KHRT Sports – 03/10/24


MINOT, ND – State Qualifier games for Division A and Division B boys basketball were held Saturday.
High School Boys Basketball
Division A State Qualifier – New Town Event Center
R4#3 Killdeer def. R3#2 Stanley, 61-59
R4#2 Beulah def. R3#3 Bottineau, 68-41
Division B State Qualifier – New Town Event Center
R4#3 Our Redeemer’s def. R3#2 Garrison, 57-40
R4#3 Bishop Ryan def. R3#3 Washburn, 58-37
MINOT, ND – First time champions were crowned at the Division AA Girls and Boys State Basketball Tournament.
High School Girls Basketball
Division AA
State Tournament – Bismarck Event Center
5th Place
E2 West Fargo Horace def. W2 Bismarck Legacy, 66-59
3rd Place
E1 Grand Forks Red River def. W1 Minot High, 78-50
E3 Fargo Davies def. W3 Bismarck High, 64-55
High School Boys Basketball
Division AA
State Tournament – Bismarck Event Center
5th Place
W2 Bismarck High def. W3 Bismarck Century, 70-61
3rd Place
E1 Fargo Davies def. W1 Minot High, 70-65 OT
E3 West Fargo Sheyenne def. E2 Fargo North, 78-62
MINOT, ND – The Minot Minotauros recorded a shutout 3-0 win on Saturday to sweep the two games at North Iowa this weekend. Trevor Stachowiak notched two goals and Adam Mahler added another for Minot as Lukas Swedin stopped all 16 shots he faced. The Bulls spent 110 minutes in the penalty box on 16 incidents. With Bismarck also winning, the lead for the Tauros in the NAHL Central Division remains at 9 points.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (MSU) – Minot State’s Craig Schmich dominated on the hill in the opener leading Minot State to a 7-2 victory over Winona State. The Beavers then used a clutch rally in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap to fend off the Warriors for an 8-6 win and a sweep of the teams’ neutral-site NSIC doubleheader at the Sanford Sports Complex on Saturday. The two teams meet for a final game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at noon today.
In the opener, Schmich (1-3) cruised to the complete-game, seven-inning win as he struck out seven and allowed just one earned run in the Warriors two-run opening at-bat. After that, Minot State (7-10 overall, 4-3 NSIC) settled in behind their pitcher, not allowing another run and tacking on four of its own in the third inning to take the lead, and three more in the bottom of the fifth to help ice the win. Ricky Apodaca and Mark Ossanna were the offensive heroes for the Beavers as Apodaca went 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs in the win and Ossanna was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Minot State.
The Beavers carried the game-one momentum into the nightcap and plated four in the first and another run in the second, but Winona State (3-10, 0-3) chipped away with two in the sixth and four in the seventh to tie the game, 6-6. It didn’t stay tied long, though, as a Brent Riddle base knock broke the tie in a two-run bottom of the seventh inning rally for the Beavers, who then held on for the sweep. Riddle finished 3-for-4 with two triples and four RBIs in the win while Apodaca continued to bash the baseball, going 3-for-4 in the nightcap. Brian Parry added two hits and Noah Madas drove in two runs, while Cameron Bagshaw (2-0) earned the win pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief with one strikeout and Devin Marton pitched a scoreless ninth with two Ks for his first save. Jonah Prokott added six strong innings as he struck out seven starting the second game, but he did not figure into the decision.
OMAHA, Neb. (UND) – No. 16/17 Omaha built a 3-0 lead early in the second period and never looked back to complete a weekend sweep over No. 3 North Dakota, 4-1, on Saturday night from Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. UND (24-10-2, 15-8-1 NCHC) will enter the NCHC Quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed and will host Miami in the best-of-three opening round. The Fighting Hawks also remained at No. 3 in the Pairwise Rankings at the conclusion of the weekend, placing them in position to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Jayden Perron scored the lone goal of the evening for NoDak, sniping home his 11th of the season on a great feed from Jackson Blake during a 5-on-3 power play to give the sophomore his 52nd point of the season and 94th of his career. Omaha’s Seth Eisele, who made the unexpected start due to a late scratch to Simon Latkoczy, put together a strong performance with 38 saves on 39 shots against to give the Mavericks their first sweep over North Dakota in program history. The Mavericks jumped out to an early lead, striking at the tail end of a power play just under four minutes into the contest before extending the advantage to 2-0 with a goal in the final two minutes of the stanza. UND started to carry the play in the second period, but Omaha extended its lead to 3-0 just 79 seconds into the frame on a shot through traffic. Perron trimmed the advantage to 3-1 with a rocket on the power play, but UND could not cut into the lead any further despite holding a 16-8 shot advantage in the second. NoDak kept up the pressure in the final 20 minutes, but Omaha sealed the 4-1 victory with an empty netter to put the finishing touches on a weekend sweep. North Dakota will open the NCHC Quarterfinals against Miami on Friday night at 7:07 p.m. from Ralph Engelstad Arena.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (NDSU) – Senior Heaven Hamling scored a season-high 25 points to lead the North Dakota State women’s basketball team to a 72-60 quarterfinal victory over Denver in the Summit League Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Hamling scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, making 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Abbie Draper finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bison. Freshman Avery Koenen pulled down 10 rebounds for her fifth game this season with double-digit boards. Abby Schulte recorded five assists and three steals. The Bison led 39-28 at halftime and scored the first bucket of the second half to go ahead by 13. Denver battled back to pull within four at 53-49 with 2:00 left in the third quarter. NDSU rattled off an 11-0 run to take control, scoring the final seven of the third quarter and the first four points of the fourth to go up 64-49. NDSU shot 46 percent for the game and limited the Pioneers to 36-percent shooting. NDSU improved to 20-10 on the season, reaching the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Bison advance to the semifinals to face either No. 3 seed Oral Roberts or No. 6 seed North Dakota on Monday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Johnny Mundt agreed to terms Friday on a new contract, securing some depth at the position with T.J. Hockenson recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. Mundt was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week. The seventh-year veteran has been with the Vikings the last two seasons, after five years with the Los Angeles Rams. He played in all 17 games last season, posting a career-high 172 receiving yards on 17 catches. The Vikings earlier this week re-signed tight end Nick Muse, who was set to become an exclusive rights free agent. Also under contract is Josh Oliver, who was the blocking-oriented No. 2 tight end behind Hockenson, who tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in Minnesota’s loss to Detroit on Dec. 24. Hockenson had surgery on Jan. 29 and will more than likely miss the start of the regular season.

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