Sports briefs

Ryan golfer medals at Garrison tourney

GARRISON – Bishop Ryan junior Josh Nelson carded a 75 – including an even-par 36 on the back nine – to win the Garrison Invitational on Tuesday.

Rugby won the 15-team event with a combined 332, nine strokes ahead of second-place Northern Lights and 11 strokes ahead of Ryan. Our Redeemer’s Christian School (344) finished fourth.

Nelson topped Rugby junior Jack McClintock by a stroke with a four-birdie round. Nelson also avoided any double-bogeys.

“He’s got a nice, pretty short game,” Ryan coach Chuck Finneman said. “He’s got a lot of touch. He’s a good golfer.”

Ryan senior Kalan Elm fired a 78 to finish third. Northern Lights’ Nick Myhre (78), Westhope-Newburg’s Hunter Braaten (79) and Rugby’s Kyle Halvorson (82) rounded out the top six.

– Daily News Staff

Century blanks Minot High soccer team

BISMARCK – The Minot High School girls soccer team (1-1) had a rough two-minute span early in a West Region loss at Bismarck Century (2-0) on Thursday.

The Patriots scored twice in 79 seconds in an otherwise tight 2-0 game. Century freshman Kylee Welch scored off a deflection at five minutes, 21 seconds of the first half. MHS coach Matt Pfau said sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stenberg was in the right position.

“We were just a little timid, I think, and caught a couple bad breaks,” Pfau said.

The second goal came at 6:40 as Century junior Lily Obrigewitch bent her corner kick into the net.

“We could have passed the ball better and maybe snuck away with a tie tonight,” Pfau said.

The Majettes play at Bismarck High at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

-Daily News Staff

Devils Lake star signs with MSU men’s team

Minot State University men’s basketball coach Matt Murken announced the signing of North Dakota Mr. Basketball finalist Nate Mertens on Wednesday.

Mertens was a second-team all-state performer as a junior at Devils Lake High School and earned first-team honors as a senior.

“Nate is a tremendous addition to our program,” Murken said in a press release. “He has a lot of versatility on the court and that allowed him to fill the stat sheet in his high school career. It’s hard to believe he can average 27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals a game and I’m more impressed by what he brings to us off the court. He is a very high-character young man and a great fit with our program.”

– Daily News Staff

Bismarck tops Minot girls tennis team

BISMARCK – The Minot High School girls tennis team was unable to claim a match against Bismarck St. Mary’s in a 9-0 loss Thursday.

MHS sophomore Latasha Klein – No. 6 singles – won the only set for the Majettes’ singles team, falling to St. Mary’s senior Kathryn Malaktaris, 5-7, 6-1, 10-7. The rest of the MHS singles playoffs won 12 games combined.

“For the last three matches now, we’ve been able to have some leads in sets and matches, but have been unable to close out matches,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said in a press release. “That will be a big focus for us in the next two weeks.”

No. 2 doubles duo of senior Megan Sherven and seventh-grader Jenna Coggins won the opening set for the Majettes (2-4 overall, 2-2 West Region) against Caitlin Bakke and Mariya Krumm before dropping the match, 1-6, 6-2, 10-3.

-Daily News Staff

Majettes place third at meet

DICKINSON The Minot High girls track and field team placed third Thursday at the Biesiot Activities Center despite some of its top athletes not competing.

Bismarck Century won the event with a score of 194.5, outpacing second-place Mandan (132.33) and Minot (120). Williston placed fifth at the seven-team meet.

Minot senior Morgan Milbrath and sophomore Sophie Bengson – both state qualifiers in multiple events – didn’t compete Thursday, but the Majettes still received several strong performances.

Junior Kelly Wu won the 400-meter dash in 1 minute, 2.28 seconds and placed second in the 100 (13.31 seconds). Senior Samantha Huether won the 800 (2:32.82) just ahead of junior teammate Jayden Moum (2:34.28).

The Majettes also won the 800 relay in a state-qualifying time of 1:49.93.

Minot travels to the Mandan Kiwanis Meet on May 11

.-Daily News Staff

WSC signs Oakland guard

The Williston State College basketball program announced the signing of Tahjee Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard from Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday.

Williams averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game for McClymonds High School.

“Tahjee is a huge get for our program,” WSC coach Eric Peterson said in a press release. “He brings a high level of athleticism on the perimeter and also can really score the ball. Most importantly, he knows how to win and has been in a successful program.”

Williams was a third-team all-East Bay performer and the MVP of the Oakland Athletic Conference. He led McClymonds to a 22-8 record and a league championship as a senior.

– Daily News Staff

Pro wrestling returns to Minot

The Vegas Motel will host Northern Outlaw Wrestling, North Dakota’s only wrestling/sports entertainment company, tonight and Saturday.

The event is called “WrestleFest 5” to mark the company’s five-year anniversary. Doors open at 6 p.m. each night, and shows begin at 7 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

More schedule changes

The Minot High and Mandan baseball teams, originally scheduled to play in Minot, will square off at 4:30 p.m. today at Mandan Memorial Ballpark.

Due to a snowstorm in Rochester, Minn., the start of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball tournament has been pushed back until today. Fourth-seeded Minot State opens the tournament against No. 5 Upper Iowa at noon.

– Daily News Staff