Sports Briefs

Fossum wins third straight all-around title

VALLEY CITY – Dickinson High School gymnast Acacia Fossum won the all-around state gymnastics title for the third straight season on Saturday, leading the Midgets to the top team score on individual day at the state tournament.

Dickinson also won the team title on Friday.

Minot High finished fourth in the team standings Saturday. Hannah Werchau paced the Majettes with a 12th-place finish in the all-around and Madison Reiter tied for 15th.

Werchau finished 10th in the beam (9.15) and bars (8.9) and eighth in the vault (9.4). Reiter tied for eighth in the floor routine (9.367).

Minot, who finished second in the team portion of the tournament Friday, entered the meet as the four-time defending champions. Despite the Majettes’ title run coming to an end, coach Robbie Werchau was proud of her injury-laden team.

“We get done with the competition and we have bags of ice all over us – on our legs, backs, we’re all taped up,” said Robbie Werchau, Hannah’s mother. “I thought the girls really battled this weekend.”

Senior Samantha Huether, one of Minot’s top gymnasts, competed Friday but not Saturday. Robbie Werchau said Samantha’s younger sister, sophomore Stephanie, had her best two meets of the season this weekend.

Fossum finished in the top five of each individual event Saturday to earn a score of 38.333, edging Bismarck’s Kaylee Keller and Bismarck Century’s Jessica Gabriel, who tied for second with totals of 38.050.

– Daily News Staff

MSU’s Capdeville takes second in long jump

MANKATO, Minn. – Minot State University sophomore Kirk Capdeville cleared a height of 16 feet, 2.5 inches in the pole vault Saturday to claim second place at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference indoor track and field championships.

Capdeville collected eight team points for the Beavers, who finished last out of 11 men’s teams with 13 points. Minnesota State-Mankato won the men’s team title with a score of 207.5, well ahead of No. 2 Augustana College (102.5).

“Kirk has had a hamstring problem, which has limited his training,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “He has improved over the year and I am happy he came out like he did today. He is stiff and sore now, not being used to taking as many jumps as he did today. But he is a gamer, he came out focused. He knows his technique and he knows how to be successful.”

Sophomore Tyler Flatland picked up the other three points for the men’s team with a personal-best time of 50.02 seconds in the 400-meter dash, earning a sixth-place finish.

The women’s team was last out of 13 teams, collecting one point on Maila Lucht’s eighth-place finish in the 800. She crossed the finish line in 2:36.

The University of Mary dominated the women’s meet, as the Marauders’ total of 185 points was more than double second-place Sioux Falls’ final tally (92).

– Daily News Staff

Moorhead pulls away from MSU

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Morgan Zabel scored a game-high 20 points and three teammates joined her in double figures to lead Minnesota State-Moorhead past Minot State 74-61 in both teams’ regular-season finale Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The Dragons (15-11 overall, 12-10 Northern Sun) hit seven 3-pointers, including five in the second half, and outrebounded the Beavers 44-26.

“It kind of got out of hand in the first five minutes of the second half and we never really recovered,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said in a press release.

Carly Boag scored a team-high 15 for MSU (13-13, 10-13) and Morgan Klose added nine on three 3s.

The Beavers, the No. 6 seed from the NSIC’s North Division, travel to South No. 3 Augustana College (S.D.) on Wednesday for the first round of the conference tournament.

– Daily News Staff

MSU comeback falls short

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball team led by as many as 22 points on Saturday and held on for a 79-71 win over Minot State University in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Dragons (18-10 overall, 12-10 Northern Sun) jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first six minutes of the game. Though MSU clawed back to within five in the final minutes, the Beavers never led after the initial spurt.

“We were bad in every aspect of the game in the first half,” MSU coach Matt Murken said in a press release. “We didn’t guard in transition and didn’t take good shots. But we kept fighting and kept competing, and we got it to five numerous times. We know that when we are active and we play hard, we can be a decent basketball team.”

Moorhead guard Anthony Tucker led all scorers with 20 points, hitting three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws. Alex Novak chipped in 14 points and 15 rebounds.

MSU (10-16, 9-13) was paced by Josh Johnson’s 16 points and 10 boards. Dominique McDonald (14 points), Anthony Enriquez (12) and Chris East (10) joined Johnson in double figures.

The Beavers, the No. 5 seed from the NSIC North Division, travel to take on South No. 4 Upper Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the conference tournament.

– Daily News Staff

Tetons advance to title game

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Williston State College men’s hockey team crushed Hudson Valley (N.Y.) 6-1 on Saturday to advance to today’s national championship game.

The Tetons (17-12-2) will face defending champion and tournament host Monroe Community College (N.Y.) at 1 p.m.

All the scoring in Saturday’s game came in the opening period. WSC scored the opening three goals of the contest and answered a Hudson Valley power-play tally by lighting the lamp three more consecutive times.

Darius Cole was the only Teton with two goals. Al Maul had a goal and an assist and Jacob Radermacher contributed two assists.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros blanked by Coulee Region

Coulee Region scored a goal in each period Saturday and shut out the Minot Minotauros to leave Maysa Arena with a 3-0 win and a weekend split with the Tauros.

The Chill’s Andy Faust scored 5 minutes, 55 seconds into the game, James McGing added a power-play goal late in the second period and Aleksi Mustaniemi scored on an empty net for the final tally of the game.

Tim Shaughnessy, a former Tauro, stopped all 39 shots he faced for Coulee Region. Tyler Parks had 21 saves for Minot (24-22-4), which hosts Bismarck on Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Nebraska-Omaha defeats UND

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Justin Simmons scored 20 points Saturday and Nebraska-Omaha defeated North Dakota 83-75.

John Karhoff had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks (11-18). Alex Welhouse added 13 points and CJ Carter scored 12.

Troy Huff led North Dakota (12-15) with 21 points. Aaron Anderson had 19 points and five assists.

The game was tied at 41 at halftime and there were 10 ties and 20 lead changes. North Dakota did not make a field goal in the final 5:44.

North Dakota leads the all-time series 45-33; the first game was played in the 1934-35 season. The teams played in the Division II North Central Conference until 2008 when North Dakota left for Division I. Nebraska-Omaha is in its second year and first as a full-time member of the Summit League.