K-Heart Sports – 02/28/23

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MINOT, ND – Bishop Ryan wins back-to-back District 12 Boys Basketball Tournament championships and the eighth since the district was formed in 1999.
High School Boys Basketball
Class B
District 12 Tournament – Minot Auditorium
Region Qualifiers
#3 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. #5 Surrey, 56-47
#4 Our Redeemer’s def. #6 South Prairie, 53-45
#1 Bishop Ryan def. #2 Des Lacs-Burlington, 58-42
District 11 Tournament – Bottineau High School
Region Qualifiers
#5 TGU def. #6 Nedrose, 68-19
#4 Bottineau def. #2 Rugby, 55-47
#1 Westhope-Newburg def. #3 Velva, 76-64
District 15 Tournament – Mandaree High School
Region Qualifiers
#4 Williston Trinity Christian def. #2 Parshall/North Shore-Plaza, 57-53
#7 Mandaree def. #5 Alexander, 69-61
#1 White Shield def. #3 Trenton, 60-52
District 16 Tournament – Ray High School
Region Qualifiers
#1 Stanley def. #6 Ray, 78-28
#3 Divide County def. #5 Tioga, 49-33
#2 Powers Lake-Burke Central def. # 4 Kenmare-Bowbells, 75-61
Region 4 Tournament
Play In Round
#5 North Star def. #12 Benson County, 69-39
#6 Warwick def. #11 New Rockford-Sheyenne, 72-63 OT
#7 St. John def. #10 Dakota Prairie, 68-49
#9 Lakota def. #8 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, 52-51
MINOT, ND – For the second week Central Cass remains atop the Class B Boys Basketball poll. The poll is voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
North Dakota Class B Boys Basketball Poll
                  (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Central Cass (16)                      20-0         187          1
2. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (3)    20-1         174          2
3. Bishop Ryan                               19-2         149          3
4. Shiloh Christian                           17-4        119          4
5. Bowman County                         18-2         100         6
6. Sargent County                           18-2           88         5
7. North Border                               18-2            81         7
8. Ellendale                                     11-8            45         T8
9. Beulah                                         17-4           38         T8
10. Thompson                                 14-6           20         RV
Others receiving votes: Garrison (18-3), North Prairie (18-3), Des Lacs-Burlington (16-5) Standing Rock (18-3)
MINOT, ND – Bismarck Century remains atop both Class A Basketball Polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball Poll
            (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Bismarck Century (18)         21-0       90            1
2. Minot High                             18-3       70            2
3. Fargo Davies                        19-2       56            3
4. Mandan                                 15-6       26            4 
5. Grand Forks Red River         15-6       23           RV
Others receiving votes: Fargo North (14-7)
North Dakota Class A Girls Basketball Poll
          (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Bismarck Century (17)      18-2         89           1
2. Fargo Davies (1)                19-1         71           2
3. Grand Forks Red River      20-1         56           3
4. Minot High                           17-4         36           4
5. West Fargo                         17-4         11           5
Others receiving votes: Bismarck High (17-4), Bismarck Legacy (15-6)
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Women’s Midwest Collegiate Hockey league announced its All-WMCH First and Second Teams on Monday, and Minot State’s Jordan Kulbida and Anna German each earned all-conference honors. Kulbida was named to the WMCH All-Conference First Team and German was named to the WMCH All-Conference Second Team. Kulbida, a senior forward and transfer from the University of Regina, led the Beavers this season in scoring with 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points, which also ranks her No. 20 in the nation. German, a junior defender from Bismarck, North Dakota, was tied for second on the team in scoring with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points this season. The All-WMCH honor is the first for both Beaver players.
The ACHA posted its final regular-season national poll, and with it announced the field for the ACHA National Tournament held March 16-20 in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Minot State women head to nationals the No. 3 seed and will play 10th-seeded Miami (Ohio) in the first round. The Beavers (21-10-2-0 overall) and Bobcats (16-7-0-1) play at 6 p.m. (CT) in Boston on Thursday, March 16. The winner of the matchup advances to the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 18, while the loser will play an elimination game on Friday, March 17.
The two teams have met twice with Miami hosting Minot State back in January of 2020. The Beavers swept the weekend series, winning 2-0 and 5-3 in Oxford, Ohio. Liberty (Va.) held on to the top spot in the final poll, and Midland (Neb.) was No. 2. The Warriors beat the Flames 2-1 on Saturday for the WMCH Tournament title. Both teams get a first-round bye at the ACHA National Tournament and open play in the quarterfinals on March 18. Other first-round matchups on Thursday, March 16, feature No. 4 Adrian (Mich.) versus No. 9 Michigan-Ann Arbor, No. 5 Indiana Tech versus No. 8 McKendree (Ill.), and No. 6 Maryville (Mo.) versus No. 7 Arizona State.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – Fifth year goaltender Drew DeRidder was selected as NCHC Goaltender of the Week on Monday, as announced by the league office. This is his third honor of the season. DeRidder had one of his best weekends of the season, backstopping North Dakota to four points in a win and tie at Colorado College. The Michigan State transfer allowed only one goal all weekend, while earning his fourth shutout of the season and not allowing a goal in Saturday’s shootout either. On Friday, DeRidder made 17 saves, allowing only a second-period goal in a 2-1 overtime win. The next night, he stopped all 26 shots he faced, including three in overtime, in a scoreless tie. DeRidder also denied all three CC attempts in the ensuing shootout to earn UND the extra standings point. He helped UND go 5-for-5 on the penalty kill Saturday with six short-handed saves, while earning First Star of the Game. DeRidder finished the weekend with 43 saves on 44 shots faced for a NCHC-best .977 save percentage on the weekend among goalies who played two games. He also posted a 0.48 goals-against average at CC in more than 125 minutes of action, while going 1-0-1. The Fenton, Mich., native upped his season save percentage to .896 and lowered his GAA to 2.64. His four shutouts on the season tie for the NCHC lead and seventh nationally, while he is now 9-7-4 in net this year, including 2-0-2 in his last four starts.

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