Sports Briefs

Shanley defeats Bismarck for State A boys title

BISMARCK (AP) – A.J. Jacobson scored 27 points Saturday to lead Fargo Shanley to a 73-54 win over Bismarck in the championship game of the North Dakota boys Class A basketball tournament.

Jacobson, the Mr. Basketball winner for North Dakota, finished the night with 2,002 points, breaking the state Class A record of 1,996 points held by Valley City’s Jeff Boschee.

Jacobson added 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals and took over in the second half as the Deacons (21-4) won their third state title and first since 1997 and 1998.

Patrick Strom had 17 points and Dylan Alderman 12 for Shanley.

Troy Hausauer had 17 points and seven rebounds for Bismarck (16-9). Taylor Schafer had 14 points.

Bismarck Century repeats as Class A girls champs

BISMARCK (AP) – Hannah Larson scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, helping Bismarck Century defeat West Fargo 73-39 Saturday in the championship game of the North Dakota girls Class A basketball tournament.

The Patriots (22-3) jumped out to a big early lead over the Packers and cruised to another title. The championship was Century’s second straight and third in four seasons.

Macy Lynch added 16 points and Jordyn Jossart 12 for Century, which opened up a quick 18-3 lead and built a 41-14 halftime lead.

Lexi Lennon led West Fargo (21-4) with 10 points.

Century also won titles in 1990, 2010 and 2012.

Bemidji State offense batters Minot State

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Bemidji State University (Minn.) baseball team rattled off 22 hits in a 12-5 win over Minot State on Saturday at the Tucson Invitational.

Six BSU batters finished with three hits as Bemidji tagged MSU starter Jesse Goertzen for a combined seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings. MSU (8-6) had a 3-0 lead before the outburst.

“The first few innings Jesse was in command, he kept the ball low in the zone and he was hitting his spots,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “Bemidji was swinging at his pitches in the start, but in the last few innings he left the ball up in the zone and walked a few guys.”

Goertzen pitched five-plus innings, giving up eight hits and seven runs – four earned – while walking three and plunking two batters.

Sophomore Andrew Roach and senior Mitch Olson led MSU with two hits and one RBI each.

The Beavers finished the Tucson trip with a 5-5 record and begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.).

– Daily News Staff

Beavers finish spring tourney undefeated

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Minot State University softball team defeated the New York Institute of Technology 7-1 and the University of Wisconsin-Stout 6-3 Saturday to complete the National Training Center Tournament undefeated.

The Beavers (18-1) won 10 times during their Florida trip and are on a 15-game winning streak.

Stacy Fournier came within a double of the cycle against NYIT and junior Jen Dixon had two hits, including a home run.

Senior Tiffany Friesen picked up the win for MSU against Wisconin-Stout, which led 2-0 after the first inning. Mandy Greenberg gave up one run in three innings to earn the save after recording the win in a four-inning outing against NYIT.

Friesen had four RBIs against Wisconsin-Stout, including a two-run, go-ahead single in the fifth.

“We had a bunch of different players step up for us during the week and our top kids consistently made plays as well,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “I was very happy with our pitching staff in general and today, when we were in a little trouble, they shut things down. We have a chance to win every time out when we pitch like we have here.”

MSU begins its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with a doubleheader at the University of Mary on March 26.

– Daily News Staff

Austin Bruins blank Tauros

Chris Fischer scored two goals for Austin (Minn.) on Saturday night as the Bruins defeated the Minot Minotauros 4-0 at Maysa Arena.

The Tauros (25-27-4) remain a point away from clinching the fourth and final playoff spot from the North American Hockey League Central Division. Fifth-place Aberdeen (S.D.) beat Bismarck in a shootout on Saturday to maintain an outside shot at grabbing the fourth slot.

Division-leading Austin outshot Minot 34-19 on Saturday, routinely testing Tauros goalie Ryan Ruck (30 saves). Jason Pawloski finished with 19 saves for the Bruins.

The Tauros travel to Brookings (S.D.) on Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Michigan Tech stuns UND, extends playoff

GRAND FORKS (AP) – C.J. Eick’s goal late in the third period lifted Michigan Tech over North Dakota 2-1 Saturday and forced a third game in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series.

Game three will be played Sunday with the winner moving on to the Final Five. North Dakota won the opener 5-3.

Tanner Kero gave the Huskies (13-19-4) a 1-0 lead 20 seconds into the second period. The lead lasted until 14:57 of the third period when Danny Kristo scored to tie the game.

Clarke Saunders made 29 saves for North Dakota, with a high of 11 in the second period. Michigan Tech outshot North Dakota by 31.

Huskies goalie Pheonix Copley made 29 saves.

Minnesota beats North Dakota in quarterfinals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s Rachael Bona scored with 1:09 left in the third overtime to give the Golden Gophers a 3-2 win over North Dakota in the NCAA women’s hockey quarterfinals.

Saturday’s win extended Minnesota’s winning streak to an NCAA-record 47 games. Minnesota improved to 39-0-0 and advances to the Frozen Four.

North Dakota goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie made 57 saves, including 11 in the third OT. But she couldn’t cover up a shot by Mira Jalosuo and Bona stuck in a rebound ending the longest game in North Dakota history at 118 minutes, 51 seconds.

Minnesota’s Hannah Brandt scored 52 seconds into the game but North Dakota took a 2-1 lead on Ashley Furia’s goal late in the first and Meghan Dufault’s power-play goal 29 seconds into the third period.

The Golden Gophers tied it on Amanda Kessel’s 44th goal of the season at 16:00 of the second.

Minnesota’s Noora Raty made 50 saves.

Jets slip past Maple Leafs in shootout

TORONTO (AP) – Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Bogosian beat James Reimer, who replaced starter Ben Scrivens to start the third period, for Winnipeg’s second goal of the shootout after Blake Wheeler scored to open the shootout.

Tyler Bozak had the lone shootout goal for Toronto.

Wheeler had two goals in regulation, James Wright and Antti Miettinen also scored for Winnipeg, which earned its fifth win in six games and moved into first place in the Southeast Division.

Winnipeg also clinched the season series 2-1 after beating Toronto 5-2 at home on Tuesday.

Toronto’s fifth straight loss tarnished an impressive return by Joffrey Lupul. The veteran forward had two goals in his first game since suffering a broken forearm in a road win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 23. Nikolai Kulemin also scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs.