Sports briefs

Candidates selected for Mr. Basketball

The seven candidates for the 2013 Mr. Basketball award, as voted by media members, were named on Wednesday.

A.J. Jacobson (Fargo Shanley), Jacob Hagler (North Star), Nate Mertens (Devils Lake), Mac Kroeplin (Grand Forks Red River), Trevor Zacher (Beulah), Jacob Volk (Dickinson Trinity) and Erron Collins (Mandan) were selected.

Class A candidates include: Jacobson, an all-state selection a year ago, who is averaging 25.7 points and 13 rebounds a contest for second-ranked Shanley. Kroeplin (20.8 ppg, 8 rpg, 3.4 apg) has filled the stat sheet all season for top-ranked Red River.

Collins (20.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.8 spg) leads the Braves into today’s state tournament and Mertens averaged a lofty 27.9 points for Devils Lake.

Class B candidates include: Hagler (22.8 ppg, 6.8 apg), who led North Star to as high as No. 1 in the Class B rankings this season. Volk paced Trinity, which finished fifth at state, at 20 points and six rebounds a contest.

Zacher (18 ppg, 6.3 ppg, 3.2 apg) paced top-ranked Beulah all season before it was upset in the regional tournament.

– Daily News Staff

Mandan High School’s hockey coach resigns

Mandan High School boys hockey coach Dennis Budeau resigned, according to a school press release Wednesday.

“We would like to thank coach Budeau for his 11 years of dedication to the Mandan boys hockey program,” Mandan activities director Lorell Jungling said in the release.

The Braves finished sixth in the West Region this year with a 9-15 record.

– Daily News Staff

Late innings lift Beavers to two more

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Minot State University softball team used a pair of late-game rallies to win two more games in Florida on Wednesday.

The Beavers (14-1) scored five runs in the sixth innning to pull away from Saint Thomas Aquinas College 6-1 in the first game before knocking in seven runs in the fifth to take down Queens College 10-1.

MSU is still perfect over six games at the National Training Center Tournament.

“The best thing for us today is we got hitting from a bunch of different players,” MSU head coach Bill Triplett said. “We had some other players get key hits and string some hits together. Plus, we have been able to get big extra base hits like triples and that is such a lift because there are so many ways to score from third.”

MSU pitcher Mandy Greenberg gave up her first run of the season, but only allowed four hits, while striking out eight in five innings. She has a 0.17 ERA and is 7-0 on the season.

Minot State will take Thursday off before battling four teams over the final two days of the trip Friday and Saturday.

– Daily News Staff