K-Heart Sports – 10/06/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/06/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The State Boys Tennis Tournament begins today here in Minot with the team dual competition. The individual tournament is Friday and Saturday. It is the first time in 10 years that a WDA team has hosted state.
 
High School Boys Tennis
State Tournament – Minot
 
First Round – 11 am
(1E) Grand Forks Red River vs (4W) Mandan
(2W) Bismarck Legacy vs (3E) West Fargo Sheyenne
(1W) Minot High vs (4E) Fargo Davies
(2E) Fargo South vs (3W) Bismarck Century
 
Consolation and Semifinals, 2 p.m.
5th Place and 3rd Place, 5 p.m.
Championship, 5:30 p.m.
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MINOT, ND – The Boys State Soccer Tournament begins today in West Fargo. Minot High enters with a season high 8 match winning streak. Fargo Davies is the defending champion. The tournament runs through Saturday.
 
High School Boys Soccer
State Tournament – West Fargo
 
First Round
(1E) Fargo Davis vs (4W) Bismarck Century, 12 pm
(2W) Bismarck Legacy vs (3E) Fargo Shanley, 2 pm
(1W) Minot High vs (4E) Grand Forks Red River, 4:30 pm
(2E) West Fargo vs (3W) Bismarck High, 6:45 pm
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MINOT, ND – Kindred and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion remain atop this weeks Class 11B and Class 9B football polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)                 Record    Points    Last Week
1. Kindred (15)                                    7-0           75          1
2. Dickinson Trinity                              7-0           48          2
3. Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose   7-0 4        45          3
4. Thompson                                       7-0           27          5
5. Hillsboro-Central Valley                   6-1           26          RV
 
Others receiving votes: Oakes (6-1), Beulah (6-1)
 
 
Class 9B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)             Record    Points    Last Week
1. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (15)   7-0           75           1
2. New Salem-Almont                    7-0           49           2
3. Cavalier                                      7-0           39           3
4. MayPort-C-G                              6-1           36           4
5. North Prairie                               7-0           20           5
 
Others receiving votes: South Border (6-1), Divide County (7-0), Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (6-1), North Border (5-2)
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Arraez won the AL batting title, hitting a third-inning double after walking twice to finish the season at .316, and the Minnesota Twins rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. Arraez was all but assured of topping the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the batting crown when the day began. He removed any doubt by walking in his first two plate appearances and then hitting a drive that barely cleared the glove of right fielder Gavin Sheets before he was lifted for a pinch-runner. “It’s amazing,” Arraez said. “This was one of my goals. I’m living a dream right now. This is amazing for me because I worked hard for this.” Judge, who sat out the Yankees’ season finale, batted .311 with an AL-record 62 homers and a league-leading 131 RBIs. Arraez’s .316 average was the lowest for an AL champion since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski hit .301 in 1968. “I couldn’t sleep last night, just thinking and thinking about it,” Arraez said.
 
Gary Sanchez and Jermaine Palacios homered during a six-run first inning for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game skid. The Twins finished at 78-84, a six-game improvement over 2021. The White Sox (81-81), last year’s AL Central champions, had their three-game winning streak snapped and finished 12 games worse than their 2021 record.
 
The 25-year-old Arraez became the fifth Twin to win a batting title, joining Rod Carew (seven), Tony Oliva and Joe Mauer (three apiece), and Kirby Puckett (one). “I think he achieved what he was hoping to do,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “And he’s not a guy who normally thinks about things on a personal level like that. He’s a team player and here to win and compete.” Arraez received a hug at the top of the dugout steps from Carlos Correa, who planned before the game to give him a Louis Vuitton roller bag in recognition of his achievement. “(Correa) is amazing,” Arraez said. “He sets an example for us. He’s a leader, and I love that guy a lot.” Arraez batted .361 (13 for 36) during a nine-game hitting streak to end the season. “It wasn’t easy,” Arraez said. “But my mind is strong.”
 
Sanchez hit his 16th homer, a three-run shot, off Chicago starter Davis Martin (3-6), and he added an RBI double during a three-run second. Palacios hit his second homer in as many games, a two-run shot. Martin was charged with nine runs in 2 2/3 innings and was pulled due to right biceps soreness. “He was feeling a little cramping,” interim Chicago manager Miguel Cairo said. “I didn’t want to take a chance.”
 
Louie Varland (1-2) allowed four hits in five scoreless innings in his fifth major league start. The 24-year-old struck out five and didn’t allow a walk. Josh Harrison was the only Chicago batter to reach second base against Varland as he led off the second with a double. Varland rebounded by striking out Mark Payton, Romy Gonzalez and Adam Engel in succession. Chicago didn’t score until the ninth, when Carlos Perez hit a one-out double off reliever Cole Sands to score Romy Gonzalez. Sands worked the last four innings for his first save. “That’s not the way we wanted to finish, but they played hard the last month,” Cairo said.
 
The Twins led the AL Central for 108 games but went 7-27 in their last 34 road games. “It was all the games you were looking for in the final game for us,” Baldelli said. Twins Split-squad spring training openers in Florida are on Feb. 25.
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VIKINGS-CINE
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — With rookie safety Lewis Cine still in London following surgery on a broken lower left leg, Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell promised the waylaid first-round draft pick he would call him Wednesday to check on his recovery. After accounting for the 6-hour time difference and a successful download of the Zoom app on Cine’s phone, they finally connected. The entire Vikings team was waiting for him on the video conference, starting their morning meeting with a roar of support for their injured mate. “The guys went crazy,” O’Connell said. Then came the singing of “Happy Birthday” in honor of Cine turning 23 in a most unexpected place — a hospital overseas.
 
“We’ve got his back,” fellow safety and special teams player Josh Metellus said. “Just seeing a smile on his face after what happened to him, that just livens us up more — just knowing that a guy could go through that and still wanted to see how we were doing, congratulating us on the win.” Cine was blocking on the punt return team in the first quarter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he suffered the gruesome injury, a compound fracture in which the bone punctured the skin. He had a preparatory procedure on Sunday after Minnesota beat New Orleans 28-25 and the full operation on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic London Hospital performed by Dr. Aswinkumar Vasireddy, the orthopedic trauma group lead surgeon. Cine was expected to return to Minnesota on an NFL-provided private plane at the end of the week, O’Connell said. “I cannot say enough good things about the care he has received,” O’Connell said.
 
Drafted with the 32nd overall pick from Georgia’s national championship team, Cine was brought along slowly in training camp and beaten out by second-year player Camryn Bynum for the starting safety spot next to six-time Pro Bowl pick Harrison Smith. Cine had been limited to special teams, where his first NFL season ended in a fluky and painful fashion. He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after the surgery. O’Connell was Washington’s quarterbacks coach in 2018 when Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right leg with breaks to both the tibia and the fibula. He needed two years to recover, and O’Connell acknowledged thinking “quite a bit” about Smith’s injury in the aftermath of Cine’s. “Just seeing that and seeing the look on his face, I just wanted him to know I was out there with him at the time and that everything was going to be OK. Because I believe that,” O’Connell said. Asked about Cine’s future, O’Connell said he’s confident he’ll be back on the field next season. “I just have such strong belief in Lew and his work ethic,” O’Connell said.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 10/05/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/05/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Bismarck Century won the State Class A Girls Golf Tournament in Jamestown on Tuesday. It’s the Patriots first state title since 2019.
 
High School Girls Golf
Class A
 
State Tournament – Jamestown Country Club
1. Bismarck Century, 636
2. Grand Forks Red River, 646
3. Fargo Davies, 652
4. Mandan, 658
5. Bismarck Legacy, 689
6. West Fargo Sheyenne, 696
T7. Wahpeton, 699
T7. Minot High, 699
9. Fargo Shanley, 704
10. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 709
11. Fargo North, 735
12. Jamestown, 773
 
Individual standings (Top 20)
1. Rose Solbert – Fargo Davies, 148
2. Jaya Grube – Grand Forks Red River, 149
3. Leah Herbel – Bismarck Century, 150
T4. Hannah Herbel – Bismarck Century, 152
T4. Anna Huettl – Mandan, 152
6. Lexi Bartley – Fargo Davies, 153
7. Lindsey Astrup – Fargo Shanley, 154
8. Payton Stocker – West Fargo Sheyenne, 155
T9. Ella Speidel – Grand Forks Red River, 159
T9. Abigail Schneider – Bismarck St. Mary’s, 159
T11. Aliyah Iverson – Bismarck Century, 161
T11. Mia Aarestad – Fargo South, 161
13. Rugby Heydt – Mandan, 162
14. Halle Miller – Wahpeton, 165
T15. Ava Kalanek – Bismarck Legacy, 168
T15. Morgan Strange – Minot High, 168
17. Zoe Keene – West Fargo Sheyenne, 167
T18. Kya Guidinger – Bismarck Legacy, 168
T18. Sophie Brakke – Grand Forks Red River, 168
20. Brittyn Mettler – Mandan, 171
 
T23. Mackenzie Strange – Minot High, 173
T32. Adison Dittus – Minot High, 175
T37. Kinzy Welstad – Minot North, 177
T42. Emersyn Kopp – Minot North, 181
T55. Cali Wilson – Minot High, 187
T55. Emily Houim – Minot High, 187
T60. Katie Thomas – Minot High, 188
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VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NDHSAA) – On the evening of Monday, October 3, 2022, West Fargo Sheyenne High School administration notified the North Dakota High School Activities Association of the use of an ineligible boys soccer participant during the entire 2022 season. The deliberate or inadvertent use of an ineligible participant in a team sport includes the prescribed penalty of forfeiture of all matches in which the student participated. Therefore, final Eastern Dakota Conference standings have been adjusted as follows:
 
1. Fargo Davies 13-0-1 – 40 points
2. West Fargo High 9-4-1 – 28 points
3. Fargo Shanley 7-5-2 – 23 points
4. Grand Forks Red River 6-4-4 – 22 points
5. Fargo North 6-6-2 – 20 points
6. Fargo South 5-7-2 – 17 points
7. Grand Forks Central 3-9-2 – 11 points
8. West Fargo Sheyenne 0-14-0 – 0 points
 
Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) By-Laws state the top four teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the NDHSAA Boys Soccer State Tournament. Quarterfinal matchups on October 6 are as follows:
 
At Essentia Health Packers Stadium (West Fargo High School)
 
Quarterfinals
Match 1: East Region No. 1 seed Fargo Davies vs. West Region No. 4 seed Bismarck Century at 12:00 p.m.
Match 2: West Region No. 2 seed Bismarck Legacy vs. East Region No. 3 seed Shanley at 2:15 p.m.
Match 3: West Region No. 1 seed Minot High vs. East Region No. 4 seed Grand Forks Red River, 4:30 p.m.
Match 4: East Region No. 2 seed West Fargo High vs. West Region No. 3 seed Bismarck High, 6:45 p.m.
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MINOT, ND – The #1-ranked teams remain the same in the third volleyball polls of the season. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class A Volleyball Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)         Record    Points    Last Poll
1. West Fargo Sheyenne (8)      17-0        48         1
2. Bismarck Century (2)              15-1        42         2
3. Jamestown                             16-2        26         4
4. Bismarck Legacy                     12-5       13         5
5. Fargo North                             15-3        12         3
 
Others receiving votes: Fargo South (13-4)
 
Class B Volleyball Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)              Record    Points    Last Poll
1. Northern Cass (9)                        26-0        90         1
2. Linton-HMB                                  24-1        79         3
3. Kenmare-Bowbells                       25-2         72        2
4. May-Port-CG                               15-3          56        6
5. Thompson                                    15-5         52        5
6. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich     20-5        47        4
7. Oakes                                           17-5         26        8
8. Central Cass                                 20-6         23        9
9. Dickinson Trinity                           15-3         18         7
10. Garrison                                      17-2          7        NR
 
Others receiving votes: Cavalier (13-5), Our Redeemer’s (19-10), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (17-9), North Prairie (16-4)
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MINOT, ND – Other scores from Tuesday:
 
High School Girls Volleyball
 
Class A
#2 Bismarck Century def. Minot High (3-1) 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15
#3 Jamestown def. #4 Bismarck Legacy (3-0) 25-17, 25-23, 25-20
Bismarck High def. Bismarck St. Mary’s (3-0)
Dickinson def. Mandan (3-0) 25-22, 25-14, 25-15
Williston def. Turtle Mountain (3-0)
 
Class B
#10 Garrison def. Grant County (3-1) 25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20
Our Redeemer’s def. South Prairie-Max (3-0) 25-12, 25-14, 25-16
Bishop Ryan def. Des Lacs-Burlington (3-0) 25-23, 25-20, 25-20
Glenburn def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-0) 25-18, 25-19, 25-13
Surrey def. Berthold (3-0)
Stanley def. Nedrose (3-2) 15-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 15-9
Rugby def. Velva (3-0) 25-19, 25-23, 25-22
Drake-Anamoose def. Newburg-Westhope (3-1) 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 25-15
North Star def. St. John (3-0) 25-7, 25-16, 25-10
North Prairie def. Dunseith (3-0) 25-2, 25-13, 25-14
Harvey-Wells County def. Benson County (3-0) 25-19, 25-17, 25-10
Central McLean def. New Salem-Almont (3-0) 25-9, 25-15, 25-23
North Shore-Plaza def. Mandaree (3-1) 25-21, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22
Divide County def. Powers Lake-Burke Central (3-1) 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19
Trenton def. Tioga (3-0) 25-19, 25-23, 25-21
 
College Womens Volleyball
University of Mary def. Minot State (3-0) 25-23, 26-24, 25-13
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MSU GOLF
 
BILLINGS, Mont. – Freshman Zach Hendrickson shot back-to-back career-best rounds on Tuesday, and senior teammate Andrew Makarchuk also added a career-best effort to lead the way for the Minot State men’s golf team which finished fourth at the Yellowjacket Fall Invitational hosted by Montana State, Billings.
 
Meanwhile, in the women’s tournament, the trio of juniors Taylor Cormier, Jaci Jones, and Holly Knudsen all turned in Top 10 finishes as the Beaver ladies also finished fourth in the final event of the fall season.
 
Hendrickson, playing in his fifth collegiate tournament, made a strong charge up the leaderboard on Tuesday as the men played 36 holes. After opening with an 8-over 80 on Monday at the Lake Hills Golf Course, he shot a career-best 1-over 73 to start his day Tuesday, then followed that up with a 1-under 71 to finish tied for 15th at 8-over 224 to lead Minot State.
 
Matching Hendrickson’s at 8-under 224 for the tournament and tying for 15th was Makarchuk who, after an opening 78 on Monday, fired a 2-under 70 in Tuesday’s first round, the senior’s career-best. He back that up with a 4-over 76 to tie for 15th for the Beaver men, who were fourth as a team with a three-round total of 45-over 909 (309-298-302).
 
Host Montana State-Billings won the men’s title at 4-under 860 and was led by individual men’s champion Dawson Strobel, who shot a 5-under 211.
 
Aimery Barrault was next for the Minot State men, tying for 25th at 13-over 229 (78-72-79), then came Henry Langhans, who was 32nd at 23-over 239 (80-83-76), and Joshua Tu, who was 34th at 24-over 240 (73-84-83).
 
As for the Minot State women, Cormier was fourth overall with a two-day total of 14-over 158 (81-77), Jones tied for fifth at 17-over 161 (79-82), and Knudsen tied for 10th at 20-over 164 (82-82).
 
Abigail Goettle and Averi Bradley tied for 34th at 49-over 193 for the Beavers as Goettle shot rounds of 104 and 89, and Bradley carded a 96 and a 97.
 
Rianna Garland of South Dakota School of Mines was the individual champion at 10-over 154, helping her team win the women’s title at 58-over 634.
 
The tournament was the final event of the fall for the Minot State golfers who now be off for the winter and return to the course in
March.
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UND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – North Dakota women’s basketball announced the release of the full schedule on Monday. The schedule features one exhibition and 29 regular season games. The season is highlighted by 14 games at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. North Dakota opens the season with a home exhibition match against Northern State University on Nov. 2. The regular season slate begins at home as they host Detroit Mercy on Nov. 7. The Fighting Hawks closes out the regular season on the road against the Leathernecks on Thursday, Feb. 23 and the Tommies on Saturday, Feb. 25.
 
The 2023 Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship returns to its familiar home at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the eighth time. For the first time in League history, the 2023 Women’s Basketball Championship will feature all 10 members with St. Thomas competing in its first basketball tournament as a League member. The new format will cover five days on the calendar, starting March 3 and culminating with the respective title games on Tuesday, March 7. The tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Arraez had a hit to move closer to his first AL batting championship, one of only two singles Minnesota managed off Lucas Giolito in seven innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Twins 8-3 on Tuesday night. Elvis Andrus hit his third homer in four games, a three-run shot, and the White Sox cruised to their second straight win after Tony La Russa stepped down as manager Monday. The 25-year-old Arraez extended his hitting streak to eight games and held his average at .315 as he tries to become the fifth Twins player to win the league batting title. He was back in the lineup as the designated hitter after missing the previous two games with a left hamstring injury. Arraez is ahead of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who is hitting .311 in his bid for the AL Triple Crown. Judge hit his AL-record 62nd homer in the second game of New York’s doubleheader at Texas and leads the league with 131 RBIs.
 
Giolito allowed two runs on two hits and two walks and hit two batters as he won for the first time since Aug. 24. Tabbed as the White Sox ace before the season, Giolito finished 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA in an inconsistent season that mirrored his team. Jermaine Palacios hit his first career homer in the ninth. Nick Gordon singled in a run and Jake Cave added a sac fly for Minnesota, which lost its fourth straight. Twins starter Josh Winder (4-6) allowed four runs and was knocked out in the third.
 
UP NEXT
Minnesota RHP Louie Varland (0-2, 4.71 ERA) faces Chicago RHP Davis Martin (3-5, 3.65 ERA) in the teams’ regular-season finale this afternoon.
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MLB-JUDGE RECORD
 
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Judge took a smooth, mighty swing, then broke into a big smile as he trotted around the bases. Heading home, his teammates backed away, letting him touch the plate alone. At last, the New York Yankees slugger had the American League home run record all to himself. Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season Tuesday night, breaking Roger Maris’ AL record and setting what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard.
 
“It’s a big relief,” Judge said. “Everybody can finally sit down in their seats and watch the ballgame. It’s been a fun ride so far, getting a chance to do this. … Getting a chance to have your name next to someone as great as Roger Maris and Babe Ruth and those guys is incredible.” Judge said he felt “quite a few emotions” after connecting, thinking about his family and fans and supporters. He said it would probably be after the season until he’d truly soak in and appreciate the significance of his achievement. “In my book, it’s just another day,” the stoic Judge said.
 
After slamming his helmet in a rare show of frustration when he went without a homer in the first game of the doubleheader against the Rangers in Texas, Judge hit the third pitch of the nightcap into the first row of seats in left field. That trip around the bases after a long chase was certainly a mixture of pure joy and relief for No. 99, whose only homer in the previous 13 games had been when he tied Maris’ 61 last Wednesday in Toronto. Judge did it just in time, too, homering on the next-to-last day of the regular season.
Barry Bonds holds the major league record of 73 home runs, set with the San Francisco Giants in 2001.
 
Judge’s milestone ball was caught by Cory Youmans of Dallas, who was sitting in Section 31. When asked what he was going to do with the ball while being taken away with security to have the ball authenticated, Youmans responded, “Good question. I haven’t thought about it.” Asked after the 3-2 loss if he’d gotten the ball, Judge said, “not yet.” “I don’t know where it’s at. It’d be great to get it back,” he said. Judge also praised the fan for making a “great catch” and said the man had every right to keep the prized souvenir. Another fan was escorted away after leaping over the rail into a gap between the seats and the left-field wall. The crowd of 38,832 was Texas’ third sellout of the season.
 
Almost as soon as Judge connected on a 1-1 slider from right-hander Jesús Tinoco, his Yankees teammates streamed out of the dugout to celebrate with him. But they stayed away from home plate — leaving him to step on it before sharing hugs and high-fives. “You never know how you’re going to react in the moment. And it was just so, so very cool,” manager Aaron Boone said.
 
Gerrit Cole, who set a Yankees single-season strikeout record in the same game, said he didn’t know if Judge was pressing as of late, but chuckled when saying everybody else on the team was. “Just wanted it to happen so bad,” Cole said. “So I don’t know if that’s pressing, or it’s just hoping hard. We were all just hoping really hard I think … He’s not trying to get the record for himself. He’s trying to get the record for his teammates, and for the Yankee fans.”
 
New York wound up losing the second game after winning the opener 5-4. With one game left in the regular season, the split left the Yankees with a fitting 99-62 record — Judge’s number and his home run total.
 
Judge’s mother and father were in the stands to see the 30-year-old outfielder end a five-game homerless streak, including the earlier game Tuesday when he was 1 for 5 with a single.
 
The Maris family wasn’t in Texas after following Judge around for a while, but Roger Maris Jr. tweeted, “Congratulations to Aaron Judge and his family on Aaron’s historic home run number 62! It has definitely been a baseball season to remember. You are all class and someone who should be revered. For the MAJORITY of the fans, we can now celebrate a new CLEAN HOME RUN KING!!”
 
When the top of the first ended, and Judge went to take his place in right field, he carried the glove and cap of first baseman DJ LeMahieu, who patted him on the back.
 
The fans in right field cheered Judge loudly while he warmed up by tossing a ball back and forth with center fielder Harrison Bader. Judge then provided another souvenir ball when he tossing the one he had warmed up with several rows deep.
 
Judge, eligible to become a free agent after this season, struck out on a full-count pitch when batting again in the second.
He took his spot right field in the bottom of the inning before Boone pulled him from the game. Oswaldo Cabrera, who had been at second base, moved to right field and the slugger got another loud ovation as he jogged back to the Yankees dugout on the third base side.
 
Reaction quickly came from far beyond the ballpark.
 
“History made, more history to make,” President Joe Biden posted on Twitter.
 
Tweeted former Yankees star Derek Jeter: “Congrats @TheJudge44 on 62! Postseason next!!!”
 
Former President Bill Clinton also tweeted congratulations, as did former MLB players like Paul O’Neill, Dwight Gooden, Dave Winfield and Ryan Howard.
 
Maris’ 61 for the Yankees had been exceeded six times previously, but all were tainted by the stench of steroids. Along with Bonds’ record, Mark McGwire hit 70 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year. Sammy Sosa had 66, 65 and 63 for the Chicago Cubs during a four-season span starting in 1998.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 10/04/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/04/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Monday was day one of the State Class A Girls Golf Tournament in Jamestown. Last year, Fargo Davies won the team competition while Lexi Bartley of Davies won the individual title on the 5th playoff hole.
 
High School Girls Golf
Class A
 
State Tournament – Jamestown Country Club
1. Bismarck Century, +30
2. Grand Forks Red River, +33
T3. Mandan, +45
T3. Fargo Davies, +45
T5. Minot High, +63
T5. West Fargo Sheyenne, +63
T7. Fargo Shanley, +64
T7. Bismarck Legacy, +64
9. Bismarck St. Mary’s, +65
10. Wahpeton, +67
11. Fargo North, +78
12. Jamestown, +94
 
Individual standings (Top 20)
1. Leah Herbel – Bismarck Century, E
2. Jaya Grube – Grand Forks Red River, +1
3. Rose Solberg – Fargo Davies, +3
4. Hannah Herbel – Bismarck Century, +4
T5. Ruby Heydt – Mandan, +6
T5. Payton Stocker – West Fargo Sheyenne, +6
T7. Anna Heuttl – Mandan, +7
T7. Abigail Schneider – Bismarck St. Mary’s, +7
T9. Ella Speidel – Grand Forks Red River, +8
T9. Lindsey Astrup – Fargo Shanley, +8
T9. Lexi Bartley – Fargo Davies, +8
12. Mia Aarestad – Fargo South, +9
13. Morgan Strange – Minot High, +10
T14. Halle Miller – Wahpeton, +11
T14. Kate McComb – Fargo North, +11
T16. Ava Kalanek – Bismarck Century, +12
T16. Sophie Brakke – Grand Forks Red River, +12
T16. Taylor Piepkorn – Grand Forks Red River, +12
T16. Kinzy Welstad – Minot North, +12
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MINOT, ND – There are changes in this weeks Class 11A football poll. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11AA Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)        Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo Davies (17)                 5-1           97          1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (1)    5-1           76          2
3. Mandan (2)                            5-1           63          3
4. Fargo Shanley                       5-1           43          4
5. Bismarck Legacy                  4-2           16          5
 
Others receiving votes: West Fargo (3-3), Minot High (3-3)
 
Class 11A Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)      Record    Points    Last Week
1. Valley City (14)                     6-0          92          4
2. Jamestown (3)                     5-1          75          2
3. Fargo South (3)                    4-2          68          1
4. Grand Forks Red River        5-2          45          5
5. Fargo North                          4-2          19          3
 
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (3-3)
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MINOT, ND – Other scores from Monday:
 
High School Girls Volleyball
 
Class B
Washburn def. Nedrose (3-1) 25-12, 25-14, 25-27, 25-15
Surrey def. TGU (3-0) 25-15, 25-16, 25-13
Williston Trinity Christian def. Parsahll (3-0)
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UND FOOTBALL
 
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UND) – University of North Dakota kicker Brady Stevens was one of four players to gain player of the week honors from the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Sunday evening, earning the title of Special Teams Player of the Week. Stevens played a key role in starting the comeback against No. 7 Missouri State on Saturday. He made a career-long 42-yard field goal on North Dakota’s first possession to trim the deficit to 7-3 and later made a 35-yarder as time expired in the first half to cut the deficit to 21-20. He was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points in the 48-31 victory. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native was also exceptional after scoring, recording eight kickoffs for 485 yards for an average of 60.6 yards per kick to go with two touchbacks. This season alone, Stevens has scored 32 points and ranks No. 14 in the MVFC for total points scored. He also ranks sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 6.4 points per game. In the kicking game, Stevens is 6-for-8 on the year with the two misses coming from beyond 40 yards. He is 14-for-14 on extra points. North Dakota will be back on the road this weekend at Youngstown State. The Fighting Hawks and Penguins are slated for a 5 p.m. (CT) kick in Youngstown.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
CHICAGO (AP) — Asked about Tony La Russa, an emotional Miguel Cairo had to pause and take a drink of water to regain his composure. It was that kind of day. The Chicago White Sox watched La Russa step down as manager, and then beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Monday night behind Johnny Cueto’s seven effective innings. La Russa departed because of a pair of health issues, punctuating a disappointing season for the Hall of Famer in the same spot where he got his first job as a big league manager. The White Sox are 80-80 after beginning the year with championship aspirations. Cairo played for La Russa before becoming his bench coach in Chicago. He took over after La Russa left the club on Aug. 30. “He’s my mentor. I’ve learned so much from him,” Cairo said. “And of course I’m going to keep calling to keep learning. But we’re going to miss him, for sure.” La Russa met with his team before announcing the move, and the players joined their former manager for his press conference about the decision. “The last thing I said to the players in the meeting was that I love them,” said La Russa, a three-time World Series champion who turns 78 on Tuesday. “I can’t be more thankful.”
 
Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer in Chicago’s fourth win in five games. Cueto (8-10) stopped a personal four-game slide, and Liam Hendriks got three outs for his 37th save. Minnesota dropped to 9-19 in its last 28 games. Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer, and Bailey Ober pitched five innings of two-hit ball. “I had to grind a little bit today and battle,” Ober said. “Definitely they made some adjustments from the last outing. I kind of had to mix it up after the first two innings.” The game was tied at 2 before Carlos Pérez drove in AJ Pollock with a two-out single against Griffin Jax (7-4) in the seventh. It was Pérez’s second career hit and first RBI. The Twins loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, but Hendriks struck out Mark Contreras swinging to close it out. “Just putting a couple runs on the board is not going to be enough to win these games,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.
 
Minnesota jumped in front in the first. Nick Gordon hit a two-out double and scored on Urshela’s 13th homer, a drive to right on a 1-1 pitch. But that was it for the Twins against Cueto, who struck out four and walked none. The right-hander was shaken up after fielding Matt Wallner’s two-out infield single in the seventh, but he got Gilbert Celestino to bounce to third on his next pitch. “I told them that I wanted to finish the inning,” Cueto said through a translator. “I made the right pitch to finish the inning.” Chicago rallied in the second. With Pollock aboard on a one-out single, Harrison’s drive traveled just over the wall in left for his seventh homer.
 
UP NEXT
Right-handers Josh Winder (4-5, 4.31 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.00 ERA) take the mound tonight. Winder is 0-3 with a 6.29 ERA in his last five starts for the Twins. Giolito is looking for his first win since Aug. 24, going 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his previous six outings for the White Sox.
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VIKINGS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The upside for the Minnesota Vikings is clear: They’ve finished the first quarter of their first season under new head coach Kevin O’Connell by managing to build a firm foundation with a 3-1 record. Chemistry and confidence can go a long way toward winning — O’Connell described it as “different types of resiliency” — but there’s no hiding that an experienced and talented offense he was hired to direct has left a whole lot of points on the field. After escaping London with a 28-25 victory over New Orleans on Sunday that was aided by the luckiest of bounces, the Vikings found themselves ranked 26th in the NFL in red zone scoring. They’ve turned just seven of their 15 trips inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns for a 46.7% rate. The sample size remains relatively small. Still, no team with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook as the primary scoring threats should be settling for that many field goals. “We definitely have to get in the end zone way more, just executing our plays,” Jefferson said.
 
Quarterback Kirk Cousins zeroed in on the third-quarter drive that was given a major boost when the Saints fumbled a punt return following the only three-and-out of the game for the Vikings. Cousins hit Jefferson for 41 yards on the first play to the 3. But then came a delay of game penalty, which Cousins took the blame for. Cook gained 1 yard on the backed-up first down. Jefferson wasn’t able to secure a second down throw into the back of the end zone that was behind him. Then Cousins dumped one off to Thielen for 1 yard on third down after missing a wide-open Jefferson. Greg Joseph followed with his third of five field goals in the game. “The plays are there to make, and we didn’t connect,” Cousins said. “That’s disappointing.” Cousins recognized the squandered opportunities afterward and said he “could be greedy” in the future by not settling for the perceived safer throw. “He can’t see everything, you know? People make mistakes. People make wrong reads, too. He’s human,” Jefferson said.
 
O’Connell awarded Jefferson a game ball, not only for the 10 receptions for 147 yards and 3-yard touchdown run, but for the way he worked through the frustration of a muted impact amid frequent double teams over the previous two games. “I’m not being a virus to the team,” Jefferson said. “If somebody’s double-teaming me, I can’t really do too much about that. That just shows you how much effect I have on the defensive side, just being a key player, just having them know where I’m at at all times.”
 
WHAT’S WORKING
The defense is tied for sixth best in the league with just 3.3 points allowed per game in the final four minutes of either half or overtime. Last season, the Vikings were the worst in the NFL in those situations with an average of 9.5 points allowed. “Across the league you have people who are kind of figuring out their rosters and their team, their identities, including us,” linebacker Eric Kendricks said. “It’s good to know that when our back is against the wall, when it’s a tight game like this, we’re on the road in London, we can pull through.”
 
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Despite the healthy return of Danielle Hunter and the addition of Za’Darius Smith, the Vikings haven’t generated a consistent pass rush. They’re just 17th in the league in sacks per pass attempt after ranking fourth last year.
 
STOCK UP
Third-year cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. had three pass breakups and one tackle for loss. His diving knockdown of a deep pass to Chris Olave on second down with 2:01 left was a game-saving play, forcing the Saints to settle for the tying field goal two snaps later. “Cam had probably one of his better games since we’ve been playing together this year,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “I’m just excited to see him continue to grow into a pro.”
 
STOCK DOWN
Tight end Johnny Mundt has been starting ahead of Irv Smith Jr. and played a comparable amount of snaps (136 for Smith, 116 for Mundt), but he dropped a key pass on Sunday on third-and-1 at the 10 in the second quarter. Mundt and Smith are tied for the eighth-most drops in the league with two apiece, according to Sportradar data.
 
INJURY REPORT
Rookie safety Lewis Cine, who suffered a compound fracture in his lower left leg on a special teams play, underwent a preparatory procedure in a local hospital after the game on Sunday and will have surgery on Tuesday. He’ll stay in London for the initial part of his recovery with a member of the team’s medical staff. O’Connell said Cine was in “great spirits.” Cook played with a harness on his left shoulder, and Thielen left the game briefly with an injury to his right leg. Za’Darius Smith was limited to 24 of the 60 snaps for the defense after being listed as questionable with a left knee injury. He had one of Minnesota’s two sacks.
 
KEY NUMBER
30.5 — The average starting field position for the Vikings, which is the fourth best in the league. They’re 15th in scoring.
 
NEXT STEPS
The Vikings host Chicago this Sunday, with a prime opportunity to crank up their pass rush. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is 5 for 20 with two interceptions and 16 sacks when facing pressure this season, according to Sportradar.
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TIMBERWOLVES-TOWNS ILLNESS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to the court for practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after a delayed start to training camp due to an unspecified illness that was serious enough to warrant hospitalization. Towns took part in non-contact drills with the team on Monday. He will not play in Minnesota’s first exhibition game on Tuesday at Miami, coach Chris Finch said. “He’s in really good shape. He does a really good job. He never really falls out of shape when it comes to his cardio,” Finch said. “I think with him, it’s just getting his feel back, some strength back, maybe a little bit of weight back on him. But I would expect he’ll be ready to go within a week. Certainly with a good week of normal training, he should be feeling pretty good.” Towns declined to divulge many details of his ailment, but he said was just cleared by doctors for walking on Saturday. “I wasn’t too worried about basketball for a while. But I miss the game. I love the game. I miss these guys. Sick and tired of recovering at the house and not being able to leave and do anything,” said Towns, who’s entering his eighth NBA season. As for being ready in time for the season opener on Oct. 19, Towns said, “Right now, it looks good.”
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MLB-RECORD
 
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Move over, Babe. Prince Albert is the new No. 2 on a big baseball list. Albert Pujols hit his 703rd home run Monday night, breaking a tie with Babe Ruth for second place in career RBIs. The 42-year-old slugger connected for the St. Louis Cardinals off Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller, pulling a two-run shot into the left-field stands to snap a scoreless tie in the sixth inning. It was Pujols’ 35th home run at PNC Park, his most at any visiting ballpark. The drive pushed Pujols’ total to 2,216 RBIs, surpassing Ruth on the all-time chart. Hank Aaron holds the record with 2,297. “Passing Babe Ruth is a big deal,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said after his team’s 3-2 loss. “Seeing him hit a home run in that situation was fun to watch. You feel pretty good about where you’re at whenever he swings, and his home runs have been very meaningful.” Pujols, who plans to retire after the season, has 24 home runs — his most since hitting 31 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He is one of four players in major league history with 700, joining Barry Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 10/03/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/03/22 – 0700
 
MOORHEAD, MINN. (MSU) – Minot State got a pair of goals from Chloe Allan in a 3-0 shutout victory at MSU Moorhead on Sunday. The Beavers broke the scoreless tie when Allan notched her third goal of the season in the 56th minute. The Beavers added another score on a goal from Brooklyn Casey — her second goal of the season — in the 71st minute, assisted by Maddy St. Yves. Minot State went ahead 3-0 on Allan’s 81st-minute goal, her fourth of the season. Mila Robichon assisted the goal. Maddie Kindred made four saves and now has five shutouts on the season. Minot State improved to 5-2-4 overall and 5-1-2 in NSIC action with the win.
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VIKINGS-SAINTS
 
LONDON (AP) — Justin Jefferson bounced back from two quiet games and Greg Joseph made amends for a missed extra point. The Vikings star receiver scored a touchdown and beat Marshon Lattimore on a 39-yard reception to set up Joseph’s 47-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and Minnesota hung on for a 28-25 win over New Orleans on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Many of the Vikings (3-1), though, thought they were headed to overtime when Saints kicker Wil Lutz lined up for his 61-yard tying attempt. And why not? Lutz had hit a 60-yarder on their previous possession. This one had the distance but hit the left upright and then the crossbar before bouncing out as time expired. “When it left his foot I thought it was going in,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “It felt like that thing had a real good chance to go through and obviously a couple of bounces later we’re able to walk off as the winning team.”
 
Joseph’s go-ahead kick came after he had missed an extra point earlier in the quarter after Jefferson ran it in from 3 yards with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter. The missed kick left the Vikings with a 25-22 lead. The Saints then had an eight-play drive and Lutz made a 60-yard field goal with 1:51 left to tie the game for the Saints (1-3), who have lost three straight games. “I thought they were both in,” Lutz said. “I hit them both on the screws. The second one just moved a little more left. So kind of shocked it didn’t bounce in.”
 
Jefferson had 10 receptions for 147 yards after being limited to a total of nine receptions and 62 yards in the past two games, He was pleased to finally see some single coverage. “Lattimore pretty much followed me the whole game, pretty much was a one-on-one battle the majority of the game,” Jefferson said. “I was telling (O’Connell) the whole game we should throw it up, give me a chance to go up and make a big play.”
 
Joseph was 5 for 5 on field goals as the Vikings squandered multiple scoring chances, but still held off a New Orleans team that played without key starters including quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Alvin Kamara. Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 38 passes for 273 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Vikings under O’Connell are off to their best start since going 4-0 in 2016.
 
The Saints arrived early in the week to acclimate to the time difference but their losing streak is now at three games under coach Dennis Allen. “We still have to find a way to not hurt ourselves with penalties and the turnovers, and that’s got to change,” Allen said.
 
Down 16-7, Saints backup quarterback Andy Dalton led two scoring drives to help New Orleans take 22-19 lead. Saints tight end/quarterback Taysom Hill took a direct snap and ran it in from 2 yards for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter and Dalton found a wide-open Jarvis Landry for the 2-point conversion. Dalton completed 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. After the Saints cut Minnesota’s lead to 16-14 on Latavius Murray’s 1-yard run late in the third quarter, the Vikings drove again and Joseph made it 19-14 with a 46-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
 
The Vikings led 13-7 and had first-and-goal on the 3 after Jefferson’s 41-yard reception in the third quarter, but were pushed back by a delay of game penalty. Cousins then threw short to Adam Thielen instead of going to a wide-open Jefferson in the back of the end zone. One play earlier, Cousins threw behind Jefferson in the end zone and the receiver couldn’t hold on.
 
SLOW START
 
The Saints began slowly again despite emphasizing a quick start all week. Alexander Mattison weaved through traffic for a 15-yard touchdown reception on Minnesota’s opening drive. The Saints had no first downs in the first quarter, but safety Tyrann Mathieu intercepted a pass and Dalton then drove the Saints 60 yards and found Chris Olave for a 4-yard touchdown pass — the rookie’s first NFL touchdown — to make it 7-7 early in the second quarter. The Vikings squandered two good opportunities deep in Saints territory late in the second quarter. Tight end Johnny Mundt dropped a short pass on a third-and-1 from the 10 and Minnesota opted for a field goal. On the next possession, Dalton fumbled on a strip-sack by Za’Darius Smith and Dalvin Tomlinson to give the Vikings the ball on the 20. They again settled for 3 points after an incompletion and a false start penalty. Joseph’s 36-yard field goal gave the Vikings a 13-7 lead going into halftime.
 
GOOD LUCK IN LONDON
 
The Vikings improved to 3-0 in London games — with wins in three different stadiums. The Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in 2013 at Wembley Stadium and topped the Cleveland Browns 33-16 four years later at Twickenham Stadium. This was the fifth NFL game at Tottenham, the Premier League club’s stadium that cost more than $1 billion to build and opened in 2019.
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VIKINGS-CINE INJURY
 
LONDON (AP) — Minnesota Vikings rookie Lewis Cine sustained a “lower-leg fracture” against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and will stay in London to undergo surgery, coach Kevin O’Connell said. Cine was carted off the field in the first quarter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what O’Connell described as a “very tough moment for our team.” Cine, the 32nd pick overall in last spring’s NFL draft out of Georgia, was blocking on a punt return when he sustained the injury. Cine clutched his left leg as he went down. Players from both teams took a knee as medical personnel stabilized Cine’s lower left leg and put him on a cart to leave the field. “He will be having surgery to fix that here,” O’Connell said. “As soon as he’s able to make the transition back to the Twin Cities we’ll do that.” Vikings personnel are staying in London with Cine. The 22-year-old Cine was born in Haiti and moved to Florida with extended family at age 4. His journey to the NFL brought him through Massachusetts and Texas as a youngster before enrolling at Georgia.
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PACKERS-PATRIOTS
 
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mason Crosby made a 31-yard field goal as time expired in overtime, and the Green Bay Packers topped New England 27-24 to spoil Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe’s NFL debut. Zappe played the majority of the game after Brian Hoyer left with a head injury. Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a dreadful first half to continue his recent home mastery of AFC teams. The Packers are 18-1 in the last 19 home games Rodgers has started against AFC foes.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase and Victor Reyes homered and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of Minnesota’s sloppy play, beating touted pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson and the Twins 5-2 Sunday. Woods Richardson made his big league debut five days after turning 22 years old, making him the youngest pitcher in the majors this season. The Twins’ defense did him no favors at the start, committing three errors in the first inning. The Tigers turned the two throwing errors by catcher Ryan Jeffers and a misplay by first baseman Jose Miranda, along with Miguel Cabrera’s single, a wild pitch, a walk and a stolen base, into two runs.
 
Woods Richardson (0-1), acquired in July 2021 from Toronto in the trade for pitcher José Berríos, allowed three runs — two earned — and three hits in five innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out three.
 
Haase hit his 14th home run of the season, and second in as many days, in the third. He is second on the team in home runs to Javier Báez, who has 16.
 
The Twins scored two unearned runs in the fifth. Jeffers reached on a fielding error and scored when Carlos Correa walked with the bases loaded. Nick Gordon’s sacrifice fly scored Gilberto Celestino.
 
Joey Wentz made his seventh and final start of the season for Detroit, allowing two unearned runs on two hits while walking four and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Tigers relievers Will Vest, Garrett Hill, Jason Foley, Alex Lange (7-4) and Gregory Soto combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Soto picked up his 30th save with a perfect ninth.
 
Reyes homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth off former teammate Michael Fulmer. It was Reyes’ first home run since July 2 against Kansas City. Cabrera added a single for his 1,846th career RBI.
 
UP NEXT
The Twins move to Chicago for their final series of the season. RHP Bailey Ober (2-3, 3.18) will start tonight. Ober will face the White Sox for the third time this season and is 1-0 with an 0.73 ERA with one walk in 16 strikeouts in the previous two starts.
 
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 10/02/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/02/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Minot High won the WDA Boys Soccer Tourament. Minot High, Bismarck Legacy, Bismarck Century and Bismarck High qualify for the State Tournament which begins Thursday.
 
High School Boys Soccer
West Region Tournament – Bismarck St. Mary’s High School
 
State Qualifier
(4) Bismarck Century def. (5) Jamestown, 2-1
(3) Bismarck High def. (6) Mandan, 3-2 SO
Championship
(1) Minot High def. (2) Bismarck Legacy, 3-2
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MINOT, ND – The West Region Boys Tennis Tournament finished on Saturday here in Minot. The top eight individual placers advanced to the State Tournament. Hunter Rice of Minot High is headed to state after placing 2nd. Josh Hegstad also is going after placing 6th. In the doubles tournament the duo of Grayson Schaeffner/Brayden McLean of Minot High placed 2nd, while Aidan Diehl & Sam Griffith placed 4th. The Boys State Tournament begins Thursday here in Minot.
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MINOT, ND – Other Saturday scores:
 
High School Boys Cross Country
 
Rugby Booster Club Invitational – Rugby Golf Course
1. Hillsboro-Central Valley, 52
2. New Town, 53
3. Rugby, 93
4. Surrey, 181
5. Killdeer, 256
6. Griggs-Midkota, 263
7. Southern McLean, 284
8. Stanley, 323
9. Hebron, 352
10. Bottineau, 357
11. Shiloh Christian, 363
12. Kenmare-Burke Central-Bowbells, 382
13. Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 382
14. Pembina County North, 398
15. Williston Trinity Christian, 413
16. Bishop Ryan, 507
17. Four Winds, 512
18. Turtle Mountain, 532
19. Tioga, 548
20. Parshall, 620
21. Hatton-Northwood, 631
22. Carrington, 648
23. Dunseith, 669
24. Hazelton-Moffit Braddock, 687
25. Central McLean, 717
26. Beach, 722
27. Velva, 727
28. Max-South Prairie, 728
29. Garrison, 736
30. Glen Ullin, 782
Individual winner: Christian Brist of Hillsboro-Central Valley, 16:30

High School Girls Cross Country

 
Rugby Booster Club Invitational – Rugby Golf Course
1. Rugby, 50
2. Hillsboro-Central Valley, 157
3. Shiloh Christian, 163
4. Southern McLean, 186
5. Stanley, 196
6. Pembina County North, 208
7. Killdeer, 217
8. Bottineau, 221
9. Kenmare-Burke Central-Bowbells, 274
10. New Town, 281
11. Hatton-Northwood, 354
12. Carrington, 372
13. Max-South Prairie, 382
14. Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 397
15. Surrey, 398
16. Parshall, 445
17. Rolla, 460
T18. Bishop Ryan, 484
T18. Four Winds, 484
20. Turtle Mountain, 499
21. Beach, 517
22. Central McLean, 520
23. Tioga, 535
T24. Garrison, 538
T24. Velva, 538
26. Hebron, 559
27. Harvey-Wells County, 560
 
Individual winner: Brynn Hanson of DLB/L&C, 19:31
 
 
High School Football
Class 11A
Devils Lake def. Turtle Mountain, 57-6
 
High School Girls Volleyball
Class B
 
Laker Invite – Des Lacs-Burlington School
 
Gold Bracket
 
First Round
Dickinson Trinity def. Glen Ullin-Hebron (2-0) 25-20, 25-23
Central Cass def. Thompson (2-0) 25-21, 25-16
Linton-HMB def. Des Lacs-Burlington (2-0) 25-17, 25-8
Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. Kenmare-Bowbells (2-1) 20-25, 25-20, 15-8
Loser Out
Thompson def. Glen Ullin-Hebron (2-1) 25-21, 23-25, 15-13
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Des Lacs-Burlington (2-0) 25-10, 25-21
Semifinal
Central Cass def. Dickinson Trinity (2-1) 25-18, 22-25, 15-11
Linton-HMB def. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (2-0) 25-18, 25-23
5th Place
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Thompson (2-1) 25-21, 26-28, 15-13
3rd Place
Dickinson Trinity def. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (2-1) 22-25, 25-20, 15-11
Championship
Linton-HMB def. Central Cass (2-0) 25-21, 25-10
 
Silver Bracket
 
First Round
Center-Stanton def. Powers Lake-Burke Central (2-1) 17-25, 26-24, 15-5
Rugby def. Hazen (2-0) 25-18, 25-8
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. Ray (2-0) 25-18, 25-19
Beulah def. Park River Area (2-0) 25-21, 25-11
Quarterfinal
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Center-Stanton (2-0) 25-12, 25-15
Rugby def. Our Redeemer’s (2-0) 25-23, 25-18
Bishop Ryan def. New Rockford-Sheyenne (2-0) 25-17, 26-24
Carrington def Beulah (2-0) 26-24, 25-10
Semifinal
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Rugby (2-1) 25-15, 23-25, 15-10
Carrington def. Bishop Ryan (2-0) 25-21, 25-23
3rd Place
Bishop Ryan def. Rugby (2-0) 25-18, 25-17
Championship
Carrington def. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (2-1) 29-31, 25-10, 15-9
 
Washburn-Wilton Tournament
 
Gold Bracket
 
Semifinal
Central McLean def. Washburn (2-1) 22-25, 25-14, 25-8
Garrison def. Drake-Anamoose (2-0) 25-23, 25-14
3rd Place
Drake-Anamoose def. Washburn (2-0) 25-21, 27-25
Champioship
Garrison def. Central McLean (2-0) 25-19, 25-9
 
Silver Bracket
 
Semifinal
Trenton def. New Salem-Almont (2-0) 25-23, 25-20
Grant County def. Flasher (2-0) 25-11, 25-19
3rd Place
Flasher def. New Salem-Almont (2-0) 25-12, 25-13
Championship
Grant County def. Trenton (2-0) 25-17, 25-22
 
Bronze Bracket
 
Semifinal
Tioga def. Wilton-Wing (2-1) 21-25, 25-12, 15-5
South Prairie-Max def. Harvey-Wells County (2-0) 25-17, 25-12
3rd Place
Harvey-Wells County def. Wilton-Wing (2-1) 17-25, 25-14, 15-10
Championship
Tioga def. South Prairie-Max (2-1) 25-16, 22-25, 15-11
 
Consolation Bracket
 
Semifinal
Stanley def. North Shore-Plaza (2-0) 25-17, 25-22
Divide County def Killdeer (2-1) 25-18, 23-25, 15-6
3rd Place
Killdeer def. North Shore-Plaza (2-0) 25-12, 25-13
Championship
Divide County def. Stanley (2-0) 25-13, 25-17
 
 
College Football
Bemidji State def. Minot State, 59-14
 
College Mens Hockey
Minot State def. Jamestown, 6-1
 
College Womens Hockey
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology def. Minot State, 1-0
 
College Womens Volleyball
Concordia-St. Paul def. Minot State (3-0) 25-9, 25-14, 25-14
 
NAHL Hockey
Minot Minotauros 4, Bismarck Bobcats 1
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UND FOOTBALL
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – After going down 11 points late in the first half, North Dakota (3-2, 2-1 MVFC) ended the game on a 38-10 scoring run to defeat No. 7 Missouri State (2-3, 0-2 MVFC), 48-31, inside the Alerus Center on Saturday afternoon.
 
An interception led to an MSU touchdown with just over two minutes left before halftime to extend its lead to 21-10, but UND rattled off 24 straight points between that point and the early moments of the fourth quarter to claim a 34-21 lead heading into the final stanza. A Bears field goal in the first moments of the fourth quarter ended their scoring drought to trim the deficit to 34-24, but the Hawks responded five plays later with a 54-yard touchdown scamper from Isaiah Smith to extend the North Dakota lead back to 41-24.
 
The Hawks added another touchdown seven minutes later with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Schuster to Garett Maag to put the game out of reach for the Bears with just under five minutes to go. Missouri State would score with 1:43 left in the game but was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick and North Dakota ran out the final moments to secure the 48-31 win over Missouri State.
UND had a well-balanced attack, finishing with 515 yards of offense (248 on the ground and 267 through the air). Comparatively, MSU ended with 389 yards of offense with 271 yards passing and 118 yards rushing.
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NDSU FOOTBALL
 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – Fullback Hunter Luepke accounted for 106 total yards and two touchdowns as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State picked up a 27-14 win over Youngstown State on Saturday, Oct. 1, before a homecoming crowd of 18,055 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Kobe Johnson added a touchdown run and Griffin Crosa converted two field goals for the Bison, who won their 13th consecutive home game to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
 
Luepke scored on runs of two and 12 yards in the first quarter with the first score coming two plays after a leaping 27-yard catch over a YSU defender at the 2-yard line. He rushed 13 times for 72 yards and made two catches for 34 yards.
 
Youngstown State running back Jaleel McLaughlin had 17 carries for 150 yards, including a 44-yard run that gave YSU a first-and-goal at the 5 before the Bison defense stiffened. Michael Tutsie’s tackle at the goal line set up fourth-and-goal from the 1, but YSU settled for a 22-yard field goal after a false start to cut the Bison lead to 14-3.
 
NDSU answered with a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by Kobe Johnson’s 17-yard TD run, which came one play after Cam Miller connected with Zach Mathis for 17 yards on third-and-15. It was 21-3 at halftime.
 
Crosa’s 39-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the game put the Bison ahead 24-6, but McLaughlin hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Davidson and the two-point conversion cut NDSU’s lead to 24-14 with 4:30 to play.
 
YSU nearly recovered its own onside kick, but it went out of bounds at midfield. The Bison ran nine plays with Crosa’s 38-yard field goal extending the lead to 27-14.
 
Linebacker Nick Kubitz had a team-high seven tackles, Tutsie made his 11th career interception, and Spencer Waege had 2.5 tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks to lead the Bison defense.
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UND HOCKEY
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – No. 4 North Dakota struck four times in the second period en route to a 5-1 exhibition win over Manitoba on Saturday night from Ralph Engelstad Arena.
 
Five-different Fighting Hawks found the back of the scoresheet while Drew DeRidder and Kaleb Johnson combined for 11 saves to polish off a strong opening performance from the hosts despite a shortened lineup.
 
Trailing 1-0 midway through the first, Griffin Ness knotted the game with a goal off a rebound to send the teams to the locker room tied after 20 minutes. Just 21 seconds into the middle stanza, Jake Schmaltz cashed in on a rebound goal of his own to put the Hawks in front, 2-1, and sparked a four-goal period.
 
Dylan James, making his collegiate debut, wired a shot past goaltender Brett Murphy off a face-off win to double the lead, 3-1, before Tyler Kleven struck on a slick move to the net less than a minute later and Chris Jandric put the finishing touches on the offensive frame with a goal on a 2-on-0 to build a 5-1 advantage.
 
UND played a majority of the final period on the disadvantage, killing off a trio of Manitoba power play opportunities to preserve the 5-1 victory.
 
North Dakota opens the regular season next Friday against Holy Cross.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase had three hits, including a home run, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night. The Tigers have won seven of eight. The Twins will have to win their final four games to finish with a .500 season. Tigers starter Drew Hutchison allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings, while Minnesota’s Dylan Bundy gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.
 
UP NEXT
The teams finish their season series this afternoon. Joey Wentz (2-2, 3.54) will start against Twins prospect Simeon Woods Richardson, who will be making his major-league debut.
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 10/01/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/01/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Des Lacs-Burlington defeated Bishop Ryan 24-15 in a Class 11B Region 3 football game we broadcast on K-Heart. The Lions got on the board halfway through period two with a touchdown pass from Jett Lundeen to Carson Merck to take a 6-0 lead. DLB would march down the field and score with 1:21 remaining in the half on a 5 yard pass from Rylan Olson to Braylin Fisher to make it 7-6 at the break. The Lakers would add three more scores in the second half, including a 60 interception return as they improve to 4-2 overall, 4-1 in Region 3. Paxton Ystaas would throw for 136 yards, one TD, and one INT. Rylan Olson was his favorite receiver with four catches for 95 yards and one TD. Logan Rist led the ground game with 40 carries for 110 yards. Bishop Ryan was led by Jett Lundeen passing for 79 yards, two TD’s, and two INT’s. He also rushed for 39 yards. The Lions had four turnovers including two lost fumbles. Bishop Ryan drops to 3-4 overall, 3-2 in Region 3.
 
Other scores from Friday:
 
High School Football
 
Class 11AA
#1 Fargo Davies def. Fargo South (11A #1), 34-7
#2 West Fargo Sheyenne def. Minot High, 27-14
#3 Mandan def. Bismarck High, 63-22
#4 Fargo Shanley def. #5 Bismarck Legacy, 28-16
West Fargo def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 30-7
 
Class 11A
#2 Jamestown def. Dickinson, 33-8
#4 Valley City def. Wahpeton, 40-6
#5 Grand Forks Red River def. #3 Fargo North, 38-6
Grand Forks Central def. West Fargo Horace, 49-14
 
Class 11B
#1 Kindred def. Central Cass, 28-0
#2 Dickinson Trinity def. Hazen, 51-50
#3 Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose def. Stanley, 46-7
Hillsboro-Central Valley def. #4 Bottineau, 27-0
#5 Thompson def. Fargo Oak Grove, 35-11
Ray-Powers Lake def. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 30-26
South Prairie-Max def. Nedrose, 50-27
Beulah def. Shiloh Christian, 50-36
Killdeer def. Southern McLean, 28-22
Bowman County def. Heart River, 24-8
Rugby def. Park River Area, 26-20
Carrington def. Harvey-Wells County, 28-6
Linton-HMB def. Sargent County, 20-18
Lisbon def. Northern Cass, 46-6
Oakes def. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 26-6
 
Class 9B
#1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Hankinson, 48-0
#2 New Salem-Almont def. Kidder County, 44-0
#3 Cavalier def. Benson County, 50-0
#4 May-Port-CG def. Enderlin, 56-14
#5 North Prairie def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 36-8
Surrey def. Alexander, 42-0
Divide County def. Lewis & Clark, 44-14
Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 50-16
Dunseith def. TGU, 58-14
St. John def. Tioga, 44-14
South Border def. Central McLean, 52-6
Hettinger County def. Hettinger-Scranton, 22-8
Grant County-Flasher def. Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, 44-12
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter def. Beach, 42-20
Four Winds def. North Star, 32-26
North Border def. Midway-Minto, 76-0
Larimore def. Nelson County, 28-18
Richland def. Hatton-Northwood, 34-22
Maple River def. Griggs-Midkota, 40-8
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood def. Tri-State, 53-0
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MINOT, ND – The West Region Boys Tennis Tournament continued Friday at Hammond Park in Minot with the individual tournament. Today’s single semifinals at 11 am include Hunter Rice of Minot High against Mason Lunzman of Jamestown and Anthony Janes of Bismarck Legacy against Tyler Wahl of Bismarck High. A couple other Minot High players are still in the running for a state tournament birth as Josh Hegtad plays Nolan Callahan in a Loser Out match at 9:30 am.
 
In doubles play, a pair of Minot High duos meet in the semifinals as Grayson Schaefer/Brayden McLean take on Aidan Diehl/Sam Griffith at 11 am. The other semi has Jared Pitcher/Beau Zander of Bismarck Century against Karter Hatzenbuhler/Brady Helbling of Mandan.
The top eight placers move on to the state tournament.
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MINOT, ND – The WDA Boys Soccer Tournament will be held today at Bismarck St. Mary’s High School.
 
High School Boys Soccer
WDA Tournament – Our Lady of Victory Stadium at Bismarck St. Mary’s
 
State Qualifier
(4) Bismarck Century vs (5) Jamestown, 12 pm
(3) Bismarck High vs (6) Mandan, 2 pm
Championship
(1) Minot High vs (2) Bismarck Legacy, 4 pm
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MINOT, ND – One of premier in-season Class B volleyball tournaments is this weekend with the Laker Invite. Pool play began on Friday and continues this morning in Des Lacs and Burlington before tournament action this afternoon. The field features 11 of 17 teams listed in the latest Class B volleyball poll.
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MINOT, ND – Other scores from Friday:
 
College Mens Hockey
Minot State def. Jamestown, 4-3
 
College Womens Hockey
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology def. Minot State, 5-1
 
College Womens Soccer
Minot State def. Northern State, 2-1
 
College Womens Volleyball
Minnesota State-Mankato def. Minot State (3-0) 25-9, 25-19, 25-18
 
NAHL Hockey
Bismarck Bobcats def. Minot Minotauros, 4-0
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MINOT, ND – College football today features the “Battle of the Beavers” here in Minot. Minot State (0-4) will host Bemidji State (2-2) at First Western Bank Field at Herb Parker Stadium at 1 pm. The MSU Beavers will be looking for their first victory in 20 years against a tough BSU Beavers team as Bemidji State owns a 21-1 record against Minot State. The lone Minot State victory coming back on Sept. 7th, 2002 when Minot State traveled to Bemidji and snuck away with a 35-28 win.
 
North Dakota (2-2) returns home this weekend to welcome #7 Missouri State (2-2) to the Alerus Center for their Homecoming game. The Fighting Hawks and Bears have met on the gridiron on four occasions and the series is tied 2-2. Kickoff is at Noon.
 
#1 North Dakota State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) hosts Youngstown State (2-1, 0-0 MVFC) in the annual homecoming game today at 1 pm. This is the 17th meeting between North Dakota State and Youngstown State dating back to 1972. NDSU has won 10 straight to take a 12-4 lead in the series including a 49-17 victory in Youngstown last year.
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TWINS-TIGERS
 
DETROIT (AP) — Jake Ryan allowed five hits in six innings and the Minnesota Twins blanked Detroit 7-0 on Friday night, the Tigers’ 22nd shutout loss of the season. Detroit had its six-game winning streak snapped and surpassed the 1973 New York Yankees and 1976 Chicago White Sox, whose 21 times shut out were the most in the American League in the DH era. Ryan (13-8) walked one and struck out eight. He fanned Miguel Cabrera and Spencer Torkelson to start the second, tying and breaking Francisco Liriano’s franchise record of 144 strikeouts for a rookie pitcher. Ryan went 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA in four starts against the Tigers this season, striking out 33 batters in 23 2/3 innings. Tigers starter Tyler Alexander (4-11) allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.
 
UP NEXT
The teams play the second game of their weekend series this evening, with Detroit’s Drew Hutchinson (3-9, 4.54) facing Dylan Bundy (8-8, 4.93).
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VIKINGS-INJURIES
 
WARE, England (AP) — Vikings outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith was listed Friday as questionable for Minnesota’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium because of a knee injury. First-year coach Kevin O’Connell said Smith will be a game-time decision. “He’s one of our most important players, obviously, but I want him to feel good about playing and feel like he can be his normal self,” O’Connell said Friday. “I think he’s trending that way, but it will be a game-time decision.” Smith was limited in practice at the team’s temporary training facility next to its hotel 23 miles north of central London. He had missed the prior two practices before the Vikings left Minnesota.
 
Cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (quadriceps) was listed as doubtful for the NFL’s first international game of the season.
 
Running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) was a full participant for the second consecutive day. Cook leads the Vikings with 203 yards rushing. The Saints have allowed 145 yards or more on the ground in two of their first three games. “He had a good day yesterday, full practice, and then obviously got on the plane, was ready to go today, had a good practice today,” O’Connell said. “Dalvin is excited about the opportunity this weekend.”
 
The 30-year-old Smith, who signed a three-year deal with the Vikings in the offseason, is tied atop the NFL with five tackles for loss. Smith was a Pro Bowl pick in 2019 and 2020 for Green Bay, but he suffered a major back injury last season and appeared in only one game.
 
The Saints arrived Monday but the Vikings landed in the British capital on Friday morning, choosing to stick to their regular schedule and time zone as much as possible. “Once we got here, it felt like a pretty normal Friday for us,” O’Connell said. “We’re trying to make this as normal as possible.” The Vikings said their plan for the flight was to offer melatonin and eye masks and to dim the lights right after takeoff. “As soon as I had my little medicine, I was out,” wide receiver Justin Jefferson said. “I was trying to get the most rest I could. But I mean, it’s definitely difficult being on the plane for that long, trying to get the proper rest that you need.”
 
 
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 09/30/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/30/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – It’s Friday! That means high school football is on the air tonight. We’ll have a Class 11B Region 3 contest as Bishop Ryan hosts Des Lacs-Burlington. Both teams are 3-1 in region and tied for third in the standings. Pre-game is set for 6:40 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at khrt.com.
 
Scores from Thursday:
 
High School Football
 
Class 11AA
Bismarck Century def. Williston, 34-7
 
Class 11B
Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. Grafton, 48-12
 
 
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Minot High 98, Bismarck Century 88
 
 
High School Girls Volleyball
 
Class A
#2 Bismarck Century def. Bismarck Legacy (3-1) 23-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-12
#4 Jamestown def. Dickinson (3-1) 25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22
Minot High def. Williston (3-2) 22-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-9
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Watford City (3-1) 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 25-13
 
Class B
#2 Kenmare-Bowbells def. Powers Lake-Burke Central (3-0) 25-19, 25-14, 25-17
Drake-Anamoose def. Velva (3-1) 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19
Rugby def. Glenburn (3-0) 25-9, 30-28, 25-10
Bottineau def. TGU (3-0) 25-14, 25-8, 25-15
North Prairie def. Newburg-Westhope (3-0) 25-17, 25-21, 25-20
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. St. John (3-0)
Garrison def. Shiloh Christian (3-0) 25-22, 25-22, 25-9
Washburn def. Hazen (3-0) 25-20, 25-17, 25-17
Killdeer def. North Shore-Plaza (3-0) 25-23, 25-5, 25-9
Trenton def. Alexander (3-0) 25-21, 25-14, 25-13
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MINOT, ND – Minot High repeated as the winner of the team dual portion of the West Region Boys Tennis Tournament yesterday. The top four teams advance to the state tournament next week. The individual portion of the WDA Tournament is today and tomorrow.
 
High School Boys Tennis
West Region Tournament – Hammond Park in Minot
 
First Round
#1 Minot High, bye
#4 Mandan def. #5 Williston, 4-1
#3 Bismarck Century def. #6 Bismarck High, 5-0
#2 Bismarck Legacy def. #7 Jamestown, 4-1
Loser Out
#5 Williston, bye
#7 Jamestown def. #6 Bismarck High, 3-2
Semifinal
#1 Minot High def. #4 Mandan, 4-1
#2 Bismarck Legacy def. #3 Bismarck Century, 3-2
State Qualifier
#3 Bismarck Century def. #5 Williston, 4-1
#4 Mandan def. #7 Jamestown, 5-0
Championship
#1 Minot High def. #2 Bismarck Legacy, 4-1
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In his fifth organization in five years, Mark Payton has needed plenty of patience to make it back to the Major Leagues. Just like his at-bat that led to the winning run and stopped the Chicago White Sox’s eight-game losing streak. Payton had two hits and an RBI and sparked an eighth-inning rally by reaching on an error in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Born in Orland Park, Illinois, Payton went to St. Rita High School in Chicago. He was drafted three times, first by the Twins in 2010 and last by the New York Yankees in the seventh round in 2014 out of the University of Texas. After playing in parts of the last two seasons with Cincinnati, Payton hit .293 with 25 homers and 95 RBIs in 119 games this year for Triple-A Charlotte. In the eighth, Payton fouled off seven pitches from Caleb Thielbar (4-3) in a 12-pitch at-bat that ended with a lazy pop-up to second base. But Nick Gordon, who had a two-run double for the Twins in the first inning, flat-out dropped it for a two-base error. Payton moved up on a wild pitch before José Abreu ripped an RBI double.
 
The Twins announced an attendance of 23,397, and finished their 13th year at Target Field with an official season total of 1,801,128. That’s their lowest for a full schedule unaffected by the pandemic since 2001, when they drew 1,782,926 at the Metrodome. The per-game average this year of 22,236 ranks 20th in the major leagues.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Joe Ryan (12-8, 3.70 ERA) pitches today to start a three-game series at Detroit.
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ARRAEZ-BATTING TITLE
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An already historic season by New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge could well be capped with baseball’s first Triple Crown in 10 years. Minnesota’s Luis Arraez is standing in his way. After going 2 for 5 for the Twins on Thursday in their loss to the Chicago White Sox, Arraez pulled ahead of Judge by two points — when rounding up — in the AL batting race. The Yankees were off. With one week to go in the regular season, Arraez’s average is .3147, Judge is at .3134 and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts is third at .3088. The Yankees have seven games left, with six each for the Twins and Red Sox. With 61 home runs — which matched the much-watched AL record on Wednesday — and 130 RBIs, Judge has those two categories locked up.
 
The batting average will be harder to get, thanks to Arraez. Miguel Cabrera last accomplished the Triple Crown feat for Detroit in 2012. Before that, Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski was the previous to do it in 1967. “No pressure. But I just try to hit the ball, try to get the barrel there,” Arraez, a fourth-year infielder, said on Wednesday. “Baseball is hard, but I just need to trust myself and go out there and play hard.” With real-time statistics staring at him from the giant scoreboard at Target Field or on the iPad when he watches video of his at-bats, Arraez can’t help but keep track of the competition. But he’s tried his best not to overthink this. “I just need to enjoy the game and then finish strong,” said Arraez, who has played mostly first base, second base and designated hitter and was picked for his first All-Star game this year.
 
The Twins, who fell out of playoff contention with a rough start to the month, have relished the opportunity to watch one of their most popular players work his craft down the stretch. “I think he’s gotten to a point of calm and he’s gotten to a point where he’s just worried about going out there and trying to hit some line drives,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. Arraez was hitting as high as .362 on June 21, .342 on July 23 and .336 on Aug. 16. His powerfully compact and consistent swing and the ability and willingness to spray the ball all over the field have evoked among Twins fans and the organization memories of Rod Carew. Carew won seven batting titles for the Twins, who also had Tony Oliva (three), Joe Mauer (three) and Kirby Puckett (one) lead the AL in average. “I think he’s going to have many opportunities in his career as the years go on where he’s kind of fighting it out for this great distinction,” Baldelli said.
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WILD-STARS PRE-SEASON
 
DALLAS – Marco Rossi had a goal and an assist for the Minnesota Wild in a 5-2 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Jonas Brodin also had a goal and an assist, Tyson Jost had three assists, and Mason Shaw had two assists for the Wild. Jesper Wallstedt made 33 saves.
 
Ty Dellandrea and Nils Lundkvist scored, and Anton Khudobin made 23 saves for the Stars.
 
Rossi scored a short-handed goal to put Minnesota in front 1-0 at 9:01 of the first period, but Dellandrea scored his own short-handed goal to tie it 1-1 at 13:35. Mats Zuccarello gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at 15:57 with a power-play goal. Brodin pushed the lead to 3-1 at 14:03 of the second period, and Jared Spurgeon scored 2:39 into the third period to make it 4-1. Lundkvist cut it to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 8:33. Sam Steel scored at 12:51 for the 5-2 final.
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NFL-THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
 
CINCINNATI (AP) — Behind an overhauled offensive line coalescing in front of quarterback Joe Burrow and a defense forcing turnovers, the Cincinnati Bengals are looking more like the defending AFC champions. After losing their first two games, the Bengals have reeled off two wins in a span of five days. They beat the New York Jets on Sunday, then turned around and took down Miami 27-15 in a Thursday night game marred by the horrific sight of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being taken off the field on a stretcher. Tagovailoa was taken to a hospital, but was expected to be released and fly home with the team. Coach Mike McDaniel said the QB sustained a concussion.
 
Burrow tossed a late a 2-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Hurst to seal the win after Cincinnati safety Vonn Bell picked off Miami backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with three minutes left in the game. Burrow was 20 for 31 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Tee Higgins caught seven passes for 124 yards and a TD for Cincinnati (2-2). Evan McPherson kicked two fourth-quarter field goals — including a 57-yarder — when the Bengals’ drives stalled.
 
Tagovailoa was 8 for 14 for 110 yards and an interception before his injury. Teddy Bridgewater finished 14 for 23 for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception in relief. Tyreek Hill paced the Dolphins (3-1) with 10 catches for 160 yards. Jason Sanders kicked three field goals and had one blocked. He also missed a point-after attempt.
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 09/29/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/29/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Only a slight change to this weeks Class 11B and Class 9B football polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)                Record    Points    Last Week
1. Kindred (17)                                    6-0          85          1
2. Dickinson Trinity                             6-0          59          2
3. Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose   6-0         46          3
4. Bottineau                                         6-0         28          4
5. Thompson                                       6-0         16         RV
 
Others receiving votes: Oakes (5-1), Hillboro-Central Valley (5-1), Shiloh Christian (5-1)
 
Class 9B Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)              Record    Points    Last Week
1. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (17)    6-0           85         1
2. New Salem-Almont                     6-0           50          2
3. Cavalier                                       6-0           41          3
4. MayPort-C-G                               5-1           34          4
5. North Prairie                                6-0           28          5
 
Others receiving votes: South Border (5-1), Divide County (6-0)
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MINOT, ND – Today is the first day of the West Region boys’ tennis tournament here in Minot. It’s the team dual tournament and four teams will advance to next week’s state team dual event. Minot High is the top seed and defending region tournament champion. The individual tournament will be Friday and Saturday. The top eight placewinners in singles and doubles will qualify for state.

High School Boys Tennis

WDA Tournament – Hammond Park in Minot
 
First Round – 10 am
#1 Minot High, bye
#2 Bismarck Legacy vs #7 Jamestown
#3 Bismarck Century vs #6 Bismarck High
#4 Mandan vs #5 Williston
 
Loser Out and Semifinal – 1 pm
State Qualifiers and Championship – 4 pm
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Wallner’s late-season call-up to his home state team has been a September for the 24-year-old to remember, even if the Minnesota Twins have fallen out of contention. Wallner drove in a career-high three runs, and Gio Urshela and Jake Cave each had three hits as the Twins beat Chicago 7-4 on Wednesday night, sending the White Sox to their eighth straight loss. Jose Miranda added an RBI double for the Twins, who tied the White Sox for second place in the AL Central at 76-79 after spending the last 19 days in third. Cleveland blew by both of them over the last three weeks to clinch the division with 10 days left on the schedule. After an RBI single by Cave put the Twins on the board in the second, Wallner followed with a two-run double down the right-field line that gave them the lead for good.
 
Wallner — a native of Forest Lake, Minnesota, who was the 39th overall pick in the 2019 draft out Southern Mississippi — hit a two-run homer off Lance Lynn on Tuesday. He homered in his first career game off Shane Bieber. Wallner tacked on an RBI infield single in the fifth, when his roller up the line was scooped by José Abreu and the first baseman hesitated after considering a throw home to try to get Urshela. It was too late to try to tag Wallner.
 
Minnesota’s Luis Arraez went 2 for 5 with an RBI to creep closer in the batting race with a .3133 average. League leader Aaron Judge went 1 for 4 and is at .3134. He hit his 61st home run for the New York Yankees to tie the AL single-season record. Arraez and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (.3087) are the only ones with a legitimate chance to prevent Judge from winning the Triple Crown.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.05 ERA) takes the mound this afternoon for the White Sox. He’s winless in his last five turns. RHP Louie Varland (0-2, 5.06 ERA) pitches in the series finale for the Twins, his fourth career start.
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VIKINGS-MATTISON
 
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Through four NFL seasons, running back Alexander Mattison has started six games, serving as the understudy to Dalvin Cook’s starring role with the Minnesota Vikings. Mattison, a third-round pick in 2019 out of Boise State, has demonstrated his importance when he’s received his opportunities. In four of his starts, he’s run for at least 90 yards. He’s added five touchdowns when Cook is out of the lineup. Having Mattison available has been a luxury for Minnesota.
 
“He’s that next guy-up mentality, and if you want a guy that you want to look for to be the next guy up, I think that’s the guy in every way, shape and form,” Cook said this week. “Mentality-wise, he’s always prepared. He studies well; pro all the way around. I’m just proud of his growth every year. I see him come in. He looks bigger every year I see him. I’m just looking forward to us putting up some numbers this year and going to win a big one.”
 
“The O-line will turn around and they’ll ask, ‘Wait, were you in or was Dalvin in?’,” Mattison said. “So, that’s really good for us to be able to not miss a beat and continue just operate as a whole the way that we continued to prepare to do.” Mattison is in the final year of his rookie contract and is as valuable to Minnesota as any backup running back in the league. When Cook was hurt late in the third quarter on Sunday, Mattison again responded. Mattison had three carries for 12 yards, including a tough-earned, 6-yard touchdown. He added a 16-yard reception.
 
“I’ve talked to you guys a lot about truly feeling pretty fortunate to have a running back room set up the way we do; with multiple skill sets, with the depth of guys that can go in,” Minnesota coach Kevin O’Connell said. “I mean, Alex’s touchdown run there in the second half is just an example of his ability to just not be denied. I think he broke about three, four tackles on the play and finished on his feet in the end zone.”
 
Cook missed practice Wednesday and is considered day to day leading up to Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints in London. The Vikings don’t believe there’s much of a drop-off when Mattison is lined up in the backfield. Coaches are able to keep similar play calls, which has even led to offensive linemen being unsure of which back is in the game. Cook missed one game last season and one in 2019 with shoulder injuries, part of a string of injuries for the Vikings’ workhorse back. In all, Cook has missed 24 games because of injuries since his debut in 2018. “I wouldn’t want to go to war with nobody other than that guy being right behind me,” Cook said. “Our relationship is real close. And on the field, you see the production he give us every time that I’m down, every time that I come off the field and he goes in.”
 
Cook is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has rushed for at least 1,135 yards in each of the past three seasons, meaning Mattison has been left to spot duty or injury fill-in. He’s ready when he gets his chance. “For me, I kind of have to already be in that mode when it’s my time to get in the game,” Mattison said of coming in cold. “So, just feeding off of Dalvin’s energy, feeding off the O-line as an offense and just kind of preparing myself that way even before the time is there, just mentally, it kind of helps me out.”
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 09/28/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/28/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Fargo Oak Grove won the State Class B Girls Golf Tournament by one stroke over the defending champion. Individually, Avery Bartels won her third consecutive state title.
 
High School Girls Golf
Class B
 
State Tornament – Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot
1. Fargo Oake Grove, 713
2. Heart River, 714
3. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 716
4. Kindred, 721
5. Des Lacs-Burlington, 742
6. Grafton, 771
7. Linton-HMB, 775
8. Carrington, 784
9. Rugby, 793
10. Park River,
11. Bottineau, 815
12. Nedrose, 825
T13. Sargent County, 838
T13. Hatton-Northwood, 838
15. Hazen, 845
16. Kenmare, 882
17. Stanley, 890
18. Bowman County, 893
 
Individual Results (Top 25)
1. Avery Bartels – Kindred, 142
2. Ainsley McLain – Grafton, 148
3. Lauryn Keller – Des Lacs-Burlington, 159
T4. Elle Nicholas – North Star, 160
T4. Kacie Rexin – Carrington, 160
T4. Emma Ketterling – Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 160
7. Libby Dulmage – Rugby, 163
8. Trista Bilden – Hatton-Northwood, 165
9. Sophie Ketterling – Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 166
10. Sophie Brantner – Fargo Oake Grove, 169
11. Mackenzie Schneider – Heart River, 170
12. Paige Hulm – Linton-HMB, 173
13. Megan Robb – Heart River, 174
14. Laila Christianson – Des Lacs-Burlington, 175
T15. Molly Robb – Heart River, 176
T15. Hudsyn Hubrig – Hankinson-Lidgerwood, 176
T15. Charli McQuillan – Kindred, 176
T15. Josie Brantner – Fargo Oak Grove, 176
19. Sylvie Brantner – Fargo Oak Grove, 180
20. Sadie Neustel – Sargent County, 182
T21. Jada Schartzenberger – Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 186
T21. Meadow Roberts – Nedrose, 186
23. Lauren Holstad – Fargo Oak Grove, 188
T24. Kallie Grefsrud – Tri-State, 189
T24. Sophia Hulm – Linton-HMB, 189
 
High School Boys Soccer
WDA Tournament – Play In
(5) Jamestown 4, (8) Dickinson 0
(6) Mandan 5, (7) Williston 1
 
High School Girls Volleyball
 
Class A
#2 Bismarck Century def. Mandan (3-0) 25-14, 25-16, 25-11
#4 Jamestown def. Bismarck St. Mary’s (3-2) 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-10
#5 Bismarck Legacy def. Dickinson (3-1) 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22
Bismarck High def. Minot High (3-2) 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 16-25, 15-12
Turtle Mountain def. Devils Lake (3-1) 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15
 
Class B
#7 Dickinson Trinity def. #10 Beulah (3-1) 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19
Our Redeemer’s def. Des Lacs-Burlington (3-0) 25-23, 25-7, 25-18
Bishop Ryan def. South Prairie-Max (3-0) 25-13, 25-23, 25-16
Surrey def. Glenburn (3-0)
Bertold def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-0) 28-26, 25-16, 25-11
Velva def. Nedrose (3-1) 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 25-17
Rugby def. Drake-Anamoose (3-1) 25-20, 13-25, 25-16, 25-12
Garrison def. Central McLean (3-0) 25-17, 25-20, 25-17
North Prairie def. Harvey-Wells County (3-0) 25-19, 25-17, 25-17
North Shore-Plaza def. Mandaree (3-1) 25-11, 25-22, 21-25, 25-16
Alexander def. White Shield (3-0)
Powers Lake-Burke Central def. Tioga (3-1) 25-19, 17-25, 25-18, 9-25
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MSU GOLF
 
LAKE CITY, Minn. (MSU) – Minot State’s Taylor Cormier and Holly Knudsen led the way for the Beavers finishing 11th and 12th individual at the Watkins Invitational hosted by Winona State, which concluded Tuesday. Their efforts powered the Minot State women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the two-day tournament at The Jewel golf course. Cormier and Knudsen both finished the 36-hole event strong for Minot State as Cormier shaved five shots of her first-round score on Tuesday, and Knudsen cut 10 strokes. Cormier finished 11th at 25-over 169 (87-82), and Knudsen was 12th at 28-over 172 (91-81). Jaci Jones was next for the Minot State women, finishing 17th at 38-over 182 (93-89), while Averi Bradley tied for 19th for the Beavers at 47-over 191 (96-95), and Abigail Goettle was 25th at 65-over 209 (103-106). The Minot State women’s team was fourth with a team score of 138-over 714 (367-347). Host Winona State won the women’s title with a team score of 70-over 646 (330-316) and was led by individual tournament champion Carly Moon, who shot 9-over 153 (77-76).
 
On the men’s side, Minot State finished 13th with a two-round team total of 68-over 644 (326-318). Andrew Makarchuk led the way for the Minot State men who were 13th as a team. Makarchuk tied for 44th individually. Missouri University of Science and Technology won the team title at 12-over 588 (295-293), while there was a three-way tie for the individual top honors between Max Brud of Minnesota State, Bemidji State’s Rylin Petry, and Gustac Liljedahl of Missouri S & T, all of whom shot even-par 144s for the tournament. Makarchuk finished tied for 44th at 13-over 157 (81-76) Minot State, while Aimery Barrault was next for the Beavers, tying for 53rd at 17-over 161 (82-79), then came Zach Hendrickson, who tied for 69th at 20-over 164 (84-80), and then Casey Fjeld and Arron Grandy, who tied for 82nd at 24-over 168. Fjeld shot rounds of 85 and 83 and Grandy carded a 79 and 89.
 
The tournament was the third in three weeks for the Minot State golf teams who will wrap up the fall portion of their season next Monday and Tuesday, competing in the Yellowjacket Invitational hosted by Montana State-Billings.
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TWINS-WHITE SOX
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Wallner hit a two-run homer, Bailey Ober had a career-high 10 strikeouts and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Wednesday night. Ober (2-3) threw a career-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits. Wallner, the rookie outfielder from nearby Forest Lake, hit a towering homer in the sixth inning. It was his second homer in his 11th career game and first at home. Wallner had struck out in his first two at-bats against Chicago starter Lance Lynn. Jose Miranda added three hits for Minnesota. Lynn (7-7) gave up four runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings. White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo was ejected following Wallner’s homer. Ober is trying to finish off the season strong after coming back from the injured list. He missed more than three months with a right groin strain. He’s allowed 10 hits and three runs over 17 1/3 innings in three starts since his return. The 6-foot-9 right-hander didn’t allow a hit until Yoán Moncada’s one-out double in the fourth. Ober struck out four of the first six batters he faced and twice struck out the side. He struck out five batters in a row at one point. Chicago struck out 14 times in the game.
 
UP NEXT
RHP Johnny Cueto (7-9, 3.15 ERA) starts for Chicago in the second game of the series tonight. The Twins will go with RHP Josh Winder (4-5, 4.20).
 
 
 

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K-Heart Sports – 09/27/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/27/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The State Class B Girls Golf Tournament will finish today at the Souris Valley Golf Course. After day one defending champion Heart River is in second and two-time defending individual champ Avery Bartels leads the field.
 
High School Girls Golf
Class B
 
State Tournament – Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot
First Round
1. Fargo Oak Grove, +65
2. Heart River, +67
3. Kindred, +74
T4. Des Lacs-Burlington, +75
T4. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, +75
6. Grafton, +96
7. Linton-HMB, +100
8. Rugby, +107
9. Carrington, +110
10. Park River +111
11. Hatton-Northwood, +124
12. Bottineau, +126
13. Nedrose, +128
14. Sargent County, +138
15. Hazen, +141
16. Kenmare, +150
17. Bowman County, +158
18. Stanley, +166
 
Individual after First Round (Top 10)
1. Avery Bartels of Kindred, -3
2. Lauryn Keller of DLB, +3
3. Ainsley McLain of Grafton, +4
4. Dibby Dulmage of Rugby, +7
5. Elle Nicholas of North Star, +8
6. Trista Bilden of Hatton-Northwood, +9
T7. Emma Ketterling of Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, +10
T7. Kacie Rexin of Carrington, +10
T9. Charli McQuillan of Kindred, +11
T9. Mackenzee Schneider of Heart River, +11
T9. Sophie Brantner of Fargo Oak Grove, +11
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MINOT, ND – For the fifth consecutive year, Bismarck Century has won the WDA Girls Golf Tournament. The top 6 teams qualified for the state tournament next week at Jamestown Country Club.
 
High School Girls Golf
Class A
 
West Region Tournament – Jamestown Country Club
1. Bismarck Century, 320
2. Bismarck Legacy, 342
3. Mandan, 350
4. Minot High, 357
5. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 369
6. Jamestown, 386
7. Williston, 389
8. Minot North, 404
9. Dickinson, 409
10. Bismarck High, 411
11. Watford City, 440
 
Medalist: Ava Kalanek of Bismarck Legacy, 72
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MINOT, ND – There are changes in this weeks Class 11AA and Class 11A polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
 
Class 11AA Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)       Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo Davies (15)                4-1          87         1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (2)    4-1          71         2
3. Mandan (1)                           4-1          50         3
4. Fargo Shanley                      4-1          35         4
5. Bismarck Legacy                  4-1          20        RV
 
Others receiving votes: Minot High (3-2)
 
Class 11A Football Poll
 
Team (First Place Votes)      Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo South (12)                4-1           83          4
2. Jamestown (2)                   4-1           59          1
3. Fargo North                        4-1           54          2
4. Valley City (4)                     5-0           52          5
5. Grand Forks Red River       4-2          18          3
 
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (3-2)
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VIKINGS-OFFENSE
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After opening with a decisive win against the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings have been tested the past two weeks. A Minnesota offense looking to make a jump under new coach Kevin O’Connell is still a work in progress. But a three-play, 56-yard drive in the final minute Sunday against Detroit led to a comeback win and has the Vikings tied atop the NFC North while enduring their growing pains. With star receiver Justin Jefferson being taken away by opponents and with running back Dalvin Cook out of the game with an injury, quarterback Kirk Cousins found K.J. Osborn for two big plays, including a 28-yard touchdown with 45 seconds remaining in Sunday’s 28-24 win. “We’re still getting there,” Cousins said after the game. “We’re still getting there. And I think you can see today, it’s not where I want it to be. It’s a good plan. It’s just, time on task. Every game, we’re learning something and getting better. But we just don’t have time. We’ve got to get it locked in.”
 
Minnesota had 317 total yards before the game-winning drive. Through three weeks, the Vikings are 18th in the NFL in offensive yards (344 per game) and tied for 17th in points per game (19.3) entering Monday. “We’re just continuing to evolve and we are still just three games into, officially, our guys running this system and this offense, so there’s going to be some times where we’ve got to try to have that learning curve happen on the fly,” O’Connell said Monday. “We’ve got such talented players that we feel strongly about when they do that and when they feel comfortable completely, the execution will be a bit more consistent across the board and we’ll be at our best.”
 
Despite entering O’Connell’s first season as coach, Minnesota chose health over preseason game repetitions, sitting out much of the first-team offense for the three games. In Week 1 against Green Bay, the Vikings didn’t show many signs of novelty, racing out to a 20-0 lead and putting up 395 yards. The past two weeks, with Philadelphia and Detroit able to see what Minnesota did against the Packers, the execution on offense has been a bigger challenge. “Sometimes, for whatever reason, it can be one or 11, where there’s just some indecisiveness somewhere across the board of guys doing their jobs depending on the look,” O’Connell said.
 
WHAT’S WORKING
Cook left Sunday’s game late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury when he fumbled on his final carry. Before that, the Vikings’ offensive line opened up several holes in the running game. Cook’s longest run was 13 yards, but he averaged 5.6 yards per carry. With one cut, he often found running room straight up the middle of the defense.
 
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Cousins, who has only been sacked four times, has 32 pass attempts while being blitzed this season, according to SportRadar. He’s completed just 12 passes for 81 yards. His 51.0 passer rating in those situations is ahead of only New England’s Mac Jones and Chicago’s Justin Fields. Cousins is 0 for 9 when facing at least six rushers.
 
STOCK UP
Osborn was expected to have an increased role under O’Connell, with three-receiver sets becoming more common. The third-year receiver only had six targets in the first two games, catching five passes for 39 yards. With Jefferson drawing extra attention, Osborn came through on Sunday. He had five catches on eight targets for 73 yards in the game. On the final drive, Osborn got loose for two 28-yard receptions.
 
STOCK DOWN
Greg Joseph had been perfect through two games, hitting three field goals and three extra-point attempts. On Sunday, he connected on all four of his PATs, but missed a pair of 56-yard field goals. Joseph has already made one 56-yard attempt this season for his career-long conversion, but neither attempt Sunday was close. “My confidence will not waver in Greg, and everybody in that locker room feels that same way,” O’Connell said.
 
INJURED
Cook’s status will be one to watch. He sustained another shoulder injury, with O’Connell calling it a subluxation. Cook has played in the past with a harness on the shoulder. “He’s pretty sore today, but obviously something he’s familiar with, with his shoulder,” O’Connell said. “He’s tough, he’s rip and ready to try to get back out there and go, but we’ll take it day to day.” Safety Harrison Smith, who missed Sunday with a concussion, has passed testing and will be eased into practice with the expectation he’ll play this week. O’Connell said he hopes rookie cornerback Andrew Booth, who’s missed two games with a quadriceps injury, will get back to practice this week.
 
KEY NUMBER
58.62: The completion rate for Cousins over the past two weeks. A career 66.8% passer, Cousins completed 71.88% in Week 1 and is 22nd in the league in completion rate this season (62.2%).
 
NEXT STEPS
Another week provides another challenge for Minnesota. This time, it’s the opponent and the circumstances. The Vikings will practice at home Wednesday and Thursday before leaving to play the New Orleans Saints in London on Sunday.
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NFL-MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
 
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — CeeDee Lamb was angry with himself in the second quarter after dropping a wide-open pass and costing the Dallas Cowboys a possible touchdown. It was just embarrassing. The star receiver more than made up for it with the game on the line, making a one-handed TD catch with 8:30 to play to cap a go-ahead drive that gave the Cowboys a 23-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night. “He’s CeeDee Lamb,” Dallas quarterback Cooper Rush said after hitting Lamb four times on the 89-yard drive. “Guy’s open a lot. Makes big-time catches. That fade catch was unbelievable. I’m sure he wants that other one back, but made tons of plays for us, like usual.” Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 1-yard run to ignite a comeback from a seven-point deficit and Brett Maher kicked three field goals as the Cowboys (2-1) beat the Giants (2-1) for the 10th time in 11 games and handed coach Brian Daboll his first loss. Rush threw for 210 yards, including the 1-yard touchdown to Lamb, in winning his second straight game filling in for injured Dak Prescott (thumb). Lamb finished with eight catches for 87 yards, but also dropped a potential 52-yard TD pass. He paced the sideline after the play and teammates walked over to encourage him. Dallas came into the game having allowed only one touchdown in each of its first two games, and the trend continued Monday night. The defense hounded Daniel Jones, sacking him five times, with DeMarcus Lawrence tying his career high with three. Jones finished 20 of 37 for 196 yards and ran nine times for 79 yards. Barkley finished with 81 yards on 14 carries.
 
 

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