KHRT Sports – 03/04/24


MINOT, ND – This is the final week for the Class A and B Boys Basketball polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA).
FINAL Class A Boys Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)           Record   Polling Points   Last Week
1. Kindred (18)                          21-0               90                1
2. Grafton                                  18-3               67                2
3. Four Winds-Minnewaukan    17-4               52                3
4. Devils Lake                           19-2               43                4
5. Beulah                                  17-3               13                 5
Others receiving votes: Des Lacs-Burlington (18-3)

FINAL Class B Boys Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)        Record   Polling Points   Last Week
1. North Star (14)                    21-1           182                 1
2. Bishop Ryan (2)                  20-2           168                 3
3. Bowman County (3)            20-1           160                 4
4. Westhope-Newburg            20-2            128                5
5. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier   19-3            109                7
6. Hankinson                           18-3             93                 8
7. Wilton-Wing                         19-3             70                6
8. Williston Trinity Christian     18-3             45               RV
9. Garrison                               17-5            28               NR
10. Linton-HMB                        18-4            25                9

Other receiving votes: Sargent County (16-6), Glen Ullin-Hebron (19-3), Alexander (16-4)
MINOT, ND – Region Tournaments for Division A and B boys basketball begin today. We’ll broadcast select games from each of the local tournaments.
High School Boys Basketball
Division A
Region 3 Tournament – Minot State Dome
#1 Stanley vs #9 New Town, 3 pm (HEARD ON 106.9 FM)
#4 South Prairie-Max vs #5 Turtle Mountain, 20 min after (HEARD ON 106.9 FM)
#2 Des Lacs-Burlington vs #7 Nedrose, 20 min after (HEARD ON 106.9 FM)
#3 Bottineau vs #6 Rugby, 20 min after
High School Boys Basketball
Division B
Region 4 Tournament – New Town Event Center
D7#1 Williston Trinity Christian vs D8#4 T-G-U, 3 pm
D8#2 Westhope-Newburg vs D7#3 Kenmare-Bowbells, 20 min after (HEARD ON 1320 AM)
D8#1 Bishop Ryan vs D8#4 Powers Lake-Burke Central, 20 min after (HEARD ON 1320 AM)
D7#2 Alexander vs D8#3 Our Redeemer’s, 20 min after (HEARD ON 1320 AM)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (MSU) – It is wait and see time for the Minot State men’s basketball team. The Beavers out-rebounded the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs 35-26, but fell 85-68 at Sanford Pentagon on Sunday in the NSIC quarterfinals as the Mustangs put together as second-half surge to take the win. Now Minot State must await its NCAA National tournament fate with the selection show scheduled for 10 p.m. (Minot time) next Sunday, March 10 The selection show airs on The Beavers earned their first-ever NCAA Top 25 ranking this season, beat No. 1 ranked Minnesota State, Mankato, and matched an NCAA-era school record for wins with 20. They entered the NSIC Tournament ranked No, 6 in the NCAA Central Region poll, putting them on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Beavers (20-9) had three players score in double figures on Sunday, led by Connor Hollenbeck, who had 16 points and seven rebounds. Michael Jok tacked on 11 points and two steals and Ben Bohl chipped in as well with 11 points. Led by Caleb Van De Griend’s two offensive rebounds, Minot State did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 14 boards that resulted in 12 second-chance points. After falling behind 20-9, Minot State went on a 6-0 run with 8:59 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Bohl, to narrow its deficit to 20-15. The Beavers continued to close the gap, cutting the Southwest Minnesota State lead to 37-35 by the end of the first half. Southwest Minnesota State kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 67-53 advantage before Minot State went on a 6-0 run to shrink the deficit to 67-59 with 8:35 to go in the contest. Southwest Minnesota State responded and outscored the Beavers the rest of the way, ending the game with a final score of 85-68. Minot State got out on the break in the period, scoring nine fast-break points.
DENVER, Colo. (MSU) – It took a few extra innings but the Beavers walked off the field winners Sunday in Colorado. Grant Gabbert’s 3-run home run in the top of the 11th inning proved to be the final decisive blow for Minot State, which won a see-saw battle over the Colorado Christian Cougars, 17-15 in non-conference baseball on Sunday. Gage Yost (1-2) picked up the victory out of the bullpen for Minot State (3-9 overall). The right-hander went 42.1 innings, giving up two runs, both of them earned, on four hits, allowing no walks and striking out two. Cameron Bagshaw also made an impact on the mound for the Beavers, throwing two innings, giving up two runs, zero earned, on no hits, with one walk and one strikeout. At the plate, the Beavers were led by Gabbert, who went 3-for-5 on the day with a home run, a walk and four RBI. Brent Riddle furnished a noteworthy performance at the plate as well, going 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI. Ricky Apodaca also helped out for Minot State, putting together two hits in five trips to the plate while adding two doubles, a walk and three RBI. The Beavers scored in eight different innings on the way to the win. After holding the lead two different times earlier in the ballgame, Minot State broke a 14-14 tie and took the lead for good at 17-14 in the 11th inning The big hit for the Beavers in the inning was a three-run home run off the bat of Gabbert. Riddle had a 3-run homer in the top of the 2nd inning to put Minot State on top 4-0 at the time. Apodaca added an RBI double in the inning to push the Beavers lead to 6-0.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 32 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-88 on Sunday in a physical and defensive game between two of the top four teams in the Western Conference. Norman Powell matched a season high with 24 points, and Paul George added 15 points but shot just 5 of 16 from the field and was 3 of 11 from 3-point range. The Clippers played without Russell Westbrook after he fractured his left hand in a home victory over Washington on Friday night. Ivica Zubac returned after missing two games with an illness. Anthony Edwards scored 27 points for Minnesota, which dropped a half-game behind Oklahoma City for the West lead when the Thunder won at Phoenix later Sunday. The Timberwolves lost back-to-back games for just the third time this season. The Timberwolves host Portland on Monday night.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov posted his second hat trick in less than two weeks, scoring the go-ahead goal with 3:59 left to lift the Minnesota Wild past the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night. Frederick Gaudreau also scored for the Wild, who outshot the Sharks 32-15 and stopped a three-game losing streak. Filip Gustavsson finished with 12 saves. Former Wild centers Mikael Granlund and Nico Sturm each scored to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead in the second period, and Anthony Duclair made it 3-2 for San Jose off an unassisted breakaway just 23 seconds into the third period. Kaapo Kahkonen had 28 saves and fell to 0-7-1 in his last eight starts. The Sharks are 1-7-2 in their last nine games.

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