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Minot State University baseball has added its eighth recruit for the upcoming season as Kyle Williamson has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Beavers in the fall......

    MINOT, N.D. (MSU) - Minot State University baseball has added its eighth recruit for the upcoming season as Kyle Williamson has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Beavers in the fall.

    Williamson, a 5-foot-8, 145-pound infielder/outfielder, comes to Minot State from Aurora, Ore. He has played both shortstop and outfield during his prep career and could figure in the mix at middle infield or outfield for the Beavers.

    "Kyle is an outstanding athlete so we have a couple different options," said MISU head coach Brock Weppler. "We like to find versatile players like him that gives up options. We are looking at second base or the outfield."

    His athleticism was put on display this season for North Marion High School as he was selected as a first team all-league wide receiver in football, a second team all-league point guard in basketball and a two-time conference Player of the Year in baseball.  He was also selected as a First Team Oregon All-State performer the past two seasons.

    Williamson batted .506 in 2014 with 13 doubles and six triples, while swiping 23 stolen bases out of 26 attempts.

    "Kyle runs well and is a good stick, giving us another lefty bat, and will put pressure on the defense," said Weppler. "I like where we are at with this recruiting class. We have eight guys now and we filled some holes and improved in some areas and improved defensively. We feel we are getting deeper and have some more options going into the fall. That should help our intensity with guys pushing each other in practice."

    The Beavers, coming off a 19-23 season and a 13-15 Northern Sun record, have added eight incoming student-athletes in their 2014 recruiting class.
 
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     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Former Valparaiso coach Jordan Stevens has been named head softball coach at the University of North Dakota.  Stevens took a leave of absence from Valparaiso in May, citing personal reasons, and did not return. UND Athletic Director Brian Faison announced his hiring on Monday.
 
     Stevens spent four seasons at Valparaiso, guiding the Crusaders to NCAA tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013. His teams won 57 percent of their games.
 
     At UND, Stevens succeeds Eric Oakley, who resigned last spring after his third season.
 
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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State University has hired former University of Iowa NCAA wrestling champion Derek St. John as an assistant coach.  St. John was the 2013 national champion at 157 pounds, when he was a junior. He had top-five national finishes as a freshman, sophomore and senior. The Parnell, Iowa, native concluded his collegiate career with a record of 106-17.  NDSU head coach Roger Kish says the Bison program is thrilled to add St. John to the staff.
 
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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have placed struggling right-hander Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.  The Twins announced the move today, one day after Nolasco left the team in Seattle to return to Minnesota for an examination.
 
     The Twins signed Nolasco in the offseason to a four-year, $49 million deal to bolster one of the league's worst starting rotations, but he is Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 18 starts this season.  Nolasco told the Twins on Monday that he has been pitching through discomfort in his elbow all season.
 
     The Twins recalled catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. They have not announced how they will replace Nolasco in the rotation.
 
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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed first-round draft pick Zach LaVine.  The Timberwolves announced the signing today on the second day of a camp to prepare LaVine and others for the team's summer league competition in Las Vegas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
     LaVine was the 13th overall pick out of UCLA last month. He averaged 9.5 points and 2.5 rebounds as a freshman last season. But the Timberwolves believe LaVine's versatility and athleticism will eventually make him an impact player in the NBA.
 
     Team president and coach Flip Saunders called LaVine "exceptional" after the team's first workout on Monday and says he has no doubt the 19-year-old can play both guard positions.

 


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