The SWISH Basketball Tournament Committee invites you to spend an evening with Carroll College Coach Mike Van Diest on Saturday, March 8 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Carroll College PE Center.
Six-time NAIA National Championship Coach Van Diest will address the crowd for approximately 30 minutes as he shares his insights on sportsmanship and team play.
Additonally, a 3 point shooting contest will be held for all participants of the SWISH Tournament with prizes and awards to be given away.
Please make it a point to join us, as this this once in a lifetime event is offered to all SWISH participants, coaches and fans free of charge!
Carroll College Football has announced the signing of six athletes from out of state. Fighting Saints head coach Mike Van Diest declared that all six incoming freshman will enroll at Carroll College this fall.
Drew Melton – 6’0” 190-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Lewiston, Idaho. Melton is a three-year letter winner in football, and has lettered four years in track and two years in basketball. Melton was the starting quarterback for Lewiston High School and was a starting defensive back for the Bengals as well. In 2012 and 2013 Melton was named to the All-Inland Empire League All-Conference team as a defensive back. He was also named to the All-North Idaho team during his junior and senior seasons.
As a junior he was a state qualifier on his 4x400 meter relay team, which placed sixth. As a quarterback during his senior year, Melton rushed for over 1,000 yards and was named team MVP in both 2012 and 2013. He is a member of the national honor society, is student body president, class valedictorian and carries a 4.0 GPA.
Joe Pfennigs – 6’2” 190-pound quarterback from Post Falls, Idaho. Pfennigs was a three-year starter at quarterback for Post Falls High School. He was named 1st-team Inland Empire League in 2013. As the Trojan’s quarterback, Pfennigs set school records for pass completions and passing yards. In his career, Pfennigs threw for more than 3,200 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 625 yards and 6 scores.
Pfennigs was a team captain during both his junior and senior seasons. Additionally, he was a three-year letter winner in basketball and will play baseball this spring. He carries a 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Henry Hill – 5’10” 185-pound running back from Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Hill is a four-year letter winner in both football and track at Glenwood Springs High School.. During his football career, Hill rushed for 3,969 yards, scored 45 touchdowns and had over 5,200 yards of total offense. In 2012 and 2013 he was named 1st-team All-Conference. As a senior, he earned 1st-team All-State honors. Hill was named running back of the year in class 3A and will play in the Colorado All-State Game. He is part of the 4x100 meter relay team, which holds the school record and in the classroom, carries a 3.5 GPA.
Cole Adams – 6’1” 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Adams is a four-year letter winner in football and track. Adams nabbed 42 receptions for 497 yards at wide receiver and on defense accounted for 119 tackles and 4 interceptions. He was named 1st-team All-Conference as a defensive back. He qualified for the state championships as a member of the 4x200 meter relay team and maintains a 3.5 GPA.
John Boynton – 6’4” 245-pound defensive end from Richland, Washington. Boynton is a two-year letter winner in football and track and field. In 2012 and 2013 Boynton was named to the Mid-Columbia All-Conference Team as a defensive end. This past season he tallied 66 tackles with 5 sacks. Boynton was a member of Richland High School’s state championship track team, individually capturing sixth place in the shot put at the state meet.
Nick Hensley 6’2” 260-pound offensive lineman from Snohomish, Washington. Hensley was a 1st-team All-Area selection this past season and was selected to the All-State 2nd-team. Hensley was 1st-team All-League in 2012 and 2013.
As a member of the National Honor Society, he excels in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. Additionally, he participates in lacrosse at Glacier Peak High School.
“This is a great group of young men who will carry on the tradition of Fighting Saints Football on and off the field. Their success is outstanding and all six fill a need in this year’s recruiting class,” Van Diest said.
Carroll College is coming off an NAIA National Semifinal appearance and won its 13th Frontier Conference Championship in 14 seasons after going 9-0 in conference play this past season.
By the Helena IR
The Helena Brewers announced today the hiring of former Carroll College linebacker Dylan LaPlante. The Temecula, Calif., native lettered two years and was a member of the 2010 NAIA national championship football team before graduating in 2013 from the school with a BA in communications.
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Carroll College football coach Mike Van Diest announced Thursday that three more student-athletes — Tony Madsen, Matt McHugh and Pat Kosena —have signed letters of intent to play for the Fighting Saints.
All three played at Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula for coach Terry Falcon. The Rams are coming off a Class B state championship season with an unbeaten 14-0 record.
Madsen (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) helped his team to back-to-back state titles. He was an all-conference selection at running back and safety in both his junior and senior seasons.
This past season Madsen was named first team all-state on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 1,235 yards and 12 touchdowns, while making 100 total tackles on defense.
Kosena (6-3, 185) is a three-time all-conference selection on offense and defense. In addition to being an outstanding wide receiver, Kosena excelled as a long snapper.
He has been selected to play in the Class B All-Star Game this summer.
Matt McHugh (6-2, 195) started as a wide receiver his junior year, and this season guided the Rams to another state championship as quarterback.
McHugh was named first team all-conference at wide receiver as a junior, and as a senior was named first team all-conference at QB and defensive back. McHugh garnered all-state recognition on both sides of the ball as well.
He threw for 2,100 yards and 32 touchdowns, while gaining another 459 yards on the ground this season.
McHugh was named to the Class B All-Star Game and is an alternate in the East West Shrine Game.
“We are ecstatic with the signing of these three young men,” Van Diest said. “They are great athletes in a number of sports, outstanding students, and they are leaders in the school and in the
Missoula community. They are a great fit for Carroll College.”
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Carroll College football has announced the signing of four athletes from the AA ranks of Montana high school football — Troy Arntson and McBride Galt of Helena High, Billings Skyview’s Reece Quade and Eric Dawson of C.M. Russell.
Arntson, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound wide receiver/quarterback, participates in five sports: football, basketball, hockey, baseball and track. A second team all-conference guard last year and a three-year starter for the Bengal hoopsters, Arntson will receive his third track letter this spring, and was the Helena Legion Senators batting champion with a .421 average last summer.
Arntson set the school record of 952 receiving yards and was No. 2 with 69 receptions in 2012, while being selected a first team all-state wide reciever. This past season he moved to quarterback where he was named second team all-state and broke four Helena High records, including pass completions (168), completion percentage (68 percent), total offensive yards (2,702) and passing/rushing touchdowns (29).
A two-time member of the Great Falls Tribune’s Super State Team, Arntson has been selected to play in the East/West Shrine Game and the Badlands Bowl (Mon-Dak game). He carries a 3.5 GPA and is the son of Tony and Robyn Arntson.
Galt, a 6-2, 190-pound safety, has lettered in track, football and basketball during his career at Helena High. A two-year starter in basketball and football, Galt is a two-time all-state selection on the gridiron for his play in the Bengals’ secondary.
His combined totals over the past two seasons consist of 137 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 10 deflected passes, three blocked kicks, 344 defensive points and one touchdown. With a 3.6 GPA, McBride, who is the son of John and Kelly Galt, has earned academic all-state recognition. He also received an invitation to play in this summer’s East/West Shrine Game.
Quade is a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from Skyview. Quade has been a three-year starter in football. This past season he was named first team all-state at linebacker and was second team all-state as a punter. He was chosen to the 2013 Great Falls Tribune’s Super State Team as well.
A four-year varsity wrestler, Quade placed third at state at 189-pounds as a junior. He currently ranks second in the state at 220. The Saints’ recruit also participates in track and field. Quade is a member of the National Honor Society and has been named an alternate for this year’s East/West Shrine Game.
Dawson a three-year letterman at linebacker, has started the past two seasons for CMR. The 6-2, 205-pounder was selected first team all-state his junior and senior years. As a senior he was named captain and was selected to play in both the East/West Shrine Game and the Badlands Bowl.
Dawson has also earned three letters in basketball, where he is currently a starter, and will be a two-year letter winner in track. He is a member of the National Honor Society and carries a 3.5 GPA.
“This is an outstanding group of student-athletes. I’m so impressed with these four young men and all that they have accomplished in all sports as well as in the classroom,” Carroll coach Mike Van Diest said. “They’ll all make an impact at Carroll College and we are all very blessed that they have chosen our program to continue their education and wear the gold helmet.”
IR reporter Curt Synness contributed to this story.
The Frontier Conference released the 2013 academic all-conference football team late Sunday evening.
Carroll College led the league with 53 players, enough to fill an entire NFL active roster.
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HELENA – Carroll College head football coach Mike Van Diest announced three more signings for the 2014 Fighting Saints recruiting class:
Austin Ybarra a 6-1, 235-pound linebacker from Santa Ana Junior College (Calif.) This past season Austin was a starting linebacker for Santa Ana J.C. He registered 54 tackles with one interception. Austin played high school football at La Habra High School in La Habra, California. As a two-year starter he amassed 195 tackles with 4 interceptions and was named 1st Team All-League during his junior and senior seasons. He was also voted all-CIF both years as well. Austin will have 3 years of eligibility remaining and comes to campus for this year’s spring semester.
Mason Melby a 5-11, 175-pound running back/linebacker from Baker High School in Baker, MT. Melby was a four-year starter at Baker High School. He was named 1st Team All-State in 2012 and 2013 as both linebacker and running back positions. He was voted team MVP on both offense and defense in his junior and senior years. Melby holds the school career tackling record with 287 stops and this past season gained 1,800 all-purpose yards. He has been selected to play in the State Class B All-Star Game as well as the East/West Shrine Game. Melby will be a four-year letter winner in football, wrestling, and track. As a wrestler he has placed 2nd in the state during his sophomore and junior years. Mason carries a 4.0 GPA and is the student body president.
Chris Emter a 6-4, 275-pound, offensive and defensive tackle from Park High School in Livingston, MT. Emter is a four-year letter winner in football. He was named 1st Team All-Conference on both sides of the ball in 2012 and 2013. During Emter’s junior year he was named 1st Team All-State as an offensive tackle, and this past season he was selected 1st Team All-State as a defensive tackle. Emter was named a team captain in 2013 and has been selected to play the East/West Shrine Game. He lettered as a junior in wrestling, and this year is a starter on the basketball team. Chris carries a 3.2 GPA.
“We are very excited with the addition of these three young men. Chris and Mason are two of the most outstanding student-athletes in the state of Montana and have been recognized for their talent both on and off the field. Austin brings his talents at linebacker to an already strong corps on the Carroll Defense, and will help strengthen that position this spring,” Van Diest said.
Melby, Emter and Ybarra join Connor McGree of Butte Central High School and Andy Nemec of Missoula Hellgate High School who signed letters of intent earlier this year with Carroll College.
The Fighting Saints are coming off a 12-2 season in which they captured their 13th Frontier Conference Championship in 14 seasons.