Sports briefs

MHS’s Foster wins West Region singles title

BISMARCK – Minot High’s Dustin Foster dropped only seven games en route to the West Region singles title Saturday at Capital Racquet & Fitness Center.

The top-seeded junior routed Century’s Michael Janes 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals and then beat Brandon Schaner of Mandan 6-2, 6-3 the championship.

“Dustin was very efficient all weekend,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said. “I think he only lost eight games all tournament. He was basically on cruise control.”

MHS senior Isaac Massey fell to Schaner 7-5, 7-6 in the other singles semifinal, but trounced Janes 6-1, 6-2 to salvage a third-place finish.

Massey was named a finalist for West Region Senior Athlete of the Year along with Century’s Sam Mastel and Mandan’s Ben Wanner.

The MHS doubles tandem of sophomore Ty Nygaard and junior Drew Thomas lost 7-5, 6-1 to Williston’s Travis Kuhn and Chase Olson in the losers’ bracket semifinals.

The Magicians travel to Fargo for the team state tournament Thursday and individual competition Friday and Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

MSU XC teams compete at Roy Griak Invitational

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Minot State University men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in the lower half of their respective contests at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday.

The women’s team took 21st out of 30 teams with junior Kara Kuntz leading the Beavers and finishing 101st overall. Kuntz finished the 6K (3.7 miles) coursein 24 minutes, 48 seconds.

“I was happy with what I saw from our women’s team,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “Kara had a course personal record, which she improved 47 seconds on her time from this course a year ago. As a team, I just think we need to be more mentally tough in the middle stages of the races.”

The men’s team finished 32nd out of 40 teams with sophomore Joel Cartwright leading the Beavers and finishing 125th overall. Cartwright ran the 8K (4.97 miles) course in 27:34. Junior Clay Armstrong (144th) was just 16 seconds behind.

Augustana College (S.D.) won the men’s and women’s meets. The Beavers compete at the Jamestown College Invite on Oct. 11.

– Daily News Staff

ORCS bests MHS at Dickinson High Invitiational

DICKINSON – Our Redeemer’s Christian School volleyball coach Kara Nunziato relishes opportunities to play Class A teams.

“The Class B schools have nothing to lose,” she said.

With little pressure on the Knights, Nunziato’s squad upended Class A opponent Minot High 2-0 (26-24, 25-18) to win the Silver bracket of the Dickinson High Invitational on Saturday.

“Going into the tournament, I just told them to play with pride, go down swinging and don’t get down on themselves,” Nunziato said. “The girls really fulfilled that.”

ORCS (18-5-2) received a first-round bye and then swept Hettinger-Scranton and Dickinson Trinity in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

In the round-robin portion of the tourney on Friday, the Knights swept Hettinger-Scranton and Malta (Mont.) 3-0 before losing in straight sets to Billings Skyview (Mont.), which boasts 1,585 students.

Sophomore outside hitter organ Morgan Olson led ORCS with 60 kills and eight aces in the six matches. Eighth-grade setter Karlee Zablotney recorded 97 assists, freshman middle blocker Makayla Gartner had 11 blocks and four Knights (McKensie Popinga, Lauren Hendrickson, Gabi Boeckel and Olson) tallied 50 or more digs.

MHS (10-9) notched a 2-1 comeback win (24-26, 25-19, 25-23) against Miles City (Mont.) in the first round, had a bye in the quarterfinal round, then beat Heart River 2-1 (26-24, 19-25, 25-19) before falling to ORCS.

– Daily News Staff

Augustana beats MSU volleyball team 3-1

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana College volleyball team topped Minot State University in four competitive sets Saturday, 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22.

The Beavers (6-8 overall, 2-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) received outstanding individual performances from outside hitters Mallory Sall and Jen Dixon. Sall, a sophomore, posted a match-high 20 kills. Dixon, a junior, added 19 kills and 17 digs.

“Jen was awesome tonight,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “She played the best match of her career, but I am confident we are going to see more of it this year. Mallory also did great; she is such a gifted kid and as she continues to give the effort she gave tonight, we will see more great matches. I am really proud of both of them.”

Holly Hafemeyer led Augustana (11-2, 3-2) with 12 kills and Taylor Hrdlichka totaled seven blocks.

– Daily News Staff