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New game times set for Frontier Conference sports

 

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Starting this winter, all Montana State University-Northern women's basketball games will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday nights and 2 p.m. Saturday. Those two days will be the only days Frontier games will be played. For much more on Frontier Conference and MSU-Northern sports, see Friday's Havre Daily News sports section.

Changes are certainly coming to the upcoming Frontier Conference sports season, and one of them will be game times.

Tuesday, the Frontier Conference athletic directors had a meeting to set schedules for the upcoming seasons, which need to be approved by the conference presidents (see Friday's Havre Daily News). But also in Tuesday's meeting, game times were set for the upcoming volleyball and basketball seasons, according to Northern AD Christian Oberquell.

For Frontier volleyball all Friday night games will start at 6 p.m. and all Saturday games will start at 2 p.m., unless there is a conflict with a school's home football game. In that case, volleyball matches can be moved to 6 p.m. Saturday nights.

For 2020-2021 men's and women's basketball seasons, game times will feature some new twists. According to Oberquell, all basketball games will be on Thursday's and Saturday's. That alone is a big change, but game times will be, too.

All women's games will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday's, with men's games at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday's, women's games will begin at 2 p.m. and men's games will start at 4 p.m. For Northern, the biggest change will be Thursday night's. MSU-N was the last Frontier school to start games at 6 and 8 p.m. instead of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Saturday afternoon games will be new for everybody.

"These game times will accommodate bus driver regulations," Oberquell said. "Especially in this those winter months, getting people back on the road earlier will be a really good thing."

At Tuesday's meeting, the league also set schedules for the upcoming football and volleyball seasons, as they had to be altered due to the NAIA's plan to return to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. For much more on the new schedules, see Friday's Havre Daily News.

 

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