Sports briefs 11/10/13

Majettes claim West Region swimming title

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High School girls swimming and diving team won six of 12 events Saturday to earn the Majettes’ first West Region title since 2008.

MHS finished with 460 points, 18 ahead of second-place Century the two-time defending region champions.

Minot junior Francesca Walker-Rozo won the 50-yard freestyle (24.88 seconds) and 100 butterfly (58.14) and was part of two winning relay teams – the 200 medley and 200 freestyle.

Classmate McKenna Brown won the 500 freestyle (5:24.63) and MHS senior Sarah Bogenrief added a title in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.99). Majettes coach Dan Hinton called it “one of the best meets that we’ve had all year.”

“Overall, they did exactly what they needed to do to win,” Hinton said. “Once our entries were all in, we knew it was going to be a very close meet. … Bismarck Century, they’re always on our radar. They got a great coach and if anyone works as hard as we do all year, it would be those guys.”

Hinton was named the region co-coach of the year along with Bismarck High’s Alex Lucy. Williston’s Ketti Ringwall, who won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.26, was named the senior athlete of the year.

Complete results and all-region selections are on page D2.

The state meet is Friday and Saturday in Grand Forks.

– Daily News Staff

Two MSU wrestlers place at NDSU Open

FARGO – Minot State University sophomore grappler Ricard Avakovs finished fourth in the 157-pound division Saturday at the North Dakota State University Bison Open.

Junior 165-pounder Marcus Polak finished fifth to round out the Beavers’ placers. Polak and Avakovs each went 3-2 on the day.

“I feel like it was another good day of wrestling for us as we had two guys place in a very tough tournament,” MSU coach Robin Ersland said in a press release. “We had four guys lose in the round to place, too.”

Freshman Zachary Cummings (141 pounds) also went 3-2 but didn’t place.

The Beavers compete at the Concordia College Open on Saturday in Moorhead, Minn.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers compete in Central Region meet

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minot State University men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their seasons at the Division II Central Region meet on Saturday.

MSU junior Kara Kuntz paced the women, completing the 6k (3.7 miles) in 22 minutes, 52 seconds. The women placed 18th out of 30 teams with 470 points.

“Kara has been fantastic all year for us,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “She has really shown some leadership and definitely worked hard in her training and technique throughout the year. It’s great to see her hard work pay off.”

Minnesota Duluth won the women’s event with 72 points. U-Mary’s Jennifer Agnew finished first in 20:26.

The men finished 21st out of 23 teams in the 10k (6.2-mile) race. MSU sophomore Joel Cartwright crossed the finish line first for the Beavers in 34:01.

Augustana’s Paul Yak won the race in 31:13 and helped the Vikings finish first with 37 points.

– Daily News Staff

USF tops Beavers VB team in four sets

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Emily Johnson was simply too much for the Minot State University volleyball team on Saturday.

The Sioux Falls junior racked up a match-high 26 kills with a .417 hitting percentage to lead the Cougars past MSU in four games, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21.

Junior outside hitter Jen Dixon led MSU (12-16, 7-11 Northern Sun) with 16 kills and 11 digs, and senior middle hitter Kelsey Wingo added 12 kills and 4.5 blocks.

“I am really proud of our team for the way they played tonight,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “Hats off to Sioux Falls for playing consistently throughout the match.”

Kate Hart chipped in 15 kills for USF (18-10, 9-9), and setter Alexa Reed dished out 55 assists. MSU junior Emily Byrne finished with 47 assists.

MSU hosts Augustana (20-6, 12-6) on Friday.

– Daily News Staff