K-Heart Sports – 12/2/23


MINOT, ND – Friday was day one of the two day Shootout On The Prairie here in Minot. It was also the second day of the CNDC Girls Basketball Tournament in Rugby. Friday was also opening day for Class AA basketball with both the Minot High girls and boys getting a win.
High School Girls Basketball
Shootout On The Prairie – Minot Auditorium
Velva def. Stanley, 42-29
Dickinson Trinity def. Westhope-Newburg, 51-23
Hatton-Northwood def. Bishop Ryan, 50-15
Thompson def. Bottineau, 53-46
May-Port-CG def. Kenmare-Bowbells, 49-26
South Prairie-Max def. Wahpeton, 62-51
Today’s schedule
Hatton-Northwood vs. Velva, 11:30 am
Bishop Ryan vs. Kenmare-Bowbells, 1 pm
Bottineau vs. Dickinson Trinity, 2:30 pm
South Prairie-Max vs. Thompson, 4 pm
Stanley vs. Wahpeton, 5:30 pm
May-Port-CG vs Westhope-Newburg, 7 pm
High School Girls Basketball
CNDC Tournament – Rugby High School
Minot North def. Drake-Anamoose, 64-36
Glenburn def. Harvey-Wells County, 48-41
T-G-U def. New Rockford-Sheyenne, 57-56
Rugby def. St. John, 61-57
Today’s schedule
7th Place
Drake-Anamoose vs. Harvey-Wells County, 1:30 pm
5th Place
Minot North vs. Glenburn, 3 pm
3rd Place
New Rockford-Sheyenne vs. St. John, 4:30 pm
T-G-U vs. Rugby, 6 pm
High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
#1 Minot High def. West Fargo, 86-40
#4 Bismarck Legacy def. Fargo Shanley, 64-50
Bismarck High def. West Fargo Sheyenne, 68-50
Mandan def. Fargo North, 65-54
Class A
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Killdeer, 35-25
Nedrose def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (Class B), 60-28
New Town def. Standing Rock, 46-29
Class B
#7 Central McLean def. Linton-HMB, 71-26
Surrey def. #8 Tioga, 68-53
Garrison def. Parshall, 67-42
Divide County def. North Shore-Plaza, 50-25

High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
#1 Fargo North def. Mandan, 75-74
#3 Minot High def. West Fargo, 73-40
#4 Bismarck Century def. Moorhead MN, 79-57
West Fargo Sheyenne def. #5 Bismarck High, 82-76
Bismarck Legacy def. Fargo Shanley, 63-41

High School Boys Hockey
Jamestown def. Bottineau-Rugby, 4-3
Fargo Davies def. Bismarck Century, 7-3

High School Girls Hockey
Minot High def. Devils Lake, 7-1
Grand Forks def. Williston, 4-3
West Fargo United def. Dickinson, 3-1
Bismarck Century def. Fargo Davies, 3-2

High School Boys Wrestling
Harvey-Wells County def. Bishop Ryan, 39-36
New Salem-Almont def. Bishop Ryan, 42-30
Beulah-Hazen def. Bishop Ryan, 42-30
BEMIDJI, MN (MSU) -The Minot State men’s basketball team got a 24-point performance from the bench, but fell 88-77 to the Bemidji State Beavers on the road Friday in NSIC action. The Beavers (4-2 overall, 1-1 NSIC) had four players score in double figures, led by Khari Broadway, who had 17 points and two steals. Ben Bohl added 13 points and Dylan Gichaba helped out with 12 points off the bench. Minot State started out the scoring by going on a 10-0 run to take an early lead with 16:59 left in the first half. The Beavers then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 38-35 advantage. Minot State did most of its first-half damage in the paint, scoring 20 of its 38 points close to the basket. After a Bohl layup made it 42-37, Bemidji State erased the Minot State lead with a 9-1 run, grabbing a 54-48 advantage it never relinquished in the game’s final half, picking up the 88-77 comeback victory. Minot State took care of business in the paint, recording 20 of its 39 points in the lane. The Beavers play this afternoon at St. Cloud State at 3:30 pm.
BEMIDJI, Minn. (MSU) – Sydney Gustavsson scored 22 points to help lead the Minot State women’s basketball team past the Bemidji State Beavers 68-56 on the road Friday in NSIC action. The Beavers (2-7 overall, 1-1 NSIC) had four players score in double figures, led by Gustavsson, who had 22 points. Emily Srejma tacked on 14 points and Taylor Goss chipped in as well with 10 points and four assists as Minot State jumped on top 29-13 after one quarter, making 12-of-17 shots (70.59 percent) to start the game. Led by Goss’ two offensive rebounds, Minot State did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 10 boards that resulted in eight second-chance points. The Minot State defense was effective at taking away the basketball in Friday’s game, forcing 17 Bemidji State turnovers while committing 10. Those takeaways turned into 22 points on the offensive end of the floor. Lorelei McIver led the way individually for the Beavers with two steals. After playing to a 9-9 tie early in the game, Minot State went on a 20-0 run with 6:47 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from Jaime Skeggs, to take a 29-9 lead. The Beavers then lost some of that lead, but still entered the quarter break with a 29-13 advantage. Minot State did most of its first-quarter damage in the paint, scoring 16 of its 29 points close to the basket. Minot State kept its first-quarter lead intact before going on a 10-0 run starting at the 8:34 mark in the second period to increase its lead to 41-15. The host Beavers cut into that lead, but the Minot State Beavers still enjoyed a 44-26 advantage heading into halftime. Minot State plays at St. Cloud State today at 5:30 pm.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s hockey team got what they were looking for, which was a win to end a three-game losing streak. The No. 2 Beavers (13-4-0) took care of Grand Canyon University (7-11-0), winning by a final score of 4-1 at Maysa Arena on Friday night. Minot got on the board early in the first, followed by two goals in the second including one short-handed. A solo power-play tally was not enough for the Lopes’ as the Beavers closed it out with an answer of their own on the man advantage. Minot State got the scoring started at 5:12 of the first period. Two more would come their way in a six-minute and three-second span during the middle frame, followed by matching power-play goals to round out the third period. GCU broke through at 4:51 of the third to end the shutout effort. Both teams will meet again at Maysa Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Reece Henry and Josh Pederson both netted their third goal of the season, with Henry getting the ice breaker. Carter Barley assisted on Pederson’s short-handed goal that opened the second period. Reid Arnold tallied his ninth goal from Logan Cyca and Sheldin Howard. After Grand Canyon’s top gun Hunter Schmitz racked up his seventh, the game was put to rest after Jay Buchholz chipped in his sixth goal of the year to give the Beavers some late insurance, with Reid Arnold and Christian Kadolph assisting on the play. Riley Wallace got the start in net and did not disappoint, making 14 saves on 15 shots with a solid defensive effort in front of him. The Beavers took care of business against the Grand Canyon Antelopes in the first of a two-game series. Minot State also grabs their fourth victory all-time versus Grand Canyon. After intermission, Minot State held on to its advantage and owned a 56-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Minot State played well near the basket, scoring six of its 12 points in the paint. Minot State kept its lead intact before going on a 5-0 run, finished off by Ashley Wacha’s three, to grow the lead to 61-44 with 5:45 to go in the contest. The Bemidji State Beavers narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Minot State Beavers still cruised the rest of the way for the 68-56 win. Minot State took advantage of four Bemidji State turnovers in the quarter, scoring three points off of those takeaways.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The old cliché “it was closer than the score indicated” truly fit the NSIC opener for the Minot State men’s wrestling team Friday night. Brendan Barnes and Jake Swirple scored thrilling final-second victories and Wayne Joint added a gutsy win, but No. 25-ranked Minot State fell 29-9 to the fourth-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies. A Huskies team that grabbed a pair of last-second victories, as well, a 12-point swing in the final score as Logen Fischer fell in overtime in his 125-pound match and Kasius Graham also saw a match slip away in the final seconds at 149 pounds. But in the matches the Beavers (2-1 overall, 0-1 NSIC) did win, they were equally thrilling as Swirple, the No. 3 ranked heavyweight in the nation, remained unbeaten with an 8-5 win in overtime. Down late in his match, Swirple scored a takedown in the final minute of round three, tying it 5-5, then a takedown in sudden-victory overtime gave him the win and put the Beavers on the scoreboard down 13-3 in the dual. The very next match again went to overtime as Fischer used a takedown and a four-point near fall late in the third to force the extra session, tied 9-9, before a takedown by Archer Heelan gave St. Cloud State (3-0 duals, 1-0 NSIC) the victory. Minot State answered back at 133 as Joint used an early takedown to grab a 3-0 lead against No. 9-ranked Caleb Meekins, then fended off the Huskies’ Meekins who scored a point for riding time, but that was it in Joint’s 3-1 decision win. The Beavers’ Graham then made his bid for a victory at 149 pounds, leading 13-7 late before a determined rally by Nolan Thorne, who scored a takedown and a four-point near fall to spoil Graham’s plans as Thorne took a 14-13 decision. But the highlight of the night came in the final match of the dual at 165 pounds as Barnes trailed 8-6 late against No. 4 ranked Anthony Herrera but the Beaver junior got a takedown, rolled Herrera on his back and racked up four near-fall points for the thrilling 13-8 upset decision. Minot State now continues a busy weekend today as the Beavers host Southwest Minnesota State at 2 p.m. at the MSU Dome.
MINOT, ND – The Minot Minotauros tallied at 4-3 win in Aberdeen on Friday. Trevor Stachowiak and Jack O’Hanisain scored first period goals, but the Tauros trailed 3-2 after 20 minutes. John Small would tie the game in the second period and Niklas Ketonen got the winner for Minot in the third. Brady James tallied 9 saves in the first period. James Norton minded the net for the second and third periods for the Tauros stopping all 19 shots he faced. Same two teams play again tonight.
DENVER (UND) – Trailing by three just 13 minutes into the game, No. 2 North Dakota mounted a rally behind four goals in the third period to defeat No. 3 Denver, 7-5, on Friday night from a raucous Magness Arena in Denver. UND (12-2-1, 5-0-0 NCHC) stuck for a tetrad of goals over the final 14 minutes of the contest to turn a 5-3 deficit heading into the third into a 7-5 victory to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to eight and remain unbeaten in league play. Jackson Blake struck at the 6:00 mark of the stanza to pull the Fighting Hawks within one, as the sophomore forward danced around his defender and sniped a shot over the shoulder of the DU (10-4-1, 3-2-0 NCHC) goaltender to turn the momentum towards the visiting side. Still down by a goal with under seven minutes to play despite constant pressure, NoDak finally brought the game level at 5-5 when Louis Jamernik V made a great move on a partial breakaway following a slick feed from Dylan James to complete the rally. UND took the lead for the first time since the opening 105 seconds of the contest, as Riese Gaber wired home his eighth goal of the season from his favorite spot on the power play before Cameron Berg extended the advantage to 7-5 just 27 seconds later with his second tally of the night to cap the largest comeback win for the program since Nov. 17, 2017 against these same Pioneers.
All nine of North Dakota’s top forwards recorded at least one point, with Owen McLaughlin and Blake each leading the way with a trio of points on a goal and two helpers apiece. Berg notched his second straight two-goal game on a Friday while Jake Schmaltz returned from injury with a pair of helpers and James also added a goal and an assist for a multi-point outing. Reigning NCHC Rookie of the Week Jake Livanavage notched multiple points for the first time in his career with two helpers and Garrett Pyke recorded the primary assist on Gaber’s game-winning goal to give the Alaska transfer points in three of his last four games. UND jumped out to the start it wanted, with James striking on a deflection off a Schmaltz shot just 1:45 into the game, but DU exploded with four goals in the final 18 minutes of the first period to grab a commanding 4-1 lead at the end of the first. NoDak started to chip away at the deficit in the middle stanza, with McLaughlin and Berg each scoring on slick feeds from Blake and Jayden Perron, respectively, but DU struck right after a power play expired to take a 5-3 advantage into the third period. The final 20 minutes completely belonged to the visitors, striking four times, including a trio of goals in a 3:31 span in the closing six minutes to rally back for the 7-5 win. North Dakota and Denver close out the weekend series tonight at 7:07 p.m. (CT) from Magness Arena.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota men’s basketball team had its six-game winning streak snapped Friday night, falling at Cal State Fullerton 64-54. Eli King led the green and white with 14 points, which matched his career high. He came one board short of a double-double with a team high nine rebounds. B.J. Omot and Brady Danielson tied for the team lead with two assists, while Omot led with two blocks and Amar Kuljuhovic led with two steals. Tsotne Tsartsidze got the Fighting Hawks on the board first with a triple to go up 3-2 in the early going, but the lead was short lived for the Fighting Hawks; who were playing from behind most of the game. Omot made a layup with 12:46 left in the half to put UND up 10-9, but after Fullerton took back the lead NoDak was unable to take it back the rest of the night. Elijah Brooks made the last basket of the first half, but the hosts took a 34-21 lead into intermission. Layups from Treysen Eaglestaff and Kuljuhovic brought UND back within single digits at 34-25 early in the second half, but the Fighting Hawks could not keep the early momentum going as Fullerton went back up double digits. NoDak made their biggest move from 8:56-6:07 in the second half, with an 11-4 run that made it a one possession game at 50-47. King had seven points in the run, with Tsartsidze and Eaglestaff each with two. After a three-point play from CSUF, Omot once again made it a one possession game with a bucket from downtown, but the Fighting Hawks could not pull any closer the rest of the way. NoDak will head east on Highway 91 as they finish up their Los Angeles two-step Sunday against UC Riverside.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team picked up a 93-73 win over Eastern Michigan after burying a season-high 13 three-pointers on Friday night at Scheels Center. Heaven Hamling posted her first 20-point performance and second double-double of the season with a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Grand Rapids, Minn., native shot 5-of-10 from three and added three assists, two steals and one block to her stat line. Elle Evans also tallied 17 points with a team-best five assists. As a team, the Bison (3-4) shot 50 percent (33-66) from the field and 50 percent (13-26) from three with 10 different players in the scoring column. Hamling (23), Evans (17), Abby Schulte (12), Abby Krzewinski (12) and Miriley Simon (11) all reached double figures in scoring. The Bison, who connected on nine triples and shot 69.2 percent from three in the first half, got off to a fast start after Hamling and Krzewinski each netted a three to make the score 6-2 at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter. NDSU then put together a 9-2 run to stretch its lead to 15-4 after a layup from Evans with 6:53 on the clock. NDSU led after the first frame, 29-18. The Bison started the second quarter on a quick 5-0 run to increase the lead to 34-18 after Hamling connected on a fastbreak layup with 9:04 to play in the half. NDSU, who never trailed in the contest, then began to pull way opening up a 20-point advantage, 45-25, following a jumper from Simon at the 5:01 mark. Eastern Michigan wasn’t able to cut the deficit down any further over the final two quarters as NDSU earned the 93-73 victory. NDSU will continue its homestand hosting Mayville State on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m., at Scheels Center.
FARGO, ND (NDSU) – North Dakota State (9-3) goes on the road in FCS playoffs for only the fourth time in program history today as the Bison take on No. 6 seed Montana State (8-3) in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Game time is 2 p.m. CT at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, where Montana State has the longest active home winning streak in Division I at 26 games. North Dakota State forced five turnovers and rolled to a 66-3 victory over Drake in the first round of the FCS playoffs, setting NDSU postseason records for touchdowns (9) and points scored.
This is NDSU’s 50th game in the FCS playoffs, but only the fourth true road game for the Bison excluding 10 national championship game appearances in Frisco, Texas. NDSU hasn’t been on the road for the playoffs since April 2021 when the Bison lost 24-20 in the quarterfinals to eventual national champion Sam Houston State. NDSU’s first FCS playoff appearance in 2010 included two road games, a 42-17 second round win at Montana State and a 38-31 overtime loss to eventual national champion Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals.
Today’s winner will advance to face either Sacramento State (8-4) or No. 3 seed South Dakota (9-2) in next week’s quarterfinal round either Friday, Dec. 8, or Saturday, Dec. 9. NDSU has advanced to an FCS record 13 straight quarterfinals.

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