Around the Horn

Magicians edge Williston for

first victory

WILLISTON – The Minot High School wrestling team won its first dual of the season by the slimmest of margins, outlasting Williston 37-33 on Tuesday.

The Magicians (1-1) received 12 points off Williston forfeits, the final one at 220 pounds proved to be the difference in the dual. The Coyotes entered the final match of the contest up 33-31, but freshman Eli Wickum picked up six points for the Magicians via forfeit.

“It was a great match,” MHS coach Nolan Spooner said. “It just came down to those bonus points and we got those bonus points.”

The Magicians led early with pins by freshmanTyler Strandberg at 120 and sophomore Devin Stein at 126. Both pinned their opponents in less than a minute. Williston won seven of the final nine weight classes, but a pin by freshman Matthew Rabe at 160 helped Minot come away with the win.

Minot wrestles at Jamestown on Dec. 6.

Lions post pair of wins at triangular Tuesday

VELVA – The Bishop Ryan wrestling team recorded eight pins in a pair of victories against Velva and Kenmare-Bowbells in a triangular Tuesday.

The Lions (4-0) defeated Velva 48-27 before dominating Kenmare-Bowbells 48-0. Junior Wyatt Ledoux (120 pounds), sophomore Aaron Sandy (126) and freshman Cole Dauphinais (145) all won a pair of matches for Ryan.

Ryan and Velva were tied at nine after four matches, but the Lions won seven of the next eight weight classes to pull away. Senior Mason Kramer (285) saw his first action of the season and pinned Jacob Effertz in 47 seconds.

The Lions opened its second dual with two pins and received 18 points off K-B forfeits. Freshman Max Lipp (106) pinned Tyler Burtch in 48 seconds to complete the shutout.


Ferguson signs with VCSU

Williston High School boys basketball senior Jayden Ferguson signed a letter of intent with Valley City State University and will play basketball for the Vikings, the program announced Tuesday.

Ferguson – a 6-foot-5 forward – averaged 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a junior and was named all-West Region. Ferguson recorded 28 points and 20 rebounds in a win against Turtle Mountain in January.

“Jayden has been an integral part of the Williston basketball program the last couple seasons,” WHS coach Mark Slotsve said. “He has been the leader in every statistical category as well as our emotional leader. Jayden plays with a high motor and has spent countless hours on improving his game.”

VCSU appeared in the NAIA national tournament last season and have won 20-plus games in four of the past six seasons under coach Jeff Kaminsky.

MSU to introduce

$10,000 3-point contest

The Minot State University Athletic Department announced Tuesday the start of a new promotion that will give fans an opportunity to win $10,000 during the 2013-14 basketball season.

Partnering with Interactive Promotions Group, MSU created “Around the World Shots for Cash,” which will occur during each Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game this year, beginning Saturday when the Beavers host U-Mary.

Fans can sign up for the contest as they enter the MSU Dome and one lucky fan will be randomly selected to compete in a 3-point contest during halftime of the men’s game. The fan will have 30 seconds to make five 3s and earn the cash prize.

“This is an exciting promotion to kick off the NSIC basketball season,” MSU Athletic Director Rick Hedberg said in a press release. It’s the largest giveaway that we’ve ever had and it’s going to add a lot of excitement to our games.”

Prizes will also be awarded for making two, three and four 3-pointers.