Sports Briefs

Top-ranked Ryan trounces Rugby

RUGBY – Sophomore post Hannah Stewart led three Bishop Ryan players in double figures with 25 points Tuesday as the Lions crushed Rugby 68-35.

Gabbie Bohl added 13 and junior guard Anika Rovig chipped in 11 as No. 1 Ryan (6-0) pulled away from the Panthers. The Lions led by 11 after the first quarter and had a 20-point advantage at halftime.

Rugby was led by Taylor Wangerin’s 10 points.

The Lions play at Dunseith on Friday and Rugby hosts Des Lacs-Burlington on Monday.

– Daily News Staff

Minot High boys edge Mandan

MANDAN – Second-ranked Minot overcame a sluggish second half to squeak past Mandan 55-53 in a West Region boys basketball game on Tuesday night.

The Magicians, who led by as many as 11 in the first half, trailed late in the game before connecting on a pair of 3-point attempts and getting to the foul line.

Minot was a shoddy 3-for-15 from beyond the arc and shot just 38 percent from the field.

“We got real tentative and didn’t execute (in the second half),” Minot coach Dean Winczewski said. “We played well defensively, just missed a ton of shots.”

Austin Frank had a team-high 11 points to lead Minot (6-1 overall, 4-0 West Region), while Brandon Van Dusen (11 points) and Colter Hustad (10) also reached double figures.

Kyle Gerding had nine points and 10 rebounds for Minot, which plays host to Turtle Mountain Jan. 15.

– Daily News Staf

UND’s Knight honored again

After being named national player of the month for December, University of North Dakota senior Corban Knight opened January by earning co-Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Knight tallied six points as UND posted a nonconference sweep over No. 20 Holy Cross with 5-2 and 3-2 victories.

The 6-foot-2 forward is riding a 15-game point streak and leads the WCHA with 1.53 points per game, the third-best average in the nation.

UND (12-5-3, 7-2-3 WCHA), which has won five straight, resumes league play when it hosts Colorado College on Friday and Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

MSU to host first luncheon of 2013

The Minot State University athletic department will hold its first luncheon of 2013 Friday at noon at Seven’s Restaurant in the Vegas Motel.

Scheduled to appear are women’s basketball coach Sheila Green Gerding, men’s basketball coach Matt Murken, men’s players Dominique McDonald and Thomas Korf and women’s players Morgan Klose, Francesca DeAngelis and Lauren Safranski.

The event is $9 per person and open to the public.

– Daily News Staff

NDSU is No. 1 in FCS final polls

FARGO (AP) – Two-time national champion North Dakota State is No. 1 in the final Football Championship Subdivision polls of the season.

The Bison are atop both the coaches’ poll and The Sports Network Poll, after beating Sam Houston State 39-13 in the FCS title game on Saturday. NDSU also beat Sam Houston State in last year’s championship game.

Sam Houston State is ranked No. 2 in both of the final polls. The rest of the Top Five also is the same: Georgia Southern, Eastern Washington and Montana State.

South Dakota State finished No. 17 in the coaches’ poll and No. 14 in the TSN poll. The Jackrabbits made the playoffs but lost to NDSU in the second round.

Bohl receives AFCA award

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- North Dakota State football coach Craig Bohl has received another honor, and this time he’s in good company.

Bohl, who led the Bison to consecutive Football Championship Subdivision national titles, was one of five coaches presented with the American Football Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year award on Tuesday.

Bohl joins Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Valdosta State’s David Dean, St. Thomas’ Glenn Caruso and Morningside’s Steve Ryan.

– Daily News Staff