Sports briefs

Majette swimmers win in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High School girls swimming and diving team won three events en route to a first-place finish at the Grand Forks Invite on Saturday.

The Majettes finished with a team score of 334 points, 21 in front of Hutchinson High School (Minn.) in the 12-team invite.

“It was absolutely a team effort,” MHS coach Dan Hinton said. “Quite a few girls that are battling illness were pretty good about gritting their teeth and putting in good races and good finishes.”

MHS sophomore Emily Hamel claimed the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.22 seconds. Fargo North’s Breah Anderson finished 0.25 seconds behind Hamel.

MHS junior Francesca Walker-Rozo won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.90. Walker-Rozo and Hamel helped the Majettes win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.91. MHS edged Fargo North by 0.07 seconds.

Four Minot divers placed in the top 10.

The Majettes host a double dual at 5 p.m. Friday against Bismarck High and Davies at Magic City Campus.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians handle Davies in soccer

MANDAN – The Minot High School boys soccer team allowed a first-minute goal to Davies on Saturday, but the Magicians responded with four unanswered goals to claim a 4-1 nonconference victory.

“That (early goal) kind of woke them up and it was good to see them respond,” MHS coach Cody Saunders said. “They fought through it and scored two goals in the first half to take the lead.”

Junior forward Ekow Annan scored twice for MHS and senior Ryan Crabtree tallied two assists. Seniors Jacob Schmidt and Joey Lisner also scored for Minot (5-3-4).

“I was happy with the win,” Saunders said. “It’s just tough for both teams to get pumped. You don’t wanna have any injuries or cards when it’s a nonconference game. It just changes the mood of the game a little bit.”

The Magicians return to West Region play Thursday with a visit to Mandan.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros shut out in showcase finale

BLAINE, Minn. – The Minot Minotauros closed out their North American Hockey League Showcase schedule with a 3-0 loss to Michigan on Saturday.

Michigan’s Colin Larkin scored twice and Scott Cuthrell netted a goal late in the second period.

The Tauros (1-2-1) recorded just 20 shots – four in the second period – on Michigan goaltender Dillon Kelley. Forward Jadin Martin led Minot with five shots on goal.

Tauros goalie Brandon Wildung finished with 25 saves in the loss.

Minot plays its home opener at 7:35 p.m. Friday against Austin (Minn.) at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers XC teams finish near bottom at Bobcat Invite

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Minot State University men’s cross country team finished 10th out of 11 teams at the Montana State University Bobcat Invite on Saturday. The Minot State women finished 11th out of 12 teams at the meet, which featured several Division I opponents.

“Nobody really likes getting beat,” Minot State coach Stu Melby said. “We don’t like being 10th on the men’s side and 11th on the women’s side, but it’s early. I’m seeing some improvement, some progress. We have people that are learning what they need to do to run better and keep improving.”

Freshman Catie LeDesma led the way for the Beaver women, finishing the three-mile race in 19 minutes, 26 seconds. Junior Kara Kuntz was the second MSU finisher, clocking in at 19:42.

“Kara Kuntz ran 20 seconds faster and it was a more difficult course (than last week’s meet in Moorhead, Minn.) and there was more altitude,” Melby said. “She ran fantastic.”

Junior Clay Armstrong (27:47) and sophomore Joel Cartwright (27:59) paced the Beavers in the men’s five-mile race.

Montana State won the men’s event and had the top individual finisher in both races. Utah State posted the low score on the women’s side.

The Beavers compete at the Roy Griak Invite on Saturday in Minneapolis.

– Daily News Staff

MHS boys XC team fifth in Minn. meet

MILACA, Minn. – The Minot High School boys cross country team took fifth out of 31 squads in the Class AAAA division at the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday.

Senior Andrew Beach ran his best time of the season, finishing the 5K (3.1-mile) course in 16 minutes, 28 seconds, good for 14th place. The next five Magicians finished within 50 seconds of Beach for one of the top team performances of the season.

“Overall, we were very happy with how we did on the race,” MHS coach Aaron Klingbeil said. “We knew we’d race well, but didn’t know how well.”

Dylan Ellis, Jaden Wahlund, Sean Krill and Billy Sartwell rounded out the top 5, in that order, for MHS.

The MHS girls team took seventh out of 27 teams at the Valley City Invitational. Eighth-grader Emily Nelson led the Majettes with a season-best 15:44 in the 4K (2.48 miles).

“They all ran really well,” MHS coach Shannon Bushnell said. “Everyone had an improved time and they were very anxoius and happy to run the state course, so they have a feel for it.”

Team and individual results were not available for the girls meet.

– Daily News Staff

Second-half flurry buries MSU

soccer team

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore Miranda Cadena scored less than two minutes into the second half and the Mustangs tacked on three more goals to bury the Minot State University women’s soccer team 4-0 Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

MSU coach Jason Spain said the Beavers (0-2-2 overall, 0-1-1 NSIC) “gave up” after falling behind 1-0.

“We got thoroughly dismantled,” Spain said. “They were better at every position and we played with no intensity.”

Cadena added an unassisted goal with 23 minutes, 48 seconds remaining and the Mustangs (5-0, 2-0) scored two more times in the next five minutes. Spain attributed the collapse to a lack of leadership.

“The players we’re leaning on aren’t getting it done,” said Spain, whose team managed just two shots on goal. “We gotta make changes tomorrow.”

MSU plays at Sioux Falls (S.D.) at 1 p.m. today.

– Daily News Staff

MSU women’s golf 8th after round one

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Minot State University women’s golf team shot a collective 335 Saturday and sits in eighth place at the 14-team Southwest Minnesota State Mustang Invite. The final round begins today at 9 a.m.

MSU senior Rebecca Heinitz carded a 7-over 79 and is tied for eighth place individually. Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Kenya Sethasompobe enters day two in first after a 2-under 70. The Mavericks are also leading the team portion of the event after posting an even 300.

Senior Mackenzie Nagel (82) and sophomores Kayla Palczewski (86) and Danielle Foster (88) rounded out MSU’s scoring.

The Beavers are just a stroke out of fifth place, as three teams tied with round-one scores of 334.

– Daily News Staff

Northern State sweeps MSU

volleyball team

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Minot State University volleyball team posted an anemic .038 hitting percentage in a straight-set conference loss to Northern State University on Saturday.

The Wolves (9-0 overall, 2-0 NSIC) hit .347 for the match and a blistering .615 in game two as they won 25-18, 25-13, 25-15.

“Hats off to Northern for coming to play today,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “We did not represent our ability or Minot State as well as I know we can. We will get back after it this week and are looking forward to being back in front of our fans.”

Macey Finizo and Kelsey Chambers tallied 15 and 13 kills, respectively, for Northern State. Junior outside hitter Jen Dixon led MSU (5-6, 1-1) with 12 kills.

The Beavers host in-state rival University of Mary at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff