Monthly Archives: April 2010
A good opening quarter showed promise for the Montana Grizzlies lacrosse team during their game Saturday afternoon against Washington. But the Huskies strung together strong second and third quarters, and evaded a fourth quarter stint by Montana, to come out with the 14-10 win.
The team looked fresh early on in the game. Ty Hall tended the pipes for the first time in three games due to a shoulder injury. The Grizzlies came fresh off their week long spring break. They possessed the ball for a majority of the first quarter. Hall stopped five in the first quarter. They took the momentum into the second quarter, leading the game 3-2.
Hall ran clears, blocked shots and gave orders to his teammates. He took back his spot in net from freshman goalie Hank Vieten. “It was awesome, my shoulder’s fine,” Hall said.
Montana stayed out of their defensive end for most of the first quarter, except for fast breaks that the Grizzlies’ defense covered efficiently. But midway through the second quarter something went askew. Washington started finishing their chances. Montana lost momentum quickly. “Our rides didn’t go real well,” Hall said. “Their offense was good enough to take advantage of any of our mistakes.”
Washington took a 10-4 lead into halftime over a visibly frustrated Grizzlies team. The Huskies drove a fast break into their offensive zone. Husky Joe Cramer possessed the ball at the top of the zone in the third quarter. Possessed, created space, shot, scored, repeat.
Possession shifted in the third quarter into Washington’s favor. The short-benched team looked patient despite fatigue, head coach Stewart Kerns said. “We just put in a solid four quarters. We were a little short, we had guys that were out there on the field all the way to the last whistle,” he said.
After taking the lead, Washington was comfortably able to rotate their starters with fresh-legged backups.
“It was nice today to get some guys out there that don’t see the field very often, (get them) some game experience,” Kerns said.
A team that leads a game 14-5 benefits greatly. They can strengthen weaknesses in a real-game setting. Five minutes of in-game practice is a big boost. 14-7. Four minutes is – 14-8, and so it went.
The final 5:22 saw the Grizzlies put in five goals, one of them by attackman Henry Burchenal, who had four goals Saturday, his birthday.
“We were five minutes too late for that,” Hall said. “It was kind of nice to see.”
Coach Kerns started sweating under the unclouded sun, metaphorically speaking. “They were really just pouring it on. They do a really great job of finishing off games,” Kerns said. “Coming out in the last minute, put a couple goals up on us, and your heart starts beating as a coach.”
Washington’s record stayed in the black at 6-5 on the season, while the Grizzlies fell to a woeful 1-7.
Washington will continue their run for the playoffs when they face Simon-Frasier next weekend. Montana faces off with Boise State tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm.
After a long season of wild weather and mild snow-pack, the Missoula Valley is greening and the rivers are rising. The University of Montana’s Entertainment Management program hopes to bring in spring with zest when their eighth annual Spring Thaw event kicks off this week.
The events start Tuesday night with the first of three free screenings of the award-winning rock and roll documentary, “The Rock Prophesies.” The film displays the past work of legendary rock photographer Robert Knight.
Knight and director John Chester traveled to the house of guitarist Jeff Beck to film and meet with some artists Knight has worked with, Knight said.
“He’s very reclusive he doesn’t allow anybody in there,” Knight said, talking about pal Jeff Beck. “We were with Santana, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, all the guys I worked with back in the day.”
The film also chronicles the lives of some contemporary artists like Tyler Dow Bryant, an 18-year-old guitar prodigy and Texas native, and the Sick Puppies – an Australian band who has produced several top 10 hits already and is picking up steam Down Under. Knight believes Bryant will be the next “big thing” in rock music.
Mac Kelly is a student and the Spring Thaw press contact in the UMEM program. He says the class progresses at a fast pace because they work directly with individuals in the industry.
“The UMEM program provides us with hands-on experience in the entertainment business world,” Kelly said. “Anything from marketing, direct contact with TV and radio, and all aspects and production of events.”
The pinnacle of the hard work and long hours of class lectures required for the class is Spring Thaw. Students are expected to oversee all aspects of the events, according to Maria Brunner, owner of Insight Management marketing company and one of several expert lecturers of the course.
Brunner said that she came up with the idea to bring Robert Knight and Tyler Bryant to town.
“I did the marketing for the movie the Rock Prophecies,” she said. “It’s just a really great exposé on one of the world’s most noted rock photographers and how he helped to quote unquote expose new music in each of those artists.”
What’s interesting about Knight is that his work with multiple artists came soon before their rise into great mainstream success. Some of his works include early photos of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and the Yardbirds.
He said that he sees in Tyler Bryant similar qualities to many of these big-name artists.
“Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were his age when they were in those bands back in the early British Invasion period. It’s not uncommon to see someone that young in a major band,” Knight said.
Knight said he hopes many will go see Tyler Bryant, if not for a fun experience, then perhaps to play witness to whom he believes will continue his time as a rock prophesier.
Brunner hopes her students are well prepared for the annual event, which includes three screenings of the movie, this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Roxy Theatre, followed by a book signing by Robert Knight. Tyler Bryant’s band is set to play a show at the University Ballroom Sunday, April 11.
These events will be the headliners of Spring Thaw, according to Kelly. “But there are more events throughout the months of April and May.”
On April 18, Rave On’s, “Buddy Holly Experience”, plays at the University Theater. The second annual musical chairs competition in the oval event happens April 28. A Casino Night fundraiser is on May 2, at the Broadway Hotel and Conference Center.
The long winter months and wacky weather patterns have grown mild. Trees have begun dropping dead leaves left hanging after last October’s sub-zero cold spell disrupted normal autumn defoliation when UMEM welcomes spring back into Missoula.