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Thank you Will & Mathias

Unwrittengriz

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I have been watching Griz hoops since the late 80s & these last 4 years have been the best run of success I can remember.
Will - you have the heart of a champion & have been a great leader since day one. One of the best Griz ever in my mind.

Mathias we know you will be ultra successful not matter what you chose to do with your 11 degrees. Thanks to you both for being great examples of what it means to be a Montana Grizzly!
 
Unwrittengriz said:
I have been watching Griz hoops since the late 80s & these last 4 years have been the best run of success I can remember.
Will - you have the heart of a champion & have been a great leader since day one. One of the best Griz ever in my mind.

Mathias we know you will be ultra successful not matter what you chose to do with your 11 degrees. Thanks to you both for being great examples of what it means to be a Montana Grizzly!
I agree with you 100% with Mathias tonight this game could have been a little more competitive and it is too bad he hurt his knee, he sounds like he has a promising future and I wish him the best of luck. And for Will I've watch you play these last 4 years and you grew up to a hell of a ball player hopefully your NBA aspirations work out for you.....hopefully anyways it was an honor watch these two talented athletes and lets get ready for next year.
 
Two great people and players. I thank them for their time, blood, sweat, and tears in their time here. Sorry it did not end better for each. We will be following them in whatever their future holds.

Better enjoy this thread while we can. Here is to hoping the bashers of Cherry stay off this thread.
 
mtgrizrule said:
Two great people and players. I thank them for their time, blood, sweat, and tears in their time here. Sorry it did not end better for each. We will be following them in whatever their future holds.

Better enjoy this thread while we can. Here is to hoping the bashers of Cherry stay off this thread.

As far as I am concerned, anybody who bashes Will Cherry is not a Griz fan.
 
-MiningCityGriz- said:
Unwrittengriz said:
I have been watching Griz hoops since the late 80s & these last 4 years have been the best run of success I can remember.
Will - you have the heart of a champion & have been a great leader since day one. One of the best Griz ever in my mind.

Mathias we know you will be ultra successful not matter what you chose to do with your 11 degrees. Thanks to you both for being great examples of what it means to be a Montana Grizzly!
I agree with you 100% with Mathias tonight this game could have been a little more competitive and it is too bad he hurt his knee, he sounds like he has a promising future and I wish him the best of luck. And for Will I've watch you play these last 4 years and you grew up to a hell of a ball player hopefully your NBA aspirations work out for you.....hopefully anyways it was an honor watch these two talented athletes and lets get ready for next year.
Knee? Hell of a way for a surgeon to fix a knee, going thought the foot and all.
 
Cherry gave Griz fans more highlights than we deserved. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He fought through injuries all season. Thanks for being a Griz, Will.

And Mathias, too bad we didn't have you in the lineup tonight. You showed more improvement in your career than almost any player in Griz history.
 
best of luck to both of them...great fun to watch the last few years. great student athletes, and reps of the university of montana.
 
I wish the best for both of these young men. The run we have had as Griz has spoiled us to the point that a majority thought we might even win tonight. I'm not saying we couldn't, but that would have been unheard of several years ago. Mathias and Will you are true champions and I know you will always have Griz blood running through your veins. Thank you both for the ride and excitement.
 
These guys put the "T" in Team. I have no idea what that means.

But, they really did make this a great year for all of us. We all watch sports as a vicarious expression of what we wish life really was; and these two expressed it well.
 
I agree. Will was great to watch these last 4 years. He and Mathias have a lot to be proud of and they represented Griz B-Ball just as well as anyone
 
Thank you Ward and Cherry.

... Cherry, an Oakland native who helped lead McClymonds High to the state title in 2008, didn't play his best game Thursday. He scored only two points on 1 of 12 shooting and had no assists and five turnovers.

But that performance won't define his career.

"He's been our torch," Montana coach Wayne Tinkle said after the loss. "He sets the tone on both ends. What I thought he really brought that we lacked early on in my coaching career there is toughness. He brought a level of toughness that we hadn't had." Cherry's career with the Grizzlies certainly left a mark. Montana won 93 games during his four seasons and captured three Big Sky Conference titles to earn three trips to the NCAA tournament.

"Look what we've done," Tinkle said. "We've won a school record games in a four-year span. We've set league records. We've set school records, all in his time." Cherry departs Montana as the school's all-time leader in steals. He's fourth all-time in assists and seventh in scoring. He was a two-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, including this season, and also a first-team all-conference pick. "He'll leave his marks on our program for a long time to come and hopefully our guys that are returning will learn from his leadership and carry it forward," Tinkle said.

Cherry didn't like the way it ended, but he certainly appreciates his time at Montana. "It's definitely been a great career," Cherry said. "I don't know how many people from a mid-major conference can they say they've been here and wore that (NCAA) patch three different times. So I'm definitely grateful for my experience here at the University of Montana." He also leaves the school hopeful it can reach greater heights than simply making it to the Big Dance, even if he's not there to experience it. "We always can win our conference but winning an NCAA tournament game is a whole different ballgame," Cherry said. "It's something we need to be able to do. Hopefully they do it when I leave. We can't just be satisfied with getting here."
 
Kudos to these two. Great student athletes and I wish them well wherever they may land. I hope Pro ball is in their future one way or the other! Thanks for the great memories!
 
Great thread. Great fans. Anyone watching the fire Cherry brings every game knows he was one of the great all time Griz. Ward - too damn bad he couldnt finish this season. His jumper from the elbow would helped yesterday too. What a great representative of the school and program. Miss em already.
 
Two of the best to ever wear the maroon and silver. Matty, I was awed by your consistent play which always seemed to be well above what we should expect from you. Your work in the classroom defines "student athlete" and makes me proud to call you a Griz.

Will, there will never be another like you. Thanks for putting this program on your shoulders and carrying it to the next level. You've shown how it needs to be done, and through your leadership the kids will take it even further.

It's been an honor, gentlemen. Thank you for being Griz!
 
Two specially gifted round ballers, terrific students, and most of all oustanding young men of character that brought such stellar recogniton to the Griz hoops program and the University of Montana. Many thanks to both of you Will and Mathias for all the on-court memories and joy you brought to those of so priviliged to have seen you and for making the last four years such a treasure. Absolute best of futures to you fellas in all you do. :clap:
 
I wont repeat what other have said very well. I will just say a HUGE THANK YOU and wish you both. I will pray Cherry gets another chance to prove himself on the hardcourt.
 
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