Sports Briefs

Tutti Frutti holding fundraiser for MSU athlete

Tutti Frutti and Minot State University are working together to raise money for MSU freshman volleyball player Alex Parrone.

Parrone was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February and was scheduled to have surgery in Arizona on Friday.

Tutti Frutti will donate a percentage of total sales from March 20-27 and will have a credit card donation set up Wednesday at both Minot locations. Patrons can also buy “Fight for Alex” cards for one dollar. All proceeds will go to the Parrone family and donation boxes will be displayed at both stores.

“We are truly happy to be partnering with Tutti Frutti to help offset as much of the cost for Alex as we can,” MSU volleyball coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “The management of Tutti Frutti has really stepped up to this cause and we at Minot State volleyball want to thank them for everything they have done and are going to do in the future.

“We know this won’t cover everything, but hope we can help Alex and her family in any way possible.”

Parrone, a Peoria, Ariz., native, played in two matches in 2012 before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

For more information or to donate, visit one of the Tutti Frutti locations at 1700 S. Broadway Suite C or 813 N. Broadway.

– Daily News Staff

UND gets at-large bid into NCAA tournament

The University of North Dakota men’s ice hockey team received an at-large invitation to the 16-team NCAA tournament, earning the No. 2 seed in the West region.

Eighth-ranked UND plays No. 10 Niagara – an at-large team from the Atlantic Hockey Association – in the region semifinal Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich. The game can be seen on ESPNU.

This is UND’s 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament and the 28th overall. UND is seeking its eighth NCAA championship, but has not won a title since 2000.

Minnesota is the No. 1 seed out west and plays 15th ranked Yale in the other semifinal.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is well-represented in this year’s NCAA tournament. The top six teams in the conference earned a spot in the field. Wisconsin – the WCHA champion – received an automatic bid and plays Hockey East Association champion Massachusetts-Lowell in the Northeast region. Denver also is in the region, playing New Hampshire.

The final two WCHA teams are on the opposite side of the bracket in the Midwest region. Both play Central Collegiate Hockey Association opponents as Minnesota State takes on Miami (Ohio) and St. Cloud State spars with Notre Dame.

The four region champions will advance to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Penn., on April 11. The championship game is at 7 p.m. on April 13. Frozen Four games can be seen on ESPN2, while the championship will air on ESPN.

-Daily News Staff