UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western announced its first string of new recruits, tapping 28 up-and-coming players from Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. UMW NEWS BUREAU The University of Montana Western announced its first string of new recruits, tapping 28 up-and-coming players from Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. “We’re very proud and excited to announce this lineup of new Bulldogs,” head coach Ryan Nourse said. “We had a really late start this year, but the staff worked tirelessly to find tough, physical players who want to be Bulldogs. Each of these guys has the potential to help make the Bulldogs a force to contend with in the near future.” The first Montana Western Bulldog football recruits are as follows: Beau Berg of Helena, Mont.; Ryan Otto of Great Falls, Mont.; Adrienne Hatley of Los Angeles, Calif.; Bryan Chery of Kalispell, Mont.; Tyler Kuder of Payette, Idaho; Jaren Balls of Richmond, Utah; Dale BigSam of Polson, Mont.; Matt Lickfold of Post Falls, Idaho; Mika Keleti of Helena, Mont.; Phil Selin of Great Falls, Mont.; Tyrell Braun of Weiser, Idaho; Casey Hileman of Garden Valley, Idaho; Trevor Wood of Post Falls, Idaho; Josh Brenneman of Hamilton, Mont.; Alex Cislo of Libby, Mont.; Kody Hoffman of Troy, Mont.; Colter Hanson of Kalispell, Mont.; Jake Lippel of Graham, Wash.; Lucas Dalrymple of Spokane, Wash.; Brandon Sylvester of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.; Dakota Wainwright of Palmer, Alaska; Connor Langel of Helena, Mont.; Dakota Pineda of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Chase Stephens of Big Timber, Mont.; Hayden Buckmaster of Fallon, Nev.; Julio Barrera of Longview, Wash.; Dillon McCoy of Greybull, Wyo.; and Ryan Bronson of Three Forks, Mont. Beau Berg, a 6’2 195-lb. linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Capital High School. Berg was a first team all-state linebacker in both his junior and senior years. Berg is also slated to play in the 2011 Montana East-West Shrine Game. He is the son of Keith and Amy Berg and plans to major in biology. “Beau is a great athlete and will bring an added dimension to the linebacker corps at Montana Western with his speed and play-making abilities,” head coach Nourse said of Berg. “Beau has a great attitude and work ethic and will make a huge impact on Bulldog football.” Ryan Otto, a 6’1 200-lb. linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School. Otto was a member of CMR High’s 2009 state champion team. He tallied 80 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, one interception and three blocked kicks while in high school, earning him first team all-state honors. Otto was also selected to play in the 2011 Montana East-West Shrine Game. Otto is the son of Denise and Jeff Ross and Doug and Kerry Otto. He plans to study wildlife biology. “Ryan is an absolutely relentless player,” Nourse said of Otto. “He has an incredible motor and loves to play very physically. His attitude and style of play are perfect fits at the linebacker spot for our defensive scheme. His passion and love for the game will help the Bulldogs compete for championships.” Adrienne Hatley, a 6’3 200-lb. wide receiver, comes to Montana Western from Citrus College in California. He was selected as a first team all-city and all-conference player while at Locke High School. Hatley racked up 69 receptions for 1,356 yards and two touchdowns while at Locke High. Hatley also participated in high school track, placing second in the California JC 200-meter run with a time of 21.32. He is the son of Yvette Humphries and Joe Hatley. He plans to major in sociology. “Adrienne has great speed combined with size at the wide receiver position,” Nourse said of Hatley. “His physical skills will bring a different dimension to our offense.” Bryan Chery, a 5’9 165-lb. defensive back, comes to Montana Western from Glacier High School. Chery was named a first team all-state corner after he tied Glacier High’s record for interceptions. He was also named to the all-state team as a wide receiver and punt returner. Chery was selected to play in both the 2011 Montana East West Shrine Game and the Montana versus North Dakota Badlands Bowl. He is the son of Don and Tawna Chery and plans to major in education with a focus in history. “The two things I like about Bryan are that he is driven and ultra competitive,” Nourse said of Chery. “There is no quit in him on the field and he plays devoid of fear, a critical element in success at the defensive back position.” Tyler Kuder, a 6’5 310-lb. offensive lineman, comes to Montana Western from Payette High School where he was a two-time first all-state selection as an offensive lineman as well as a first team defensive lineman. He was also selected as a first team all-state punter for his senior season. Kuder is the son of Roland and Teresa Kuder and is undecided on his academic major. “Tyler has the potential to be a dominant lineman,” Nourse said of Kuder. “His size and speed combined with his physical style of play make him a stand-out competitor. Tyler will be a fantastic player for the Bulldogs.” Jaren Balls, a 6’2 230-lb. defensive end, comes to Montana Western from Sky View High School. In his senior season Balls was named the Region 5 Most Valuable Player for Defensive Line in addition to his all-conference and all-state honorable mention honors. Balls recorded 61 tackles, seven sacks and three blocked kicks while at Sky View High. Balls also wrestled while in high school. He is the son of Kent and Wendy Balls. “Relentless; that is what I love about Jaren,” Nourse said of Balls. “He starts fast and physical and finishes faster. Jaren has the potential to be a great player in the Frontier Conference and the commitment to make it happen.” Dale BigSam, a 6’4 240-lb. offensive lineman, comes to Montana Western from Polson High School. BigSam was an all-conference selection at offensive line his senior year. BigSam is also a track athlete at Polson High. He is the son of Brad and Rachel BigSam and plans to major in secondary education. “Dale has great athleticism to go with his frame,” Nourse said of BigSam. “He loves to play the game and his passion shows up on the field. We are excited to have Dale on our offensive line.” Matt Lickfold, a 6’4 215-lb. quarterback, comes to Montana Western from Post Falls High School. In his senior season, Lickfold tallied over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns, earning all-conference honors. Lickfold also played basketball at Post Falls High. He is the son of Mindy and Marvin Lickfold and plans to major in business. “Matt has all the skills to be an incredible quarterback in the Frontier Conference,” Nourse said of Lickfold. “His size and arm strength, as well as his running ability, can give the Bulldogs a big-time threat at the QB spot in the future.” Mika Keleti, a 6’6 270-lb. offensive lineman, comes to Montana Western from Capital High School. Keleti was an all-state honorable mention during his senior season in addition to all-conference honors. He is also an athlete in track at Capital High. He is the son of Ginger Linsey and Toa Keleti and plans to major in education. “Mika is a great fit for Bulldog football,” Nourse said of Keleti. “He desires to be the best at his position and has the commitment to do it. His physical size and ability to move his feet are exciting to have in an offensive lineman at this level.” Phil Selin, a 6’3 215-lb. defensive end, comes to Montana Western from Charles M. Russell (CMR) High School where he was selected to the Montana East-West Shrine Game. Selin also earned second place in state wrestling in the 215-lb. class. He is the son of Vicki and Bruce Selin and plans to major in psychology. “Phil has a great motor and plays a physical style of football just like we preach at Montana Western,” Nourse said of Selin. “Phil is an intense guy as well as a player, characteristics that will certainly help him be a huge part of future Bulldog championships.” Tyrell Braun, a 6’1 185-lb. running back and linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Weiser High School. He was named a first team all-state running back after rushing for 1,689 yards on 119 carries with 23 touchdowns. Braun was also a standout linebacker with 81 tackles in his senior year. He also competes in track and is an Honor Society student at Weiser High. Braun is the son of LaVelle Braun and Leena Nye. He plans to major in psychology. “Tyrell plays fast,” Nourse said of Braun. “He has great intangibles at the linebacker position; he has a great feel for where the ball is and has the speed to track it down.” Casey Hileman, a 6’0 180-lb. running back, comes to Montana Western from Garden Valley High School. He counts over 5,000 career rushing yards, including 3,011 on 294 carries in his senior year to his name. Hileman also tallied 307 yards receiving, 97 tackles, and 44 touchdowns while at Garden Valley High. He also earned first team all-state honors and was the 2010 Conference Player of the Year. He is the son of Warren and Melea Hileman and plans to major in wildlife biology. “Casey is flat-out tough,” Nourse said of Hileman. “He never takes a play off and he is a hungry, driven, competitive football player. Casey is the type of guy who can help make the Bulldogs championship contenders.” Trevor Wood, a 6’1 205-lb. linebacker and fullback, comes to Montana Western from Post Falls High School. As a senior Wood rushed for 1,200 yards on 125 carries for a 9.6-yard per game average. Wood also participates in track at Post Falls High. He is the son of Rodney Wood and is undecided on his academic major. “Trevor is a tough, competitive player,” Nourse said of Wood. “I love the fact that he is extremely driven to be a college football player. I know he is hungry to compete. Trevor will be an excellent addition to a very strong linebacker corps.” Josh Brenneman, a 6-2 190-lb quarterback, comes to Montana Western from Hamilton High School. Brenneman was an all-conference selection at quarterback and an all-state selection at free safety. Brenneman also received the Bitterroot Valley MVP award. Josh is the son of Jeff and Janell Brenneman and plans to major in wildlife biology and game management. “Josh is a competitor, nothing less,” Nourse said of Brenneman. “Josh loves the game and he loves to work at it as well. He has shown he has the discipline and drive to be a factor in helping the Bulldogs move our program to the top of the Frontier.” Alex Cislo, a 6’5 210-lb defensive end, comes to Montana Western from Libby High School. Cislo was a first team all-conference and all-state selection for the Logger’s at defensive line, as well as a standout on the basketball team. Cislo is the son of Gayle Richards and is undecided on his academic major. “Alex will be a great defensive end in the Frontier Conference,” Nourse said of Cislo. “He has all of the physical tools and size to compete at a high level, and he is dedicated to being the best he can be. Alex will put in the work and commit himself to do what it takes to help the Bulldogs compete for championships.” Kody Hoffman, a 6’2 210-lb tight end, comes to Montana Western from Troy High School. Hoffman was selected as a first team all-conference and all-state at tight end and linebacker his senior season for the Troy High. Hoffman is also a stand out basketball player and track athlete. He is the son of Scott and Jennifer Hoffman and is undecided on his academic major. “Kody has a knack for the ball,” Nourse said of Hoffman. “If the ball is in the air he can find it and get it. He has great ball skills. His size potential and athleticism give him the skill set to be a great tight end in the Frontier Conference.” Colter Hansen, a 6’3 205-lb quarterback, comes to Montana Western from Glacier High School. As a senior Hanson threw for 1,995 yards and 13 touchdowns, adding eight touchdowns on the ground as well. Hanson was selected all-conference and academic all-state at quarterback in 2010. Hanson intends to study environmental sciences and is the son of J. and Penny Hanson. “Colter has a huge upside as a quarterback: he had only one year as a full-time starter, and we were impressed how well he was playing at the end of the year after he gained valuable field experience,” Nourse said of Hanson. “Colter has a great work ethic and the desire to make himself into an excellent Frontier player.” Jake Lippel, a 6-4 280-lb nose tackle, comes to Montana Western from Graham Kapowsin High School. Lippel was an all-conference performer on the defensive line and competes in the shot put and javelin for the track team. Jake is the son of Lyle Lippel and Michelle Vanryck-Lippel and has is undecided on his academic major. “Jake loves to play defense,” Nourse said of Lippel. “He has so much enthusiasm and such a great motor, it is hard to find those type of guys at the nose tackle position. Jake has unlimited potential as a college football player. I believe he could be a force in the Frontier Conference for years.” Lucas Dalrymple, a 6’3 255-lb. offensive lineman, comes to Montana Western from West Valley High School. In his senior season Dalrymple had 31 tackles and five sacks. He was also a first team all-conference selection at center. He is the son of Michelle Allen and Scott Dalrymple and plans to major in natural resource management. “Lucas is a very smart player,” Nourse said of Dalrymple. “He has the ability to analyze what’s going on and still play fast and tough. The thing I love most about Lucas is as the game goes on he plays better and harder.” Brandon Sylvester, a 6’3 270-lb. offensive lineman, comes to Montana Western from Lakeside High School. As a senior Sylvester was honored as an all-conference center. He is also a three-year letter winner for Lakeside High baseball. He is the son of Ken and Carol Sylvester and plans to major in mathematics. “Brandon has all the characteristics to be a very good offensive lineman in this conference,” Nourse said of Sylvester. “He’s a very good athlete with great size. He is also a good long snapper.” Dakota Wainwright, a 5’11 220-lb. fullback and linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Colony High School where he was a first team all-state selection as a fullback and linebacker. He was also the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team offensive honors. He is the son of Lonita Wainwright and plans to major in business. “Physical is the best way to describe Dakota,” Nourse said of Wainwright. “He loves to hit, whether it’s as a fullback or a linebacker. He will always be in on the action.” Connor Langel, a 5’9 165-pound defensive back, comes to Montana Western from Capital High School. While at Capital High Langel earned second team all-conference honors on the field and academic all-state honors in the classroom. He also competes in track at Capital High. He is the son of Jan and Dawn Langel and will major in fish and wildlife conservation. “Connor is a smart player,” Nourse said of Langel. “His instincts get him to the ball and his football intelligence is a benefit to the entire defense from the safety position.” Dakota Pineda, a 5’10 195-lb. defensive back, comes to Montana Western from Idaho Falls High School where he earned first team all-district and all-area honors in addition to maintaining a 3.8 grade point average and being an Honor Society member. He is the son of Diane Barr and Raymon Mendoza and plans to major in sports medicine. “Dakota is first class and strives for excellence in everything he does,” Nourse said of Pineda. “He is driven on the field as well as in the classroom. He is a great addition to Bulldog football.” Chase Stephens, a 6’1 210-lb. linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Sweetgrass County High School. While at Sweet Grass High Stephens accounted for 90 tackles, two interceptions, and one defensive touchdown. On offense, he had 10 grabs for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Stephens was an all-state selection as well as a first team all-conference selection at tight end and linebacker. He is the son of Mark and Joyce Stephens and plans to major in education with a health and human performance option. “Chase brings a great attitude and desire to be a college football player to the Bulldogs,” Nourse said of Stephens. “He has the intensity and physical play we will like in a linebacker. He will be a valuable member of the team for years to come.” Hayden Buckmaster, a 6’0 270-lb. offensive linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Churchill County High School. As a senior Buckmaster was honored with first team all-conference and second team all-state honors as an offensive lineman. Buckmaster also participates in wrestling and track at Churchill County High. Buckmaster is the son of Fred and Diana Buckmaster and plans to major in biology. “Hayden plays tough,” Nourse said of Buckmaster. “He loves to scrap and he finishes blocks. His attitude and toughness brings a lot to our program. He is the fifth generation Buckmaster to be a Bulldog. The kid has pride in Montana Western and that says a lot.” Julio Barrera, a 6’1 280-lb offensive lineman, comes to Montana Western from R.A. Long High School. Barrera was a starter on both the offensive and defensive lines as a senior and intends to major in business management. He is the son of Janice Barrera. “Julio has a ton of potential,” Nourse said of Barrera. “He is relatively new to the game but plays extremely hard and physical, to go along with being a really good athlete for such a big kid.” Dillon McCoy, a 6’1 185-lb. defensive back, comes to Montana Western from Greybull High School. During his interscholastic career at Greybull High McCoy played on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he had 35 tackles, four pass breakups, and one interception, earning him all-conference honors during his junior and senior seasons. In the classroom, McCoy maintains a 3.85 grade point average and is a member of the honor roll. He also participates in track and basketball. He is the son of Chris and Jennifer Stewart and plans to major in secondary education with a focus in mathematics. “Dillon is a hard-nosed player and a competitor, qualities that will help make him a valuable member of the Bulldogs,” Nourse said of McCoy. Ryan Bronson, a 5’10 190-lb. linebacker, comes to Montana Western from Three Forks High School. In his senior year Bronson was selected as a first team all-conference linebacker. He was also selected to play in the Class B All-Star Game. Bronson is also an Academic Olympic Captain. He is the son of Jon and Cindy Bronson and plans to major in wildlife biology. “Ryan will be a great addition to the Bulldogs,” Nourse said of Bronson. “His commitment to being the best at everything he does and his physical style of play are what we are looking to bring to Montana Western football.”
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