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KyJuan Johnson and Justin Engg of Minot High highlight the Class A Boys Basketball All-State Teams......

    FARGO, ND - Dickinson senior Aanen Moody is piling up awards as fast as he piled up points during his career with the Midgets. The 6-foot-3 guard was named to the North Dakota Class A boys basketball all-state first team for a second consecutive season. Moody was voted the state's Mr. Basketball last weekend and also selected as Gatorade player of the year for North Dakota.

    "The way he attacks the game mentally is something I've never witnessed before," Dickinson coach Dan Glasser said.

    Minot senior KyJuan Johnson, Fargo North senior Siman Sem, Fargo Davies senior Jake Paper and Devils Lake senior Jake Mertens joined Moody on the first team, which is selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Sem and Mertens were also first-team selections last season.

    Fargo Davies senior Matt Veit, Minot senior Justin Engg, Mandan junior Trae Steckler, Dickinson senior Jordan Meidinger and West Fargo junior Joe Pistorius were named to the second team.

    Moody, who has committed to play basketball at the University of North Dakota, averaged 30.4 points per game in his senior season. He broke the unofficial Class A scoring record, finishing with 2,192 career points. Dickinson finished in third place at the Class A state tournament.

    "He wanted to take his team all the way," Glasser said, referring to a state championship. "That was the most important thing he had on his mind."

    Johnson helped lead Minot to a third consecutive Class A state championship, averaging 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. The 6-foot point guard led the Magicians with 2.2 steals per contest.

    "He was what made us go," Minot coach Dean Winczewski said. "He got us into our offense. He got us playing fast."

    The 6-foot-7 Paper helped Davies enter the state tournament with an undefeated record. He averaged 17.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game.

    "Jake did it on both ends of the floor," Davies coach Bart Manson said. "Defensively, he was a guy that would alter and block shots and make it difficult to score."

    A 6-foot-3 guard, Mertens averaged 19.8 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He finished his career with 1,495 points and 463 assists. Mertens finished No. 2 in program history in career scoring and the all-time assists leader.

    "He's a tough-willed kid," Devils Lake coach Derek Gathman said. "He's strong, he's going to win. He's going to do whatever it takes to win."

    Sem played in 13 games for the Spartans before a knee injury ended his season. The 6-foot-4 guard, who has committed to Minnesota State Moorhead, averaged 22.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

    "The obvious thing that stands out is his athleticism," North coach Ted Critchley said. "I also think there is another piece that other people aren't aware of, that he's such a competitor."

Second team

    A 6-foot point guard, Veit averaged 18.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game for Davies.

    A 6-foot-5 forward, Engg averaged 16 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for Minot.

    A 7-foot center, Meidinger averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game. He shot 63 percent from the field.

    A 6-foot-4 forward, Steckler averaged 21.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

    A 6-foot-3 guard, Pistorius averaged 20 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

              (by Eric Peterson - The Fargo Forum)


    BOTTINEAU, ND - The Ladyjack's of Dakota College at Bottineau will play in the consolation bracket at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Harrison, Arkansas today. They will play Parkland College of Champaign, Illinois at 11 am. The No.16 seed Ladyjacks lost to No.1 seed Kirkwood Community College from Cedar Rapids, Iowa 43-78 in the first round Tuesday night.


     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - New Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery Wednesday. Murray left the Raiders as a free agent and signed last week with Minnesota, getting $15 million over three years, with $8.55 million guaranteed.
     The Vikings said in a statement that they were "aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp." The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.
     Murray was a 1,000-yard rusher for Oakland in 2015, and he ran for 788 yards in 14 games last season, scoring 12 touchdowns. But he was bothered by ankle problems during 2016, too.

     FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - When Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario started in the Minnesota Twins organization, they were spindly teenagers with plenty of potential. They've been through their growing pains since then. Now the Twins hope their young outfielders have grown enough to shoulder the load of a rebuilding team.
     The 25-and-under trio will occupy the outfield for Minnesota on opening day. If the projections proceed as planned, that will be the case for may seasons to come. With their speed and agility, Buxton, Kepler and Rosario also have the building blocks to give the Twins one of the top outfield defenses in baseball.
     Last year, Twins pitchers were last in the American League in ERA (5.08) by more than a half-run, opponent's batting average (.283) by 14 points and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.806) by 32 points.

     FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May has undergone Tommy John elbow surgery that will keep him off the mound this season. The Twins announced on Wednesday that the replacement of May's torn ulnar collateral ligament was successful. The 27-year-old was transitioning back to starting, following a move to the bullpen halfway through the 2015 season.
     With May's injury and their release on Tuesday of veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, the Twins are down to Jose Berrios, Tyler Duffey and Adalberto Mejia in the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation.
     May was placed on the 60-day disabled list, making room for the Twins to add left-hander Craig Breslow to the 40-man roster. The 36-year-old Breslow is among the finalists for a middle relief role.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Boston Celtics have added another half-game to their lead in the NBA's Atlantic Division. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and the Celtics won for the fifth time in six games by topping the Pacers, 109-100. Al Horford added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists for the Celts, who top their division by 3 1/2 games over Toronto.
     Boston turned a seven-point, halftime lead into a 14-point edge by scoring 39 points in the third quarter. Thomas delivered 11 points in the period while the Celtics shot 17-for-25.
     The Celts are within one game of Cleveland for the top record in the East.
     The Cavaliers were beaten in Denver as Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence to lead the Nuggets to a 126-113 thumping of the Cavs. Will Barton had 20 points in helping the Nuggets move 1  1/2 games ahead of Portland in the race for the last Western Conference playoff berth.
     Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 33 points, but LeBron James had just 18 before the two stars sat out much of the fourth quarter with Cleveland trailing by double digits.
     Also in the NBA on Wednesday:
     - John Wall scored all 22 of his points in the second half as Washington dealt Atlanta its fifth straight loss, 104-100. Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor. Bradley Beal provided a team-high 28 points for the Wizards, who lead the Southeast Division by six games and remain 2 1/2 games behind Boston for the second seed in the East.
     - Russell Westbrook's 35th triple-double of the season fueled the Thunder's 122-97 blowout over Philadelphia. Westbrook finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists, leaving him six shy of Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles with 11 games remaining. Oklahoma City hasn't lost to the 76ers since the 2008-09 season.
     - Utah still leads the Northwest Division by 2 1/2 games over the Thunder after Rudy Gobert torched the Knicks for a career-high 35 points to lead the Jazz to a 108-101 victory. Gobert shot 13-for-14 from the field and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Jazz stopped a three-game skid. Gordon Hayward chipped in 19 points and eight boards for Utah.
     - Milwaukee has pulled into a tie with the Pacers for sixth place in the East by ripping the Kings, 116-98 at Sacramento. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the Bucks' 10th win in 12 games. Greg Monroe had 15 points for the Bucks, who were 16 of 35 from 3-point range.
     - Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points on 12 of 15 shooting as the Bulls ripped the Pistons, 117-95 in Chicago. Mirotic nailed four 3-pointers, and Jimmy Butler added 16 points and 12 assists. The Bulls won for just the third time in 11 games to move into a tie with Detroit for ninth place in the East, 1 1/2 games behind Miami for the final conference playoff slot.
     - Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to add 20 to lead the Hornets past Orlando, 109-102. Frank Kaminsky contributed 13 of his 18 points in the final period to help Charlotte secure its third straight win.

     UNDATED (AP) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have passed the Boston Bruins in the NHL standings while preventing the Columbus Blue Jackets from pulling into a first-place tie with Washington in the Metropolitan Division.
     The Leafs wasted a 2-0 lead before William Nylander scored the tiebreaking goal to lead Toronto past the Blue Jackets, 5-2 in Columbus. Nylander, Nazem Kadri, Nikita Zaitsev and Leo Komarov each had a goal and an assist in the Maple Leafs' sixth win in eight games.
     Rookie Auston Matthews notched his 33rd goal of the season for Toronto, which now sits one point ahead of the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division,
     The Blue Jackets remain third place in their division, two points behind the Capitals and one point in back of Pittsburgh.
     Elsewhere on NHL ice:
     - The Islanders pulled out a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Andrew Ladd's power-play goal with 7:22 left. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who trailed 2-1 in the third period before Nikolai Kulemin and Ladd scored with the man advantage to send the Isles to their third win in four meetings versus the Blueshirts. The Islanders are within two points of Boston for the last Eastern Conference playoff berth, while the Rangers remain six points behind Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
     - Hampus Lindholm scored a goal and set up two others as the Anaheim Ducks beat Edmonton, 4-3 to move ahead of the Oilers for second place in the Pacific Division. Rickard Rakell's 32nd goal of the season put the Ducks ahead 4-2 and chased Cam Talbot midway through the second period. Oilers forward Connor McDavid leads the league with 84 points after collecting a goal and an assist.

     LOS ANGELES (AP) - The United States has won the World Baseball Classic for the first time in four tries.
     Marcus Stroman was named the tournament MVP after carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning to lead the Americans to an 8-0 rout of Puerto Rico in the title game at Los Angeles. Stroman allowed just three balls past the infield until Angel Pagan's double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh. The Toronto Blue Jays hurler silenced a Puerto Rican club that had outscored the opposition 55-26 while winning its first seven games of the tournament.  Ian Kinsler slammed a two-run homer for the U.S.

     OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The 76ers say oft-injured center Joel Embiid will undergo surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. Embiid missed his first two NBA seasons with a foot injury. He played in 31 games this season, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game before being sidelined again in late-January.

     UNDATED (AP) - Duke freshman Jayson Tatum, Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon and Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell have announced that they intend to give up their remaining college eligibility to enter the NBA draft. None of the three has hired an agent.
     Tatum was second on the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 boards. Bacon averaged 17.2 points and was a second-team All-ACC selection. Mitchell scored a team-high 15.6 points a game for the Cardinals this season.
     Also planning to leave early are Wake Forest sophomore forward John Collins, Syracuse's Tyler Lydon and California sophomore forward Ivan Rabb. Collins will not hire an agent, thus keeping open the option of returning to school for his junior season.

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Mike Rhoades has been introduced as the new men's basketball coach at VCU, where he was a popular assistant under former coach Shaka Smart. Rhoades returns to Richmond after posting a 47-52 record as head coach at Rice, including a 23-win season this year. He replaces Will Wade, who stepped down on Tuesday to become LSU's head coach.

     CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for violations discovered following Sunday's Monster Energy race at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski's car failed post-race inspection, leading NASCAR to suspend crew chief Paul Wolfe for three races and fine him $65,000 while docking Team Penske 35 driver and owner points. Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers was suspended for one race and fined $25,000, while Stewart-Haas Racing team was docked 10 driver and 10 team owner points for an illegal track bar mount and supports.

     BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The NHL will hold a hearing with Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen today as the league determines whether he should be punished for his blindside on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel. The hit occurred midway through the first period of the Penguins' playoff-clinching win over the Sabres and left Guentzel with a concussion. Ristolainen was issued a five-minute major for interference and ejected from the game.

     PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Former major league pitcher, manager and general manager Dallas Green has died at age 82 after being in poor health for several years. Green guided the 1980 Phillies to the franchise's first World Series title and later managed the New York Yankees and Mets. He was GM and president of the Cubs after leaving the Phillies following the 1981 season. He was with the Cubbies when they captured the 1984 NL East title, the team's first postseason berth in 39 years. The 6-foot-5 Green was 20-22 as a pitcher for the Phillies, Senators and Mets from 1960-67.

     UNDATED (AP) - Two-time Daytona 500 winner Pete Hamilton has died at age 74. Hamilton won four Cup races, including the 1970 and '71 Daytona 500s. He also won twice at Talladega Superspeedway in 1971. Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR both announced Hamilton's death. Hamilton and Petty were teammates.



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