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May 10, 2004
Montanans weigh in on sports*
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May 10, 2004

The Poll

Montanans weigh in on sports*

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Dave Dickenson, Football player
The Great Falls native quarterbacked Montana to its first national championship in 1995, earning the Walter Payton Award as Division I-AA's top player. In 1999, he was the CFL's Most Outstanding Player and led Calgary to the Grey Cup despite a dislocated shoulder.

Lones Wigger, Rifleman
The four-time Olympian from Great Falls won gold medals in small-bore and free rifle at the 1964 and 72 Games, respectively, and in '91 was one of four charter inductees into the USA Shooting Hall of Fame. He was on two 300-meter free rifle world championship teams.

Shannon Cate, Basketball player
The Billings resident is the only Big Sky Conference basketball player, male or female, to be named a first-team All-America. A 6'1" forward, she scored a league-record 2,172 points and led Montana to four NCAA tournament appearances between 1988-89 and '91-92.

Corey Widmer, Football player
A New York Giants linebacker for eight seasons, Widmer was a two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection at Montana State, and the Big Sky defensive MVP in 1990. At Bozeman High he was all-state in football and wrestling.


NCAA champs coached by Jud Heathcote: Montana handball in 1973 and Michigan State basketball in 79.

Scoring average of Late Late Show host Craig Kilborn as a Montana State guard-forward from 1981-82 through '83-84.

National small-college football titles won by Montana State (3) and Montana (2).

Population of the town of Ismay in 1993, when it briefly changed its name to Joe, Montana, to honor the 49ers quarterback.

Bones broken by Evel Knievel of Butte in his daredevil motorcycle jumps.

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