Sports briefs

Beavers knock off ranked Huskies

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minot State University men’s basketball team held St. Cloud State to 32 percent shooting – including 3-of-20 from the 3-point line – to defeat the 19th-ranked Huskies 68-62 Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchup.

The win marks the first winning streak for the Beavers (4-7 overall, 3-4 NSIC) and the first time the program has knocked off a ranked team since joining NCAA Division II this season.

“I kept telling our guys that after we had a good practice on Monday and on Tuesday and on Wednesday, that we put ourselves in a good spot to win,” MSU first-year coach Matt Murken said in a press release. “We really competed this weekend. It’s great to have a chance to beat a ranked team, but I’m just happy we are getting better.”

The Beavers trailed by as many as 12 in the opening half but led by two at the break after getting hot from behind the 3-point line.

MSU sophomore Thomas Korf knocked down three first-half 3s en route to 12 points. Freshman point guard Dominique McDonald led the Beavers with 14 points, and junior guards Isiah Gandy and E.J. Williams chipped in 10 apiece.

Theo Rothstein had 10 points to pace SCSU (9-2, 5-2).

The Beavers return home for conference games against Upper Iowa on Friday and Winona State (Minn.) on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers drop fifth straight NSIC game

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minot State University women’s basketball team placed three scorers in double figures Saturday, but couldn’t get much scoring from elsewhere and turned the ball over 25 times in a 67-60 loss to St. Cloud State.

After winning their first two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests, the Beavers (6-5 overall, 2-5 NSIC) have dropped five straight in league play.

Senior guard Sacarra Molina led MSU with 15 points and five assists, Carly Boag had 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds and Francesca DeAngelis chipped in 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench. The Beavers trailed by 12 with 12 minutes remaining, but cut it to five four times before time expired.

“We told the kids that the bottom line is we feel we can play with everyone in the league,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said in a press release. “But we have to play hard on every possession, compete for every loose ball and every rebound and I felt for the most part we did that tonight. We walk away with a totally different feeling than last night.”

The Beavers shot 49 percent from the field, but the hot shooting was negated by the Huskies (10-1, 6-1) winning the battles on the boards (36-29) and at the free-throw line (16 makes to MSU’s seven).

Sam Price scored 14 points and Jessica Benson added 13 to pace SCSU.

The Beavers return home for a pair of conference games against Upper Iowa on Friday and Winona State (Minn.) on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

ORCS girls fall just short of upset

BISMARCK – The Our Redeemer’s Christian School girls basketball team nearly earned its biggest win of the young season, losing to ninth-ranked Shiloh Christian 49-48 on Saturday at the Shiloh Invite.

The Knights (3-3) had three players – senior Emily VanLith, junior Jenny Skees and eighth-grader Morgan Olson – in double figures, with Olson leading the way with a game-high 16 points. Olson also had a game-high three 3-pointers for the Knights, who led by two at halftime.

“We hustled all weekend,” Kory Nelson. “We missed some easy shots, but we had a lot of energy going into it. We can take a lot from both games and work to get better.”

Paige Emmel led Shiloh with 15 points, followed by Beth Muggerud with 13.

The Skyhawks (5-1) held a seven-point advantage from the free-throw line, going 18-of-32 from the charity stripe. ORCS hit 50 percent of its free throws, going 11-of-22 from the line.

The Knights travel to Westhope-Newburg on Friday at 7:15 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Sluggish second quarter dooms ORCS boys

BISMARCK – The Our Redeemer’s boys basketball team scored just five points in the second quarter and could not recover from a 17-point halftime deficit in a 70-59 loss at Shiloh Christian in the Shiloh Invite.

The Knights (7-2) outscored the Skyhawks by six points in the first, third and fourth quarters combined, but the second frame was the difference-maker. Shiloh posted 22 points in the second quarter, the most by either team in a stanza.

ORCS’ Logan Sorum had a game-high 20 points, including two of the Knights’ five 3-pointers.

Donavon Lambert led the Skyhawks with 19 points and Walter Bearstail chipped in 12.

The Knights host Velva on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

MSU’s Wilson, Polak impress at tournament

PHOENIX – The Minot State University wrestling team dropped all four duals of the Grand Canyon University Duals on Saturday, falling to No. 17 Colorado Mesa University 45-3, Chadron State College 33-9, Western State 38-6 and Grand Canyon 45-6.

MSU junior Matt Fetterley scored the Beavers’ lone points in the CMU match with a 16-10 decision over Chuck Lueth at 174 pounds. Fetterley was one of three Beavers to pick up individual wins against Chadron State, as Marcus Polak (157 pounds) and Marcus Wilson (149) also defeated their respective opponents.

Wilson and Polak continued their success against both Western State and Grand Canyon, as both won decisions over their opposition. Wilson defeated WS’ Brandon Montoya 3-2 and GC’s Chayse Jackson 5-3, while Polak posted an 8-3 decision over WS’ Shawn Seppala and a 4-3 victory against GC’s Austen Moore.

“We did hope to compete a little better,” MSU coach Robin Erlsand said in a press release. “No excuses, but we are still missing a couple guys due to injury.”

The Beavers wrestle in the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals in Springfield, Ill., beginning Saturday.

-Daily News Staff

Minot High falls to Fargo North

FARGO – The Minot High School girls hockey team managed just 11 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss to Fargo North on Saturday.

MHS senior forward Jessie Kongelf scored the Majettes’ lone goal of the game at eight minutes, 21 seconds of the first period. Kongelf’s goal was just one of three shots on goal for MHS in the opening stanza.

“We were hesitant,” MHS coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. “We’d take the puck into the zone and instead of putting it on net we waited for the pretty pass. It’s hard to score rebound goals when you’re not putting the puck on net.”

North’s Tianna Larson scored the game-tying goal before the end of the first period and Betsy Pladson registered the game-winning tally in the final three minutes of the second frame.

North outshot MHS 34-11 for the game and 26-4 in the first two periods.

MHS hosts Williston at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Maysa Arena.

-Daily News Staff

MHS hockey team shuts out Williston

WILLISTON -The Minot High boys hockey team erupted for four goals in the second period to rout West Region foe Williston 7-0 on Saturday night.

Quinn Fuchs had two goals and an assist to pace the Magicians, who improved to 6-2 in league play.

“It was a good bounce-back game after (Friday’s loss to Fargo North),” Minot coach Chad Burckhard said. “(Zach) Dockter did a heck of a job for in the net.”

Dockter, in his first varsity start, collected 22 saves for Minot (7-4-1).

MHS travels to Jamestown on Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Haugen wins weight class at Bismarck Rotary

BISMARCK – Minot High School senior wrestler Cody Haugen defeated Rapid City Central’s Blake Stone by a 5-2 decision to claim the 145-pound championship at the Bismarck Rotary tournament Saturday.

MHS senior Dayne Haman finished second at 182, losing a 10-0 major decision to RCC’s Aero Amo in the title match. The Magicians finished 17th in the 24-team tournament with a score of 75.

Williston’s Paul Michaelson placed second at 160 after losing an 11-5 decision to Bismarck’s Ryan Blees. The Coyotes had four other wrestlers finish in the top five of their respective weight classes. Williston’s team score of 114 was good for seventh.

Three Turtle Mountain grapplers finished third – Terry Lavallie (120), Brandon Rodriguez (182) and Waylon Decoteau (195). The Braves claimed ninth place with 96 points.

Bismarck won the tournament with a score of 199, 15 points clear of second-place Century.

The Magicians’ next meet is at Bismarck at 7 p.m. Saturday.

-Daily News Staff

Minot swimmers place second

FARGO – Minot High placed second at the nine-team Thomas Manley Invitational on Saturday.

The Magicians (507) fell just seven-and-a-half points behind champion Bismarck Century (514.5).

Jeremy Fix won won the diving portion of the meet with a score of 354.55. He was Minot’s lone individual winner.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Parker Scott, Lee Keller, Luke Heilman and Ryan Swartwout took first in a time 1 minute, 32.92 seconds

Minot opens its home schedule on Saturday against Williston at 1 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Austin bests Tauros in shootout

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Minot Minotauros were unable to make it three victories in three games, losing to NAHL Central Division-leading Austin 4-3 in a shootout Saturday.

Austin’s Jay Dickman and Brandon Wahlin scored on Minot goaltender Tyler Parks in the shootout and Bruins netminder Jason Pawloski stopped all four Tauros shooters to exact revenge after Minot’s shootout victory the previous night.

The Bruins’ Easton Viitala tied the game at three with two minutes, 34 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and eventually the shootout session.

The rest of the scoring all took place in the first period. The teams traded the first four goals before Minot forward Steven Sherman gave the Tauros (18-15-3) their only lead of the game with 1:19 remaining with his second goal of the opening stanza. Sherman scored Minot’s first goal on the power play less than a minute after Austin’s Chris Fischer tallied a short-handed goal to open the five-goal first period.

Parks finished with 34 saves, while Pawloski made 33 stops to earn the victory.

The Tauros play at Coulee Region at 8 p.m. Friday.

-Daily News Staff

UND’s Grimaldi helps U.S. win gold

North Dakota freshman Rocco Grimaldi registered the game-tying and game-winning goals to help the United States defeat Sweden 3-1 for the gold medal on Saturday in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

With the U.S. trailing 1-0 in the second period, Grimaldi tied the game at seven minutes, 41 seconds before scoring less than three minutes later to give Team USA a 2-1 advantage in the middle frame.

The Rossmoor, Calif., native finished with two goals and two assists in seven games. Grimaldi becomes the 12th UND player to win gold and it’s the fourth straight year a member of the program has medaled at the tournament.

Grimaldi is expected to be back in the lineup for UND next weekend when it hosts a two-game series with Colorado College beginning Friday.

-Daily News Staff

North Dakota rallies to beat Holy Cross

GRAND FORKS (AP) – North Dakota spotted Holy Cross a two-goal lead and then rallied to beat the Crusaders 3-2 Saturday for a sweep of their men’s college hockey series.

Seventh-ranked North Dakota (12-5-3) scored twice on the power play in the third period to complete the comeback and get the victory over the Crusaders (10-6-2). UND won 5-2 on Friday.

North Dakota State beats UMKC 63-44

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – TrayVonn Wright had 17 points and 10 rebounds and North Dakota State never trailed in beating UMKC 63-44 Saturday night.

Taylor Braun scored 14 points and Marshall Bjorklund scored 11 for the Bison (13-3, 4-0 Summit League), who led 28-19 at halftime and by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Estan Tyler was the only player to score in double figures for the Kangaroos (4-12, 1-4) with 10 points.

Kansas City shot 33 percent and made just 13 field goals in the game. North Dakota State hit 44 percent from the field.

Earlier Saturday, North Dakota State’s football team repeated as FCS champions, beating Sam Houston State.