K-Heart Sports – 12/31/23


MINOT, ND – A full week of holiday basketball finished with the Boys Hoopster Classic in Minot on Saturday.
High School Boys Basketball
Hoopster Classic – Minot Auditorium – Saturday
Westhope-Newburg def. Powers Lake-Burke Central, 82-37
Stanley def. Thompson, 62-34
Bishop Ryan def. North Prairie, 57-29
Dickinson Trinity def. Rugby, 55-35
Four Winds-Minnewaukan def. Beulah, 59-46
Velva def. St. John, 77-40
Our Redeemer’s def. Hazen, 63-59
Valley City Holiday Shootout
Killdeer def. Dunseith, 67-35
Kindred def. Turtle Mountain, 75-39
Shiloh Christian def. Valley City, 81-63

High School Girls Basketball
Valley City Holiday Shootout
Bottineau def. Four Winds-Minnewaukan, 68-49
Valley City def. Killdeer, 64-49
Shiloh Christian def. Dunseith, 59-32
Central Cass def. Turtle Mountain, 67-48
MINOT, ND – The Minotauros scored a 4-3 shootout win over the Bismarck Bobcats last night at Maysa Arena. After Trent Anifinson scored for the Cats, John Small responded for the Tauros to even the score at 1-1 after the first period. Bismarck scored first in the second period on a tally by Tommy Conin, but Minot responded to light the lamp twice in the middle frame on goals by Cayden Casey and Jack O’Hanisain making it 3-2. The Cats would tie it at 3-3 less than a minute into the third period on a goal by Patrick Johnson. No one scored in overtime, leading to the shootout. Tamas Toth scored for Bismarck in the shootout, while Tauros got tallies from Niklas Ketonen and Jack O’Hanisain to get the win, 4-3. Brady James made 33 saves for Minot as they extended their winning streak to six in a row. The Tauros now lead the NAHL Central Division by 10 points over the Bobcats. The final game in the series is tonight in Bismarck.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s basketball team got a 32-point showing from the bench on the way to a 76-61 win over the Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles in a non-conference game at the MSU Dome on Saturday. The Beavers (9-3 overall, 4-2 NSIC) had three players score in double figures, led by Jalen Cook, who had 15 points. Khari Broadway tacked on 15 points and Michael Jok helped out with 14 points, six rebounds and five steals. Minot State took advantage of fantastic ball movement in Saturday’s game, piling up 17 assists on 33 made field goals. Individually, Jaxon Gunville was on top of the distribution list for the Beavers with four assists and Broadway also added three assists of his own. Minot State’s defense held Minnesota Crookston to only 39 percent shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles did not have much luck cleaning up their misses on the offensive glass either, as they finished with seven offensive rebounds and managed four second-chance points while Minot State cleared 30 defensive rebounds.
After jumping out to a 3-2 advantage, Minot State went on an 8-0 run with 18:16 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Caleb Van De Griend, to increase its lead to 11-2. The Beavers then added five points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 41-27 advantage. Minot State did most of its first-half damage in the paint, scoring 24 of its 41 points close to the basket. Minot State kept its lead intact before going on a 9-0 run, finished off by Gunville’s three, to grow the lead to 70-49 with 4:13 to go in the contest. The Golden Eagles narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Beavers still cruised the rest of the way for the 76-61 win. Minot State took care of business in the paint, recording 18 of its 35 points in the lane.
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – The Minot State women’s basketball team started strong and never let up, holding South Dakota Mines to just 11.8 percent from beyond the arc in a 2-for-17 shooting performance on the way to an 81-51 win against the Hardrockers in non-conference basketball at the MSU Dome on Saturday. The Beavers (4-11 overall, 1-5 NSIC) had five players score in double figures, led by Sydney Gustavsson, who had 18 points and four steals. Maya Aguilar tacked on 16 points and three steals off of the bench and Lorelei McIver helped out with 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Minot State utilized fantastic ball movement in Saturday’s game, piling up 17 assists on 26 made field goals. Individually, Vilborg Jonsdottir was on top of the distribution list for the Beavers with five assists and Taylor Goss also added four assists of her own. The Minot State defense held South Dakota Mines shooters to only 34.8 percent from the field, including 11.8 percent from three-point range.
After jumping out to a 13-4 advantage, Minot State went on an 8-0 run with 3:32 left in the first quarter, culminating in a three from Aguilar, to increase its lead to 21-4. The Beavers then added two points to that lead by the end of the period and entered the quarter-break with a 25-6 advantage. Minot State capitalized on five South Dakota Mines turnovers in the period, turning them into seven points on the other end of the floor. Minot State kept its first-quarter lead intact before going on an 8-0 run starting at the 8:31 mark in the second period, highlighted by a three from Gustavsson, to increase its lead to 33-12. The Beavers kept that lead for the remainder of the period and enjoyed a 46-25 advantage heading into halftime. Minot State was strong from deep in the period, knocking down three three-point shots to account for nine of its 21 points. Following intermission, Minot State continued to expand its advantage, pushing it to 55-30 before going on an 8-0 run to expand its lead further to 63-30 with 6:34 to go in the third. Before the third period was over, the Beavers added two points to that lead and entered the fourth quarter with a 71-36 edge. Minot State played well near the basket, scoring 14 of its 25 points in the paint. The Beavers then held on for the victory in the fourth quarter. Minot State got a boost from its bench in the period, with non-starters scoring three of its 10 total points.
DENVER, CO. (MSU) – The Minot State men’s hockey team wrapped up their first ever weekend of NCAA DI exhibition action after facing off with the University of Denver Pioneers at Magness Arena. The Beavers (17-4-0) had some good moments, but ultimately fell to the Pioneers (12-5-1) by a final score of 9-3. It was another opportunity for Minot State to get an extended look against some of college hockey’s best at the NCAA level. Despite the sizable shot differential, the Beavers held their own against Denver on the scoreboard early. The Pioneers opened the game by filling the net twice. It was only a 2-1 deficit for Minot heading into the second period after the Beavers got on the board with 37 seconds left in the first. That remained until the Pioneers scored two quick goals in the first three minutes of the middle frame. The Pios added two more halfway through the period before the Beavers tallied one of their own. Moving into the third period, it was a pleasant start for Minot State as they cut the lead in half just 59 seconds into the final period of regulation. That would be all the Beavers could gather as Denver finished the game off with three more goals to close it out for the home team. Nonetheless, to get three against top-level competition is impressive for the program to come away with. Sheldin Howard was in the right place at the right time as he made himself noticeable tonight, scoring twice for the Beavers including one on the power play. Ryan Monias became the other goal scorer for Minot after he stuffed home a loose puck past the pad of Freddie Halyk. Both Jake Anthony and Riley Wallace made appearances in the net for Minot State. Anthony started the game, making 28 saves on 35 shots. For Wallace, he had 9 saves on 11 shots. The Beavers made history this weekend marking their first sample size against NCAA competition. They will be back on the road to kick off the 2024 portion of the season when they visit UNLV on January 5 and 6.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – No. 4 North Dakota returned to action following a break of three weeks for the holidays and dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the U.S. Under-18 Team on Saturday night from Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. UND, who was missing four regulars in its lineup due to injuries including starting goaltender Ludvig Persson, dominated the contest from a possession and shot standpoint by finishing the game with a 39-23 shot advantage, but USTNDP netminder Nick Kempf finished with 36 saves and received a little help from his posts to help the U-18’s notch their second win over NoDak in 13 tries. Hobie Hedquist made his first unofficial start between the pipes for the Fighting Hawks, finishing with 19 saves in 62 minutes of action. Freshmen defenseman Nate Benoit and Tanner Komzak also played extended minutes in the lineup, with Bennett Zmolek and Jake Livanavage missing the game due to injury.
The Fighting Hawks jumped on the board first on the power play when Jackson Blake sniped home a shot from the slot just 3:50 into the contest to give the hosts the early advantage, but UND could not extend the lead in the opening stanza to hold a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. It didn’t take long for NoDak to double its lead in the middle frame, however, as Logan Britt banked a shot off a NTDP defender and into the net at the 2:54 mark of the second to increase the advantage to 2-0. The Americans started to find their legs as the period wore on, with James Hagens and Lucas Van Vliet each potting a goal to tie the game at 2-2 heading to the final period of regulation. The U-18’s made it three straight goals early in the third, as Kamil Bednarik finished off a wraparound tuck to give the visitors a 3-2 lead, but Hunter Johannes brought the game level once again with a snipe off the rush just beyond the midway point of the period to send the game into overtime. After a couple of grade-A chances for both sides, Cole Hutson won the game for the NTDP at the 2:25 mark of the extra session to give the Americans the victory in exhibition play. North Dakota opens 2024 with a regular season series against Alaska beginning on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. from the Ralph.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James woke up sick on his 39th birthday, unsure if he’d be able to help the Los Angeles Lakers in their road game Saturday night against the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves. James played and, as he’s done throughout his career, hit a big shot in the closing seconds. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the NBA’s replay center ruled the long jumper with 3.3 seconds left was just a 2-pointer, leaving James to question the replay ruling on his birthday. Anthony Edwards scored 31 points, Naz Reid added 21 off the bench and Minnesota held on to beat Los Angeles 108-106 Saturday night. Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 13 rebounds as Minnesota overcame 19 turnovers to win for the fourth time in five games. Two of those wins have come against Los Angeles and the Timberwolves are now 14-1 at home this season. Los Angeles had a closing push led by James, whose long jumper with 3.3 seconds left was ruled a 2-pointer and confirmed by replay, leaving the Wolves up 107-106. “It’s obviously a 3,” James said. “My foot is behind the line. I mean, you can see the space between the front of my foot and the 3-point line. You can clearly see a white, the wood on the floor. There’s a space in between the front of my foot and the 3-point line. So, you know, Stevie Wonder can see that, champ.” Anthony Davis had 33 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for Los Angeles, which has lost seven of 10 since winning the In-Season Tournament. James, who was questionable for the game with a non-COVID-19 illness, added 26 points. The Timberwolves play at New York on New Year’s Day.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Nino Niederreiter scored two goals and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and Alex Iafallo also scored for Winnipeg, which improved to 9-1-2 in its last 12 games. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,325 at Canada Life Centre. Matt Boldy and Ryan Hartman scored for Minnesota, which had won four in a row. Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson made 19 saves before being replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury to start the third period. Fleury stopped nine shots. The Jets and Wild play again on Sunday in Minnesota.

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