Sports briefs

MSU softball rescheduled

Due to poor field conditions in Minot, all six Minot State University softball games this week have been moved to Bismarck.

The games against the University of Mary originally scheduled for Tuesday have been moved to Thursday, with a doubleheader beginning at noon at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

Both teams will compete in their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference openers, with Mary (11-6) looking to end the 15-game winning streak of MSU (18-1).

MSU will play as the home team on Mary’s campus during a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday. The Beavers take on the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) on Friday and Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

MSU signs first skater for 2013-14

Williston State College forward Chasen Dobranski is jumping from one title-winning program to another.

Minot State University men’s club hockey coach Wade Regier announced the addition of Dobranski on Tuesday. The White Rock, British Columbia, native is the first player in the class of 2013 to sign with the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I champions, and Regier expects him to contribute immediately.

Dobranski tallied 17 goals and 20 assists in 42 games this season for the Tetons, who won the junior college national championship.

“Chasen is a player we have been looking at all season,” Regier said in a press release. “Despite battling injuries this season he has been a key part of Williston State’s national championship and was arguably one of the best center men at the NJCAA level.”

– Daily News Staff

Augustana advances to semis

SAN ANTONIO – No. 24 Augustana College overcame a season-high 32 turnovers to beat previously undefeated and top-ranked Clayton State (Ga.) 81-68 Tuesday in the Division II women’s basketball Elite Eight.

The Vikings advance to play Dowling College (N.Y.) in the national semifinals tonight at 6.

Shaunteva Ashley led Augustana (28-6) with 17 points and Faith Tinklenberg racked up 15 points and eight rebounds. The Vikings placed five scorers in double figures.

Clayton State (32-1) was paced by Drameka Griggs’ 22 points.

Augustana defeated Minot State University twice this season, winning by 28 during the regular season and by 15 in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament.

– Daily News Staff

No. 1 Bears take pair from WSC

PHOENIX – Phoenix College, the No. 1 softball team in NJCAA Division II, edged first-year program Williston State College in a pair of games on Tuesday.

PC’s Cassie Roessing tossed a complete game to pick up the win in a 5-4 contest, and then came on in relief to secure the win in game two – a 7-6, eight-inning affair.

The Tetons (1-5) led 5-4 entering the bottom half of the seventh in game two, but the Bears scored to force extra innings. WSC responded with a run in the top half of the frame, but PC scored two in the bottom half to walk off with the victory.

“We had leads in both games and could not hold on to get the wins,” WSC coach Eric Peterson said in a press release. “We are improving and getting better every game we play down here. I’m proud of our girls for competing at that level today. We went toe to toe with the best team in the country.”

WSC outhit the Bears 8-5 in game two, but three of PC’s hits were home runs.

Haley Rowe and Kelsey Thompson had two hits each to lead the Tetons in game one, and Molly Li went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in game two.

Daily News Staff