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Montana Tech Announces Local Football Signings
Glacier, Flathead athletes headed to Butte to play football
Matt Tokarz. - File photo by Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon
Three athletes from Glacier and one from Flathead have committed to play football at Montana Tech in Butte next year, the school recently announced.

Rial Gunlikson, Reid Siderius and Todd Shelton from Glacier and Matthew Tokarz from Flathead have signed on to play for the Orediggers after high school. Will Davey from Polson has also committed to play for longtime head coach Chuck Morrell.

The current group of local signees increases Morrell’s recruiting class to 22 for 2013.

“Things are moving very fast for us in the recruiting process right now. I believe we have secured some excellent commitments that bring balance to our team as a whole,” Morrell said in a statement.

Tokarz, a 6-foot, 185 pound quarterback and safety for the Braves, plans to play wide receiver for the Orediggers, according to the school. He will play in this summer's Shrine game. As a junior, he was selected second team all-conference and all-state honorable mention as a quarterback. This past fall, he earned second team all-conference and all-state honorable mention as a safety. He finished third at the state track meet last spring in the triple and long jump. The son of Raymond Tokarz and Eileen Ciancido, Tokarz will major in business at Tech.

Gunlikson, a 6-1, 190 pound strong safety, was a team captain on Glacier's top-seeded semifinal playoff team last season. As a junior, he was selected second team all-conference and an honorable mention all-state. This past season, he was named first team all-state. He will play in both the Shrine Game and the Montana-North Dakota All-Star Game. Gunlikson participates in track and field. He was selected All-Conference in the triple and high jump last spring. The son of Rial and Kimberly, Gunlikson was named academic all-state twice in football and track and is a member of the National Honors Society.

Siderius, a 6-4, 185 pound defensive back, will play corner for the Orediggers. Last season, he led the state in interceptions with eight. He was selected first team all-state for the Wolfpack. Like Gunlikson, he will play in both the Shrine Game and the Montana-North Dakota All-Star Game. The son of Joan and Mike, he holds a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society. He will major in Applied Health Science.

Todd, a 6-3, 210 pound defender, was named second team all-conference and honorable mention all-state last season. He participated in track and field placing fourth at state last spring in the javelin. The son of Joseph and Roschelle, he has a 3.85 GPA and was named academic all-state three times and is a member of the National Honors Society. He will major in Applied Health Science.

Davey, a 6-1, 175 pound wide receiver and safety, will play safety for the Orediggers. Davey was a two-year all-state selection and the 2012 Co-Defensive MVP for Class A. Davey was a four year letter recipient in basketball as well as an exceptional tennis player. He has a first and fourth place divisional medals and a third at state. Davey will play in the Shrine game. The son of Steve Davey and Angie Stilson, Davey will major in biological sciences.

Other Montana recruits include: Nolan Saraceni, Billings Senior; Levi Dawes, Helena Capital; C.J. Holland, Helena High; Jess Stenzel, Great Falls C.M. Russell; Joey Orrino, Anaconda; Cole Baker, Missoula Big Sky; Andy Butcher, Lewistown; Sean Sullivan, Red Lodge; and Zach Bunney, Anthony Moritz and Drew Schleeman from Butte.
 
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