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Miss Basketball, Tylee Irwin of Wahpeton, headlines the Class A Girls Basketball All State First Team....

    BISMARCK, ND - Voters didn't have to look far when it came time to choose this year's state Class A all-state girls basketball team. They just dusted off last year's team and returned three players to the elite 10.

    Tylee Irwin, a 6-foot senior forward from Wahpeton and Akealy Moton, a 6-0 senior forward from West Fargo, return to the first team. Moving up from the second team is 6-foot senior Regan Dennis of Bismarck Century. Completing the first team are Megan Zander, a 5-10 sophomore from Mandan, and Lexi Robson, a 5-7 senior from Grand Forks Red River.

    Seniors Mercedes Baumgartner of Bismarck Legacy, Emily Dietz of Fargo Shanley, Lauren Dub of Grand Forks Central and Coral Gillette of Bismarck, plus freshman Lauren Ware of Bismarck Century comprise the second team which is voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

    Irwin earned first-team all-state honors for the third straight year to complete an award-filled senior season. Earlier she was named the outstanding senior athlete in A basketball, the state Gatorade player of the year and Miss Basketball. She has signed to play college basketball at South Dakota State. She's the younger sister of Blaze Irwin, a 2015 boys all-state player.

    Huskies coach Brian Watson says Irwin is all her eye-catching statistics suggest, and more.

    "I'll start out by saying she's probably the best basketball player that I will coach. ... She's just that good a player," Watson said. "I get asked what kind of kid she is and I kind of fall into all the cliches -- she's the hardest worker, the first one in the gym, the last one out of the gym."

    "Her leadership qualities were just invaluable," Watson added. "Without those qualities I don't think we'd have made it back to the state tournament. It's not just her, but it started with her and trickled down to the other three seniors."

    Irwin averaged 25.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and two steals per game while leading Wahpeton to the state tournament. She shot 46 percent from the floor, 77 percent from the free-throw line and 37 percent while sinking 20 3-pointers.

    Moton, like Irwin, was a unanimous all-state selection. Moton led West Fargo to a 16-7 season while averaging 25.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals. She was a 58 percent shooter from the field and converted 70 percent of her free throw attempts.

    Packers coach Barb Metcalf said Moton, who is bound for the University of North Dakota, is well-suited for college basketball.

    "She's such a strong athlete that she does best when she plays against very physical opponents," Metcalf said. "... It was difficult to have a practice atmosphere for that type of a physical player."

    Moton played inside as a senior, but Metcalf said she's not a one-dimensional athlete.

    "We used her for the inside game because that's where we needed her ... but she's really capable of going one through five."

    Dennis averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds for Bismarck Century, which finished third in the state tournament. She shot 43 percent from the field and 74 percent from the line and averaged 2.8 assists per outing.

    Next fall Dennis plans to play volleyball at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D.

    Century coach Ron Metz said Dennis was a foundation of consistency on which the Patriots could build.

    "She averaged 15 points this year and that's what she scored. She wouldn't have a 25-point night and then an eight. We just pretty much knew what we could rely on every game," Metz said.

    Dennis was required to adapt to a different role as a senior.

    "It was her all-around game, being able to play a variety of positions as we had her do this year. In the past she was mostly a forward for us, but this year we had her in the four and five spot and even had her play some three," Metz observed.

    Metz said leadership came naturally to Dennis as a senior.

    "Her leadership on and off the court was huge, also. She has a well-developed leadership personality," he said.

    Zander was a rebounding dynamo for Mandan in her first season as a varsity regular.

    Though seldom the tallest player on the floor, she pulled down 12.3 caroms per game to go with a 15.3 scoring average, 2.6 steals per game and 67 blocked shots. She shot 41 percent from the floor and 33 percent while connecting on 50 3-pointers. She displayed 54 percent efficiency at the line.

    Mandan coach Abby Thomas said Zander, a reserve as a freshman, adapted well to a much larger role as a sophomore, helping Mandan to a fourth-place state tournament finish.

    "She gave our team a lot of consistency with her all-around play," Thomas said. "She was very consistent in her demeanor, attitude and work ethic. Every day you know you can count on her."

    Thomas said Zander is a well-rounded athlete who helped the Braves even on nights when the shots weren't falling.

    "She can contribute in so many ways. She's a good shot-blocker and an outstanding rebounder," Thomas noted.

    Robson led the 17-6 Roughriders with averages of 20 points, 3.8 steals and 3.3 assists. She was an 80 percent free throw shooter and swished 38 3-pointers on 37 percent accuracy. She became just the third player in the program's history to reach 1,000 career points, finishing with a school-record 1,404.

    "We had good depth, but Lexi was such a big part of our game, both offensively and defensively,'' Red River coach Kent Ripplinger said.

    "She did it all for us. She could hit the 3-point shot. She was tough driving to the basket and could hit the pull-up jump shot. She led us in assists and steals. She was a big part of our pressure defense with her quickness. She had the full package,'' Ripplinger noted.


    Mercedes Baumgartner, a 5-5 senior guard, led state champion Bismarck Legacy in scoring (13.0 ppg) and connected on 46 3-pointers. She also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Sabers. She plans to play basketball at the University of Jamestown next season.

    Emily Dietz, a 6-3 senior post, was state runner-up Fargo Shanley's top rebounder (11.2 rpg) and No. 2 scorer (13.8 ppg). The North Dakota State University recruit shot 42 percent from the field and 65 percent at the line. She blocked 67 shots.

    Lauren Dub, a 5-9 senior forward, averaged 19.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Grand Forks Central while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 79 percent at the line. She sank 43 3-pointers with 34 percent accuracy while averaging 2.1 steals and 2 assists per game. he became just the third player in the program's history to reach 1,000 career points.

    Coral Gillette, a 6-foot senior guard, averaged 15.3 points for Bismarck High, which finished fifth in the state tournament. She shot 44 percent from the field, 58 percent on free throws and 42 percent while connecting on 89 3-pointers. Gillette, who is headed for Montana State, averaged 3.9 rebounds an 2.6 assists.

    Lauren Ware, a 6-3 freshman, proved to be a huge asset inside, blocking 106 shots and averaging 12.0 rebounds. Ware averaged 12.6 points for Bismarck Century, which finished third in the state. She was a 65 percent sharpshooter from the field and shot 52 percent at the line.

    (By Steve Thomas, Bismarck Tribune)


    BOTTINEAU, ND - The women's basketball team from Dakota College at Bottineau is in Harrison, Arkansas playing in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.  

    The No.16 seed Ladyjacks lost to No.1 seed Kirkwood Community College from Cedar Rapids, Iowa 43-78 in the first round last night. The Eagles improve to 34-0.

    Dakota College at Bottineau will play Parkland College of Champaign, Illinois at 11 am Thursday in the consolation bracket.


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead jumper with 54 seconds to play to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
     LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points for the Spurs, who remained 2 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio scored 35 points off of 23 turnovers by Minnesota and held off a fourth-quarter rally from the Wolves.
     Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight games to fade from playoff contention in the West. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and Shabazz Muhammad scored 16 of his 18 points in the second quarter for Minnesota.

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart for Minnesota late in the second period, and the Wild stopped a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
     David Schlemko and Patrick Marleau had goals for the Sharks shortly before the second intermission, too, giving each team two scores in a 63-second span to set a record for the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history.
     Martin Jones made 24 saves for the Sharks, who lost their season-high fourth straight game.
     Matt Dumba scored on a power play in the first period to give the Wild a recently rare early lead, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 shots for his 37th win - tied for second-most in the NHL. Minnesota improved to 3-8 in March.

     EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their contract extension with wide receiver Adam Thielen, the former undrafted practice squad player who led the team with 967 yards receiving last season.
     The three-year deal that keeps Thielen under team control through 2020 is worth as much as $27 million with $11 million guaranteed. Thielen signed it on Tuesday after agreeing to terms last week. He was a restricted free agent who received a qualifying offer for the 2017 season for about $2.75 million.
     The 26-year-old wide receiver made the team in 2013 out of a rookie minicamp. He played at Minnesota State, the NCAA Division II university in Mankato where the Vikings hold training camp. Thielen had a breakout season in 2016 with 69 catches and five touchdowns.

     FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Vlad Brodziansky scored 20 points, Kenrich Williams had the first triple-double in TCU history and the Horned Frogs rolled over Richmond 86-68 to win their bracket of the NIT and advance to the Final Four for the first time.
     Williams had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for TCU (22-15), which was seeded fourth and knocked out top-seeded Iowa in the second round. Desmond Bane added 13 points and Alex Robinson had 12.
     The Horned Frogs, under first-year coach Jamie Dixon, will play the winner of UCF-Illinois in Madison Square Garden next Tuesday.
     T.J. Cline had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the sixth-seeded Spiders (22-13), De'Monte Buckingham had 11 points and Khwan Fore 10.
     Ben Lammers had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added eight blocks, four rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Georgia Tech of the final four of the NIT with a 74-66 win over Mississippi.
     Josh Okogie led the Yellow Jackets (20-15), who were seeded sixth in their bracket, with 26 points and Quinton Stephens had 10 with seven rebounds.
     Georgia Tech never reached the semifinals in eight previous NITs and faces the winner of Cal State Bakersfield-Texas Arlington at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

     MIAMI (AP) - Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late with blood on his right hand, and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 Tuesday night.
     Tyler Johnson scored 17 for the Heat (35-36), who had seven players in double figures. Goran Dragic scored 16, Josh Richardson had 14 and Willie Reed added 12 for Miami.
     Marquese Chriss scored 24 for Phoenix (22-49), which lost its fifth straight and used only an eight-player rotation until the final minutes. Leandro Barbosa scored 13, Alex Len scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and T.J. Warren scored 12 for the Suns.
     Whiteside was hurt with 2:08 left and the Heat leading by 24, when his hand got caught in the foam attached to the bottom of the backboard. He let out a loud scream and headed to the Heat locker room.
     In other games:
     - DeMarcus Cousins enjoyed his most prolific performance yet with the Pelicans with 41 points and 17 rebounds, and New Orleans beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-82. Cousins hit five 3-pointers, tying a career high. He made five shots inside while being fouled for three-point plays and had the jubilant home crowd chanting his nickname, "Boogie."
     - DeMar DeRozan had 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win. DeRozan shot 17 of 38 from the floor and also collected eight assists. Cory Joseph had 19 points for the Raptors, and Serge Ibaka scored 16 before he was ejected for his role in a memorable fight with Robin Lopez during the third quarter.
     - While his twin brother was throwing punches in a game in Toronto, Brook Lopez landed a blow that really hurt. Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
     - A double dose of Curry, with big brother coming out on top again. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors picked up their 28th road victory over the season with a 112-87 win over younger brother Seth and the Dallas Mavericks.
     - Khris Middleton scored 26 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Portland Trail Blazers for a 93-90 victory.
     - Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead jumper with 54 seconds to play to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
     - Chris Paul scored 27 points before watching the end of a blowout with his young son on the bench, and the Clippers beat the Lakers 133-109 for yet another win in the battle of Los Angeles.

     WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals defeated the surging Calgary Flames 4-2.
     The top line of Ovechkin, Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom dominated all game. Ovechkin led all players with a season-high 11 shots, finally beating Flames goaltender Brian Elliott late in the third period for his 29th goal.
     Evgeny Kuznetsov and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, and Backstrom had three assists as the Capitals snapped Elliott's franchise-record winning streak at 11 games. Elliott kept his team in it by stopping 36 shots as Calgary lost for just the fifth time in 22 games.
     Playing his 300th career game, counterpart Braden Holtby celebrated his bobblehead night by making 29 saves for Washington, which has 102 points.
     In other games:
     - Nick Bonino scored the go-ahead goal with 5:29 left and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 11th straight playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary also scored, and Matt Murray made 29 saves. The Penguins (46-17-9) improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 and are in the hunt to finish with the NHL's best record.
     - Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak. Mike Hoffman had two assists for the Senators, who moved six points ahead of Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division with their first win since March 11.
     - Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Teuvo Teravainen also scored. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots.
     - Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Mantha scored his 15th of the season on a wrist shot from close range to give the Red Wings their third win in four games.
     - Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and an assist during Arizona's three-goal third period, Louis Domingue stopped 36 shots and the Coyotes damaged Tampa Bay's playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Arizona, with the NHL's second-worst record, also got goals from Christian Fischer, Christian Dvorak, Radim Vrbata and Connor Murphy.
     - Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils handed the New York Rangers a rare road loss, 3-2.
     - Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and two assists and the Winnipeg Jets earned their third straight victory with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
     - Daniel Sedin scored a power-play goal 2:12 into overtime and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 to end a six-game skid.
     - Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart for Minnesota late in the second period, and the Wild stopped a five-game losing streak by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
     - Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to send the St. Louis Blues past the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.

     SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish. Notre Dame announced Tuesday that Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue. She leads the team this season with 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and also has 86 blocks - sixth-best for a single season in Notre Dame history. Notre Dame faces Ohio State on Friday night in the Sweet 16 in Lexington, Kentucky.

     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams' head coach. The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart from 2009-14. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU.
     Rhoades told Fox 26 TV in Houston the VCU job is a "dream come true." Virginia Commonwealth University has not officially announced the hire, but scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to introduce its new men's coach.
     Rhoades had a 47-52 record in three seasons with the Owls. After taking over a team that went 7-23 in 2014, he led them to consecutive 12-20 seasons before this year's team finished 23-12 and played in the CBI Tournament. The Owls were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Monday.

     COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M freshman standout Robert Williams says he is returning for another season in college. The 6-foot-9 Williams, projected by many to be a lottery pick in June's NBA draft, averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season for the Aggies (16-15). Williams says the decision will give him "more time to mature and develop my game before moving on to the NBA."
     After signing with Texas A&M out of Louisiana in high school, Williams shot 55.8 percent from the field as a freshman and led the Aggies with an average of 2.5 blocks per game. He had 11 double-doubles this season.
     Texas A&M's season came to an end with a loss to Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

     UNDATED (AP) - New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay.
     Gregorius was hurt when he turned a double play for the Netherlands on Saturday in an exhibition game against Arizona in preparation for the WBC semifinals.
     Yankee manager Joe Girardi said, "It's someone we're going to miss. Guys are going to have to step up."
     The 27-year-old Gregorius hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season.
     The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres. Cashman said Torres won't be in the mix at the start.
     Second baseman Starlin Castro will likely get some time at short over the final week and a half of spring training.

     CHICAGO (AP) - The rebuilding Chicago White Sox and promising shortstop Tim Anderson have agreed to a $25 million, six-year contract.
     Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million in 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022. The deal also includes club options of $12.5 million for 2023 and $14 million for 2024. If either is declined, Anderson gets $1 million.
     The deal announced Tuesday comes on the heels of an encouraging debut last season.
     The 23-year-old Anderson, selected 17th overall in the 2013 amateur draft, was promoted in June after Jimmy Rollins was released. He hit .283 with 10 stolen bases, nine homers and 30 RBIs in 99 games. He also struck out 117 times and walked just 13.

     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds is back home with the San Francisco Giants. Baseball's home run champion was scheduled to help coach at spring training beginning today in Scottsdale, Arizona. He will work with the minor league teams, too. Bonds spent last season as Miami's hitting coach before being fired. He will work with Giants CEO Larry Baer. Bonds said he was "excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity."

     CHICAGO (AP) - Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls' general manager during their 1990s dynasty that saw them capture six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died. He was 77. The Bulls confirmed his death on Tuesday.
     A Chicago native, Krause took over as GM in 1985 and was responsible for surrounding Jordan with the pieces that would propel the team to two championship three-peats in the 1990s. He also hired Phil Jackson from the Continental Basketball Association as an assistant to Doug Collins and fired Collins in favor of Jackson following a run to the Eastern Conference finals in 1989. He acquired Pippen in a 1987 draft-day trade and also selected Horace Grant - two key pieces of the powerhouse teams led by Jordan.


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