K-Heart Sports – 02/11/23

K-HEART SPORTS – 02/11/23 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The top two seeds will play tonight in the District 12 Girls Basketball Tournament championship game. It’s the first time in school history that South Prairie-Max has been in the title game. Our Redeemer’s is making their 8th appearance in the championship, but has never won it. We’ll have complete coverage of the District 12 Tournament on 106.9 K-Heart, khrt.com, and through the Live 365 app.
High School Girls Basketball
Class B
District 12 Tournament – Minot Auditorium
Loser Out
#8 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. #5 Bishop Ryan, 52-32
#7 Berthold def. #6 Glenburn, 67-66
#1 South Prairie-Max def. #4 Surrey, 59-42
#2 Our Redeeemer’s def. #3 Des Lacs-Burlington, 35-33 OT
Today’s schedule
Region Qualifier
#3 Des Lacs-Burlington vs #8 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 4 pm
#4 Surrey vs #7 Berthold, 5:30 pm
#1 South Prairie-Max vs #2 Our Redeemer’s, 7 pm
District 11 Tournament – Rugby High School
Loser Out
#5 Drake-Anamoose, bye
#3 TGU def. #7 Velva, 65-30
#1 Rugby def. #4 Westhope-Newburg, 68-46
#2 Bottineau def. #6 Nedrose, 68-34
Today’s schedule
Region Qualifier
#3 TGU vs #4 Westhope-Newburg, 4 pm
#5 Drake-Anamoose vs #6 Nedrose, 5:30 pm
#1 Rugby vs #2 Bottineau, 7 pm
District 15 Tournament – Williston State College
Loser Out
#5 North Shore-Plaza def. #8 White Shield, 49-5
#7 Alexander def. #6 Williston Trinity Christian, 39-25
#1 Parshall def. #4 Trenton, 35-32
#2 New Town def. #3 Mandaree, 71-59
Today’s schedule
Region Qualifier
#3 Mandaree vs #5 North Shore-Plaza, 4 pm
#4 Trenton vs #7 Alexander, 5:30 pm
#1 Parshall vs #2 New Town, 7 pm
District 16 Tournament – Stanley High School
Loser Out
#5 Divide County, bye
#6 Ray, bye
#1 Kenmare-Bowbells def. #4 Powers Lake-Burke Central, 48-36
#2 Tioga def. #3 Stanley, 50-47
Today’s schedule
Region Qualifier
#4 Powers Lake-Burke Central vs #6 Ray, 4 pm
#3 Stanley vs #5 Divide County, 5:30 pm
#1 Kenmare-Bowbells vs #2 Tioga, 7 pm
MINOT, ND – Other scores from Thursday.
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century def. #5 Bismarck Legacy, 60-44
#4 Minot High def. Jamestown, 80-55
Turtle Mountain def. Watford City, 71-36
Bismarck High def. Pierre T.F. Riggs SD, 54-36
Class B
#5 Central McLean def. Standing Rock, 84-33
Dickinson Trinity def. Hazen, 50-40
High School Boys Basketball
Class A
#1 Bismarck Century def. #5 Bismarck Legacy, 78-56
#2 Minot High def. Jamestown, 73-67
Turtle Mountain def. Watford City, 91-52
Pierre T.F. Riggs SD def. Bismarck High, 89-67
Class B
#8 Shiloh Christian def. Flasher, 76-53
Garrison def. Max, 85-36
Harvey-Wells County def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 64-51
North Prairie def. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, 65-43
St. John def. Dunseith, 59-56
Minot North Freshman def. Williston Trinity Christian, 77-74
High School Boys Hockey
Bismarck Legacy def. Hazen-Beulah, 9-2
High School Girls Hockey
Fargo North-South def. Minot High, 5-2
Bismarck Century def. Grand Forks, 5-3
Fargo Davies def. Mandan, 5-1
West Fargo def. Williston, 6-0
High School Girls Gymnastics
Jamestown Throw Back Meet
1. Dickinson, 147.725
2. Jamestown, 140.800
3. Valley City, 124.950
4. Fargo, 120.550
All-Around: Rylee Olson of Dickinson, 36.950

High School Boys Swimming & Diving

Williston def. Mandan, 113-71

High School Girls Wrestling

West Region Tournament – Williston High School
1. Minot High, 261
2. Bismarck High, 260.5
3. Bismarck Legacy, 207
4. Mandan, 130
5. Bismarck Century, 113
6. Des-Lacs Burlington, 82.0
7. Jamestown, 68.0
8. Hettinger-Scranton, 60.0
9. MonDak, 47.0
10. Dickinson, 40.5
11. Velva, 37.0
12. Beulah-Hazen, 31.0
T13. Rugby, 30.0
T13. White Shield, 30.0
15. Turtle Mountain, 26.0
16. New Salem-Almont, 25.0
17. Killdeer, 23.0
18. Williston, 18.0
19. Beach, 17.0
20. Standing Rock, 16.0
21. Stanley, 14.0
22. Hope Christian Academy, 8.0
23. Ray, 6.0
24. Northern Lights, 2.0
25. Alexander, 0.0
25. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 0.0
25. New Town, 0.0
25. Tioga, 0.0
25. Watford City, 0.0
College Mens Basketball
St. Cloud State def. Minot State 107-105
College Womens Basketball
Minot State def. St. Cloud State, 60-58
College Baseball
Minot State def. Emporia State, 7-2
College Womens Softball
Lubbock Sports College Tournament – Lubbock, TX
Emporia State def. Minot State 3-1
Minot State def. Chadron State, 9-8 (9 innings) (Sophie Sparrow walk off RBI single)
College Womens Hockey
Minot State def. Lindenwood University, 8-2
College Mens Hockey
Denver def. North Dakota, 4-3
NAHL Hockey
Aberdeen Wings def. Minot Minotauros, 4-1
St. Cloud Norsemen def. Bismarck Bobcats, 5-4 OT
ST. CLOUD, MN (MSU) – Connor Hollenbeck totaled 31 points and Khari Broadway added 26, but the Minot State men’s basketball team fell to the Saint Cloud State Huskies 107-105 on the road Friday. The Beavers (10-13, 7-12) had four players score in double figures, led by Hollenbeck, who secured a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Broadway trailed along with 26 points, five assists and two steals off the bench and Jalen Cook pulled off 12 points from the bench. The Minot State offense was sharply productive from the three point line, knocking down 16 threes on 34 attempts. Hollenbeck was the most prolific shooter for the Beavers, draining six treys in the contest.
After falling behind 13-7, Minot State went on a 12-0 run with 14:01 left in the first half to take a 19-13 lead. The Beavers then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 36-33 advantage. Minot State got a great contribution from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for 16 of its 36 total points. Saint Cloud State proceeded to take a 58-55 lead before Minot State went on an 8-0 run, finished off by Ben Bohl’s three, to seize a 63-58 lead with 10:17 to go in the contest. The Huskies then fought back to even things up at 89-89 sending the game to overtime. Minot State shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting 10 shots from deep to score 30 of its 53 points. Saint Cloud State then edged ahead in overtime, leaving Minot State behind 107-105 at the final buzzer.
ST. CLOUD, MN (MSU) – Natasha Elliott hit a buzzer-beating shot as time expired to lead the Minot State women’s basketball team past the Saint Cloud State Huskies 60-58 on the road Friday. A fight to the finish. The Beavers pulled off a close game with a buzzer-beating shot the second time this season by Natasha Elliott. Head (23 points and four assists), Elliott (14 points, nine rebounds, and two steals), and Emma Mogen (three points, four steals, and two blocks) led the Beavers (11-14, 7-12) in double figures and steals. Led by Elliott’s four offensive rebounds, Minot State did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 14 boards that resulted in 13 second chance points. The Minot State defense caused its share of mistakes in Friday’s game, forcing 15 Saint Cloud State turnovers while committing 13. Those takeaways turned into 15 points on the offensive end of the floor. Mogen’s four steals led the way individually for the Beavers.
After jumping out to a 10-4 advantage, Minot State went on a 7-0 run with 2:42 left in the first quarter, culminating in a three from Elliott, to increase its lead to 17-4. The Beavers then lost some of that lead, but still entered the quarter break with a 17-6 advantage. Minot State capitalized on five Saint Cloud State turnovers in the period, turning them into five points on the other end of the floor. Minot State kept its first quarter lead intact before going on a 7-0 run starting at the 3:51 mark in the second period, highlighted by a bucket from Mogen, to increase its lead to 32-18, a score that would hold until halftime. Minot State dominated in the paint, scoring eight of its 15 points close to the basket. After intermission, Minot State held on to its advantage and owned a 41-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Minot State played well near the basket, scoring six of its nine points in the paint. The Beavers then held on for the victory in the fourth quarter. Minot State took advantage of its opportunities in the post, scoring 12 of its 19 points in the paint.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Senior Weekend started with a bang for the Beavers. Gillian Gervin scored just 2 minutes, 29 seconds into the action as Minot State dominated first-period action and the Beavers rolled to an 8-2 victory over visiting Lindenwood on Friday at the Maysa Arena. The first of two games at home against the Lions, second-ranked Minot State will honor seven seniors on Saturday when the Beavers play their home finale against Lindenwood (Mo.) with puck drop at 3:45 p.m. Riley Ball pushed the Beaver lead to 2-0 with 7:19 gone, her first of two in the period, then Makena Welby made it 3-0 before Ball added one more with 1:11 left until the break. Well in control, the Beavers (19-8-1 overall) cruised despite seeing the visiting Lions (5-14-1) get the only goal in the second and close to 4-2 back early in the third. Aspen Cooper put an end to the comeback with a short-handed goal 4:01 into the third, then Krissy Rink scored 55 seconds later for a commanding 6-2 advantage. Ensley Fendelet, one of the Beavers seven seniors, scored midway through the third, padding the lead, then Olivia Opheim iced it with 34 seconds left. Fendelet added an assist in the win, while senior Sydney Spicer had two assists, and fellow seniors Megan Norris and Denali Sigurdson also had an assist each, as did Cooper, Gervin, Anna German, and Paige Ackerman. Haylie Biever finished with 22 saves in goal in the win for Minot State.
ST. GEORGE, KS (MSU) – It didn’t take long for the Beavers to give new coach Sam Boisner his first career win. The Minot State Beavers fought back from down 2-1 in the seventh inning to knock off the Emporia State Hornets, 7-2, Friday in the season opener for the Beavers. Senior Dominick Parkhurst (1-0) picked up the victory out of the bullpen for Minot State (1-0 overall). The right-hander went four innings, giving up one run on two hits, allowing two walks and striking out four. Junior Trevyn Badger also made an impact on the mound for the Beavers, starting the ballgame and throwing five innings, giving up one run on two hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts. At the plate, the Beavers were paced by junior Brent Riddle, who went 3-for-5 on the day with a double, a home run and four RBI. Junior Gunnar Kozlowitz put together a standout day at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI. Senior Matt Malone also helped out for Minot State, putting together two hits in four trips to the plate while adding an RBI.
The Beavers were trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning when they first put runs on the board. Kozlowitz put Minot State on the board with a leadoff home run off junior Graham Brunner. The Hornets broke the tie and re-took the lead heading into the eighth inning, when the Beavers got back on the scoreboard. Minot State scored three runs in the frame, buoyed by a two-run homer from Riddle, which brought the Beavers lead to 4-2. Minot State kept Emporia State without a run before building their lead to 7-2 the following inning. The Beavers notched three runs in the frame, two of them coming across on a two-RBI double from Riddle. The score remained 7-2 for the rest of the game, as Minot State coasted to the win.
LUBBOCK, Texas (MSU) – The Minot State softball team is proving to be the “Battlin’ Beavers” as they scored their third walk-off win of the season Friday. Rallying from deficits of 5-0 and 8-3, including plating three in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Minot State softball team battled back to win 9-8 in 9 innings over Chadron State (Neb.) to close out the day at the Lubbock Sports College Tournament hosted by Lubbock Christian. This after the Beavers fell 3-1 to Emporia State (Kan.) to start the day. Minot State plays Adams State at noon and Texas Permian Basin at 2 p.m. today in the tournament.
Minot State 9, Chadron State 8, 9 inn.
The Minot State Beavers needed nine innings to get the job done, but earned the 9-8 extra-innings win, walking it off on a single off the bat of sophomore Sophie Sparrow to claim victory over the Chadron State Eagles on Friday. Freshman Calley Olson (2-0) picked up the victory out of the bullpen for Minot State (5-1 overall). The right-hander went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs, zero earned, on six hits, allowing two walks and striking out three. In the batter’s box, the Beavers were paced by freshman Paige Kellogg, who went 2-for-3 on the day with a home run, a walk and four RBI. Freshman Sara Van furnished a noteworthy day at the plate as well, going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI. Freshman Mallory Hoogensen also chipped in for Minot State, putting together two hits in two trips to the plate while adding an RBI. Trailing 5-0, the Beavers first put runs on the board in the fifth inning. Minot State’s offense started clicking and put up five runs, including a grand slam off the bat of Kellogg. The Eagles broke the tie and re-took the lead heading into the seventh inning, when the Beavers got back on the scoreboard. Minot State scored three runs in the frame, buoyed by a two-RBI double from Van Wickler, which evened the score at 8-8. The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when Minot State walked it off on an RBI single off the bat of Sparrow.
Emporia State 3, Minot State 1
The Emporia State Hornets proved to be too much for Minot State on this particular day as the Beavers fell 3-1 on Friday to open the Lubbock Sports College Tournament. Sophomore Reegan Floyd (2-1) got the ball to start for Minot State and took the loss. The right-hander went six innings, giving up three runs, all of them earned, on seven hits, allowing no walks and striking out three. Junior Gabi Dawyduk led the way offensively for the Beavers, going 1-for-3 in the ballgame. The Beavers were trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning when they first put runs on the board. Junior Brooklyn Morrison came across to score the lone run of the inning for Minot State and get them on the board. The Beavers were unable to get any closer as Emporia State added one run to their tally on the way to a 3-1 final.
DENVER, Colo. (UND) – No. 4 ranked Denver scored a pair of goals in 14 seconds in the middle frame to turn a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 lead and defeat North Dakota, 5-3, on Friday night from Magness Arena in Denver, Colo. UND (12-12-4, 6-9-2 NCHC) fired 37 shots towards the Denver cage, but goaltender Magnus Chrona was strong in the pipes to help the Pioneers grab their third straight win over the Fighting Hawks this season.
North Dakota looked to build some momentum in the early moments, killing off a minor without allowing a shot just 16 seconds into the contest; however, Aidan Thompson struck just moments after the power play ended to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the 2:52 mark of the opening frame. Following the strong start for the Pios, it was UND who started to get better as the period wore on. Just past the seven minute mark of the stanza, Jackson Blake stripped his defender of the puck and fed Carson Albrecht for the goal on a 2-on-0 play to even the game at 1-1. The contest looked to be heading to the intermission tied at 1-1, but Mazur snapped home a shot from the slot to give Denver the 2-1 advantage with 2:12 to play in the first.
Goals were aplenty in the second period, with the teams combining for a trio of tallies in a span of 30 seconds. Ethan Frisch tied the game momentarily with a blast on the power play, but DU responded with a pair of goals in 14 seconds to give the Pios a 4-2 lead and force a goaltender change for UND. North Dakota answered back late in the frame, as Judd Caulfield deflected home a shot from Tyler Kleven for another strike on the man advantage for the nation’s top power play to cut the lead to 4-3 after 40 minutes of play. The Fighting Hawks had plenty of chances in the third period, including hitting the post a pair of times, but Mazur extended the lead with his second goal of the game to close out the 5-3 win and give the Pioneers the opener. The series finale will be tonight at 7 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant had 32 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Desmond Bane added 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies built a big lead through the fourth quarter and coasted to a 128-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Santi Aldama finished with 18 points, while Jaren Jackson added 15 points and four blocks as Memphis was still shooting close to 60% when both teams emptied their benches in the fourth. Jaylen Nowell led the Timberwolves with 21 points, while Anthony Edwards scored 17 points. Taurean Prince and Kyle Anderson scored 12 points apiece for Minnesota. With Thursday’s trade deadline still working itself out, the Timberwolves pieces were available to play. Mike Conley, acquired by Minnesota from Utah at the trade deadline, started at point guard and had nine points. The Timberwolves play the Mavericks at Dallas on Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Kenta Maeda first takes the mound for Minnesota in the 2023 season, his wait between appearances will have passed 19 months. The Twins are more than eager to return the right-hander to their rotation, part of a welcome-back theme surrounding this team entering spring training after an injury-wrecked 2022. “The time flew by relatively quickly,” Maeda said recently through a translator, reflecting on his rehabilitation from Tommy John elbow surgery. “But you never know. The first pitch that I throw on the big league mound, I might get so nervous I might drill someone. So watch out.” Maeda flashed his dry sense of humor as he spoke in Japanese to reporters at the team’s annual fan festival at Target Field on Jan. 28. He declared his arm “100% ready” for camp, which formally begins for Twins pitchers and catchers on Thursday morning in Fort Myers, Florida.
Maeda last pitched on Aug. 21, 2021. He had the ligament replacement procedure 11 days later. He could’ve been back in game action last September, but once the Twins faded down the stretch they decided to be cautious and keep him sidelined until 2023. The AL Cy Young award runner-up in 2020, Maeda slumped to a 4.66 ERA in 21 starts in 2021 before the injury became too much. Last year, there was no opponent batting average or strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate, only an opportunity to reflect on his strategy while building up his overall body strength to be ready to go without limitation this season. “There was so much discomfort prior to the surgery. Obviously, right after surgery there are limitations to movement, but now everything is free, whether that’s throwing a baseball or just doing daily stuff,” Maeda said. “Everything feels free.”
Fellow starting pitcher Chris Paddack, who had just arrived in Minnesota in a trade with San Diego, joined Maeda on the Tommy John recovery track after only five starts. Paddack won’t be back until midseason, much like top position player prospect Royce Lewis in his comeback from another repair of a torn ACL. The major injuries are largely unpreventable. The smaller-scale issues are what dogged the Twins in 2022, enough of a concern that they changed head athletic trainers and hired Nick Paparesta away from Oakland. Paparesta traveled to meet in person with several players this winter. “It’s easy to say that when a guy has a particular issue that the return plan should be prescribed the same way for everybody with the same issue,” president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “Well, some guys have different tolerances. Some guys are able to play through certain things. So Nick getting to know the players, that’s going to be important.”
Alex Kirilloff will have the most-watched wrist in camp. The 2016 first-round draft pick’s ascendance to the heart of the batting order has been severely hampered by his health. Each of his first two major league seasons have been halted by surgery on the wrist, a vital joint for any hitter. After a series of setbacks, Kirilloff opted last August for a shortening procedure that involved an intentional breaking and then shaving of the ulna bone to decrease the friction around it. The 25-year-old, who could wind up as either the regular left fielder or first baseman, said at TwinsFest he’s aiming for a mostly normal spring training with minimal restriction. “I’m kind of just taking it day by day. But it does feel good, and I’m very optimistic,” Kirilloff said. “They cut my bone so there’s definitely some aches and stuff to go along with that, but from a pain standpoint it feels good.”
Second baseman Jorge Polanco’s ailing knee limited one of the team’s true iron men to just 104 games last season after he appeared in 94% of the games over the previous three years. “Sometimes we play hurt, with a little bit of pain or something. But that kind of injury was something I couldn’t play through,” Polanco said, later adding: “I have been working on it almost every day. I’m ready to go.”

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