K-Heart Sports – 11/12/23

MINOT, ND – The season ended for Minot High on the final day of the Class A West Region Volleyball Tournament on Thursday. 
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
West Region Tournament – Bismarck
State Qualifier
#4 Bismarck High def. #6 Minot High (3-1) 25-18, 16-25, 25-10, 28-26
#3 Bismarck Legacy def. #5 Dickinson (3-0) 25-22, 25-21, 26-24
#2 Bismarck Century def. #1 Jamestown def. (3-0) 25-20, 25-22, 25-22
MINOT, ND – The bracket has been released for the State Class A Volleyball Tournament which begins Thursday at the Fargo Dome.
High School Girls Volleyball
Class A
State Tournament – Fargo Dome
Quarterfinals (Thu 11/16)
(E1) West Fargo Sheyenne vs (W4) Bismarck High, 1 pm
(W2) Jamestown vs (E3) Fargo North, 3 pm
(W1) Bismarck Century vs (E4) Fargo Davies, 5 pm
(E2) Fargo Shanley vs (W3) Bismarck Legacy, 7 pm
MINOT, ND – Bismarck Century won the Girls State Swimming & Diving title for the 8th time in 9 years.
High School Girls Swimming & Diving
State Meet – Bismarck
1. Bismarck Century, 363.5
2. Minot High, 271
3. Bismarck Legacy, 215.5
4. West Fargo Sheyenne, 204
5. Fargo Shanley, 178
6. West Fargo, 151
7. Dickinson, 143
8. Grand Forks Red River, 132
9. Williston, 129
10. Fargo North, 110
11. Fargo Davies, 82.5
12. West Fargo Horace, 80
13. Bismarck High, 72
14. Grand Forks Central, 66.5
15. Jamestown, 55
16. Fargo South, 47
17. Mandan, 19
18. Breckenridge-Wahpeton, 6
MINOT, ND – The Minot Minotauros swept their weekend series with the Austin Bruins tallying a 4-2 victory on Saturday at Maysa Arena. With the Tauros down 0-1 in the first period, Colby Woogk scored to tie the game at 1-1. Philippe LaLonde and Trevor Stachowiak gave the Tauros the lead in the second and Jack O’Hanisain added one in the third period. With the wins Minot takes over the lead in the NAHL Central Division, two points ahead of the Bruins.
WINONA, Minn. (MSU) – The Beavers made a late charge, but to no avail, as Minot State fell 13-7 to Winona State on the road Saturday afternoon in the season finale for both teams. The Warriors improved to 5-6 on the year and 5-5 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, while the Beavers fell to 1-10 overall and 1-9 in conference matchups. Myles West led all Beavers rushers with 85 yards in the contest, picking up 5.3 yards per carry. Erik Palmquist also added 45 yards on the ground, averaging 9 yards per carry. Palmquist reeled in one catch for 23 yards. Carson Chrisman led the Minot State defensive effort, totaling eight tackles, one interception, and one recovered fumble. Sean Pugh-Sykora added five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and one sack, and Carson Cayko added 10 tackles. The Beavers won the turnover battle in Saturday’s game, forcing two turnovers while avoiding any giveways. Defensively, Minot State held up fairly well against the Winona State passing attack, holding the Warriors to 186 yards through the air. Winona State outgained Minot State 436-180 in the contest.
WICHITA, Kan. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s basketball team shot 52.2 percent from three-point range on the way to an 82-58 victory against the Rogers State Hillcats at Fugate Gymnasium on Saturday to open the season at the Conference Challenge hosted by Newman. The Beavers (1-0 overall) had three players score in double figures, led by Jalen Cook, who had 16 points. Khari Broadway added 15 points and six rebounds and Jake Lieppert chipped in as well with 10 points and four assists off the bench. Minot State out-rebounded Rogers State 32-25 in Saturday’s game, led by nine boards from Connor Hollenbeck. Minot State forced 16 Rogers State turnovers while committing 11 themselves in Saturday’s game. The Beavers turned those takeaways into 21 points on the offensive end of the floor. Michael Jok’s two steals led the way for Minot State.
After jumping out to a 7-2 advantage, Minot State went on a 7-0 run with 14:52 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Caleb Van De Griend, to increase its lead to 14-2. The Beavers then added one point to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 38-25 advantage. Minot State relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down six shots to account for 18 of its 38 points. Following intermission, Minot State kept widening that lead, expanding it to 64-42 before going on a 9-0 run, finished off by Van De Griend’s layup, to grow the lead to 73-42 with 6:31 to go in the contest. The Hillcats narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Beavers still cruised the rest of the way for the 82-58 win. Minot State shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting six shots from deep to score 18 of its 44 points.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (MSU) – The Minot State women’s basketball team got an 18-point performance from the bench, but fell 60-42 to the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm at Civic Arena on Saturday in their final game of the Central Region Showcase. Sydney Gustavsson led the Beavers (1-4 overall) with 10 points and four steals. Emma Mogen also added six points and two blocks and Maya Aguilar chipped in as well with two points and two blocks from the bench. Minot State forced 18 Southern Nazarene turnovers. The Beavers turned those takeaways into seven points on the other end of the floor. Gustavsson’s four steals led the way for Minot State. Minot State next makes its home debut at the MSU Dome hosting No. 12-ranked Montana State Billings next weekend on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. 
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – After falling 3-1 in yesterday’s contest, the Beavers looked to salvage a challenging weekend series against the No. 1 Midland Warriors. Costly penalties hurt the Beavers as Midland struck first and again on multiple power play opportunities. Down 2-0, Minot State was able to cut the lead in half. Only for the Warriors to storm right back and re-take the momentum on an insurance goal that made it 3-1 late in the first. After a scoreless second period, the Beavers would have life as they made it 3-2 on a power play of their own with 49 seconds remaining in regulation. With the extra attacker, the sense of urgency for Minot was lost after a cleared puck escaped the zone for Midland to walk in and deposit into the empty net. Midland goes a perfect 2-for-2 on the weekend after defeating the Beavers 4-2 on the Maysa ice. The same two teams will meet again in mid-January for another series that is set to take place in Minot. The Beavers (5-9-0 overall) faced an early deficit, giving up two power play goals in the first 13 minutes of the game. They would battle back to make it a one-score game on multiple instances, but ultimately fell short. Minot State’s first goal made it 2-1 as Cameron Schmidt netted her second goal of the year as the puck was laying in the crease. The goal was assisted by Riley Ball, who tipped the shot by Makenna Beard from the blue line. Beard got her name on the scoresheet by recording her first assist of the year on that shot. Then, it was third period crunch time where the Beavers fought back. Kaitlyn Snyder kept it close with a power play goal, her first of the year, from Paige Kozak and Anna German. Haylie Biever made eight saves on 11 shots until she left the game in the first period and did not return because of injury. Morgan Baker registered 14 saves in relief for Minot. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Beavers. The Warriors ran away as Midland (15-0-1) secured the win on an empty netter with 23 seconds left in regulation. Another hard-fought battle yet again between the two ACHA National Semifinal contestants. Through four games against each other, Midland now carries a perfect 4-0-0 record against the Beavers this season.
MINOT, ND (MSU) -The Minot State volleyball team lost to the Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles in three sets (17-25, 18-25, 23-25) Saturday at home at MSU Dome. Emily Kotelnikoff finished with eight kills on the day to lead the Beavers attack. Defensively, the Beavers had three players reach double figures in digs, including Kendal Braun’s 20, 12 from Sydney Upton, and 11 more from Jaina Macaulay.
SET 1 | The Beavers found themselves in an early hole, losing a tough first set 25-17. Minot State trailed by as many as nine points as Minnesota-Crookston never gave up the lead in a set that was tied up zero times before the Golden Eagles took control.
SET 2 | Minot State dropped the second set 25-18, digging a 2-0 hole in the match. Minot State trailed by as many as nine points as Minnesota-Crookston grabbed the advantage for good at 4-3 in a set that was tied up three times before the Golden Eagles took over the lead.
SET 3 | Minot State couldn’t prolong the match and lost in set number three. The Beavers fell in a back-and-forth battle, losing 25-23 in a set that featured three lead changes and was tied nine times. Neither team had a lead of more than three points along the way.
The loss dropped Minot State’s record to 2-26 overall and 1-17 in NSIC action.
MITCHELL, S.D. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s wrestling team continued its strong start to the season by adding another championship and three more top-3 finishes on Saturday. Competing at the Dakota Wesleyan Open, newcomer Wayne Joint earned his first title as a Beaver on Saturday, picking up four victories on the day at 133 pounds for the weight-class championship. He joins Kelby Armstrong as Minot State’s early-season title winners as the Beavers now prepare to return home to host the Beaver Bash Duals on Friday at the MSU Dome. Action begins at 3 p.m., with Minot State’s first match of the day at 4:30 p.m. Joint started his run to the 133-pound title Saturday with a pin of Jonathon Taylor of York in 4 minutes, 8 seconds. Then came three straight wins over conference foes as he won a 4-3 decision over Northern State’s Teagan Block, picked up a medical forfeit, then won a 2-1 decision over Augustana’s Jack Huffman in the title match. Armstrong also continued a strong start to his season as he was third at 157 pounds as he picked up a pin over Chadron State’s Clayton Robinson in the final second of their match, then picked up a 9-3 decision over Noah Styskal of Morningside before suffering his first loss of the season, a 4-1 decision against Augustana’s Connor Simmonds. Rebounding, he picked up back-to-back no contest victories for the consolation title. Logen Fischer, at 125, and Brendan Barnes, at 165, also added consolation bracket titles as Fischer went 5-1 on the day, which included an opening-match pin in 4:08, to finish third, and Barnes also was 5-1 with a pin in 4:07 in his championship quarterfinal match, as he finished third, as well.
MARIETTA, Ga. (MSU) – True freshman Bella Hernandez led the way in the season opener for the Minot State wrestling team, racking up her first three collegiate wins and advancing to the consolation semifinals at the Eagles Madness tournament hosted by Life University. Adding to the strong opening-day effort was returning national qualifier Nina Sandoval who picked up a pair of wins and advanced to the consolation quarterfinals for the Beavers. After an opening setback, Hernandez got on roll with back-to-back wins by pin in the 130-pound bracket, over Zoey Smith of Cumberlands and Cadence Wallce of Sienna Heights. She then scored a 16-4 technical fall victory over Samantha Larios of Emmanuel to earn a spot in the consolation semifinals before her tournament came to an end. As for Sandoval, she too lost her opener in the 155-pound bracket but bounced back strong with a pair of wins by pin, one over Makenzie Robinson of Emory and Henry, and another over Isabella Kessey of Mount Olive before a loss ended her run at the tournament. Adding victories on the day, as well, for the Beavers were true freshmen Julia Petryna at 116 pounds, Arianne Korish at 123 pounds, and Michelle Klein at 170 pounds. Petryna picked up a win by tech fall and another by pin, Korish earned a win by pin, and Klein won by tech fall, all of which were these new Beavers first collegiate victories. Minot State now returns home to host the Beaver Bash Duals on Friday at the MSU Dome with action beginning at noon.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – A slow start in the first quarter was too much to overcome, as the North Dakota women’s basketball team fell 73-61 to Grand Canyon (2-0) in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Lopes set the pace early in the first quarter, taking a 10-4 lead at the first media timeout and would hold a 20-9 advantage after 10 minutes. GCU shot 8-for-13 from the field in the opening frame, with four three-pointers, while holding UND (0-2) to 4-of-12. Kacie Borowicz scored a game high 20 points to go with five steals, four assists and three rebounds. Borowicz and DJ Davis both knocked down a pair of three-pointers to pace the Fighting Hawks. Kiera Pemberton put together an efficient 18-point, eight rebound performance on 7-of-9 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. The Fighting Hawks began to chip away at the GCU late in the second quarter. Back-to-back treys from Davis and Borowicz started a 13-3 NoDak run to trim the Lopes’ lead to seven. Kiera Pemberton added five points during the run, including a coast-to-coast and-one. Grand Canyon, however, would score the final four points of the half to lead 39-28. UND outscored the Lopes 16-9 in the final quarter of play, but GCU held the Hawks at bay. Pemberton ended the game in a flurry for the Hawks, scoring the final nine points for the green and white. The Hawks shot just under .500 percent from the field in the quarter, while holding GCU to .364 percent. Grand Canyon opened the second half by extending their lead to 19 points, but the duo of Sammiyah Hoskin and Borowicz poured in the next nine NoDak points to trim the deficit to 13. The Lopes responded by taking their largest lead of the night, 22, with 1:46 left in the period. North Dakota is back in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. against Concordia College.
DULUTH, Minn. (UND) – No. 4 North Dakota showed why it earned the most first-place votes in this season’s conference preseason poll, finishing off a sweep over No. 18 Minnesota Duluth with a 2-0 win over Saturday night in AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. UND (7-2-1, 2-0-0 NCHC) received goals from Louis Jamernik V and Riese Gaber in the opening two periods while goaltender Ludvig Persson stopped all 30 shots fired his way to notch the fifth straight win over the Bulldogs (3-5-3, 0-2-0 NCHC) in Duluth for the first time since a 13-game streak in the 1960’s. As expected, Minnesota Duluth came out with a push to begin the game, but Persson and the Fighting Hawks were up to the task in the early going. The visitors started to tilt the ice when Jackson Blake drew a penalty on a great rush to the net to put UND on the game’s first power play. NoDak finally broke through with the man advantage after multiple good looks, as Jamernik V pounced on a loose puck in the crease and popped it over Matthew Thiessen and into the net for his second goal of the weekend and a 1-0 UND after 20 minutes of play. The momentum stayed with the Hawks as the second period started, with Gaber striking just over three minutes into the stanza on a great feed from Blake to increase the advantage to 2-0 with the senior’s fifth goal of the season. UND finished with an 18-5 shot advantage in the middle stanza but could not build on the two-goal lead. UND was clinical in the final 20 minutes of regulation and closed out the sweep with a 2-0 victory. North Dakota returns home to battle Miami for an NCHC series beginning on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. in Grand Forks, N.D.
VERMILLION, S.D. (UND) – No. 10/12 North Dakota fell in a defensive slugfest, 14-10, to No. 6 South Dakota inside the DakotaDome on Saturday afternoon. It was a tale of two halves, with UND pitching a 10-0 shutout at the halfway point and then USD scoring 14 unanswered points in the second half. The Fighting Hawks (6-4, 4-3 MVFC) held a 10-0 advantage midway through the third quarter. Devin Hembry slammed the doors shut on the first Coyote (8-2, 6-1 MVFC) possession after intermission with an interception in the end zone, but on its following possession, South Dakota went 49 yards over the next 2:56 to bring the tally to 10-7 after a two-yard Keondre Jones touchdown run. It was then a battle of field position until 8:26 left in the game, when Charles Pierre Jr. scored on a 10-yard rush to give USD its first lead of the game. UND had two chances to reclaim the lead after that point, but the Coyote defense stood tall and earned the 14-10 victory.
The game was a defensive battle with North Dakota only recording 211 yards of offense. USD limited UND to just 63 total yards of offense in the final 30 minutes of the contest. The Coyotes put up 416 yards of offense in the game but turned the ball over twice when in scoring position. Aidan Bouman went 20-for-28 passing for 307 yards, while surrendering one interception. Carter Bell was the top USD receiver with seven catches for 126 yards, while Travis Theis paced the Coyote backfield with 17 touches for 66 yards. Tommy Schuster went 16-for-24 passing for 116 yards, while giving up one interception. Isaiah Smith paced the receivers with 26 yards on four receptions and was also the leading running back with 58 yards on 10 carries. Nineteen Fighting Hawks had at least one tackle in the game, highlighted by Malachi McNeal putting down six stops. Wyatt Pedigo had a crucial strip-fumble in the second quarter that saved a score after his recovery in the end zone. Hembry also had a strong stop early in the third quarter when he picked off the Coyotes in the end zone.
UND led 10-0 at the halfway point. Red Wilson returned the opening kickoff 99-yards for the score to put UND on top 7-0 just 13 seconds into the game. The highlight of the half came with just over three minutes to go before intermission, when it looked like Carter Bell was going to even the score up at 7-7 after a 64-yard reception, but Pedigo chased him down at the UND 1 and punched out the football, eventually recovering it in the end zone for the touchback. After the touchback, North Dakota traveled 55 yards over the next 3:05. The drive was capped by a 42-yard C.J. Elrichs field goal as time expired in the half, which pushed the North Dakota lead to 10-0. In the opening 30 minutes, South Dakota accumulated 187 yards of offense and 148 yards through the air. North Dakota had 82 yards passing and piled up 140 total yards of offense. Wilson’s 99-yard kick return allowed UND to chew up 17:16 minutes of clock by the halfway point. North Dakota will host Illinois State next Saturday. Kickoff between the Fighting Hawks and Redbirds is scheduled for 1 p.m. 
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – No.12-ranked North Dakota State scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat 11th-ranked Southern Illinois 34-10 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Saturday, Nov. 11, before a Harvest Bowl crowd of 14,191 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. NDSU improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the MVFC and moved into a tie for fourth place one game behind third-place Northern Iowa, who the Bison will visit next week in Cedar Falls. UNI dropped to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the league with a 35-16 road loss to Missouri State. North Dakota State had eight ball carriers combine to rush for 217 yards, the most allowed this season by Southern Illinois, which entered with the nation’s No. 3-ranked defense. TaMerik Williams led the Bison with 51 carries and two touchdowns on eight carries, and Cam Miller and TK Marshall each scored on the ground for NDSU. Miller was 15 of 19 passing for 232 yards, including a 52-yard bomb to Braylon Henderson and a 40-yard grab by Eli Green over two defenders. RaJa Nelson led the Bison with four receptions for 81 yards, Henderson finished with three for 70 yards and Green had two catches for 62 yards. Defensive end Jake Kava had 2.5 sacks and linebackers Logan Kopp and Nick Kubitz each made a team-high seven tackles for NDSU. Southern Illinois went three-and-out on its first three possessions of the second half and gained only 60 yards after halftime.
OMAHA, Neb. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team lost to No. 8 Creighton on Saturday afternoon, 89-60, at CHI Health Center Omaha. The Bison and Bluejays were tied 18-18 with eight minutes left in the first half. Creighton ended the opening half making eight straight shots, pushing the halftime margin to 10 at 41-31. Creighton scored the first 16 points of the second half to go up 57-31. Sophomore Damari Wheeler-Thomas led NDSU with 15 points and three assists. Andrew Morgan added nine points and two steals, and Tajavis Miller scored nine. Creighton shot 61 percent for the game and hit 12-of-28 (43 percent) from three-point range. The Bison shot 42 percent overall and made 6-of-14 (43 percent) from beyond the arc. The Bison go on the road next week, playing UC Davis on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Montana on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Missoula, Mont.

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