Sports Briefs

MSU baseball team picked 14th

The Minot State University baseball team was picked to finish 14th in the 15-team Northern Sun Intercollege Conference by the league’s coaches on Thursday.

Three-time defending regular-season champion Minnesota State-Mankato topped the poll and Minnesota, Crookston was picked to finish at the bottom. Winona State shortstop Seth McMullen was selected the conference’s preseason player of the year. McMullen hit .360 and slugged .618 on his way to earning All-American honors last year. Mankato’s Harvey Martin was chosen preseason pitcher of the year after posting a 2.95 ERA in 2012.

Minot State’s Mitch Olson and Matt Davis have been labeled players to watch. Olson had 51 hits and recorded a .467 on-base percentage. Davis played at Vancouver Island University last year.

– Daily News Staff

Walker, McCloud receive honors

Shakira Walker, a 5-foot-6 guard at Dakota College at Bottineau, and Justin McCloud, a Bottineau High School grad and freshman at Bismarck State College, were chosen as Mon-Dak players of the week.

Walker scored 49 points in two games last week while grabbing 23 rebounds for the 5-8 Ladyjacks.

McCloud scored 57 points in a pair of contests and dished out nine assists. He is averaging 15.4 points per game and is shooting 47.7 percent from the floor on the season. The Mystics are 9-6.

– Daily News Staff

ORCS boys edge by Kenmare

KENMARE – Tanner Strand had 14 points and junior Micah Jacobsen added 12 as Our Redeemer’s Christian School held off Kenmare 60-56 Thursday in the District 12 opener for both teams.

The Knights led at the end of each quarter but the Honkers (3-5 overall, 0-1 district) stayed close behind a game-high 19 points from Tyler Ellsworth. Jace Helmers chipped in 13 for Kenmare.

In addition to the Knights’ double-figure scorers, Nick Stenvold and Davis Koppinger tallied nine points apiece.

ORCS (8-3, 1-0) hosts Max at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and Kenmare hosts New Town tonight.

– Daily News Staff