K-Heart Sports – 04/29/23

K-HEART SPORTS – 04/29/23 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Lots of softball played on Friday, including here in Minot with the Class B Jamboree at the South Hill Complex.
High School Girls Softball
Class A
Williston def. Turtle Mountain, 16-0
Williston def. Turtle Mountain, 16-5
Dickinson Jamboree
Minot High def. Bismarck Century, 23-6
Minot High def. Central Cass, 10-0
Beulah def. Dickinson, 8-2
Dickinson def. Jamestown, 11-0
Beulah def. Bismarck Century, 6-2
Jamestown def. Central Cass, 15-10
Class B
Class B Jamboree – South Hill Complex in Minot
Bottineau def. Ray, 10-6
Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark def. Ray, 14-4
Stanley def. Rugby, 20-5
Bottineau def. Glenburn, 7-0
Renville County def. Tioga, 19-3
Bishop Ryan def. Stanley, 18-15

High School Baseball
Class A
Minot High def. Bismarck Legacy, 4-3
Minot High def. Bismarck Legacy, 12-3
Williston def. Dickinson, 10-4
Williston def. Dickinson, 5-4
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High, 5-4
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High, 11-2
Class B
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 12-2
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 8-2
Bottineau def. Harvey-Wells County, 5-2
Rugby def. North Star, 3-1

High School Girls Soccer
Minot High def. Williston, 5-0
Mandan def. Bismarck Century, 4-0
Jamestown def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 3-1
Bismarck High def. Bismarck Legacy, 3-2

High School Girls Tennis
Bismarck High def. Williston, 7-2

NAHL Hockey
Robertson Cup Playoffs – First Round
Austin Bruins def. Minot Minotauros, 3-0 (Bruins win series 3-0)
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (MSU) – The Minot State women played their way into the middle of the pack on the first day of the NSIC Women’s Golf Championship at the Paradise Pointe Golf Club in Missouri. Turning in a team total of 52-over 340 on Friday, the Beavers sit in eighth place after the first of three rounds at the Championship. Winona State leads the team title chase by five shots after the Warriors shot a 12-over 300 on Friday. Day two of the Championship is today, and the 54-hole event concludes on Sunday. Leading the way for Minot State’s team effort was Holly Knudsen who is tied for 31st after the opening 18 holes as she shot an 11-over 83. One shot back of her is teammate Jaci Jones who is 34th at 12-over 84, then came Zoe Banack who is tied for 35th at 13-over 85. Taylor Cormier was next for Minot State as she shot a 16-over 88 and is tied for 43rd, and rounding out the Beavers scores was Averi Bradley who is tied 53rd after a 21-over 93. Winona State’s Carly Moon leads the individual tournament title race by one shot as she carded an even-par 72 on Friday for the first-round lead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second year in a row, a North Dakota native has been selected in the National Football League Draft. Hankinson’s Cody Mauch was taken 48th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2nd round of the 2023 NFL Draft Friday night. Mauch is the third NDSU offensive lineman to be drafted in as many years. Cordell Volson of Balfour, was taken in the 4th round in 2022 by the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2021, Dillon Radunz was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd round. Mauch is the 45th Bison to be drafted into the NFL.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Roope Hintz scored his fifth goal of the series, Jake Oettinger stonewalled his home-state team again, and the Stars eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a 4-1 win in Game 6 of their first-round NHL playoff series. Wyatt Johnston and Mason Marchment scored in the second period when the Stars outshot the Wild 18-5. Oettinger made 22 saves as the Stars advanced to face the Colorado-Seattle winner. Freddy Gaudreau scored with 7:07 left to prevent Oettinger from posting a second shutout in the series. Max Domi added an empty-net goal for Dallas. Minnesota hasn’t advanced in the postseason in eight years. Filip Gustavsson, starting a fourth consecutive game for the first time in his first season with Minnesota, stopped 23 shots in two periods. Marc-Andre Fleury, who was in net for a 7-3 loss at Dallas in Game 2, took over in the third. The Wild fell to 5-14 on home ice in the playoffs since the last time they advanced, a first-round win over St. Louis in 2015. They are 4-13 in franchise history in postseason series.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Jose Miranda homered as the Minnesota Twins stayed hot at the plate with an 8-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, but Jorge López struck out Nick Pratto for his second save. Salvador Perez had three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs for the Royals. Pratto added three singles and two RBIs, and Edward Olivares doubled twice, tripled and scored three runs. The Twins have scored 33 runs in their last five games after starting the season in an offensive slump. The three homers gave Minnesota 36 on the season, second-most in the American League behind the Rays. Minnesota right-hander Pablo López (2-2) struggled for the second straight outing but still pitched into the seventh for the third time in six starts this year. He allowed six earned runs while striking out seven.
Royals: RHP Brad Keller (2-2, 3.96 ERA) faces Minnesota this afternoon. Keller took the loss against the Twins on April 2 in Kansas City but is 2-0 in three road starts this season. Twins: Ober (1-0, 1.59) made his 2023 debut on Sunday, pitching into the sixth inning in a win over Washington.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After taking USC wide receiver Jordan Addison in the first round of the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings had a long wait before they were back on the clock. The wait was long, the distance wasn’t. Minnesota eventually selected Addison’s teammate and Trojans cornerback Mekhi Blackmon with the final pick of the third round Friday night. “I know they’re competitive,” Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said. “I talked to their coaches there about how their practices are. They’re both incredibly instinctive players and they’re going to make everybody else around them better.”
Minnesota began the second day of the draft without a second-round pick from the trade they made last November with Detroit to acquire tight end T.J. Hockenson. The Vikings had the 87th overall selection, in the third round, before trading down with the San Francisco 49ers. In exchange for No. 87, Minnesota received the 102nd pick, a compensatory selection for San Francisco, to draft Blackmon. The team also added the 164th pick (fifth round) and No. 222 (seventh). “I was waiting all night,” Blackmon said. “I thought it would come earlier. You guys traded back. I kind of anticipated I was probably going to come to you guys, just praying and wishing I would.”
Addison added to an already strong receiving group with star Justin Jefferson, Hockenson and K.J. Osborn. Blackmon addresses one of Minnesota’s biggest needs. The 24-year-old cornerback enters a Vikings’ secondary that lost veteran Patrick Peterson in free agency, along with Cameron Dantzler, Duke Shelley and Kris Boyd. Minnesota signed Byron Murphy in free agency and has 2022 cornerback draft picks in Andrew Booth and Akayleb Evans. “Excited about that group,” Adofo-Mensah said. “Ultimately, they’re unknowns and that’s what football is; taking chances and seeing what they are. I think we got great coaches and a great process to develop them.” Blackmon, who is 6-foot and 175 pounds, was a third-team All-American and first-team all-conference last year, leading the Pac-12 with 12 passes defended and tallying three interceptions with 66 tackles in 14 games. It was his lone season with USC after transferring from Colorado. “There’s a skill to know when to look for the ball,” Adofo-Mensah said. “Not everybody has it, he does. Somebody who’s aggressive in the run game, just somebody we’re really happy we got where we did.”
Blackmon said he loved the facilities and coaches when he visited Minnesota during a top-30 visit. Addison and the Minnesota Vikings hit it off during his pre-draft visit, which ended a vow from coach Kevin O’Connell that they would take him with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft if the USC wide receiver was still available. “Once Minnesota came up, I just kept checking my phone,” Addison said. But surely other teams made the same easy, empty promise? “Yeah, they said that, but they didn’t stick to their word, so I’m glad to be a Viking,” said Addison, who was the fourth consecutive wide receiver to come off the board Thursday. “This is where I’m supposed to be at. They believe in me, and I’m just glad to be here.”
The synergy is strong between Addison and the Vikings, who have as rich of a lineage at wide receiver as any team in the NFL — with Cris Carter and Randy Moss in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Justin Jefferson well on his way. He’s also a native of Maryland like former Vikings standout Stefon Diggs, whose route-running skill was must-watch video for Addison as an eager teenager. “Just the way he ran routes and his mindset about everything just kind of shifted my perspective because I was a quarterback at first,” Addison said. “That’s when I switched my position to receiver in high school, and then I never looked back.” Listed at 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds by the NFL, Addison on the small side for his position. He’ll have to prove he can consistently beat man-to-man press coverage that will be much tougher than he faced with the Trojans in the Pac-12 last year or in the ACC at Pittsburgh in his first two college seasons. “That’s something that a lot of people tried to do, just eyeing me up from the first point, but I just tried to use that as their weakness. Some people just tried to get overaggressive, and I just used that to my advantage,” Addison said Friday at his introductory news conference.

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