Sports briefs

Kittell named Lake Region basketball coach

After 12 years of serving as an assistant, Minot native Joe Kittell has moved to the top of the coaching ranks, accepting the head men’s basketball coaching position at Lake Region State.

Kittell spent the last three seasons as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Gillette College (Wyo.) before getting the opportunity to return to his home state as a head coach.

“It was super exciting,” Kittell said. “It was a dream come true for me being from North Dakota.”

Kittell graduated from Garrison High School in 2002 before earning his Bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2006 and Master’s degree in health, nutrition and exercise science in 2008 at North Dakota State University.

Prior to his three years at Gillette College, Kittell was an assistant coach at NDSU, Mayville State University and North Dakota State College of Science. Kittell has had success everywhere he’s gone. The Bison had four straight winning seasons during his time there and Mayville State advanced to the NAIA Division II national championship game in 2006.

Kittell replaces Curt Herman, who’s Royals finished the 2012-13 season 18-10.

“I want to bring in great kids that are great players and really compete hard every night and make the Devils Lake area and Lake Region State proud,” Kittell said.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers split with Minnesota Duluth

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minot State University softball team earned a split against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Minnesota Duluth on Sunday.

The Beavers (31-6 overall, 13-5 NSIC) withstood a furious rally by the Bulldogs (34-10, 14-4) in game one, holding on for a 7-6 victory. MSU couldn’t find its offense in the second game, falling to UMD 3-0.

MSU entered the bottom of the sixth inning of game one with a comfortable 7-1 lead before the Bulldogs clawed their way back. MSU senior Mandy Greenberg exited the game in the sixth before returning later in the inning to get the final four outs.

“Mandy showed some grit and determination after coming back in,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “That’s tough to do and it doesn’t happen very often. She had just enough left to get us out of that jam.”

Juniors Katie Backes and Jen Dixon each homered for the Beavers.

In game two, MSU could muster only five hits against UMD pitcher Cayli Sadler.

The Beavers host a doubleheader against the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Barke signs with women’s golf team

Kayla Barke signed a letter of intent to join the Minot State University women’s golf team next season, the program announced Monday.

Barke – a Williston native – won six letters in golf for Williston High School, and qualified for state from 2009-12. Barke earned the Powerade senior athlete of the year award in golf in 2012 and carries a United States Golf Association handicap of seven.

“We are trying to build a solid group of local North Dakota golfers and Kayla is another that fits into that mold,” MSU coach Whitney Aberle said in a press release. “She has had tremendous success at Williston and we are eager to get her on campus and for her to have that same kind of success at Minot State.”

Barke was named to the North Dakota Class A all-state team last year.

-Daily News Staff