K-Heart Sports – 12/22/23


MINOT, ND – Bishop Ryan held off South Prairie-Max 52-47 Thursday night, in a game we broadcast on K-Heart. The Lions lead throughout and by as many as 15 in the second quarter. Jett Lundeen led the way scoring 12 points. Lundeen made one field goal and connected on 10 of 16 freethrows. Hayden Seay and Mack Shean each added 11 while Jack Passa and Blake Kaylor added 9 points each. The Lions played without Ramsey Walz who was nursing a calf injury. Ethan Dobson tallied a game-high 13 for the Royals. Bishop Ryan stays undefeated at 5-0. The Royals drop to 3-3.
Other scores from the area:
High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
Bismarck Legacy def. Dickinson, 93-80
Class A
Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. #1 Devils Lake, 69-63
#5 Beulah def. Nedrose, 74-30
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Dickinson Trinity, 54-18
Class B
#4 Bishop Ryan def. South Prairie-Max (Class A), 52-47
Garrison def. #10 Flasher, 73-54
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Velva, 67-60
Trenton def. Beach, 61-46
Ray def. South Heart, 61-46

High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
Bismarck Legacy def. Dickinson, 73-34
Class A
#4 Bottineau def. North Prairie (Class B), 66-38
Class B
#8 Trenton def. Beach, 63-28
#9 T-G-U def. North Star, 60-42
Our Redeemer’s def. Drake-Anamoose, 70-33
Berthold def. Velva, 42-40
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. Bishop Ryan, 56-51
Glenburn def. Harvey-Wells County, 62-54
Surrey def. Westhope-Newburg, 69-39
Garrison def. Flasher, 66-63
Tioga def. North Shore-Plaza, 69-22
South Heart def. Ray, 46-18

High School Boys Hockey
Williston def. Bottineau-Rugby, 4-2
Hazen-Beulah def. Bismarck Legacy JV, 3-2
Bismarck Century def. Dickinson, 7-1

High School Girls Hockey
Mandan def. Williston, 2-1
Bismarck Century def. Bismarck High-Legacy, 5-0

High School Boys Swimming & Diving
Minot High def. Bismarck Legacy, 109-77
Minot High def. Bismarck High, 118-68

High School Boys Wrestling
Williston def. Bismarck Legacy, 42-26
Williston def. Turtle Mountain, 66-6
Dickinson def. Bismarck St. Mary’s, 41-29
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Taking advantage of the 3-day early signing period this week, head coach Ian Shields and his staff have added nine talented recruits to the Minot State football roster who will make up the core of the recruiting class of 2024. Signing their National Letter-of Intent in preparation to join the Beavers on the field in the fall of 2024 are transfers Matt Donovan from Bemidji State, Steven Earnest from Taylor University (Ind.), Canaan Boyd from Concordia College Moorhead, Aidan Lee from Garden City Community College (Calif.), Christopher Calhoun II from Hutchinson Community College (Kan.), and Jakob Guzman from College of the Sequoias (Calif.) along with true freshmen Robert Overton from Canada Prep in St. Catharines, Ontario, Kyle “KJ” Cherry from Etiwanda High School in Fontana, California, and local product William Mayo from Surrey/Des Lacs-Burlington High School. NCAA football schools were allowed to early-sign student-athletes for the class of 2024 from Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 22. After Friday, players must wait until the regular national signing day which will be February 7, 2024.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Six of Minot State’s best women’s hockey players will be on the ice representing the West All-Stars at the inaugural Women’s Midwest College Hockey (WMCH) All-Star game in late January hosted by Maryville University (Mo.). Minot State forwards Krissy Rink, Makena Welby, and Paige Kozak, along with defensemen Anna German and Paige Ackerman, and goalie Haylie Biever, all were selected to the team. The West All-Stars will be made up of players from Jamestown, Midland, Minnesota, and Minot State. The East All-Stars include players from Liberty, Lindenwood, host Maryville, and McKendree. The game will be held Sunday, January 28, at noon at the Maryville University Hockey Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, and free for kids under age 10. The game can be watched live online at https://www.youtube.com/@MaryvilleHockey
Ackerman and Kozak lead the Beavers in scoring with five goals and six assists each for 11 points apiece in 20 games. German and Welby have eight points each with two goals and six assists apiece this season with German playing in 18 games and Welby in 20. Rink has five goals and two assists for seven points in 20 games for the Beavers, while Biever has four wins in goal, a 2.36 goals against average, and a 92.3 save percentage for Minot State. The All-Star game wraps up a busy weekend for Minot State which plays at Maryville on Thursday, January 25, at McKendree on Friday, January 26, and at Lindenwood on Saturday, January 27. The Beavers are back in action following the Christmas break hosting Jamestown at the Maysa Arena on Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14. Puck drops is at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota women’s basketball team dropped a nonconference game to Drake, 108-60, Thursday in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Bulldogs set the pace right off the opening tip, knocking down their first of 14 three-pointers just six seconds into the game. Nevaeh Ferrara Horne opened the scoring for the Fighting Hawks, but the Bulldogs would race out to a 16-4 lead three and a half minutes into the first quarter. Back-to-back triples from Kacie Borowicz and Kiyah Hurst pulled the Hawks within six late in the period, but the Bulldogs would knock down a pair of treys to close the first with a 31-23 lead. UND shot .529 percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes, which was their best start from the floor in a first quarter this season. However, the Bulldogs were red-hot to start with a .632 shooting percentage with seven three-pointers. Borowicz poured in 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two treys.
The Hawks offense fell in a rut in the second quarter, as they shot 3-of-20 from the field to trail 51-34 at halftime. UND had second chance opportunities with five offensive rebounds but would score just two points off the extra possessions. Drake attempted just 10 shots in the second quarter but made the most out of their trips to the charity stripe by connecting on all 10 free throw attempts. The Hawks cut the Drake lead to five points, 28-33, following two free throws from Jayla Owen, but the Bulldogs built their lead back to double-digits following an 8-0 run. Looking to build momentum out of the intermission, Borowicz buried a three-pointer in the opening possession, but the Bulldogs answered with nine straight points to push their advantage back to double-digits. Drake held the Hawks at distance throughout the second half and took their largest lead of the night, 106-58, with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter. North Dakota begins Summit League play next Friday in St. Paul, Minn. against St. Thomas.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State safety Cole Wisniewski was named to the FCS Athletic Directors Association All-America Team on Thursday. In its 11th year, the FCS ADA All-America Team recognizes the the top student-athletes from FCS institutions at 11 different positions. From the 11 All-America Team honorees, an Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be announced Jan. 3 and the recipients will be recognized at the FCS national championship game on Jan. 7. Wisniewski leads the FCS with eight interceptions, which tied the NDSU and Missouri Valley Football Conference single-season records. He also led NDSU with 92 total tackles and five pass breakups. Wisniewski is the 13th NDSU player to be named the top performer in the FCS at their position, joining OL Billy Turner, OL Joe Haeg (twice), DL Kyle Emanuel, P Ben LeCompte, OL Zack W. Johnson, OL Austin Kuhnert, OL Tanner Volson, QB Trey Lance, OL Dillon Radunz, OL Cordell Volson, P Garret Wegner and OL Cody Mauch.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – New North Dakota State head football coach Tim Polasek announced two changes on the NDSU defensive coaching staff Thursday. Linebackers coach Grant Olson has been named NDSU’s defensive coordinator, and defensive ends coach Nick Goeser has been named co-defensive coordinator.
Olson was the NDSU linebackers coach for five seasons under head coach Matt Entz, and he was also the Bison special teams coordinator in 2023. Olson started his coaching career as a student assistant at NDSU in 2014 during Entz’s first year as defensive coordinator. An All-America linebacker during his NDSU playing days from 2010 to 2013, Olson went on to coach as a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 2015 and 2016 under Craig Bohl, and he was the linebackers coach at Indiana State in 2017 and 2018 under Curt Mallory.
Goeser has been at NDSU since 2010 coaching the defensive tackles for 12 seasons before being named defensive line coach in 2022 and defensive ends coach in 2023. He has also spent time as NDSU’s recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. Goeser came to Fargo from Minnesota-Duluth, where he was the defensive line and outside linebackers coach from 2007 to 2009 and was part of a Division II national championship with the Bulldogs in 2008. He also coached defensive ends at Augustana College (Ill.) in 2005 and 2006 and defensive line at Marietta College (Ohio) in 2003 and 2004.
Jason Petrino, who was the safeties coach and defensive coordinator for one season in 2023, will not be retained on the Bison coaching staff.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 27 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past Los Angeles 118-111 on Thursday and hand the Lakers — with LeBron James sitting out on the second night of back-to-back games — their fourth straight loss. The Wolves — also playing for a second straight night — tied Boston at 21-6 for the NBA ‘s best record. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points for Minnesota before limping to the locker room for further examination on a lower-leg injury — Finch said Towns took a “bang” but had no update on his condition — with 5:07 left. By then, the Wolves were awake after a sleepy third quarter. Mike Conley finished with 16 points, eight assists and two of the team’s 13 steals and Rudy Gobert had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks as the Wolves avoided consecutive losses for the first time this season and improved to 12-1 at home. Anthony Davis had 31 points and eight rebounds, and Rui Hachimura — in the starting lineup with James out to rest tendinitis in his ankle — scored 18 points as the Lakers fell to 1-5 since winning the NBA In-Season Tournament. They’re 15-14 overall and 5-11 on the road. The Timberwolves play at Sacramento on Saturday.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored with 4.9 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Kaprizov took a pass from Marcus Johansson and beat Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault to help the Wild avoid a shootout. It was Kaprizov’s third goal in two games after scoring twice against Boston on Tuesday. Thursday was the fourth overtime game for the Wild in their last five contests. Defenseman Brock Faber scored his second career NHL goal, Matt Boldy also scored and Marco Rossi had a goal, two assists and a fight for a “Gordie Howe hat trick” to spark the Wild. Kaprizov was previously scoreless for six straight games before a two-goal night in Boston on Tuesday. He finished with three points for his 71st career multi-point game. Thursday’s tally with seconds left in overtime was the third game-winner for Kaprizov this season, and his second in as many games. Filip Gustavsson made 22 saves in the win. Montembeault stopped 20 shots in the loss. The Wild host the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority approved Thursday a $1.3 million project for new artificial turf at U.S. Bank Stadium before the 2024 season, putting the Vikings on track to play on a surface the NFL has assessed as less of an injury risk than the venue’s current field. The state agency finalized the cost at its regular meeting. The slit film turf that was installed in 2019 will be torn up early next year and replaced by a monofilament surface that league and union data have determined to be safer and the most like natural grass. The NFL Players Association has called for all stadiums to switch to grass. When Minnesota played Kansas City on Oct. 8, Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (ankle) — two of the league’s most prolific players — were each injured when they slipped on the turf. The Detroit Lions, New York Giants and New York Jets are teams whose stadiums have recently replaced the slit film turf. The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals are the only clubs left currently playing on that style. There’s certainly no guarantee of injury prevention, though. The Miami Dolphins recently criticized the new surface at MetLife Stadium after linebacker Jaelen Phillips tore an Achilles tendon.

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