2019 was a banner sports year for Montana.
The Montana and Montana State football teams both received first-round byes in the FCS playoffs, and three Montana cowboys -- Jess Lockwood, Haven Meged and Ty Erickson -- claimed world championships. Lockwood's wife, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, also won a world title at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Those were among the most-read stories on MontanaSports.com over the past 12 months alongside a couple heartwarming gestures and some big news pieces.
Below are the 10 most-read MontanaSports.com stories from 2019.
10. Montana State Bobcats, Montana Grizzlies receive first-round byes in FCS playoffs
9. Arlee boys basketball coach Zanen Pitts steps down; school releases statement
8. Ty Erickson, Haven Meged win PRCA world titles at National Finals Rodeo
7. Kamden Hilborn to transfer from Montana State
6. Montana referee shortage directly linked to fan verbal abuse
5. The Best of Montana Tech legend Bob Green
4. Poplar boys displayed ‘Win with class, lose with class’ mentality at divisional tournament
3. Warm up the bus: Baker owns longest road trip of first round
2. Jess Lockwood wins 2nd PBR world title
1. Missoula Sentinel, Billings Skyview create unforgettable moment for one Falcon player