Oredigger men, women picked last in Frontier

Oredigger men, women picked last in Frontier

The Frontier Conference preseason basketball coaches polls were released Wednesday, and the Montana Tech Orediggers did not receive any love.

The Oredigger men were picked to finish last in the seven-team league. The Tech women and Montana Western tied for last place in the women’s poll.

The Carroll College men received five of seven first-place votes, and were picked to win the league. Lewis-Clark State took two top votes and finished second.

Montana Western was picked third, followed by Rocky Mountain College, MSU-Northern and the University of Great Falls.

Lewis-Clark State received six first-place votes and was picked to win the women’s race. MSU-Northern, led by Butte High graduate Natalee Faupel, received on first-place vote and was picked second.

Great Falls was picked third, followed by Carroll and Rocky.

The Oredigger men and women open the 2016-17 season Oct. 22 when they play host to Yellowstone Christian College in a doubleheader at the HPER Complex.

About the poll: Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Votes were six points for first, five points for second, four points for third, three points for fourth, two points for fifth and one point for sixth.

Results follow. First place votes are in parenthesis.

Carroll College (5)                 34
Lewis-Clark State (2)             32
Montana Western                   24
Rocky Mountain                     23
MSU-Northern                       17
Great Falls                              10
Montana Tech                         7

Lewis-Clark State (6)             36
MSU-Northern (1)                  27
Great Falls                              26
Carroll College                       21
Rocky Mountain                     18
Montana Tech                         9.5
Montana Western                   9.5

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