrine Bowl.  Barnett plans to study Petroleum Engineering at Montana Tech.

“Josh Barnett is an exceptional high school offensive lineman,” Green said.  “On tape, we watched him block everything that moved.  He gets off the ball quickly and is very effective canceling linebackers as well as down guys.”

Cristaldi earned All Conference honors on offense and defense for Thompson Falls in 2008.  He also served as a team captain and was named the Bluehawks’ Most Valuable Player.  At 6’, 195 pounds, Cristaldi should help the Diggers at either linebacker or fullback.  He is also an excellent longsnapper, a skill highly prized by special teams coaches.  Cristaldi plans to major in Environmental Engineering.

“Hayden Cristaldi did it all for the Thompson Falls Bluehawks,” Green said.  “I don’t think we saw one snap on tape where #12 wasn’t in the game.  He is a force at inside linebacker and parts the Red Sea when he carries the football.”

Billings West’s offensive front locked up First-Team All-State honors at guard, as John Hundtofte secured the other slot.  The 6’2’, 263 pound offensive lineman also earned selection to the Badlands Bowl.  Hundtofte will study Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech.  Green said Hondtofte plays every snap at high speed.

“He is an intense buzzsaw for the Billings West Bears,” Green said.  “He gets after it.  I really like his feet and the athletic nature of his play.  Whenever you can sign an offensive lineman who is very aggressive and very quick, like John is, you are fortunate.”

Montana Tech will celebrate their recruiting classes in all sports with a reception at Metals Sports Bar on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm.

Digger Women dump Western, 56-51

From the Montana Standard

The win was the second straight for the Orediggers in Dillon.

The game started off looking like anything but a Tech victory.

The Bulldogs scored the first eight points of the game, taking advantage of three Tech misses and one Oredigger turnover.

Tech fought back to take a 9-8 lead with a run capped by a pull-up jumper by Lindsie Wilson with 13 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first half.

Western only led two times after that, and neither lasted very long.

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Diggers sign Glacier's Frandsen

The Orediggers’ recruiting class continues to grow. Glacier High School’s John Frandsen became the fourth prospect to sign with Montana Tech this year. Frandsen is a member of Glacier’s first senior class and the first football student-athlete to sign with a college program. The 6’1”, 245 pound offensive lineman served as a team captain for two seasons in both football and wrestling. Frandsen also earned recognition as Glacier’s offensive MVP.

“John has exceptional athletic ability and very good feet,” said Head Coach Bob Green. “He has the ‘wrestler’s knack’ for evaluating what a defensive lineman is going to do and countering his opponent’s moves.   I like the fact that he is aggressive and always moving. You watch the tape and John has no down time; he gets after it in a hurry.”

Diggers announce 2009 Football Schedule

The Orediggers will square off against the Hardrockers in the opening game of the 2009 football season. Montana Tech will travel to Rapid City to face South Dakota School of Mines on August 29. The Hardrockers finished 5-5 in 2008 and ended their season with a win over arch rival Black Hills State. This year’s Frontier Conference schedule features a different order than 2008, as Tech will open league play with a September 5 game at UM-Western.  The Diggers’ home opener will be a September 12 contest against Carroll College.

Click here for the complete version of the Diggers’ 2009 Schedule.

New Photo Galleries

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Lights blaze Orediggers

By Pat Ryan of the Montana Standard

First looks can be deceiving.

When Montana Tech's men shot out to an 11-0 lead in the first four minutes of their Frontier Conference basketball game Friday, it looked like the Orediggers might run away with an easy win over the Northern Lights.

Upon second glance, looking at the game five minutes later, Northern held a 13-11 lead. The Lights also went on a 12-2 scoring spurt to begin the second half, and walked out of the Tech HPER Complex with a handy 74-50 victory.

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Diggers make Capital signing

Recruiting athletic offensive linemen is always a priority for Montana Tech, and their efforts paid off in the signing of Helena Capital’s Louie Blood.  The 6’4”, 270 pound center earned consecutive All-State honors as his team won three straight Class AA State Championships.  Blood served as a team captain for the Bruins while also competing in Track and Power Lifting.  He is an excellent student and plans to major in Petroleum Engineering at Tech.  Digger Head Coach Bob Green said he is pleased to sign a lineman with Blood’s outstanding combination of strength and agility.

“Louie is a talented, intelligent, and motivated football player.  When we watched him play, our staff was very impressed with Louie’s technique and execution; he blocks everything in sight.  Louie recognizes fronts and blitzes exceptionally well.  The Orediggers can’t wait to get Louie Blood on the field.”

Tech men travel to NAIA's #2 ranked Westminister

The Diggers look to continue their fine team play in conference as they challenge the Westminster College Griffins in Salt Lake City, UT. The Griffins jumped 3 spots to #2 in the recent NAIA Div. I National Rankings, the highest in program and Frontier Conference history.

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Digger Women sink Carroll

Check out photos from the Diggers' 78-76 victory over Carroll College.

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Diggers sign first recruit

Montana Tech kicked off their recruiting class with a bang.  Tyler Stenberg, an All-State player from Superior, Montana, is the Diggers’ first signee.  The 6-3, 195 pound wide receiver hauled in a record 79 catches for 1308 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2008.  Fourteen of those catches came in the state championship game, as Superior overcame a 21-6 deficit to win their first ever state title.

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Diggers blow by Augustana

From the Montana Standard

HAVRE — Montana Tech used defense to pile more winter freeze on Augustana Saturday with an effort that buried the Camrose, Alberta, team 91-42. The win moves Tech to 7-7 for the season.

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Tech men stun #7 Black Hills State

From the Montana Standard

HAVRE — Montana Tech took an early edge and used double-figure scoring by four players to defeat NAIA Division II nationally ranked Black Hills State 71-62 Friday in a non-conference college men's basketball tournament. The game was part of the Montana State-Northern AmericInn Invitational competition in the Armory Gym.

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Tech crowns King's, 96-51

By Sean Eamon of the Montana Standard

The Montana Tech men's basketball team sent King's University College packing after crowning the Eagles 96-51 Monday night. The crowd at the HPER witnessed another Canadian team come up short in Butte.

The Orediggers started off with a 14-0 advantage in the first four minutes. Tech led the entire game. King's finally lit up the scoreboard a little less than five minutes after tipoff. By the end of the first half Tech was up 57-21.

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New Photo Galleries

Check out photos from the Orediggers' lopsided victory over Kings University.

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Diggers place eight on All-Frontier Teams

Eight Orediggers earned All-Frontier Conference selections.  Senior safety Cole Salo garnered first team honors in his third selection to the All-Conference Team.  Salo received second team recognition as a safety and punt returner in 2006.

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Trudy, Orediggers sting Yellowjackets

From the Montana Standard

BILLINGS — Tony Trudnowski scored all 12 of his points in the second half Thursday night, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to lift Montana Tech's men's basketball team to a 64-61 win over MSU-Billings.

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Oredigger WBB give EWU a scare

From the Montana Standard

CHENEY, Wash. — The Oredigger upset bid came up a little short.

The Montana Tech women's basketball team led Eastern Washington at halftime before dropping Tuesday night's exhibition game the Big Sky Conference team 73-63.

Tech took a 34-33 lead into halftime and was within 2 points with 9 minutes left in the game.

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Orediggers win third straight

By Bill Foley of the Montana Standard

Rocky Mountain College quarterback Kasey Peters probably needed the entire bus ride back to Billings to remove his football cleat from his mouth Saturday.

The Montana Tech Orediggers made Peters and the Battlin' Bears pay for comments Peters made after throwing for 452 yards in a 27-22 win last month in Billings.

The Orediggers sacked Peters four times and had the Bears playing catchup most of the game Saturday, as Tech picked up its third straight win with a 24-17 victory over Rocky at a very windy Alumni Coliseum.

"Last game after the game he said some stuff in the paper that gave us a little bulletin-board material," Tech senior safety Cole Salo said after Saturday's win that lifted Tech to 4-4 in the Frontier Conference and 4-5 overall. "I don't know if that's something that helped or not. But you hate when somebody talks (crap) about you."

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Diggers tame Bulldogs

By Pat Ryan of the Montana Standard

Montana Tech was a few plays better than Montana Western Saturday, as the Orediggers earned a hard-fought 24-17 Frontier Conference football win over the Bulldogs at Vigilante Field.

The Orediggers pulled ahead early, only to see Western tie the game in the third quarter before Matt Komac hit Alex Grevas on a 14-yard scoring pass to put the 'Diggers ahead for good in the fourth quarter.

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Digger Sack Mounties

By Bill Foley of the Montana Standard

The bitter cold, wind and snow came just in time for the Montana Tech football team.

So did the return of the dominant Oredigger defense.

The Oredigger sacked Eastern Oregon quarterback Chris Ware 11 times Saturday as Tech stopped a three-game losing streak with a 13-10 Frontier Conference win over the Mountaineers.

The Orediggers also returned to their roots, pounding the football up the gut 50 times for 198 yards.

"Our line just played great," said sophomore running back Skyler Knuchel, who ran for 100 yards on 24 carries.

The Orediggers were playing without their injured burner, Drew Savage, so they relied on Knuchel's hard-nosed running style. They even handed the ball off to the fullback seven times.

"We knew we usually weren't going to get the edge," said Knuchel, a former Deer Lodge Warden. "We were going to get something inside, and (the linemen) were blocking first level and second level great today. They did an awesome job."

Knuchel said the defense deserved the most praise, though.

The Orediggers held the Mountaineers, who two weeks ago put up 76 points, to just 198 yards of total offense.

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Digger Women Victorious in Opener

By Bruce Sayler of the Montana Standard

Maybe practice is overrated.

Montana Tech head women's basketball coach Kerie DePell would beg to differ, but the Orediggers won by 65-48 over Medicine Hat College Friday in a very early season-opener.

The game, played in the Montana Tech HPER Complex, was so early the Montana Tech players had gone through just eight practices before it. With some teams, such might not be such a concern. But only three Orediggers are back from last year for DePell.

"It was a great start," she said after the victory over a Medicine Hat team playing in its fifth game of the fall. "I wasn't sure what to expect. I saw some bright spots and some things we need to work on. And we won the game, which is what we wanted to do."

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Tech Golfers Head to Washington

From Montana Standard

The Montana Tech men's golf team will get one more chance to show off its stuff this season.

The Orediggers will compete at the University of Victoria Shoot Out in Sequim, Wash., Monday and Tuesday.

"This is one of the top NAIA tourneys in the Northwest," Tech coach Nate Harris said. "Our guys' team is playing very well this year and this is a great opportunity for them to show what they can do against the top-level talent in the region." The Orediggers will try to open some eyes.

"They will be playing in front of the NAIA raters, which is a must for our program to be noticed on the national scene in terms of All-Americans and national tournament appearances," Harris said. "This is a great step for our program and shows how much work, not only these five guys, but everyone involved with the program have put in to get us where we need to be." Playing for the Orediggers will be Byron Olson, a senior from Calgary, Tyler Wengel, a freshman from Butte, Curtis Blake, a junior from Nanto, Alberta, Patrick O'Rourke, a senior from Butte and Chris Conners, a junior from Whitefish.

Basketball Schedule Released

The 2008-09 Montana Tech men's basketball schedule features non-conference games against defending champions from the Cascade, Dakota, and Frontier conferences in addition to road exhibition games at NCAA Division I members Weber State and Idaho State, plus NCAA Division II member Montana State-Billings.

"Scheduling has become very challenging for teams in the Frontier, especially to attract home games," Orediggers head coach Nate Larson said. "But we made out well in terms of having a fairly balanced home/road schedule with high-caliber opponents.

"Our scheduling philosophy is the following: in order to be the best, we need to play and beat the best. We have achieved that goal; and on top of that, we have seven non-conference games on our home floor."

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Tech golf wins season opener

From the Montana Standard

Montana Tech's men overcame a two-shot deficit to win the first Frontier Conference golf event of the season at Fairmont Golf Course on Monday.

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Tech delivers first win

By Bill Foley of the Montana Standard

About the time a lot of Oredigger fans were starting to panic, their football team didn't.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Komac threw three touchdown passes — all to Alex Grevas — and Montana Tech overcame a 14-0 deficit to beat Montana Western 21-17 in a Frontier Conference football game Saturday afternoon at Alumni Coliseum.

The last Komac-to-Grevas connection was a 3-yard strike to cap the scoring and give Tech its first lead with 10 minutes, 9 seconds left in the game.

The win was the first of 2008 for the Orediggers (1-2 overall, 1-1 in conference), and it quite possibly saved Tech's season.

"It pretty much would have eliminated us from the playoffs if we wouldn't have won this one," said Tech senior linebacker Billy Glennon, one of three Orediggers with an interception Saturday. "So it was great to go out and get a victory."

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Football Players of the Week

Subway Player of the Game

Drew Savage racked up 123 yards on 23 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Montana Orthopedics Defensive Player of the Week

Sophomore defensive end Stephan Burns notched 5.5 tackles and two assists and pitched in half a sack against Eastern Oregon.

Perkins Pancake Award

Shannon Buell led the Diggers with four pancakes and was their most consistent  performer on the offensive line.

Northwestern Energy Special Teams Player of the Week

Jake Stagnoli turned in two tackles on kickoff coverage, and he made an incredible play to down a 54-yard punt on the two yard line. Jake's play will appear on this week's episode of Learn Some Football.  The segment air Wednesday night at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm on NBC.

Montana Club Hit of the Week

Sophomore linebacker Dylan MacGregor earned his fourth career Hit of the Week by blasting one of Eastern Oregon's kickoff coverage men.

Tech wins one, loses one at Carroll Invite

From the Montana Standard

Montana Tech played two pretty good matches on Saturday, but won just one of them in the Carroll Invitational college volleyball tournament held in the Carroll College P.E. Center.

The Orediggers lost to NAIA No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific 25-19, 25-11, 25-15 and then leveled Oklahoma Wesleyan 25-17, 25-19, 25-17.

Montana Tech, now 7-5 for the season, will begin Frontier Conference play next week with matches at Lewis-Clark State on Thursday, and Westminster on Saturday.

Tobin said she expected to learn more on Monday about the injury situations of middle blockers Katie Daly and Samantha Sheble. Neither have played this season. Daly has been out with a shoulder injury while Sheble injured an ankle only minutes into the regular season.

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Tech announces weekly honors

Subway Player of the Game

Joel Wilson notched an NAIA best nine solo tackles and twelve assists against Southern Oregon.  The junior inside linebacker also contributed some bone-jarring hits on special teams.

Montana Orthopedics Offensive Player of the Week

Sophomore running back carried the ball 17 times for 77 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown that put the Diggers up 9-0 in the first quarter.

Northwestern Energy Special Teams Player of the Week

Sophomore J.T. McIntyre boomed four punts for an average of 46.8 yards, including a 59 yarder that rolled out of bounds on the three yard line.  J.T. is second the NAIA in punting average, and the Diggers rank first in net punt.  He also returned a kickoff for 33 yards.

Montana Club Hit of the Week

Junior defensive lineman Joe Glennon picked up yet another Hit of the Week against Southern Oregon.  From his position in the wedge, Joe demolished two kickoff coverage men, driving them flat on their backs.

Tech VB wins big, loses big

From the Montana Standard

Montana Tech was on both sides of romps Saturday at the Conordia Crowne Plaza Labor Day Festival college volleyball tournament.

The Orediggers thumped San Diego Christian 25-14, 25-17, 24-26, 25-19, but then were swept by 21st-ranked Vanguard, of Costa Mesa, Calif., 25-12, 25-14, 25-13.

Montana Tech, 4-4 two weeks into the season, will next play on Wednesday in Dillon against rival Montana Western in a non-conference match. The Orediggers play their first 15 matches away from home on this fall's schedule.

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Raiders steal victory from Tech

By Bill Foley of the Montana Standard

The season opener couldn't have started off much better for the Montana Tech football team Thursday night.

In front of a crowd of 4,739 at Alumni Coliseum, the No. 21-ranked Orediggers converted scores set up by their defense and special teams, and they saw a runningback break a long touchdown run as they built a 12-0 lead over the unranked Southern Oregon Raiders.

That was the end of the Montana Tech good news, however.

The Raiders picked off Tech sophomore quarterback Matt Komac four times and Southern Oregon quarterback Bryan Lee-Lauduski hardly threw an incompletion as the Raiders knocked off the Orediggers 30-25 in the non-conference tilt.

The win avenged Montana Tech's 32-30 win at Southern Oregon in last year's opener.

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Learn Some Football with Coach Green

KTVM and Digger Athletics have partnered to bring you a new series called "Learn Some Football."  Each week, Coach Green will offer fans unique insight into a key play from an Oredigger game.

Click here to check out the first installment of Learn Some Football.

Listen Live to the Southern Oregon Game

Beginning at 6:30 pm on August 28, you can click here to listen to KBOW's live radio broadcast of the Diggers' game against Southern Oregon.
Diggers tune up for opener

By Bill Foley of the Montana Standard

After the Montana Tech football team scrimmaged Saturday morning at Leonard Field, Oredigger coach Bob Green judged his team more on what he didn’t see than what he did see.

“Objectively, we’re ahead of where we were last year,” Green said. “We didn’t have a procedure penalty with the older guys. We didn’t have a false start. We didn’t have a hold.

“That’s a lot of snaps, and we didn’t have a missed alignment.” Green’s objective is to play mistake-free in Thursday night’s season opener against Southern Oregon.

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Tech VB finishes 3-1

From the Montana Standard

Montana Tech finished the Dickinson State Invitational volleyball tournament with a 3-1 record to open the season after splitting Saturday’s two matches.

The Orediggers defeated the South Dakota School of Mines, then lost a close contest with Jamestown, 23-25, 25-18, 27-25, 25-13.

“I was really happy to beat those guys,” Montana Tech head coach Marilyn Tobin said about the win over South Dakota School of Mines. They beat us last year, so it was nice to get a litte revenge on them this year.”

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Diggers roll in tourney

From the Montana Standard

Montana Tech began the season missing one middle blocker, then lost another about three points into the campaign n both with injuries n but still went undefeated on its opening day of the college volleyball season.

The Orediggers defeated Minot State 26-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-14 and then swept Valley City State 27-25, 25-16, 25-20 in first-day play at the Dickinson State Invitational tournament.

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Tech to host outdoor concert

Montana Tech's Alumni Coliseum will host Tech Music Fest, an outdoor concert featuring five bands headlined by the southern rock group Black Stone Cherry.  Admission also includes the chance to watch skateboarding and stunt motorcycle exhibitions and compete in a Guitar Hero tournament.

The gates open Saturday, September 6 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 with a Digger Card and $20 general admission. 

Purchase your tickets online!

Montana Tech unveils online Fan Guide

Montana Tech's 2008 Fan Guide is now available online.  The Fan Guide features profiles of Montana Tech's seniors and coaches, feature articles, and an outline of what to expect on the field in 2008.  It also includes a look at the rich history and tradition of 100 years of football at Montana Tech.

Click here to check out the Fan Guide.

Diggers set to open training camp

After spending the weekend strength testing in bench, squat, and power clean, the Diggers will check into training camp on Monday, August 11.  Tech's players and coaches will spend the better part of two days on meetings, physicals, and equipment checkout.  Their first practice begins Tuesday at 7:30 pm, and Wednesday marks the start of two-a-day practices.  During two-a-days, the Diggers will practice at 9:00 am and 3:30 pm.  All practices are open to the media and the public.
Diggers picked second in preseason poll

The Frontier Conference coaches ranked Montana Tech second in their preseason football poll.  The Diggers begin the season ranked eleventh in the nation in the Victory Sports Network Poll.  VSN president Jason Dannelly said the Diggers will be especially tough to beat at home.

"When I think of the toughest places in the NAIA to win a football game, I think of Alumni Coliseum," Dannelly said. "From the fans to the way Coach Green gets his players ready to play, you'd be hard pressed to find a tougher environment to play football."

Frontier Confernce Coaches Poll

   1. Carroll College
   2. Montana Tech
   3. MSU-Northern
   4. Rocky Mountain
   5. UM-Western
   6. Eastern Oregon

Diggers to host reception in Great Falls

Join the Orediggers at The Sting in Great Falls for a preview of the upcoming sports seasons.  Coach Green and the rest of the Digger coaching staffs will be there to provide insider information, as well as drawings for Oredigger prizes.  The reception begins Monday, August 4 at 6:00 pm. Admission is free.

Waiting in Washington

Gabe Webster is an incoming freshman football player.  He is spending the summer at his home in Central Washington, waiting for training camp to begin on August 11.  You can read about Gabe's last summer before college in his blog.

Read Gabe's Blog

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GoDiggers.com Adds Football Player Blogs

Ever wonder what life is really like for a student-athlete?  Find out how the Diggers are spending their summer by reading our football player blogs.

Brett Kamrud is a redshirt freshman wide receiver from Butte, MT.  He recently spent two weeks fighting in California.

Read Brett's Blog

Diggers Launch New TV Commercial

Season ticket sales and Digger Club membership renewals are in full swing.  Call Cristie at (406) 496-4105 for more information.

Check out the Diggers' television commercial.

Sign up for the Digger Club online.

Digger Volleyball signs Canadian talent

The Lady Oredigger Volleyball team recently added their last player to the 2008 roster.  Allyse Cruise is a 5’ 8” outside hitter from Liberty, Saskatchewan.  Allyse is not only an outstanding volleyball player, but also an excellent student.  She received the Student Excellence Award along with the highest class average in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.  She also earned the 90's Roll Achievement in 2004-2007 and had the highest marks in grade 12 Math and the highest grade 11 English mark in 2007.  She plans to continue her academic excellence while majoring in Metallurgical Engineering at Montana Tech.  Allyse was a Provincial Bronze SHSAA Medalist in 2005, a Provincial Team member in the summer of 2007, and was the Provincial SVA Champion in 2008.

Head coach Marilyn Tobin is excited to sign Cruise and looks forward to her future as an Oredigger at Montana Tech. “Alyse is a wonderful student and player,” said Tobin.  “She has a very fast arm swing which allows her to hit the ball with power.  She also is a tremendous back row player because she can read hitters very well and dig their attacks, and because she is a great passer.”

Attention Football Recruits!

The Digger coaching staff will be in Spokane, Washington on Saturday, July 12.  The coaches will be evaluating prospective players during a combine at Joe Albi Stadium.  If you are interested in Montana Tech, stop by the combine or call Coach Di Marco at (406) 496-4622 for more information.

Even if you can't make it to Spokane, please fill out our Prospective Player Questionnaire.

New Oredigger Update Released

Oredigger Update is the official online magazine of Montana Tech Athletics.  Click here to check out the latest issue.

Digger coaches travel to Billings

Coach Green and the rest of the Tech football staff will travel to Billings to evaluate players at the Class AA Jamboree.  The Diggers will host a reception Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm in the Billings Convention Center.  Anyone interested in Oredigger Football is invited to hear the latest updates on the program.

Diggers set for high school camps

The Diggers will kick off the first of their two high school football camps this afternoon.  Over the next two weeks, 28 teams and nearly 600 athletes will come to Montana Tech for intense football training.

During each four day session, players practice three times a day, with instruction from the Digger coaching staff and time with their own coaches.  Tech's campus echoes with the crack of football pads every evening as teams scrimmage on every available patch of grass.  Players camp out on the floor in racquetball courts for a short night of sleep and rise early to do it all again the next day.

Despite the gruelling nature of football camp, players Tech's campus with a smile brighter than the bruises they have collected, and many of them eventually attend Montana Tech.  Current Digger quarterback Hunter Kerkes attended four Tech Football Camps with Centerville High School before beginning his collegiate career in Butte.

"We had a blast at camp," Kerkes said.  "It was great to get a feel for Tech before I had to choose a college."

8-Man All-Stars come to Butte

Sixty-four of Montana’s best 8-man football players took the field Monday night at Montana Tech. They have come for the Bob Cleverley 8-Man All-Star Game, a final opportunity for graduating high school athletes to showcase their skills on an 8-man gridiron. Formerly known as the Treasure State All-Star Game, the event was renamed last year to honor the late Bob Cleverly, who founded and managed the game for 24 years. More than that, current game organizer Rick Miller said the longtime Ennis High School Coach has made tremendous contributions to all of 8-man football.

“Coach Clev’s work has helped improve the quality of 8-man football throughout the Northwest,” Miller said. “He has improved 8-Man players’ opportunities to play at the next level, not to mention all the memories his dedication to the game has provided the fans, coaches and players.”

Speaking at last year’s game, Cleverley emphasized the importance of making the game a memorable experience for the players. “It’s their game,” he said. “We want to make sure they have a great time.”

Now in its 25th year, the game has seen generations of gifted football players. Sunburst High School’s Head Coach Matt Clark played in the first 8-Man All-Star Game. He has already seen one of his sons play in the game, and this year he is coaching his son, Reece, as an assistant for the Red All-Stars.

“I’ve always been a big fan of this game,” Clark said. “Being in the first one, at the time, was really something. Being a senior and having one more chance to play was really neat.”

Clark said the game has “become a part of him,” and this year’s game means even more than most.

“Getting a chance to come down here and watch my first son play in it was great,” he said, “and getting a chance to coach while my youngest is in it is really something special.”

In addition to the competition, the game offers an opportunity for longtime rivals to meet under more amicable circumstances. Centerville’s Craig Halko said he is looking forward to the opportunity to play alongside his former adversaries.

“It’s going to be kinda fun,” Halko said. “Watching them play the entire season, I’ve always wanted to play with them.”

The fields of Montana Tech are familiar ground for many of this year’s all-stars. The Orediggers host four to six hundred high school athletes each summer for their 8-man football camps, and many players in Saturday’s game have been coming to Tech’s camps since they were freshmen. The camps give the Diggers unprecedented opportunity to evaluate and recruit 8-man players. The 2007 Orediggers kicked off with 22 former 8-Man All-Stars on the roster. Three Oredigger signees will take the field for Saturday’s game: Halko, Winifred’s Zach Wichman, and Superior’s Westen Super.

Montana Tech’s Alumni Coliseum plays host to the game, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. Tickets are $6. The Digger Athletic Association will host a barbeque in the north end zone beginning at 4:30. The cost is $6 per person.

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Green & White Game ends in tie

By Bill Foley and Montana Tech Sports Information

Sophomore quarterback Matt Komac found Alex Grevas in the endzone and Sean Kelly booted the extra point to knot Montana Tech’s Green & White Game in a 13-13 tie.  Under the rules for the game, there was no overtime.

Komac hit Grevas for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds left.  The score came three plays after Komac connected with his favorite receiver for a 24-yard strike down to the 3-yard line on fourth and long.

In all, Komac and Grevas hooked up nine times for 128 yards.  Senior Zach Soukup also had a big day, hauling in five catches for 65 yards.  Junior wide receiver Kyle Lewis led both teams in rushing with 86 yards and hauled in three passes for 26 yards.

“Those are guys who can make plays for us,” said Head Coach Bob Green.

Both Komac and Junior Hunter Kerkes, who quarterbacked the White Team, proved they could be effective on the ground.  Komac netted 53 yards rushing, and Kerkes carried the ball for 23 yards and a touchdown.

The Orediggers showed their strength in the offensive line as Seniors Tom Probert and Shannon Buell both turned in outstanding performances.  Depth on the defensive line was a concern leading into spring drills, but Junior Jon Gallatin helped ease some of that anxiety.  He pulled down Komac for a pair of sacks in the fourth quarter and tormented offensive linemen throughout the game.

“Both teams really played hard,” Green said.  “We showed outstanding depth in the defensive front and outstanding depth on the offensive front,” Green said.  “Those are key deals for us.  Key deals.”