K-Heart Sports – 10/03/23


MINOT, ND – Monday was day one of the State Class A Girls Golf Tournament. Bismarck Century is the defending champ. Rose Solberg of Fargo Davies took home the individual title last year.
High School Girls Golf
Class A
State Tournament – Grand Forks Country Club (Day 1)
1. Mandan, 310
2. Grand Forks Red River, 312
3. West Fargo Sheyenne, 321
4. Fargo Davies, 323
5. Wahpeton, 343
6. Wesst Fargo, 354
7. Bismarck Century, 356
8. Minot High, 358
9. Fargo Shanley, 361
10. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 365
11. Jamestown, 379
12. Dickinson, 383
Individual (Top 5)
1. Anna Huettl – Mandan, 71
T2. Rose Solberg – Fargo Davies, 76
T2. Zoe Keene – West Fargo Sheyenne, 76
T4. Isabella Hale – Mandan, 77
T4. Lexi Bartley – Fargo Davies, 77
T4. Sophie Brakke – Grand Forks Red River, 77
Emersyn Kopp and Kinzy Welstad of Mnot North are among six players tied for 17th at 84
Adison Dittus of Minot High sneaks in the top 30, tied for 29th at 86
MINOT, ND – Other scores from Monday:
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
#2 Jamestown def. Dickinson (3-1) 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15
Class B
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Bishop Ryan (3-0) 25-18, 25-20, 25-19
Surrey def. T-G-U (3-0) 25-20, 25-23, 29-27
Washburn def. Nedrose (3-2) 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 15-10
North Shore-Plaza def. New Town (3-2) 25-17, 25-16, 20-25, 23-25, 15-12
Trinity Christian Williston def. Parshall (3-1) 24-26, 25-12, 25-17, 25-13
MINOT, ND – Fargo Shanley and Fargo North are unanimous #1 choices. 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 (20)           6-0         100          1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne      5-1           78          3
3. Minot High                         5-1           54          2
4. Bismarck High                   5-1           48          4
5. Fargo Davies                     3-3           14         RV
Other teams receiving votes: Mandan, Bismarck Century
Class AA Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)    Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo North (19)                 6-0          95           1
2. Fargo South                        3-3          65           2
3. Dickinson                            5-1           61          5
4. Jamestown                          4-2           31          3
5. Grand Forks Red River       4-3           29          4
Other teams receiving votes: Valley City, West Fargo Horace
GRAND FORKS, ND – UND and NDSU both lost to South Dakota team last Saturday, so each drop in the FCS polls.
1. South Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC), 1,400 points (56 first-place votes)
2. Montana State (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky), 1,334
3. Idaho (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky), 1,293
4. Sacramento State (4-1, 1-1 Big Sky), 1,145
5. Furman (3-1, 1-0 SoCon), 1,114
6. Southern Illinois (4-0, 1-0 MVFC), 1,104
7. North Dakota State (3-1, 0-1 MVFC), 1,078 (last week #2)
8. Incarnate Word (3-1, 0-0 Southland), 999
9. Delaware (3-1, 2-0 CAA), 860
10. William & Mary (4-1, 2-1 CAA), 848
11. Western Carolina (4-1, 2-0 SoCon), 721
12. Holy Cross (3-2, 1-0 Patriot), 718
13. Weber State (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky), 624
14. North Carolina Central (4-1, 0-0 MEAC), 572
15. South Dakota (3-1, 1-0 MVFC), 524
16. North Dakota (2-2, 0-1 MVFC), 519 (last week #12)
17. Montana (4-1, 1-1 Big Sky), 409
18. UT Martin (4-1, 1-0 Big South-OVC), 393
19. Florida A&M (4-1, 3-0 SWAC), 374
20. UC Davis (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky), 334
21. Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy), 241
22. Eastern Washington (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky), 215
23. Central Arkansas (3-2, 2-0 UAC), 204
24. Chattanooga- (4-1, 3-0 Southern), 167
25. Elon (3-2, 3-0 CAA), 166
Others Receiving Votes: New Hampshire, 143; Rhode Island, 119; UAlbany, 117; Villanova, 117; Eastern Illinois, 79; Northern Iowa, 64; Austin Peay, 62; Tarleton, 46; Mercer, 29; Samford, 16; Southeast Missouri, 16; Youngstown State, 11; Eastern Kentucky, 10; Fordham, 9.
AFCA FCS Coaches TOP 25 (Oct. 2)
1. South Dakota State (26)
2. Montana State
3. Idaho
4. Furman
5. Southern Illinois
6. Incarnate Word
7. Sacramento State
8. North Dakota State (last week #2)
9. William & Mary
10. Delaware
11. North Carolina Central
12. Holy Cross
13. Montana
14. Weber State
15. North Dakota (last week #11)
16. Florida A&M
17. Western Carolina
18. UC Davis
19. Harvard
20. Chattanooga
21. South Dakota
22. Illinois State
23. UT Martin
24. New Hampshire
25t. Eastern Illinois
25t. Rhode Island
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa, 43; Austin Peay, 36; Fordham, 36; Central Arkansas, 34; Youngstown St., 32; Mercer, 31; Eastern Washington, 27; Hampton, 25; Albany, 10; Stephen F. Austin, 10; Villanova, 9; Jackson St., 8; Eastern Kentucky, 4; Grambling St., 4; Samford, 2; Lafayette, 1; Princeton, 1.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pablo López is a newcomer to the Minnesota Twins who was just an 8-year-old in Venezuela when this record postseason losing streak began. He’s heard all about it, and he’s eager to help make it disappear. “I feel like, just like anything in life, nothing lasts forever,” said López, who will start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series for the Twins this afternoon at Target Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. “This group is as good as any to go out there and give the team, the fans, the community the opportunity to celebrate something.” With 18 consecutive losses in the playoffs, the Twins have the longest skid in major North American professional sports history. Their last postseason victory was over the New York Yankees on Oct. 5, 2004, and it’s been 21 years since they won a series.
“The majority of us have not been a part of that unfortunate streak, but I know our fans have,” López said. “We’re embracing that, and we’re going to use it as motivation.” The AL Central champion Twins get to play the entire best-of-three series at home. This club, led by López and Game 2 starter Sonny Gray, also has the All-Star starting pitching that has largely been lacking for the Twins in October since Johan Santana and Brad Radke fronted the rotation at the start of this dubious streak in 2004. That’s why president of baseball operations Derek Falvey was willing to trade the 2022 AL batting champion, Luis Arraez, to the Miami Marlins last winter to acquire López. The right-hander tied for third in Major League Baseball with a career-high 234 strikeouts in 194 innings that were the most logged by a Twins pitcher since José Berríos in 2019. “He’s ready for this nod. There will be a lot of adrenaline running for him tomorrow,” Falvey said Monday. “But we’re really proud of what he’s accomplished this year and ultimately what we’ll have with him for a lot of years to come.”
This is by many measures the most even of the four series in the first round, with the Blue Jays boasting starting pitching that’s just as strong. Twins starters had a collective 3.82 ERA, second-best in the majors behind the San Diego Padres. The Blue Jays (3.85) were third. “Our defense is amazing and pitching’s been amazing, and I still think we’re a pretty good offense, too,” Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette said. “I know you need to do everything well in the playoffs to win, and I look forward to seeing what we’re capable of.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For all the firepower the Minnesota Vikings possess on offense, the straightest path to their first victory was always going to travel through the defense. The maligned group delivered when the Vikings needed it, fueling a comeback at Carolina that removed the team from the dreaded winless list. “It’s a huge thing for team building when the defense says, ‘You know what? I’ve got your back,’ and they go out there and made some critical plays,” coach Kevin O’Connell said after the 21-13 victory.
The highlights, even against a winless and rebuilding Panthers club starting a rookie quarterback, were impressive. Harrison Smith had 14 tackles and three of the five sacks of Bryce Young that resulted in 55 lost yards, including a forced fumble that D.J. Wonnum returned 51 yards late in the third quarter to give the Vikings (1-3) their first lead. They allowed the Panthers 232 net yards on 68 plays, a paltry average of 3.4 yards per play, and forced punts on five of nine possessions. The Vikings didn’t surrender an offensive touchdown, even with two different goal-to-go situations. The timing of Smith’s strip-sack and Wonnum’s scoop-and-score was also just right, after the Vikings punted on their first drive of the second half and the Panthers had converted six first downs and drained more than six minutes off the clock on their previous possession. “They just stayed the course and kept playing,” said an appreciative quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a 99-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
The defense will face a stiffer test this Sunday against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Vikings finally have something to build on after being dismantled the previous two games by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Chargers. “Everyone was executing our jobs,” Smith said. The performance against the Panthers was a morale booster, too, though the Vikings have leaned on a strong leadership core from last year’s NFC North champions to keep from collapsing after opening with three close losses. “We’ve had to take our medicine and just keep going back to work, and that’s what I want to compliment you guys on, all right?” O’Connell said in his postgame locker room speech to the players. “You have found a way to eliminate the noise, block it all out and make it about your brothers.” The defending champion Chiefs make their first visit to U.S. Bank Stadium this week. There’s an apparent reprieve on Oct. 15 at Chicago against the winless Bears, but right after that is a Monday night visit by the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 23.

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