Sports briefs

MSU track signs Watford City’s Bates

The Minot State University track and field program announced the signings of two athletes Tuesday, including Watford City High School senior Tyler Bates.

Bates, a 6-foot-4, multi-sport athlete, is the Wolves’ top male sprinter heading into this week’s state meet. He also plays baseball and contributed to Watford’s football and basketball teams.

Catie LeDesma, a distance runner from Chula Vista, Calif., will join the Beavers as a freshman in the fall. LeDesma led Otay Ranch High School in the 1,500-meter race with a personal best of four minutes, 56 seconds. She will compete with the cross country and track teams.

– Daily News Staff

Four Tetons all-region in baseball

Four members of the Williston State College baseball team earned All-Region 13 honors and sophomore pitcher Brock McCashland was named region MVP.

McCashland, who also was named Mondak conference pitcher of the year, had a 6-2 record, 55 strikeouts, a 2.14 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in nine starts.

WSC freshman Tyler Wiwchar and sophomores Connor Oliver and Bryant Marsing also made the team.

Wiwchar had a .364 batting average, 43 hits, 24 RBIs and 20 runs. Oliver hit .287 with 25 hits, 11 RBIs and 21 runs. Marsing hit .299 with 40 hits, 15 RBIs and 28 runs.

– Daily New Staff

Williston State signs Devils

Lake twins

The Williston State College hockey team signed Devils Lake twins Karson and Kyle Kuntz on Tuesday.

The twins join the Tetons after junior hockey careers with the Alexandria (Minn.) Blizzard of the North American Hockey League.

Both defensemen are 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds.

“As we continue to grow our program we need to continue bringing in players like the Kuntz brothers,” WSC coach Gregory Seamus said. “What makes this commitment that much more special is that they are homegrown North Dakota talent.

“I had the opportunity in March to watch both guys play live and our fans will love their game as much I did. Bottom line, they are tough guys, win battles and play with a ton of heart.”

In 48 games with the Blizzard, Karson had nine goals, 17 assists and 65 penalty minutes. Kyle had two goals, 19 assists, and 96 penalty minutes in 47 games.

– Daily News Staff

Haugeberg signs with WSC

Watford City standout McKayla Haugeberg has signed with Williston State College to play basketball and softball.

Haugeberg led the Region 8 runner-up Wolves in basketball with 16 points per game. The Region 8 Senior Athlete of the Year finished with 1,145 career points and was selected to this summer’s Lions Club All-Star team.

“I feel very fortunate to have signed McKayla to our program,” WSC women’s basketball coach Luanne Axelson said in a press release. “She is an athlete who can step in as a point guard and make everyone else look better. McKayla sees the floor very well and is extremely competitive, which will give her an edge stepping up to the next level.”

Haugeberg will play shortstop for the softball team.

“We are excited to get McKayla in our program after the basketball season is over,” WSC softball coach Eric Peterson said. “She is a tremendous athlete that will be able to contribute immediately on the field.”

– Daily News Staff