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A female student at the University of Montana has made a police report citing the Grizzlies’ starting quarterback Jordan Johnson raped her, according the Missoula Police department.

Detective Sgt. Bob Bouchee told the Missoulian the woman filed the complaint late Friday afternoon.

A week earlier, the woman received a temporary restraining order against Johnson. The UM sophomore is set to appear in Missoula Municipal Court Tuesday morning for a hearing on whether the restraining order should be continued.

Through his attorney, David Paoli, Johnson denied the allegations.

In his first year as a starter, Johnson helped lead the Griz to a share of the Big Sky Conference title and a berth in the FCS semifinals last fall.


SEVEN LOCALS VOTED TO CLASS B ALL-STATE SQUAD: Manhattan High School’s basketball teams both made waves in the Class B boys and girls tournament, respectively, and were honored with three athletes making the All-State team, released on Monday.

On the boy’s side, Tanner Hupka and Quinn McQueary were both named All-State after being named to the boy’s all-tournament team; the pair led the Tigers to a Class B runner-up trophy. Melody McCloud followed up an all-tournament selection in the girls tournament with an all-state selection.

Fellow District 5B hoopsters Katie Fitzpatrick (Big Timber) and Shayla Mack (Three Forks) were also named all-state on the girl’s side. On the boy’s side, Grant Ellison (Big Timber) and Layne Simon (Whitehall) were also named all-state.

Class B All-State Team


Ryno Baerlocher, Florence-Carlton; Ty Bermes, Joliet; Austin Bies, Shepherd; Trace Brady, Malta; Dylan Buckstead, Red Lodge; Kendall Denham, Malta; Grant Ellison, Big Timber; Mike Finlay, Florence-Carlton; Taylor Hanks, Wolf Point; Ryan Holder, Eureka; Isaac Howard, Fairfield; Tanner Hupka, Manhattan; Josh Janssen, Loyola; Ian Lorang, Bigfork; Quinn McQueary, Manhattan; Ben Moerkerke, Conrad; Cory Orr, Troy; Luke Schwalger, Forsyth; Tell Shannon, Broadus; Layne Simon, Whitehall; Mike Studiner, Colstrip; Aaron Ward, Florence-Carlton; Avery Young, Poplar; Mechiah Zilkoski, Wolf Point.


Jill Barta, Fairfield; Lanita Black Eagle, Lodge Grass; Alisha Breen, Choteau; Kaitlin Campbell, Columbus; Katie Fitzpatrick, Big Timber; Kiernan Haggarty, Loyola; Courtney Henry, Malta; Maddie Keast, Loyola; Kori Kindle, Malta; Jalyn Klauzer, Baker; Molly Klinker, Fairfield; Jami Johnson, Glasgow; Shayla Mack, Three Forks; Melody McCloud, Manhattan; Cassidy Morgan, Eureka; Maddy Mushaben, Shepherd; Mikala Osborne, Columbus; Taylor Peck, Bigfork; Katie Riley, Broadus; Amanda Sansaver, Wolf Point; Bailee Senecal, Deer Lodge; Reedie Spencer, Cut Bank; Melissa VanDerveer, Bigfork; Meagan Watson, Townsend.

Track and field

BIG SKY OUTDOOR RANKINGS RELEASED: The Big Sky Conference announced the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field preseason rankings on Wednesday. The Montana State men are tabbed second, while the women were picked to finish in fifth place.

In the men's race, Northern Arizona was picked first, with six first-place votes, while Montana State came in second with two first-place votes, followed by Sacramento State with one vote. Most recently, NAU won the Big Sky Indoor Championships in February, while MSU was the runner-up. The Bobcats head outside with 11 All-Conference selections, including three conference champions.

For the women, Montana State was picked fifth of nine programs. Sacramento State, who was the indoor runner-up was picked first with five first-place votes, followed by 2012 Indoor Champion Weber State with four first-place tallies. Northern Arizona and Portland State were picked third and fourth, respectively.

"I'm not surprised at the predictions," said MSU head coach Dale Kennedy. "The rankings came out about where I thought they would, with one of the highest men's ranking we've had in three years. The women surprised me a bit after the indoor season but with some roster changes, we should see some great success this spring."

In the 2011 outdoor season, the Bobcat men came in third, while the women finished fourth overall.

Montana State will open the 2012 outdoor slate on March 30 at the Al Manuel Invitation in Missoula.

SULLIVAN SIGNS WITH BOBCATS: Montana State Track and Field and Cross Country announced the signing of Rachel Sullivan to a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at MSU.

Sullivan comes to Bozeman from Boise, Idaho, where she is a 2012 graduate of Centennial High School. For the Patriots, she earned four letters in cross country and expects to graduate with four letters in track and field, as well.

Most recently, Sullivan placed fourth at the state cross country meet as a senior and was named the Most Valuable Runner for the Patriots. She was also team captain in 2011.

As a junior, her team placed third at the state track and field meet and was part of the runner-up 4x800 relay. She also came in fifth in the 1,600.

Off the track, she is a member of the National Honor Society and is active in volunteer work.

“I’m really impressed with the progress Rachel has made throughout her high school career,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “Not only does she contribute to one of the deepest and possibly most talented distance recruiting classes, she also maintains a great balance between academics, running and even volunteering.”


MSU WOMEN IMPROVE ON HAWAI’I TOUR: The Montana State women’s tennis team finally got outdoors for the first time this season, playing three matches against nationally ranked squads during its Spring Break trip to Hawaii, last week.

“In our first match we were like fish out of water,” said MSU head coach Denise Albrecht. “Playing at sea level and in windy conditions was challenging. But, we continued to get better in each match and we competed against quality opponents.”

MSU opened play against NCAA Division II power BYU-Hawaii and suffered a 7-0 setback. The Bobcats went on to be swept by No. 58 Hawaii and No. 59 Wyoming, as well.

“In the beginning of the week and against No. 1-ranked BYU-Hawaii we only captured nine games in singles play,” Albrecht said. “At the end of the week against a very solid and ranked Wyoming squad we won 23 games. It was exciting to see the improvement, especially outdoors.”

Montana State will travel to Arizona this weekend to face Grand Canyon College on Friday, before playing its second Big Sky Conference match of the season against Northern Arizona on Saturday. MSU is currently 1-0 in league play.

#59 Wyoming 7, Montana State 0


1. POPOVICI, Veronica (WYO) def. HJALMARSSON, Char (MSU) 6-0, 6-2; 2. KOVACS, Alexandra (WYO) def. TSAN, Wena (MSU) 6-0, 6-1; 3. SYNKOVA, Simona (WYO) def. LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 6-3, 6-2; 4. NEMCOVA, Sasa (WYO) def. CRUM, Ellie (MSU) 6-4, 6-2; 5. PARIZHER, Jessica (WYO) def. DE LA TORRE, Andrea (MSU) 6-1, 6-4; 6. GECHEVA, Christa (WYO) def. BATES, Liana (MSU) 6-4, 6-0.


1. POPOVICI, Veronica/SYNKOVA, Simona (WYO) def. HJALMARSSON, Char/LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 8-1; 2. KOVACS, Alexandra/NEMCOVA, Sasa (WYO) def. DE LA TORRE, Andrea/VILLEGAS, Gabi (MSU) 8-4; 3. GECHEVA, Christa/ESPINOSA, Alma (WYO) def. TSAN, Wena/CRUM, Ellie (MSU) 8-4.

#58 Hawaii 7, Montana State 0


1. PINTEROVA, Barbara (UH) def. HJALMARSSON, Char (MSU) 6-0, 6-1; 2. POLJAKOVA, Katarina (UH) def. LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 6-0, 6-2; 3. PAWID, Jamie (UH) def. TSAN, Wena (MSU) 6-0, 6-1; 4. KOSTALOVA, Martina (UH) def. CRUM, Ellie (MSU) 6-2, 6-2; 5. SUWOROWA, Xenia (UH) def. DE LA TORRE, Andrea (MSU) 6-0, 6-1; 6. VAN DEN BERGH, Aglae (UH) def. VILLEGAS, Gabi (MSU) 6-1, 6-0.


1. PINTEROVA, Barbara/PAWID, Jamie (UH) def. HJALMARSSON, Char/LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 8-3; 2. POLJAKOVA, Katarina/SUWOROWA, Xenia (UH) def. DE LA TORRE, Andrea/VILLEGAS, Gabi (MSU) 8-1; 3. VAN DEN BERGH, Aglae/KOSTALOVA, Martina (UH) def. TSAN, Wena/CRUM, Ellie (MSU) 8-1.

#1 BYU Hawaii 7, Montana State 0


1. HWANG, Annie (BYU-H) def. HJALMARSSON, Char (MSU) 6-0, 6-0; 2. LIU, Sherry (BYU-H) def. TSAN, Wena (MSU) 6-0, 6-0; 3. JIA, Yuan (BYU-H) def. LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 6-2, 6-1; 4. REBHOLZ, Tanja (BYU-H) def. CRUM, Ellie (MSU) 6-0, 6-2; 5. KOBAYASHI, Marika (BYU-H) def. DE LA TORRE, Andrea (MSU) 6-0, 6-4; 6. TUIONETOA, Marietta (BYU-H) def. VILLEGAS, Gabi (MSU) 6-0, 6-0.


1. HWANG, Annie/LIU, Sherry (BYU-H) def. HJALMARSSON, Char/LOPEZ, Paulina (MSU) 8-4; 2. JIA, Yuan/TUIONETOA, Marietta (BYU-H) def. DE LA TORRE, Andrea/VILLEGAS, Gabi (MSU) 8-3; 3. KOBAYASHI, Marika/ULBRICHTOVA, Sasha (BYU-H) def. CRUM, Ellie/TSAN, Wena (MSU) 8-1.

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