Sports briefs 11/16/13

Majettes steller in state prelims

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High School girls swimming and diving team took a big step toward its goal of a state title in the preliminaries, recording 24 qualifying times Friday at Hyslop Sports Center.

Sixteen of Minot’s times qualified in the top eight, while the remaining marks placed in the top 16. All 16 times in Saturday’s meet count toward team scores.

“Completely exceeded expectations,” MHS coach Dan Hinton said. “We have taken ourselves from kind of being not an underdog but not a top seed, to a pretty even playing ground. It could end up being a really good day for the Majettes. Our girls are pretty confident. We had huge time cuts today. We’ve positioned ourselves to make this a reality.”

The Majettes’ relay teams all qualified in the top five and their 200-yard medley squad of McKenna Brown, Sarah Bogenrief, Francesca Walker-Rozo and Emily Hamel recorded the top time at 1 minute, 52.26 seconds.

MHS recorded top-16 marks in all 12 events. Hamel and Walker-Rozo finished 1-2 in the 50 freestyle. Emmalee Stach placed second in the 1-meter diving with a 180.30.

The state meet begins today at 1:30 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Williston ends MHS volleyball season

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High School volleyball team saw its season come to an end in a four-set loss to Williston in a loser-out game Friday at the West Region tournament.

Shelby Njos led the Coyotoes (9-22) with 11 kills and Katie Nice added 10 in the 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24 victory. WHS plays Bismarck High in a state qualifier at 3 p.m. today.

MHS senior middle blocker Jayden Moum finished with a match-high 15 kills and senior setter Ashley Gathman compiled 37 assists. Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Stenberg finished with 10 kills for the Majettes (14-22).

MHS swept WHS 10 days prior and won an early-season meeting in five sets.

– Daily News Staff

Bobcats crush punchless Tauros

BISMARCK – Offensive woes continue to be the theme for the Minot Minotauros, who dropped a 6-1 decision to the Bismarck Bobcats on Friday.

Colton Kramer scored Minot’s lone goal at 7 minutes, 21 seconds of the third period, but not before the Bobcats (11-5-1) ripped off four unanswered goals in the first two frames. Filip Starzynski netted two goals and Nate Repensky tallied three assists for Bismarck.

The Tauros (5-12-2) have scored four goals total in three losses to the Bobcats this season. Minot mustered just 13 shots on Bismarck goaltender Aaron Nelson, while the Bobcats peppered Tauros goalie Merrick Madsen 37 times.

The teams play at 7:35 tonight at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

Iowa State edges Beavers on late goal

AMES, Iowa – The Minot State University men’s club hockey team’s recent struggles continued Friday with a 2-1 loss to Iowa State.

The No. 2-ranked Beavers (10-3-1) have lost three of four after starting the season 9-0. In its last three contests, MSU recorded four goals. In their first 14 games – including four exhibitions – the Beavers scored fewer than four goals only once.

“Defensively we came ready to play. However, offensively we have guys struggling,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “We need guys to get out of their slumps in a hurry or we will be in trouble again.”

ISU’s Matt Percy opened the scoring 2 minutes, 14 seconds into the second period, but MSU forward Logan Herauf responded 1:08 later to tie the game entering the third.

Mike Rey netted the game-winning goal for the No. 8-ranked Cyclones (15-3-1) at 9:52 of the third period and goaltender Matt Cooper kept the puck in front of him the rest of the way to net the victory.

The teams play again at 7:30 tonight in Ames.

– Daily News Staff