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SIDNEY HERALD Sports WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016 44 i different from basketball BY QUINN SCHWARTZ in the states. SIDNEY HERALD "The game is much For'some, basketball is faster overseas," Sullivan more than just a game. said. "It's different from For the University of Montana because there Montana's newest director you would focus on going of basketball administra'- through plays and using tions and Sidney native, clock, but in Denmark it Jordan Sullivan, what was constant running." But the biggest differ- began as a hobby soon evolved into a passion -- a ence was how the Euro- passion that would serve peans viewed the game as a ticket to experiences rather than how they of a lifetime, played it. Sullivan was a four-year "We only had two pros stand-out at Sidney H.igh on the team and everyone School. She led the Eagles else just kind of did it as on an Eastern A state a hobby," Sullivan said championship run during "Most of the players had her senior year in 2010, different priorities, and and finished her career as there would be times when the school's all-time lead- we might only have five ing scorer and rebounder, players at a practice. We Sullivan's exceptional - evenhad one player who high school career gar- was a mail lady and she nered the attention of col- would come to practice lege coaches, but namely after she got done with her her uncle Robin Selvig, route" the 38-year coach of the Sullivan averaged just Montana Grizzlies and one over 20 points during her of college basketball's win- season in Denmark, which ningest coaches, was good for top-five in Sullivan averaged 12 the league. She then went points and eight rebounds on to play a half season in during her senior season Luxembourg, but by then, with the Griz and played playing basketball for a 129 games during her living was starting to lose career -- the.second most its appeal. in school history. Sullivan "It was fun playing bas- was a member of the Big ketball for a job," Sullivan Sky All-Academic team all said. "I got paid to stay in four years, and was voted shape and play basketball, second team All-Big Sky but what was I going to do when I was done?" during her senior year. Sullivan also made it to With that question echo- college basketball's big- ing in her ear, it was time gest stage when the Griz for her to come home to received NCAA tourna- . Montana. ment bids in 2011 and 2013 Sullivan moved back to against UCLA and Geor- Sidney where she studied gia. for the LSATs and was Sullivan's tireless effort eventually accepted into in high school and college Montana's law school paid off when she was where she attended classes awarded an opportunity for three weeks of the that so many kids dream 2016 fall semester. "Three of -- a chance to play pro- weeks of law school feels fessional basketball. Sul- like three months," she livan earned a roster spot joked. with the Stevnsgade team But after three weeks of in Copenhagen, Denmark, law school, Sullivan was but quickly learned the called back to the game European game was much she loved. STEVNSGADE BASKETBALL ELITE Jordan Sullivan drives against a defender in the Danish league. Sullivan averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds during the 2014-! 5 season with team Stevnsgade. administrations is es- tion with the players is and act like I know every- sentiaUy a non-coaching limited," Sullivan said. thing about basketball. I coaching position. Sul- "It can be hard becausejust want to do everything livan attends all practices there are times when I see within my role to broaden and games as part of the something and want to just my horizons and be the coaching staff, but isn't jump up and scream, but I best I can be." allowed to instruct or know my role." Basketball has taken work directly with the Sullivan admits that Sullivan more places than players. Instead she serves finding contentment in most people could ever an integral role in the what she is doing has dream of, and wherever it behind-the-scenes aspects always been a challengetakes her from here, she of coaching, for her, but seems to be at will always remember Sid- Some of Sullivan's du- peace in her current posi- ney, Montana -- the place ties include scheduling tion. where it all started. meals, planning practices, "I'm always wanting to "No matter how long I've recruiting and going over see what else is out there, been gone, when I come film with the rest of the but I'd like to continue back people are always so coaching staff, coaching down the road," genuinely interested in "If I see something I can Sullivan said. "I have a lot what I'm doing," Sullivan point it out to the coaches, to learn though, and I'm said. "I'm proud to be a but my on-court interac- not just going to walk in Sidney-grown girl." Then current director of basketball administration Katie Baker -- another former Grizzly player -- left the program to accept an assistant coaching position at Oregon State, opening up a spot on the Montana coaching staff. Shannon Schweyen, who had just taken over the head coaching position for Selvig, offered Sullivan the job and four days later, the offer was accepted and Sullivan was back to basketball. "Being a part of the Griz is something that will always be a big priority to me," Sullivan said, "and I know how important it is to get a foot in the door. It was a big opportunity and I had to take it." Director of basketball Warriors earn postseason honors The Eastern C 8-man Taryn Candee and guard football committee re- Parker Jensen were the leased its all-conference, four Fairview seniors se- all-state and Treasure lected to first team all-con- State All-star game rosters ference on offense. Run- with a number of Fair- ning back Cody Asbeck view Warriors among also made the first team as those selected, a freshman Quarterback Tanner Hardy, Reynolds and Reynolds, tight end Pat Candee were also selected Hardy, running back first team all-conference WINDOW SYSTEMS . , i ew,n ow a sare unparalleled for durability and energy-efficiency in the window industry. Alside Windows" offers a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Toni Martini Free Estimates-Call today! 0 e SIDING, & WINDOWS WE COVER YOUR INVESTMENT SIDNEY, MONTANA XNLV275472 for defense. Junior center Rex Reyn- olds made offensive second team for the Warriors while Brett Andreason, R. Reynolds and Jensen made the defensive second team. Carson Cayko also made the second team as a sophomore. Hardy, T. Reynolds, Can- dee and Jensen were also selected to the all-state team and will represent the Warriors in the Trea- sure State All-Star Game. Fairview's season ended this year in the 8-man quarterfinals with a loss at Charlo. CLEANIN6 PRODUCTS 608" E. Main St. Sidney 433-2910 Dear Sir: those same trees provide the weekend was going to On Super Moon Sun- knee deep pries of leaves, try to get some of them day, Nov. 13, a couple of Before long there was abagged. vehicles pulled up in front whole crew in Richland The beautiful; huge of our home and several Rangers team shirts busily Super Moon (so called as young men got out. They raking our yard leaves,it is the closest to Earth said they were Richland bagging them and stacking in its orbital path since Rangers and wondered if the bags on a flat goose- 1948) holds nothing over they could rake the leaves neck trailer to haul away. what the Super Richland from our yard! Ask per- Not only did they rake our Rangers Hockey team mission to rake the leaves? yard but the two yards and coaches did for us. By Yes, of course! next door, as well! What a refusing any monetary We have mature trees wonderful thing to do as payment they certainly on this block that provide we were not sure how we"paid it forward"! wonderful shade in the would tackle the leaf piles Thank you so very much, summer, but in the fall and our daughter here for Bill and Sharon Smelser QUINN SCHWARTZ I SIDNEY HERALD Sidney gymnastics The Sidney Gymnastics Club struts its stuff during a showcase in Foirview on Saturday. 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