Bolte named 1st team All-Conference, team ranked 5th in final regular season poll

P.J. Bolte

P.J. Bolte

Lewis-Clark State’s P.J. Bolte claimed two Frontier Conference Men’s Basketball awards as the league announced its All-Conference Teams.

The 6′ 6 senior forward from Tacoma was a First Team selection and also claimed the conference’s 6th-Man Award. Bolte led the Warriors in scoring and rebounding averaging 17 points and just under 6 rebounds per game.

Senior post Danny Marshall and junior guard Jacob Champoux were 2nd-team selections. Marshall, a 6′ 6 post from Spokane averaged nearly 10 points per game while shooting 73 percent from floor. He also blocked 39 shots this season tying him for the 4th-best mark in program history.

Champoux, a 5′ 11 native of Seattle, averaged 12.5 points per game and led the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 54 percent.

University of Great Falls senior guard Marcel Townes was the Player of the Year and Montana Western head coach Steve Keller was named the conference Coach of the Year.

The Warriors won the Frontier Conference regular season title and now wait for an at-large berth into the NAIA Division I National Tournament.

The 32-team national tournament field will be announced Wednesday at 5:15pm PST from Kansas City, Missouri.

Meanwhile, the team is assured of an at-large berth into the NAIA National Tournament as the Warriors continue to hold down the #5 spot in the final national poll.

LC, which won the Frontier Conference regular season title, is 26-5 and received 244 points in the poll.

Unbeaten Columbia of Missouri is ranked first, followed by Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky, Lee of Tennessee and John Brown of Arkansas just ahead of the Warriors.

Two other Frontier Conference teams remain ranked as Montana Western moved up two spots to #13 and Montana State – Northern fell four spots to #20. Westminster College received 19 points but came up just short of the top-25.

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