K-Heart Sports – 12/30/23


MINOT, ND – Lots of boys basketball in town yesterday with the Dale Brown Classic at the Minot State Dome.
High School Boys Basketball
Dale Brown Classic – Minot State Dome
T-G-U def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 56-43
North Prairie def. Velva, 49-37
Westhope-Newburg def. Hazen, 70-52
North Star def. Our Redeemer’s, 43-42
Beulah def. Rugby, 62-49
Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. Dickinson Trinity, 56-31
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Thompson, 49-48
Berthold Shootout
Minot Sophomore B def. Berthold, 69-41
Drake-Anamoose def. Divide County, 59-24
Mandan Holiday Tournament
7th Place
Ray def. New Salem-Almont, 57-55
5th Place
Glen Ullin-Hebron def. Surrey, 64-38
3rd Place
Flasher def. Standing Rock, 61-57
Linton-HMB def. Bottineau, 65-54
Capital City Holiday Shootout – Bismarck State College
New Town def. Center-Stanton, 53-45
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan def. Richardton-Taylor, 65-35
Garrison def. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 74-43
Carrington Shootout
Northern Cass def. Nedrose, 61-42
Stanley def. Carrington, 62-25
Valley City Holiday Shootout
Shiloh Christian def. Turtle Mountain, 74-66
Valley City def. Dunseith, 78-47
Kindred def. Killdeer, 60-31

High School Girls Basketball
Minot North def. Grant Forks Central, 49-48
Watford City def. Williston, 49-33
Berthold Shootout
Berthold def. Minot Sophomores, 54-37
Drake-Anamoose def. Ray, 55-45
Central McLean def. Tioga, 60-40
Capital City Holiday Shootout – Bismarck State College
Richardton-Taylor def. New Town, 46-32
Hettinger-Scranton def. Center-Stanton, 57-32
New England def. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan, 53-25
Kindred def. Kidder County, 78-42
Garrison def. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 60-43
Carrington Shootout
Northern Cass def. Hazen, 56-41
Carrington def. Stanley, 64-28
Valley City Holiday Shootout
Killdeer def. Dunseith, 69-39
Valley City def. Fpur Winds-Minnewaukan, 61-57
Shiloh Christian def. Turtle Mountain, 76-55
Bottineau def. Central Cass, 72-48
MINOT, ND – More boys basketball today in the Magic City with the Hoopster Classic at the Minot Auditorium.
High School Boys Basketball
Hoopster Classic – Minot Auditorium – Saturday
Powers Lake-Burke Central vs Westhope-Newburg, 11 am
Thompson vs Stanley, 12:30 pm
Bishop Ryan vs North Prairie, 2 pm
Dickinson Trinity vs Rugby, 3:30 pm
Beulah vs Four Winds-Minnewaukan, 5 pm
Velva vs St. John, 6:30 pm
Our Redeemer’s vs Hazen, 8 pm
MINOT, ND – The Rumble on the Red Wrestling Tournament was held in Fargo on Thursday and Friday. Bismarck High was the top North Dakota team finishing 8th. Bismarck Century was 14th, Bishop Ryan finished 22nd, Minot High and Bismarck Legacy were tied for 24th. On the girls side, Bismarck High wins with a 207 team total, while Minot was second at 192, Bismarck Legacy finished 3rd with a 186.
MINOT, ND – It was a battle of the team atop the NAHL Central Division standings at Maysa Arena as the Minot Minotauros hosted the 2nd place Bismarck Bobcats. Cayden Casey scored in the first period and added one in the second to go along with a goal by Chad Muller as the Tauros were ahead 3-0 after two periods. Adam Mahler would make it 4-0 midway through the third, before the Cats got goals from Tamas Toth and Chase Beacom to make the final 4-2. Brady James tallied 18 save for the Tauros who host game two of the series tonight before the teams travel to Bismarck to finish up on Sunday. Minot has now won five in a row and leads the Central with 45 points. Bismarck remains in 2nd place with 36 points.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s hockey team completed their first ever NCAA DI exhibition match after taking on the Colorado College Tigers at Ed Robson Arena. The Beavers (17-4-0) fell to the Tigers (9-6-1) by a final score of 7-1. Despite the loss, it was a night that gave Minot State exposure to the NCAA DI level while playing in front of a bigger audience. Kicking things off in period one, it was a less than ideal start for Minot State as Colorado College would fill the net three times in the opening frame. Down 3-0 heading into the second, the Beavers would make things interesting by tallying one of their own before the Tigers ran away with it to secure the win. Reid Arnold scored the only goal for the Beavers at 4:41 of the second period to continue his excellent season. It is the first such goal by Minot State against an NCAA DI program. Jake Anthony got the start in net for Minot and made 31 saves on 38 shots. The Beavers return to action today to wrap up the NCAA DI exhibition series in Denver when they take on the Pioneers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT).
ST. PAUL, Minn. (UND) – The North Dakota women’s basketball team fell in its Summit League opener 95-76 to St. Thomas Friday at Schoenecker Arena. With an and-one midway through the second quarter, Kacie Borowicz cemented herself in North Dakota women’s basketball history by becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer in the Division I era. Borowicz passed Lexi Klabo’s mark of 1,633 points with a season-high 32 points and now sits seventh all-time on the UND scoring list. Alongside her 32 points, Borowicz grabbed a team-high five rebounds, had three steals and three assists. North Dakota returns to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Sunday to host South Dakota State at 12:00 p.m.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota men’s basketball team returned to the Betty Friday night, hosting the St. Thomas Tommies in a matchup of 8-5 teams. The Fighting Hawks were unable to find a rhythm offensively, shooting 30.6% from the floor in the game and losing 70-45. B.J. Omot led UND with 11 points, while Tsotne Tsartsidze led with eight rebounds and Eli King led with four assists. NoDak got on the board first with a free throw from Amar Kuljuhovic at 16:39, then the first field goal was a three from Tyree Ihenacho at 10:37—the start of a 13-7 run that made it a 14 point game at 28-14. But the Fighting Hawks could not get the shots to fall consistently in the half and trailed 41-14 at the intermission. Treysen Eaglestaff came out of the intermission with a three pointer, and UND outscored UST in the second half 31-29. But the hole was too big for the green and white to dig out of as UST took their Summit League opener for both teams. North Dakota will be back on the court on Sunday in Brookings, S.D.; taking on South Dakota State at 2 p.m.
VERMILLION, S.D. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team opened up a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back to earn an 84-69 win over South Dakota to begin Summit League play at Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Friday night. Heaven Hamling led the way with a season-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Elle Evans registered her first double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Abby Krzewinski closed out the top performers tying a season-high 14 points with six rebounds. With the win, the Bison improve to 6-6 (1-0 Summit) overall and start Summit League play 1-0 for the third straight season. It also marks the third consecutive win over South Dakota (10-4, 0-1 Summit) after the Bison swept the regular season series last season.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – South Dakota’s Kaleb Stewart scored 33 points to lead the Coyotes to a 75-66 victory over the North Dakota State men’s basketball team on Friday night. It was the Summit League opener for both schools. The Coyotes shot 49 percent for the game, and NDSU made just 40 percent of its shots. The Bison were 9-of-30 from three-point range and only 3-of-3 at the free throw line. NDSU junior Andrew Morgan scored a season-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead the Bison. Redshirt freshman Noah Feddersen added 13 points, and senior Boden Skunberg finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. The Bison went up by 10 early at 19-9 just over five minutes into the contest. South Dakota countered with a 20-7 run to go ahead 29-26, and the Coyotes led 40-34 at halftime. NDSU (7-7 overall, 0-1 Summit) battled back to tie the game at 46-46 following back-to-back three-pointers by Feddersen and Skunberg. Stewart strung together a personal 8-0 run to give the Coyotes the next eight points, and USD maintained a lead of at least three points for the rest of the game. Junior Jacari White recorded a career-high four steals for NDSU. NDSU will step out of conference play for the Big Sky – Summit League Challenge next week, hosting Montana on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and traveling to Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan. 6.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State safety Cole Wisniewski was named to the 2023 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team on Friday. The team is selected by a vote of sports information directors and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Wisniewski, a senior from Sparta, Wis., 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. The Walter Camp All-America Team has 27 players representing 21 schools and eight FCS conferences.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were enjoying the rarity of a dominant afternoon in Green Bay two months ago, continuing their ascent from an early hole while Packers quarterback Jordan Love’s struggles persisted. Then came the step gone wrong by Kirk Cousins on the Lambeau Field grass. Neither team has been the same since. The Vikings have switched quarterbacks four times — this week back to rookie Jaren Hall — and been stuck in a constant mode of plugging in new starters for injured players all over the field. “We’ve worked through it as a staff, trying to kind of adjust and adapt to what we think is going to give us the best chance to win games, based on the personnel we do have for that particular week, and it’s been different at different times,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “That’s our job as coaches, to continue to find ways to be competitive and find ways to win football games.”
While Love has given the Packers new life with his performance over the last eight games after the 24-10 loss to the Vikings on Oct. 29 dropped their record to 2-5, the injuries have piled around him. The defense has faltered badly, too. “Who knows how long it’s going to take, but I think the exciting part about it is some of those mistakes we were making early on in the season, now we’ve corrected those things and we’re turning them into big-time plays,” Love said. These late-season games between the longtime border-state rivals have frequently meant a division title was on the line, but the Detroit Lions took care of that by clinching the NFC North with their 30-24 win over the Vikings last week. The Packers and Vikings are both 7-8, one game out of a wild-card spot, but the loser Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium can likely forget about making the playoffs. This is just the third season in 17 years that the division won’t go to either the Packers or the Vikings. “It’s always a rollercoaster when you have different quarterbacks like this and the injuries we’ve had on this football team, but I’m still very proud to be a Minnesota Viking, and it’s still really awesome to be in December playing an important football game,” left guard Dalton Risner said.
Love completed just 58.5% of his passes for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Vikings earlier this year. He has 16 touchdown passes and three interceptions in eight games since. “They do a good job of just mixing everything up, keeping you on your toes,” Love said. “That was our first time seeing it, and we’ll have a better plan going into it.” The Vikings have allowed 57 points in the last two games after giving up just 49 points over the four games before that. Their latest blow was a season-ending quadriceps tear for outside linebacker D.J. Wonnum, who matched his career high this year with eight sacks — including two on Love on Oct. 29. With Marcus Davenport sidelined for the last nine games and counting with an ankle injury, the Vikings are down two of their top three pass rushers. “It’s going to be a big loss. We’ve got to try to find a way to overcome,” O’Connell said. “D.J.’s been one of those guys that his improvement and his impact has been critical.”
The Packers have given up an average of nearly 30 points per game over their last three games. After Tommy DeVito (New York Giants) and Baker Mayfield (Tampa Bay) were each named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for their successive performances against them, the Packers allowed Carolina rookie Bryce Young to pass for a career-high 312 yards. They must play the Vikings without top cornerback Jaire Alexander, who’ll serve a one-game suspension for what the Packers termed as conduct detrimental to the team. Alexander played a big role in limiting Justin Jefferson to a career-low one catch for 15 yards last season in a 41-17 win, frequently taunting the 2022 NFL Offensive Player of the Year that day in Green Bay the last time they matched up. Jefferson missed the first game this season with a hamstring injury.
Packers running back Aaron Jones has struggled through hamstring and knee injuries that caused him to miss six games this season, but he’s been coming on strong down the stretch. Jones had 21 carries for 127 yards against Carolina last week to set season highs in both categories. Jones has gained 100-plus scrimmage yards against the Vikings four different times since 2019. The only player with more games of 100-plus scrimmage yards against the Vikings during that stretch is former Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, who’s now with Las Vegas.
Hall, who was the first sub summoned for Cousins, has another audition after the Vikings benched Nick Mullens following six interceptions over the last two games. He was forced out of his first start on Nov. 5 at Atlanta because of a concussion. Hall will have Jefferson to throw to but not tight end T.J. Hockenson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. “We’ve got to go out there and play with a lot of physicality, hold guys up and get off the field on third downs. That’s one thing we can do — and capitalize and get turnovers,” Packers linebacker Quay Walker said. “It’s easy for me to say that, but we’ve actually got to do that.”

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