Sports briefs

MSU baseball team adds JUCO transfers

The Minot State University baseball program added a pair of junior-college transfers on Monday – pitcher Joshua Larsen and utility player Brad Rolff. Both will join the Beavers during the fall semester.

Larsen threw 44 innings last season for Douglas College (British Columbia) and posted a 3.01 ERA.

“I think Josh has a very good arm and will come in right away and have a chance to lead our pitching staff,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “I think with him and some of the other guys we have brought in, our staff will be improved dramatically next season.”

Rolff batted .308 for West Hills Community College (Calif.) last season and was voted team MVP.

“Brad had a great season last year and can play anywhere on the field,” Weppler said. “He has a great attitude and is a kid that is going to come in right away and work hard. He will have a chance to start at almost any position for us.”

– Daily News Staff

Two Bison, one UND player make watch lists

Two North Dakota State University players and one North Dakota player were named to watch lists for national Football Championship Subdivision awards on Monday.

Bison senior quarterback Brock Jensen is among 20 nominees on the 2013 Walter Payton Award watch list. The award goes to the most outstanding player in the FCS. Jensen, from Waupaca, Wis., completed 207 of 338 passes last season for 2,331 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

College Football Performance Awards placed NDSU senior Marcus Williams on the FCS Kickoff Returner Watch List. A consensus first-team All-American in 2012, Williams has also been named to the CFPA Defensive Back Watch List.

University of North Dakota senior Greg Hardin – already a member of the CFPA Wide Receiver Watch List – was also named to the kickoff returner list. Hardin averaged 31.2 yards per return in 2012, including a 98-yard touchdown against Southern Utah on Nov. 3.

– Daily News Staff

Wachholz named WSC softball coach

Scott Wachholz has been hired as the head softball coach at Williston State College, according to a press release issued Monday by the school.

Wachholz was an assistant softball coach and strength and conditioning coach during the last season at Southwest Minnesota State University. He served in the same positions at Columbus State University (Ga.) during the 2011-12 season, helping the Cougars to a 40-20 record and an NCAA Division II tournament appearance.

“Understanding the Teton tradition and the great support the athletic teams receive from the community makes this an incredible position,” Wachholz said in a press release. “Looking at the WSC athletic department, you are surrounded with quality programs and I am very enthused to become a part of this department, college and community.”

Previous coach Eric Peterson resigned after leading the program through its 23-14 inaugural season. Peterson continues to serve as WSC athletic director and head men’s basketball coach.

– Daily News Staff