Kordell Pillans helped Montana football get back on track with a 34-17 win over the defending national runner-up Eastern Washington University Saturday in Missoula, Montana. 

With Pillans, a junior transfer, making his second  consecutive start at left guard, the Grizzly offense churned out 430 total yards.

“Certainly, to beat a team that played in the National Championship game last year is a great win for us,” Montana head coach Bobby Hauck said in a press release on the school’s website. “I’m proud of our guys for their effort and how they approached the game coming off a loss and how they finished it frankly.”

Montana, ranked No. 8 in the country, improved to 6-2 overall and moved into second place in the Big Sky Conference with a 3-1 record. 

Saturday’s win was the 600th victory in program history, just the 22nd FCS team to reach the milestone. 

Montana plays at Portland State this Saturday before returning home to host Idaho (Nov. 9) and Weber State (Nov. 16). Both home games will be broadcast on Root Sports.  

 

SWIMMING

Talon Lindquist — the most decorated male swimmer in Alaska history — started his sophomore season at the University of Hawaii with a trio of top 5 finishes in a meet against Arizona and  Denver over the weekend in Tuscon, Arizona. 

The 2018 graduate of Kodiak High School was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (3 minutes, 8.58 seconds) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (1:53.72) and 400 individual medley (4:06.01). He added a ninth in the 500 freestyle (4:45.12) and was part of Hawaii’s 400 freestyle relay team that finished eighth (3:08.58). 

Lindquist — an eight-time individual Alaska state champion and three-time Alaska male swimmer of the year — is coming off a freshman campaign where he established a new Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 400 IM record (3:46.81) and was named the Mike Sheldt Rookie of the Year. 

• Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Nathan James and Anders Hocum displayed their versatility in the Virtual NJCAA Pentathlon completed Oct. 16. 

The two Kodiak High products swam 50 yards each of the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, and a 100 individual medley in the virtual meet that included community college swimmers from across the nation.  

James finished 22nd with a combined time of 2:47.20, while Hocum was 59th with a 3:00.26. 

James’ best finish was 16th in the 50 free (23.15), while Hocum was also 16th in the 50 breaststroke (29.78). 

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Black Hills State University sophomore Keith Osowski just missed earning second-team honors in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. 

Osowski finished 40th at Saturday’s conference championships in Grand Junction, Colorado, with an 8-kilometer time of 25:20.8, just 18 seconds back of 28th place and a spot on the second team. 

Teammate Jordan Theisen, a graduate of Kenai High School, earned second-team honors by placing 19th in 24:47. 

Osowski was the second finisher for Black Hills, which placed ninth out of 16 teams with 240 points.

Black Hills will compete at the NCAA South Region Championships on Nov. 9 in Canyon, Texas.  

Levi Fried, a senior transfer, was part of the University of Mary men’s team that placed fourth at the Northern Sun Championships Saturday in Wayne, Nebraska. 

The fourth-place finish was three spots higher than a year ago. 

“The men showed a significant amount of progression by moving up from seventh place last fall to fourth place today,” head coach Dennis Newell said on the team’s website. “The overall culture of this men’s team has opened the door for a wealth of opportunity to be explored in the future. I was excited to see the men come together as a team and accomplish fourth place, but more importantly they laid down a strong foundation to continue to move forward in the future.”

Fried, who previously ran for Black Hills State University, placed 45th with a time of 27:37.90, which was sixth for his team. 

University of Mary, ranked eighth in the last regional poll, will compete at the NCAA Central Region Championships  on Nov. 9 in Joplin, Missouri.  

• Running in his first Lone Star Conference Championships, Dallas Baptist University freshman Paul Winegeart finished 110th in Saturday’s race in New Mexico. 

Winegeart covered the 8K course in 29:51.20. Dallas Baptist finished 10th out of 16 teams with 274 points. 

 

VOLLEYBALL

Webber International University senior outside hitter Kalameli Matautia produced a monster game in a 3-1 loss to Florida Memorial Saturday in Babson Park, Florida.  

The former Kodiak star turned in a 14-kill, 13-dig performance — her third double-double of the season and second in the past two matches.   

Matautia followed that with five kills and five digs in a 3-0 loss to Trinity Christian College on the same day.

• Edmonds Community College freshman Katie Banks continued to ace the competition last week in Northwest Athletic Conference play. 

Banks had two aces and added two digs in her team’s sweep of Everett Community College on Friday in Washington state.

Banks, who joined the team late, has played six matches this season and has six aces and 12 digs.     

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