In his first season with Montana, Kordell Pillans is headed to the FCS playoffs. 

Montana enters the 24-team tournament as the No. 6 seed with a 9-3 record. The top eight seeds will host second-round games. 

Pillans, a redshirt junior, is a 6-foot-6, 333-pound left guard. The two-star recruit transferred to Montana after playing two seasons at Mesa Community College in Arizona. 

Despite losing to Montana State, 48-14, in the 119th Brawl of the Wild on Saturday, Montana still was named one of the top eight teams in the FCS playoffs when the field was announced Sunday.  This is Montana’s first trip to the FCS playoffs since 2015. 

Montana will host either Southeast Louisiana (7-4) or Villanova (9-3) at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7. The game can be seen on ESPN3. 

Montana is one of four teams from the Big Sky Conference to earn a seed in the FCS playoffs, with conference co-champion Weber State earning the third seed, Sacramento State taking the fourth seed, and Montana State earning the fifth seed.

North Dakota State (12-0), which has won seven out of the last eight FCS championships, is seeded first. James Madison (11-1), the 2016 champ and 2017 runner-up, is seeded second.

The Grizzlies fell behind the Bobcats 17-0 in the first quarter and trailed 31-14 at halftime. 

Montana only netted 241 total yards of offense, while Montana State racked up 488 yards.  

 

SWIMMING

Hawaii sophomore Talon Lindquist spent his weekend in College Station, Texas, competing in the Art Adamson Invitational.

In the six-team meet that also included host Texas A&M, University of Southern California, Stanford University, Air Force and Louisiana State University, Lindquist won the 200-yard butterfly B  final in 1 minute, 49.13 seconds. 

He added a runner-up finish in the 400 individual medley B final with a time of 3:56.97 and was part of Hawaii’s eighth-place 800 freestyle relay team. 

He qualified for the 100 backstroke B final with a time of 58.73 but did not swim. He was disqualified in the 200 IM preliminary heats but returned to swim a 1:49.47 in a time trial.     

Up next for Lindquist — Alaska’s most decorated high school boy swimmer — is the U.S. Open Championships Dec. 4-7 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

• Southwestern Oregon Community College freshmen Anders Hocum and Nathan James faced College of Idaho in a home meet Saturday. 

James picked up the top finish, placing second in the 50 freestyle (22.65 seconds) while being a pair of Southwestern’s third-place 400 freestyle relay team. 

Hocum was fourth in the 100 freestyle (56.08) and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.85). 

Hocum and James were part of Southwestern’s third-place 200 medley relay. 

• Simon Fraser University sophomore Marina Cummiskey was busy over the weekend at the Northwestern TYR Invitational. 

The former Kodiak state champion competed in eight events that featured swimmers from Northwestern, University of Toledo, Saint Louis University, University of Nevada Las Vegas and University of Northern Iowa. 

Cummiskey’s top performance came in the 200-yard freestyle, where she was sixth in the consolation final (1:56.14) — 14th overall. 

She added a third in the 100 freestyle bonus final (53.85) and a second in the 50 freestyle E final (24.76).  

Cummiskey also swam on five relay teams — the 800 free (eighth), 200 free (12th), 400 medley (12th), the 400 free (11th) and 200 medley (13th). 

 

VOLLEYBALL

Katie Banks wrapped up her first season for Edmonds Community College at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

Edmonds went 1-2, beating Linn-Benton (3-2) and losing to Pierce (3-0) and Highline (2-0). 

Banks joined the team midseason and had six service aces, 13 digs and two kills in 12 matches.  

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Bethany Carstens — daughter of former Kodiak state champion wrestler Dan Carstens — has found her shooting touch for NCAA Division I Chicago State University. 

Carstens, a 5-foot-9 freshman guard, has hit double-figures in scoring the past three games against Arizona, Oakland and Loyola Chicago.

The Nikiski High grad scored a career-high 20 points against Oakland. 

Carstens is shooting 52 percent from the field (19 for 36) and is averaging 12 points through Chicago State’s first four games.  

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