K-Heart Sports – 12/05/23


MINOT, ND – The second girls high school basketball polls of the season were released on Monday. The was the first week for boys. 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    Last Week
1. Thompson (19)              2-0                 95                 1
2. Northern Cass               0-0                 51                 4
3. Watford City                   1-0                42                  5
4. South Prairie-Max          3-1                38                 RV
5. Wahpeton                      1-1                19                   2
Others receiving votes: Bottineau (1-1), Devils Lake (0-0), Central Cass (0-0), Carrington (2-0), Turtle Mountain (2-0)

Class B Girls Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)                      Record    Polling Points    Last Week
1. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (15)  2-0            186                    1
2. Bowman County (2)                           2-0            159                    2
3. May-Port-CG (2)                                3-0            146                    5
4. Sargent County                                  2-0            143                    3
5. Central McLean                                 2-0             106                   7
6. Hatton-Northwood                              3-0              87                  T8
7. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier                   0-1,             61                   6
8. Grant County-Mott-Regent                 2-0              46                  10
9. Kenmare-Bowbells                             1-2              29                   4
10. Maple River                                       2-0             20                  RV
Other receiving votes: LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (1-0), Garrison (1-0), Trenton (2-0), Our Redeemers (0-0), T-G-U (2-1), Tioga (0-1), Surrey (1-0)

Class A Boys Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)            Record    Polling Points
1. Devils Lake (18)                       0-0              98
2. Four Winds-MInnwaukan (3)    0-0              70
3. Kindred                                     0-0              67
T4. Central Cass                          0-0              26
T4. Beulah                                    0-0              26
Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian (0-0), Turtle Mountain (0-0), Thompson (0-0), Grafton (0-0), Stanley (0-0)

Class B Boys Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)       Record    Polling Points
1. Bowman County (12)          0-0              199
2. North Star (5)                      0-0              183
3. Sargent County (3)              0-0              161
4. Bishop Ryan (1)                  0-0               133
5. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier    0-0               124
T6. Linton-HMB                       0-0                87
T6. Westhhope-Newburg        0-0                87
8. May-Port-CG                       0-0                64
9. Flasher                                0-0                60
10.Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 0-0         22
Other receiving votes: Hankinson (0-0), Medina-Pingree-Buchanon (0-0), South Border (0-0), Midway-Minto (0-0), Kenmare-Bowbells (0-0), North Prairie (0-0)
MINOT, ND – Just one game in the area last night.
High School Girls Basketball
Class B
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Parshall, 51-45
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – A thrilling surge in the final seconds of his match Friday night not only earned Minot State junior Brendan Barnes a win on the mat but helped him earn NSIC Wrestler of the Week honors. Barnes was named the Wrestler of the Week on Monday in recognition of his two wins in dual action for the Beavers over the weekend, a perfect performance that included a comeback upset of Anthony Herrera of St. Cloud State, the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the nation at 165 pounds on Friday night. Late in his match Friday against Herrera, Minot State’s 165-pounder found himself trailing 8-6 but a takedown and a 4-point near fall in the final moments turned that deficit into a thrilling upset victory for Barnes. Coming back Saturday afternoon, Barnes competed a perfect weekend as he gutted out a 2-1 decision over Ashton Labelle of Southwest Minnesota State. The pair of wins improved Barnes’ record to 11-2 on the season and helped Minot State earn a split of the two duals on the weekend as a team. Barnes and the rest of the Beaver men’s wrestling team are back in action at home this weekend as they host in-state rival the University of Mary on Saturday at the MSU Dome at 6:30 p.m. in the conclusion of a Beaver-Marauder tripleheader. Minot State men’s and women’s basketball also hosts Mary on Saturday at the MSU Dome with tip-off at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – Redshirt freshman Noah Feddersen scored a career-high 17 points to lead six Bison in double figures, as the North Dakota State men’s basketball team won an 83-78 overtime thriller over San Jose State on Monday night. NDSU improved to 5-4 on the season with the victory over the Mountain West Conference foe. Feddersen finished with 17 points and six rebounds – both season-highs – to power the Bison through a back-and-forth battle. Junior Jacari White scored 13 for NDSU, Boden Skunberg added 12, and Damari Wheeler-Thomas added 11 points. Bison sophomore Tajavis Miller posted a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a team-high five assists. NDSU led for 35 of the game’s 45 minutes. There were 10 ties and eight lead changes in the second half and overtime. After going up by as many as 15 points at 36-21 in the first half, NDSU saw San Jose State storm back to take a 40-38 lead early in the second half. The game went to overtime tied at 72-72 after the Spartans erased a 68-61 deficit with 2:20 to play. Myron Amey, Jr. gave San Jose State a brief 72-71 lead on a three-point play with 6.1 seconds remaining. Wheeler-Thomas was fouled on the next possession with 2.5 seconds left, hitting 1-of-2 free throws to force overtime. In the extra period, a three-point play by Andrew Morgan and a three-pointer from Skunberg gave the Bison a four-point lead they would not relinquish. NDSU made 12-of-24 from beyond the arc (50 percent) to overcome 53-percent free throw shooting on the night. San Jose State’s Alvaro Cardenas scored 22 points to lead all players. NDSU will host Portland on Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the Scheels Center.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – North Dakota is back to the top spot in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey/The Rink Live polls, which were released on Monday afternoon. It marks the second time this season that UND has climbed to the No. 1 ranking, having claimed the spot on Nov. 20 before dropping to No. 2 the next week despite a sweep. The Fighting Hawks are coming off another winning weekend in NCHC play, grabbing four of the possible six points at then-No. 3 Denver. UND rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Pioneers by a 7-5 score on Friday night before suffering an overtime loss on Saturday night to see its eight-game winning streak come to an end. NoDak enters the final regular season weekend of the 2023 calendar year with an overall record of 12-3-1 and a 5-1-0 mark in NCHC play, sitting second in the league standings with 16 points. The 12-3-1 start is the best record through 16 games for the team since 2020-21 squad had the identical mark. North Dakota closes out the first half of the season against Colorado College with a series beginning on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. from Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – Junior forward Cameron Berg was named NCHC Forward of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday evening. The junior was dynamic all weekend for the Fighting Hawks in a winning weekend over Denver, helping UND notch four out of six possible points against the Pioneers in Magness Arena. Berg struck for goals in both games, notching a pair in Friday’s 7-5 comeback victory before opening the scoring and tallying the primary assist on the second UND goal in Saturday’s finale. Berg finished the weekend with three goals and an assist, recording multiple points in both contests. The West Fargo, N.D., native now has tallied at least two points in three of his last four games and at least once over the last four series dating back to Nov. 10 at Minnesota Duluth. The Omaha transfer was also strong in the faceoff dot, finishing with 13 wins on Friday and adding another six on Saturday to finish with a .594 winning percentage. On the season, Berg sits second on the team with 16 points in 16 games while also ranking tied for third with seven goals for the Hawks.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – Freshman defenseman Jake Livanavage is one of the 29 players named to the 2024 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster, as announced by USA Hockey on Monday morning. The group, which includes eight members of the bronze medal-winning 2023 U.S. National Junior Team, will gather for a training camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., from Dec. 14-16. Players are auditioning for a spot on the final 25-player roster that will represent the United States in the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2023 – Jan. 5, 2024, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Livanavage has appeared in all 16 games for North Dakota this season, scoring one goal and adding seven assists for eight points. The rookie has found his scoring touch over the last few weekends, notching five helpers in his last four games, including a career-high two in last Friday’s win over Denver. NHL Network is the exclusive home of the IIHF World Junior Championship in the United States and will air every Team USA game in addition to many others, including all quarterfinal, semifinal and medal games. E.J. Hradek, Dave Starman and Jon Rosen will call all U.S. contests. The final U.S. roster is expected to be announced by Dec. 17. Team USA has medaled in six of the last eight IIHF World Junior Championships, including earning bronze in the 2023 event.

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