RUNS IN THE FAMILY

MONTANA COACH WAYNE TINKLE AND HIS KIDS RACKED UP FOUR TITLES
March 25, 2013

One of the most memorable moments from a championship week full of them was watching 47-year-old Montana coach Wayne Tinkle moshing with his players in the team's locker room before the Grizzlies defeated Weber State 67--64 in the Big Sky Conference tournament final last Saturday. It was a joyous romp and one that will surely be repeated when Tinkle gets his three children together to reflect on his family's stunning run of success.

Beginning on March 9, Tinkle's son, 6' 5" sophomore swingman Tres, led Missoula's Hellgate High to the Montana Class AA state title and was named the most valuable player; his older daughter, Joslyn, a senior at Stanford, won the Pac-12 tournament championship; his younger daughter, Elle, a freshman at Gonzaga, helped the Zags win the West Coast Conference tournament title; and, finally, Tinkle guided the Grizzlies back to the Big Dance for the third time in four seasons.

"4 for 4! This is incredible! When does this ever happen? So proud of my family!" Tres Tinkle tweeted last Saturday. His father was more subdued, and not just because Montana has to face No. 4 seed Syracuse in San Jose on Thursday: "God has truly blessed our program and family," Wayne Tinkle said. "I feel humbled about what we achieved."

ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

Player of the Year

BRITTNEY GRINER C, Baylor

23.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.2 blocks The 6' 8" senior dunk machine blocked five or more shots in 13 games this season for the top-ranked Bears, and scored 30 or more points eight times (including 50 against K-State on March 4). With 3,203 career points, including 778 this season, Griner ranks No. 2 in NCAA history behind Jackie Stiles (3,393).

CHINEY OGWUMIKE PF, Stanford

22.4 points, 13.1 rebounds, 57.4 FG%

SKYLAR DIGGINS PG, Notre Dame

17.0 points, 5.9 assists, 3.1 steals

ELENA DELLE DONNE G-F, Delaware

25.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 48.0 3FG%

ODYSSEY SIMS PG, Baylor

12.5 points, 5.7 assists, 2.66 assist-to-turnover ratio

Coach of the Year

MUFFET MCGRAW

Notre Dame

Player of the Year

TREY BURKE PG, Michigan

19.2 points, 6.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds

The sophomore was the nation's most dynamic floor general and a much improved presence on the defensive end. Burke was the biggest reason the Wolverines were in the nation's Top 5 for most of the season.

MARCUS SMART PG, Oklahoma State

15.4 points, 4.2 assists, 2.9 steals

DOUG MCDERMOTT PF, Creighton

23.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 56.1 FG%

KELLY OLYNYK PF, Gonzaga

17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks

CODY ZELLER C, Indiana

16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks

Coach of the Year

JIM LARRANAGA

Miami

PHOTOLM OTERO/AP (GRINER) PHOTOJAMES SNOOK/USA TODAY SPORTS (TINKLE)WAYNE'S WORLD ... In addition to the Big Sky, the Tinkles won two other D-I conferences and a state title.

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