Sports briefs

MSU picked 14th in NSIC preseasonfootball poll

The Minot State University football team was selected to finish 14th out of 16 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference squads in the preseason coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

The Beavers, who finished 3-8 last season, were picked ahead of North Division foes Minnesota Crookston and Minnesota State-Moorhead. MSU beat both teams last season, with the Beavers’ third win coming against the University of Mary.

MSU seniors Wayne Peters and Jeff Buchert were tabbed as players to watch by the conference. Peters, a 5-foot-9 wideout, averaged 59 receiving yards per game and 13.62 yards per catch in 2012. Buchert, a 6-1, 215-pound defensive back, led the Beavers with three interceptions and made 52 tackles.

Minnesota State-Mankato was picked to finish first in the conference, with Minnesota Duluth selected No. 2 overall and No. 1 in the North Division. For complete polls, see page D2.

– Daily News Staff

WSC hires assistant baseball coach

Williston native Shawn Egge has been hired by the Williston State College baseball program as an outfield and strength and conditioning coach.

Egge played college baseball at Longview Community College (Mo.) and Missouri Western State University. He has coached Babe Ruth baseball in Williston for the last four summers.

“We are very happy to have Shawn join the staff,” WSC head coach Shawn Cote said in a press release. “He has been a part of some very successful programs at this level. He will be able to bring some experience and energy to the staff.”

– Daily News Staff

NDSU ranked No. 1 in FCS Coaches’ Poll

The North Dakota State University football team will start the season ranked No. 1 in the FCS Coaches’ Poll for the second straight season.

The two-time defending national champion Bison received 23 of 26 first-place votes. Montana State, Eastern Washington, Sam Houston State and Wofford round out the top five.

NDSU returns 18 starters, including All-Americans Billy Turner at tackle and Marcus Williams at cornerback.

Six Colonial Athletic Association teams made the top 25, the most from any conference. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley Football Conference have five ranked teams each.

For the complete poll, see page D2.

– Daily News Staff