K-Heart Sports – 11/29/22

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MINOT, ND – Central Cass sits atop the first Class B Girls Basketball Poll of the season. The poll is voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
North Dakota Class B Girls Basketball Poll
                  (First Place Votes)       Record    Points
1. Central Cass (13)                        0-0           153
2. Kenmare-Bowbells (1)                 0-0           126
3. Kindred (2)                                   0-0           122
4. Bowman County                          0-0             99
5. Rugby                                          0-0             81
6. Thompson                                    0-0            70
7. Grafton                                         0-0             69
8. Shiloh Christian                            0-0             51
9. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier             0-0             35
10. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich   0-0           24
Others receiving votes: Northern Cass, Beulah, MayPortCG, Stanley, Cavalier, Oakes, Hatton-Northwood, Kidder County
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – While the Minot State women’s hockey team prepares to host rival Midland this weekend, head coach Ryan Miner also took time to build for the future. Heading North of the Border to recruit, Miner is pleased to announce the signing of Paige Kozak to a Letter-of-Intent to join the Beavers next fall as a freshman on the ice and in the classroom. A 5-foot-5 left-handed center from Souris, Manitoba, Kozak attends Souris School and most recently played for the Westman Wildcats of the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League (MFMHL) where she had two goals and eight assists during the 2021-22 season. Kozak, who also plays softball, has a strong history of winning as she played for five provincial championship teams, the 2022 MFMHL champion Wildcats, and most recently she was selected to the U-18 Team Manitoba team that will compete in the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (UND) – Eight North Dakota student-athletes were named to All-MVFC teams, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. 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. Five Fighting Hawks earned second team honors, including receiver Bo Belquist, runningback Tyler Hoosman, offensive lineman Donny Ventrilli, defensive lineman Ben McNaboe, and defensive back CJ Siegel. Three UND student-athletes were also named to the honorable mention team, linebacker Devon Krzanowski, punter Cade Peterson, and quarterback Tommy Schuster. Head Coach Bubba Schweigert was the runner-up for MVFC Coach of the Year, finishing with 97 votes. He trailed only John Stiegelmeier of South Dakota State with 156 votes.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State had several players named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team announced Monday by the league office. NDSU claimed eight spots on the all-conference first team, highlighted by Hunter Luepke’s dual selection as the first team fullback and all-purpose player. Other first team honorees were offensive linemen Cody Mauch and Nash Jensen, defensive end Spencer Waege, linebacker James Kaczor, and safeties Dawson Weber and Michael Tutsie. NDSU long snapper Hunter Brozio was named to the All-MVFC second team. Three Bison players earned honorable mention – running back TaMerik Williams, defensive tackle Will Mostaert and return specialist Jayden Price. No. 3 seed North Dakota State (9-2) is scheduled to host the 17th-ranked Montana Grizzlies (8-4) in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (NDSU) – Heaven Hamling has been named the TicketSmarter Summit League Women’s Basketball Peak Performer of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. Hamling has helped the Bison start the season 6-0 for the first time since 2004. She averaged a team-high 22.3 points per game last week. Hamling also added a team-high 16 rebounds with 10 assists and seven steals to her stat line. The Grand Rapids, Minn., native shot 50.0 percent (22-44) from the field, 47.3 percent (9-19) from three and 87.5 percent (14-16) from the free throw line. Hamling netted a career-high 39 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field in the win over Nevada. Her 39 points rank as the third-most in a single-game in NDSU history and her second career 30-point performance. She also added six rebounds, three steals and one assist against the Wolf Pack. Hamling has scored 20 or more points in three games this season and surpassed the 1,000 career points mark over the weekend with 1,013, which includes one season at Stephen F. Austin State. Hamling becomes the first NDSU player to win a Summit League Player of the Week award since Marena Whittle won the award on Jan. 25, 2016.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points, including 29 in the first half, and the Washington Wizards beat Minnesota 142-127 on Monday night after Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony-Towns was helped off the court in the third quarter with a right leg injury. Towns grabbed at his leg and went down near midcourt. He was helped off without putting weight on the leg, and the team announced that he had a right calf strain. All six of Porzingis’ 3-pointers came in the first half. Washington shot 57% from the field for the game. The Wizards led 77-58 at halftime, and Porzingis was well on his way to surpassing his previous career high of 40 points. Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points for the Wizards and Bradley Beal added 22. Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 29. Minnesota has lost three in a row.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Rookie Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. had knee surgery to repair meniscus damage and will be sidelined indefinitely, coach Kevin O’Connell announced on Monday. Booth was held out of Minnesota’s win over New England last week because of his injury. The Vikings were waiting for further medical assessment on Booth before determining whether he’ll be able to return to action this season. He’s likely to land on injured reserve, meaning he’d have to miss at least four weeks. With Cameron Dantzler Sr. (ankle) and Akayleb Evans (concussion) also out against the Patriots, the Vikings started Duke Shelley at cornerback. Dantzler must miss at least one more game on injured reserve. Evans has been progressing through the concussion protocol and it’s not clear whether he will play Sunday against the New York Jets.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad has handed day-to-day operations of the club to his nephew Joe Pohlad, the third generation of family leadership of the franchise. Jim Pohlad announced the transition in a letter to staff on Monday and made public by the Twins. He said he will remain controlling owner, involved in Twins and Major League Baseball business. Joe Pohlad will become executive chair, and president and CEO Dave St. Peter and president of baseball operations Derek Falvey will report directly to him. Joe Pohlad is the son of Bob Pohlad, who sits on the Twins executive board with Jim Pohlad, their other brother Bill Pohlad and St. Peter. Joe Pohlad’s grandfather, Carl Pohlad, bought the Twins in 1984. He died in 2009. “Over the years our family has prioritized strong and stable stewardship of this franchise. We view owning the Twins as a multi-generational holding for our family and one we take great pride in being responsible for on behalf of our employees and fans. We will continue our focus to ensure effective and impactful leadership of this organization for many years to come,” Jim Pohlad wrote in his letter to Twins employees. Joe Pohlad has worked in the organization since 2007, most recently as executive vice president of brand strategy and growth.

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