Jan. 14 Sports Briefs

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Former Montana Grizzly strength coach Scott Kirchmann dies

MISSOULA (AP) — Former University of Montana strength coach Scott Kirchmann died this past weekend in Nebraska. According to a GoFundMe page set up on his behalf, Kirchmann, 48, suffered from lung cancer. He had been fighting the advanced metatastic disease for almost two years and close to $4,000 has been raised to-date for his medical bills. Kirchmann worked for the Grizzly athletic department from 2008 to early 2012 as director of athletic performance. “He was more than a trainer for us! He inspired others,” offered former Montana Lady Griz player Shaunte Nance-Johnson on Kirchmann’s Facebook page. Kirchmann, who grew up in Nebraska and was currently living in the state, is survived by his wife and two children. If you wish to offer condolences, mail to Kirchmann, 1016 S. 217th Ave., Elkhorn, Nebraska, 68022.

Woods’ game winner sends Portland St. past Montana St.

BOZEMAN (AP) — Holland Woods’ scored a careerhigh 30 points and his layup with two seconds left sent Portland State past Montana State 77-76 on Saturday. Harald Frey put the Bobcats ahead with 12 seconds remaining. Portland State (8-9, 2-3 Big Sky) called timeout to set a play leading to Woods’ game winner. Frey missed a desperation 3 attempt as time expired. The Vikings led 40-35 at intermission and extended their advantage to 51-43 with 13:39 left, which was the largest lead for either team after the break. Sal Nuhu scored 12 for the Vikings. Frey led Montana State (9-8, 3-3) with 26 points, Amin Adamu scored 20 and Jubrile Belo and Michael Paulo 10 apiece.

Petrillo, Hayes win Hebgen Lake ice fishing tourney

(AP) — Montana anglers Jason Petrillo and Vince Hayes walked away from Hebgen Lake $5,700 richer after winning the North American Ice Fishing Circuit tournament on Sunday with 12.11 pounds of fish. Fifty-seven teams registered for the event. The winners narrowly edged fellow Montana anglers Walter Brannen and Drew Mumford, who placed second with 12.03 pounds; and Matt Maciejewski and Jason Maciejewski of California who placed third with 12.01 pounds. The big fish award went to Charles and Thomas Coit of Idaho who landed a 2.51-pound trout. In the first high school-specific event, Utah anglers Levi Rowley and Carter Krum were the winners with five trout weighing in at 10.88 pounds. That would have given them a top 15 finish if they had competed in the regular tournament.

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