Sports Briefs

West Fargo hockey team blitzes Majettes

The Minot High School girls hockey team competed with the state’s top squad, West Fargo, for one period on Saturday.

But a surge in the second period catapulted the Packers to an 8-0 victory at Maysa Arena.

West Fargo scored three goals in a 2 minute, 10 second span early in the second stanza to take a commanding lead after a one-goal first. Kelly Krahn led the Packers (18-1 overall, 17-0 state) with four goals and an assist.

“They were capitalizing on our mistakes,” MHS coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. “We slowed down a little bit and a good team will smell blood and they’ll go after it.”

Sydney Swanson finished with 42 saves for Minot (10-12, 9-11), which defeated Fargo North on Friday.

“Overall, we have to take this weekend as a learning experience and take the good with the bad and prepare for the state tournament,” Wahlstrom said.

The Majettes will be the No. 6 seed at the tournament, which will be held Feb. 21-23 in Grand Forks.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians place second at swimming invite

MANDAN – The Minot High School boys swimming and diving team won four of 12 events and finished second at the five-team Mandan Invite on Saturday.

Minot’s Ethan Bahl edged out Mandan’s Matthew Poppe to win the 50-yard freestyle and Kevin McGlaughlin finished first in the 100 backstroke with a time of one minute, four seconds. The Magicians amassed 581.5 points, 23.5 behind invite-champion Bismarck Century.

Zdenek Skalicky gave Minot its third first-place finish by winning the 200 individual medley by more than three seconds over Century’s Zach Grosz. Three Magicians finished in the top six in the 200 IM.

Minot’s 200 freestyle relay team of Lee Keller, Parker Scott, Ryan Swartwout and Bahl won the Magicians’ final event of the day, finishing the race in 1:33.15.

The Magicians host Bismarck High on Thursday in their final home dual of the season.

– Daily News Staff

Power four fare well at Region 3 tourney

STANLEY – As expected, the wrestlers from Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray, Des Lacs-Burlington, Velva and Bishop Ryan dominated the Region III individual tournament on Saturday.

Those four teams accounted for all 14 of the weight-class winners, and several others from those squads qualified for the state tournament beginning Thursday in Fargo. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to state.

Bishop Ryan won the team event with a score of 215, followed by Velva (195.5), S-PL-T-R (194) and DL-B (155).

S-PL-T-R and Velva had four champions apiece, and Bishop Ryan and DL-B had three each.

Results for the state qualifiers can be found on page C2.

– Daily News Staff

Beaver track teams improving

FARGO – The Minot State University men’s and women’s track teams recorded 24 personal bests Saturday at the North Dakota State University Bison Open.

The men’s squad totaled 14 personal records, including Tyler Flatland’s 400-meter time of 50.55 seconds, which placed him fourth overall.

“It’s all about getting where we want to be heading into the conference meet in a few weeks,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “It certainly is the hope to have our team to hit their peak during the conference meet and we are doing everything we can to make that happen.”

Ten personal bests were recorded on the women’s side, including Allie Helterbran’s long-jump mark of 17 feet, 2 inches. Helterbran finished third in the event.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers hold off Mustangs

MARSHALL – Minot State University senior guard Sacarra Molina hit two free throws with four seconds left and the Beavers held on for a 64-60 victory over Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.

Moments earlier, SMSU’s Alison Nagel missed two free throws with a chance to tie the game. Nagel finished with a team-high 15 points for the Mustangs (4-20 overall, 2-16 Northern Sun).

Neither team spent much time at the charity stripe as the Beavers (11-11, 7-11) finished 5-of-8 and the Mustangs 5-of-9.

A night after tying a career-high with 37 points, junior forward Carly Boag was held to 12 and didn’t attempt a free throw. Molina led the Beavers with a game-high 20 points.

MSU shot 50 percent from behind the arc, hitting seven 3-pointers. Morgan Klose hit three 3s and finished with 11 points.

The Beavers host Bemidji State on Friday at 6 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Slow start costs Beavers

MARSHALL – The Minot State University men’s basketball team dug itself too deep of a hole in a 78-68 loss to Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.

The Beavers (8-14 overall, 7-11 Northern Sun) scored the first two points of the game, but didn’t lead after that, trailing by as many as 15 halfway through the first half.

MSU got as close as three early in the second half, but couldn’t contain the Mustangs’ shooters. SMSU (14-11, 11-7) shot 57.8 percent from the field and opened up a double-digit lead down the stretch to thwart any hopes of a Beaver comeback.

E.J. Williams led MSU with 13 points and Josh Johnson and Adam Randall added 12 apiece. Johnson also grabbed 13 rebounds.

SMSU’s Jordan Miller finished with a game-high 17 points.

The Beavers host Bemidji State on Friday at 8 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

MSU softball team improves to 3-0

LAS VEGAS – Two long balls propelled the Minot State University softball team to an 8-2 victory over Simon Fraser University on Saturday at the Desert Stinger Tournament.

Jen Dixon hit her second dinger in as many days and Katie Backes blasted her first homer of the season for MSU, which improved to 3-0.

MSU coach Bill Triplett said his squad is playing better than he’s come to expect for an early-season tournament.

“It was a pretty good performance,” he said. “I’ve never been happy down here and now I’m just ecstatic. We hit the cutoff, we threw a girl out stealing – we’re just playing good team ball.”

Dixon pitched into the fifth to earn the win and also added a double at the plate. She finished with three runs and two RBIs.

The Beavers conclude the event today with games against Western New Mexico and Minnesota Duluth.

– Daily News Staff

Alexander leads NDSU past IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Lawrence Alexander scored 20 points, including two key baskets down the stretch, as North Dakota State defeated IPFW 58-54 on Saturday.

After IPFW pulled within two points with 3:17 remaining, Alexander buried back-to-back buckets to put the Bison (19-6, 10-3 Summit) ahead 55-49 with 1:48 left. Five straight points by Luis Jacobo got the Mastadons (10-16, 3-9 Summit) within one with 32 seconds to go, but Mike Felt hit 3 of 4 free throws the rest of the way for North Dakota State to clinch it.

Marshall Bjorklund added 14 points for the Bison, who committed just five turnovers and swept the season series with IPFW.

Frank Gaines scored 16 points and Jacobo had 14 for the Mastadons, who lost their third straight game despite making 9 of 16 3-point attempts and shooting 46 percent overall.