Sports briefs

Beavers still alive in NSIC tournament

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minot State University dropped a heartbreaker before rallying to win two elimination games in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament on Saturday.

The Beavers (39-8) held a 1-0 lead against Minnesota State-Mankato entering the bottom of the seventh inning in the opening game of the day, but MSU-M’s Jenna Peterson connected on a two-run game-winning home run to drop Minot State into the losers’ bracket. Mandy Greenberg took the loss for the Beavers, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs (one earned) and striking out nine.

Facing elimination against Winona State, the Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the third inning. Winona State scored one run in the bottom half of the frame, but Greenberg and Tiffany Friesen combined to toss a two-hitter and staved off elimination with a 3-1 victory. The Beavers recorded all three runs on solo home runs – two by sophomore Melissa Bell and one by junior Jen Dixon.

The Beavers defeated Augustana (S.D.) 2-0 in their final game of the day. Dixon and Brittany Thorson delivered RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Friesen pitched a complete game, surrendering six hits and striking out two.

MSU plays Minnesota Duluth at 9 a.m. today. The winner advances to play Mankato in the final.

-Daily News Staff

MHS baseball team trounces Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High baseball team remains undefeated after a couple of easy wins over Jamestown on Saturday.

MHS senior Hunter Oothoudt tossed a six-inning complete game in the first game of a doubleheader to lead the Magicians to a 21-2 win.

Sophomore Grant Larson went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBIs in the game, and senior Zach Danelson batted 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and five RBIs.

The Magicians (8-0 overall, 6-0 West Region) won 10-1 in game two behind a solid outing from junior pitcher Shawn Danielson. Danielson struck out five and allowed four hits in 6 2?3 innings.

Grant Larson went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs and junior Kolton Larson added two hits, including a triple.

Minot hosts Williston on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

MHS golf team 6th at Williston

RAY – The Minot High School boys golf team took sixth out of nine teams at the Williston Invite on Saturday.

The top four Magicians combined for 323 led by freshman Cody Reynolds’ 77. Bismarck High’s Trent Schwehr was the individual medalist with a 70 and the Demons tied Bismarck Century at 300.

MHS junior Taran Albright shot 79 followed by seniors Tyler Kast (82) and Braxton Heupel (85) to round out the Magi’s scoring.

“What a difference a day makes,” MHS coach Scott Foltz said in a press release. “Twenty-eight strokes better than yesterday. We lost a spot but it is real tight and we are only going to get better as courses come online in Minot.

“We arrived early to Dickinson (on Friday) and the Links today, specifically, so we could hit balls and use the putting greens. I think it helped.”

MHS plays at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bismarck St. Mary’s Invite.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians place third at Mandan Invite

MANDAN – Minot High School junior Alex Yanosko won the triple jump and was part of the 400-meter relay team that took first place at the Mandan Invite on Saturday at Faris Field.

The Magicians finished third in the seven-team meet with a score of 107.5. MHS finished well behind Bismarck High, which finished first with a score of 258.5. Bismarck Century finished second, 74 points in front of the Magicians.

“We tried some different events with some guys,” MHS coach Aaron Klingbeil said. “It was our last chance before the big meet to let the varsity guys experiment with other events.”

Century’s Landon Jochim won the 200, but MHS claimed the next three spots with sophomore Karter Gorney and seniors R.J. Barker and Dylan Jechort.

Junior Ben Love placed third in the 110 hurdles before finishing fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, 6 inches.

The Magicians compete in the East/West Crossover at 4 p.m. Friday in Fargo.

-Daily News Staff

Ryan softball team sweeps Century

BISMARCK – The Bishop Ryan softball team won a pair of games over Bismarck Century on Saturday in extremely different fashions.

In game one, the Lions (5-1 overall, 5-1 West Region) overwhelmed Century pitcher Kaylyn Herold en route to an 11-0 win. In game two, the Lions struggled against the slower pace of Century starter Hannah Holtz before pulling out a 4-3 win in eight innings.

“We jumped out with four (runs) in the first inning (of game one),” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “We were just all over it. The second game was a completely different style of pitcher and it took us awhile to get on her.”

Ryan sophomore Hannah Stewart pitched a complete game in the first contest, then relieved Brieann Backes in game two to earn the win. Freshman Sheyenne Schmidt led the Lions at the plate, batting a combined 6-for-7.

“She was just really confident and comfortable,” Julie Stewart said. “She’s approaching the plate and ready to hit.”

Ryan squares off with Minot High at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Hill Complex.

– Daily News Staff

Bismarck shuts out Majettes

BISMARCK – For the second consecutive game, the Minot High School girls soccer team was unable to find the back of the net.

One defensive breakdown cost the Majettes in a 1-0 loss to Bismarck High on Saturday.

Bismarck’s Andee Beierle scored the lone unassisted goal at 57 minutes, 20 seconds, beating Minot goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stenberg. Stenberg finished with 14 saves.

The Majettes (1-2 overall, 1-2 West Region) recorded five shots on Bismarck goalkeeper Sara Bachmeier, but couldn’t find the equalizer in the second half. Minot’s offense has generated just one goal in three games this season.

“Offensively, we need someone to step up and be a goal-scorer for us,” MHS coach Matt Pfau said. “We’re competitive in every game, we just need to find a way to score.”

Minot hosts Bismarck St. Mary’s at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

Aide breaks own MSU record

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minot State University junior Abbey Aide broke her own school record in the pole vault Saturday at the “Spite the Flood” outdoor track and field meet hosted by Concordia College.

Aide, a Bottineau native, cleared an unofficial height of 12 feet, 6.25 inches en route to a first-place finish. MSU sophomore Kirk Capdeville earned the vault title on the men’s side.

The Beavers also won the 1,600-meter relay, the 5,000 meters and the long jump in the men’s meet.

“Everyone did a fantastic job overall,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “We had a two-hour delay due to weather today. It was cold, it was raining, but our team did a great job of rising to the occasion and competing hard. I believe we had eight personal bests on both men’s and women’s and I think we are right where we want to be going into the conference championships.”

Complete meet results weren’t available at press time.

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

– Daily News Staff

Williston State softball still alive

WILLISTON -The Williston State College softball team will play for a National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIII championship today in the program’s inaugural season.

The Tetons eliminated Bismarck State College from the Region XIII tournament in an 11-0 win early Saturday. WSC dropped its next game 2-1 to Dakota County Technical College. The two teams meet again at 11 a.m. today. If the Tetons win, they force a third game at 1 p.m. for the title.

Courtney Okrainec was the winning pitcher against BSC and Anna Morgan led the Tetons at the plate. Morgan batted 3-for-3 with a triple, double and four RBIs.

In the Tetons’ second game Saturday, both teams scored a run in the fifth inning and DCTC added the winning run in the sixth.

– Daily News Staff