Sports briefs

MSU splits pair of volleyball matches

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The Minot State University volleyball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday to avoid a winless road trip.

Montana State University-Northern topped the Beavers 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 in MSU’s first match of the day. The Beavers responded with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-11 sweep of University of Great Falls later in the afternoon.

Sophomores Mallory Sall and Tarah Dabovich led MSU (1-3) with 11 and seven kills, respectively, in the win over Great Falls.

“Mallory, and really the whole team did a nice job rebounding from a rough day yesterday,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “We did a better job managing the game and making the right choices. When we do that, it pays off and we are a much better team.”

Against MSU-Northern, Sall notched 14 kills and freshman outside hitter Lauren Dunkle tallied 12. Junior setter Emily Byrne totaled 39 assists.

“Lauren is one of those kids we are excited to have in our program,” Ward said. “As a freshman preparing to play in the NSIC, you are going to need some confidence and I think she did that today.”

The Beavers travel to Mayville State for a nonconference matchup Wednesday.

– Daily News Staff

Ryan, ORCS fare well at VB tourney

HAZEN – The Bishop Ryan and Our Redeemer’s Christian School volleyball teams finished second and third, respectively, at the Coal Country Invite on Saturday.

The Lions and Knights met in the semifinals of the event, with Ryan prevailing 21-25, 25-21, 15-12. Ryan lost to Lisbon in three games in the final match, and ORCS beat Dickinson Trinity in three sets to take third place.

Senior Anika Rovig led the Lions with 29 kills and 50 assists throughout the tournament, and junior defensive specialist Maddie Wald racked up 44 digs.

Freshman Morgan Olson totaled team highs of 53 kills and 11 aces for the Knights, while Karlee Zablotney had 79 assists.

Both teams are on the road Tuesday. ORCS plays Hazen and Ryan travels to Bottineau.

– Daily News Staff

Two Minot State golfers break 80

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minot State University seniors Rebecca Heinitz and Mackenzie Nagel each carded 7-over-par 79s in the first round of the Concordia College Invite on Saturday.

The Beavers finished with 321 strokes overall, six back of leader College of St. Benedict (Minn.). Sophomore Danielle Foster shot an 81 and freshman Kayla Barke posted an 82 to round out MSU’s scoring.

“Becca made a couple big numbers about midway through her round, but she did a good job of bouncing back,” MSU assistant coach Michael DeLorme said in a press release. “Overall, we didn’t finish particularly well. Hopefully we can improve in tomorrow’s round.”

The final round begins at 9 a.m. today.

– Daily News Staff

MHS swimmers handle Mandan

MANDAN – The Minot High School girls swimming and diving team placed first in 10 of 12 events Saturday during a 127-59 rout of Mandan.

MHS sophomore Emily Hamel won handily in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and later helped the Majettes to first-place finishes in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Junior McKenna Brown was first in the 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley and the 200 medley relay.

MHS seniors Maddie Bickel and Emmalee Stach were the top two divers, racking up 194.60 and 192 points, respectively.

“We had a strong meet today all around,” MHS coach Dan Hinton said in a press release. “I feel like we have started the season off on the right foot.”

The Majettes compete Tuesday at Williston.

– Daily News Staff

MHS boys 3rd, girls 7th at Dickinson

DICKINSON – The Minot High School boys cross country team finished third out of 11 teams Saturday at the Dickinson Invite. MHS placed seventh out of 13 teams in the girls meet.

Magician senior Andrew Beach took eighth in the 5K (3.1 mile) boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 54.47 seconds. Bismarck’s Matt Gotta won the race in 16:01.15 to pace the Demons, who tallied 27 total points for the team victory. Century finished second with 100 points, followed by Minot (104) and Williston (105).

Bismarck won the girls race with 61 points, edging Century (66) and Dickinson (72). Century’s Jordan Jacob won the nearly 2.5-mile race in 14:41. Eighth-grader Emily Nelson led Minot with a 25th-place individual finish, clocking in at 16:58.12.

A couple of area Class B athletes fared well at the meet. Watford City’s Asha Smith took fifth place in the girls race with a time of 15:58.86, and New Town’s Ryan Wheeling finished sixth in the boys race in 16:51.47.

MHS competes in the Mandan Invite on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

MHS finishes 6th after long round

BISMARCK – The Dickinson High School girls golf squad survived the longevity battle Saturday at the seven-team Century Invitational. The event featured five lightning delays and lasted nine hours.

Dickinson shot a 335, just ahead of second-place Century (339). Minot (358) finished in sixth place.

Century’s Annie Nelson won the event with a 2-under 67. MHS golfers McKinley Bender (85), Paige Argent (87) and Makensy Arlien (92) each carded career-low rounds.

“Just to finish today was an accomplishment,” MHS coach Scott Foltz said. “It was that brutal. … For the medalist to shoot a 67 today, that was pretty fantastic.”

The Majettes travel to The Links of North Dakota for the Williston Invite on Friday.

– Daily News Staff