K-Heart Sports – 01/31/2024


MINOT, ND – Tuesday was a full night of basketball and hockey across the area.
High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
#1 Minot High def. Williston, 59-47
Dickinson def. #2 Bismarck Century, 68-62
#5 Bismarck High def. Bismarck Legacy, 60-51
Jamestown def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 78-62
Class A
#2 Devils Lake def. Turtle Mountain, 73-52
Hazen def. Linton-HMB (Class B), 76-56
Class B
#2 Westhope-Newburg def. T-G-U, 61-48
#4 Bishop Ryan def. Kenmare-Bowbells, 75-40
#9 Williston Trinity Christian def. Divide County, 92-50
#10 Wilton-Wing def. Richardton-Taylor, 68-56
Our Redeemer’s def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 60-53
Velva def. Harvey-Wells County, 78-61
Berthold def. Glenburn, 48-43
Ray def. Parshall/North Shore-Plaza, 69-63
Washburn def. White Shield, 67-54

High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
Minot High JV def. Williston, 80-40
#2 Bismarck Century def. Dickinson, 78-41
#5 Bismarck Legacy def. Bismarck High, 56-35
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Jamestown, 69-36
Class A
#2 South Prairie-Max def. Rugby, 49-43
#3 Bottineau def. New Town, 73-30
#5 Nedrose def. Dunseith, 76-31
Turtle Mountain def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 66-51
Beulah def. Killdeer, 44-34
Hazen def. Standing Rock, 57-37
Shiloh Christian def. Dickinson Trinity, 60-60
Class B
#10 Washburn def. White Shield, 78-8
Surrey def. North Shore-Plaza, 69-22
Tioga def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 59-34
Parshall def. Ray, 41-39

High School Boys Hockey
Minot High def. Bottineau-Rugby, 4-1
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck Legacy, 5-1
Mandan def. Hazen-Beulah, 7-4
Dickinson def. Bismarck High, 7-0

High School Girls Hockey
Minot High def. Bismarck Century, 4-1
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s basketball team remained in the nation’s top 20 despite a setback last weekend, checking in at No. 19 in the nation with 103 points in the current NABC Division II Top 25 poll. The ranking is the third straight week the Beavers (16-4 overall, 11-3 NSIC) have been ranked nationally. Minot State climbed as high as No. 16 last week before seeing a seven-game win streak snapped at Augustana on Thursday. Splitting the weekend road trip, the Beavers remained in the Top 25 poll and find themselves in a tie for second place in the NSIC as Minot State prepares to host Bemidji State on Thursday in a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader at the MSU Dome with tip-off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively. The Bemidji State men are 10-10 overall and 6-8 in NSIC play and the Bemidji State women are 3-15 overall and 0-14 in NSIC play. The Minot State women are 8-15 overall and 5-9 in NSIC play. Also ranked nationally in the latest NABC poll is NSIC league-leader Minnesota State, Mankato, which is No. 2 with 384 points and one first-place vote, and Minnesota State Moorhead, which is No. 12 with 206 points. The Dragons are tied with Minot State for second in the NSIC standings. Just outside the Top 25 is Minnesota Duluth with 26 points. The Bulldogs are the first team in “others receiving votes.”
SEATTLE (AP) — After several seasons of asking and coming up short, the Seattle Mariners finally found a trade package that worked to land Jorge Polanco. The Mariners acquired Polanco from the Minnesota Twins on Monday for pitchers Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Topa, two minor leaguers and cash. The deal could help both teams. Seattle adds a proven switch-hitter to its lineup, and a healthy Polanco should provide an upgrade at second base. The Twins get a standout reliever in Topa, a viable starter in DeSclafani and one of Seattle’s top prospects in outfielder Gabriel Gonzalez. Minor league pitcher Darren Brown is also going to Minnesota. The 33-year-old DeSclafani was traded to the Mariners earlier this month from San Francisco. He had a 4.88 ERA for the Giants last season while making 18 starts.
The right-handed Topa had a 2.61 ERA in 75 relief appearances as a rookie for the Mariners in 2023. The 30-year-old Polanco became expendable with the emergence last season of rookie Edouard Julien for the Twins, who are trimming their club-record payroll from 2023 in light of the uncertainty around their regional broadcast revenue. Polanco will make $10.5 million this season, and his contract has a $12 million club option for 2025 with a $750,000 buyout. Polanco came back from a knee injury to hit .255 with 14 home runs and a .789 OPS in 80 games for the Twins in 2023 while playing some second base and moving to third base to accommodate Julien. Polanco has the most home runs (112) by a switch-hitter in Twins history.
Polanco signed with the Twins out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, made his major league debut in 2014, became their regular shortstop in 2016 and ultimately moved to second base in 2021. Ankle and knee problems limited him in recent years, but when he stayed healthy he thrived at the plate. Polanco made the AL All-Star team in 2019 while hitting a career-high .295 in 153 games. In 2021, he hit 33 homers with 98 RBIs — both career highs — in 152 games. He’s a .269 career hitter with a .780 OPS in 832 games.
DeSclafani will provide valuable rotation depth for the Twins, who lost Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda and Tyler Mahle in free agency. DeSclafani and Louie Varland will both go through spring training as starters, Falvey said, before the club decides on who the No. 5 starter is. Pablo Lopez, Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober and Chris Paddack are slotted in the first four spots. The loss of Topa will be a hit to the Mariners as he was one of their most consistent arms out of the bullpen. Topa struck out 61 batters in 69 innings and had a stretch of two months last summer in which he allowed one earned run over 27 appearances. Gonzalez was regarded as one of the top prospects in the Mariners organization after hitting a combined .298 with 18 homers and 84 RBIs for two Class-A clubs last season at age 19.

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