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Nice article on MSU-BB player Semansky

The Great Falls tribune has a nice article on Ex-Highwood and current Montana State freshman Rachel Semansky. While in truth the article features Semansky, it also discusses the current Bobcat Women’s team and it young season. I have a short taste of the article below but you should really follow the link below and read the entire article on the Great Tribune site.

Ex-Highwood star Semansky in starting lineup for MSU women

Not many basketball players go directly from Montana’s Class C prep ranks to a starting role for an NCAA Div. I program, and Rachel Semansky certainly didn’t expect to be one of them.

But that’s where the former Highwood star finds herself this weekend — the starting low post player for Montana State’s 5-1 squad.

The 6-foot Semansky wasn’t sure what position she would play for the Bobcats, and she wasn’t sure whether coach Tricia Binford would use her at all in her rookie season. But a combination of hard work on Semansky’s part and an injury to starting center Jamie Thornton thrust Semansky into the lineup last week against Winthrop. Semansky will be in the starting five again Friday night when MSU faces Gonzaga at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

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Montana / Wyoming All Star Game – Box Scores Round 2

Mon-wyoHere are the Box scores for the second round of games in the Montana Wyoming All Star Basketball series. These games were played Saturday in Billings. Both games were more tightly contested that the previous games played in Sheridan Wyoming, with the Montana boys losing an over time game, and the Montana girls needing a 34 point effort from Jos Tinkle to pull out a 7 point victory over Wyoming. It is amazing in this series how little the home court seems matter. It seems the “visiting team” always seems to play better than the home team.

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Montana / Wyoming All Star Game – Box Scores Round 1


Here are the Box scores for the first round of games in the Montana Wyoming All Star Basketball series played in Sheridan Wyoming. As expected the girls team dominated Wyoming 82-83. The boy’s team has a surprisingly (at least by me) time against their Wyoming counter parts. The second part of the series will continue when they meet again tonight in Billings Montana.

Here is a report from the Billings Gazette and another from the Wyoming Tribune

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Montana / Wyoming All Star Game – Girls


The 2010 Montana All-Star series kicks-off tonight in Sheridan. I have made it to, quite a few of the games held in Billings over the past 10 or so years but it looks like I am going to have to sit this years out, for family issues in Missoula. Still the series is usually a great event, and I think this year will be no exception.

While I know most people tend to look at the boy’s game as the main event, the real star of this year games has to be the Girls game. While the Montana boy’s team really lacks star power, the Montana girls team is over flowing with star power, and you have to look no further than to Stanford bound Jocelyn Tinkle to find the biggest star of them all. Even with out Tinkle this team might rank as one of the best Montana teams ever fielded, but with her I can not think team that we have fielded with this much talent.

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Binford Wraps it Up

With the announcement of Beata Bak’s signing Montana States Tricia Binford, wrapped up her spring recruiting 2007. Binford will be adding 7 players to go along with 7 returning players for next season. It will also leave one scholarship open so it is possible that she could sign another player over the summer, if she chose to. That will be a lot of new players coming on board that she will have to evaluate and work into the system. The returnees are very experienced and talented, plus bring a lot of leadership qualities with them so that should help quite a bit next fall. The other thing that should really be an asset for this team is the flexibility of the players and Binford’s system in the system that should allow Binford to get her best players on the court. It is clear, though, that at least four of these players will need to be ready to contribute right away.

Great Falls Tribune Girls Super State team Announced

The Great Falls Tribune girls Super-State team was announced today, and you should go and check out the Trib’s excellent article on the team. Here is their list of players and where they are planning to play school next year.

Joslyn Tinkle, 6-3 Missoula Big Sky (Stanford)
Chelsea Banis, 6-4, Fairfield. (Montana State)
Rachel Semansky, 6-0 , Highwood (Montana State)Ashley Albert, 6-1, Hamilton (Montana State)
Kelsi Brekke, 5-7, Helena Capital (Carroll College)
Megan Patterson, 5-8, Columbus (Weber State)
Jordan Sullivan, 6-2 , Sidney (junior)
Carly Selvig, 6-2 , Glendive (junior)
Lexie Nelson, 5-9, Butte High (junior)
Torry Hill, 5-7, Anaconda (junior)

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Binford Announces the signing of Semansky

Tricia Binford officially announced the signing of Highwood’s Rachel Semansky to a letter of intent. See the following article

The interesting thing about the article was at the of the press release it says that: “

Binford also indicated more signings could happen next week”

As in plural signies. Semansky represents the 6th player or new comer to to the 2009-10 team. Carrie Ojeda from Mount Tacoma high school in Washington who is rumoured (by me) to be one one of the fall signies would be the 7th, and possibly an 8th recruit also on board. That could be interesting. That also means, if we do sign another player beyond Ojeda that one of the returnie players may not be coming back. On paper it appears that we will have 8 players returning including redshirt Jannette Jackson, right now 6 players signed, maybe 2 more players yet to sign (including Ojeda) and only 15 scholarships allowed by the NCAA.

Signing Day: The Bobcats

This is the first part of a two part series about the April signing period. Part 1 the Bobcats, Part 2 The Grizzlies

The Men: The Bobcats will initially sign two athletes in the first day’s of the signing period, and then there could be a week or two before any other players or signed. Michel Swita a 7-0 commit from France, by way of North Idaho committed last December and he will sign. Swita was one of two major targets the Bobcat’s identified for the November signing period, visited last October, but put off his decision until after the early signing period. I heard last fall he was getting recruiting attention from Eastern Washington and Tulsa. Brad Huse is very high on the long term prospects for Swita who will have 3 years of eligibility for the Cats. Swita has been slowed by a bone bruise in his knee most of the season at North Idaho. The other signee should be Colt Idol a 6-3 guard from Whitefish Montana. Colt also committed last December, with a couple day’s of Swita. The Bobcat coaches really thought Colt a hidden gem in Montana and really tried to keep their recruitment of Colt under the radar until he committed. If they would have had there way, I do not think they would have had Colt announce his commit until April 15th. These are the players we know about.

The Cats are also looking to sign at least one more (possibly two) more athletes this fall. There initial needs would seem to be a point guard to replace James Hennessy; it seems they are looking at the best players possible right now. I think you will see a tiered approach to their recruiting, and they are taking their time. I believe they have only had 1 or two athletes in this spring so far and those athletes were high priority/ instant impact (high school) guy’s. I think they are going to see where they land with these players before bringing in the second tier if you will players. They also have a couple players who should just now be receiving ACT/SAT scores back. It could be a few weeks before thing shake out.

The Women: I believe the Women may sign two athletes this fall and get it done rather quickly. The one commit who we know is scheduled to sign in the first few day’s is Highwood’s 6-0 power forward Rachel Semansky who committed last January. Semansky is a big signee for Binford’s Bobcat’s because Semansky is another top notch Montana athlete to chose the Bobcat women’s team and help Binford chip away at the strangle hold the Lady Griz have had on recruiting Montana. Semansky is also important because she plays a position that the Cat’s will need help with and she has the talent to contribute next year. The second signee, if Binford does indeed fills up her 15 scholarships, should be a post player. I would have you check out Part 2 of these series for a possible signee.


Midland Roundtable announces Montana All Stars

The Midland Roundtable announced the rosters for the annual Montana / Wyoming All-Star game yesterday. The boy’s team lacks the star power, with only one D-1 basketball player on the roster, but should be one of the deeper teams in recent memory, and one the better perimeter shooting

Montana-Wyoming All-Star basketball rosters
(college choices)

Montana boys

Tanner Bleskin, 6-4, Great Falls CMR – (MSU football)
Michael Crandell, 6-2, Scobey
Derek Lear, 5-10, Fairfield
Ben Cutler, 5-11, Kalispell Glacier
Peter Stordahl, 6-2, Billings West
Colt Idol, 6-3, Whitefish – (MSU) pictured
Joel Barndt, 6-7, Billings Central – (Rocky Mountain)
Eric Halverson, 6-5, Billings West –
Bryce Carver, 6-1, Dillon
Gabe Rucker, 6-1, Bozeman

Coach: Bill Dreikosen, Rocky Mountain College.

Montana girls

The girls’ team should be one of the best teams that Montana has put together in recent memory. It is a team with great size, shooting ability, and a ton of star power with 5 (so far) D-1 basketball players on the roster including one of the top girls high school players in the country in Joslyn Tinkle. The other thing about this team is that a lot of them have played together in AAU ball over the past summer. I don’t know the Wyoming team yet but they better be ready this team is loaded.

Joslyn Tinkle, 6-3, Missoula Big Sky – (Stanford) pictured
Rachel Semansky, 6-0, Highwood – (Montana State)
Ashley Albert, 6-1, Hamilton – (Montana State)
Chelsea Banis, 6-4, Fairfield – (Montana State)
Megan Patterson, 5-11, Columbus – (Weber State)
Brianne Holland-Stergar, 6-2, Butte
Kalli McCloskey, 5-8, Butte
Kelsey Hildal, 5-8, Kalispell Flathead
Cassidy Wendell, 5-8, Whitehall
Monica Hollowell, 5-6, Huntley Project

Coach: Brian Henderson, Rocky Mountain College.

If you get the chance you should check these games out they are always a lot of fun. The games are June 12 at Sheridan College and June 13 at Rocky. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m. both nights.

More info from the Billings Gazette


Bobcat women Montana recruits to play for a championships tonight

All three of Montana States in State recruits will be playing tonight in state championship games. Ashley Albert’s Hamilton team will be playing Anaconda tonight in the class A championship game in Butte, Chelsea Banis’s Fairfield team will play Malta in the class B championship in Hamilton, and Rachel Semansky’s Highwood team plays Belt in Belgrade in the class C championship. While Highwood and Fairfield were favored to reach the finals coming into their respective tournaments, Albert’s Hamilton was considered a dark horse in their tournament, but big players always seem to come up big in March. Albert scored 27 points with a combination of a perimeter shooting and inside post moves. She also had 15 rebounds 3 assists and a block as Hamilton dominated Havre. Semansky a very athletic 6-0 post, had 28 points while shooting 68% from the field. She also had 7 rebounds in a win over Saco. Fairfield dominated Huntley Project 63 to 32, and future Bobcat Chelsea Banis, a 6-4 post, shot 67% for 13 points in limited action. Good luck tonight women!

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