K-Heart Sports – 11/28/23


MINOT, ND – The first high school basketball polls of the season were released on Monday. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA).
Class A Girls Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)    Record    Polling Points
1. Thompson (12)                0-0              84
2. Wahpeton (6)                   0-0              72
3. Grafton                             0-0              43
4. Northern Cass                  0-0              39
5. Watford City                      0-0              15
Others receiving votes: Devils Lake (0-0), Bottineau (0-0), Central Cass (0-0) South Prairie-Max (0-0)
Class B Girls Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)                      Record    Polling Points
1. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (13) 0-0             171
2. Bowman County (1)                          0-0             144
3. Sargent County (1)                            0-0            127
4. Kenmare-Bowbells (1)                       0-0            113
5. May-Port-CG (2)                                0-0            110
6. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier                  0-0            104
7. Central McLean                                 0-0              82
T8. Hatton-Northwood                           0-0              30
T8. Tioga                                                0-0             30
10. Grant County-Mott-Regent               0-0             17
Other receiving votes: Our Redeemer’s (0-0), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (0-0), T-G-U (0-0), Garrison (0-0), New Rockford-Sheyenne (0-0), Linton-HMB (0-0), Maple River (0-0), Trenton (0-0)
MINOT, ND – Two games on the opening night of girls basketball.
High School Girls Basketball
Class A
Carrington def. New Rockford-Sheyenne (Class B), 41-39
Class B
#1 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich def. Dunseith, 67-38
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (MSU) – Back in action in their home state, yet still on the road, the No. 2 Minot State men’s hockey team came up short, 4-1, in a top-5 battle at No. 4-ranked Jamestown on Monday night. The Beavers (12-4-0 overall) got a goal from team captain Carter Barley with 5 minutes, 46 seconds gone in the second period, but that was all Minot State could muster. Colby Joseph and Walker Jerome assisted on the goal. Barley’s goal made it a 3-1 contest as the host Jimmies netted two in the first period, added an early second-period goal, then tacked on an insurance goal with 2:55 left in the middle period for the win. Jake Anthony finished with 24 saves on the day for the Beavers who now return home to host five in a row at the Maysa Arena, starting with Grand Canyon this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (MSU) – Renewing their budding rivalry, the Minot State women’s wrestling team picked up three wins on the mat but lost the dual against host Jamestown on Monday night. The two teams have now met five times in the brief history of the second-year Beaver program, including twice this season with the two teams splitting their head-to-head duals this year as Minot State won the last meeting 30-14. A trio of forfeits by the Beavers (3-2 duals) gave the host Jimmies (3-2) their 15-point advantage in the dual as the teams split the matches contested on the mats. Julia Petryna led the way for Minot State as she earned a 10-0 technical fall victory at 116 pounds over Jamestown’s Destiny Walsh, then she added a win by pin over Jenna Gerhardt in 3 minutes, 47 seconds in an extra match which did not go toward the dual team scoring. Ari Korish added a win by injury default in her 123-pound bout, putting Minot State on top 9-5 at the time in the dual. After a pair of wins put Jamestown on top 14-9 in the dual, the Beavers got a win by pin from Haleigh Lematta at 143 pounds in 3:30, tying the dual score at 14-14 before two forfeits and a win by pin helped the Jimmies claim the team victory. The dual is the start of a busy week of competition for the Beavers who next head to Sioux Falls for a first-ever meeting with the first-year Cougars on Thursday before returning to Jamestown on Saturday for the Jamestown Open tournament.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team lost at San Jose State on Monday night, falling 78-65 in the first of back-to-back matchups against the Spartans. San Jose State made 11-of-24 attempts (46 percent) from three-point range, while NDSU shot 5-of-19 (26 percent) from beyond the arc. The Bison shot 39 percent overall for the game. Sophomore Damari Wheeler-Thomas led NDSU with 18 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Boden Skunberg scored 13 points, and Andrew Morgan added 10 points and six boards. San Jose State led 32-27 at halftime after going ahead by as many as 10 points in the first half. The Bison scored the first six points of the second half to go up 33-32. With the Spartans leading 40-39, San Jose State rattled off an 8-0 run to push its advantage back to nine. SJSU’s Trey Anderson led all players with 21 points. The Bison (4-4) will host San Jose State in a rematch next Monday, Dec. 4, at the Scheels Center in Fargo.
ST. LOUIS (NDSU) – North Dakota State claimed nine spots on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference teams on Monday as selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches, media and sports information directors. The Bison had seven first-team selections including senior Hunter Brozio, who was selected to two spots as the first team fullback and long snapper. Right guard Jake Kubas, left tackle Jalen Sundell, defensive end Dylan Hendricks, linebacker Logan Kopp and safety Cole Wisniewski also made the first team. NDSU quarterback Cam Miller finished third overall in the voting for MVFC Offensive Player of the Year behind South Dakota State running back Isaiah Davis and quarterback Mark Gronowski. Miller made the second team along with NDSU defensive tackle Eli Mostaert. North Dakota State had four players earn honorable mention – tight end Joe Stoffel, all-purpose player RaJa Nelson, punt returner Jayden Price and placekicker Griffin Crosa. NDSU (9-3) is scheduled to play No. 6 seed Montana State (8-3) in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UND) – Seven North Dakota student-athletes were selected to the All-MVFC Teams, the league offices announced Monday morning. Nominations were submitted by each school’s sports information director and voting was conducted by the league’s head coaches, SID’s and select media members. Senior RB Luke Skokna was the top member from UND on an All-MVFC Team, being named a first team return specialist and an honorable mention all-purpose player. Four other Fighting Hawks were named second team selections: WR Bo Belquist, OL Donny Ventrelli, LB Wyatt Pedigo, and DB C.J. Siegel. Two additional NoDak student-athletes received honorable mention accolades: OL Easton Kilty and LB Ted Mullin.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (UND) – Treysen Eaglestaff was named Summit League Peak Performer of the Week by the Summit League office on Monday for the week of November 20-26. This award is the first weekly award for the sophomore guard. Eaglestaff led the Fighting Hawks in points in both games at the Central Arkansas Thanksgiving Classic, scoring 23 in the win over New Orleans and 22 in the win over Eastern Michigan. He also had a great week with assists–dishing out a career high six at Pacific on Monday and also assisted on Elijah Brooks’ game-winning dunk against New Orleans on Saturday. Over the three games he averaged 17 points per game.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – Freshman defenseman Jake Livanavage was named the NCHC Rookie of the Week on Monday, as announced by the league office. It is the first weekly honor for Livanavage in his career. Livanavage contributed at both ends of the ice in North Dakota’s sweep of Bemidji State to extend UND’s winning streak to a nation-best seven straight. Offensively, he shined, dishing out a pair of assists, with one each night. On Friday, Livanavage handed out the primary assist on the overtime, game-winning goal scored by Jackson Blake in a 3-2, comeback victory to earn the game’s third star. The next night, the Phoenix, Ariz., native again set up Blake with a primary assist on UND’s second goal, this time on the power play, in a 5-0 victory. With the two assists, Livanavage recorded points in back-to-back games for the second time this season. Along with his two helpers, Livanavage posted a +3 plus/minus and blocked a shot against the Beavers, including helping record a shutout on Saturday. The Arizona native now has five points (1g, 4a) in 14 games this season. North Dakota hits the road for a top-3 showdown against No. 3 Denver beginning on Friday night from Magness Arena.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago Bears finally won one of these up-for-grab games after all those painful finishes. Cairo Santos made a 30-yard field goal with 10 seconds left, his fourth of the night after a miss on the opening drive, and the Bears had four interceptions of Joshua Dobbs in a defense-dominated 12-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. The Bears (4-8) stopped a 12-game NFC North losing streak, including six in a row against the Vikings (6-6). The Vikings, who cautiously chose to hold star wide receiver Justin Jefferson out for another game with his hamstring injury, were as helpless as ever on offense with only a field goal by Greg Joseph at the end of the first half to show for the first 54-plus minutes. Dobbs threw the go-ahead score to T.J. Hockenson with 5:54 left, but the Vikings stalled out again after that at the worst possible time. The Vikings have their bye week, followed by a visit to Las Vegas on Dec. 10.
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) – The Minnesota Wild fired coach Dean Evason and replaced him with John Hynes on Monday after losing seven straight games and 14 of their first 19 to start to the NHL season. General manager Bill Guerin announced the moves, including the firing of assistant Bob Woods. Hynes, the former New Jersey and Nashville coach, will take over. The Wild planned a news conference with Guerin and Hynes today, prior to their game against St. Louis. Evason, 59, had three full seasons in charge of the Wild, who gave him his first head coaching job in the NHL on Feb. 14, 2020, when Bruce Boudreau was fired and he was promoted from his assistant role. He went 147-77-27 in 251 regular season games and 8-15 in the postseason without winning any series. Hynes, 48, is 284-255-63 in eight NHL seasons. The Predators fired him on May 30, six weeks after missing the playoffs. They lost in the opening round in each of three previous years, starting in 2020 when he was hired midseason to replace the fired Peter Laviolette. The Devils fired Hynes about a month before he was plucked off the market by the Predators.

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