UMW News BureauLaura Geis, Clancey Fertterer and Mariah Newell have signed letters of intent to play basketball for Montana Western. By Wally Feldt Three Montana student-athletes have signed a Frontier Conference/NAIA letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Montana Western, new women’s head coach Cara Cocchiarella announced. Laura Geis is a 6-foot-1, post from Frenchtown, Mont. She will graduate from Frenchtown High School this spring. Geis averaged 10 points per game (ppg), five rebounds per game and shot 45 percent from the field this year. She ranked No.1 in the state for blocked shots. Geis was a four-time all-conference selection in both basketball and volleyball. She earned all-state honors and was voted MVP this year in basketball. Geis also participated in track. “Laura has great size and athletic ability,” Cocchiarella said. “In four years at Frenchtown, Laura excelled in three sports while maintaining an excellent GPA. She is the type of player who could make an immediate impact here at Montana Western.” She was on the honor role all four years of high school and will graduate with a 3.8 grade point average Geis is the daughter of Bob and Lynne Geis and plans to study elementary education. Mariah Newell is a 5-foot-11 post from Eureka, Mont. She will graduate this spring from Lincoln County High School (LCHS). Newell was a two-time all-state selection and a four-time academic all-state selection. She averaged 16 ppg, 10 rebounds, and shot 39 percent from the field her senior year. Newell also participated in volleyball where she earned all-state honors, participated in track, and softball. She was a member of Tech Club, Pep Club, served on student council and mentored at LCHS. “In addition to being a great student, Mariah brings size and strength to the post position here at Montana Western,” Cocchiarella said.” Newell is the daughter of Montana Western graduates Ed and Ann Marie Newell. She maintained a 3.5 grade point average in high school and plans to major in education.