Montana guard Will Cherry drives to the basket earlier  this season at the Adams Center in Missoula. AP

Montana Grizzlies will take on Montana State Bobcats Saturday

The University of Montana men’s basketball team is closing in on another Big Sky regular-season title, but there is plenty of adversity yet to be overcome. Mathias Ward and Will Cherry are both ostensibly out with injuries, although the Missoulian’s Bob Meseroll reports that Cherry is confident in returning by the end of the season. … Continue reading

Montana guard Will Cherry drives to the basket earlier  this season at the Adams Center in Missoula. AP

Montana Grizzlies, Lady Griz have big week

It’s a huge week for both the University of Montana men’s and women’s basketball teams. The women are in the midst of a week-long road trip to Idaho and Utah. The Lady Griz topped Southern Utah Monday in Cedar City and take on Idaho State Thursday in Pocatello. The Bengals were picked first, but suffered … Continue reading

Former Highwood star Rachel Semansky and her MSU teammates take on UM Saturday in Missoula. Tribune file photo

Montana State Bobcats invade Dahlberg Arena Saturday

There are a pair of big games in Missoula Saturday as the Montana State men’s and women’s basketball teams visit Dahlberg Arena to take on their Montana counterparts. We’ll have full coverage in tomorrow’s Tribune, as well as game coverage on Twitter and in Sunday’s print edition. The men’s game comes second, of course, and … Continue reading

Brandon Kaufman and Kyle Padron leaving Eastern Washington early

So I guess this answers the question as to who will start at quarterback for Eastern Washington next year. Eagles’ signal-caller Kyle Padron decided he will forgo his final year of eligibility to pursue professional options, various media outlets reported today. Padron transferred to EWU this year from Southern Methodist and split starting duties with … Continue reading

MSU coach Rob Ash greets UM coach Mick Delaney at midfield after the MSU Bobcats' 16-7 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday in Missoula.
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Montana Grizzlies football team optimistic; Griz men’s basketball team wins Big Sky Conference opener

Last week, we brought you a look ahead to the 2013 Montana State season. Today, we bring you the look ahead for Montana. As you can read, head coach Mick Delaney is optimistic heading into the offseason and next season. Big question marks remain at quarterback and in the secondary, so it will be interesting … Continue reading

Montana guard Will Cherry (5) drives past Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz during the second half of an NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game, Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Albuquerque, N.M. Wisconsin won 73-49. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Eastern Washington marching on in FCS playoffs; Will Cherry set to return for Montana basketball

The football season has ended both Montana and Montana State, but conference rival Eastern Washington is still alive. The Eagles, who won the national title over Villanova in 2010, play host to Sam Houston State in this weekend’s semifinals. It’s tough to know what to make of the enigmatic Eagles, who have often played two … Continue reading

Montana State football: Bobcats need to do more than simply ‘not lose a step’ to get past the FCS quarterfinals

The MSU football team’s season is over. We had plenty of coverage from Bozeman in our Saturday paper and we’ve got this follow-up column in Monday’s paper. Esteemed colleague Greg Rachac over at the Billings Gazette had this column. You can also check out Colter Nuanez’s work at Bobcat Nation and Kyle Sample and Paul … Continue reading

Sam Houston State quarterback Brian Bell keeps the ball against Baylor earlier this season.

Sam Houston State’s QB almost wasn’t a Bearkat

When Willie Fritz took over as head coach at Sam Houston State, there were six quarterbacks on scholarship. Not a single one of them is now the starter. It almost wasn’t to be. Fritz didn’t plan on signing a high school quarterback, but a tall, rail-thin signal-caller from China Spring, Texas, caught his eye. The … Continue reading

EWU quarterback Vernon Adams prepares last Saturday against Montana.

Montana Sports Recap: Griz reeling, No. 2 Cats feeling good

Admittedly, it’s been a few days since we’ve posted. And there is certainly plenty of fodder. The second-ranked MSU football team outlasted Southern Utah last weekend in Cedar City, Utah, to stay unbeaten, despite playing without go-to receiver and Electric City native Tanner Bleskin. The former CMR star is expected back this weekend, however. The … Continue reading

It all comes full circle as Gavin Hagfors (center) is the Montana player in the photos.

Montana Sports recap: Grizzlies play the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, while the Bobcats play Northern Colorado

It’s another big home weekend for the Bobcats and Grizzlies as Northern Arizona visits Missoula and MSU plays host to Northern Colorado. We’ll have more in our game previews Saturday, but the UM-NAU match-up is always full of interesting storylines. NAU head coach Jerome Souers is a former Grizzlies assistant, while assistant coaches David Reeves … Continue reading

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