Sports Briefs

Parks commits to Division I St. Lawrence

This week couldn’t get much better for Minot Minotauros goaltender Tyler Parks.

Just 48 hours after being selected to the NAHL Top Prospects tournament, Parks committed to play college hockey for Greg Carvel at St. Lawrence University, a Division I program in Canton, N.Y. Parks is the first player to commit to a Division I school in the Tauros’ year-and-a-half existence.

“St. Lawrence is a great school, I love that the coaches seem to have my best interest at heart,” Parks said in a press release.

This season, Parks is 16-10-2 with a .922 save percentage, which is eighth among goaltenders in the NAHL. Parks has flourished in high-pressure situations, winning seven of nine shootouts.

“Tyler has been a huge part of our team,” Tauros coach Marty Murray said. “We’re excited to see him reach his goal of playing D-I hockey.”

St. Lawrence plays in the ECAC with the likes of No. 2 Quinnipiac, No. 8 Yale, No. 12 Dartmouth, No. 18 Cornell and No. 19 Union, among others.

With his hockey future settled, Parks can commit to finishing his NAHL career strong with the Tauros.

“I’m happy the process is over,” Parks said in a press release. “It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. Now I can focus on this season and going after the Robertson Cup.”

– Daily News Staff

Minot High School boys hockey team tops Mandan

MANDAN – The Minot High boys hockey team rode a five-goal second period to a 6-3 win over Mandan on Thursday night.

The Magicians (10-5-1 overall, 9-3 West Region) had no repeat goal-scorers, something coach Chad Burckhard took as a positive sign.

“We got off to a little bit of a sluggish start, but bouncing back from the loss (Monday) to Bottineau, we’ll take the effort,” Burckhard said. “We got six different goals from six different players so hopefully that continues to be the trend for us.”

Matt Flom and Carter Bechtold each had a goal and an assist for Minot and Morgen Martelle tallied two assists. Sophomore goalie Breydan Effertz stopped 22 shots for the Magicians.

MHS hosts Devils Lake at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

Defense keys MHS rout of Williston

WILLISTON – The Minot High girls basketball team racked up 18 steals, including a game-high eight from Sophie Bengson, in a 50-22 win over Williston on Thursday.

Bengson also led the Majettes (3-6 overall, 3-4 West Region) with 12 points and six assists, and sophomore Sierra Duttenhefer chipped in 10 points.

“I thought we played very well defensively,” MHS coach Todd Magnuson said. “We created a lot of turnovers and it really got us going.”

Emily Lysne led the Coyotes (0-7, 0-5) with five points.

Minot plays at Jamestown at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, and Williston hosts Turtle Mountain the same night.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians make quick work of Williston

WILLISTON – The Minot High School boys basketball team bounced back after its loss to Bismarck Century, handling Williston 74-38 on Thursday.

Kyle Gerding led the fourth-ranked Magicians (8-2 overall, 6-1 West Region) with 14 points and Caleb Albertson and Colter Hustad chipped in with 13 and 11, respectively. Nine different players scored for MHS.

“We played hard,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said. “It’s been awhile since we played hard. That cures a lot of ills. Overall we took a step in the right direction.”

The Magicians shot 49.2 percent from the field and 42.8 percent from behind the arc.

Defensively, MHS forced 16 turnovers and held the Coyotes (1-7, 0-5) to 36.3 percent shooting.

Jayden Ferguson led WHS with 15 points.

MHS travels to Jamestown on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

North Dakota coaches named for Badlands Bowl

DICKINSON (AP) – The North Dakota coaching staff has been finalized for the 20th annual Badlands Bowl.

The annual game pits the top prep football players in North Dakota and Montana. This year’s game is June 15 in Miles City, Mont. Montana leads the overall series 14-5 and won last year’s game in Dickinson.

Bismarck High’s Mark Gibson will be head coach of this year’s North Dakota squad. His Demons won the AAA championship last fall.

Gibson’s assistants will be Tom Maus of Grafton, Matt Weidler of Velva, Scott Thorson of Towner-Granville-Upham, and Bismarck High assistants Dale Colby and Chris Clements.