By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN
McCallie Feller had a tournament for the ages in this past weekend’s Lady Griz holiday Classic. The single game record is 41 points by BYU’s Jackie McBride in January of 1981. Feller may have broken the Lady Griz record for the tournament, which by my research belonged to Ann Lake against Providence in 1993. By the way this fall Feller got to show off her talents as an artist having an exhibition downtown during a ” First Friday” event.
New Oregon Duck QB Dakota Prokopf opens his OU career against a team from the Big Sky Conference, UC-Davis. Last they met Prokopf accounted for 9 TDs in a 2014 Bobcat win over Davis 77-37.
Speaking of openings–Ty Gregorek makes his debut as MSU’s defensive coordinator next September 1st against the Idaho Vandals in Moscow. It is somewhat ironic that with the infusion of Frontier Conference alums on the Bobcat staff that Idaho coach Paul Petrino is a former Carroll College quarterback.
Here’s something we haven’t seen in the Big Sky in nearly 15 years. Atop the Big Sky Women’s scoring stats this week are two Lady Griz Kayleigh Valley and McCallie Feller.
Speaking of Big Sky stats, Montana state has two players ranked in the top 30 in Division I in stat categories. Twin Bridges native Peyton Ferris is seventh in field goal percentage while Spokane star Hannah Caudill is 23rd in assists.
Newly hired Bobcat football coach Jeff Choate will be with his Washington Husky team Saturday as they face Southern Mississippi in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in the Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Eagles of Southern Miss went 4-32 the three previous seasons. The Eagles benefited heavily from Transfer from Alabama Birmingham.
Chris Walterskirchen has been an observer of Montana sports for nearly half a century. A Kalispell native, Chris has worked in various capacities for professional and college sports organization of at various times: ranging from announcing and statistical work to the concessions and even a stint as a costumed mascot.
Chris has academic degrees in communications and elementary education. His style of sports trivia involves more than just who won and who lost, but also focuses on the obscure or human side of sports. In this blog you will learn things like the Grizzly football team has won 210 games over the 19 seasons since they have had Monte as their mascot or that UNLV is the only school that both the Griz and Lady Griz have both faced in the NCAA basketball tournament
When not following sports Chris enjoys taking care of animals of all kinds (a peacock rescue?) and reading to pre-schoolers.