Sixth Annual

Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

December 12, 2014


Applied Technology Center


  • Kenny Big Back: a two sport College Athlete playing football and basketball for the Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears. Nicknamed "The Neon Deion Sanders" of Rocky! An All-American Honorable Mention for RMC Basketball in 1996! Multiple All-Conference & Multiple All-Stater in Basketball and Football for the Colstrip Colts! He represented MT in the 91' MT-WY All-Star Basketball Game and played in the East/West Shrine game as a wide receiver, where he caught two touchdowns from another legend, Dave Dickenson as well as the Radison Senior Classic Basketball MVP! He is a talent rarely seen. Everywhere he went and everywhere he still goes he brings a winning mentality and a joy for life. Congratulations to a true Ambassador of sport and life that does it all with a smile, Kenny Big Back!

  • Floyd Cross Guns, Sr.: Floyd played basketball for the Browning Indians where he was All-Conference and All-State in the late 50's. He was a leader on the court with a natural instinct for getting the job done when needed. He was part of one of the first State level teams from Browning when they made a run at a state title under coach and 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee, Pixie Kipp. Some say he was a wizard on the basketball court and he surely was the first in the line of many phenomenal athletes from the Cross Guns family! 

  • Bill Devereaux: Was born with a rope in one hand and reins in the other. He was a tremendous horseman training barrel horses, calf roping and team roping horses. He began to ride at the age of three and was on horse back until 1995. Bill started his rodeo career in 1947 when he was 15 years old. In his younger days of rodeo, he rode bareback, saddle bronc and bulls. He was the Indian Champion in both team roping and calf roping. Bill joined the Old Timers Rodeo Association in Las Vegas, NV in 1979 and belonged to the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association. Highlights of the NSPRA was making it to the Finals and also winning the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Team Roping Championship in 1991 with his partner, Ervin Watson. Bill's life was his ranch and rodeo. He was like a diamond in the rough and if you knew him, you knew he had a heart as big or bigger than Montana. Bill passed away in July 22, 1998.

  • Tamara Guardipee: Tamara was a 2004 graduate of Browning High where she averaged 25.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game as a senior. She was a two-time Class A all-state selection and scored over 1,000 career points for the Running Indians'! She also was a stellar volleyball player and track star while maintaining her academics as an honor roll student and National Honor Society member! Tamara went on to play for the University of Montana Grizzlies from 2004-2009 where she ranks 5th in blocks with 137! She tied the Big Sky record & broke the U of M record with 10 blocks in one game against Portland State! In the 2005-2006 season, she had 60 blocks and ranked 27th nationally! In one game she lit up Idaho State with 25 points and 15 rebounds!  During her time with the Grizzlies, they had 3 NCAA tournament appearances, were Big Sky Champions 3 times where she started 89 of 115 games at the post position. Tamara was named to the All-Tournament team at the Lady Griz Holiday Classic in 2007-08 and awarded the Grace Geil Most Improved Player 2005-06 award!

  • Murray “Sticks” Harwood: Sticks was A 6’ 5” graduate from Browning High School in 1959 where he played all 4 years and practiced and played at Napi Gym! He could shoot the ball from anywhere and made Class B All Conference 1st Team in 1958 and 1959. After high school is when he really took off, as he played for the Blackfeet. In 1960 & 1961 they played in Chlliquin, OR, and won both years. Sticks was MVP both years and set a record in 1960 for 127 points in 3 games! He was a prolific All-star as the Braves won the Indian National Tourneys in Yakama and Toppenish! He also set a record with 48 points in the Toppenish tourney and a few years later he broke that record by scoring 61 points in the same tourney!  Murray went on to Western Montana and played for a stint and then in 1964, he went to California. Sticks played basketball in the LA League, playing all over California, and in 1968 he was invited to tryouts for the Los Angeles Lakers! 

  • Dana Kirn: was one of the best basketball players to come out of Poplar High School. Graduating in 1975, he became one of the few individuals who won back to back state Championships. His quick thinking allowed him to be an all-around player both on offense and defense; he was difficult to maneuver around on defense and extremely hard to guard. His trademark was a reverse spin move on the low post on the left side. He was right handed but dribbled left, which a lot of opponents thinking they were pushing him to the weak side, which made for a lot of easy baskets. Dana started varsity when he was a sophomore while Poplar was still Class B and Poplar went to State the first time in a long time, he achieved an All-State award that year. The following year Poplar moved to Class A and won it all! He was the MVP of the State Tournament in Great Falls, and the following year they won it again and Dana made All-State.

  • LeAnn Montes: In 1998, she led the Box Elder Lady Bears to its First Class C State Girls Basketball Championship and averaged: 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 steals per game. She was awarded Class C State MVP, First Team All-State, BCI All-American, and All-USA Today honorable mention. LeAnn received a Division I basketball scholarship with the University of Montana Lady Griz, and played during the 1999-2003 seasons. As a senior, she was ranked 3rd in the Big Sky in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.85), ranked 9th in the Big Sky in assists (3.20 apg), and ranked 3rd on the team with 31 steals, and averaged 3 points per game.  She is currently a lawyer!

  • Rick (Has The) Pipe: A phenomenal athlete that played football, basketball and ran track for the Harlem Wildcats. He set and broke many track records and won medals on every level. In 1962 he won the 880 meter at State and tied the Montana state 880 record with a time of 1:57.2, which is still the 14th fastest time in the state! Rick was also selected to the East/West Shrine Football Game. Rick received a scholarship to Oklahoma City University where he played basketball and ran track.

  • Tom Yarlott: Tom played for the Lodge Grass Indians from 1980 to 1984 where he accumulated over 500 rebounds in his career. His senior year he averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds and still holds many of the rebounding records for Lodge Grass High School. He was an all-state selection and a member of the MT-WY All Star basketball team. Tom went to Miles City College where he eventually made a USA traveling squad. In the late 80s, they traveled to Australia and Tom was offered a Pro contract with the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League. He was also offered contracts with the Yakima Sun Kings in the early 90s, but decided to go back to college and play at Eastern Montana College.

  • BROWNING RUNNIN' INDIANS CROSS COUNTRY DYNASTY AWARD - 8 Girls State Titles, 22 Boys State Titles with 11 in a row!

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