Diggers close spring with spring game, auction (items listed)

The Montana Tech football team will close spring drills with the Green and White game Saturday at Alumni Coliseum.

The scrimmage, which is expected to last 60 to 70 plays, will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Later Saturday, the Digger Auction will be held at the HPER Complex. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7:30.

This year’s live auction contains custom Digger items you can only get at this event plus sports collectibles, five-day Cancun Vacation for two, Alaska salmon fishing trip, furniture from Highlands College, and more.

Tickets are $100 for a couple and includes dinner and complimentary signature drinks from the Vu Villa. Tables are also available.

For more information or to purchase tables or tickets, call 496-4105.


  1.         Family Swim Pass
    Treat the family to the delights of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with this family swim pass.
    Fairmont Hot Springs
  2.         Petroleum Building Cabinet with Granite Top

Antique cabinet from the old Petroleum Building enhanced with a granite counter top.

Dennis Lowney, Coby Lean, Mark Taylor, John Abshire, Bob Prystajko, Craftsman’s Corner – John Lowney

  1.         Couch and Chair Combo

This restored couch and chair from Prospector Hall, complete with ostrich covered cushions and Oredigger décor, is perfect for any man-cave.

Dennis Lowney, Coby Lean, Mark Taylor, Wendy Boulter, John Abshire, Bob Prystajko

  1.         “Maynerd Made” Notre Dame Table

Custom made, Notre Dame themed table made out of walnut and curly maple wood.

David “Maynerd” Barrick 

  1.         Mike Ditka Autographed Jersey

Signed jersey by Mike Ditka. “Maynerd Made” display case.

David “Maynerd” Barrick

  1.         Wine Barrel Dog Bed & Dish

Wine Barrel transformed into the ultimate resting spot for Man’s Best Friend.

Doc & Carol Sida

  1.         Derek Jeter Autographed Baseball

One of New York Yankees’ greatest players and five-time World Champion.

  1.        Rustic Bar with Tech Chairs

Custom made log bar includes four (4) copper color high chairs with the Montana Tech logo laser cut into the back.

Highlands College

  1.         Jersey #1

The Montana Tech football team will don a new jersey next fall. Be the first person to own this steel gray addition in a custom David “Maynerd” Barrick frame.

Digger Athletics, David “Maynerd” Barrick

  1. Lockers and Digger Gear

This refurbished bank of lockers from the old HPER Complex locker room comes full of Digger Gear.

Digger Athletic Association, John Abshire, Bob Prystajko, Coby Lean, Dennis Lowney, Mark Taylor

  1. Denver Broncos & Colorado Rockies

The lucky winner receives four 50-yard line tickets and access to the Stadium Club at the Denver Broncos preseason game against Arizona Cardinals September 3-4. This is your opportunity to see Montana’s Brock Osweiler take snaps in the NFL. Follow up the football game with four lower level infield tickets to watch the Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants on September 4-6th.  This package includes four (4) tickets to the Broncos, four (4) tickets to the Rockies and $500 towards travel and lodging.

Greg & Eileen McDonald, Tara Leipheimer

  1.       Custom Made Wine Barrel Bench

Sit with your sweetheart on this custom made wine barrel bench.

Don & Judy Hawkinson

  1. Custom Outdoor Digger Table

This one of a kind outdoor table is made out of cement and includes four outdoor patio chairs.

CCCS, Lee’s Office Products

  1.       Diggerized Yeti Cooler

This one of a kind item can only be found at a Digger Athletic Auction. This premium 65 gallon ice chest will let people know who your team is on the river, at the tailgate or anywhere you take this rugged all-purpose cooler. And, it’s full of delectable grilling items from Riley’s Meat Block.

Water & Environmental Technologies, Rocky Mountain RV, Digger Athletic Association

  1.       Notre Dame Football at Fenway

Two (2) tickets to watch Boston College vs. Notre Dame at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Golden Domers in one of the nation’s best venues. Package includes airfare for two (2) and two (2) nights lodging. Game is on November 21st.

Dr. Nick & Judy DiGiovine, Montana Orthopedics, Digger Athletic Association

  1.       NASCAR SPRINT

NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series.  Take a trip to Phoenix to watch the second to last race in “The Chase!” This exciting package includes two (2) tickets to the race, two (2) round trip airline tickets to Phoenix and two (2) nights lodging.

Lisac’s Tire and Lisac’s American Car Care Center

  1. Mud Room Bench and Rack

This rustic piece is perfect for your mud room or entryway. It was created with reclaimed wood and stores things in the compartment under the bench or attached rack.

Bill Ryan, Highlands College

  1.       Griz Football vs. North Dakota State with Pregame Sideline Passes

This weekend includes a one night stay at the Grant Creek Inn, $50.00 gift certificate to the Montana Club and four tickets plus pregame sideline passes to the Griz Football home opener vs. last year’s national champ North Dakota State.

Eric Syvrud; Montana Club

  1. MSU Bobcat Football

One night stay, dinner for two (2) and two (2) tickets to a Montana State Bobcat game. Also includes access to Harrington’s Pepsi suite.

Scott & Jackie Lease, Harrington’s Pepsi

  1. Alaska Fishing Trip for Four

Enjoy two days of world class salmon fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska. Fenton Bros. Guided Sportfishing located in Soldotna just two hours south of Anchorage leads your group of four in the once in a lifetime fishing trip. The guides take your group out in Willy Predator boats and includes rods, reels, bait and terminal tackle. And they will clean what you land too! The package is great for just the guys or for couples. The package includes airfare for four (4) to Anchorage and four (4) hotel rooms in Soldotna.

Nick Olds & ConocoPhillips

  1. Be on the Sideline with the Diggers in Helena

Tailgate with the Touchdown Club prior to the Tech vs. Carroll game on October 24th at Nelson Stadium and stand on the sidelines with All-Access Passes. Package includes one-night stay for two in Helena and dinner for two.

Carroll College Athletics

  1.       Running Back U

Don Heater, Jay LeProwse and Pat Hansen are the three greatest Oredigger running backs in Montana Tech history. Hansen just broke Heater’s 43-year old career rushing record, but Heater still holds the record for most touchdowns in school history. LeProwse is the school record holder for all-purpose yards in a season and career. The three Tech legends are framed in a David “Maynerd” Barrick original.

Digger Athletic Association, David “Maynerd” Barrick

  1.       Student-Athlete Fees

Help one student-athlete pay for fees for next year. It costs $1,500 in fees to attend Montana Tech each school year. Donate $100 towards a student-athletes school fees for 2015-16.

  1.       Oredigger Quilt

This original piece is made from the wearable history of Montana Tech’s teams. Each piece came from Digger Athletics or one of the Oredigger’s team supplies.

Una Schlaebitz

  1.       Battle Tested

A Butte Original, Mining City Native Rob O’Neill was a Navy Seal and accomplished amazing feats around the globe in defense of our country. This Montana Tech football helmet is signed by Rob O’Neill.

Rob O’Neill 

  1.       Exclusive Dinner with Tech Head Coaches

This catered dinner for up to eight with Montana Tech’s head coaches is in an intimate setting where you can get to know the leaders of each of Montana Tech’s five teams.

Digger Athletic Association

  1.       Exclusive Rock Creek Cattle Company Golf Package

Ranked the #1 Residential Golf Course in America by Golfweek magazine and one of the Top 100 Most Prestigious Private Golf Clubs in the World! Enjoy an 18-hole round of golf for four and one night stay in the Spring Creek Cabin. You can be one of the very few to golf this very exclusive private course. Date needs to be coordinated with general manager Louie Bartoletti. Must be used by October 15, 2015.

Rock Creek Cattle Company

  1.       Seattle Seahawks Home Weekend

Take in the city of Seattle and a game featuring a perennial Super Bowl contender. The package includes airfare for two (2) and a two-night stay. Excludes 49ers and Steelers games.

Digger Athletic Association

  1. Brady vs. Manning

Don’t miss possibly Peyton Manning’s last season and final matchup vs. future Hall of Famer Tom Brady and the 2015 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. This late season game could have postseason implications, so don’t miss it! Package includes two (2) tickets to the game, two (2) hotel rooms and two (2) airline tickets to Denver. New England vs. Denver game can be substituted for any other Denver home game excluding Green Bay Packers

Kim & Lee LaBreche, Digger Athletic Association

  1. Championship Banner Wall Sponsor

Make yourself or your business a Champion for a year! Winner will receive two 4’x8′ advertisements on the Championship Wall in the HPER Complex on Kelvin Sampson Court for a year!

Digger Athletic Association

  1. Travel with the Team to Houston

Montana Tech Hall of Fame Head Coach Kelvin Sampson now holds the reigns at the University of Houston. The Oredigger Men’s Basketball Team travels to Houston next season for a Division I game against the Cougars. Travel with the team to this momentous game and attend the Alumni Event while you are there. Package includes airfare for two (2), lodging and tickets for two (2).

Digger Athletic Association

  1. Frontier Conference Rivalry

Four all-access passes to the greatest Frontier Conference rivalry…Tech vs. Carroll!  Enjoy all the amenities with the sky box and sideline passes at Bob Green Field at Alumni Coliseum on September 12th!  You receive a football singed by Coach Morrell and can watch the game from the sidelines or the Skybox. And that’s not all, Deliver the Ball during pregame and Flip the Coin!

Digger Athletic Association

  1. Napa Valley Experience

Stay at the Historic Sutter Home Victorian Inn in Napa Valley. Each morning a Wine Country Breakfast prepared by the Chefs of the Historic Sutter Home Victorian Inn awaits you. Then enjoy a private VIP tour and tasting at the newly built state-of-the-art Trinchero Napa Valley Winery. The package also includes the Mastering Wine Aromsas & The Aroma Wheel of Fortune Seminar and Mastering the Palate and the Tongue Fu Challenge. Finish with a farm-to-table dining experience at the Trinchero Napa Valley Trade Education Center, prepared by Director of Culinary James Houghton and his team. Each course will be skillfully paired with hand-selected wines from the Trinchero Family Estates portfolio. Package includes airfare for two (2) and three (3) nights lodging.

Summit Beverage

  1. “My Kid’s a Star!”

Make your child feel like a star at Montana Tech. He/she will be hosted during pregame warmups by a Montana Tech Oredigger and take the field through Hallowed Ground with the team. Your child will also appear in a Digger Vision video next year played at the game!

Digger Athletic Association

  1. Log Bed Frame

Handcrafted lodge pole pine from Deerlodge National Forest transformed into a full size bed by Highlands College carpentry student Kyle Stone.

Kyle Stone, Bill Ryan, Highlands College

  1. Dr. J Signed Basketball

Hall of Famer Julius Erving signed basketball. Now you can own an autograph from this NBA legend. Dr. J won three world championships and four MVP awards.

  1. Joe Montana Signed Football

Hall of Fame quarterback “Joe Cool” won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers but started with a National Championship at Notre Dame.

  1. Cancun Paradise Vacation for Two

Enjoy a stay at this beachfront property, located just steps from the world’s second largest coral reef-one of Cancun’s best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. The resort offers a private white sandy beach, four pools, lighted tennis courts, fitness studio, spa, and a Kids Club program. The package includes five-night stay, airfare for two (2), and daily breakfast.


  1. Golf Clubs

A set of Adams Idea Combo Irons. Includes a 3, 4, and 5 hybrid set and 6 through pitching wedge irons.

Anaconda Country Club, Mark Torney

  1.       Student-Athlete Tuition

Every school year it costs $5,000 for a student-athletes tuition. Help us raise funds for one student-athletes tuition for 2015-16 by pledging a $250 donation.

  1.       University of Florida Football Tickets

Two tickets for one of the SEC’s top teams. Visit Gainseville, Florida and attend a University of Florida game next fall. The package includes a special tour of the Gator’s athletic facilities and two-nights lodging.

Jim McElwain

  1. Park City, Utah Getaway

Head to the mountains of Utah and enjoy great summer activities at the Park City Mountain Resort for a whole week. The mountain cabin sleeps six and is walking distance from the historic downtown. Some of the activities available include Alpine Slide, Zip Line, golf, shopping and restaurants. The package includes a $250 gift card to use as you please. The stay is good for summer 2015 only and dates must be arranged with owner.

Michelle & Frank Ravarino

  1. Butte Party

Enjoy two hours of the Chamber of Commerce Special Events Trolley (for 26 people) followed up by 50 of Butte’s finest chops, chips, and desserts, provided and delivered by Pork Chop John’s. Pork Chops must be ordered 24 hours in advance and can be picked up at either location

Butte Chamber of Commerce, Pork Chop Johns; Ed Orizotti

  1. Country Club Package

Package includes a Ping Anser Driver, two (2) rounds of golf for two with a cart and lesson with Jeff Briney.

Butte Country Club, Anaconda Country Club

  1. Party with the Touchdown Club Trailer

The Party comes to you with this exciting item. The Touchdown Club will arrive at your next birthday party, company picnic or family BBQ with their custom Tailgate Trailer which features a booming sound system and flat screen TV. The Touchdown Club takes care of all of the grilling; they just need a place to go! Package includes burgers and dogs donated by Terminal Meats. Rockin’ tunes, seasoned grill-masters, and special beverages supplied by the Touchdown Club. There is a two hour time limit.

Touchdown Club, Terminal Food Center

  1. Ladies Night

Enjoy a lobster and martini party for ten at the Montana Club and then head out on the town in the Tucker Bus!

Montana Club, Tucker Transportation

  1. A Day on the Big Hole River

Whether you’re an avid fisherman or just looking to relax on the water, this is the trip for you. A day floating through the best scenery Montana has to offer. The Big Hole River is nationally known as one of the premiere blue-ribbon trout waters in Montana. Enjoy complimentary lunch and drinks on the river, followed up with a steak dinner and drinks after the float.

 Ed & Rachel Stepan

  1.       Brewery Tour

Jump on a Tucker Transportation Bus and head to Philipsburg, Montana and visit the Philipsburg Brewing Company. Open since 2012, the Philipsburg Brewing Company offers numerous types of beers for all taste buds. What trip to the brewery is complete without an actual tour? Your group will be treated to a tour of the Philipsburg facilities. Finish your tour with a stop at Butte’s own Quarry Brewery.

Tucker Transportation

  1. Banovich Framed “Dream Big” Poster

John Banovich is a world-renowned artist and one of the foremost conservationists of our era. He has created over 850 original works and his award-winning oil painting are exhibited in museums and noteworthy collections across the globe.

John Banovich

  1. Jack Nicklaus

Masters Flag signed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

Theresa & Joe McClafferty

  1. Season Sky Box Seats

Be the envy of every Digger Football fan with this set of four Sky Box Seats for the 2015 Oredigger Football Campaign.  Between the view and the warmth during those chilly games, you can’t go wrong!

Digger Athletic Association

  1. Main Hall Desk and Physics Lab Window

Own a piece of Montana Tech history! This desk from Main Hall has been refurbished and includes a window from the old Physics Lecture Room.

Dennis Lowney, Coby Lean, Mark Taylor, John Abshire, Bob Prystajko

  1.       Greenisms Table and Chairs

This outdoor high top patio table comes with four stools and the sage advice from Montana Tech’s own Bob Green.

Highlands College, Bill Ryan, Steele’s Furniture

  1.       Mystery Item


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