K-Heart Sports – 08/18/22

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BISMARCK, ND (WDA) – Defending WDA and West Region Tournament champion Minot High is the clear-cut favorite to capture this season’s regular season boys’ tennis conference title, according to coaches. The Magicians received a six first place votes to accumulate the maximum amount of points at 36. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team. Bismarck Legacy is second with 29 points and earned the other first place vote. Mandan is third with 26 points followed by Bismarck Century with 23. Bismarck High is fifth with 14 points; Jamestown sixth with 12 and Williston is seventh with seven points. The WDA season gets underway on Friday for a number of teams. Minot is again hosting its annual round robin event on Saturday.



MINOT, ND (MSU) – Taking advantage of an NCAA rule allowing international exhibition tours every fourth year, the Minot State men’s basketball team is in Canada for four games, playing at the University of Regina today and then at the University of Winnipeg on Saturday and Sunday. The Beavers then return to campus to begin class with their next action tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 22, a 3 p.m., an exhibition game against visiting Dickinson State at the MSU Dome.



FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State had six players named to the HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-America Team for the 2022 season. NDSU fullback Hunter Luepke, tight end Noah Gindorff, left tackle Cody Mauch and safety Michael Tutsie were all named to the first team. Bison left guard Nash Jensen and defensive tackle Eli Mostaert were named to the third team. North Dakota State is scheduled to host Drake in the season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.



FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins has announced the addition of Emily Dietz to the Bison staff as a graduate student manager. In her role, Dietz will assist with the day-to-day operations of NDSU women’s basketball, film breakdown, analytics and community service activities. Dietz played at NDSU for five seasons from 2017-22 and is the all-time leader in games played with 131, including a streak of 114 consecutive games to conclude her career. The West Fargo, N.D. native finished her career ranked fifth on the NDSU all-time field goal percentage list shooting 51.2 percent and was only the ninth player in the NDSU Division I era to surpass 1,000 career points with 1,142.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Emilio Pagán pitched two scoreless innings after Tyler Mahle departed with right shoulder fatigue, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep. Jose Miranda homered for Minnesota, which is fighting with Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox for control of the crowded AL Central. Miranda finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Nick Gordon had a run-scoring double. After Mahle left in the third, Pagán (4-6), Griffin Jax, Jhoan Duran, Michael Fulmer and Trevor Megill finished Minnesota’s second straight shutout. A diving catch by center fielder Gilberto Celestino saved a run in the seventh. Mahle pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball, walking one. He threw 29 of his 42 pitches for strikes, but his velocity was diminished. Mahle is going to get an MRI and the team is expected to provide an update later. The Twins are off today and then begin a four-game home series Friday against Texas.



EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After catching COVID-19 and staying home for five days in line with the current guidelines, Kirk Cousins returned to practice Wednesday with the Minnesota Vikings for their first of two joint sessions with the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Cousins played crisply during the full-team drills against San Francisco’s defense, even uncharacteristically showing strong emotion after a completion to Adam Thielen.

Just like in the 49ers preseason game Friday against Green Bay, Trey Lance hit rookie Danny Gray on a deep ball for a long touchdown. The connection Wednesday came in a 7-on-7 drill against veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson. Lance is a Minnesota native who played at North Dakota State before being drafted No. 3 by San Francisco in 2021.

The Vikings and 49ers practice again today before Minnesota will host San Francisco in a preseason game at US Bank Stadium on Saturday at 6 pm.


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