LCSC repeats as winner of FC Bandy Award
The Lewis-Clark State College athletic department has won the Frontier Conference’s George Bandy Memorial All-Sports Trophy for athletic excellence during the 2006-07 academic year, conference commissioner Mike Walker announced Wednesday.
It is the second straight year LCSC has won the conference honor, which goes to the athletic program that does the best in the six conference sports – football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s volleyball. Although LCSC doesn’t compete in football, the school won titles in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s golf.
LCSC also won the award during the 1999-2000 academic year, which was the Warriors’ first season in the Frontier Conference.
In each sport, the conference champion receives 17 points, and the second-place school receives 12 points. The third-place team receives 10 points, followed by nine points for fourth, eight for fifth, seven for sixth, six for seventh, and three points for eighth place.
LCSC also finished second in women’s golf and sixth in volleyball to accumulate 70 points. Rocky Mountain College finished second with 60 points, followed by Carroll College and Westminster tying for third at 47 points, Montana Tech in fifth at 42, Montana-Western sixth at 37, Montana State-Northern seventh at 36, and the University of Great Falls in eighth at 30. Eastern Oregon, which is a football-member only of the conference, had nine points.
The conference features eight members in all sports, including six from Montana – Carroll College in Helena; Montana Tech in Butte; Montana State-Northern in Havre; Rocky Mountain in Billings; Montana Western in Dillon, and the University of Great Falls. Westminster College, located in Salt Lake City, Utah and Lewis-Clark are the non-Montana members.
The All-Sports trophy is named in honor of the first Commissioner of the Frontier Conference, George Bandy, his wife Cheryl Ann and their 8-year-old son Michael, whom they had just adopted two weeks before the family died in a boating accident in the summer of 1982 when their 14-foot sailboat overturned in high winds on Canyon Ferry Reservoir of Helena.