Sports Briefs

Greenberg earns national honor

Minot State University senior Mandy Greenberg’s performance on the mound this past week earned her Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II national pitcher of the week honors.

Greenberg – who was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pitcher of the week on Monday – became MSU’s first softball athlete to earn a national weekly honor and the first such achievement for the university as a member of NCAA Division II.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native went 5-0 with two saves, a 0.42 earned run average and 56 strikeouts during the National Training Center Tournament in Clermont, Fla for the Beavers (18-1). She surrendered just two earned runs in 32 2/3 innings pitched.

Greenberg is 9-0 this season with an 0.26 ERA and 100 strikeouts.

– Daily News Staff

Five named finalists for Miss Basketball

BISMARCK (AP) – Hannah Larson of state Class A girls champion Bismarck Century is one five finalists for the North Dakota Miss Basketball award.

Finalists Kyra Dewald of Jamestown and Kira Larson of Fargo North are also from Class A schools.

Grant County’s Ashley Bentz and Hillsboro-Central Valley’s Taylor Henningsgard represent Class B schools and round out the group.

Miss Basketball will be named Saturday. The award goes to the top senior player in voting by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Hannah Larson, a 6-foot forward, averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocks. Dewald, a 5-5 guard, averaged 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Kira Larson, a 6-3 forward, averaged 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Bentz is averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Henningsgard, a 5-7 guard, averaged 14 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Twins-Rays rained out

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Samuel Deduno entered spring training with an outside chance of making the Minnesota Twins’ rotation. His performance at the World Baseball Classic might have given him an edge.

Deduno is scheduled to return to Twins spring training camp Thursday after helping the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 in the championship game of the WBC. Deduno pitched five innings of two-hit ball to earn the win.

“It was fun to watch,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday, when the game between Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota was rained out. “It was very, very enjoyable to watch him out there. We were very happy to let him go over there, and now we’re happy to get him back. I think it says an awful lot about him.”