K-Heart Sports – 10/04/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 10/04/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Monday was day one of the State Class A Girls Golf Tournament in Jamestown. Last year, Fargo Davies won the team competition while Lexi Bartley of Davies won the individual title on the 5th playoff hole.
High School Girls Golf
Class A
State Tournament – Jamestown Country Club
1. Bismarck Century, +30
2. Grand Forks Red River, +33
T3. Mandan, +45
T3. Fargo Davies, +45
T5. Minot High, +63
T5. West Fargo Sheyenne, +63
T7. Fargo Shanley, +64
T7. Bismarck Legacy, +64
9. Bismarck St. Mary’s, +65
10. Wahpeton, +67
11. Fargo North, +78
12. Jamestown, +94
Individual standings (Top 20)
1. Leah Herbel – Bismarck Century, E
2. Jaya Grube – Grand Forks Red River, +1
3. Rose Solberg – Fargo Davies, +3
4. Hannah Herbel – Bismarck Century, +4
T5. Ruby Heydt – Mandan, +6
T5. Payton Stocker – West Fargo Sheyenne, +6
T7. Anna Heuttl – Mandan, +7
T7. Abigail Schneider – Bismarck St. Mary’s, +7
T9. Ella Speidel – Grand Forks Red River, +8
T9. Lindsey Astrup – Fargo Shanley, +8
T9. Lexi Bartley – Fargo Davies, +8
12. Mia Aarestad – Fargo South, +9
13. Morgan Strange – Minot High, +10
T14. Halle Miller – Wahpeton, +11
T14. Kate McComb – Fargo North, +11
T16. Ava Kalanek – Bismarck Century, +12
T16. Sophie Brakke – Grand Forks Red River, +12
T16. Taylor Piepkorn – Grand Forks Red River, +12
T16. Kinzy Welstad – Minot North, +12
MINOT, ND – There are changes in this weeks Class 11A football poll. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Class 11AA Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)        Record    Points    Last Week
1. Fargo Davies (17)                 5-1           97          1
2. West Fargo Sheyenne (1)    5-1           76          2
3. Mandan (2)                            5-1           63          3
4. Fargo Shanley                       5-1           43          4
5. Bismarck Legacy                  4-2           16          5
Others receiving votes: West Fargo (3-3), Minot High (3-3)
Class 11A Football Poll
Team (First Place Votes)      Record    Points    Last Week
1. Valley City (14)                     6-0          92          4
2. Jamestown (3)                     5-1          75          2
3. Fargo South (3)                    4-2          68          1
4. Grand Forks Red River        5-2          45          5
5. Fargo North                          4-2          19          3
Others receiving votes: Wahpeton (3-3)
MINOT, ND – Other scores from Monday:
High School Girls Volleyball
Class B
Washburn def. Nedrose (3-1) 25-12, 25-14, 25-27, 25-15
Surrey def. TGU (3-0) 25-15, 25-16, 25-13
Williston Trinity Christian def. Parsahll (3-0)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UND) – University of North Dakota kicker Brady Stevens was one of four players to gain player of the week honors from the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Sunday evening, earning the title of Special Teams Player of the Week. Stevens played a key role in starting the comeback against No. 7 Missouri State on Saturday. He made a career-long 42-yard field goal on North Dakota’s first possession to trim the deficit to 7-3 and later made a 35-yarder as time expired in the first half to cut the deficit to 21-20. He was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points in the 48-31 victory. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native was also exceptional after scoring, recording eight kickoffs for 485 yards for an average of 60.6 yards per kick to go with two touchbacks. This season alone, Stevens has scored 32 points and ranks No. 14 in the MVFC for total points scored. He also ranks sixth in the conference in scoring, averaging 6.4 points per game. In the kicking game, Stevens is 6-for-8 on the year with the two misses coming from beyond 40 yards. He is 14-for-14 on extra points. North Dakota will be back on the road this weekend at Youngstown State. The Fighting Hawks and Penguins are slated for a 5 p.m. (CT) kick in Youngstown.
CHICAGO (AP) — Asked about Tony La Russa, an emotional Miguel Cairo had to pause and take a drink of water to regain his composure. It was that kind of day. The Chicago White Sox watched La Russa step down as manager, and then beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Monday night behind Johnny Cueto’s seven effective innings. La Russa departed because of a pair of health issues, punctuating a disappointing season for the Hall of Famer in the same spot where he got his first job as a big league manager. The White Sox are 80-80 after beginning the year with championship aspirations. Cairo played for La Russa before becoming his bench coach in Chicago. He took over after La Russa left the club on Aug. 30. “He’s my mentor. I’ve learned so much from him,” Cairo said. “And of course I’m going to keep calling to keep learning. But we’re going to miss him, for sure.” La Russa met with his team before announcing the move, and the players joined their former manager for his press conference about the decision. “The last thing I said to the players in the meeting was that I love them,” said La Russa, a three-time World Series champion who turns 78 on Tuesday. “I can’t be more thankful.”
Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer in Chicago’s fourth win in five games. Cueto (8-10) stopped a personal four-game slide, and Liam Hendriks got three outs for his 37th save. Minnesota dropped to 9-19 in its last 28 games. Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer, and Bailey Ober pitched five innings of two-hit ball. “I had to grind a little bit today and battle,” Ober said. “Definitely they made some adjustments from the last outing. I kind of had to mix it up after the first two innings.” The game was tied at 2 before Carlos Pérez drove in AJ Pollock with a two-out single against Griffin Jax (7-4) in the seventh. It was Pérez’s second career hit and first RBI. The Twins loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, but Hendriks struck out Mark Contreras swinging to close it out. “Just putting a couple runs on the board is not going to be enough to win these games,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Minnesota jumped in front in the first. Nick Gordon hit a two-out double and scored on Urshela’s 13th homer, a drive to right on a 1-1 pitch. But that was it for the Twins against Cueto, who struck out four and walked none. The right-hander was shaken up after fielding Matt Wallner’s two-out infield single in the seventh, but he got Gilbert Celestino to bounce to third on his next pitch. “I told them that I wanted to finish the inning,” Cueto said through a translator. “I made the right pitch to finish the inning.” Chicago rallied in the second. With Pollock aboard on a one-out single, Harrison’s drive traveled just over the wall in left for his seventh homer.
Right-handers Josh Winder (4-5, 4.31 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.00 ERA) take the mound tonight. Winder is 0-3 with a 6.29 ERA in his last five starts for the Twins. Giolito is looking for his first win since Aug. 24, going 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his previous six outings for the White Sox.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The upside for the Minnesota Vikings is clear: They’ve finished the first quarter of their first season under new head coach Kevin O’Connell by managing to build a firm foundation with a 3-1 record. Chemistry and confidence can go a long way toward winning — O’Connell described it as “different types of resiliency” — but there’s no hiding that an experienced and talented offense he was hired to direct has left a whole lot of points on the field. After escaping London with a 28-25 victory over New Orleans on Sunday that was aided by the luckiest of bounces, the Vikings found themselves ranked 26th in the NFL in red zone scoring. They’ve turned just seven of their 15 trips inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns for a 46.7% rate. The sample size remains relatively small. Still, no team with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook as the primary scoring threats should be settling for that many field goals. “We definitely have to get in the end zone way more, just executing our plays,” Jefferson said.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins zeroed in on the third-quarter drive that was given a major boost when the Saints fumbled a punt return following the only three-and-out of the game for the Vikings. Cousins hit Jefferson for 41 yards on the first play to the 3. But then came a delay of game penalty, which Cousins took the blame for. Cook gained 1 yard on the backed-up first down. Jefferson wasn’t able to secure a second down throw into the back of the end zone that was behind him. Then Cousins dumped one off to Thielen for 1 yard on third down after missing a wide-open Jefferson. Greg Joseph followed with his third of five field goals in the game. “The plays are there to make, and we didn’t connect,” Cousins said. “That’s disappointing.” Cousins recognized the squandered opportunities afterward and said he “could be greedy” in the future by not settling for the perceived safer throw. “He can’t see everything, you know? People make mistakes. People make wrong reads, too. He’s human,” Jefferson said.
O’Connell awarded Jefferson a game ball, not only for the 10 receptions for 147 yards and 3-yard touchdown run, but for the way he worked through the frustration of a muted impact amid frequent double teams over the previous two games. “I’m not being a virus to the team,” Jefferson said. “If somebody’s double-teaming me, I can’t really do too much about that. That just shows you how much effect I have on the defensive side, just being a key player, just having them know where I’m at at all times.”
The defense is tied for sixth best in the league with just 3.3 points allowed per game in the final four minutes of either half or overtime. Last season, the Vikings were the worst in the NFL in those situations with an average of 9.5 points allowed. “Across the league you have people who are kind of figuring out their rosters and their team, their identities, including us,” linebacker Eric Kendricks said. “It’s good to know that when our back is against the wall, when it’s a tight game like this, we’re on the road in London, we can pull through.”
Despite the healthy return of Danielle Hunter and the addition of Za’Darius Smith, the Vikings haven’t generated a consistent pass rush. They’re just 17th in the league in sacks per pass attempt after ranking fourth last year.
Third-year cornerback Cameron Dantzler Sr. had three pass breakups and one tackle for loss. His diving knockdown of a deep pass to Chris Olave on second down with 2:01 left was a game-saving play, forcing the Saints to settle for the tying field goal two snaps later. “Cam had probably one of his better games since we’ve been playing together this year,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “I’m just excited to see him continue to grow into a pro.”
Tight end Johnny Mundt has been starting ahead of Irv Smith Jr. and played a comparable amount of snaps (136 for Smith, 116 for Mundt), but he dropped a key pass on Sunday on third-and-1 at the 10 in the second quarter. Mundt and Smith are tied for the eighth-most drops in the league with two apiece, according to Sportradar data.
Rookie safety Lewis Cine, who suffered a compound fracture in his lower left leg on a special teams play, underwent a preparatory procedure in a local hospital after the game on Sunday and will have surgery on Tuesday. He’ll stay in London for the initial part of his recovery with a member of the team’s medical staff. O’Connell said Cine was in “great spirits.” Cook played with a harness on his left shoulder, and Thielen left the game briefly with an injury to his right leg. Za’Darius Smith was limited to 24 of the 60 snaps for the defense after being listed as questionable with a left knee injury. He had one of Minnesota’s two sacks.
30.5 — The average starting field position for the Vikings, which is the fourth best in the league. They’re 15th in scoring.
The Vikings host Chicago this Sunday, with a prime opportunity to crank up their pass rush. Bears quarterback Justin Fields is 5 for 20 with two interceptions and 16 sacks when facing pressure this season, according to Sportradar.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has returned to the court for practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after a delayed start to training camp due to an unspecified illness that was serious enough to warrant hospitalization. Towns took part in non-contact drills with the team on Monday. He will not play in Minnesota’s first exhibition game on Tuesday at Miami, coach Chris Finch said. “He’s in really good shape. He does a really good job. He never really falls out of shape when it comes to his cardio,” Finch said. “I think with him, it’s just getting his feel back, some strength back, maybe a little bit of weight back on him. But I would expect he’ll be ready to go within a week. Certainly with a good week of normal training, he should be feeling pretty good.” Towns declined to divulge many details of his ailment, but he said was just cleared by doctors for walking on Saturday. “I wasn’t too worried about basketball for a while. But I miss the game. I love the game. I miss these guys. Sick and tired of recovering at the house and not being able to leave and do anything,” said Towns, who’s entering his eighth NBA season. As for being ready in time for the season opener on Oct. 19, Towns said, “Right now, it looks good.”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Move over, Babe. Prince Albert is the new No. 2 on a big baseball list. Albert Pujols hit his 703rd home run Monday night, breaking a tie with Babe Ruth for second place in career RBIs. The 42-year-old slugger connected for the St. Louis Cardinals off Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller, pulling a two-run shot into the left-field stands to snap a scoreless tie in the sixth inning. It was Pujols’ 35th home run at PNC Park, his most at any visiting ballpark. The drive pushed Pujols’ total to 2,216 RBIs, surpassing Ruth on the all-time chart. Hank Aaron holds the record with 2,297. “Passing Babe Ruth is a big deal,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said after his team’s 3-2 loss. “Seeing him hit a home run in that situation was fun to watch. You feel pretty good about where you’re at whenever he swings, and his home runs have been very meaningful.” Pujols, who plans to retire after the season, has 24 home runs — his most since hitting 31 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He is one of four players in major league history with 700, joining Barry Bonds (762), Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).

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