K-Heart Sports – 09/12/23

MINOT, ND – Shanley and North remain atop the Class AAA and AA football polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota AP Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association.
Class AAA Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)       Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo Shanley (19)               3-0          99            1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (1)     3-0          73            2
3. Minot High                             3-0          68            3
4. Bismarck High                       2-1          37            RV
5. Fargo Davies                        1-2           11            4
Other teams receiving votes: Bismarck Century (1-2), Mandan (1-2), West Fargo (1-2)
Class AA Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)        Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo North (18)                    3-0          94            1
2. Grand Forks Red River (1)    4-0           76            2
3. Fargo South                           2-1          48            3
4. Jamestown                             2-1          34            4
5. Dickinson                                3-0          28            5
Other teams receiving votes: Valley City (3-0)
MINOT, ND – Monday scores:
High School Girls Golf
Class B
Region 4 Tournament – Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot
1. Bottineau, 383
2. Nedrose, 395
3. Velva, 422
4. Rugby, 426
5. South Prairie-Max, 435
Medalist: Elle Rybchinski of Bottineau, 87
Ray-Tioga Invite
1. Des Lacs-Burlington, 418
2. Kenmare-Bowbells, 437
3. Tioga, 510
4. New Town-Parshall, 513
5. Stanley, 540
Medalist: Laila Christianson of DLB, 86

High School Girls Volleyball
Class B
Berthold def. Ray (3-0)
Powers Lake-Burke Central def. Alexander (3-0)
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – A pair of shutout performances by junior goalkeeper Siriana Gudino not only earned the Beavers a pair of wins over the weekend but earned Gudino special recognition from the conference. The junior-college transfer from Ceres, California was named the NSIC Goalkeeper of the Week as she back-stopped Minot State to a pair of 1-0 wins on the road last week. The honor is the first for Gudino and the first Player of the Week award for the Beavers this season.
Thursday in a 1-0 shutout of host Montana State Billings, the transfer from Cypress College (Calif.) made seven saves for the Beavers to preserve the team’s one-goal advantage. Saturday in a neutral-site game against Black Hills State played in Billings, Gudino once again was unbeatable as she stopped four shots for her second straight shutout as Minot State scored another 1-0 victory. Gudino now is 3-0 in goal for the Beavers this fall and has stopped 13 of the 14 shots she has faced in her first season with Minot State.
Gudino and the Beavers play at Bemidji State today in a non-conference game, then make their home debut Friday hosting
Mary at 6 p.m. in the NSIC opener for both teams at First Western Bank Field at Herb Parker Stadium.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – Sophomore forward Jackson Blake and senior forward Riese Gaber were two of the six players selected to the Preseason All-NCHC Team, selected by the media, the league announced on Monday. North Dakota and Denver paced the league with two players on the team, while St. Cloud State and Colorado College rounded out the six-man squad.
Blake was the NCHC’s Rookie of the Year last season, also picking up Second-Team All-NCHC and NCHC All-Rookie Team accolades. The two-time NCHC Rookie of the Month led UND with 42 points last season, which ranked fifth in the NCHC and second among freshmen, while playing in all 39 games. In conference play, the Carolina Hurricanes draft pick’s 29 points tied for second among all skaters. Blake scored 16 goals as a freshman last year, including 10 in NCHC play, while dishing out 26 assists overall. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native was also the leading vote-getter on the preseason team, earning 25 out of a possible 27 votes.
Gaber joined Blake on the All-NCHC Second Team last season, tallying 37 points while playing in all 39 games. His 20 goals led UND and ranked seventh in the NCHC. Named North Dakota’s captain for 2023-24, Gaber enters the year with 95 career points, tying for the most among active NCHC players. In conference play only, his 23 points and 13 goals both ranked in the top 10 in the NCHC a season ago. This is his second selection to the preseason team, earning the nod in 2022-23.
Media members voted for three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender on their ballot with each vote worth one point. The top three vote-getters at forward, top two defensemen and highest vote-getting goaltender made up the preseason all-conference team. A total of 27 ballots were submitted by media members covering each team, as well as select national college hockey media.
ST. LOUIS (NDSU) – North Dakota State placekicker Griffin Crosa was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week by the league office Monday, Sept. 11. It is his third career player of the week honor. Crosa, a senior from Dublin, Ohio, converted three field goals and five extra-point kicks in North Dakota State’s 44-7 home win over Maine. Crosa connected from 27, 40 and 31 yards to help the Bison open a 9-0 lead in the first half. The five PATs extended Crosa’s streak to 99 made in a row, eighth most in MVFC history. His 14-point game is a league high for a kicker this season. No. 2-ranked North Dakota State (2-0) is scheduled to host Central Arkansas (1-1) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Gate City Bank at the Fargodome.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yandy Díaz connected for his 20th homer and finished with four hits, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night. Josh Lowe had three hits for the second straight day as Tampa Bay won for the sixth time in seven games. The Rays (89-56) stayed three games back of AL East-leading Baltimore. After Tyler Glasnow (9-5) departed, Kevin Kelly, Jake Diekman and Pete Fairbanks each pitched a hitless inning. Fairbanks worked the ninth for his 23rd save. It was a costly win for Tampa Bay, which lost center fielder Jose Siri when he was hit in the fifth inning by a pitch from Dylan Floro. Siri, who has a career-high 25 homers and 56 RBIs this year, has a fractured right hand. Max Kepler and Royce Lewis homered for the AL Central-leading Twins, who finished with six hits. Sonny Gray (7-7) was charged with two runs, one earned, and six hits in four innings. Kepler hit his 22nd homer in the fourth, and Lewis added a three-run shot in the sixth. It was Lewis’ 12th homer. Gray struck out five and walked one, and his four innings matched his shortest outing of the season. He threw two wild pitches and hit Luke Raley twice.
Tampa Bay RHP Zack Littell (3-5, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled to face Minnesota RHP Joe Ryan (10-9. 4.21 ERA) today.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ debut with the New York Jets lasted just four snaps. And now the four-time MVP and a shell-shocked fanbase will have to see how long he might be sidelined. Coach Robert Saleh said the team believes Rodgers injured his left Achilles tendon when he was sacked by Buffalo’s Leonard Floyd and fell awkwardly on the leg during Monday night’s 22-16 overtime win over the Bills. Saleh said the 39-year-old Rodgers would have the MRI on Tuesday after X-rays during the game were negative. NFL Network reported Rodgers’ left foot was in a black walking boot as he was carted to the X-ray room.
The injury silenced a crowd that had been raucous just minutes earlier, anticipating Rodgers’ Big Apple debut. The Jets haven’t made it to the Super Bowl since Joe Namath won the franchise’s only championship during the 1968 season, and frustrated fans hoped Rodgers’ arrival was the first step to getting back to the big game. Rodgers jogged onto the field during player introductions with an American flag in hand on the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and received his first official welcome from Jets fans. With hip-hop artist and actor Method Man announcing Rodgers’ name — accompanied by a laser light show — the quarterback got huge applause.
New York acquired Rodgers, the No. 15 overall pick and a fifth-rounder in this year’s draft from Green Bay on April 26. In exchange, the Packers got the 13th overall selection, a second-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a conditional 2024 second-round pick that could become a first-rounder if Rodgers plays 65% of New York’s plays this season — a scenario that now appears highly unlikely. Rodgers, who spent his first 18 seasons with Green Bay, raised expectations for the Jets and their fan base when he said he expects to win in New York and pointed out during his introductory news conference that the team’s only Super Bowl trophy looks “lonely.” If healthy, he would give the Jets their most accomplished quarterback since Brett Favre, who was acquired from Green Bay in 2008 — clearing the way for Rodgers to become the Packers’ signal caller.
Rodgers, who has repeatedly said he won’t be one-and-done with the Jets, agreed in July to a restructured contract that gives him $75 million in fully guaranteed money over this season and next. It amounts to a nearly $35 million pay cut from the deal he had with Green Bay in which he was set to make $110 million guaranteed.

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