K-Heart Sports – 04/02/22

MINOT, ND – The high school baseball and softball seasons began on Friday with a handful of games.
High School Boys Baseball
Class A
Grand Forks Red River 4, Minot 1
Grand Forks Red River 10, Minot 4
Grand Forks Central 12, Williston 10
Williston 7, Grand Forks Central 3
Devils Lake 10, Bismarck High 3
Devils Lake 10, Bismarck High 0
Dickinson 9, Wahpeton 8
Dickinson 9, Wahpeton 3
High School Girls Softball
Class A
Dickinson 9, Jamestown 5
Dickinson 9, Jamestown 4
Bismarck Legacy 14, Bismarck Century 4
Bismarck Legacy 14, Bismarck Century 11
Bismarck High 16, Mandan 1
Bismarck High 23, Mandan 3
Williston 13, Watford City 12
Williston 16, Watford City 3
High School Boys Track & Field
Class A
Thrivent Indoor Meet – Williston
1. Minot, 211
2. Williston, 140
3. Dickinson, 92
4. Watford City, 62
Class B
CNDC Indoor Meet – Minot State Dome (Top 10)
1. Harvey-Wells County, 121
2. New Town, 72
3. Rugby, 61
4. Central McLean, 44.5
5. Southern McLean, 40.5
6. Beulah, 32.5
7. Benson County, 30
8. Powers Lake, 26
9. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 25.5
10. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, 19
High School Girls Track & Field
Class A
Thrivent Indoor Meet – Williston
1. Minot, 210.5
2. Dickinson, 120
3. Williston, 106.5
4. Watford City, 22
Class B
CNDC Indoor Meet – Minot State Dome (Top 10)
1. Rugby, 110
2. Beulah, 56
3. Central McLean, 44
4. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 42
5. Southern McLean, 40
6. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, 38
T7. Shiloh Christian, 36
T7. South Prairie-Max, 36
9. Bottineau, 32
10. Benson County, 31
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with guard Chris Reed, who played collegiately at Minnesota State Mankato. The 29-year-old will reunite with former Minnesota State teammate Adam Thielen. Reed has spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts, starting six of the 14 games he played in. As an undrafted rookie, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played in 25 games across the 2016-2018 seasons. He’s also had stops in Miami and Carolina, totaling 29 starts in 61 games across his career.
FORT MYERS, FL (TWINSBASEBALL.COM) – Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli announced Thursday that rookie right-hander Joe Ryan will make his first career Opening Day start on April 7 against the Mariners at Target Field, the most emphatic indication yet that for this Minnesota team and pitching staff, the future is now. From trade acquisition and September callup in 2021 to Opening Day starter in ’22, Ryan’s rise to the top of Minnesota’s rotation is nearly unprecedented in recent baseball history. He will become the third pitcher in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to make an Opening Day start within his first six career games, joining José Guzman of the ’86 Rangers and Steve Busby of the ’73 Royals. Ryan will also be the first rookie to start Opening Day for the Twins since Tom Hall in ’69.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The women’s college basketball Final Four semifinals were held Friday night at Target Center in Minneapolis. #1-ranked South Carolina defeated Louisville 72-59 to earn a spot in the championship game. National player of the year, Aliyah Boston led the Gamecocks with a double-double scoring 23 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. The Gamecocks have been the top-ranked team all season.
The Connecticut Huskies advanced to the championship by downing defending champions Stanford 63-58. Minneapolis-area native Page Bueckers led the Huskies with 14 points. UConn is 11-0 in the national title game in program history. The Huskies, whose last championship came in 2016, are looking to avoid their longest streak without a title since they won their first in 1995. The championship game is Sunday at 7 pm.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe spent an entire season relentlessly chasing and pulling down seemingly every rebound that came his way — and plenty that didn’t, too. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound junior put up better rebounding numbers than anybody in Division I in decades. And it’s a big reason why he is The Associated Press men’s college basketball national player of the year.
Tshiebwe was the clear choice for the award announced Friday, receiving 46 of 60 votes from AP Top 25 voters. Johnny Davis, a 6-5 sophomore who averaged 19.7 points and led Wisconsin to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, was second with 10 votes. Iowa sophomore Keegan Murray (three) and Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn (one) also earned votes.
Tshiebwe thrived all season while averaging 15.1 rebounds, the highest per-game output in Division I since 1980. He had five games of at least 20 rebounds this season and three games with at least 10 boards on the offensive glass alone. He also worked to expand his offensive game, adding range on a developing jumpshot to go with his relentless board work. Tshiebwe averaged 17.4 points and shot 60.6% from the floor, a big step forward from his freshman season when he averaged 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds with the Mountaineers before transferring after 10 games.
Tshiebwe, a West Virginia transfer and native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is only the second player in the history of the storied history of the Wildcats program to win the AP’s top honor. The other was one-and-done star Anthony Davis, who led Kentucky to its eighth NCAA title a decade ago before becoming the No. 1 NBA draft pick.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tommy Lloyd spent 22 years as Mark Few’s right-hand man turning Gonzaga into a national powerhouse. He needed just one season to return Arizona to prominence. Lloyd was named The Associated Press men’s college basketball coach of the year on Friday after leading the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 in his first season. He received 28 votes from a 61-person media panel that votes on the AP Top 25 to edge Providence’s Ed Cooley, who got 21 votes. No other coach got more than three. Lloyd joins Indiana State’s Bill Hodges in 1979 and Drake’s Keno Davis in 2008 in earning AP coach of the year in their first season as a head coach.

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