KHRT Sports – 02/25/24

MINOT, ND – Minot High finished 3rd at the State Hockey Tournament.
High School Girls Hockey
State Tournament – Fargo
5th Place
#1 West Fargo United def. #7 Devils Lake, 5-4 OT
3rd Place
#4 Grand Forks def #3 Mandan, 3-0
#2 Fargo North-South def. #8 Bismarck Century, 5-1
High School Boys Hockey
State Tournament – Scheels Arena in Fargo
5th Place
E3 Fargo North def. W3 Bismarck Century, 2-1
3rd Place
W2 Minot def. E4 Fargo South, 5-2
#2 Grand Forks Red River def. E1 Grand Forks Central, 4-2
MINOT, ND – State Qaulifier games for Division A and B girls basketball were held on Saturday.
High School Girls Basketball
Division A
State Qualifier – Minot Auditorium
South Prairie-Max def. Hazen, 58-23
Watford City def. Turtle Mountain, 58-48
Division B
State Qualifier – Minot Auditorium
Central McLean def. T-G-U, 75-43
Kenmare-Bowbells def. Grant County/Mott-Regent, 60-42
High School Girls Basketball
Division A
State Tournament – Minot State Dome
Quarterfinal – (Thu 2/29)
#2 Bottineau vs #7 Valley City, 3 pm
#3 Devils Lake vs #6 Northern Cass, 2:45 pm
#1 Thompson vs #8 Watford City, 6:30 pm
#4 Shiloh Christian vs #5 South Prairie-Max, 8:15 pm
High School Girls Basketball
Division B
State Tournament – Jamestown Civic Center
Quarterfinal – (Thu 2/29)
#2 Bowman County vs #7 Maple River, 3 pm
#3 Central McLean vs #6 Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, 2:45 pm
#1 May-Port-CG vs #8 Kenmare-Bowbells, 6:30 pm
#4 Sargent County vs #5 Our Redeemer’s, 8:15 pm
MINOT, ND – Other scores:
High School Boys Basketball
Division A
Standing Rock def. New Town, 67-49

High School Girls Gymnastics
State Meet – Dickinson
Individual All Around
T1. Aspen Roadamel – Dickinson, 38.700
T1. Elizabeth Karsky – Dickinson, 38.700
3. Reygan Strommen – Dickinson, 38.233
4. Brooklyn Wariner – Dickinson, 37.817
5. Haley Conklin – Minot High, 37.517
12. Gracyn Bergan – Minot High, 35.767
14. Keira Davis – Minot High, 35.550
15. Pavyn Peterson – Minot High, 35.467
19. Lexi McLeod – Minot High, 34.333

High School Boys Swimming & Diving
WDA Championships – Mandan
1. Bismarck Century, 358
2. Minot High, 357
3. Bismarck High, 320.5
4. Bismarck Legacy, 264
5. Williston, 261
6. Jamestown, 208
7. Dickinson, 175.5
8. Mandan, 159
Senior Athlete of the Year: Matt Boen of Minot High
MINOT, ND – The Minot Minotauros got goals from Nicholas Sewecke and Cayden Casey in the first period, Jack O’Hanisain, Colby Woogk, and John Emmons in the second and won 5-1 on Saturday to earn a split with Austin. Lukas Swedin stopped 25 of 26 Bruin shots. Penalties were frequent as the teams combined for 23 penalites and 44 minutes in the box. Bismarck lost to Abereen, so the Tauros gain a couple points back and now lead the Bobcats by six points as they sit atop the NAHL Central Division standings.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (MSU) – Connor Hollenbeck and Caleb Van De Griend both recorded double-doubles to help lead the Minot State men’s basketball team over the Sioux Falls Cougars 79-55 on the road Saturday in the NSIC regular-season finale for both teams. With the win Minot State match its most wins in a season as an NCAA program with 20 and also secured the No. 4 seed in the NSIC and an automatic berth in the NSIC Tournament quarterfinals. Minot State returns to Sioux Falls next weekend for a quarterfinal game on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the Sanford Pentagon against the winner of a first-round game Wednesday night in the NSIC Tournament. The Beavers (20-8 overall, 15-7 NSIC) had four players score in double figures, led by Hollenbeck, who put together a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Khari Broadway tacked on 19 points and seven rebounds and Van De Griend helped out with a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Led by Hollenbeck’s four offensive rebounds, Minot State did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 11 boards that resulted in 14 second-chance points. Minot State’s defense held Sioux Falls to only 27 percent shooting from the field, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. After jumping out to a 26-22 advantage, Minot State went on a 9-0 run with 2:00 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Broadway, to increase its lead to 35-22, a score that would hold until halftime. Minot State kept its lead intact before going on a 9-0 run, finished off by Hollenbeck’s jumper, to grow the lead to 44-29 with 15:32 to go in the contest. The Beavers kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way for the 79-55 win. Minot State took care of business in the paint, recording 22 of its 44 points in the lane.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (MSU) – The Beavers earned their first trip to the postseason since 2019-20 in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon. Needing a win to avoid tie-breakers and automatically punch its ticket to the NSIC Tournament, the Minot State women’s basketball team erased a 15-point deficit with six minutes left to play and toppled host Sioux Falls 65-64 in the final regular season game for both NSIC foes. With the victory, the Beavers secured the 10th seed in next week’s NSIC Tournament as they tied with the Cougars with matching 7-15 NSIC records, but Minot State wins the head-to-head tie-break by virtue of sweeping Sioux Falls this season, beating them 62-60 at the MSU Dome in January and securing Saturday’s 65-64 victory. The Beavers (10-21 overall) next will play in the NSIC Tournament first round on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 7th-seeded St. Cloud State. The Huskies won both meetings with the Beavers this season. Lorelei McIver hit a buzzer-beating shot with just two seconds left on the clock to lead the Minot State women’s basketball team past the Sioux Falls Cougars. The Beavers had four players score in double figures, led by Maya Aguilar, who had 14 points, six rebounds and six steals. Sydney Gustavsson tacked on 13 points and three steals and McIver chipped in as well with 11 points. Led by Gustavsson’s four offensive rebounds, Minot State did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 11 boards that resulted in seven second-chance points. Minot State forced 25 Sioux Falls turnovers while committing 18 themselves in Saturday’s game. The Beavers turned those takeaways into 27 points on the offensive end of the floor. Aguilar’s six steals led the way for Minot State.
TOPEKA, Kan. (MSU) – The Minot State Beavers fell 4-3 in an eight-inning matchup to the Central Missouri Jennies on Saturday in non-conference play at the Washburn Invitational. Senior Gabi Dawyduk (1-3) started and took the loss in the circle for Minot State. The right-hander went eight innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on nine hits, allowing no walks and striking out four. In the batter’s box, the Beavers were paced by junior Chesie McLaughlin, who went 1-for-2 on the day with a home run and an RBI. Junior Abbey Kelley put together a standout effort as well, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Dawyduk also chipped in for Minot State, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding a double and an RBI.
Central Missouri 4, Minot State 3, 8 innings
Trailing 1-0, the Beavers first put runs on the board in the fifth inning. Minot State got on the board thanks to Kelley’s RBI double with two outs. The Jennies then scored two runs to retake their advantage heading into the sixth inning, when the Beavers responded by getting back on the scoreboard themselves. Junior Hannah Murray came across to score the lone run of the inning for Minot State, which brought the score to 3-2 in favor of the Jennies. Minot State held the Jennies off the scoreboard before rallying to tie it up at three in the seventh. The Beavers scored a run on McLaughlin’s leadoff home run off junior Amanda Hansen. Central Missouri then scored one in the eighth inning to break the tie and grab the 4-3 win.
Washburn 7, Minot State 1
The Minot State Beavers fell to the Washburn Ichabods 7-1 despite the efforts of junior Abby Lohse, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Saturday in the Beavers final game at the Washburn Invitational. Junior Reegan Floyd (1-2) started and took the loss in the circle for Minot State (5-7 overall). At the plate, the Beavers were paced by Lohse, who went 2-for-3 on the day with a double and an RBI. Senior Taryn Bennett put together a standout day at the dish as well, going 1-for-3 with a double. Senior Lauryn DeGuzman also chipped in for Minot State, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding a double. The Beavers were trailing 7-0 in the fifth inning when they put runs on the board. Minot State got on the board thanks to Lohse’s RBI double with two outs. The Beavers were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.
MANKATO, Minn. (MSU) – The weekend belongs to Minot State’s Bailey Wride. The freshman middle-distance runner stole the show for the Beavers this weekend, writing her name into the Minot State record books on Friday then breaking her own record while claiming her first NSIC Championship on Saturday in the women’s 600 meters at the NSIC Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Minnesota State, Mankato. Friday Wride broke the NCAA Division II record in the 600 meters, qualifying for Saturday’s finals with a time of 1 minute, 38.32 seconds. She broke the old record of 1:38.81 run by Whitney Hanson in 2020. Saturday, she shattered her own record and the all-time school record in the event while blowing past her NSIC competitors as well, racing to her first NSIC championship in a time of 1:36.76 to win the 600 meters. That time broke the all-time Minot State record in the event of 1:37.67 run by Vicky Anderson in 2004. Wride’s win helped power the Minot State women to a ninth-place team finish out of 14 teams as the Beavers scored 18 points.
Wride also earned All-NSIC honors with her championship and was the lone Beaver to do so on the weekend, though a few other Minot State student-athletes came close as they scored for the Beavers. That included teammate Sidra Sadowsky who was fourth in women’s 800 meter in 2:17.53 on Saturday, missing All-NSIC honors by one spot. Wride and Sadowsky also teamed up on Friday with Paulette Dominguez, and Nicole Reeves to set one more all-time school record for the Beaver ladies as they finished sixth in the medley relay in 12:16.86, breaking the previous all-time record of 12:33.35 run by Sadowsky, Alica Murillo, Emily Hansen, and Caitlin Cornell in 2022.
On the men’s side, Minot State finished 10th out of 11 teams with 11 points. Peyton Tuhy led the way as he broke the NCAA Division II-era record in the men’s 1,000 meters in the prelims on Friday with a time of 2:31.88, then finished sixth in the finals on Saturday in 2:32.32, one of three Minot State individuals to score for the Beavers. Jasiah Hambria added to Minot State’s team score as he also was sixth in the men’s high jump clearing 6 feet, 7 inches, and Jacob Jensen was seventh in mile in 4:17.15 for the Beavers. The Minot State men’s 4×400-meter relay team also added points to the team total as Ramon Duran, Francis Short Bull, Nathan Trujillo-Aragon, and Devontae Daley were sixth in 3:21.70.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State junior Andrew Morgan scored 27 points to lead the Bison men’s basketball team to a thrilling 73-68 victory over North Dakota on Saturday afternoon inside a packed Scheels Center. The Bison improved to 17-7 over 24 meetings against UND in the Division I era. NDSU has now won 11 of the past 14 games against the Fighting Hawks. With the win, NDSU climbed to 8-6 in the Summit League and third place in the league standings. Morgan made 11-of-15 shots in the game, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. The Bison trailed 61-54 with 6:30 remaining in the contest. A slashing, acrobatic bucket by Damari Wheeler-Thomas, a dunk by Morgan, and a three from Morgan sent the 5,058 fans into a frenzy and put the Bison up 62-61 with five minutes left. NDSU outscored UND 19-7 over the final 6:30 to pull out the win. The Bison shot 49 percent for the game and limited UND to 37-percent shooting. Boden Skunberg scored 15 points for NDSU, and Jacari White had 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Noah Feddersen led the Bison with eight rebounds. NDSU plays at South Dakota on Feb. 29 and hosts South Dakota State for the regular season finale on Mar. 2.
FARGO, N.D. (UND) – The North Dakota men’s basketball team was back in action on Saturday after a week off, looking for the first season sweep of North Dakota State in the Division I era. It was a back-and-forth game at Scheel’s Arena but ultimately NDSU prevailed at home. B.J. Omot led the Fighting Hawks with 22 points, while Amar Kuljuhovic notched his eighth double-double of the campaign with 13 points and 11 rebounds (a team high), and Tyree Ihenacho led with seven assists. The Fighting Hawks will play the last two games of the regular season at home next week with South Dakota State on Thursday then South Dakota next Saturday.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team dismantled North Dakota, 107-80, to extend its win streak to seven games on Saturday afternoon at Scheels Center in front of 2,502 fans. With the win, the Bison complete the regular season sweep of North Dakota and improve to 18-9 (12-2 Summit) on the season. NDSU also pushed its season-best win streak to seven games, which is the longest winning streak for the Bison since winning 24 straight in the 2004-05 season. Additionally, head coach Jory Collins notched his 73rd win with the Bison to move into second place all-time in program history behind Amy Ruley, who won 671 career games. NDSU had six players reach double figures in scoring with Elle Evans setting the pace with her third straight 20-point performance with 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three. Heaven Hamling poured in 17 points with a game-high five assists. Abby Schulte filled her stat line with 15 points, career-high six steals, five rebounds and four assists. Miriley Simon (15), Abbie Draper (14) and Leah Mackenzie (11) also reached double digits in scoring. As a team, the Bison drained 15 three-pointers on 23 attempts with seven different players contributing at least one. That mark is tied for the fifth-most all-time and one away from the program record of 16, which the Bison have reached in four separate games. NDSU also shot 59.6 percent (34-57) from the field and 75.0 percent (24-32) from the free throw line. NDSU got off to fast start shooting 63.2 percent from the field in the opening quarter to build up a 31-16 lead at the 1:10 mark after Evans drained a triple. The Bison then stretched their advantage to 40-21 in the second frame after Draper connected on a layup with 8:19 to play in the half. NDSU led at the intermission, 56-43. The Fighting Hawks (9-18, 5-9 Summit) attempted to rally in the third quarter trimming the deficit down to 10, 70-60, following a pair of free throws from Kiera Pemberton at the 2:51 mark. The Bison responded closing the quarter on an 8-2 run capped off by jumper from Hamling to make the score 83-63. NDSU went on close out the final 10 minutes to secure the regular season series over North Dakota, 107-80. NDSU will be back in action hosting South Dakota on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m., at Scheels Center.
FARGO, N.D. (UND) – Kacie Borowicz poured in a career-high 40 points, but the North Dakota women’s basketball team fell 107-80 to North Dakota State Saturday in the Scheels Center. Borowicz’s scoring output increased in all four quarters and she was efficient from all three levels of the floor converting 16-of-26 field goal attempts and 3-of-5 from deep. Borowicz tallied 13 of UND’s 17 points in the fourth quarter on 4-of-5 shooting. The Fighting Hawks will travel to Brookings, S.D. next Thursday for a meeting with South Dakota State at 7:00 p.m.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – Sophomore forward Dylan James scored a pair of highlight goals in the third period to help No. 4/5 North Dakota defeat Minnesota Duluth, 4-2, and notch a weekend sweep on Saturday night from Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. With the sweep, UND (22-8-2, 13-6-1 NCHC) remains in first place in the NCHC standings and holds a three-point lead over St. Cloud State with four regular season games (12 points) remaining. The Fighting Hawks are also just one point away from clinching home ice for the NCHC Quarterfinals, awarded to the top-4 teams in the league standings. James broke a 2-2 deadlock in the third period with his second two-goal game of his career to help the Fighting Hawks complete a regular season sweep over Minnesota Duluth (10-17-4, 6-13-1 NCHC) for the first time since the 2015-16 season. Fellow sophomore forward Jackson Blake continued his torrid offensive weekend with a pair of assists to give the Eden Prairie, Minn., native seven points (1G, 5A) over the two games while Jayden Perron and Jackson Kunz each struck for a goal in the victory. Ludvig Persson saw his shutout streak against Minnesota Duluth end in the second period at 152:45, but finished with 26 saves on 28 shots to improve to 19-8-2 this season between the pipes. It was a slower start to the game offensively in the finale, with neither side generating too many quality scoring chances in the opening stanza. UND was able to finally get on the board with just under three minutes remaining in the period, as Perron pounced a loose puck in the slot and tucked home his second goal of the weekend and 10th of the season to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. NoDak doubled its advantage early in the second, as Blake beat his defender and feathered a perfect pass to Kunz streaking to the far post who finishes off his fifth goal of the season to extend the lead to 2-0. Minnesota Duluth was able to answer back, however, potting back-to-back goals in just over three minutes of play to knot the contest at 2-2 heading into the third. James took over in the third period, giving UND the lead by racing past the defender, cutting to the slot and tucking the puck past the goaltender just over four minutes into the frame to put the Hawks in front, 3-2. The sophomore added the fourth tuck of the night for the hosts as Owen McLaughlin flipped a puck from UND’s defensive zone into space for James to use his speed and bury his second of the game to seal the 4-2 victory and weekend sweep. North Dakota will remain home for a weekend series with Western Michigan beginning on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. from the Ralph.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, punctuated by a dunk in the final minute, as the Minnesota Timberwolves took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a 101-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points for Minnesota, which bounced back from a loss Friday to Milwaukee. The Timberwolves are now 5-2 this season on the second night of back-to-backs. Cam Thomas led Brooklyn with 18 points. Nets leading scorer Mikal Bridges, who entered Saturday averaging 21.7 points per game, added 15 points. The win puts the Timberwolves a half-game ahead of idle Oklahoma City in the conference. The Nets fell to 0-2 under interim head coach Kevin Ollie. Ollie took over for Jacques Vaughn, who was fired during the All-Star break. The Timberwolves host San Antonio on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had two goals and an assist, Mats Zuccarello added a career-high four assists and the Minnesota Wild beat the Seattle Kraken 5-2 on Saturday night. Marcus Johansson, Matt Boldy and Dakota Mermis also scored for the Wild, who built a 5-1 lead less than seven minutes into the second period. Marc-André Fleury made 31 saves as Minnesota improved to 7-1-1 since the All-Star break. The Wild have scored 22 goals in their past four games, starting with a franchise-record 10 goals against Vancouver on Monday. Kaprizov has six goals and six assists over that stretch, while extending his point streak to eight games. Minnesota moved into a tie with St. Louis at 62 points and remained two points behind Nashville for the Western Conference’s second wild card spot. Seattle fell three points behind the Wild. The Wild host Carolina on Tuesday night.

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