Fridays Hot Ticket: running, hooping, hockey

College cross country skiing
NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington, 12:30 p.m.

The field will consist of 36 teams and 88 individuals as the Montana Tech women compete against each other on the national stage.

Tech, who is only in its sophomore year on a cross-country program, goes into the NAIA number 21 meeting. Senior Becca Richtman leads a young roster at the NAIA National Championship. Richtman took first place in three of the four games and was voted NAIA Runner of the Week twice this season.

Tech coach Zach Kughn said his team is good to go.

“I believe our women are physically and mentally prepared to perform well at the highest level, and I can’t wait to see them run,” said Kughn. “This is a huge experience considering that all but two of our runners are newbies and have three more chances to return to this meeting. Our focus is definitely on Friday because we plan to be here year after year. ”

Men’s college basketball
Montana Tech vs. Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon, 4 p.m.

The Orediggers (4-2) set out to play at the Flagship Inn Tournament.

Friday’s matchup with the Raiders is the first of two games this weekend. The Orediggers will take on Oregon Tech, which received votes in this week’s Top 25 poll, at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tech will return home Tuesday to play Yellowstone Christian College.

Womens college basketball
Montana Tech at Corban University, 9 p.m.

The 4-3 Orediggers head to Beaver State for two games this week, starting with Friday’s game against Corban in Salem, Oregon.

Tech will travel to Eugene, Oregon against Bushnell University on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Orediggers beat Bushnell, who received votes in the top 25 poll, 84-73 in Butte last Wednesday.

NA3HL ice hockey
Badlands at Butte, 7:30 p.m.

The Cobras will look to halt a three-game losing streak when they welcome the Sabers to the Butte Community Ice Center for a few games.

Butte goes into the weekend with 5-12-2 and ranks sixth in the eight-team Frontier Division. Wasteland is 7-8-1.

The teams play again on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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