“By Sydney Weaver”
Rocky Mountain College celebrated Homecoming weekend with a series of events, including a Powderpuff football game, the Clara Klindt Hall of Fame Room ceremony, tailgating, and the football game.
The Powderpuff football game kicked off RMC’s Homecoming week on Wednesday, Sept. 18, where the freshman and sophomore women went up against the junior and senior women.
The upperclassmen started off strong with the first touchdown but the lowerclassmen quickly fought back to tie it up. After the first half, the score was 3-1 but the upperclassmen came out fighting in the second half and were able to score one more touchdown, making the final score 3-2 lowerclassmen.
The lowerclassmen team coach, Benjamin Ridgeway, said they “went into the game with the plan of winning,” so that is what they did.
Following the exciting Powderpuff game, the 2019 Clara Klindt Hall of Fame ceremony commenced on Friday, Sept. 20. Rocky Mountain College’s 2009 NAIA National Champion Battlin’ Bears men’s basketball team was inducted into the Clara Klindt Hall of Fame.
Mark Adams, a former men’s basketball coach, and current college basketball commentator was also inducted. Adams has been commentating for 20 seasons now and appears regularly on ESPN. Adams guided the Battlin’ Bears to the 1985 NAIA District 12 championships.
Three student-athlete graduates of Rocky Mountain College were also inducted Friday.
Paul “Duke” Edwards, a native of Butte, Montana graduated from RMC in 1966 with a degree in biology and a minor in history with an emphasis on education. Edwards played four years of golf for the Battlin’ Bears before graduating and embarking on a 31-year teaching and coaching career and coached a total of nine state championship games.
This summer, Edwards will enter the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is the fourth Rocky graduate from Columbus, Montana to be inducted into the Clara Clint Athletic Hall of Fame in the last five years.
Jeannie McGonagle from Buncrana, Ireland, was inducted as well. She attended Rocky Mountain College in 2002 to play soccer for the Battlin’ Bears. McGonagle graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in writing.
The left-footed, 5-foot-11inch central defender earned the program’s first All-American award in 2005 and accumulated a total of 28 goals and 21 assists. After graduating from Rocky Mountain College, McGonagle continued her education by earning a degree in criminology from Liverpool Hope University in England. She then relocated to Perth, Australia in 2014 and earned a degree in leadership and management along with an advanced diploma in business.
Jake Stuart of Gilford, Montana, graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in managerial accounting in 2004. Stuart transferred from the University of Montana in 2001 after two years with the Grizzlies’ basketball team. During his three-year Rocky career, Stuart received the NAIA All-American honors in 2004 and was a two-time All-Frontier Conference performer. The 6-foot-3-inch two-time team captain and guard amassed roughly 1,400 points and 441 rebounds and earned the MAIA’s distinction as the Champion of Character Award. Stuart worked in the Billings insurance industry after graduating from Rocky before moving to Malta, Montana in 2008 and is now working as the owner and operator for Phillips Country Insurance.
These alumni were represented again during halftime on Saturday’s football game where the Battlin’ Bears took on the University of Montana Western.
The Bears fought hard, scoring the first touchdown of the game halfway through the first quarter, but Montana Western came back strong and tied it up late into the first quarter.
At half time, the Battlin’ Bears were down 14-7. Unfortunately, the weather proved to be difficult, and after playing through rain and hail, the Battlin’ Bears were unable to make up the points and were defeated by the No. 20 ranked team from Dillon, Montana, losing 38-7.