MT Tech Players Receive All-Conference Honors

-By Nick Bowsher

The Frontier Conference released the 2022-23 Preseason All-Conference Basketball Teams today. Montana Tech’s Caleb Bellach was named the Men’s Preseason Player of the Year in addition to being a Preseason All-Conference selection. Tavia Rooney and Dani Urick were named Preseason All-Conference.

Bellach, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, joined the Orediggers before last season as a transfer from Montana State. Last season Bellach averaged 15.2 points a game and 4.1 rebounds. The Manhattan High School product shot 44.1% from the field and 39.6% from three point range. Bellach was named first team all-conference and was an Honorable Mention All-American.

Rooney and Urick were both second team all-conference selections last year. Rooney, a junior from Townsend, Montana, nearly averaged a double-double last season leading the Orediggers in scoring with 12.3 points a game and rebounding with a 9.4 average. Rooney had 12 double-doubles last year.

Urick, a senior guard from Belt, Montana, earned her second all-conference honor last season. Urick averaged 9.9 points and four rebounds a game last season. Urick pass the 1,000 point mark last year for the Orediggers.

The Montana Tech basketball teams have started practice in preparation for their first games. The Oredigger men open the season at home against Portland Bible College on October 29th. The Oredigger women’s team host Dickinson State on November 4th as part of the Montana Tech Tip Off Tournament.