K-Heart Sports – 12/02/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 12/02/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Basketball, hockey and wrestling were on the local sports schedule Thursday.
High School Girls Basketball
Class B
Tioga def. Des Lacs-Burlington, 67-50
Trenton def. Williston Trinity Christian, 45-16
Ray def. North Shore-Plaza, 45-27
Hazen def. New Salem-Almont, 38-19
CNDC Tournament – Harvey
First Round
#5 Rugby def. TGU, 73-32
Harvey-Wells-County def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 52-50
St. John def. Drake-Anamoose, 77-36
Minot Sophomores def. Glenburn, 71-50
Ramsey County Tournament – Devils Lake
First Round
Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. Larimore, 62-23
Park River-Fordville-Lankin def. Nelson County, 45-31
Devils Lake JV def. Benson County, 63-34
Dunseith def. North Star, 49-35
High School Girls Hockey
Mandan def. Bismarck Legacy, 5-3
Jamestown def. Bismarck Century, 4-3
High School Boys Hockey
Mandan def. Bismarck Legacy, 4-3 OT
Bismarck High def. Hazen-Beulah, 6-0
High School Girls Wrestling
Bismarck Century def. Mandan, 39-30
High School Boys Wrestling
Class A
Bismarck Legacy def. Watford City, 59-15
Bismarck Century def. Mandan, 65-16
Class B
Northern Lights def. Stanley, 54-21
Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central def. Bishop Ryan, 49-27
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors met in person in Valley City on Thursday. The Board accepted the 3-Class Basketball Proposal presented by the 3-Class Basketball Focus Group and voted unanimously to move forward with a finance study and impact to existing or new staff study to be presented at a Special Board Meeting on February 8, per current Board of Directors Policy for adding a classification in a sport or activity.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s basketball team got a 43-point showing from the bench, but fell 84-63 to the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons on the road Thursday in NSIC play. The Beavers (3-3 overall, 0-2 NSIC) had two players score in double figures, led by Michael Jok who had 13 points. Caleb Van De Griend tacked on 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks off the bench, and Jalen Cook added nine points. Minot State struggled out of the gate, falling behind 51-26 heading into halftime. Minnesota State Moorhead kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 57-30 advantage before Minot State went on an 8-0 run, finished off by Jok’s three, to shrink the deficit to 57-38 with 14:50 to go in the contest. Minnesota State Moorhead responded and outscored the Beavers the rest of the way, ending the game with a final score of 84-63. Minot State took care of business in the paint, recording 24 of its 37 points in the lane.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSU) – Kate Head scored 10 points and Jaime Skeggs had 10 more, but the Beavers fell to the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons 57-33 on the road Thursday in the NSIC opener for the Beavers. Vilborg Jonsdottir added four assists and four steals for Minot State (4-3 overall, 0-1 NSIC). Minot State’s defense held Minnesota State Moorhead to only 19 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 40 percent from the field. The Beavers also limited Natalie Jens to 1-of-7 shooting from downtown in the game. The Dragons did not have much luck cleaning up their misses on the offensive glass either, as they finished with eight offensive rebounds and managed just 11 second-chance points. The Beavers host Northern State on Saturday.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (NDSU) – Eastern Michigan outscored the North Dakota State women’s basketball team 26-12 in the fourth quarter to steal a 73-55 win on Thursday night. Elle Evans paced NDSU (6-1) with a team-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three. She also hauled in a season-best seven rebounds with two blocks, one assist and one steal. Emily Behnke reached double digits in scoring for the third time this season with 10 points to go along with five rebounds. Taylor Brown also added in nine points with five rebounds. As a team, NDSU shot 32.8 percent (22-67) from the field and 60.0 percent (6-10) from the free throw line. The Bison also netted 34 points in the paint and scored 11 points off of turnovers. After NDSU notched a 30-29 lead at halftime, the Bison started the third quarter pushing their edge to three, 36-33, following a layup from Evans. Eastern Michigan (5-0) then battled back closing the frame with four straight points to steal a 47-43 advantage. The Eagles continued to surge into the fourth quarter expanding their lead up to 10, 53-43, with 8:36 to play. Eastern Michigan then opened up its largest lead of the night, 67-47, after Olivia Smith knocked down a free throw with 3:43 to play. The Eagles went on to close out the rest of the time to pick up the 73-55 win. NDSU will be back in action at Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for noon CT.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and two assists to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games, and Joel Eriksson Ek added a goal and assist, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Kaprizov has a goal in four straight games after scoring his 14th of the season. He also has nine straight games with an assist, and eight goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games. Frederick Gaudreau, Sam Steel and Mats Zuccarello also scored for Minnesota, which has won four of five. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl extended goal streaks for Edmonton, which had won three in a row.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The long pass from Kirk Cousins up the left sideline landed in Justin Jefferson’s arms in just the right spot in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s game with New England, a split second before two Patriots defensive backs slammed into the Vikings star. Jefferson kept the ball secure for a 36-yard reception as he hit the turf, before springing to his feet, flexing his muscles in celebration and screaming to the roaring crowd. The Vikings scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next play, after yet another contested catch by the indefatigable Jefferson. “I love this team. I’d do anything for it, and when that ball’s in the air, it’s mine,” Jefferson said. Already owning more receiving yards than any other third-year player in NFL history with six games left to pad his total, Jefferson has gained the trust of Cousins many times over. The quarterback has ever-growing confidence he can pinpoint a pass into a tricky spot and Jefferson will haul it in. “The eye in the sky don’t lie, we say,” Cousins said. “When he puts that stuff on tape, it earns the right to keep getting the ball.” Jefferson said he’s worked on hand-eye coordination, grip strength and peripheral vision to aid his success rate on those well-covered routes. The challenge won’t subside this week when the Vikings play the New York Jets, who boast a pair of standout cornerbacks: Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. “I’m confident in my game, my skill set to win my battles, and hopefully we don’t get too many double teams,” Jefferson said.
The Vikings (9-2) can clinch their first NFC North title in five seasons with Cousins by beating the Jets and having Jacksonville win at Detroit (4-7), but they’ve largely kept their feelings about their dominance in the division to themselves with the obvious bigger picture of seeding for the NFC playoffs in the background. “I never think about future weeks, or really can’t afford to look in the rearview mirror either. It’s got to be all about this week and getting a win,” Cousins said, adding: “There are many teams who at this stage of the game are hovering around .500, and then they end up playing for the Super Bowl, so you understand how this league will beat you up and go back and forth.” The Jets (7-4) are one game out of the AFC East lead, in an even more foreign place with meaningful games ahead in December. They haven’t been to the playoffs in 12 years. “It’s not like it’s an elephant in the room. It’s not like you’re not going to acknowledge it, but none of it matters at the end of the day,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “You’ve got to quickly refocus back to what’s important, and what’s important is this moment.”
Mike White stepped in for the Jets at quarterback for the benched Zach Wilson last week and performed with the poise and efficiency of a veteran in just his fourth career start — and first of the season. White went 22 of 28 for 315 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-10 victory over Chicago. “He comes in and prepares, goes about his business the right way and goes about his preparation the right way,” rookie receiver Garrett Wilson said. “You do things like that consistently, you’re going to get it back.” White already has just one fewer TD pass than Wilson and is two behind Joe Flacco for the team lead.
Kene Nwangwu returned a kickoff 97 yards for the tying touchdown for the Vikings in the third quarter against the Patriots, his first score of the season after taking two of them all the way as a rookie last year. Special teams coordinator Matt Daniels blamed himself for holding Nwangwu back by overthinking the return schemes. He and assistant Ben Kotwica drew up a new plan on paper at halftime of that game that the Vikings had never practiced before. “What a breath of fresh air it was to see him take one to the house,” Daniels said. “I know we’ve all been waiting on it.”
The Vikings ought to get a boost for their defensive line with the return of Dalvin Tomlinson, who has missed the last four games with a calf injury. The only previous game he missed in six years in the NFL came last year when he was sidelined by COVID-19. Tomlinson, whose interior presence and push has contributed to edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter combining for 16 1/2 sacks, warmed up before the New England game but was held out as a precaution. “It was more just about trusting things, making sure the muscles were ready for the pounding you’re going to take during the game,” Tomlinson said.
Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore, who requested a trade earlier this season because of a lack of opportunities, has been more involved in the passing attack lately. With White at quarterback, Moore caught his first touchdown pass of the season against the Bears after having five as a rookie last year. Moore said this week he actually took a ball the day before the game and had a monologue with it — even giving it a kiss for good measure. “I was like, ‘You already know how I feel about you,’” Moore said.

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