K-Heart Sports – 11/03/23

MINOT, ND – The Minot High volleyball punched their ticket to the West Region Volleyball Tournament next week by winning their play in match last night.
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
West Region Tournament
(#6) Minot High def. (#11) Turtle Mountain (3-0) 25-13, 25-18, 25-12
(#7) Williston def. (#10) Mandan (3-2) 27-29, 19-25, 30-28, 25-18, 15-12
(#8) Bismarck St. Mary’s def. (#9) Watford City (3-1) 30-28, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20
Quarterfinal (Thu 11/9)
(#1) Jamestown vs (#8) Bismarck St. Mary’s, 1 pm
(#4) Bismarck High vs (#5) Dickinson, 3 pm
(#2) Bismarck Century vs (#7) Williston, 5 pm
#3 Bismarck Legacy vs (#6) Minot High, 7 pm
MINOT, ND – The Minot High football team will try to turn the table on their only loss of the season as they play tonight at West Fargo Sheyenne in the State Class AAA semifinals. The Magi lost to the Mustangs 20-28 on September 29th in West Fargo. Minot High is trying to reach the Dakota Bowl for the first time since 2017.
High School Football
Class AAA
#1 Fargo Shanley hosts #5 Fargo Davies, 7 pm
#2 West Fargo Sheyenne hosts #3 Minot High, 7 pm
Class AA
#1 Fargo North hosts #5 West Fargo Horace, 7 pm
#6 Jamestown hosts #7 Grand Central, 7 pm
MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSU) – Minot State and Minnesota State Moorhead played to a 0-0 draw Thursday on the road at Nemzek Soccer Field in NSIC action. Minot State totaled 24 shots in the scoreless tie, 11 of them on goal. The Beavers faced seven MSU Moorhead shots, three of them on goal. Siriana Gudino led Minot State with three saves in her fourth shutout of the season. Minot State moved to 6-8-4 overall and 3-7-4 in NSIC play with the draw. The draw ends the Beavers season.
MINOT, N. D. (MSU) – Walker Jerome broke the tie and Joey Moffatt added an insurance goal for the top-ranked Minot State men’s hockey team as the Beavers skated to their second win of the season over in-state rival the University of Mary on Wednesday night. Jay Buchholz and Troy Hamilton each added a first-period goal for the Beavers (10-0-0 overall), who beat the host Marauders, 4-2. Trailing 2-0, the Marauders (6-3-0) scored late in the first and early in the second period before Jerome broke the tie with 9 minutes, 31 seconds left in the middle session. Moffatt then helped ice the win 3:13 later with a power-play goal for the Beavers, who scored twice with the man advantage on the night. Christian Kadolph and Carter Barley each had a pair of assists in the win, Buchholz added an assist, and Logan Rands and Logan Cyca each had one assist each for Minot State, as well. The Beavers now get Thursday off before returning to the ice to host in-state rival and No. 8-ranked Jamestown (7-2-0) at the Maysa Arena on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Jake Anthony made 21 saves, earning the win Wednesday night in net for Minot State, which outshot the Marauders 43-23.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jesper Bratt had a goal and three assists and the New Jersey Devils jumped to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Timo Meier, Alexander Holtz, Michael McLeod and Dougie Hamilton also scored for New Jersey, as the NHL’s best power play scored three times. Jack Hughes added two assists to push his league-leading total to 15. Hughes also leads the NHL with 20 points, two more than Bratt. New Jersey (6-2-1) has scored 17 power-play goals in nine games this season. On Thursday, the Devils scored three times on six power-play chances, including two late goals as the Wild scrambled to recover. Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 shots for the Devils, who improved to 3-0 on the road this season and have won five of their last six games. Kirill Kaprizov, Marco Rossi and Jake Middleton scored and Filip Gustavsson made 33 saves for the Wild, who are 0-3-1 in their last four.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons have more in common than the 4-4 records they take into Sunday’s game. Each team’s quarterback plans for the remainder of the season appear uncertain, but could be defined by the performances of Sunday’s new starters. Perhaps the only certainty for either team’s immediate future at the position is the Vikings know they’ve lost Kirk Cousins until 2024 with a torn right Achilles tendon last week. A rash of turnovers cost Falcons second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder his starting job for at least one week. Taylor Heinicke will make his first start of the season. Heinicke says he’s focused only on the one game because he doesn’t know if the starting job will be his for more than one game after coach Arthur Smith said “our focus is short-term.”
Rookie Jaren Hall will make his first career start for the Vikings. Nick Mullens, the primary backup, is on injured reserve with a lower back injury. Minnesota acquired former Arizona starter Joshua Dobbs on Tuesday, hours before the trade deadline. “The career doesn’t ride on one game, although you don’t want to take the importance away from it,” Hall said of his opportunity to prove he should remain the starter. “It’s got to be my Super Bowl every week because it’s the most important thing that’s coming next.” Hall, a fifth-round draft pick from BYU, took over in the fourth quarter in last week’s 24-10 win at Green Bay after Cousins’ injury.
Heinicke, a sixth-year pro, has the advantage of similar in-season quarterback changes with Washington the last two years. Heinicke took over in the second half of last week’s 28-23 loss at Tennessee. Ridder was evaluated for a concussion last week, but remained on the sideline after he was cleared and will serve as Heinicke’s backup. Ridder was sacked five times and lost another fumble — his 10th turnover in the past five games — against the Titans. Heinicke says his instructions from Smith include avoid sacks and protect the ball. Heinicke said he was asleep when Smith texted him Tuesday night to announce he would start against the Vikings. Heinicke said he didn’t see the text until he woke up early Wednesday morning.
The performance by Minnesota’s defense over the last five games after a rough start gives the Vikings reason to believe the outlook for the rest of the year without Cousins might not be as bleak as it sounds. During October, the Vikings ranked third in the NFL in 20-plus-yard gains allowed, third in yards allowed per play, third in yards allowed per game, fourth in points allowed per game and sixth in sack percentage per pass play, according to Sportradar. Minnesota’s offensive line has been excellent in pass protection lately. Though the overall run blocking remains in need of improvement, the insertion of veteran Dalton Risner in the starting lineup at left guard after a foot injury sidelined Ezra Cleveland has been a help in that area. The Vikings traded Cleveland this week to Jacksonville.
First-round draft pick Jordan Addison ought to be Hall’s primary target against the Falcons. The USC product leads all rookies with seven touchdown catches and is second overall in the NFL behind Tyreek Hill. Addison provides a vital boost for the Vikings with Justin Jefferson, the 2022 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, sidelined by a hamstring injury. Though Addison and Hall came in the same draft class, the 25-year-old Hall is 1,405 days – nearly 4 years — older than Addison.
The Falcons are tied for 27th in the league with their average of 17.3 points per game. The turnover problems helped overshadow recent signs of improvement. Since Week 5, the Falcons’ average of 398 yards per game ranks third in the league, behind New Orleans (413) and Indianapolis (402.5).

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