Sports briefs

ORCS finishes fourth in Casselton tournament

CASSELTON – The Our Redeemer’s Christian School volleyball team placed fourth in the gold division at the Volley in the Valley tournament on Saturday.

ORCS defeated Milnor, Barnes County North and Pingree in straight sets and fell to Thompson during pool play. In tournament play, the Knights (9-5) defeated Des Lacs-Burlington in three sets before losing to Thompson and May-Port CG.

“I think the girls did a really great job,” ORCS coach Kara Nunziato said. “It’s tough for them to come in as a rebuilding year and a pretty inexperienced team and play these bigger schools that have a lot of juniors and seniors. It was just a lot of competitive volleyball.”

ORCS was led by freshmen Makayla Gartner and Morgan Olson, who each finished the tournament with 43 kills. Olson had a team-high 42 digs as well.

The Knights host Bottineau at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

Ryan wins Glenburn Volleyball Invite

GLENBURN – The Bishop Ryan volleyball team beat Berthold (25-16, 25-13) to win the Gold Division at the Glenburn Volleyball Invite on Saturday.

The Lions dropped just one game through six two-game matches. Glenburn stole an 18-16 time-limit-shortened game in the morning’s first match, but Ryan rolled after that with wins over TGU, Surry, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood and Kenmare in the semifinal.

“We had to come back on M-L-S the second game, so that just gave us the fuel to push all the way through it,” Ryan coach Kaycee Grochow said. “It was just good to see how the district will go. Every game is gonna be a tough one.”

Individual statistics were not provided. The Lions host Velva at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

No. 24 Central Missouri tops Minot State

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – The Minot State University women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, falling to No. 24 Central Missouri 2-0 in a nonconference matchup.

The Beavers (0-1-2) managed just two shots on goal against the Jennies (2-1-1).

UCM freshman Hannah Moran opened the scoring 29 minutes, 37 seconds into the game and classmate Kayla Hamner added another goal in the second half. Sophomore Nicole Pond assisted on both scores.

MSU sophomore goalkeeper Gemma Biasetto tallied five saves in the loss.

The Beavers travel to Southwest Minnesota State University on Saturday for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

– Daily News Staff

MSU freshmen star in 6-2

hockey win

CARONPORT, Saskatchewan – The American Collegiate Hockey Asso-ciation defending national champion Minot State University men’s team won its second game of the season 6-2 over Briercrest College on Saturday.

The Beavers received a huge lift from freshmen, including Sean Delwo, Cole Olson and Jeremy Johnson. Delwo scored twice, including MSU’s first goal, which came just over seven minutes into the second period. The Beavers led 2-1 after two periods.

Delwo scored again to open the third period. Johnson finished with one goal and three assists. Olson added a goal and an assist.

“We played very well today,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “The boys made some mistakes in the first period but corrected them in the third. I really liked how our young guys responded.”

Reigning national player of the year Wyatt Waselenchuk made 23 saves for MSU (2-0).

The Beavers beat Briercrest 9-4 Friday. Waselenchuk made 29 saves in the first win. Johnson had two goals in that game and Delwo also scored one in his MSU premiere. Seven different Beavers scored. Briercrest returns the visit for a pair of games Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers split final day of NSIC Challenge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minot State University volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Challenge on Saturday.

The Beavers (4-6) began the day with a five-set loss against Drury University (Mo.). MSU won the first two sets, but dropped the final three in a 24-26, 17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-9 loss.

The Beavers finished the tournament strong with a straight-set victory against South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. MSU cruised in the final two sets, winning the match 25-17, 25-10, 25-9.

MSU junior outside hitter Jen Dixon and sophomore outside hitter Mallory Sall combined for 30 kills in the first match and 31 in the second. Junior setter Emily Byrne had a match-high 53 assists against Drury and added 38 more against SDMT.

The Beavers finished the tournament 2-2.

MSU hosts Minnesota State-Moorhead at 7 p.m. Thursday.

– Daily News Staff

MHS No. 1 doubles

team wins twice

WEST FARGO – The Minot High School No. 1 boys doubles team picked up two wins in the rain-shortened West Fargo Tennis Invite on Saturday.

Senior Isaac Massey and junior Dustin Foster held their No. 4 seed in an 8-1 win over an unseeded Shanley team. The Magicians then beat No. 5 Siddharth Gupta and Evan Kottsick (Davies) 8-4. The singles and doubles flights of the touranment played eight-game pro-set matches in an effort to finish more contests.

Foster and Massey would have faced No. 1 Ryan Kenyon and Jake Kuhlman of Grand Forks Red River in a semifinal.

“They were very happy with how they played,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said. “They thought they played better from the first match to the second match, which was good.”

In second flight doubles MHS senior Grayson Bahl and junior Drew Thomas won their only match of the day 8-1 over Szymon Zmyslony and Max Fisher of West Fargo. Sophomores Cody Reynolds and Ty Nygaard won their only match 8-5 over a Shanley team in the third flight.

MHS varsity reserves competed through the six singles flights. The Magicians host Williston at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

MHS boys XC team

third in Mandan

MANDAN – Minot High School senior Andrew Beach took 12th overall to lead the Magicians to a third-place finish at the Mandan Kiwanis Meet on Saturday.

Bismarck High crushed the competition with 26 points followed by Century with 106 and Minot with 116.

Beach finished the 5K (3.1-mile) course in 16 minutes, 49 seconds. Dickinson’s Jackson Binstock won the race in 16:01. Sean Krill was the second Magician to finish and 20th overall in 17:09.

“Andrew, it wasn’t his best race but he ran well,” MHS coach Aaron Klingbeil said. “Sean Krill, in particular, had a fantastic race.”

Century won the girls meet with 42 followed by Dickinson with 81 and Mandan with 123. Minot took eighth with 243 led by eighth-grader Emily Nelson. She finished the 4K in 15:59 for 21st place. Bismarck’s Lexi Zeis won in 14:08.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians find scoring touch in rout

FARGO – After a pair of scoreless draws, the Minot High School boys soccer team needed just 15 seconds to net its first goal in a 10-2 rout of Detroit Lakes (Minn.) on Saturday at the Fargo Invitational.

Senior Ryan Crabtree and junior Ekow Annan combined for four goals and three assists. Annan’s opening goal was the first of eight unanswered goals.

“When you score 15 seconds into the game, the tone has been set for your team and the monkey’s off the back from not scoring the last two games,” MHS coach Cody Saunders said. “Ryan and Ekow, when they work well together, are hard to stop.”

Crabtree netted Minot’s sixth and seventh goals of the contest.

Ben Johnson scored both goals for Detroit Lakes, the first on a penalty kick in the 56th minute.

MHS senior goalkeeper Garrett Weishaar made nine saves in the first half before classmate Jake Saunders played the final 40 minutes. Saunders made three saves.

The Magicians (3-2-5) host Bismarck High at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

MHS swimmers finish second at Bismarck meet

BISMARCK – The Minot High School girls swimming and diving team racked up 383 points and took second place Saturday at the 10-team Bismarck High School-Century High School Invitational. West Fargo tallied 447 points to win the event.

“Overall, my expectations for this meet were not necessarily to win this meet,” MHS coach Dan Hinton said. “I just wanted to have a good showing. West Fargo won the meet and their lineup also wasn’t the strongest. There’s gonna be a strategic game we have to play to see who is the powerhouse.”

Sophomore Emily Hamel was the Majettes’ lone event winner, finishing the 50-meter freestyle in 25.43 seconds. Junior McKenna Brown took second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 2.31 seconds. Williston senior Samantha Miller won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.80, just ahead of Minot senior Sarah Bogenrief (1:11.95).

The Majettes also finished second in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay. Hinton said the Majettes and Packers had strong relays.

“It’s going to be quite the chess game for putting the pieces in the right places at the end of the season,” he said.

Minot competes against Century and Grand Forks Central on Friday.

MHS divers Paige Melby, Maddy Fickle and Alexis Leiner all turned in state-qualifying performances, and senior swimmer Devin Scott qualified for the state meet with a time of 58.74 seconds in the 100 freestyle. Scott had already qualified in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

– Daily News Staff

MHS volleyball defeats Dickinson in five sets

DICKINSON – The Minot High School volleyball team closed out the week on a good note, defeating Dickinson in five sets Saturday.

The Majettes (5-6 overall, 1-3 West Region) dropped the opening set before winning the next two and the deciding fifth-set tiebreaker for a 14-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-25, 15-9 region victory.

MHS senior middle blocker Jayden Moum had 13 kills and junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Stenberg finished with 12. Senior setter Ashley Gathman led the Majettes with 35 assists and three aces.

“It was a great way to end the week,” MHS coach Ellen Jebens said. “The girls played well tonight and did their job.”

Keely Hutchens led the Midgets (3-8, 1-3) with 13 kills.

MHS travels to play Bismarck High at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff