05.19.17

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Griz Softball Team

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the University of Montana Grizzlies softball team for their outstanding performance at the Big Sky Conference Softball Tournament.

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Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. 

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

MONTANAN OF THE WEEK 

Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing the University of Montana Grizzlies softball team for their outstanding performance at the Big Sky Conference Softball Tournament. This team has come a long way in a short time, and their journey this season is something that all Montanans can appreciate.

Last week at Ogden, Utah, the Grizzlies won the Big Sky Conference Softball Championship for the first time in the school’s history. This accomplishment is highlighted by the fact that the softball program is only in its third year on campus. Four years ago there was no team or coach, today they are conference champions.

Jamie Pinkerton, the Grizzlies’ coach, was also voted the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.  

As conference champions, the Grizzlies will represent Big Sky in the 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship this Friday as they travel to Washington to challenge the Huskies in the regional qualifying round. The Grizzlies will have both the Big Sky State and the Big Sky Conference rooting for them. 

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