K-Heart Sports – 08/16/22

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MINOT, ND – The high school football season is underway and the pre-season Class 11A Football has been released. The poll is voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Class 11A High School Football Pre-Season Poll
             Team (1st Place Votes)   Record   Points
  1. Jamestown (14)                0-0           74      
  2. Fargo North (1)                 0-0           51        
  3. Dickinson                          0-0           35        
  4. Fargo South                      0-0           28        
  5. Grand Forks Red River     0-0           23         
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (0-0), Devils Lake (0-0), Grand Forks Central (0-0), West Fargo Horace (0-0)



MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State’s Director of Athletics, Kevin Forde, announced Monday that the Beavers have hired former University of Hawaii at Hilo assistant coach and player Bailey Gaspar as the new head softball coach. Gaspar most recently spent the past year as an assistant coach with the Vulcans in Hawaii, her second stint as a coach at Hawaii at Hilo as she also worked as a student coach after completing her collegiate eligibility while finishing her degree. Gaspar will begin her duties with the Beavers on August 20. She replaces Nat Wagner who resigned on July 1 to spend more time with his family. Gaspar takes over a program that went 28-20 this past spring, the Beavers sixth consecutive winning season.



WACO, Texas (NDSU) – Defending national champion North Dakota State will begin the 2022 season as the No. 1 team in the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll. North Dakota State went 14-1 overall and won its ninth national title in 11 seasons last year. The Bison earned 24 of 25 possible first-place votes in the poll. Montana, a national quarterfinalist last year, is No. 2 in the preseason poll followed by South Dakota State, which received one first-place vote. National runner-up Montana State starts the year No. 4 followed by Villanova at No. 5. The Missouri Valley Football Conference has five ranked teams including No. 8 Missouri State, No. 9 Southern Illinois and No. 21 Northern Iowa.



LOUIS (NDSU) – The Missouri Valley Football Conference has announced dates and matchups in league play for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. With the addition of Murray State to the conference in 2023, there will be 12 MVFC institutions with all league members playing eight conference games each year. While the conference cannot play a full round-robin schedule each season, teams will play every MVFC institution at least four out of every six seasons, supporting a continuation of league identity and increasing competitive fairness over time. Staff considered multiple options, including divisional play, four-team pods and a true rotation, before arriving at the current model, which utilizes agreed-upon scheduling principles, including maximizing bus trips to the greatest extent possible and protecting rivalries.


 In the two-year cycle for 2023 and 2024, North Dakota State will not play Illinois State, Indiana State or Youngstown State. NDSU is scheduled to host South Dakota, Western Illinois, Murray State and Southern Illinois in 2023. The Bison will host Missouri State, North Dakota, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa in 2024.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins stumbled home with a bunch of hitters in need of a boost, none more than Max Kepler and his 0-for-29 skid. The guy who needed a spark the most was the first one to get it going. Kepler went 3 for 4 with a slump-busting RBI to give the lagging lineup a lift, and the Twins started a vital homestand with a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Jorge Polanco, Jose Miranda and Gary Sánchez each drove in a run for the Twins, who moved within two games of AL Central-leading Cleveland (61-53) after the Guardians split a doubleheader with Detroit. The Twins (59-55) are percentage points ahead of Chicago (60-56) for second place.

Joe Ryan (9-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win, deftly recovering from a two-run home run by thriving rookie Vinnie Pasquantino in the first inning. Caleb Thielbar relieved him with a 3-2 lead and runners at second and third, retiring pinch-hitter Brent Rooker on a shallow pop fly and striking out pinch-hitter Michael A. Taylor to end that threat. Thielbar pumped his first and uncharacteristically screamed in exhilaration after retiring Taylor to preserve the lead. Thielbar has 13 strikeouts in his last 10 1/3 innings, without an unearned run.


Royals: RHP Zack Greinke (4-7, 4.29 ERA) takes the mound tonight. He’s coming off his best start of the season, 6 1/3 shutout innings in a win over Chicago last week.

Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.33 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series. He beat Kansas City on May 29 with six innings, two hits, one run and no walks.



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