Sports briefs

Greenberg dominant in Minot State win

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Recently crowned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year Mandy Greenberg played up to the honor Friday in the first round of the conference tournament.

The Minot State University senior tossed a complete-game two-hitter and fanned 17 Upper Iowa batters to lead the Beavers to a 5-1 win. Fourth-seeded MSU (37-7) advances to play top-seeded Minnesota State-Mankato (35-10) in the winners’ bracket at 4 p.m. today.

“Mandy has always pitched better and rose to the occasion in big games,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “She was very good for us over the years in the NAIA national tournament against those ranked teams her freshman and sophomore seasons. Now, we expect her to raise her game against these teams as well.”

Sophomore Melissa Bell hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give MSU a 2-0 lead. That alone was enough run support for Greenberg, who struck out the first eight batters she faced.

MSU junior Katie Backes had the lone multi-hit day for MSU, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Junior Jen Dixon went 1-for-1 with a double and two walks.

– Daily News Staff

MHS baseball team remains undefeated

MANDAN – Minot High School junior Brady Lampert hit a walk-off single to help the Magicians complete a sweep over Mandan on Friday.

The Braves intentionally walked a batter and Lampert followed with a hit to right field that brought in two runs for a 7-6 win. Minot (6-0 overall, 4-0 West Region) was the home team in the game.

The Magicians won game one 3-2 and scored the game-winner in the top of the seventh inning. The Braves had a 2-0 lead after three innings, but Minot junior pitchers Chandler Jacob and Demitry Zafra combined for a one-hitter. Zafra improved to 3-0 after pitching 2 2?3 innings without allowing a hit.

“We were real nice and patient and waiting and remembering it’s a seven-inning ballgame and stick in there and take a couple here and a couple there,” Minot coach Pete Stenberg said.

Minot junior Kolton Larson hit a home run in the second game. Stenberg said the hit cleared the tallest part of Mandan’s wall.

“That one was gone right away,” Stenberg said. “As soon as he hit it, we knew. He put it over their monster and across the street.”

Minot plays a doubleader at Jamestown beginning at noon today.

– Daily News Staff

Minot golf team places fifth

DICKINSON – The Minot High boys golf team placed fifth at a nine-team meet Friday at Heart River Golf Course. Bismarck Century won the event with a total score of 311, five strokes ahead of Bismarck High.

Bismarck High’s Trent Schwehr earned individual medalist honors with a 74. Minot was paced by Ty Jones (85) and Tyler Kast (86).

Williston finished eighth with a combined 376 and Turtle Mountain finished last with 401 strokes.

The Magicians compete in the Williston Invite today.

– Daily News Staff

MHS softball team handles Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High softball team cruised past Jamestown on Friday, winning the first game of a doubleheader 17-6 and the second game 7-1.

MHS junior Lexi Benno picked both pitching wins and added a double at the plate. The Majettes (5-2 overall, 5-2 West Region) recorded 17 hits in game one.

In game two, MHS opened the scoring with a three-run fourth inning and coasted from there. Freshman Cassie Askvig hit a double for the Majettes’ lone extra-base knock of the second contest.

MHS outhit Jamestown (2-4, 2-4) just 6-5 in the second game, but the Blue Jays committed five errors to Minot’s one.

The Majettes travel to Bismarck High on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. matchup.

– Daily News Staff

Ryan sweeps Bottineau

BOTTINEAU – Bishop Ryan junior Nick Berentson earned a win on the mound and hit 4-for-8 to lead the Lions in a season-opening sweep of Bottineau on Friday.

The Lions took the first game 14-2 behind the pitching of junior Tyler Allers. Junior Jake Magnuson was 4-for-5 in the game and Berentson finished 3-for-5. Ryan scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to pull away from the Braves.

“It was great to be on a real baseball field,” Ryan coach Brent Nelson said. “We had a lot of hits for our first time out and seeing live pitching. We didn’t make an error in the first game and our pitchers threw strikes. All in all, it was a good first doubleheader for us.”

Berentson provided his own run support in the second game, driving in two runners in the 11-5 win.

The Lions scored eight runs in the second inning.

Brody Moum was one Bottineau’s more consistent hitters, finishing 2-for-2 in game two with an RBI.

Ryan hosts Sawyer at 4 p.m. Monday at Jack Hoeven Park. The Braves are scheduled to play at Rolla-Rolette-Wolford at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Tetons sign New York guard

Williston State College men’s basketball coach announced the signing of Osa Izevbuwa, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Staten Island, N.Y., on Friday.

Izevbuwa averaged 25.5 points per game for McKee/Staten Island Tech during his senior season and was named first-team all-New York City.

“We are thrilled to get this commitment,” Peterson said in a press release. “Osa is someone we put a lot of work into. He can flat out score in many different ways and his body is physically ready right now. He will contribute immediately for our program.”

Izevbuwa also received interest from NCAA Division I programs Hofstra, Canisius, Quinnipiac and Marist.

– Daily News Staff