Sports briefs

Top-ranked Lions run past Griggs-Barnes County

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. – Sloppy field conditions put Class AA No. 1 Bishop Ryan’s game Friday night at Griggs-Barnes County in danger of being canceled.

When school officials asked Ryan coach Brad Borkhuis if he wanted to go forth with the West Region contest, his mind was already made up.

“We traveled three hours on a bus to get here,” Borkhuis said. “We’re going to play some football.”

The Lions (7-0 overall, 5-0 region) adapted their pass-heavy attack to the slippery, water-logged turf and rushed for 323 yards in a 44-7 win over the host Cougars.

“Our offense is based off taking what people give us,” Borkhuis said. “We found a lot of success running early.”

Senior running back Braden Kalamaha – who returned from an ankle injury that kept him out of Saturday’s game against Stanley-Powers Lake – carried 18 times for a game-high 129 yards and two touchdowns.

“He did extremely well,” Borkhuis said. “It didn’t look like it hindered him at all. He had some residual pain during his runs, but he fought through it. It was a great example of a senior stepping up.”

Quarterback Austin Eggl added 74 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Eggl also connected with Kalamaha on a 30-yard strike for the Lions’ only points through the air.

Ryan led 30-0 after two quarters – its fifth straight game with a halftime lead of 28 points or more. The Lions outgained G-BC 412-124 and limited it to five first downs.

Seniors Nick Berentson, Jake Magnuson and Mason Kramer each had four tackles, including one for a loss, to lead the Ryan defense. Berentson also intercepted a pass.

Ryan hosts Beulah on Wednesday before closing out the regular season at home against No. 2 St. Mary’s on Oct. 26.

– Daily News Staff

S.D.’s Elshere family shines at rodeo

South Dakota cowboys Cole Elshere and his cousins, Ryan and JJ Elshere, finished first, second and fourth, repectively, in saddle bronc riding at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo on Friday.

Cole, riding Korkow horse Inky, scored 84 points for the win. Ryan had 80 and JJ had 76.

“He kind of reared out of the chute, then circled back and was front-endy, and made me have to hustle,” Cole, of Faith, S.D., said in a press release.

It was the second of four days of action at the Badlands Circuit Finals.

Mandan’s Ty Breuer took first with 86 points in bareback riding on Korkow Rodeo’s Bambino Vold. Bismarck’s Desirae Weigel won the barrel racing with a top time of 13.52 seconds.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers rout NDSU in hockey

FARGO – Freshman forward Cole Olson had two goals to lead a balanced scoring effort in the Minot State University men’s club hockey team’s 8-0 victory over North Dakota State on Friday night.

MSU, the top-ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, peppered NDSU goalie Alex Cimochowski with 70 shots. The Beavers scored two goals in each of the first two periods before exploding for four in the final frame.

MSU goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk recorded 33 saves in the shutout.

“We really finished the game well,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “I thought we looked a little sluggish the first two periods but finished strong. Wyatt had once again another great performance.”

The Beavers (3-0) play NDSU again at 7:30 tonight.

– Daily News Staff

MHS volleyball team starts slow at Invite

FARGO – Minot High went 1-2 in pool play Friday in the Scheel’s Volleyball Invitational at Fargo Davies High School.

The Majettes (12-13 overall, 3-6 West Region) fell in straight sets 25-15, 25-16 to Grand Forks Red River in their first match. They rebounded with a 25-20, 25-21 victory over Devils Lake before losing to Sioux Falls Washington (S.D.) 25-9, 25-16 to close out pool play.

MHS will compete as the No. 5 seed today in the Silver Bracket at Fargo North High School. Its first-round match begins at 9:30 a.m. against the host Spartans.

“We have Fargo North at North and if we win, we might get another chance to play (Grand Forks) Red River,” MHS coach Ellen Jebens said. “We would like another go at them.”

Ashley Gathman had 28 assists and 16 digs on the day to lead the Majettes. Trista Jackson led MHS with 21 digs, while Jayden Moum recorded a team-best nine kills.

-Daily News Staff