Baker, Farewell, Norbeck honored

Montana Tech’s Nick Baker and Travis Farewell earned Frontier Conference Players of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.

Baker, a junior quarterback, took home top offensive honors, while Farewell, a sophomore punter, won the special teams award.

Butte Central graduate Casey Norbeck, a junior linebacker at Carroll College, was named the top defensive player.

Following is a rundown off all the Frontier Conference weekly honors:


Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Baker, Montana Tech, 6-foot-1, 190-pound, junior quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash. In No.20 Montana Tech’s 30-24 double overtime victory over Montana Western, Baker was 33 of 38 passing for 274 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 26 yards on 17 carries. Two of his four touchdown passes came in overtime including the game winner. Other players nominated: Anthony Clark of Carroll College, Dylan Kramer of Montana Western, Mickey Payne of Rocky Mountain, Stephen Silva of MSU-Northern and Dave Velasquez of Dickinson State.

Defensive Player of the Week: Casey Norbeck, Carroll College, 6-foot, 215-pound, junior linebacker, from Butte. In No. 12 Carroll’s 19-6 victory over No. 19 Rocky Mountain, Norbeck had three solo tackles, three assisted tackles, 3 tackles for losses of 17 yards, three quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery, one pass break up and he intercepted a lateral and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown. Also nominated: Cord Berg of Dickinson State, James Chandless of MSU-Northern Josh Johnson of Rocky Mountain and Dakota Wainwright of Montana Western.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Travis Farewell, Montana Tech, 6-foot-1, 180 lbs, sophomore punter, Telechapi, Calif. In No.20 Montana Tech’s 30-24 double overtime victory over Montana Western, Farewell had six punts for 266 yards including one for 75 yards. He averaged 44.3 yards per punt. Also nominated: Travis Baum of MSU-Northern, Nick Knell of Rocky Mountain and Jared Mayernik of Carroll College.


Abby Nicholas of Montana State-Northern was named Frontier Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. Nicholas is a 6-foot junior middle hitter from Sandy, Utah. Northern stayed unbeaten in conference play with wins over Rocky (3-1) and Dickinson State (3-1). Nicholas averaged four kills per set with an attack percentage of .429. She averaged one dig, .86 aces, and one assisted block per set. Also nominated: Anna Dewald of Rocky Mountain, Kimmy Kavran of Montana Tech, Brea Mitchell of Montana Western, Kenzie Mitchell of Westminster College and Niurka Toribio of Lewis-Clark State.

 Men’s cross country

Rico Guiterrez of the University of Great Falls was named Frontier Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Guiterrez is a junior from Van Nuys, Calif. At the Montana State . At the Montana State Invitational, Gutierrez finished 24th out of 94 runners in the five mile. His time was 26:18 and he was the highest placing Frontier Conference runner. Also nominated: Michael Anderson of Rocky Mountain College, Dennis Patrick of Dickinson State and Sancho Ridesatthedoor.

Women’s cross country

Rhianna Grossman of Carroll College, the fifth ranked runner in the NAIA, was named Frontier Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Grossman is a junior from Cour d’Alene, Idaho. At the MSU Invitational, her time of 17:41 in the 3-mile was seven seconds faster than her time at the same race a year ago. The race was held in very smoky conditions. Also nominated: Megan Breeding of Rocky Mountain College.

 Men’s golf

Dane Jensen of Westminster College was named Frontier Conference men’s golfer of the week. Jensen is a senior from Pleasant Grove, Utah. He won medalist honors at the Montana Tech Invitational tournament. His three rounds were 75, 72 and 68.

 Women’s golf

Idah Whisenant of Lewis-Clark State College and Mari Hutsi of Westminster College were named Frontier Conference women’s golfers of the week. Whisenant is a junior from Lewiston, Idaho and Hutsi is a sophomore from Tatallinn, Esonia. Both shot a three-round total of 231 to share medalist honors at the Montana Tech Invitational.

 Men’s soccer

James Voisey of Rocky Mountain College and Jose Pena of the University of Great Falls were named Frontier Conference Men’s Soccer Players of the Week. Voisey, a 5-foot-9 senior midfielder from Banstead, England, was named Offensive Player of the Week. The Bears won two matches including a 2-0 shutout of No. 22 University of Great Falls. The Bears also downed South Dakota

Tech 3-0. For the week, Voisey scored one goal and had one assist. Also nominated: Christian Johansen of the University of Great Falls and Ryan Smith of Westminster College. Pena a 5-foot-10 sophomore goal keeper from Santiago, Chili., was named Defensive Player of the Week. No. 22 Great Falls split their weekend matches. The Argos lost to Rocky Mountain 0-2 and beat South Dakota Tech 3-0. Pena had

three saves against Rocky and two against South Dakota Tech. Also nominated: James Evans of Rocky and Damir Savanovic of Westminster College.

 Women’s soccer

Kirsty Montignani of Rocky Mountain College and Erin Volz of Carroll College were named Frontier Conference Women’s Soccer Players of the Week. Volz, a 5-f00t-7 junior goal keeper from Ridgefield, Wash., was named Defensive Player of the Week. No. 24 Carroll College beat Biola of California 1-0 on the road. Volz had six saves. Also nominated, Mayra Castillo of the University of Great Falls and Rachel Hein of Rocky Mountain. Montignani, a 6-f00t-1 senior midfielder from Dunfermline, Scotland, was

named Offensive Player of the Week. Rocky won two matches over the weekend, beating the University of Great Falls 5-1 and Dakota Wesleyan 6-1. Montignani scored six goals and now has 13 for the season. Also nominated: Sherry Blaisdell of the University of Great Falls and Margo Hickman of Westminster College.