WHITEFISH, Mont., May 4, 2017 – Carroll College is the winner of the 2016 - 2017 Bandy Memorial All-Sports trophy according to Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson.
For the 2016-17 season, Carroll finished with 98.5 points followed by last season's Bandy winner Lewis-Clark State College with 91 points. Rocky Mountain College finished third with 82 points. Montana Tech was fourth with 61 points, then Montana State-Northern with 59.5, University of Great Falls with 57, Montana Western with 55, Eastern Oregon with 12, Southern Oregon with nine and College of Idaho with six points.
It's Carroll's 13th Bandy Award, the most by any school. Rocky Mountain and Montana Western have six each. Lewis-Clark State and Montana Tech have four each and MSU-Northern has two.
Carroll claimed regular season conference titles in volleyball, women's cross country and men basketball. Lewis-Clark won regular season titles in men's cross country title, women's basketball and men's golf. Montana Tech was the regular season champion in football.
The Bandy Award is presented each year to the conference school that has accumulated the most points based on its league finish in football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, and men's and women's golf.
The conference champion receives 17 points and the points decrease for each place after first with 12 points for second, 10 points for third, nine points for fourth, eight points for fifth, seven points for sixth, six points for seventh and three points for eighth.
If there is a tie in the regular season standings, the points for the place finishing are added together and divided by the number of teams that tied. An example would be if two teams tied for first they would each receive 14.5 points (17 + 12 divided by 2 = 14.5) while the next place finisher would be awarded the third place points.
The conference features five members in all sports: Carroll College, Montana State-Northern, Montana Tech, Montana Western and Rocky Mountain. Two schools in all sports except football: Lewis-Clark State and the University of Great Falls. College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon University and Southern Oregon University are conference members in football only.
The Bandy Award was first presented after the 1982-83 season with Western Montana College (now Montana Western) winning the award.
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 adopted two weeks earlier. The family died tragically in a boating accident in the summer of 1982 when their 14-foot sailboat overturned in high winds on Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena, Mont.