Sports briefs

Magicians squeak by Turtle Mountain

BELCOURT – The Minot High School boys basketball team had a comfortable lead at halftime, but needed to hold on down the stretch in a 62-57 victory against Turtle Mountain on Friday.

The Magicians (11-2 overall, 9-1 West Region) led 33-21 at intermission, but the inability to handle the full-court pressure led to 24 turnovers and mistakes that left coach Dean Winczewski displeased.

“We made a lot of really foolish, inexperienced type of plays,” Winczewski said. “It’s inexcusable.”

Junior Colter Hustad led the Magicians with 15 points. Senior Austin Frank was the only other Minot player in double figures, adding 11 points.

The Braves (0-13, 0-11) were led by Brock and Kolton Keplin, who each tallied 13 points and hit three 3-pointers.

The Magicians host Bismarck High at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

-Daily News Staff

Northern State tops Minot State

ABERDEEN – The Minot State University wrestling team kept it close, but three losses in the final three matches proved to be the difference as the Beavers lost to Northern State (S.D.) 31-18 on Friday.

MSU’s Eric O’Neill (165 pounds) pinned Blake Lundgren in six minutes, eight seconds and Matt Fetterley (174) followed suit, pinning Anthony Navarro in just 34 seconds. Navarro’s victory gave the Beavers (1-13 overall, 0-6 Northern Sun) an 18-17 lead heading into the last three matches of the dual.

Chad Gibson (184) gave NSU the lead for good, winning an 11-6 decision over Cody George. Baker Haar (197) pinned MSU’s Joe Johnson and Matthew Meuleners (285) won by technical fall over Bob Bartz to end the dual.

The Beavers host Augustana (S.D.) at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

-Daily News Staff

Lions regroup in rout of DL-B

BURLINGTON – The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team returned to its typical dominant form against Des Lacs-Burlington after a close game with Velva earlier this week.

Sophomore forward Hannah Stewart finished with a game-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds, and sophomore guard Maddie Wald netted 15 as the top-ranked Lions defeated the Lakers 73-28.

Ryan (13-0 overall, 4-0 district) led 23-3 after the first period and by 38 at halftime. The Lions controlled the glass, outrebounding the Lakers 33-18.

Defensively, Ryan forced 29 turnovers and held DL-B to 36 percent shooting from the field.

Courtney Mitchell led the Lakers (4-7, 2-3) with seven points.

The Lions host Glenburn on Monday.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers hold firm at No. 3

The Minot State University men’s club hockey team remained as the third-ranked program for another week in the latest ACHA Men’s Division I poll released Friday.

The Beavers (22-4) garnered three first-place votes and received 847 total points. MSU swept a two-game series against Dakota College at Bottineau last week, outscoring the Lumberjacks 25-0. On Wednesday, the Beavers defeated in-state rival Williston State College 8-2 – though it wasn’t factored into this week’s rankings.

Adrian College (Mich.) retains its No. 1 ranking for the second straight week, receiving 30 of the 40 first-place votes. Arizona State received eight first-place votes, coming in at No. 2 for another week.

The top 11 spots in the rankings remained unchanged. Defending national champion Delaware made the biggest jump in the poll, moving up two spots to No. 12.

The next poll will be released on Friday.

-Daily News Staff

Tauros fall in overtime

Bismarck’s Ryan Callahan scored the game-winning goal at two minutes, 23 seconds of overtime, giving the Bobcats a 2-1 victory over the Minot Minotauros on Friday at Maysa Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Cory Chapman gave the Bobcats a one-goal lead on the power play with 2:25 remaining in the second frame.

The Tauros (21-18-3) countered with a power-play goal of their own when Jake O’Borsky tied the game with just 32 seconds remaining in the second period. Bismarck (24-14-3) finished 1-for-5 on the power play while Minot converted 1-of-6 opportunities.

Minot goaltender Tyler Parks finished with 28 saves.

The Tauros look to end a three-game losing streak tonight at Bismarck. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

-Daily News Staff