Tech announces signing of Hoagland, four others

Montana Tech golf coach Lee LaBreche announced today the signing of five new Orediggers for next fall. The list includes all Montana products and accomplished ball strikers as well as strong students academically.

“I’m really excited about this group of young golfers,” LaBreche said. “Not only is this a great group of golfers, they are excellent students.”

Two of the top AA golfers in Montana are among the group. Butte native Trey Hoagland and Ryan Keenan from Flathead High School have been common names on the tournament board the last three years. Both are three time All-State selections.

ButteSports.com reported the signing of Hoagland last month.

Hoagland, also known for playing shortstop for the Butte Miners, finished in the top 15 at the state tournament three years straight. His finishes include a top 10 appearance as a junior. The four time letter winner also plays basketball for Butte High lettering three years. Hoagland, who carries a 3.68 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and was named Academic All-State six times in all sports. He is also a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

“I have had the opportunity to see Trey play golf for a number of years, and Trey will be a great fit for the Orediggers,” LaBreche said. “He is a multiple sport athlete and I like the mental toughness those kind of kids bring.”

The son of Missy and Hal, he plans on pursuing a degree in Engineering. Hoagland’s sister Hailey is a sophomore golfer at the University of Montana.

“Ryan is an exceptional golfer and will be a perfect fit for our program,” LaBreche said. “He is a kid that grew up around golf. I expect Ryan to step right in next year be a factor.”

Starting golf at a young age, Keenan won his first tournament at age seven. Originally from Big Timber, he has two top 10 finishes at the high school state tournament including 10th as a sophomore and 6th last fall as a senior. The three-time team captain also played regionally as a junior in American Junior Golf Association events during high school.

Keenan participated in numerous other extra-curricular activities including Speech and Debate, student council, school paper and year book staff. He carries a 3.71 GPA and was named Academic All-State all four years of high school. His parents are Suzie and Bob.

“I’m extremely excited to have Lynzee join our team,” LaBreche said. “She is a very good golfer that comes from a storied program in Townsend.”

Lynzee Dexter is the lone women’s recruit in the group, but a talented golfer and great student. She helped lead her team to back-to-back state championships in 2013-14 and runner up in 2015. All three years she earned All-State honors and finished in the top 10 the past two including fifth last year. She also played basketball and volleyball. She was selected first team All-Conference in volleyball her senior year.

“Lynzee will be an impact player and should be a top scorer for us next year,” LaBreche said. “Along with being a super athlete, she is an even better student.”

Dexter is the Valedictorian of her class and was named Academic All-State all three years. She is the class president at her school and a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. Her parents are Roxanne and Michael; her sister Bailee golfs for MSU Billings.

A pair of Montana Class B golfers, Bridger Martin and Daniel Friez will attend Montana Tech after finishing their senior season’s this spring.

“Bridger is another multiple sport athlete that brings that toughness to the program,” LaBreche said. “Coming from Shelby and playing on a tough course like Marias Valley will really benefit Bridger.”

From Shelby, Bridger Martin is a three-time captain for Shelby High School. He was selected All-State last spring after finishing 16th at the state tournament. He has won nine conference tournaments and placed in the top 25 at state all three years of high school.

Martin carries a 4.0 GPA and is currently first in his class. He was named Academic All-State three times and is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. His parents are Julie and Michael.

“Danny could be a factor as early as next year,” LaBreche said. “He has put up some impressive scores in high school.”

Friez, from Forsyth, attended the state tournament throughout high school including winning the Class B Divisional as a junior. He was an All-State selection last spring finishing 10th at state. The same year, he won three tournaments and placed second twice. Last summer, he participated in the IMG Junior World Championships in San Diego after shooting a first day score 65 at the Montana State Junior Tournament. It was the lowest single round score for the tournament. Friez also participated in football and basketball.

In the classroom, Friez carries a 3.59 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was also elected class president of the senior class. Other extra-curricular activities include Boy Scouts, Academic Olympics and National Youth Leadership Training. His parents are Shelley and David.

Montana Tech golf resumes this spring. The Orediggers travel to Lewiston, Idaho for a conference tournament hosted by Lewis-Clark State College on April 4. The Frontier Conference Championship is April 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona, at ASU Karsten.

— Montana Tech



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