Back in early December, Corvallis prospect Jesse Sims de-committed from Oregon State, University where he had planned to play college football, after head coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska.
Almost six weeks later, he’s coming closer to making a decision — again — to where he will take his football talents. But not quite yet.
Even a narrow loss couldn’t keep the Ronan football team down.
“You don’t ever want to say you’re happy when you lose, but come on,” Chiefs head coach Jim Benn said gesturing to his surroundings. “Getting to coach here and letting our kids have this experience, I mean I’m watching my quarterback take pictures with his parents on the field.”
The special location was Washington-Grizzly Stadium Saturday, which hosted the first Hometown Pride Classic series between high school teams in Montana and Idaho — an event as pleasing to its organizer as it seemed to be to the players, coaches and fans involved.
Way back in November, Missoula Sentinel senior Olivia Roberts signed to play basketball at the University of Wyoming after graduation.
Before she ever suits up for the Cowgirls, Roberts is getting a chance to play against some cowgirls this weekend as part of the Treasure State’s roster in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star Basketball Series.
By this point everybody has heard the news of Montana men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle’s recent hire by Oregon State.
Tinkle takes a winning history to a Beavers program hoping to do much more of that in the not-so distant future. But will he also take his son, current Missoula Hellgate junior and big-time prospect Tres, with him?
The better half of Frenchtown’s batting lineup has already committed to play college sports in the near future.
And no I don’t mean the “better half” as in the better players — although they do seem to be pretty good. By most games’ arrangements so far this spring, the first five hitters in the Broncs’ order have already made commitments to play collegiately.
And here’s the thing: not all of them are even softball players.
Following Tommy Tirrell’s tie-breaking chip-off victory Friday that earned him second place at the Loyola Sacred Heart Invitational golf tournament, he carried his iron off the 18th green to talk to a waiting reporter.
They introduced themselves, having never met before. Tirrell didn’t garner too many interviews in his sophomore or freshman seasons golfing at Loyola.
“You probably talked to Tom last year,” Tirrell said, no hint of animosity in his statement of fact, just an observation.
Tom Swanson, and with him Maggie Crippen on the girls’ side, dominated the action for the Rams and Breakers golf teams over the past few seasons. Each are gone now onto NCAA Division I programs, but the Loyola golf legacy still has some sheen on it.
UPDATED: It’s been a little over two months since college football had its big signing day. We brought you this list at that point, but it’s gotten quite a bit longer since then — up to 39 area signees.
It’s national signing day 2014 and the National Letters of Intent are flying around this morning with local athletes securing their spots for the future with college football programs.
We’ll keep you updated with the area players who have made their commitments known throughout the day. Here’s a quick look at what we have so far, both in signings and other forms of commitment.
Don’t forget this is just a bare bones list right now and it will be updated often. Don’t see your name or your kid listed here? Leave it in the comments, or get in contact with us at email@example.com or on twitter (@ajmazzolini).
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UPDATE: We’ve gotten a few more additions to this listing after posting it on Facebook a week ago. Here’s the most updated list with another half dozen or so names tacked on. Let’s see if we can add any more.
With fall camps just around the corner, the Missoulian is trying to keep track of all our area graduates that have moved on to play college football. So far we’ve got a pretty basic list put together with 42 western Montana football players who have committed with a college program.
Don’t see your kid on the list? You know of someone else we’re missing?
We’ll add them as soon as we can. Send any omissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or get ahold of me via Twitter at twitter.com/ajmazzolini. Remember this list only spans western Montana within the Missoulian’s coverage area.
He may have only finished two years of high school this spring, but Missoula Hellgate basketball forward Tres Tinkle has already caught the eye of recruiters at the college level.
The University of Utah became the first program to offer Tinkle a scholarship and a spot on its roster, both being for the 2015-16 season. The Utes likely won’t be the last to show their interest in the rising Montana star, though.
Mountain West Hoops first reported the offer Saturday morning. The basketball site ranks Tinkle, a 6-foot-6 small forward for the Knights, as its No. 1 player prospect in the region for the class of 2015. Continue reading