Tech football signs a dozen

Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced 12 new signees for the Oredigger football team. The 12 commitments are in addition to Manhattan defensive lineman Chase Barta and Townsend’s Quade McQueary who signed earlier in the fall.

“This is a great group to start our ’16 class with,” Morrell said. “There are several impact players in the group.”

The new group includes 10 student-athletes from Montana and two from Washington state. Six of the new signees plan on majoring in engineering.

“This group is going to fit in tremendously with the outstanding team chemistry that we have developed here at Tech,” Morrell said. “We are continuing to work diligently to fill the rest of our class.”

No. 7 Montana Tech won its second Frontier Conference championship last fall under Morrell in his fifth season at the helm. The Orediggers finished with a 10-2 record reaching the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

Following is a look at the 12 newest Orediggers:

Chase Barta                        DL           6-1          280         Manhattan, MT                                                Manhattan HS

High School: Attended high school at Manhattan HS. Two-time football captain was selected All-State as a junior and senior and All-Conference three times. Will play in East-West Shrine game. Track team captain as a senior. Member of National Honor Society and named Academic All-State four times.

Personal: Chase is the son of Stacey and Dan Barta.

 

Jory Breen                          DB          6-0          190         Missoula, MT                                    Sentinel HS

High School: Attended high school at Sentinel HS. Selected All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State. Named Academic All-State three times. Member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Jory, the son of Chantil and Daniel, plans on pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

 

Hunter Esary                      DE           6-3          230         Kalama, WA                                       Kalama HS

High School: Attended high school at Kalama HS. Selected Honorable Mention All-League at linebacker as a freshman; All-League and All-Area as a defensive end as a sophomore; led the area in sacks as a sophomore and was selected All-State as a defensive lineman; All-League as a junior; All-League and All-State as a senior. Was named All-League and All-Area Defensive MVP as a senior. Selected second team All-League at tight end as a sophomore; All-League and All-Area as junior and was selected All-State as a receiver; and All-League as a senior. Selected All-League in baseball twice. Selected Honorable Mention All-League in basketball as a sophomore and second as a junior. Honor roll student.

Personal: Hunter, the son of Kendi and Tim, plans on pursuing a degree in Engineering.

 

Gage Gallagher                                OL           6-4          280         Spokane, WA                                    Shadle Park HS

High School: Attended high school at Shadle Park HS. Selected Honorable Mention All-League twice. Won regional shot put in Track and Field.

Personal: Gage, the son of Kellie and Jeremy Henson and Shain Gallagher, plans on pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences.

 

Jase Galt                              QB          6-4          180         Malta, MT                                           Malta HS

High School: Attended high school at Malta HS. Selected All-Conference as a quarterback as a senior and All-Conference as a defensive back as a junior. Set school record for most touchdown passes in a single game. Helped lead team to conference championship in 2015. Part of State Championship basketball team in 2013 and 4rd place finish in 2014. Selected All-Division in track as sophomore and junior. Selected All-Division in golf as a junior. Member of National Honor Society and on the honor roll all four years.

Personal: Jase is the son of Barbara and Robert Galt.

 

Walker Gruszie                                WR         6-4          195         White Sulpher Springs, MT         WSS HS

High School: Attended high school at White Sulpher Springs HS. Selected first team All-Conference in football three times and first team All-State twice. Selected second team All-Conference in basketball once and first team All-Conference twice. Placed second in shot put at state track meet.

Personal: Walker is the son of Nancy Heggen and Vine Gruszie.

 

Gus Herzog                        OLB        6-4          215         Clancy, MT                                          Helena HS

 High School: Attended high school at Helena HS. Selected first team All-Conference and second team All-State on defensive line as a junior; selected second team All-Conference and second team All-State on defensive line as a senior. Selected second team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State on offensive line as a senior. Will play in East-West Shrine Game. Named Academic All-State.

Personal: Gus, the son of Sandra and Brett, plans on pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

 

Cody Howe                        DL           6-4          225         Kalispell, MT                                     Flathead HS

High School: Attended high school at Flathead HS. Selected first team All-Conference and second team All-State. Named Academic All-State.

Personal: Cody, the son of Christy Marcum, plans on pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Brother of Oredigger offensive lineman Gage Marcum.

 

Clark Judisch                      QB          6-4          190         Conrad, MT                                        Conrad HS

High School: Attended high school at Conrad HS. Selected second team All-Conference two times. Selected second team All-Conference in basketball as a junior.

Personal: Clark is the son of Wendy Judisch and Kip Juisch.

 

Seamus Lucostic               Ath         6-2          205         Missoula, MT                                    Big Sky HS

High School: Attended high school at Big Sky HS. Selected second team All-Conference at outside linebacker two times and Honorable Mention All-State twice. Named Academic All-State three times and is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club.

Personal: Seamus, the son of Kim and Jim, plans on pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

 

Tanner Mayer                   Ath         6-3          180         Fairfield, MT                                      Fairfield HS

High School: Attended high school at Fairfield HS. Selected first team All-Conference and All-State as a quarterback. Selected first team All-Conference and All-State at safety. Named to the Grate Falls Tribune Super State Team. Will play in the East-West Shrine Game. Named Academic All-State.

Personal: Tanner, the son of Bonnie and Eric, plans on pursuing a degree in Business Information Technology.

 

Quade McQueary            Ath         5-10       160         Townsend, MT                                  Broadwater HS

High School: Attended high school at Broadwater HS and Powell County HS. Selected first team All-Conference and first team All-State at wide receiver junior and senior years. Selected first team All-Conference and All-State at defensive back as a junior and senior. Selected second team All-Conference on special teams as a returner. Selected second team All-Conference in basketball as a junior. Carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Named Academic All-State.

Personal: Quade, the son of Dale and Chris, plans on pursuing a degree in Applied Health Science. Brother of Oredigger quarterback Quinn McQueary.

 

Nick Winfield                    RB           5-11       195         East Helena, MT                               Jefferson HS

High School: Attended high school at Helena HS and Jefferson HS. Selected second team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State at fullback at Helena HS as a junior. Selected first team All-Conference and All-State as a tailback as a senior at Jefferson HS. Set single season touchdown record (20) at JHS. Selected All-Conference in 4x100m relay in track as a junior. Named Academic All-State three times and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Nick, son of Monica Winfield and Scott Winfield, plans on pursuing a degree in Engineering. Brother of Oredigger running back Zach Winfield.

 

Bill Yeager                          RB/Ath 6-1          180         Twin Bridges, MT                             Twin Bridges HS

High School: Attended high school at Twin Bridges HS. Rushed for 2,496 yards and 50 touchdowns junior and senior years. Selected Honorable Mention All-Conference as a junior and All-Conference and All-State as a senior. Selected second team All-State at linebacker as a senior. Selected to play in the Class C Bob Cleverly All-Star Game. Placed 5th in the 400m dash at state track as a sophomore and 3rd place as a junior. Selected All-Conference and All-State both years. Named Academic All-State twice.

Personal: Bill is the son of William and Akiko Yeager.

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