K-Heart Sports – 01/05/24

MINOT, ND – Surrey swept a girl-boy basketball doubleheader last night in a pair of games that we broadcast on K-Heart. The Surrey girls defeated Berthold 56-52 and were led in scoring by Laney Will and McKya Gerding with 15 points each while CC Klimpel added 12. Mya Neshem scored a game-high 19 points for Berthold, but was held to just two points after halftime. Kasey Simons added 17 for the Bombers who fall to 8-3 overall, 3-2 in Class B District 8. The Mustangs improve to 7-3 overall, 5-0 in District 8.
The Surrey boys completed the sweep with a 41-24 win over the Bombers, led by Lucas Vollmer with 10 points. Logan Thompson also scored 10 for the Bombers who drop to 1-5 overall, 0-1 in District 8. The Mustangs improve to 5-2 overall, 1-0 in District 8.
Other scores from the area:
High School Boys Basketball
Class A
#3 Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. Rugby, 88-37
Beulah def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 53-50
Stanley def. New Town, 53-33
Class B
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Glenburn, 80-27
Surrey def. Berthold, 41-24
North Prairie def. St. John, 48-42
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
#3 South Prairie-Max def. Nedrose, 52-34
Devils Lake def. Turtle Mountain, 72-42
Hazen def. Dunseith, 47-42
Class B
#4 Central McLean def. Washburn, 65-31
#7 Our Redeemer’s def. Westhope-Newburg, 66-46
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Velva, 49-45
Bishop Ryan def. Harvey-Wells County, 50-38
Surrey def. Berthold, 56-52
Ray def. Alexander, 50-10
Divide County def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 52-39
Tioga def. Parshall, 55-37
High School Boys Hockey
Minot High JV def. Hazen-Beulah, 4-1
High School Girls Hockey
Mandan def. Jamestown, 1-0
High School Boys Swimming & Diving
Dickinson def. Mandan, 108-75
High School Boys Wrestling
Minot High def. Jamestown, 54-18
Bismarck High def. Turtle Mountain, 57-15
Bismarck High def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 46-13
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Turtle Mountain, 48-24
Williston def. Mandan, 48-27
High School Girls Wrestling
Minot High def. Jamestown, 56-18
Fargo def. Mandan, 36-32
Bismarck High def. Turtle Mountain, 72-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Defenseman Darren Raddysh scored his first two goals of the season and Victor Hedman had a power-play goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 victory over the injury-ravaged Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves to end a three-start losing streak and Brandon Hagel added an empty-net goal to help the Lightning hand the Wild their fourth consecutive loss. Vasilevskiy’s bid for his 34th career shutout lasted until there was 4:25 left, when Zach Bogosian snapped a shot past him. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for the Wild, missing for the third straight game the chance to match Patrick Roy for second place on the NHL victory list with 551. The Wild might as well have hosted this game in Iowa, where their AHL affiliate plays, given how many minor-leaguers they needed to fill out their lineup with their recent rash of injuries. Goalie Filip Gustavsson, defensemen Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon, and forwards Marcus Foligno, Kirill Kaprizov, Vinni Lettieri and Mats Zuccarello were all unavailable. The Wild fell to 3-15-1 when their opponent scores first. The Wild play at Columbus on Saturday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will start quarterback Nick Mullens in their final regular-season game, with their bid for the playoffs nearly exhausted by persistent problems at the vital position. Coach Kevin O’Connell announced his decision before practice on Wednesday. The Vikings play at Detroit on Sunday, needing a win and three other NFC games to go their way to convert a postseason long shot. “With all of the quarterback changes, everyone that stepped up into that position did a great job of handling that position, because it’s not an easy road. We have one of the most difficult offenses in the league,” wide receiver Justin Jefferson said, adding: “It’s even difficult for me just listening to the play call, and I’m only listening for one or two things.”
Mullens replaced rookie Jaren Hall after halftime in last week’s loss to Green Bay, after an interception and a fumble by Hall each set up a Packers touchdown. That was the fifth quarterback switch in nine games for the Vikings, starting with the torn Achilles tendon for Kirk Cousins that uprooted everything. “They’re really important decisions,” O’Connell said. “You want to make sure you’re communicating. You want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to help the guys that we put in the game, but at the same time the decision is about what’s best for the team and trying to move the football and seeing if we can go out and have a quality performance on offense.”
Hall was the first sub for Cousins, but a concussion forced him out of his first start. Joshua Dobbs gave the Vikings a brief spark, but he threw four interceptions in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 27 and was pulled from a scoreless game in his next appearance. Mullens took it from there, but he was picked off four times by Detroit on Dec. 24. That prompted O’Connell to pick Hall for the crucial game against Green Bay. “When we’re in that throw mode, he’s got to be a great decision-maker, trusting the other 10 guys to do their jobs at a really high level,” O’Connell said. Vikings quarterbacks have accounted for 26 turnovers this season, tied for the most in the NFL. The recent struggles have laid bare the conundrum they face for the future, with Cousins set to become a free agent in the spring.
Jefferson, for one, has stumped often for Cousins, but the team’s ability to upgrade other positions would be significantly diminished by a new contract for their 35-year-old quarterback. “I’m confident they’re going to make the right decision up there to bring whoever they need to bring in the building to throw us the ball each year,” Jefferson said. “If it’s Kirk, perfect. If it’s whoever they choose, that’s not my decision. I’m always going to just continue to be myself, regardless, and just play my best ball when I’m out there on the field.”

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