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Three Montana student athletes sign to play basketball for coach Cocchiarella

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Laura 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. geisLaura 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. newellMariah 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. Fretterer
Clancey Fertterer, a 5-foot-9 post from Belt, Mont., has 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. Fertterer averages nine points, eight rebounds and four steals per game. She earned first team all-conference and all-state honors. Fertterer was selected to play in the Great Falls Electric City All-Star game and the Senior Classic. 
"Clancey is a great athlete and brings a much needed physical presence to the court,” Cocchiarella said. “ We are very excited to see how Clancey develops as a player during her time at Montana Western." Fertterer also competed in volleyball where she earned all-conference and all-state honors, she also ran in track.  She maintained a 3.5 grade point average and was an academic all-state selection for four years in all sports. Fertterer competed at the DECA national competition three years in row. She is the daughter of Dave and Debbie Fertterer and will graduate this spring from Belt High School. Fertterer plans to major in elementary education.
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