Sports briefs

Metros fall to .500 after pair of losses

FARGO – The Minot Metros put runners on base, but couldn’t find the timely hit to bring them home in losses to West Fargo and Fargo on Thursday.

The Metros (10-10) scored twice in the top of the first against West Fargo, but surrendered 11 of the next 13 runs in an 11-4 loss to the Aces. Against Fargo, Minot scattered 10 hits, but could only plate two in a 5-2 loss.

“We had the hits and guys got on base, but we didn’t get the timely hits we needed,” Metros coach Jason Steele said. “We left too many people on base. We preach playing seven innings both defensively and offensively and we didn’t do that for whatever reason.”

The Metros loaded the bases in each of the first two innings against Fargo, but could only muster one run in the top of the second. The Bombers responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Steele said the Metros left double digit runners on base in both games.

Hunter Duttenhefer and Conor Taney paced the Metros at the plate. Duttenhefer had a pair of hits in each game and drove in a run against Fargo. Taney finished the doubleheader 3-for-6.

“Whenever we get these hits, no one is on base and when people are on base we aren’t getting those hits,” Steele said. “We’re not playing situational baseball.”

The Metros host a doubleheader against Fargo at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Corbett Field.

-Daily News Staff

Minot native qualifies for Olympic trials

Stephanie Sambor and her team have qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling beginning Nov. 10 at Scheels Arena in Fargo.

Sambor, a Minot native, is part of Team Potter, which includes Cassie Potter of St. Paul, Minn., Jamie Haskell of Bemidji, Minn., and Jackie Lemke of Medford, Wis.

Her team will compete against three other opponents. The winning team will be nominated for approval by the United States Olympic Committee to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, as members of Team USA.

The United States has already secured a spot in the Winter Olympics for women’s curling.

-Daily News Staff

Former NSIC player named Grizzlies coach

Minnesota State University-Moorhead graduate Dave Joerger was named head coach of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.

The 1997 Moorhead graduate played point guard for the school for two seasons. He has been an assistant coach with the Grizzlies since 2007 and was named lead assistant in 2011.

Joerger led the Dakota Wizards to the NBA D-League championship in the 2006-07 season.

-Daily News Staff

Entire UND Sports Radio Network returning

The UND Sports Radio Network will be at full strength for another season, as all 12 radio affiliates will return from last year, UND Athletic Director Brian Faison announced Thursday.

UND Sports Radio Network affiliates include Beulah, Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston.

“We are excited that Clear Channel Grand Forks will continue to serve as our flagship stations for North Dakota athletics,” Faison said in a press release. “We continue to enjoy exceptional local coverage throughout the state and the region for UND athletics thanks to a great group of affiliates.”

Oldies 1390 AM in Minot will broadcast UND football and men’s hockey.

-Daily News Staff