K-Heart Sports – 09/26/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/26/22 – 0700
FAYETTE, IOWA- The Minot State Beavers women’s soccer team (3-2-4, 3-1-2 NSIC) picked up a huge 1-0 road victory against the Upper Iowa Peacocks (2-4-3, 1-2-3 NSIC). The win helps the Beavers maintain a top five spot in the conference standings as they are in fifth place. Senior Chloe Allan punctured the back of the net just 8:31 into the game thanks to a penalty kick. Maddie Kindred made 2 saves for Minot State for her fourth shutout of the season. The Beavers are back on the road this coming weekend at Northern State and Moorhead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have been trying to craft under new coach Kevin O’Connell a diverse and unpredictable offense that can still succeed when their best players are taken away. Lessons from a lopsided loss a week earlier led to a more complete and sound performance on Sunday — capped by a stadium-rocking, last-minute rally. K.J. Osborn caught the go-ahead, 28-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins with 45 seconds remaining, and the Vikings came back to beat the Detroit Lions 28-24.
Leading by three after Minnesota turned the ball over on downs at its 47 with 2:32 left, Detroit coach Dan Campbell — who went for it on fourth down six times — elected to try a 54-yard field goal that he second-guessed himself for afterward. Austin Seibert pushed the kick wide right with 1:10 remaining. After an incompletion to Osborn, Cousins hit his No. 3 wide receiver for a 28-yard gain to set up the touchdown. Osborn blew by former Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes on a corner route to snag the pass in stride and cruise across the goal line to give Minnesota (2-1) the lead for the first time.
Dalvin Cook rushed for 96 yards and a score before leaving with a shoulder injury for the Vikings, who fell behind 14-0 and 24-14 before the rally that gave them a winning record at the end of September for the first time since they were 3-0 in 2016. With Jefferson bottled up, Osborn (five catches for 73 yards) and Adam Thielen (six catches for 61 yards) caught touchdown passes from Cousins. With Cook sidelined, Alexander Mattison took over in the backfield and scored on a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
The Vikings play New Orleans in London next Sunday. It’s considered a home game for the Saints.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers withstood a late rally led by Tom Brady to hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 14-12 victory on Sunday. Rodgers tossed TD passes of 5 yards to Romeo Doubs and 6 yards to Allen Lazard on his team’s first two possessions, while the Bucs’ offense sputtered much of the day. Brady finally got the Bucs into the end zone on a 1-yard pass to Russell Gage, capping a 90-yard drive with 14 seconds remaining. Tampa Bay’s bid to force overtime with a 2-point conversion was thwarted, first by a delay-of-game penalty and then an incomplete pass.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder late in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Cook had 17 carries for a season-high 96 yards and his first touchdown of the year, but on a first-down run near midfield he ran into the back of his left guard Ezra Cleveland and had the ball fly out of his arms and recovered by the Lions. Whether Cook was hurt in the collision or in the pile during the scrum for the fumble was unclear, but he immediately grabbed his left arm in pain and jogged off the field for further examination. Alexander Mattison took over for Cook and scored on a short run midway through the fourth quarter that brought the Vikings within 24-21 on their way to a 28-24 comeback victory.
Cook has had shoulder injuries in the past, forcing him to sit out one game in 2021 and two games in 2019. He has never missed fewer than two games in any of his first five years in the NFL. Afterward, Cook told coach Kevin O’Connell he planned to play next week in London against New Orleans, and O’Connell expressed optimism about Cook’s status. “We should have some time to hopefully get him turned over,” O’Connell said.
Mattison, who had seven carries for 28 yards and one catch for 16 yards, gave Cook a pat on the shoulder pads as he took the field for the decisive drive and Cook looked on from the bench. “You can’t break him,” Mattison said. “He’s one of those guys that just pushes through everything in life that way — strong-minded, strong-willed.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Trout had three hits, including his 37th homer of the season, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 10-3 on Sunday. Trout also doubled twice, walked and scored three runs. Shohei Ohtani had two hits, including an RBI single in the ninth that keyed a five-run rally that broke open the game. Ohtani’s RBI was his 93rd of the season, giving him an outside chance at driving in 100 runs for the second straight year. Carlos Correa doubled twice and Jose Miranda went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Twins, who have lost nine of their last 11. Catcher Caleb Hamilton homered in the eighth inning for his first major league hit.
RHP Bailey Ober (1-3, 3.71) will face RHP Lance Lynn (7-6, 4.02) as Minnesota begins its final home series of the season on Tuesday against the White Sox.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge remained at 60 home runs, one short of Roger Maris’ American League record, when the New York Yankees’ 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox was called after six innings because of rain. Judge went 1 for 2 with a double and was due up next for the Yankees when play was stopped. The game was called after a 98-minute delay, sending Judge to Toronto still in pursuit of Maris. New York can clinch the AL East title Monday night with a victory over the Blue Jays.


K-Heart Sports – 09/25/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/25/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Saturday’s scores:
High School Boys Cross Country
Border Battle – Lincoln Park in Grand Forks
1. Williston, 36
2. Grand Forks Red River, 87
3. Bismarck Century, 87
4. Fargo North, 112
5. Dickinson, 112
6. Grand Forks Central, 207
8. Devils Lake, 232
9. Hawley, MN, 244
10. Jamestown, 256
11. Mandan, 270
12. Watford City, 306
13. Fargo Shanley, 332
14. East Grand Forks, MN, 367
15. Thief River Falls, MN, 390
16. Detroit Lakes, MN, 442
17. Milaca, MN, 475
18. West Fargo Horace, 501
Individual winner: Fynn Krenz of Williston, 15:32
High School Girls Cross Country
Border Battle – Lincoln Park in Grand Forks
1. Grand Forks Red River, 59
2. Williston, 67
3. Fargo Shanley, 115
4. Valley City, 130
5. Hawley, MN, 149
6. Dickinson, 177
7. Watford City, 181
8. Fargo North, 189
9. Mandan, 195
10. Jamestown, 222
11. Detroit Lakes, MN, 249
12. Grand Forks Central, 280
13. Thief River Falls, MN, 326
14. Milaca, MN, 417
Individual winner: Jaelyn Ogle of Watford City, 18:41
Mustang Invite – Anoka, MN
1. Prior Lake, MN, 61
2. Northfield, MN, 89
3. Eden Prairie, MN, 105
4. Andover, MN, 112
5. Minot, 124
High School Football
Independent & 6-Man
Trenton def. Drayton, 57-25
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Minot High Invite
1. Minot High, 544
2. Bismarck Legacy, 300
3. Grand Forks Central, 288
4. Williston, 236
5. Grand Forks Red River, 229
6. Mandan, 184
7. Bismarck Century, 162
8. Bismarck High, 137
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
Jamestown def. Turtle Mountain (3-0) 25-13, 25-17, 25-10
Class B
Devils Lake Tournament
First Round
Glenburn def. Devils Lake JV (2-0) 25-14, 25-18
Nedrose def. Larimore (2-0) 25-12, 25-11
Bottineau def. Midway-Minto (2-0) 25-9, 25-12
Velva def. St. John (2-0) 25-13, 25-14
Second Round
North Star def. Glenburn (2-0) 25-18, 25-12
Kidder County def. Nedrose (2-0) 25-12, 25-23
North Prairie def. Bottineau (2-0) 27-25, 25-15
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. Velva (2-0) 25-23, 25-16
North Star def. Kidder County (2-1) 23-25, 25-22, 15-12
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. North Prairie (2-0) 25-18, 25-15
3rd Place
North Prairie def. Kidder County (2-1) 19-25, 25-23, 15-8
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. North Star (2-0) 25-20, 25-19
College Womens Volleyball
Upper Iowa def. Minot State (3-0) 25-21, 25-13, 25-13
NAHL Hockey
North Iowa Bulls 2, Minot Minotauros 1
MARSHALL, Minn. (MSU)– A determined comeback effort in the fourth quarter helped Minot State take Southwest Minnesota State to extra time Saturday night on the road inside Mattke Field at the Schwan Regional Event Center, but the Beavers eventually ended up on the disappointing end of a 27-20 final in overtime in NSIC play.
Southwest Minnesota State opened up an early 7-0 lead, but Minot State got on the scoreboard with 1:37 left in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 7-3. Dillon Fedor booted a career-best 47-yard field goal to get Minot State on the scoreboard. MSU responded with Ali Mohamed scoring his first touchdown of the season, a 6-yard run, after Southwest Minnesota State extended its lead to 14-3. Mohamed’s score made it a 14-10 game. After Southwest Minnesota State scored to expand its lead to 20-10, Minot State got on the scoreboard again with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter to narrow the advantage and make it a 20-17 game. After recovering an onside kick, the Beavers proceeded to score again on a 29-yard game-tying field goal by Fedor to tie it at 20-20, and force overtime. Minot State didn’t score again in the game while Southwest Minnesota State scored seven more points on the opening overtime possession to finish off the scoring.
Minot State fell to 0-4 on the season with the loss. The Beavers are back home next weekend hosting Bemidji State on Oct. 1 at First Western Bank Field at Herb Parker Stadium at 1 p.m. in the “Battle of the Beavers.”
CARBONDALE, Ill. (UND) – No. 24 Southern Illinois (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) upended No. 19 North Dakota (2-2, 1-1 MVFC), 34-17 at Saluki Stadium on Saturday afternoon. For SIU, Nic Baker led the Salukis through the air, going 21-of-27 for 289 yards and four touchdowns. D’Ante’ Cox was the leading receiver with seven grabs for 90 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Garrett found the end zone twice, finishing with five receptions for 78 yards. The Salukis outgained the Fighting Hawks in total yardage 458-271. Tommy Schuster finished the day 19-of-32 for 232 yards. SIU got to Schuster seven times, the most he has been sacked in his career.
VERMILLION, S.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State rushed for 200 yards in the second half and scored 24 unanswered points to beat South Dakota 34-17 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams Saturday. NDSU fullback Hunter Luepke rushed 20 times and picked up 118 of his 146 yards and two touchdowns after halftime for North Dakota State (3-1). The Bison rushed 61 times and controlled the ball for nearly 40 minutes of the contest, which saw the teams combine for seven turnovers. Each team lost the ball twice before halftime. USD scored two touchdowns in a 14-second span with Carson Camp’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Eliodor after a Bison fumble giving the Coyotes a 17-10 lead at intermission. Bison quarterback Cam Miller finished 10 of 19 passing for 120 yards with one interception. Zach Mathis caught three passes for 39 yards, tight end Joe Stoffel had two catches for 28 yards and DJ Hart made two grabs for 15 yards.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gary Sánchez drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Minnesota Twins snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela each had three hits for the Twins, who won for only the second time in 10 games. Minnesota was eliminated from contention in the AL Central on Friday night. Sánchez hit his 15th homer of the year, and just his second in his past 23 games, on a 3-0 count against reliever Mike Mayers. Griffin Jax (7-3) earned the win with a scoreless inning in relief of Twins starter Joe Ryan.
Former Angels starter Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.78 ERA) will start for Minnesota in the series finale this afternoon. Los Angeles goes with LHP José Suarez (6-8, 4.11).


K-Heart Sports – 09/24/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/24/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Tioga scored with 5.9-seconds remaining to tally a 20-14 win over Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood last night in a football game we broadcast on K-Heart. The Pirates led 12-0 before MLS came back to score two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter taking a 14-12 lead with 2:35 to play. Tioga would drive 77 yards in 8 plays to get the game winning score. Quarterback Joel Holmen passed for 361 yards and two TD’s, plus rushed for another in leading the Pirates to a 5-1 record. The Mavericks were led by Drayson Johnson who passed for 171 yards and two scores, both to Cordel Sjokvist who tallied 10 catches for 147 yards. MLS drops to an even 3-3 on the season.
Other scores from Friday:
High School Football
Class 11AA
#1 Fargo Davies def. #5 Minot High, 34-7
#2 West Fargo Sheyenne def. Grand Forks Red River (11A #3), 34-0
#3 Mandan def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 34-0
#4 Fargo Shanley def. Bismarck Century, 14-7
Bismarck Legacy def. Williston, 35-13
West Fargo def. Bismarck High, 31-14
Class 11A
Wahpeton def. #1 Jamestown, 14-13
#4 Fargo South def. #2 Fargo North, 17-14
#5 Valley City def. West Fargo Horace, 56-0
Watford City def. Turtle Mountain, 29-13
Dickinson def. Devils Lake, 11-8
Class 11B
#1 Kindred def. #5 Oakes, 42-7
#2 Dickinson Trinity def. Bowman County, 47-35
#3 Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose def. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 44-0
#4 Bottineau def. Rugby, 40-14
Bishop Ryan def. Stanley, 42-0
Des Lacs-Burlington def. South Prairie-Max, 36-6
Ray-Powers Lake def. Nedrose, 52-37
Beulah def. Killdeer, 32-0
Shiloh Christian def. Hazen, 42-24
Southern McLean def. Heart River, 20-6
Hillsboro-Central Valley def. Harvey-Wells County, 36-6
Carrington def. Park River Area, 28-6
Thompson def. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, 27-18
Lisbon def. Grafton, 52-8
Fargo Oak Grove def. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 37-36
Sargent County def. Northern Cass, 47-39 OT
Central Cass def. Linton-HMB, 43-12
Class 9B
#1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. #4 May-Port-CG, 30-26
#3 Cavalier def. Midway-Minto, 74-0
#5 North Prairie def. Nelson County, 36-0
Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn def. Alexander, 46-6
Lewis & Clark def. TGU, 32-0
St. John def. Surrey, 58-16
Kidder County def. Central McLean, 26-0
Grant County-Flasher def. Hettinger County, 40-6
Hettinger-Scranton def. Beach, 32-16
South Border def. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 54-14
North Star def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 56-26
North Border def. Larimore, 42-20
Hatton-Northwood def. Griggs-Midkota, 40-20
Maple River def. Enderlin, 48-6
Richland def. Tri-State, 38-0
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood def. Hankinson, 30-19
Independent & 6-Man
Center-Stanton def. New Town, 49-12
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Minot High 127, Jamestown 59
Dickinson 113, Bismarck High 65
Bismarck Century 107, Dickinson 79
High School Boys Tennis
Fargo Davies 5, Bismarck Century 0
Fargo Davies 4, Bismarck Legacy 1
Williston 6, Jamestown 3
College Womens Soccer
Minot State 1, Winona State 1
College Womens Volleyball
Winona State def. Minot State (3-0) 25-8, 25-20, 25-14
NAHL Hockey
Minot Minotauros 3, North Iowa Bulls 2
MINOT, ND (MSU) – The Minot State football team (0-3) will head on the road this week as they travel to Marshall, Minn. to square off against the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs (2-1). Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. today at Mattke Field on the campus of SMSU. The Mustangs have the upper hand when it comes to squaring off against MSU as the ‘Stangs are riding a five game winning streak to put their record over MSU at 7-1. The last Beaver victory over SMSU came back in the NAIA days when the Beavers marched into Marshall and snuck a 36-12 victory out back on Sept. 7th, 1996.
Grand Forks, N.D. (UND) – After coming back in the final moments to win 27-24 at Northern Arizona last weekend, North Dakota will resume Missouri Valley Football Conference action this weekend at Southern Illinois. The Fighting Hawks and Salukis will square off at Saluki Stadium at 2 p.m. (CT) today.
FARGO, ND (NDSU) – No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (2-1) opens the Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule at South Dakota (1-2) today. Game time is 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D. This is the 86th meeting between North Dakota State and South Dakota. NDSU has won five straight and leads the all-time series 57-26-2 dating back to 1903. North Dakota State beat South Dakota 52-24 in the regular-season finale last season at the Fargodome.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taylor Ward homered twice and Shohei Ohtani took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on a cool, rainy Friday night. Ohtani seemed to have trouble adjusting to the weather conditions, tying his career high with six walks. He also hit a batter in the first, when Minnesota scored without a hit, but he managed his way through five-plus innings to earn his fourth straight win. Ohtani (14-8) allowed two runs and struck out seven to reach 203 Ks on the season, reaching 200 for the first time in his career. He’s the first player in MLB history to have 200 strikeouts and hit at least eight home runs in the same season. Rookie Louie Varland (0-2), a Minnesota native making his first MLB start in his home state, gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his third career start for the Twins. The Twins (73-78) lost for the eighth time in nine games.
LHP Reid Detmers (6-5, 3.71 ERA) starts today for Los Angeles. RHP Joe Ryan (12-8, 3.61 ERA) takes the mound for Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton won’t return this season and will have surgery on his troublesome right knee. Derek Falvey, Minnesota’s president of baseball operations, provided an injury update on Buxton and several other Twins players before the start of the homestand Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. After Minnesota went 1-7 on its road trip and fell out of contention in the AL Central, the team made the decision to shut down Buxton for the year. Buxton, who was named an All-Star for the first time this season and hit 23 homers in 73 first-half games, has been out since Aug. 23 due to a right hip strain. But the knee has continued to be an issue and Falvey said Buxton will have an arthroscopic “cleanup” surgery to alleviate some scar tissue and fraying. “The reality is he doesn’t have any tears in his knee,” Falvey said. “He has some inflammation, he has some scar tissue, he has some kind of what ends up building up over time if you have tendinitis, which is kind of fraying areas of some of those ligaments. … It’s to clear that out.”
“So, what ends up typically happening is the scar tissue and otherwise creates more of that inflammation when you pound on it. So, now let’s clear out some of that and hopefully that’ll alleviate some of that stress going forward,” he said. A date for Buxton’s surgery has not been set, but it will likely be next week to set him up for nearly a full offseason. Falvey said Buxton’s hip is feeling better and will improve with rest. The knee, and the combination of the two, ultimately led to ending Buxton’s season. He finished with a .224 average, 28 homers, 51 RBIs and six steals in 92 games. The team had held out hope Buxton would return this season, but Minnesota started Friday 10 games behind Cleveland in the division and 9 1/2 games out of the final wild-card spot. “I think once we got to a certain point over the last kind of week or so, and we were working through what the best next steps were, if we were in a slightly different position, we would maybe push this off a little further because in reality, the return for him is not going to be particularly long,” Falvey said. “So whether we do it next week or we do it two weeks, three weeks from then, he’s only going to be down for a few weeks of time before he can start doing some activity again,” he said.
The team had given Buxton routine days off to manage the ongoing knee trouble. He sustained the hip injury on Aug. 22 diving for a ball. Buxton, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract in the offseason, has played more than 100 games just once in his eight-year career. “This guy, he’s been battling through challenges over the course of a lot of his career, certainly, but that didn’t stop this year, and it started really early on,” Falvey said. “I think the fact that he was able to get there, fight through, have some healthy stretches, which were obviously not just healthy but incredibly productive, I felt like he was really tracking OK, and we were in a pretty good place there.”
Falvey said the team has not closed the door on a return for second baseman Jorge Polanco, who is out with left knee inflammation. Falvey said he’s also hopeful outfielder Max Kepler, out with a right wrist sprain, can return this season. Outfielder Trevor Larnach, who was playing rehab games after core muscle surgery, is now dealing with wrist soreness. Tyler Mahle, acquired at the trade deadline from Cincinnati, won’t return as he recovers from right shoulder inflammation. The team is focused on getting the pitcher ready for the start of next season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has suspended three minor league pitchers, including one from MInnesota, after they tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The penalties were announced on Friday. Melvi Acosta, a 27-year-old right-hander with Twin’s Triple-A affiliate in St. Paul, was suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol. Acosta played for three minor league teams this year, going 3-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 26 appearances. His suspension is effective immediately. There have been 44 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols seemed like a long shot in early August to reach 700 home runs, still more than a dozen swings from the hallowed mark and his power stroke all but gone. Or so it appeared. Now showing the pop of his youth in the final weeks of his career, the 42-year-old slugger got there with two long shots. Pujols hit his 700th home run, connecting for his second drive of the game and becoming the fourth player in Major League history to make it to the milestone as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0 Friday night. Pujols joined Barry Bonds (762 homers), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs. Stirring up images of his dominant days as a three-time NL MVP, Pujols hit No. 699 in the third inning, then launched No. 700 in the fourth. Pujols’ 700th homer gave him a couple of other nice, round numbers, too — he has hit 500 home runs off right-handers and 200 off lefties.
A 37-year-old Los Angeles man, Cesar Soriano, snagged No. 699. He turned the ball over to security after being told he could meet Pujols. A man wearing a blue Dodgers shirt with Hideo Nomo’s No. 16 on the back snagged the 700th homer ball. He was whisked under the stands as he clutched a black glove containing the historic souvenir ball to his chest. Prolonged negotiations went on before the man was escorted out of Dodger Stadium flanked by 10 security personnel and into a waiting SUV.


K-Heart Sports – 09/23/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/23/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – It’s Friday and that means high school football is on the air. We’ll travel to Tioga where the Pirates will host Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood. The Pirates are 4-1 on the season and coming off their only loss of the season last Saturday to Surrey. The Mavericks are 2-3 on the year and looking to improve on a two game winning streak. Pre-game is set for 6:40 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at khrt.com.
MINOT, ND – Boys soccer finished the regular season on Thursday and Minot High won their second consecutive regular season WDA title.
High School Boys Soccer
Minot High 1, Bismarck Legacy 0
Williston 4, Dickinson 1
Bismarck Century 1, Bismarck High 0
Jamestown 2, Mandan 1
High School Boys Tennis
Minot High 6, Bismarck Legacy 3    (Minot wins 2nd straight regular season WDA title)
Williston 6, Bismarck High 3
Bismarck Century 8, Jamestown 1

High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Jamestown 108, Mandan 78

High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
#2 Bismarck Century def. Dickinson (3-0) 25-14, 25-13, 25-19
#4 Jamestown def. Bismarck High (3-2) 21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-12
Minot High def. Turtle Mountain (3-0) 25-11, 25-14, 25-15
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Williston (3-0) 25-17, 25-23, 25-23
Watford City def. Mandan (3-2) 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 18-25, 15-5
Class B
#2 Kenmare-Bowbells def. Tioga (3-0) 25-12, 25-6, 25-12
Our Redeemer’s def. Bishop Ryan (3-0) 25-18, 25-20, 25-18
Des Lacs-Burlington def. South Prairie-Max (3-1) 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-8
Surrey def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-1) 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25
Glenburn def. Berthold (3-0) 25-19, 26-24, 25-14
Velva def. TGU (3-0) 27-25, 25-19, 25-18
Newburg-Westhope def. Nedrose (3-1) 19-25, 25-11, 25-13, 25-22
Bottineau def. Drake-Anamoose (3-0) 25-18, 25-23, 25-13
North Prairie def. Nelson County (3-0)
Benson County def. St. John (3-0) 25-17, 25-20, 25-15
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. Harvey-Wells County (3-0) 25-19, 25-9, 25-16
Grant County def. Washburn (3-0) 25-11, 25-14, 25-17
North Shore-Plaza def. White Shield (3-1)
Powers Lake-Burke Central def. Stanley (3-1) 25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 25-10

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – The University of North Dakota hockey program is selected to finish second, as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) unveiled its 2022-23 Preseason Poll, with Denver being picked by the media to win the Penrose Cup for a second straight year.

The Pioneers collected 19 of 23 first-place votes and 180 points total to finish first in the media poll. North Dakota, which split the Penrose Cup with DU a season ago as co-regular-season champions, placed second in the poll, garnering 160 points and the four remaining first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth (136 points) and St. Cloud State (115) round out the top half of the preseason poll. Western Michigan (86) comes in fifth in the poll, followed by Colorado College (64), Omaha (59) and Miami (28), respectively.

North Dakota won its third straight Penrose Cup in 2021-22, which was the first time the NCHC has seen co-champions. UND has also won Penrose Cups in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2019-20 and 2020-21. The Fighting Hawks bring back 20 letterwinners from last year’s team, including First-Team All-NCHC honoree junior forward Riese Gaber, who was also named Preseason All-NCHC. UND is ranked No. 4 in both national preseason polls released Monday. If UND were to capture the crown once again, it would become the first team in NCHC history to win four straight Penrose Cups and the first in the program’s history to win four consecutive conference titles.

The NCHC officially drops the puck on its 10th season on Saturday, Oct. 1 with four non-conference contests and a quartet of exhibition games, as all eight NCHC teams are in action. UND will play an exhibition game against Manitoba at the Ralph that day.

FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – Former North Dakota State University head football coach Darrell Mudra passed away Wednesday at the age of 93. Mudra is the man credited with turning the football fortunes around for North Dakota State. Named the head coach in 1963, he quickly guided the Bison to a 10-1 campaign in 1964 — just two years after the program had bottomed out with an 0-10 season — and into their first bowl game. The Bison won that contest, the Mineral Water Bowl, 14-13 over Western State and then captured the 1965 national championship with a perfect 11-0 season including a 20-7 win over Grambling in the Pecan Bowl.
His coaching career is legend across the American landscape. Nicknamed “Dr. Victory,” Mudra coached for 27 years at eight different universities or professional teams in the capacity of head coach, winning 207 games against 88 losses and four ties. Mudra went 24-6 in three years at North Dakota State after coaching four seasons at Adams State (1959-62) and before going on to coach the Montreal Alouettes (1966). He returned to the college ranks at Arizona (1967-68), Western Illinois (1969-73), Florida State (1974-75), Eastern Illinois (1978-82) and Northern Iowa (1983-87). He won another national championship with Eastern Illinois in 1978. Mudra was inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jonathan Heasley pitched six innings of two-hit ball, Edward Oliveras and Drew Waters homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Thursday to complete their three-game series sweep. Salvador Perez also drove in a run for Kansas City, extending his streak to seven straight games with an RBI, and Brad Keller finished off three innings of no-hit ball by the bullpen for his first career save. The first home sweep of at least three games by the Royals since July 2021 also probably ended the fading playoff hopes of the Twins, who two weeks ago were in the midst of an AL Central race but lost eight of nine on their road trip. Minnesota rookie Josh Winder (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Caleb Hamilton drove in the only run for the Twins, who limp home to wrap up the season having lost 17 of their last 20 road games.
After their disastrous trip, the Twins are headed home for three games against Angels and three against the White Sox to wrap up the regular season home schedule. They have not announced a starter for the opener against Los Angeles tonight. The Angels will start Shohei Ohtani (13-8, 2.43 ERA).
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Last summer, a long contract negotiation between Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild — plus the complication of international travel and COVID-19 protocols — put the star left wing’s arrival for the start of training camp in question. That process turned out to be a snap compared to this year. Kaprizov’s return to his native Russia after the Wild were ousted from the playoffs last spring led to a stressful offseason for the entire organization, as the franchise player ran into several roadblocks in his attempt to travel back to the U.S. The war in Ukraine and American-Russian political relations have made a trip home to visit family and friends not so simple anymore.
“At least I could do something last year, or not do something,” said general manager Bill Guerin, who gave Kaprizov a five-year, $45 million contract prior to last season. “At least we knew where he was and he was safe, and all that stuff. It was just a simple contract negotiation. This was a lot more serious, and when you can’t help it’s a little different.” The Wild did help as much as they could, with assistant general manager Chris O’Hearn and Kaprizov’s agent, Paul Theofanous, spearheading the behind-the-scenes paperwork.
While rumors about the status of Kaprizov’s military exemption spun through Russian media, the gist of the issue, according to Guerin, was the expiration of Kaprizov’s work visa. Pandemic-related backlogs have made appointments at foreign consulates much harder to obtain. “I’m sure it wasn’t a great part of his life, but it was more difficult than we thought it was going to be,” said Guerin, who alluded to help from “special friends” in Washington. “Kirill was really patient. He did exactly what he had to do. It was just a really tough time for him. We’re just glad that he’s here. We’re glad that he’s safe and healthy and ready to go, and he’s excited. That’s behind us.”
After taking the ice for the team’s first practice on Thursday, Kaprizov met with reporters but politely declined to answer questions about his off-the-ice ordeal out of preference to focus on hockey. The hockey part? Yeah, that ought to be a lot smoother. He had seven goals and one assist in Minnesota’s six-game loss to St. Louis in the first round of the playoffs last spring after 47 goals and 61 assists in 81 games during the regular season. The Wild had Kaprizov’s translator on the phone while he stood at a podium at the rink, but the easy-smiling, soft-spoken 25-year-old only needed his service for about half of the time. Kaprizov was comfortable enough to speak in English for the rest of it. “I do what I do every summer. I don’t think about 100 points. I just practice,” Kaprizov said when asked how he can top his 2021-22 season. “Have fun a little bit sometimes.” Maybe not as much as in summers past.
Since the war ramped up in February, Russian NHL players have found themselves in quite a predicament, trying to lay as low as possible on these geopolitical issues. Philadelphia Flyers goalie prospect Ivan Fedotov was sent to a remote military base in his homeland this summer. Just this week, the Czech Foreign Ministry told the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks that Russian players would not be welcome because of the war in Ukraine when the two teams play in Prague on Oct. 7-8.
For now, the Wild are more than thrilled to have “Kirill The Thrill” with them in Minnesota. “Obviously, you’re always thinking about your family and things like that. He’s not the only person to go through a tough time or a tough situation. That happens every single day of every year on every team. It’s not an easy life. Players always have a lot on their minds,” Guerin said. “The great thing about the game is when you come to the rink, it’s kind of like your safe haven and you can get away from all that and just be a hockey player and focus on the game.”


K-Heart Sports – 09/22/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/22/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – No 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 (13)                                   5-0           69         1
2. Dickinson Trinity (1)                       5-0           48         2
3. Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose  5-0           45         3
4. Bottineau                                        5-0           28         4
5. Oakes                                            5-0           13         T5
Others receiving votes: Thompson (5-0), Hillboro-Central Valley (4-1)
Class 9B Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)              Record    Points    Last Week
1. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (14)    5-0           70          1
2. New Salem-Almont                     5-0           50          2
3. Cavalier                                       5-0           42          3
4. MayPort-C-G                               5-0           33          4
5. North Prairie                                5-0           11           5
Others receiving votes: South Border (4-1)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was altogether fitting that on the day the Kansas City Royals fired Dayton Moore, they beat the fast-fading Minnesota Twins using the same blueprint that their longtime front office executive once used to build them into a winner. Some timely hits, stellar defense in spacious Kauffman Stadium and a shutdown effort by the bullpen.
MJ Melendez homered for the second straight day, but otherwise the Royals had to scratch out just enough runs to support their relief corps, which pieced together five innings of two-hit ball in their 5-2 victory on Wednesday night. Salvador Perez, one of Moore’s most successful signings, had three hits while driving in a run for the sixth straight game, and Bobby Witt Jr. and Edward Oliveras also drove in runs to give the Kansas City bullpen some breathing room. Anthony Misiewicz (1-1) and three other relievers dazzled in support of Daniel Lynch, while Scott Barlow pitched around an error in the ninth for his second save in two nights and 23rd on the year. Bailey Ober (1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings for Minnesota, which was in an AL Central race two weeks ago but has lost six of seven to begin an eight-game trip that’s dashed its playoff hopes.
RHP Josh Winder (4-4, 4.17 ERA) will face Kansas City for the first time in the final game of the road trip for Minnesota this afternoon. Royals RHP Jonathan Heasley (3-8, 5.09) will try to build on 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start at Boston.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings rarely strayed from a commitment to rushing over the last five years since Dalvin Cook was drafted, a strategy previous coach Mike Zimmer felt so strongly about that he more than once publicly criticized the play-calling by his offensive coordinator. The signs of a philosophy shift have been apparent, beginning with the selection of Zimmer’s predecessor, Kevin O’Connell, from the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. After two games, small sample size notwithstanding, the difference is clear.
Cook had a career-low six carries in the 24-7 loss at Philadelphia on Monday night, and he has 107 yards on 26 attempts on the season. Even with seven catches, tied for second on the team, Cook has had a remarkably quiet start. “We’ll continue to work through that to make sure we get him touches. How are we packaging plays to not get talked out of running the football? And I think that’ll be key for us moving forward. Not just this week, but a lot of time the rest of the season,” O’Connell said. “He’s a very important player to our offense. I have all the confidence in the world in him, and I’ve got to do a better job of making sure that I get him in a rhythm.”
From 2018-21, quarterback Kirk Cousins’ first four years in Minnesota and the first four full seasons for Cook after an ACL tear aborted his rookie year in Week 4, the Vikings called passes on 49.4% of their first-down plays. That ranked 20th in the NFL over that span, according to Sportradar data. For second-down distances of 8 yards and longer, the Vikings were the most infrequent passing team in the league at 60.2% of those snaps over the previous four seasons. This year, they’ve passed on 61.4% of first downs, per Sportradar, for the NFL’s second-highest rate. That number, of course, is influenced by the fluke occurrence of having only 21 snaps in the first half against the Eagles after consecutive three-and-out possessions to start the game while their opponent hogged the ball on three 80-plus-yard touchdown drives. The Vikings trailed by three scores for the entire second half, increasing their urgency to throw. But it’s hard to picture a Zimmer-coached Vikings team that wouldn’t have at least tried to mix in a few more runs in a game like that. “You kind of have to balance both. It’s kind of hard as a coach,” Cook said.
Part of Zimmer’s insistence stemmed from his dual role as the de facto defensive coordinator who called the game on that side of the ball throughout his eight-year tenure. Running the ball, and of course moving the chains, can be a tired defensive player’s best friends. There’s also the issue of establishing a flow of the play-calling to allow a star to maximize his strengths, a factor that can apply to wide receivers as well as running backs. Cook has not been able to find that rhythm yet. “If we don’t have a productive run on first down and third down we don’t convert, now we just missed out on a potential first- or second-down call or third-down call to run the football again,” Cousins said. “It kind of all ties together. It’s amazing how when you’re efficient in one area, it can help the other area take off.”


K-Heart Sports – 09/21/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/21/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The second high school volleyball polls of the season have the same teams at #1. 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 (13)   13-0          69         1
2. Bismarck Century (1)             12-1          57         2
3. Fargo North                           13-1          36         3
4. Jamestown                             11-2          24         5
5. Bismarck Legacy                     9-4          19         NR
Others receiving votes: Fargo South (9-4), West Fargo (8-5), Bismarck High (7-6)
Class B Volleyball Poll
Team (First Place Votes)                Record     Points    Last Poll
1. Northern Cass (13)                      17-0         130         1
2. Kenmare-Bowbells                       18-0         117         3
3. Linton-HMB                                  14-1         104        T4
4. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich    13-3           70         T4
5. Thompson                                      8-2           62          2
6. May-Port-CG                                 13-3          56         NR
7. Dickinson Trinity                             8-2           39          7
8. Oakes                                            13-5          26          6
9. Central Cass                                  11-4          25         NR
10. Beulah                                         14-2          22          NR
Others receiving votes: LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 10-5), Bishop Ryan (12-3), North Border (10-3), Our Redeemer’s (14-7), North Star (8-2), Grant County (10-5), Rugby (7-3)
MINOT, ND – Scores from Tuesday:
High School Boys Cross Country
Watford City Invitational
1. Watford City, 23
2. Killdeer, 46
3. Williston Trinity Christian, 93
4. Heart River, 136
Individual winner: Jekori Dahlen of Killdeer, 18:03
Beulah-Hazen Invitational – Black Sands Golf Course
1. Rugby, 34
2. Beulah, 75
3. Southern McLean, 88
4. Kenmare-Burke Central-Bowbells, 95
5. Lemmon SD, 121
6. Hebron, 121
7. Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 129
Individual winner: Austin Dibble of Rugby, 18:06
High School Girls Cross Country
Watford City Invitational
1. Watford City, 28
2. Killdeer, 32
3. Heart River, 66
Individual winner: Jaelyn Ogle of Watford City, 19:48
Beulah-Hazen Invitational – Black Sands Golf Course
1. Rugby, 19
2. Lemmon SD, 62
3. Stanley, 64
4. Hettinger-Scranton, 95
Individual winner: Brynn Hanson of Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 20:04
High School Girls Golf
Class A
Williston Invite – The Links of North Dakota
1. Bismarck Century, 340
2. Mandan, 367
3. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 383
4. Bismarck Legacy, 384
5. Minot High, 390
6. Dickinson, 394
7. Williston, 407
8. Jamestown, 415
9. Minot North, 418
10. Watford City, 464
11. Bismarck High, 479
Medalist: Anna Huettl of Mandan, 78
High School Boys Soccer
Minot 7, Dickinson 0 (Minot qualifies for state)
Bismarck Legacy 6, Bismarck Century 1
Bismarck High 7, Jamestown 1
Mandan 2, Williston 2
High School Boys Tennis
Minot 7, Mandan 2 (Magi host Legacy on Thursday. Winner gets WDA regular season title and #1 seed at WDA Tournament)
Bismarck Legacy 7, Bismarck Century 2
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
#5 Bismarck Legacy def. Watford City (3-0) 25-9, 25-16, 25-22
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Minot High (3-0) 25-18, 25-18, 25-16
Mandan def. Turtle Mountain (3-0) 25-15, 25-14, 25-14
Bismarck High def. Dickinson (3-0) 25-17, 25-14, 25-22
Class B
#7 Dickinson Trinity def. Hazen (3-1) 23-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-7
#10 Beulah def. Beach (3-0) 25-20, 25-15, 25-15
Our Redeemer’s def. Surrey (3-0)
Bishop Ryan def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-0) 25-10, 25-12, 25-17
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Glenburn (3-0) 25-14, 25-6, 25-18
South Prairie-Max def. Berthold (3-0) 25-19, 25-20, 25-20
Bottineau def. Newburg-Westhope (3-1) 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20
Rugby def. TGU (3-0) 25-14, 25-14, 25-12
St. John def. Dunseith (3-2) 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 19-25, 15-6
North Prairie def. Four Winds-Minnewauken (3-0)
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. Drake-Anamoose (3-0) 25-20, 25-17, 25-20
Garrison def. Center-Stanton (3-1)
Central McLean def. Flasher (3-2) 11-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-10
Washburn def. Harvey-Wells County (3-1) 25-12, 26-24, 26-28, 27-25
Wilton-Wing def. New Salem-Almont (3-1) 25-23, 11-25, 26-24, 25-18
Shiloh Christian def. Standing Rock (3-0)
Trenton def. Powers Lake-Burke Central (3-1) 25-22, 25-15, 13-25, 25-15
Tioga def. North Shore-Plaza (3-0) 25-13, 25-13, 25-16
Divide County def. Ray (3-1) 25-20, 26-28, 25-19, 25-17
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Minot State golf teams wrapped up a solid effort in South Dakota with four players earning Top 10-finishes at the Fall Hardrocker Invite hosted by South Dakota School of Mines. Jaci Jones made a big final-day charge with an 11-over 83 to climb 10 places and into the Top 10, joining teammates Taylor Cormier and Holly Knudsen, as the Minot State women’s golf team finished fifth overall. On the men’s side, Andrew Makarchuk turned in a second solid round to remain in the Top 10, tying for sixth at 9-over 153 (76-77) to lead the Beaver men’s team to a fifth-place finish, as well. Cormier led the way for the Minot State women as she finished fifth at 23-over 167 (83-84), while Knudsen and Jones tied for eighth at 27-over 171 as Knudsen shot rounds of 83 and 88, and Jones shot 88 and 83. Abigail Goettle was 35th overall for the Beavers at 52-over 196 (99-97), and Averi Bradley tied for 38th at 67-over 211 (113-98).
Minot State finished fifth with a team score of 129-over 705 (353-352) at The Golf Club at Red Rocks. Chadron State won the women’s team title with a 99-over 675 (332-343) and Rianna Garland of South Dakota School of Mines was the individual champion as she shot 14-over 158 (76-82).
In the men’s field, Makarchuk’s sixth-place finish paced the Minot State, which was fifth with a team score of 76-over 652 (331-321). South Dakota School of Mines won the team title with a 32-over 608 (303-305), while Montana State-Billings golfer Dawson Strobel was the individual champion at 6-under 138 (70-68). Zach Hendrickson was next for Minot State as he climbed into the Top 20, finishing 16th at 18-under 162 (84-78), then came Joshua Tu, who tied for 21st at 24-over 168 (83-85), then Aimery Barrault, who tied for 24th at 25-over 169 (88-81), and then Arron Grandy, who was 35th at 36-over 190 (88-92).
The tournament was the second in a busy stretch for the Minot State golf teams, who play four tournaments in four consecutive weeks. Minot State’s next event is Monday and Tuesday at the Watkins Invitational hosted by Winona State.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – UND Junior forward Riese Gaber was named to one of the six spots on the 2022-23 National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Preseason All-Conference Team, as announced by the league on Tuesday. Media members voted for three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender on their ballot with each vote worth one point. The top three vote-getters at forward, top two defensemen and highest vote-getting goaltender made up the preseason all-conference team. A total of 23 ballots were submitted by media members covering each team.
Gaber alongside Denver sophomore forward Carter Mazur were the top vote-getters on the team, each receiving 22 of a possible 23 votes. The Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, native is the only returning player from last season’s All-NCHC First Team. In 34 games, he led the team with 15 goals and 37 points to earn All-NCHC First Team honors and a Hobey Baker Award nomination. Limited to just 19 league games, Gaber terrorized the NCHC with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. In those 19 contests, he scored a point in 13 of them, including seven multi-point outings. Three of his 15 goals were game winners and seven came on the power play, both pacing the squad. The NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete selection was recently voted an assistant captain for this upcoming season by his teammates.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — MJ Melendez hit a two-run homer, Salvador Perez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals held off the rapidly fading Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Tuesday night to open their final homestand of the season. Dylan Coleman (5-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the Royals, then Scott Barlow cleaned up Jose Cuas’ mess by striking out Mark Contreras to strand runners on second and third in the eighth, before handling the ninth for his 22nd save. The Royals trailed 3-0 in the second, pulled ahead in the fifth and were still tied 4-all when Melendez doubled off Twins reliever Michael Fulmer (5-6) in the seventh. Bobby Witt Jr. followed with a double, then took third when Melendez tried to score and was thrown out by Twins left fielder Jake Cave on a bang-bang play at the plate. Perez came through on the very next pitch, though, dumping the go-ahead double down the right-field line.
Twins RHP Bailey Ober (1-2, 3.49 ERA) starts tonight against Royals LHP Daniel Lynch (4-11, 5.15).
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Guiding a team’s navigation of the inherent rollercoaster of a regular season is a vital part of the job for an NFL head coach. Making the right strategical adjustments to maximize the ups and minimize the downs is just as important. Kevin O’Connell, welcome to the club. After the Minnesota Vikings had all the answers in a well-rounded win over rival Green Bay to start his first season, they were outplayed and outsmarted in Philadelphia on Monday night in a 24-7 defeat by an Eagles team that has emerged as one of the few early favorites to win the NFC.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had the hot hand — and the fast feet — that would’ve been tough for any team to stop, but defensive coordinator Ed Donatell stayed committed to a shell zone coverage that was consistently picked apart during three first-half touchdown drives of 80-plus yards. The Vikings were awfully sluggish on offense, too, with a pair of three-and-out possessions to start the game and three second-half interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins the most glaring examples of regression from the 23-7 victory over the Packers the week before.
“We didn’t stay on the field. We didn’t run enough plays,” said Cousins, who completed only one of five passes to star Justin Jefferson when Eagles cornerback Darius Slay was the closest to him in coverage. Two of those throws were picked off. Cousins didn’t get much help. The Eagles blitzed him often, and extra rushers frequently entered the backfield unabated. Dalvin Cook, Johnny Mundt and Irv Smith Jr. all had egregious drops, including an under-pressure deep throw to Smith late in the second quarter that likely would’ve been a 63-yard touchdown to pull the Vikings within one score. They punted instead. The first interception, in the end zone in the third quarter, was Jefferson’s fault for not flattening his route in front of Slay. “We’ve got to find ways to make it easier on our guys,” O’Connell said, adding: “I have to do a better job and make sure we stay true to what we are and what we want to be offensively.”
The kicking game units under new special teams coordinator Matt Daniels have been impeccable. Rookie punter Ryan Wright had a gross average of 49.2 yards on five attempts against the Eagles and is tied for the NFL lead with six punts inside the 20-yard line. None of Philadelphia’s kickoff or punt returns went anywhere, and Patrick Peterson had the blocked field goal that was returned to the Eagles 30 in the third quarter.
One of the biggest questions about this team is the ability of several young defensive backs to establish themselves as reliable fixtures in the lineup. The Eagles took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a 53-yard touchdown pass by Hurts to Quez Watkins, when second-year safety Camryn Bynum and third-year cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. both made their initial break toward tight end Dallas Goedert to allow Watkins to blow by. “We made some adjustments, just not the proper ones that we felt we could put ourselves in better positions,” Peterson said.
Right tackle Brian O’Neill, who has begun the first season of the contract extension valued at $92 million he signed a year ago, has picked up where he left off in 2021 with a strong start in both run blocking and pass protection.
Cousins didn’t send a pass Adam Thielen’s way until his 24th attempt, a ball forced into a risky spot with Thielen running a corner route toward the sideline between two Eagles cornerbacks that was picked off by a leaping Avonte Maddox late in the third quarter. Jefferson was open underneath. Through two games, Thielen has only seven receptions for 88 yards. “Kirk trusts him inherently, and we have to find ways to continue to get him the ball within the rhythm of the game,” O’Connell said. “We only had 21 plays in the first half, so there were not a lot of targets to go around in general.”
Star safety Harrison Smith (concussion) left in the fourth quarter. O’Connell indicated optimism about his status, though the shortened week of practice and rest makes the clearance process more of a challenge. Rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (quadriceps) was inactive for the game, so rookie Akayleb Evans took 21 snaps in place of Dantzler in the second half.
51.1, the second-lowest single-game passer rating for Cousins in five seasons with the Vikings. His worst (15.9) came on Sept. 20,
2020, in a 28-11 loss at Indianapolis.
The exhaustive routine that NFL teams follow through the regular season gets a rude interruption from Monday night games, so the pressure will be on O’Connell, Donatell and the rest of the staff this week to reset their strategy in preparation for a home game against Detroit. As much as the Vikings have historically dominated the series, each of the past three matchups have been decided by exactly two points. The Lions won the most recent one 29-27 on Dec. 5, 2021. “I can promise you this much: Our guys, even postgame, felt like they wanted to get right back to work,” O’Connell said. “A bad taste in your mouth is one thing, but we know what our standard is.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for homophobic comments he made on social media. The league announced the punishment for Edwards’ use of “offensive and derogatory language” in a since-deleted Instagram video he later apologized for. Edwards recorded a group of men on a sidewalk from a vehicle he was inside and could be heard in making a disparaging, profane comment about what he assumed to be their sexual orientation. He posted an apology on Twitter soon after, and the Timberwolves issued a statement reprimanding their young star. “What I said was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and I’m incredibly sorry. It’s unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way,” Edwards tweeted last week. “There’s no excuse for it, at all. I was raised better than that!” The first overall pick in the 2020 draft, Edwards was Minnesota’s second-leading scorer last season with an average of 21.3 points per game that ranked 19th in the league. His average of 1.5 steals per game was 13th in the NBA.


K-Heart Sports – 09/20/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/20/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – There are changes in this weeks Class 11AA 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 (11)                3-1           80        2
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (6)   3-1           74        4
3. Mandan (1)                           3-1          49         3
4. Fargo Shanley                      3-1          48         1
5. Minot (1)                               3-1           25          5
Others receiving votes: Bismarck Legacy (3-1)
Class 11A Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)     Record    Points    Last Week
1. Jamestown (17)                4-0           93         1
2. Fargo North (2)                  4-0          78          2
3. Grand Forks Red River     4-1          53          3
4. Fargo South                      3-1           31          4
5. Valley City                          4-0           30          5
Others receiving votes: None
MINOT, ND – Scores from Monday:
High School Football
Class 9B
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Alexander, 30-22
High School Boys Tennis
Bismarck Legacy 7, Mandan 2 (suspended 9/15 due to rain)
High School Girls Volleyball
Class B
Newburg-Westhope def. Dunseith (3-0) 25-11, 25-11, 25-18
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State goalie Maddie Kindred turned aside every shot she faced over the weekend, and effort that helped the Beavers go unbeaten and earned the senior honors from the NSIC. Monday, Kindred was named the NSIC Goalie of the Week for her two shutout performances. Friday, in a 1-0 win over visiting Southwest Minnesota State, Kindred made nine saves for the Beavers. She then came back on Sunday and stopped the lone shot she faced against Sioux Falls in a 0-0 tie. The pair of shutouts gives Kindred three in-a-row as she has not allowed a goal in 296 minutes, 1 second of action, a streaking dating back to Sept. 9 and the Beavers game against Minnesota Duluth. Kindred and the Beavers are back in action on the road this weekend, playing at Winona State on Friday and at Upper Iowa on Sunday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The University of North Dakota hockey program will open the 2022-23 season ranked No. 4 in the national polls, as the DCU/USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls were released on Monday. It marks the third straight season that North Dakota has been inside the top-10 to begin the season, with the Fighting Hawks looking to claim their fourth straight NCHC crown. Defending national champion Denver headlines both polls as the top team, while Minnesota, Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth rounding out the top-5 with UND. Entering the season, UND is scheduled to play six teams ranked in the polls and three other programs receiving votes.
After ushering in the most newcomers the program had seen since 1973 a year ago, NoDak enters the new season with 20 roster players returning. Last season, the Hawks returned to the NCAA Tournament and reached the top of the NCHC standings for the third straight year with a 24-14-1 overall record and 17-6-1 conference mark to become the first team in NCHC history to win three consecutive Penrose Cups. North Dakota opens the campaign on Saturday, Oct. 1 with an exhibition slate against Manitoba before beginning the regular season vs. Holy Cross on Oct. 7-8 from the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UND) – North Dakota punter Cade Peterson was one of four players honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Sunday evening, earning the title of Special Teams Player of the Week. Peterson was sensational in the 27-24 win at Northern Arizona with four punts for 209 yards, averaging 52.2 yards per boot. While punting, Peterson had two touchbacks and recorded three punts over 50 yards. With his four punts on Saturday, Peterson is now tied in the UND Division I record book with Brett Cameron (2009-12) for most punts in a career with 186. On the season, the Kewaskum, Wis., native has 11 punts for 442 yards, averaging 40.18 yards per punt. He has pinned teams within their own 20 on three occasions, has four punts of over 50 yards and has recorded three touchbacks. North Dakota will resume MVFC play on Saturday at Southern Illinois. The Fighting Hawks and Salukis are slated for a 2 p.m. (CT) kick in Carbondale.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – North Dakota football climbed up to No. 19 in the latest Stats Perform Rankings announced Monday morning, moving up three spots from last week. The Fighting Hawks remain just outside the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25, sitting at No. 28. The Missouri Valley Football Conference has five programs represented in the Stats Perform poll. North Dakota State remains the top spot with 43 first-place votes, trailed by South Dakota State in a tie for second with five first-place votes. Missouri State is also towards the top and is sixth. North Dakota is now No. 19 and Southern Illinois climbed into No. 24 to make this weekend’s matchup a top 25 affair. UND moved up after winning at Northern Arizona, 27-24, on Saturday.
NORTHBROOK, Ill. (NDSU)– Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on Monday announced the final roster for the 31st Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, recognizing 22 college football student-athletes and an honorary head coach for outstanding contributions to their communities. North Dakota State linebacker James Kaczor, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., was among the 22 student-athletes named to the Good Works Team, which recognizes 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 from the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA for their leadership in local communities and overall commitment to giving back.
Kaczor is the ninth NDSU player to be recognized on the Good Works Team, joining tight end Ben Ellefson (2019), quarterback Easton Stick (2018), cornerback Richard Bowman (2009), running back Tyler Roehl (2008), quarterback Steve Walker (2007), running back Kyle Steffes (2006), offensive tackle Tim Popowski (2005) and safety Jared Essler (2004). Kaczor’s community activities include packing meals for Feed My Starving Children, supporting low-income families and children utilizing the Charism food pantry, assisting with children’s ministry at River City Church, and participating on the leadership team of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at NDSU.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Naylor and Amed Rosario hit three-run homers, Cal Quantrill kept his home unbeaten streak intact and Cleveland thumped Minnesota 11-4 on Monday, taking four of five from one of their AL Central pursuers. The Guardians followed up a sweep at Minnesota earlier this month by winning a series they had to have and opening a seven-game lead over the Twins, who have been ravaged by injuries down the stretch. Naylor homered in the first inning off Sonny Gray (8-5) and Rosario connected in the sixth off rookie Ronny Henriquez to make it 7-3 as the first-place Guardians opened a four-game division lead over Chicago. Nick Gordon homered off Quantrill (13-5) for the Twins, who came to town hoping to cut into the Guardians’ lead but left further behind. Cleveland went 13-6 against Minnesota, winning nine of the last 10. Rosario was brutal on Twins pitchers in the series, batting .440 (11 of 25) with two homers and 11 RBIs. Quantrill stuck around until the sixth and improved to 13-0 in 32 starts at Progressive Field. The right-hander is one win shy of matching Vic Raschi’s record for dominance in one ballpark. Raschi went 14-0 at Comiskey Park from 1947-55. Gray left after two innings with tightness in his right hamstring. The right-hander had been pitching with soreness his last couple starts, but it got more severe and Baldelli decided to pull him.
The Twins open a three-game series in Kansas City today with RHP Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.68 ERA) facing Royals RHP Zack Greinke (4-9, 4.10).
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kirk Cousins tried to get the ball to Justin Jefferson. Darius Slay kept getting in the way. Cousins was pressured into three interceptions, Jefferson was shut down a week after one of his career-best games, and the Minnesota Vikings were run off the field from the opening drive in a 24-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
“I do feel like this one’s on me,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. There was plenty of blame to go around for the Vikings, who hoped a sharp opening performance in a win against Green Bay was the catapult for gutting out a tough one in Philly. But again, the Vikings left the city losers, just as they did in January 2018 after the NFC championship game. “We wanted to come into this game and just dominate, especially after last week’s performance,” Jefferson said. “But we definitely had plenty of opportunities to score the ball and make something happen, carry the momentum to our side. We didn’t execute on the offensive side.”
The game was billed as a showdown between two of the top receivers in the league, Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown on one side against Jefferson on the other. And with good reason. Jefferson went wild against the Packers with 184 receiving yards and two TDs. He had a franchise-record 158 receiving yards in the first half. Cousins tried to keep his top target involved — and the Vikings did throw the ball plenty after Jalen Hurts was a virtual one-man show for the Eagles in the first half (try 301 total yards). While Hurts had made the game seem out of reach with each dazzling run or quick-strike pass, the Vikings hung around and had chances in the second half. All of them, wasted.
Cousins threw his first interception from the Eagles’ 19-yard-line and another from Philly’s 27. Jefferson took the blame for the first interception. “I’ve got to be flatter if Slay’s going to sit on that type of route. I’ve got to come flatter and be in front of him instead of going behind him,” Jefferson said. “So, that one’s on me.” Cousins’ third pick came on a lob that Slay snagged again and sealed the win. “He’s a competitor for sure. I knew that I was going to get that from him,” Jefferson said. “I mean, he’s a great cornerback. He’s a great player. A great guy, too. We definitely could’ve had some more opportunities out there to score and put up points, and we just didn’t.”
Cousins was 27 for 46 for 221 yards and one touchdown. Jefferson had six receptions for 48 yards. Even worse, Cousins was the leading rusher with 20 yards. Cousins’ lone TD pass was a 2-yard score to Irv Smith in the second quarter that made it 14-7. With the game not quite out of reach late in the first half, Cousins threw a strike to a wide-open Smith that was dropped. Smith was alone and likely could have walked in with the touchdown. “Just one play away,” O’Connell said.
Up next, a game against the 1-1 Lions in an opportunity for the Vikings to show if the opening-week win was an early-season fluke or if the dreary effort against the Eagles is something that will linger. “Everybody in this room definitely could’ve done something better to change the outcome of the game,” Jefferson said. “We’ve still got to look at the film. It’s a short turnaround, so tomorrow we’ll look at it and move on to Detroit.”


K-Heart Sports – 09/19/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/19/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The Minot State women’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw against Sioux Falls on Sunday at Herb Parker Stadium. Maddie Kindred made a save for the Beavers, while Holli Knudsen tallied 13 saves for Sioux Falls. Minot State is now 2-2-3 overall, 2-1-1 NSIC. Sioux Falls is at 0-5-2 overall, 0-2-2 NSIC. Next up for the Beavers is a roadtrip to Winona State on Friday and Upper Iowa on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Ryan pitched shutout ball for the second straight outing and become only the second Minnesota starter to reach the eighth inning this season, leading the Twins over the AL-Central leading Cleveland Guardians 3-0 on Sunday. Ryan (12-8) allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in his first start since being pulled after seven hitless innings and 106 pitches against Kansas City. The only prior Minnesota starter to reach the eighth this year was Dylan Bundy on June 18 at Arizona. Jake Cave hit a solo homer in the second off Cody Morris (0-2) and AL batting leader Luis Arraez added a two-run single in the ninth against Enyel De Los Santos. Third-place Minnesota stopped an eight-game losing streak against Cleveland, and the second-place Chicago White Sox moved within 3½ games of the Guardians. Cleveland had won the first three games of the five-game series, which ends Monday, The third-place Twins trail the Guardians by six games.
RHP Sonny Gray (8-4, 2.83 ERA) will start for Minnesota in the series finale. Gray is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA in three starts against the Guardians this season. RHP Cal Quantrill (12-5, 3.51 ERA) will pitch for Cleveland. Quantrill is 12-0 in 41 games at Progressive Field and has gone 33 straight home starts without a loss.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Jones rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and caught a scoring pass from Aaron Rodgers, who continued his domination of the Chicago Bears by leading the Green Bay Packers to a 27-10 victory. Green Bay bounced back from a season-opening 23-7 loss at Minnesota and beat the Bears for a seventh straight time, matching its second-longest win streak in the 205-game history of the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Packers built a 24-7 halftime lead by dominating the second period, then made a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter to thwart a Bears comeback attempt. Rodgers went 19 of 25 for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right ankle. Lance went down after running the ball on the second drive of a 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks. A cart came out on the field and Lance’s leg was put into an air cast before he was taken off. The 49ers immediately announced he would not return. Lance’s teammates and several Seahawks players paid him respect before he left the field and was replaced by former starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw a touchdown pass on his first full drive and passed for 154 yards. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan announced Lance’s prognosis immediately after the game.Lance played at North Dakota State before being drafted by the 49ers with the #3 pick in 2021.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season to move within two of Roger Maris’ American League record with 16 games remaining and lead the New York Yankees over the Milwaukee Brewers 12-8. Judge added a two-run double in the ninth as part of a four-hit day for New York, which hit five homers and avoided a three-game sweep. The Yankees opened a 5 1/2-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East. Judge’s 11th multihomer game tied the season record set by Detroit’s Hank Greenberg 1938 and matched by the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa in 1998.


K-Heart Sports – 09/18/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/18/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Ray-Powers Lake held off Bishop Ryan 46-39 Saturday night, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. The shootout included seven touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. The quarterbacks led the way for each team. Tyson Enget tallied over 400 yards of total offense and had a hand in five touchdowns for the Outlaws. Jett Lundeen also accounted for 400 yards of offense and six TD’s in leading the Lions. Ray-Powers Lake improves to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in Class 11B Region 3. Bishop Ryan drops to 2-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 3.
Other scores from Saturday:
High School Football
Class 11B
#4 Bottineau def Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 38-7
High School Boys Cross Country
Williston Invite
1. Williston, 18
2. Grand Forks Central, 96
3. Dawson County MT, 127
4. Watford City, 130
5. Plentywood MT, 209
6. Sidney MT, 211
7. Trinity Christian, 218
Individual winner: Ivan Askim of Williston, 15:57
Shiloh Skyhawk Invitational – McDowell Dam in Bismarck
.1. New Town, 29
2. Bismarck Century, 88
3. Standing Rock, 132
4. Surrey, 138
5. Southern McLean, 158
7. Shiloh Christian, 174
8. Des-Lacs Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 174
9. Northern Cass, 176
10. Hebron, 185
Individual winner: Colt Spotted Bear of New Town, 17:17
High School Girls Cross Country
Williston Invite
1. Williston, 35
2. Watford City, 55
3. Sidney MT, 76
4. Grand Forks Central, 124
5. Dawson County MT, 192
6. Plentywood MT, 202
Individual winner: Jaelyn Ogle of Watford City, 18:57
Shiloh Skyhawk Invitational – McDowell Dam in Bismarck
1. Southern McLean, 41
2. Shiloh Christian, 44
3. Northern Cass, 78
Individual winner: Mashae Miller of Kenmare-Bowbell-Burke Central, 19:54
High School Boys Soccer
Minot High 1, Mandan 0
Williston 2, Jamestown 1
Bismarck Legacy 3, Bismarck High 0
Bismarck Century 7, Dickinson 1
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Mandan 109, Fargo South 74
High School Girls Volleyball
Valley City Optimist Tournament

Championship Bracket

First Round
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter def. Center-Stanton, (2-0) 26-24, 25-18
Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (2-1) 21-25, 25-15, 15-11)
Shiloh Christian def. Carrington (2-1) 25-19, 21-25, 15-13
Our Redeemer’s def. Oakes (2-1) 25-10, 23-25, 15-8)
Second Round
MayPortCG def. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter (2-0) 25-13, 25-15
Northern Cass def. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (2-0) 27-25, 25-17
Central Cass def. Shiloh Christian (2-0) 25-19, 25-23
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan def. Our Redeemer’s (2-0) 27-25, 25-23
Northern Cass def. MayPortCG (2-0) 25-18, 25-15
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan def. Central Cass (2-0) 26-24, 25-23
3rd Place
MayPortCG def Central Cass (2-0) 25-21, 25-19
Northern Cass def. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan (2-0) 25-20, 25-20
College Football
Wayne State 49, Minot State 10
College Mens Hockey
Breircrest College def. Minot State, 2-1 OT (Exhibition game)
College Womens Volleyball
Bemidji State def. Minot State (3-0) 25-14, 25-14, 25-16
NAHL Hockey
NAHL Showcase – Blaine MN
Minot Minotauros 5, Anchorage Wolverines 2
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (UND) – Despite a scoreless third quarter, there were plenty of fireworks in the fourth quarter with North Dakota (2-1) escaping Northern Arizona (1-2) with a 27-24 win on Saturday afternoon. The Lumberjacks found the end zone to take a 24-20 lead with 1:42 remaining and the Fighting Hawks went to work from their own 25. Tommy Schuster started with four consecutive pass completions to get UND down to the NAU 23. It was the next play that was the difference when Schuster found Jack Wright in the end zone for the go-ahead score. The play was a reverse flea flicker pass that looked to be a Tyler Hoosman rush that turned into a Bo Belquist end around and then found its way back to Schuster who found Wright in the end zone for the touchdown. Brady Stevens connected on the extra point to give the Hawks a 24-20 advantage late. Schuster was a perfect 5-for-5 passing on the final drive. NAU got the ball back with 53 seconds remaining and started at its own 25 yard-line. The Lumberjacks marched all the way down to the 50 with one play remaining with three seconds left. After facing pressure, R.J. Martinez found a receiver at the UND 39, but he immediately went down when attempting to pitch the ball to allow the Hawks to leave with the 27-24 victory.
Schuster was efficient once again, going 21-of-32 through the air for 206 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Belquist was his favorite target with six receptions for 56 yards, including a touchdown that put UND up 20-17 with just over five minutes left. Garett Maag hauled in five receptions for 47 yards. Hoosman had the second 100-yard rushing game of his career, gaining 102 yards on the ground on 12 carries for 8.5 yards per carry.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura passed for 229 yards including the go-ahead touchdown with 4:53 left and the Wildcats held on to beat North Dakota State 31-28 on Saturday, Sept. 17, before a crowd of 41,211 at Arizona Stadium. North Dakota State fullback Hunter Luepke rushed 18 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns and added three receptions for 65 yards and one score. The Bison (2-1) rushed for 283 yards – their third most against an FBS opponent – and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
Trailing 17-14 at halftime, NDSU’s running game took over in the second half. The Bison went 76 yards in six plays on their second possession of the third quarter with TaMerik Williams breaking a 34-yard run followed by Dominic Gonnella’s 19-yard carry to set up Luepke’s 6-yard score to give NDSU its first lead of the night. Arizona (2-1) appeared to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but a facemask penalty on the Bison extended the drive and the Wildcats scored six plays later on Jonah Coleman’s 2-yard run to go ahead 24-21. NDSU came back with a seven-play, 75-yard march with Luepke breaking out of a pile of tacklers for a 38-yard touchdown to put the Bison ahead 28-24 with 2:07 left in the third quarter. Arizona missed a 43-yard field goal attempt on its next drive, but the Bison couldn’t convert a fourth-and-2 at the Arizona 23. The Wildcats went 78 yards in 10 plays for the eventual winning score.
NDSU was 0-for-2 on fourth down and lost a fumble in the red zone, and Arizona answered all three of those possessions with touchdowns. The Bison outgained Arizona 407-394 in total yards and had a slight edge in time of possession 31:18 to 28:42. NDSU had six penalties for 60 yards compared to one for 15 yards against Arizona. NDSU quarterback Cam Miller went 10-for-12 passing for 124 yards with a 31-yard touchdown to Luepke in the first quarter. Tight end Noah Gindorff made three catches for 30 yards. Bison linebacker James Kaczor made a game-high nine tackles while linebacker Nick Kubitz and cornerbacks Courtney Eubanks and Destin Talbert made five tackles each. The loss snapped NDSU’s six-game winning streak against FBS opponents dating back to 2010. North Dakota State is 9-4 against FBS competition.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Austin Hedges scored on an error by shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the 15th inning and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat the Minnesota Twins for the eighth straight time, 7-6 to sweep a day-night doubleheader Saturday. Amed Rosario, who went 8 for 13 with six RBIs in the twinbill, hit a sharp grounder that Palacios mishandled with two outs. The ball skidded into the outfield, allowing Hedges to score from third and end the 5-hour, 24-minute marathon. Rosario had four hits in both games of the doubleheader, including a three-run homer in the nightcap. He drove in two runs in the opener, a 5-1 victory by the Guardians behind ace Shane Bieber. Cleveland (79-66), which has won nine of its last 10, opened a 4 1/2-game lead over the Chicago White Sox (75-71) and is seven games ahead of the third-place Twins (72-73). Minnesota has lost 11 of 16 in September.



K-Heart Sports – 09/17/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/17/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Andrew Christenson accounted for 175 yards of offense and three touchdowns as Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central defeated Stanley on Friday night, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Christenson passed for 124 yards and two scores, while rushing for 51 yards and another touchdown. Sheldon Skaar carrid the ball 20 times for 130 yards and a TD as the Honkers improve to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in Class 11B Region 3. Cal Sorenson led the Blue Jays with 123 yards passing and a touchdown, plus 70 yards rushing and a score. Stanley had five turnovers while Kenmare-B-BC had three. The Blue Jays drop to 0-5 on the season, 0-3 in Region 3.
We will have more Class 11B football on the air tonight as the Bishop Ryan Lions host the Ray-Powers Lake Outlaws. Pregame at 7:10 pm on 106.9 K-Heart and online at khrt.com.
Other scores from Friday:
High School Football
Class 11AA
#4 West Fargo Sheyenne def. #1 Fargo Shanley, 35-13
#2 Fargo Davies def. West Fargo, 24-13
#3 Mandan def. Williston, 49-0
#5 Minot High def. Bismarck Century, 19-12
Bismarck Legacy def. Bismarck High, 34-15
Class 11A
#1 Jamestown def. Watford City, 47-0
#2 Fargo North def. Bismarck St. Mary’s (11AA), 38-28
#3 Grand Forks Red River def. Grand Forks Central, 19-9
#4 Fargo South def. Devils Lake, 28-0
#5 Valley City def. Dickinson, 27-6
Turtle Mountain def. New Town (Independent), 49-0
Class 11B
#1 Kindred def. Northern Cass, 49-7
#3 Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose def. South Prairie-Max, 56-6
T#5 Thompson def. Rugby, 28-26
T#5 Oakes def. Linton-HMB, 35-18
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Nedrose, 20-0
Harvey-Wells County def. Park River Area, 28-12
Beulah def. Southern McLean, 32-0
Hazen def. Killdeer, 41-14
Shiloh Christian def. Bowman County, 21-14
Carrington def. Grafton, 34-20
Hillsboro-Central Valley def. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, 34-26
Lisbon def. Fargo Oak Grove, 46-6
Central Cass def. Sargent County, 41-8
Class 9B
#1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Richland, 49-0
#2 New Salem-Almont def. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 48-0
#3 Cavalier def. Larimore, 50-20
#4 May-Port-CG def. Hatton-Northwood, 70-20
#5 North Prairie def. North Star, 54-8
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. TGU, 42-16
Divide County def. Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn, 52-46
St. John def. Dunseith, 58-14
Grant County-Flasher def. Central McLean, 46-14
Hettinger-Scranton def. Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, 48-6
Hettinger County def. Beach, 12-6
South Border def. Kidder County, 48-12
New Rockford-Sheyenne def. Benson County, 48-18
Four Winds def. Midway-Minto, 74-20
North Border def. Nelson County, 44-38
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood def. Maple River, 49-16
Griggs-Midkota def. Enderlin, 24-0
Hankinson def. Tri-State, 54-8
High School Girls Golf
Class A
Minot High Invite – Vardon Golf Club
1. Bismarck Century, 317
2. Bismarck Legacy, 334
3. Minot High, 338
4. Mandan, 350
5. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 367
6. Williston, 367
7. Jamestown, 382
8. Dickinson, 388
9. Minot North, 391
10. Watford City, 432
Medalist: Leah Herbel of Bismarck Century, 73
Class B
Region 4 Tournament – Garrison Country Club
1. Bottineau, 402
2. Rugby, 412
3. Nedrose, 418
4. Velva, 431
5. South Prairie, 460
6. Northern Lights, 478
7. Central McLean, 516
8. Dunseith, 522
Medalist: Libby Dulmage of Rugby, 83
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
Bismarck Century 102, Fargo South 70
Mandan 115, Bismarck High 70
High School Boys Tennis
Bismarck Legacy 9, Bismarck High 0
Mandan 7, Williston 2
High School Girls Volleyball
Class B
New Town def. North Shore-Plaza (3-0) 25-10, 26-24, 25-12
College Mens Hockey
Minot State def. Briercrest College, 6-1 (Exhibition game)
College Womens Soccer
Minot State def. Southwest Minnesota State, 1-0
College Womens Volleyball
Minnesota-Crookston def. Minot State (3-2) 25-21, 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13
NAHL Hockey
NAHL Showcase – Blaine, MN
Amarillo Wranglers def. Minot Minotauros, 3-1
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State Beavers (0-2) are looking to bounce back from their 34-0 loss to the Sioux Falls Cougars last weekend. MSU is hosting the Wayne State College Wildcats (2-0) today at 1 p.m. on First Bank Western Field at Herb Parker Stadium. The Wildcats own a 4-1 series over the Beavers since MSU joined the NSIC. Last season the Wildcats rolled to a 48-0 victory over the Beavers. The Wildcats are 2-0 to start the year.
Grand Forks, N.D. (UND) – After rallying to defeat Northern Iowa 29-27 last weekend, #22 North Dakota will return to non-conference action this weekend and will visit Northern Arizona. The Fighting Hawks and Lumberjacks will face off at Findlay Toyota Field at 3 p.m. (CT) today. Both teams are 1-1 on the season. This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Hawks and Lumberjacks, and the first since 2018 when Northern Arizona won 31-16. The Lumberjacks hold a 5-2 lead in the series. The wins by the Fighting Hawks came in 2014 and 2016.
FARGO, ND (NDSU) – North Dakota State plays its first Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in six years tonight, when the Bison (2-0) take on the Arizona Wildcats (1-1) of the Pac-12 Conference. Game time is 10 p.m. CDT at Arizona Stadium (50,782) in Tucson, Ariz. Today’s game will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports 1. This is North Dakota State’s first meeting against a Pac-12 opponent. The Bison were scheduled to play Oregon in 2020, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 and has been rescheduled for 2028. North Dakota State is 9-3 against FBS opponents and has won six in a row since 2010 with wins at Kansas (6-3), Minnesota (37-24), Colorado State (22-7), Kansas State (24-21), Iowa State (34-14) and 11th-ranked Iowa (23-21). NDSU’s first three FBS wins were against Ball State (2006), Central Michigan (2007) and Minnesota (2007).
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-runner Ernie Clement raced home from second base on a wild pitch in the eighth inning for the go-ahead run and the AL-Central leading Cleveland Guardians rallied for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night in the opener of a crucial five-game series. Clement ran for Josh Naylor, who led off the eighth with a single and took second on Oscar Gonzalez’s single. Jhoan Duran’s 2-1 pitch to Andrés Giménez bounced in front of catcher Gary Sánchez and went back to the screen on the fly. Sánchez couldn’t find the ball initially and Clement rounded third and slid headfirst into the home plate, beating Sánchez’s throw.
Cleveland leads third-place Minnesota by five games and has clinched the season series with a 10-5 edge, giving the Guardians the tiebreaker. The teams play a day-night doubleheader today followed by games Sunday and Monday. Cleveland swept a three-game series at Target Field last weekend and has won six straight over the Twins. The Guardians also gained a game on the Chicago White Sox, who lost 3-2 to Detroit in 10 innings. The Twins will add LHP Louie Varland (0-0, 3.38 ERA) as the 29th man to start today’s first game against Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber (10-8, 2.91 ERA). RHP Josh Winder (4-4, 3.83 ERA) will start the second game for Minnesota against LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-2, 4.30 ERA) who will be the Guardians’ 29th man.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Justin Jefferson has proven to be one of the most difficult receivers in the NFL to cover, starting his third season seemingly with the potential to dominate the game for the next decade. The Minnesota Vikings are trying to toughen the task for their opponents, just by making it harder to figure out where Jefferson is going to be. As the 23-year-old keeps moving up on the lists of all-time records, the Vikings are moving him around the field as much as their playbook and the rules will allow — particularly before the snap. “I can be so many different places,” Jefferson said. “That’s how we kind of get away from the man to man, and if they do play man to man, we’ve got something for it.”
New coach Kevin O’Connell uses the term “illusion of complexity” to describe the offense he and his staff have installed with the Vikings, meaning an attempt to make the other team think there’s a lot going on when the assignment for each player is actually quite simple. Jefferson’s first of two touchdowns in the opener last week against Green Bay, when he torched the Packers for 184 receiving yards in the 23-7 victory, was a fourth-down play that began with him running from left to right behind quarterback Kirk Cousins before the ball was snapped. Fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen was lined up in the slot, and his slant route prompted two Packers defenders to initially turn his way. That left Jefferson all alone in the flat for the walk-in score.
“You know seven times out of 10 that he’s involved in the offensive play. Then when you get him moving, now the defense has to think — rethink what he’s doing from the position that he started in to what he’s doing in the new position,” said Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, providing the other-side-of-the-ball perspective. “It’s going to be a great ride, and I can’t wait to see where it’s going to take us.” Thielen, who’s in his 10th year in the league, has marveled at Jefferson’s swift mastery of the position since he was drafted in the first round in 2020. “He makes it look so easy and smooth that it doesn’t really like flash out at you,” Thielen said. “Maybe the play wasn’t necessarily designed for man coverage, but he was able to beat it anyway.”
The syncing of the offense will be challenged on Monday night when the Vikings visit Philadelphia and those relentlessly raucous Eagles fans. Jefferson will be squarely in the spotlight again, as the player the Eagles passed on to draft wide receiver Jalen Reagor instead, one spot in front of him. “That’s when I like to have the best game, to showcase to the world what I have, and my argument is being the best receiver,” Jefferson said, adding: “Every mock draft had me going to Philly, so when Philly was on the board, getting a phone call and it being Minnesota, it was definitely a shocker. But I’m definitely happy, way more happy, to be here than there.” Reagor was traded to the Vikings last month. Minnesota also signed linebacker Jordan Hicks in the spring. Hicks played his first four years for Philadelphia, the last being the 2017-18 championship season. The Eagles won the Super Bowl, of course, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
When the Vikings went downtown to practice there early in training camp, Hicks felt those good memories rush back. “Every time I think back, it’s like a book. It’s a like a story. You’re opening the pages again,” said Hicks, who tied a career high with 14 tackles and had a sack and a forced fumble against Green Bay. Now he’ll try to repeat that performance in another familiar venue, even if it’s no longer friendly. “I’d imagine it’ll be pretty hostile, which is exciting. Anytime that juice is out there, it does nothing but amp you up,” Hicks said. “I’m excited.”