K-Heart Sports – 12/14/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 12/14/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – Just one event on the local sports schedule last night and that was a girl/boy basketball double-header in Westhope, that we broadcast live on K-Heart. The Westhope-Newburg girls defeated Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 60-36. Ellie Braaten and Kimberly Tabaraz each tallied 19 points as the Sioux improve to 6-0. MLS drops to 0-4 on the season. In the boys game Riley Morlock tallied 25 points, including five made 3’s as Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood defeated Westhope-Newburg 56-49. Walker Braaten scored a game-high 29 points for the Sioux, including making 11 of 14 freethrows. Each team is now 1-1 on the season.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – A new era on the diamond is set to begin in February as the Minot State softball team will hit the field for the 2023 season under new leadership. First-year head coach Bailey Gasper, first-year assistant coach Chelsea “Holli” Holliday, and former Beaver and now graduate assistant coach Zoya Robbins team up to lead the way for the Beavers who will open the season at home inside the Air-Supported Dome hosting the first of two Bubble Invites on Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5. The Beavers open the 2023 season hosting in-state foes the University of Mary and Valley City State, and Carroll College from Montana, in the first Bubble Invite with the Beavers playing NSIC rival Mary in a non-conference matchup at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, to officially open the season. Minot State then plays Valley City State at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, and wraps up its portion of the Bubble Invite playing Carroll College on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m.
The Beavers then head to Texas for one of two pre-conference tournaments on the road where they play Emporia State, Chadron State, Texas Permian Basin, and host Lubbock Christian the weekend of Feb. 10-12. Returning home, Minot State hosts Bubble Invite 2 the weekend of Feb. 17-19 with NSIC foe Bemidji State joining Montana schools Montana State Billings, Carroll, and Providence on the diamond. Minot State will open the weekend in a Battle of the Beavers, playing Bemidji State at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17. The host Beavers are back in action at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, playing MSU Billings and Providence, then wrap up the tournament Sunday playing Carroll at 2 p.m.
Minot State then hits the road for its final non-conference action as the Beavers play at the Branson Bash hosted by Drury in Branson, Mo., Feb. 24-26, taking on host Drury, Southwest Baptist, Maryville, and Lincoln. The Beavers then get some time off to prepare for the NSIC race which opens at home with Minot State hosting Mary on Tuesday, March 28, at noon in a doubleheader that starts a busy two weeks of NSIC home action. Minot State then hosts Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, April 1, at noon, in a doubleheader, then hosts St. Cloud State on Sunday, April 2, at noon in another NSIC twinbill. After a quick mid-week trip to Bemidji State on Wednesday for a twinbill, Minot State returns home to host doubleheaders against Augustana on Friday, April 7, starting at noon, against Wayne State on Saturday, April 8, starting at noon, then against Northern State on Tuesday, April 11, starting at 2 p.m.
After a hectic two weeks, the Beavers hit the road as they play at Southwest Minnesota State then Sioux Falls on April 15 and 16, respectively, then at Minnesota Crookston on April 18. Back home for two final dates, the Beavers host Winona State on Saturday, April 22, in a twinbill starting at noon, then wrap up their home schedule hosting Upper Iowa in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 23, at noon. Minot State then hits the road to finish the regular season, playing at Minnesota State Moorhead on April 25, at Minnesota State, Mankato on April 29, and finally at Concordia, St. Paul on April 30. The postseason then begins on Wednesday, May 3, with the NSIC Tournament hosted in Rochester, Minn., with the NSIC Championship game on Saturday, May 6.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Beaver baseball team has played its way into the role of a continual NSIC title contender and on 2023 Minot State will once again battle for the league crown, this time under new head coach Sam Boisner. While Boisner began his duties with the Beavers back in August, his first game as Minot State’s coach will come on Friday, February 7, in Oklahoma when his Beavers open the 2023 season against host Rogers State. That starts a busy slate of games that sees Minot State on the road for 14 pre-conference contests, then at Sioux Falls to open NSIC action. The Beavers finally return home to Corbett Field in late March to start an 18-game home schedule.
The non-conference schedule starts with back-to-back games at Rogers State on Feb. 7 and 8, then the Beavers head to Kansas for four games at Emporia State, Feb. 10-12, before a quick stop at Washburn on Wednesday, Feb. 15, then four games at Newman, Feb. 17-19. After a couple weeks of practice at home, Minot State heads back on the road for three games at Southwest Baptist in Missouri, March 3-4, the team’s final tune-up before NSIC action, which begins March 18 with a doubleheader at the University of Sioux Falls, then a single game against the Cougars on March 19. The Beavers extended road swing to start the season – a total of 19 games away from home – then wraps up on March 21 with a twinbill at Augustana before Minot State makes its home debut at Corbett Field hosting Minnesota State, Mankato in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 25. That starts a five-game homestand as the Beavers host the Mavericks in a single game on Sunday, March 26, then host Winona State in a twinbill on Wednesday, March 29.
Back on the road, Minot State visits Concordia, St. Paul for three games on April 1-2, plays three more at Upper Iowa on April 7-8, then wraps up the road trip with a twinbill at Wayne State on April 12. Minot State then is back home for eight straight starting with a Saturday doubleheader against visiting Northern State on April 15. The Beavers host the Wolves in a single game Sunday, April 16, then Minot State battles St. Cloud State in a twinbill on Wednesday, April 19. The Beavers wrap up the homestand with an exciting weekend of action when they host Minnesota Duluth for two games on Saturday, April 22, and a single game on Sunday, April 23. Sunday will be Military Appreciation Day and Coach Boisner said “at the front gate we will be handing out free hats to all of our current and former military members in attendance.”
After a quick, one-day road trip to Minnesota Crookston for a mid-week doubleheader on April 26, the Beavers are back home for their final five games at Corbett Field, starting off with hosting in-state rival the University of Mary on Saturday, April 29, in a twinbill, and Sunday, April 30, for a single game. Minot State close its home slate with a mid-week doubleheader hosting Southwest Minnesota State on Tuesday, May 2, then the Beavers head to Bemidji State to finish off the regular season with three games against the Beavers on May 5-6. The postseason will be hosted by the University of Mary with the NSIC Tournament starting Wednesday, May 10, in Mandan and Bismarck, and the NSIC Championship game slated for Saturday.
FARGO, ND (NDSU) – No. 3 seed North Dakota State (11-2) hosts No. 7 seed Incarnate Word (12-1) in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship at 6 p.m. Friday at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The winner advances to face either No. 1 seed South Dakota State or No. 4 seed Montana State in the national championship game Sunday, Jan. 8, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The semifinal between the Jackrabbits and Bobcats will be played on Saturday afternoon in Brookings, SD.
Incarnate Word advanced to the semifinals with a 41-38 second round home win over Furman and a 66-63 quarterfinal road win over No. 2 seed Sacramento State, the most combined points in single-game FCS playoff history. The Cardinals scored 21 points off four Sac State turnovers and scored the winning touchdown with 27 seconds left on a 21-yard pass from Lindsey Scott to Taylor Grimes. Scott was 19 of 31 passing for 219 yards and four TDs while rushing 19 times for 166 yards and two scores. Marcus Cooper added 22 carries for 176 yards and two TDs plus four catches for 58 yards and a TD.
North Dakota State won the only previous meeting with Incarnate Word 58-0 on Sept. 13, 2014, when UIW was the guest for NDSU’s second appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay televised live from downtown Fargo.

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