Sports briefs

Vistas drop two more in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – The Minot Vistas (8-4) lost two games Thursday and fell to 0-3 at the Decker Sports College World Series Tournament.

Minot fell 6-3 to Hit Streak of Denver and gave up three unanswered runs in a 3-2 loss to Sioux Falls (S.D.). Hunter Oothoudt gave up four runs through four innings of game one and fell to 1-1. Grant Larson also dropped to 1-1 after giving up two runs through five innings of game two.

“We struggled a little bit offensively and you can’t do that down here,” Vistas coach Todd Larson said in a phone interview. “Again, starting pitching was good, just couldn’t get our bats going again.”

Larson said his group was sluggish from the start of the 9:30 a.m. game against Denver. The Vistas fell 6-5 to Tri City Red (New Brighton, Minn.) in a nine-inning game Wednesday night.

“Winnable games? Absolutely,” Larson said, “but until we get things figured out offensively, we might come up a little bit short.

“We’re not seeing the baseball very well, but you got to tip your hat to the pitchers sometimes.”

The Vistas managed just four hits against Denver and Larson has been impressed with the opposing teams’ arms.

“We’re seeing kids who are throwing three or four pitches for strikes,” he said.

Austin Berntson (2-1) will take the mound against Woodward (Okla.) at 9:30 a.m. today. Berntson won his previous two starts. Minot’s roadtrip ends with a 2 p.m. game Saturday against host Creighton Prep.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers add Manitoba WR

The Minot State University football team’s 2013 recruiting class is at 38 athletes with Thursday’s signing of Taylor Maloney, a wide receiver from Brandon, Manitoba.

The 6-foot-3 Maloney had 10 touchdowns and more than 1,500 receiving yards through his final two seasons at Crocus Plains Regional High School. He was named the offensive MVP of the Western High School Football League’s Senior Bowl.

Maloney also competed in basketball, hockey, volleyball and track and field for the Plainsmen.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers add leadoff hitter

The Minot State University baseball team added its seventh player of the 2013 recruiting class with the signing of Nicholas Hammerl on Thursday.

The West Peoria, Ill., native transfers from Illinois Central College. He hit .288 from the Cougars’ leadoff spot with 20 RBIs and 42 runs scored this year. ICC won a school-record 39 games.

“We are excited to sign Nick. He is an extremely talented ball player,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “He is a good leadoff guy and also a good defensive middle infielder.”

Hammerl played his first collegiate season at North Central College (Napervill, Ill.) and hit .349 in 14 games with the Cardinals.

– Daily News Staff

Triplett earns coach of the year honors

Minot State University softball coach Bill Triplett was named 2013 CaptainU Coach of the Year on Thursday after guiding the Beavers to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in their first year of eligibility.

The Beavers won their first-ever NCAA tournament game in regional play and finished runner-up in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. MSU won a school-record 41 games, going 41-11 this year.

“This is quite the honor and I’m very happy to receive it for our softball team and Minot State University,” Triplett said in a press release. “A coach doesn’t get awarded something like this without having great players and assistant coaches like we had this year.”

Triplett is 161-67 in five seasons with the Beavers.

The honor is MSU’s first national coaching award and CaptainU award as a member of NCAA Division II.

UCaptain is the largest youth and college sports network. More than a half-million high school athletes, youth sports events, youth coaches and college coaches use CaptainU to promote themselves and their teams, and to connect with each other.

-Daily News Staff

Summit League honors area athletes

North Dakota State sophomore golfer Emma Kusick, a 2011 Minot High School graduate, was named to the 2012-13 Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence in the Summit League. Kusick is a microbiology major.

NDSU sophomore high jumper Jordon Rehak, a 2011 Tioga graduate, also made the list. Rehak is a agricultural economics major.

– Daily News Staff

WSC hockey adds Wisconsin native

The Williston State College hockey team announced the signing of forward Eric Behrend on Thursday.

A 6-foot, 180-pound native of Waunakee, Wisc., Behrend joins the NJCAA defending national champions from the North Iowa Bulls of the North American Tier III Hockey League. He scored 29 goals, had 35 assists and 66 penalty minutes in 45 games.

“To get this done took a lot of work and we couldn’t be happier to have a player of Eric’s caliber in the fold,” WSC coach Seamus Gregory said in a press release. “He has fantastic speed, great vision and can finish. He is going to be real fun to watch in our rink.”

– Daily News Staff

Pitcher heading to Eastern New Mexico

Williston State College righthanded pitcher Cody Pope has signed with Eastern New Mexico University, Tetons coach Shawn Cote announced Thursday.

Cote will join the NCAA Division II Greyhounds next season following a 6-3 career in two seasons with WSC.

The Kingman, Ariz., native had a 2.56 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 140 innings with the Tetons. ENMU was 21-27 this year and finished seventh in the Lone Star Conference.

“This is a great opportunity for Cody to continue his baseball career at the next level,” Cote said in a press release. “Cody was a big part of our success the past two years and his tremendous work ethic and dedication to our program sets an example of everything we look for in players. It’s great to see their hard work pay off.”

– Daily News Staff