Sports Briefs

Long balls key Beavers’ sweep

WAYNE, Neb. – The Minot State University softball team used a pair of home runs and solid pitching to sweep Wayne State College on Saturday, keeping its conference championship hopes alive.

MSU senior pitcher Mandy Greenberg dominated WSC batters in game one, allowing just one hit while striking out 11 in a 2-0 victory. Junior Jen Dixon was the hero in game two, blasting a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning for a 7-4 win.

The Beavers (35-6 overall, 17-5 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fell behind 3-0 in game two, but sophomore Melissa Bell tied the game with one swing in the top of the fourth. The Wildcats (25-13, 16-8) rallied to force extras on a catcher’s interference call in the seventh before Dixon’s ninth-inning heroics.

“I was just very happy with our team,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said. “The come-from-behind wins is kind of showing some character. We’re never giving up.”

Greenberg earned the win in both games, relieving senior Tiffany Friesen in the fifth inning. Greenberg pitched 11 2/3 innings Saturday, allowing one unearned run, four hits and striking out 17.

The Beavers clinched a first-round bye in the NSIC playoffs with the wins and close out the regular season with a doubleheader at Augustana College (S.D.) at noon today.

-Daily News Staff

Aide breaks school record

SAINT PETER, Minn. – Minot State University junior pole vaulter Abbey Aide broke the school record with a mark of 12-feet, one-half inch Saturday at the Gustavus Adolphus College 13th Annual Drake Alternative meet.

Aide’s vault is a provisional qualifying score for the NCAA Division II Championships. The Bottineau native highlighted a day where the men’s and women’s teams had eight personal-best and 15 season-best marks.

“Abbey did a great job today,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “It was great to have weather like we did today and I think that helped everyone out a lot. She has come a long way since her ACL injury, so it’s good to see her have success.”

The women’s 400-meter relay team of Aide, Dijah Nash, Allie Helterbran and Sienna Dailey took first, finishing in 49.56 seconds. The 1600 relay finished third.

The men’s side had two athletes place in the top six in their respective events. Sophomore Tyler Flatland placed second in the 400 hurdles, running a season-best time of 54.09 seconds. Freshman Farai Madengwe finished fourth in the 200.

The Beavers compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., beginning May 10.

-Daily News Staff

Majettes fall to West Fargo

BISMARCK – The Minot High School girls tennis team played outside for the first time this season Saturday, but dropped an 8-1 decision to West Fargo.

MHS senior Megan Sherven was the lone winner for the Majettes, rallying past Kaylee Stock, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 2 singles.

“Despite the 8-1 score, I thought we were competitive in a number of matches against one of the better teams in the state,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said in a press release. “We just couldn’t close out sets when we got up and their experience showed late in sets.”

All eight of West Fargo’s wins came in straight sets.

The Majettes host Bismarck Century at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Tennis Center.

-Daily News Staff

Tetons sweep DCB

WILLISTON – The Williston State College softball team won a pair of five-inning games Saturday against Dakota College at Bottineau.

The Tetons (14-12 overall, 8-3 Mon-Dak Athletic Conference) surrendered just four hits combined in the doubleheader, shutting out DCB in 8-0 and 9-0 contests. Courtney Okrainec and Shelby Sheriff each pitched complete-game two-hitters, striking out seven.

WSC scored five runs in the fourth inning to break open game one before scoring two more in the fifth to end the contest. In game two, the Tetons scored at least a run in all four innings.

The teams play a doubleheader today at noon.

-Daily News Staff

Tetons add basketball recruit

The Williston State College men’s basketball team has signed Jonathan Wilson, coach Eric Peterson announced Saturday.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Avondale, Ariz., averaged 11.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game during his senior season at Independence High School. Wilson shot 68 percent from the floor, 67 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free-throw line as a senior.

“Jonathan brings athleticism, length, and is very good defensively,” Peterson said. “His toughness and work ethic is exactly is exactly what we were looking for. Jonathan is a tremendous addition to our program on and off the court.”

Wilson was a first-team all-district and honorable mention all-section selection as a senior and was named second-team all-district as a junior.

The Arizona hoopster also received interest from Weber State, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Idaho State.

-Daily News Staff