K-Heart Sports – 01/10/24


MINOT, ND – Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood swept a girl/boy basketball doubleheading in Glenburn last night. The pair of games we broadcast on K-Heart saw the Mavericks win the girls game 44-40, behind 21 points from Jamie Thompson and 13 from Rilynn Beck. The Panthers were led by Emma Jones with 19 points. The #8 -ranked MLS boys team finished the sweep with a 73-31 victory. Riley Morlock tallied 18 points while Reid Morlock added 15 and Carson Nett 12, all on 3’s. Aidyn Derr and Jayden Nelson each scored 13 for Glenburn.
Other scores:
High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
#1 Minot High def. Dickinson, 71-53
#2 Bismarck Century def. Mandan, 79-60
Bismarck Legacy def. Jamestown, 87-76
Bismarck High def. Williston, 101-58
Class A
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Bishop Ryan (Class B), 67-47
South Prairie-Max def. Nedrose, 60-41
Hazen def. Bottineau, 63-62
Class B
#4 Westhope-Newburg def. Velva, 70-38
#8 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Glenburn, 73-31
T-G-U def. Berthold, 75-22
Our Redeemer’s def. Harvey-Wells County, 68-55
Surrey def. Parshall-North Shore-Plaza, 57-51
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Ray, 86-77
Central McLean def. White Shield, 53-49
Trenton def. Tioga, 49-46
Williston Trinity Christian def. Divide County, 77-30
Alexander def. Belfield, 52-48

High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
#1 Minot High def. Dickinson, 119-40
#2 Bismarck Century def. Mandan, 48-43
#3 Bismarck Legacy def. Jamestown, 69-43
Bismarck High def. Williston, 74-44
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Shiloh Christian (Class A), 42-40
Class A
#3 South Prairie-Max def. Beulah, 49-36
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Bishop Ryan (Class B), 50-31
New Town def. North Shore-Plaza (Class B), 60-28
Watford City def. Sidney MT, 51-42
Class B
#4 Central McLean def. White Shield, 79-10
#7 T-G-U def. Berthold, 70-50
Our Redeemer’s def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 59-42
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Glenburn, 44-40
Divide County def. Williston Trinity Christian, 45-25
North Prairie def. North Star, 56-28
High School Boys Hockey
Minot High def. Williston, 7-0
Bismarck Legacy def. Dickinson, 3-0
Mandan def. Jamestown, 5-2
Hazen-Beulah def. Minot Junior Gold, 7-3
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High, 9-2

High School Girls Hockey
West Fargo United def. Jamestown, 3-2 SO
Mandan def. Dickinson, 2-0
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – North Dakota senior forward Riese Gaber was named NCHC Forward of the Week after a six-point weekend in a sweep over Alaska, league officials announced on Tuesday afternoon. Gaber earned the honor for the fourth time during his career. Gaber put together his best weekend of the season in a sweep of Alaska, racking up an NCHC-best and tying for the most in the nation with six points in the two games. The UND captain tallied three points both nights against the Nanooks. In Friday’s 6-4 victory, Gaber scored two goals while assisting on the Fighting Hawks’ first goal of the night. His first goal Friday put UND up for good at 2-1, while a power play strike helped seal the victory in the third period. A night later, the Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, native had a hand in each of North Dakota’s first three goals with a marker and two primary assists. He opened the scoring Saturday with an unassisted power play tally, while his second primary assist of the game helped break a 2-2 tie and put UND up for good in an eventual 6-2 win. The senior was named the game’s first star both nights in the sweep of the Nanooks. He finished the series with three goals and three assists, while firing 10 shots on goal in the two games. He also ended with a +4 plus/minus on the weekend. These were Gaber’s first three-point games of the season, while he now ranks 10th in the NCHC with 20 points in 20 games this season. His 11 goals on the year tie for seventh in the NCHC.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half and the Minnesota Timberwolves led from start to finish Tuesday night in a 113-92 win over the Orlando Magic. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves (26-10) won easily despite getting only six points and three assists from leading scorer Anthony Edwards.Moritz Wagner led the Magic (21-16) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Jalen Suggs had 20 points and five rebounds and Paolo Banchero had 18 points on 8 for 22 shooting. The Timberwolves visit Boston tonight.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings have entered another pivotal offseason, revolving around the club’s still-uncertain plans at quarterback. Will a mutual desire to maintain the relationship weigh heavier in this complicated equation than the constricting ramifications of the salary cap? Clarity remains at least a couple of months away. What’s certain is that both sides are carrying feelings of unfulfillment into 2024. Cousins and his teammates packed up equipment and memorabilia and exchanged autographs and hugs in the locker room on Monday after finishing 7-10 and relinquishing the NFC North title they won handily last season with a 13-4 record.
Cousins’ contract is set to void in March, making him a free agent. His absence from a torn Achilles tendon reinforced the reality that there’s no other viable option on the roster for the long term. Even if there were no questions about his return, he’ll be 36 before next season. “I don’t think you do can your job as a leader of an organization without saying, ‘What’s our succession plan? What do we have down the pipeline?’” Cousins said. Cousins, who had enough qualifying attempts to finish third in the NFL in passer rating (103.8) despite playing in only eight games, didn’t directly answer a question on Monday about whether he would sign with the Vikings for less money than what he could get in a new deal on the open market. But his confidence in the offense under coach Kevin O’Connell and his family’s comfort in Minnesota — not to mention throwing to Justin Jefferson — have made obvious the preferred place to finish his career. “God has blessed me financially beyond my wildest dreams, so at this stage of my career the dollars are really not what it’s about,” Cousins said, before referencing a profound perspective one of his previous coaches shared with him: “It’s not about the dollars, but it is about what the dollars represent.”
The uncertainty of this offseason reminded Cousins of his last high school game in Holland, Michigan, when he had no college scholarship offers. His career will work out the way it’s supposed to work out, Cousins has long believed in conjunction with his devout Christian faith. “Nothing has taught me more than this injury of the importance of just letting go and trusting and seeing where things go,” Cousins said. Cousins has been ahead of the projected recovery timeline. He’s not worried about having to sell himself. “The league needs quarterbacks, and if you’re trying to talk yourself out of a quarterback, then I can’t help you much,” he said, smiling. “The Achilles is going to heal, and it’s on track, and I’m a pocket passer, and there’s a lot of time before next season. So for a lot of reasons it doesn’t concern me.”
The Vikings have the 11th overall pick, likely in range for one of the top quarterback prospects or at least close enough to move up a few spots for one. This is the same position they were in 25 years ago when they drafted Daunte Culpepper. The Vikings don’t currently have a pick in the third round. That’s owed to Detroit for the 2022 trade for tight end T.J. Hockenson.
Jefferson finished 19th in receiving yards in the league (1,074) despite playing in only eight full games and parts of two others because of injuries. Hockenson missed the last two games with a knee injury but still ranked 14th in the NFL with 95 receptions. Danielle Hunter finished fifth in the league with a career-high 16 1/2 sacks and tied for fifth with teammate Josh Metellus with four forced fumbles. The Vikings had a minus-12 turnover ratio that was second-worst in the NFL. The completion percentage (70.3%) by opponents was the highest allowed in the league. Special teams took a step back, too. Ryan Wright slumped, ranking 30th in punts inside the 20-yard line (28.8%). Greg Joseph was 28th in the NFL in field goal rate (80%) among kickers who averaged one or more makes per game.
In addition to their usual home-and-away set of games against the three other NFC North foes, the Vikings in 2024 will face the AFC South (hosting Houston and Indianapolis and visiting Jacksonville and Tennessee) and the NFC West (hosting Arizona and San Francisco and visiting the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle) next season. The games determined by their third-place finish are at home against Atlanta and the New York Jets and on the road against the New York Giants.
The quarterback decision will shape the plan for every other position on the roster, with resources limited under the salary cap and in the draft, but cornerback continues to be a position lacking depth. The defensive line could use help, too. Hunter is another critical player poised for a megadeal in free agency. The next two best edge rushers on the roster when healthy — D.J. Wonnum and Marcus Davenport — are unsigned as well. Dalton Risner, the only offensive lineman who didn’t miss any games due to injury, gave the Vikings a boost at left guard. He’ll be a free agent, along with linebacker Jordan Hicks and wide receiver K.J. Osborn. Signing Cousins would take away the ability to bring back several of those others.

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