K-Heart Sports – 09/10/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 09/10/22 – 0700
 
MINOT, ND – Velva-Garrison-Drake/Anamoose scored seven touchdowns in defeating Nedrose 50-14 Friday night, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. Sophmore quarterback Ben Schepp led the way for the Aggies passing for 298 yards and four touchdowns and he also rushed for a score. Cardinals quarterback Josh Kalamaha passed for 135 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. His favorite receiver was Keaton Cole with four catches for 120 yards, including a 37 yard scoring strike and a 57 yard TD both coming on fourth and long situations. The #2-ranked Aggies improve to 4-0, while Nedrose drops to 1-2.
 
Other scores from Friday:
 
High School Football
 
Class 11AA
Minot High def. #1 Mandan, 35-26 (first win over Mandan since 2017)
#2 Fargo Shanley def. Fargo South (11A #3), 49-0
#3 Fargo Davies def. Bismarck High, 35-28
#4 West Fargo Sheyenne def. Bismarck Century, 41-14
Bismarck Legacy def. #5 West Fargo, 7-6
Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Williston, 21-7
 
Class 11A
#1 Jamestown def. Grand Forks Central, 42-28
#2 Fargo North def. Wahpeton, 40-0
#4 Grand Forks Red River def. Turtle Mountain, 47-12
#5 Dickinson def. Watford City, 42-7
Valley City def. Devils Lake, 53-7
 
Class 11B
#1 Kindred def. Fargo Oak Grove, 46-14
#3 Dickinson Trinity def. #5 Shiloh Christian, 49-35
#4 Bottineau def. Harvey-Wells County, 46-20
Bishop Ryan def. South Prairie-Max, 42-6
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 34-0
Ray-Powers Lake def. Stanley, 36-13
Beulah def. Heart River, 36-8
Hazen def. Soouthern McLean, 40-6
Bowman County def. Killdeer, 46-6
Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. Rugby, 30-6
Thompson def. Carrington, 36-14
Hillsboro-Central Valley def. Grafton, 50-8
Oakes def. Park River Area, 48-12
Sargent County def. Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 32-6
Linton-HMB def. Northern Cass, 38-6
Central Cass def. Lisbon, 36-6
 
Class 9B
Tri-State forfeits to #1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion
#2 Cavalier def. Nelson County, 30-20
#3 New Salem-Almont def. South Border, 36-28
#4 May-Port-CG def. Griggs-Midkota, 49-0
#5 North Prairie def. Benson County, 66-20
Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn def. Dunseith, 64-26
Divide County def. Surrey, 38-6
St. John def. TGU, 62-20
Central McLean def. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 44-36
Beach def. Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, 38-8
Grant County-Flasher def. Hettinger-Scranton, 28-12
Hettinger County def. Kidder County, 16-12
North Border def. North Star, 48-38
Larimore def. Midway-Minto, 74-8
Maple River def. Hatton-Northwood, 34-12
Hankinson def. Enderlin, 37-0
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood def. Richland, 37-8
 
Independent 6-Man
Center-Stanton def. Trenton, 55-19
 
High School Boys Tennis
 
East-West Crossover – Fargo/West Fargo
Minot High 4, Fargo South 1
Minot High 3, Fargo North 2
West Fargo Sheyenne 4, Minot High 1
Mandan 4, Valley City 1
Fargo Davies 4, Mandan 1
Grand Forks Red River 8, Jamestown 0
Grand Forks Central 8, Jamestown 0
Wahpeton 4, Bismarck Century 1
West Fargo 3, Bismarck Century 2
Bismarck Legacy 3, Fargo North 2
Wahpeton 3, Bismarck Legacy 2
Fargo Shanley 3, Bismarck Legacy 2
Williston 3, Fargo North 2
West Fargo Sheyenne 4, Williston 1
Fargo South 6, Bismarck High 1
West Fargo Sheyenne 5, Bismarck High 0
 
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
Dickinson def. Turtle Mountain (3-0) 25-16, 25-18, 25-12
 
College Womens Soccer
Minnesota-Duluth def. Minot State, 1-0
 
College Womens Volleyball
#14 Minnesota-Duluth def. Minot State (3-0) 25-12, 25-11, 25-15
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MSU CROSS COUNTRY
 
MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSU) – One week ago, Minot State’s Jacob Jensen was only bested by a trio of NCAA Division I runners. Friday in Minnesota, no one could beat the Beavers’ senior. Jensen won his first race of the fall in 17 minutes, 48.53 seconds, and teammate Nicholas Merillana added a seventh-place finish for the Minot State men’s cross-country team, which was second only to D-I North Dakota State at the MSU Moorhead Dragon Twilight. The Beavers scored 68 points to finish second out of nine teams, just behind North Dakota State, which scored 20 team points. Meanwhile, Jensen picked up the win on the 6-kilometer course in a new NCAA Division II-era record time, besting NDSU runner Hunter Klimek by seven seconds. Merillana finished seventh in 18:02.51, Trent Holiday helped out finishing 16th in 18:54.79, and Charles Hardcastle added one more Top-25 effort, placing 24th in 19:11.62 for the Beavers. Grayson Bonilla was next in 26th in 19:21.04, then came Camden Jasmin in 39th in 19:53.76, Casey McMahon was 42nd in 19:57.39, Juan Gutierrez finished 48th in 20:08.27, Yoni Heyshtadt was 49th in 20:09.00, Peyton Tuhy was 63rd in 20:49.46, Cael Lorenz finished 81st in 22:11.21, and Dylan Weinand took 93rd in 24:23.22.
 
On the women’s side, only four Minot State runners finished the race, leaving the Beavers without a team score. Nicole Reeves led the way with her second strong performance in just her second collegiate race as the freshman was 24th in 14:34.64 on the women’s 4K course. Paulette Dominguez was next in 28th in 14:42.57, then Emery Smith finished 29th in 14:44.09, and Sidra Sadowsky was 63rd in 16:21.22. North Dakota State won the women’s title with 24 points, while NDSU’s Kaleesa Houston was the women’s individual champion in 13:19.05.
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TWINS-GUARDIANS
 
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oscar Gonzalez hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Austin Hedges added a solo homer as the Cleveland Guardians held on for a 7-6 win against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Gonzalez, the surprise rookie, had four hits and Cal Quantrill (12-5) won his eighth straight decision. Cleveland scored the first seven runs of the game, including four in the first inning after the start was delayed 1:16 due to rain. Minnesota’s Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Guardians reliever James Karinchak in the eighth, but Karinchak stranded the tying run at second to end the inning and Emmanuel Clase finished for his 32nd save. Correa had four hits, homering for the third straight game, and driving in four runs during the comeback. Minnesota starter Dylan Bundy (8-7) surrendered season-highs with seven runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Twins have lost seven of nine. The Guardians extended their lead in the American League Central to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago White Sox and 2 1/2 over Minnesota. The Guardians and Twins play seven more times over the next two weeks. RHP Triston McKenzie (9-11, 3.18 ERA) starts for Cleveland in the second game of the series tonight. Minnesota counters with RHP Chris Archer (2-7, 4.47).
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PACKERS-INJURIES
 
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard didn’t practice this week and is unlikely to play in their season opener Sunday at Minnesota. The Packers’ injury report lists Lazard as doubtful due to an ankle injury. Lazard is the Packers’ top returning receiver after catching 40 passes for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season to set career highs in all three categories. The Packers lost much of their firepower at wide receiver when two-time All-Pro Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.
 
Packers offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins are listed as questionable as they return from torn anterior cruciate ligaments in their left knees. Bakhtiari has appeared in just one game since hurting his knee on Dec. 31, 2020. He played in the Packers’ regular-season finale at Detroit last season, but wasn’t available for their NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Jenkins injured his knee Nov. 21 at Minnesota. If they’re both available, Bakhtiari would start at his usual spot at left tackle with the versatile Jenkins starting at right tackle.
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MLB-RULES CHANGES
 
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is introducing some of its most radical rules next season, adopting a pitch clock and limiting defensive shifts after concluding modern analytics created a slower, less entertaining sport. The decisions were made Friday by the sport’s 11-man competition committee over the unanimous opposition of the panel’s four players. Commissioner Rob Manfred pushed for the innovations along with a management team that included former Boston and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, now an MLB consultant. “The influx of data in our industry,” Epstein said, “have not improved the game from an esthetic standpoint or from an entertainment standpoint. So in my role now, it’s my responsibility to try to look at the big picture, think about what’s great for fans.” Players supported the third major initiative: larger bases that are expected to lessen injuries and lead to more stolen bases because of a decreased distance of 4 1/2 inches. Manfred called the rules an attempt to “bring back the best form of baseball.” “Number one, fans want games with better pace,” he said during a news conference. “Two, fans want more action, more balls in play. And three, fans want to see more of the athleticism of our great players.”
 
Union head Tony Clark was noticeably absent, as he was at the announcement of an agreement in March that ended a 99-day lockout. “Players live the game — day in and day out. On-field rules and regulations impact their preparation, performance, and ultimately, the integrity of the game itself,” the union said in a statement. “Major League Baseball was unwilling to meaningfully address the areas of concern that players raised.”
 
The pitch clock will be set at 15 seconds with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners — up from the 14/19 tested at Triple-A this season and 14/18 at lower minor league levels. There will be a limit of two of what MLB calls disengagements — pickoff attempts or steps off the rubber — per plate appearance, and a balk would be called for a third or more unless there is an out. The disengagement limit, which some players predict will beneft baserunners, would be reset if a runner advances. A catcher is required to be in the catcher’s box with nine seconds left on the clock and a hitter in the batter’s box and focused on the pitcher with eight seconds remaining. Penalties for violations will be a ball called against a pitcher and a strike called against a batter. A batter can ask an umpire for time once per plate appearance, and after that it would be granted only at the umpire’s discretion if the request is made while in the batter’s box.
 
The clock, which some players suggested be altered for late and close situations, has helped reduce the average time of a nine-inning game in the minor leagues from 3 hours, 4 minutes in 2021 to 2:38 this season. The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues this year is 3:07, up from 2:46 in 1989 and 2:30 in the mid-1950s. “It reminded me of the game that I grew up watching in the ’70s and ’80,” said former outfielder Raúl Ibañez, now an MLB senior vice president.
 
Two infielders will be required to be on either side of second and all infielders to be within the outer boundary of the infield when the pitcher is on the rubber. Infielders may not switch sides unless there is a substitution, but five-man infields will still be allowed, MLB executive vice president Morgan Sword said. Shifts have soared from 2,357 times on balls hit in play in 2011 to 28,130 in 2016 and 59,063 last year, according to Sports Info Solutions. Shifts are on pace for 68,000 this season. “I think fans will cherish the moments absent the extreme defensive shifts when games are decided not by whether their team’s infield is positioned by the perfect algorithm, but by whether their team’s second baseman can range to make an athletic dive playing with everything on the line,” Epstein said. MLB’s season batting average has dropped from .267 in 1997 to .243 this year, with a team’s average runs declining from 4.77 to 4.33. “The game has evolved in a way that nobody would have chosen if we were sitting down 25 years ago to chart a path towards the best version of baseball,” Epstein said. “Nobody would have asked for fans to have to wait more than four minutes for balls to be put into play. Nobody would have asked for generational lows and stolen bases, triples and doubles.”
 
Base size will increase to 18-inch squares from 15 — first basemen are less likely to get stepped on. In addition, each team will be allowed a sixth mound visit in the ninth inning next year, if it has used five during the first eight innings. Until last winter, MLB needed one year advance notice to amend on-field rules without union approval but the March lockout settlement established the committee. Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield and Giants outfielder Austin Slater represented players Friday, a group that included Cubs infielder Ian Happ as an alternate. “It’s going to be hard on guys. … It’s a shame that that we weren’t taken more seriously,” Merrifield said. “It’s an overcorrect and they’re going to have to tweak it. And that’s just what we were trying to avoid.”
 
Seattle chairman John Stanton headed the committee, which included include St. Louis CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., San Francisco chairman Greg Johnson, Colorado CEO Dick Monfort, Toronto CEO Mark Shapiro and Boston chairman Tom Werner, along with umpire Bill Miller. “It’s hard to get consensus among the group of players on changing the game,” Manfred said. “I think at the end of the day what we did here was about giving fans the kind of game they want to see.”
 
 

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