Sports briefs

MHS golf team takes fifth

HANKINSON – The Minot High School boys golf team improved by four strokes in the final round of the Class A state tournament Wednesday and the Magicians finished fifth overall.

Bismarck Century won comfortably with a two-day total of 627 at the par-72 Dakota Winds Golf Course. Fargo Shanley (638) surged after a tough first day and shot 14 strokes better to take second. Wahpeton (640), Fargo Davies (646) and Minot (646) rounded out the top five.

“We cut four strokes, but it wasn’t enough on a nicer day today,” MHS coach Scott Foltz said in a press release. “Shanley is a good team with a lot of weapons.”

MHS was in third after Tuesday’s round and Wahpeton took that spot, dropping from second.

Bismarck St. Mary’s Jake Deforest won the individual title with a two-day score of 149. Three players tied for second at 150. Minot High freshman Cody Reynolds finished tied for ninth at 160. Reynolds improved by four strokes with a 78 on Wednesday to earn all-state honors.

“Cody will be a challenger for state medalist in the next three seasons,” Foltz said. “He strikes the ball well and has terrific touch around the green. Very proud of him and all the boys this season.”

MHS junior Taran Albright improved by eight strokes with a 78 on Wednesday and finished second on the team with a two-day total of 164. Junior Jersey Kelly (167) and senior Tyler Kast (169) also scored for MHS.

– Daily News Staff

MSU football team adds three

The Minot State University football team announced the signings of three players from different regions of the country Wednesday.

Junior kicker Brian Gutierrez will join the Beavers after two years at Los Angeles Pierce College. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder is expected to contribute on kickoffs and field goals. Gutierrez, originally of Granada Hills, Calif., was an all-conference player the past two seasons and has a career-long field goal of 52 yards.

Garrett Stoheling Jr. is another community college transfer. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound linebacker was the 2012 conference defensive player of the year out of Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls. Stoheling was a four-year letter winner for Perry High School in Perry, Ga.

Joshua Sather, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman, will join the Beavers as a freshman out of Bigfork High School in Bigfork, Mont. Sather was a first-team all-state performer in 2012 and didn’t allow a sack as a senior. He also played basketball, hockey and golf.

MSU is coming off a 3-8 season in its first year in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

– Daily News Staff

Vistas’ opener canceled

FARGO – The Minot Vistas’ season-opening doubleheader against Fargo was canceled Wednesday due to an unplayable field.

The American Legion team is scheduled to play a doubleheader at West Fargo at 5 p.m. tonight.

– Daily News Staff

Optimist All-Star volleyball teams set

Five area graduates will represent the West team in this month’s North Dakota High School Coaches Association/Optimists All-Star Series.

Minot High School’s Morgan Milbrath, Our Redeemer’s Christian School’s Ashley Koppinger, Kenmare’s Lexie Munson, Hazen’s Rachel Hansanna and Ray’s Kendra Heier are on the 12-girl roster. The teams include players from Classes A and B.

The West will play the East on June 17 at West Fargo High School and on June 18 at Bismarck High. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

Fans can see the last prep action between the state’s top graduates for $6 (adults) and $3 (students). Children 12 years and younger are free.

Proceeds help provide scholarships to volleyball players and support youth projects throughout the state, according to an Optimist Club press release.

– Daily News Staff