Idaho/Montana Junior Colleges: 2018 Preview

Dawson Community College – Glendive, MT

Head Coach Chris Lewis (2 years)
Assistants Aaron Leanhardt, Eric Kline
Affiliation NJCAA
Conference Region 13 (Mon-Dak Conference)
2017 Record 10-18 overall, 6-9 (3rd in conference)
Top Returning Players TJ Stevens, Sophomore, SO, INF, All Conference
Gunnar Garpestad, Sophomore, OF
Kyle Norman, Sophomore, RHP/1B/3B
Trevor Meier, Sophomore, INF
Top New Players Reynaldo Pichardo, Freshman, C, Miami Dade CC
Brandon Gardenhire, Freshman, OF, Piedra Vista HS (NM)
Jack Bowman, Freshman, RHP, Grand Rapids HS (MN)
Wyatt Sorensen, Freshman, INF, Bear River HS (UT)
Head Coach Commentary “Last season was a transition year with a new coaching staff. Finished 3rd, had conference player of the year. Largest roster in school history this year, just completed a remodel that now provides us with a locker room, weight room, class room and clubhouse area, as well as a new indoor facility that is over 6,000 square feet. Had 4 players move onto the 4 year level at the end of fall, have moved on 13 players to the 4 year level since the arrival of current coaching staff. This season will provide us with a quality schedule with 10 games against 4 year level schools. We had 9 new players transfer in at break and we are excited to see how this spring will play out.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Lewis has Northwest roots (Sherwood, OR) and has been a college coach for 20 years. He is building a program that competes in the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference. Three Buccaneers signed to Mayville State University in the early signing period: Gunnar Garpestad, Jake Bowman, Austin Rivera.

College of Southern Idaho – Twin Falls, ID

Head Coach Boomer Walker (15th year)
Assistants Nick Aiello, Grant Kukuk
Affiliation Scenic West Athletic Conference
2017 Record 20-27 overall, 13-18 (3rd in conference)
Top Returning Players Colin Gordon, Sophomore, INF
Travis Bohall, Sophomore, OF (.306, 21 SB)
Dylan Steen, Sophomore, RHP, (9 1/3 IP, 15 Ks)
Colton Westfall, Sophomore, RHP (4.76, 4 wins, 56 IP)
Top New Players Hayden Leatham, Freshman, UTL, Madison HS (ID)
David Hudleson, Freshman, INF, Palomar Junior College
Jaden Jensen, Sophomore, RHP, Treasure Valley CC
Nolan Walker, Freshman, INF, Rocky Mountain HS (ID)
Head Coach Commentary “Very strong defensively up the middle. Depth on the pitching staff led by strong sophomore class. Line up lacks a ton of power, but has depth and foot speed. Conference is extremely talented this year, so it will be a dog fight all season long.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Walker was a nine year assistant with the Golden Eagles before taking over the reins in 2004. Boomer has won 412 games in his 14 year head coaching career. The former CSI player took over for his father who had a legendary 31 year coaching career at CSI with over 1,000 wins and a national championship in 1984. The younger Walker was the bat boy on that team. “Skip” Walker Field is one of the nicest junior college facilities in the country. The team is off to a 10-2 start in 2018. Defense and pitching is expected to provide the strength to return to the top of the Scenic West. Colton Westfall has signed with Lewis-Clark State and Colin Gordon with University of Louisiana-Monroe.

 Miles Community College – Miles City, MT

Head Coach Jeff Brabant (7th year)
Assistants Michael O’Connell
Affiliation NJCAA
Conference Region 9 (Empire Conference)
2017 Record 16-36 overall
Top Returning Players Ty Jones, Sophomore, OF/RHP, All-Conference, Academic All-American
Braxton Boyle, Sophomore, 3B/1B
Mitch Hughson, Sophomore, RHP
Jon Ringer, Sophomore, LHP/1B
Top New Players Will Riley, Freshman, SS/2B, Australia
Nate Bloxham, Freshman, OF/C, Bingham HS (UT)
Dawson Cortese, Freshman, OF/SS, Laurel HS (MT)
Luke Turner, Freshman, RHP, Australia
Head Coach Commentary “We have a great group of guys this year that really put an emphasis on hard work. The returners were not happy about our season last year, and they have stepped up and become leaders that work hard every day. Their leadership and hard work has trickled down to the freshman and those guys have put in the work to succeed at this level. If we keep working hard we will have a lot of success this year and have some fun along the way.”
BBNW Analysis Coach Brabant begins his 7th year at the helm of the Pioneers after 8 years as the pitching coach. Miles City returns 14 players and are led offensively by Ty Jones who was second in the conference in home runs with 14. A 4-0 early start to this season and a 8-day 12 game trip to Arizona will prepare the Pioneers for Region 9 play.