K-Heart Sports – 06/24/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 06/24/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – The North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has named their high school award winners.
 
Female Team: Kindred basketball
The Vikings went 25-0, winning Region 1 and Class B state championships. Three Kindred players will be competing in college – Duchscherer in softball at Alabama, Terryl Johnson in basketball at Minnesota State-Moorhead and Tina Freier in basketball at Jamestown. The Vikings beat opponents by a margin of 35 points per game and limited foes to fewer than 38 points per contest.
 
Other finalists: Minot soccer; Bismarck Century volleyball
 
Female Athlete: Abby Duchscherer, Kindred
Duchscherer was a three-sport standout for the Vikings. The Miss Basketball award winner averaged 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals per game in helping the Vikings win a state title. In track, she won a state title in the javelin and was an all-region selection in volleyball. A softball standout, she played for a Sioux Falls-based club team throughout high school and will play for Alabama.
 
Other finalists: Logan Nissley of Bismarck Century; Annie Nabwe of Jamestown
 
Female Coach: Jamie Zastoupil, Bismarck Century volleyball and Jason Schwarz, Minot basketball
 
Zastoupil led the Patriots to a 37-2 season. Century won its third consecutive state title and made its 11th straight state championship match appearance. The Patriots defeated Bismarck in the state finals after the Demons handed Century its only two losses of the season. Macy Fridgen and Logan Nissley were named first-team all-state and Delani Clarke was second-team all-state.
 
Schwarz guided a young Majettes team to the school’s first state title in more than 40 years. Minot went 22-4, with three losses to defending champion Century and one to Bismarck. They won the state title by snapping Century’s 51-game winning streak in the final, a 75-68 Minot victory.
 
Other finalists: Matt Pfau of Minot soccer
 
Male Team: Four Winds-Minnewaukan basketball
 
Four Winds-Minnewaukan returned only one senior from the previous season but the Indians went 27-0 and claimed the state Class B title. The Indians defeated defending state champion Kindred 69-49 in the championship game.
 
Other finalists: Bismarck wrestling; Minot basketball
 
Male Athlete: Troy Berg, Dickinson
Berg was a multi-sport standout for the Midgets. He was a first-team all-state selection in football and led Dickinson in rushing and passing. Berg was named the Senior Athlete of the Year in wrestling, finishing third at 160 pounds. And he was the West Region Senior Athlete of the Year in baseball, hitting .462 with 21 RBIs and a team-leading 38 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. He will play baseball in the GPAC at Jamestown.
 
Other finalists: Paul Olson of Kindred; Trey Brandt of Beulah
 
Male Coach: Rick Smith, Four Winds-Minnewaukan basketball
Smith led the Indians to an unbeaten season and a state title despite having lost four starters from the previous year to graduation. Four Winds-Minnewaukan averaged 80 points per game and limited opponents to only 48. They had only one game decided by single digits all season, which came in the season opener, against highly-ranked Enderlin.
 
Other finalists: Bill Nelson of Jamestown football; Dean Winczewski of Minot basketball; Jeff Schumacher and Mark Lardy of Bismarck wrestling; Nate Soulis of Thompson baseball.
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MINOT SOCCER
 
MINOT, ND – MaLiah Burke has been named the 2021-2022 North Dakota Gatorade Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Burke helped lead the Majettes to back-to-back state titles and a 33 match winning streak.
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LEGION BASEBALL
 
MINOT, ND – Legion scoreboard:
 
American Legion Baseball
Class A
Minot Metros 7, Bismarck Reps 4
Bismarck Reps 4, Minot Metros 2
 
Mandan A’s 13, Williston Oilers 6
Mandan A’s 10, Williston Oilers 7
 
Class B
Renville County 18, Kenmare 0
Renville County 17, Kenmare 10
 
Bottineau 8, Rugby 1
 
 
Expedition League Baseball
Souris Valley Sabre Dogs 10, Pierre Trappers 2   (19 wins in a row for Dogs)
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TWINS-GUARDIANS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians came to Minnesota and won their seventh consecutive series, pulling ahead of the Twins in the AL Central with five more matchups looming next week. Too early to call it a race? Perhaps, but after three straight one-run games there’s no denying these division rivals will match up the rest of the way. Nick Gordon hit a third-inning home run that stood up for starter Devin Smeltzer as the Twins dodged a sweep, cooling off the Guardians with a 1-0 win on Thursday. The Guardians loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning against Joe Smith. They got a man to second base with one out in the eighth facing Jhoan Duran, the Twins’ best reliever. They had a runner on second with one out in the ninth against Caleb Thielbar, who recorded his first career save by striking out pinch-hitter Steven Kwan to end the game. Cleveland lost for just the fifth time in its last 22 games. The Guardians (36-29) lead by percentage points in the AL Central race, having played six fewer games than the Twins (39-32).
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LYNX-MERCURY
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 10 rebounds in her return from an injury and Moriah Jefferson scored 21 points as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 100-88 on Thursday night. Minnesota (5-13) has won 17 of the last 20 meetings with Phoenix, including an 84-71 victory on Tuesday. Fowles had been sidelined for five games due to a cartilage injury in her right knee. She entered averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games and was 7 of 12 from the field in 22 minutes of limited action. Kayla McBride and Damiris Dantas each scored 15 points, and Aerial Powers had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, which set a season high for points. Jefferson scored 12 points in the first half and Dantas added 11 as Minnesota led 60-48. Three Phoenix starters reached double-digit scoring in the first half and Skylar Diggins-Smith had nine points. Tina Charles finished with 26 points and Diana Taurasi added 23 for Phoenix (6-12). Diggins-Smith finished with 14 points and Shey Peddy added 12.
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NBA DRAFT-TIMBERWOLVES
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves added a potential rim protector to complement star Karl-Anthony Towns, acquiring 7-foot-1 Auburn center Walker Kessler in a draft pick swap that netted them an additional first-rounder that became Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. on Thursday night. In their first draft under new president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, the Timberwolves — coming off a 46-win season and just the second playoff appearance of the last 18 years — were active on the trade phones while taking advantage of some depth in the bottom third of the first round to pick up an extra prospect. Walker, who won two national defensive player of the year awards and was widely considered the best shot-blocker in this draft, came off the board at No. 22. Moore is a 6-foot-5 wing, who was the second-leading scorer on a Duke team that was loaded with future pros and reached the Final Four, flourished in his third season. He was an ACC All-Defensive Team pick.
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NBA DRAFT
 
NEW YORK (AP) — The Orlando Magic selected Duke freshman Paolo Banchero on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. After leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, the 6-foot-10 forward was called first by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to begin the draft, beating out fellow first-year forwards Jabari Smith Jr. and Chet Holmgren. The Magic were picking first for the fourth time and they’ve done well with their previous choices. They took Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, traded the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway the next year, and went with Dwight Howard in 2004. Holmgren went second to the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 7-footer led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots, rebounding and shooting percentage at Gonzaga. The Houston Rockets took Smith at third. Forward Keegan Murray jumped all the way to the No. 4 pick by the Sacramento Kings. The Detroit Pistons took athletic Purdue guard Jaden Ivey fifth.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest Manning quarterback, and the nation’s top recruit for next year’s class, has verbally committed to a future SEC school: Arch Manning tweeted Thursday that he plans to play at Texas. The quarterback’s message included a photo of him dropping back for a pass while wearing a Longhorns shirt. Manning is going into his senior season at Isidore Newman, a prep school in New Orleans where his Super Bowl MVP uncles Peyton and Eli also played. Arch Manning’s father, Cooper, is the older brother of Peyton and Eli. Peyton Manning played his college ball at Tennessee. Eli Manning followed their father and Arch’s grandfather, Archie, in playing at Ole Miss.
 

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