Tech’s DeWit named to preseason team

Montana Tech junior post Kelsey DeWit was named to the Frontier Conference Preseason basketball team.

The conference announced the team, which was voted on by coaches, on Tuesday. DeWit is the only Oredigger — men or women — to make the team. The Columbia Falls native averaged 10.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for the Orediggers last year, earning her second straight all-conference selection.

Montana Western’s Hayley Pettit and Westminster College’s Nicole Yazzi were picked as preseason Co-Players of the Year.

Westminster’s Jake Orchard was selected the men’s Preseason Player of the Year.

The women’s and men’s preseason teams follow. After the preseason Players of the Year, the team is listed alphabetically.

Women’s Preseason Co-Players of the Year:
Hayley Pettit, Montana Western, 6-3, senior post
Nicole Yazzi, Westminster College, 5-7, senior guard
Women’s Preseason All-Conference Team
Sammi Bignell, Montana Western, 5-10, junior guard
Kelsey DeWit, Montana Tech, 6-2, junior post
Brittney Niebergall , Lewis-Clark State, 5-3, sophomore guard
Megan Patterson, Carroll College, 5-11, senior guard
Cydney Tibbitts, Westminster College, 6-1 senior forward

Men’s Preseason Player of the Year:
Jake Orchard, Westminster College, 6-4, senior forward
Men’s Preseason All-Conference Team
P.J. Bolte, Lewis-Clark State, 6-6, senior forward
Devin Jackson, Montana State-Northern, 6-1, senior guard
Ben Cutler, Carroll College, 6-0, senior guard
Matt Lee, Dickinson State, 6-6, senior forward
Marcel Towns, University of Great Falls, 6-2, junior guard