K-Heart Sports – 09/13/23

MINOT, ND – The first high school volleyball polls of the season were released on Tuesday. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota AP Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association.
Class A Volleyball Poll
Team (First Place Votes)   Points   Record
1. Fargo North (9)                 50        11-0
2. Fargo Davies (1)               40         9-1
3. Bismarck Century (1)        31         8-2
4. West Fargo Sheyenne      25         9-3
5. Bismarck High                   12         8-2
Others receiving Votes: Fargo Shanley

Class B Volleyball Poll
Team (First Place Votes)             Points    Record
1. May-Port- CG (4)                        96          9-0
2. Northern Cass (3)                       79           8-1
3. Dickinson Trinity (1)                    76           9-0
4. Central McLean (1)                     68         14-1
5. North Star                                    65          8-0
6. South Prairie-Max (2)                  63         10-0
7. Linton-HMB                                 31           6-2
8. Bottineau                                     17           7-2
9. Shiloh Christian                           16           6-2
10. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 15           4-2
Others receiving votes: Thompson, Our Redeemers, Central Cass, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, New Rockford-Sheyenne
MINOT, ND – Tuesday’s scores:
High School Boys Cross Country
Class A
Northwest Conference Meet – Stanley
1. New Town, 19
2. Killdeer, 80
3. Trinity Christian Williston, 102
4. Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark, 102
5. Glen Ullin-Hebron, 140
6. Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central, 144
7. Bishop Ryan, 172
8. Tioga, 204
9. Garrison, 233
Individual winner: Xavier Bell of New Town, 16:57

High School Girls Cross Country
Class A
Northwest Conference Meet – Stanley
1. Killdeer, 18
2. New Town, 38
Individual winner: Brynn Hanson of DLB/L&C, 19:49

High School Boys Soccer
Minot High ties Jamestown, 0-0 (6th draw for Minot. Now 4-0-6)
Bismarck Legacy def. Mandan, 3-0
Bismarck Century def. Williston, 2-1
Dickinson ties Bismarck High, 2-2

High School Boys Tennis
Minot High def. Jamestown, 8-1 (Magicians 9-1 overall, 3-0 WDA)
Jamestown def. Minot North, 8-1
Bismarck Legacy def. Mandan, 5-4
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High, 5-2

High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
Jamestown def. #3 Bismarck Century (3-1) 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-12
Minot High def. Watford City (3-0) 25-23, 25-19, 25-21
Williston def. Mandan (3-1) 28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 27-25
Bismarck Legacy def. Bismarck St. Mary’s (3-0) 26-24, 25-20, 25-23
Class B
#4 Central McLean def. Standing Rock (3-0)
#5 North Star def. Our Redeemer’s (3-2) 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 27-25, 15-7
#6 South Prairie-Max def. T-G-U (3-1) 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21
#8 Bottineau def. Dunseith (3-0)
#10 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. North Prairie (3-0) 25-18, 25-10, 25-15
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Ray (3-0) 25-16, 25-13, 25-12
Nedrose def. Rugby (3-0) 25-16, 25-16, 25-22
Velva def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (3-1) 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Glenburn (3-0) 25-11, 25-17, 25-20
Beulah def. Hazen (3-0) 27-25, 25-19, 25-19
Stanley def. Killdeer (3-0) 25-14, 25-21, 25-22
Trenton def. White Shield (3-0) 25-5, 25-5, 25-8
Tioga def. Divide County (3-0) 25-18, 25-14, 25-16
Harvey-Wells County def. St. John (3-0) 25-11, 25-19, 25-18
BEMIDJI, Minn. (MSU) – Seniors Holly Knudsen and Taylor Cormier led the way for the Beaver women finishing one stoke apart and landing in the Top 15 as the Minot State women’s golf team scored a solid fourth-place finish at the Tracy Lane Memorial hosted by Bemidji State. Knudsen tied for 13th overall at 20-over 164 (83-81) and Cormier finished 15th at 21-over 165 (83-82) to lead the Beavers, who shot a team total of 88-over 664 (330-334) for the two-day event at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. While Knudsen and Cormier led the way for the Minot State women, fellow senior teammate Jaci Jones also added a Top 20-performance as she tied for 20th at 24-over 168 (85-83) for the Beavers. Rounding out the scores for the fourth-place Minot State women were Lauryn Keller, who finished 24th in her second collegiate tournament with a 26-over 170 (79-91), and Zoe Banack, who was 31st at 34-over 178 (90-88). The University of North Dakota won the women’s team title with a 55-over 631 (306-325) while North Dakota’s Emersyn Walker won the women’s individual title by two shots with a 10-over 154 (73-81).
While the Minot State women finished fourth, the Beaver men’s team settled for 11th as the Beavers cut 10 strokes of their Monday score but could not climb in the team standings and finished with a team total of 56-over 624 (317-307). Chase Gedak led the way for the Minot State men finishing tied for 32nd at 11-over 153 (78-75). While Gedak led the Minot State men’s effort, Bemidji State transfer Max Karnik was next for his new Minot State team as he tied for 43rd at 14-over 156 (76-80). Joshua Tu was third for the Beavers as he tied for 46th at 15-over 157 (80-77), Zach Hendrickson tied for 50th at 18-over 160 (85-75), and Casey Fjeld was 59th at 27-over 169 (83-86) for Minot State. On the men’s side, Bemidji State’s Logan Schoepp was the individual tournament champion by one stroke as he shot an even-par 142 (69-73) for the 36-hole event, while Minnesota State, Mankato won the men’s team title with an 8-over 576 (280-296).
The tournament was the second event of the fall for the Minot State golf teams who are back in action next week playing at the Concordia, St. Paul-Minnesota State Brawl in Wisconsin next Monday and Tuesday.
BEMIDJI, Minn. (MSU) – Minot State came up short against Bemidji State 1-0 Tuesday on the road at Chet Anderson Stadium. After Bemidji took a 1-0 lead into the half, Minot State kept them scoreless the remainder of the game. Siriana Gudino led Minot with two saves. Minot State registered four shots in the loss, two of them on goal. Minot faced 12 Bemidji shots, three of them on goal. Minot State dropped to 3-1-0 overall after the defeat. Minot State returns home on Saturday for a conference matchup to take on in-state rivalry, UMARY.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Willi Castro hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night. Edouard Julien also homered for the Twins, who lost Monday’s series opener. They lead the AL Central by 7 1/2 games over Cleveland with 17 to play. René Pinto homered and Josh Lowe had an RBI single for the Rays, who missed an opportunity to gain ground in the AL East with first-place Baltimore losing to St. Louis. Tampa Bay remains three games behind the Orioles. Minnesota was held to two hits through six innings before Max Kepler singled off Rays starter Zack Littell (3-6) with one out in the seventh. After Carlos Correa struck out, Castro hit a first-pitch slider to the seats in right-center field. Louie Varland (4-3) pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, followed by a shutout inning from Caleb Thielbar before Jhoan Duran had a 1-2-3 ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances. Littell, a full-time starter since July 30, allowed three earned runs and five hits over seven innings. Joe Ryan, who shook off a comebacker off his pitching hand in the second inning, allowed two earned runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, the second time in four starts since returning from a groin strain he did not make it out of the fifth.
Tampa Bay RHP Taj Bradley (5-7, 5.44 ERA) is scheduled to face Minnesota LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 4.78) in this afternoon’s series finale.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins took the third down shotgun snap in the first quarter from the Minnesota 30-yard line and started his survey of the field. He patted the ball once, began his throwing motion and was toppled to the turf by blitzing Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Winfield knocked the ball loose upon impact and fell on it at the 18, setting the Buccaneers up for a field goal that proved to be the winning margin in the season opener last week. As well as Cousins has typically performed on plays with an extra pass rusher, all it takes is one colossal whiff on a blitz such as Winfield’s and the whole game can go awry. “Voided zones as a passer, you always feel good about. I think the key is it being picked up,” Cousins said Tuesday with the Vikings in hastened preparation for their game Thursday at Philadelphia following that bitterly disappointing defeat to Tampa Bay. “It potentially gives an opportunity to take advantage, but there are pros and cons to just about every style of defense. You just kind of roll with the punches.”
Cousins, who was sacked twice and hit nine times against the Bucs, has the quick release, accurate touch and studious approach to take advantage of an extra rusher and complete a pass into the vacated zone. According to Sportradar data, Cousins went 14 for 18 for 124 yards against five or more Buccaneers rushers. Since Cousins joined the Vikings in 2018, he has a 111.4 passer rating against the blitz, trailing only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes over that span in the NFL. The Buccaneers were especially determined to send pressure when Cousins was in the shotgun, a formation that became a bit safer when backup center Austin Schlottmann entered the game following the back injury to Garrett Bradbury in the first quarter. Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said there were some “unscouted” looks the Buccaneers gave them early in the game that they adjusted to quickly. Winfield blitzed on the second play of the game, too, pressuring Cousins into an incomplete pass he had to rush to Justin Jefferson to avoid a sack.
The Eagles will pose just as much of a challenge for the Vikings, if not more. They led the league last season in sacks per pass attempt and allowed the fewest passing yards. The Vikings had plenty of prime-time trouble on the road in Week 2 against them last season, too. “One of the best fronts, if not the best, in the league right now. We have a ton of respect for, not only the guys that you’ll see in the starting units, but they’ve got kind of a first and second wave of problems defensively,” O’Connell said. “There’s always going to be some things where a team can get you, especially in the opener or before things have been really put on tape yet based upon game-planning something that maybe they’ve done in the past and just giving a little bit different look. We’ve got to find ways to survive those downs and not turn the football over, and that’s all 11 guys out there.”
Blitzes or not, the Vikings simply have to keep Cousins better protected to be able to beat the Eagles. He’s not an escape artist like Mahomes and some of the scramblers around the league, so there’s a little less room for error there. Whether Bradbury or Schlottmann is at center, right guard Ed Ingram remains a work in progress on the interior as well. As with the Buccaneers and Winfield, who found a seam when fullback C.J. Ham turned inside to help the offensive linemen, pressure can come from anywhere. “We’ve got to throw it out quick,” Jefferson said. “That’s the only answer to that.”

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