WHITEFISH – The Frontier Conference announced its weekly award winners Monday, with five in-state athletes getting honors.
Three Montana Tech athletes – volleyball players Sabrina Hopcroft and Makenzie Bauck and football player Derrick Holt – were awarded for their performances last week.
Hopcroft, a 5-foot-7 freshman defensive specialist for the Orediggers, was named the conference setter of the week. She averaged 3.63 digs per set as the Diggers won four nonconference matches. Bauck, a 5-7 senior, was the setter of the week, averaging 10.71 assists and 2.36 digs per set.
Lewis-Clark State’s Kennadie Clute was the attacker of the week. Clute, a 6-1 senior outside hitter, averaged 5.4 kills with a .449 hitting percentage. She also added 22 digs, two aces and four blocks.
Holt handled the kicking duties in Tech’s win over Carroll College to win special teams player of the week honors. He converted on all four of his point-after attempts, added two field goals (31 and 35 yards), and punted four times for 144 yards, including a 48-yarder.
Southern Oregon wide receiver Matt Retzlaff and Eastern Oregon defensive back John Payne were the offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Retzlaff hauled in nine passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns, and broke SOU’s career receiving yards record. Payne corralled two interceptions.
Two Montanans – Baylee Green of Roundup and Chance Hyatt of Bainville – were Frontier Conference runners of the week. Hyatt, a Carroll College junior, finished first in the men’s 8K at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational with a time of 25 minutes, 6 seconds.
Green, a freshman at the University of Great Falls, set a personal-best time of 18:28 in the women’s 5,000-meter run at the Inland Empire Championships. She finished ninth overall.