WHITEFISH – Montana Tech had dual winners in the Frontier Conference’s weekly football awards.
Luke Benz was named the conference’s defensive player of the week, and Zach Bunney was the special teams player of the week.
Benz, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior defensive lineman, had four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, 3.5 tackles for loss, one pass deflection and a career-high 3.5 sacks in Tech’s 37-24 win over Eastern Oregon.
Bunney, a 5-7 senior wide receiver from Butte, set a school record and tied an NAIA record with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Southern Oregon sophomore running back Rey Vega was named the conference’s offensive player of the week. He rushed for 154 yards and one touchdown, a 94-yarder, in SOU’s 34-14 win at Carroll College. Vega also caught three passes for 77 yards.
On the volleyball courts, Carroll College had two weekly winners: Paige Montgomery was the attacker of the week, and Jonni Dorr was named setter of the week.
Montgomery, a 6-0 senior middle hitter, averaged 4.17 kills with a .419 hitting percentage in Carroll’s weekend sweeps of Montana State Northern and the University of Great Falls. Dorr averaged 10.5 assists and 3.83 digs per set.
Rocky Mountain College’s Tess Hellerud recorded a season-high nine blocks against Montana Tech to earn defender of the week honors. Helleurd, a junior middle blocker from Red Lodge, helped the Battlin’ Bears to their first conference wins of the season over Tech and No. 25 Lewis-Clark State.
Benson Koech of Rocky and Mindy Kaufman of Montana Western were named the Frontier Conference runners of the week. At the UGF Triangular, Benson finished first out of 28 runners in the men’s 8k with a time of 25 minutes, 23 seconds and Kaufman finished first out of 23 runners in the women’s 5K with a time of 19:07.