Sports briefs 12/08/13

Majettes win season’s first meet

FARGO – The Minot High gymnastics team finished first in all five events and won the Fargo Davies Invitational with a score of 140.7 points Saturday in the first meet of the season. Valley City finished second with 132.5 points.

Minot junior Madison Reiter placed first in the all-around (36.15), vault (9.45), uneven parallel bars (8.9) and the floor exercise (9.0). Classmate Jenna Breuer claimed the top spot in the balance beam with a 9.45. Sophomore Hannah Werchau placed second in all events but the balance beam.

Minot junior Hailey Fix – competing for the first time in three years – placed third in the vault with a 9.0. MHS coach Robbie Werchau said Fix hasn’t missed a beat despite her absence.

Stephanie Huether – the Majettes’ fourth junior – cracked the top six in the all-around and the floor exercise.

“We are pretty happy with how the kids did today,” Werchau said. “It’s the first meet of the season so we did have some glitches, but the girls showed some real competitiveness today. They had to think on their feet. We had some younger girls perform really well, too.”

Seventh-grader Adisynn Widdel finished fourth in the vault and the floor exercise.

The Majettes compete in the Bismarck High/Century Invite on Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Lions finish second at Velva Invite

VELVA – The Bishop Ryan wrestling team placed second at the Velva Invite on Saturday with 202 points.

Mason Kramer (285), Tyler Allers (220), and Wyatt Ledoux (113) won their respective weight classes and Aaron Sandy (120) and Carson Schell (182) took second. The Lions had 11 wrestlers finish in the top six of their respective weight class.

Carrington won the meet with 279 points and Watford City finished third with 122.

Ryan wrestles in a triangular against Des Lacs-Burlington and Berthold on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

MHS places third at Jamestown Invite

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High wrestling team finished third with 139.5 points at the six-team Jamestown Invite on Saturday.

Moorhead High (Minn.) won the meet with 232 points and Valley City finished second with 180.5.

Isaiah Crowe (285 pounds), Brody Armstrong (106) and Tyler Stranberg (120) won their respective weight classes.

The Magicians host Century on Thursday at 7 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

MHS pummels Fargo North in boys basketball

FARGO – The Minot High boys basketball team breezed to its first win of the season, routing host Fargo North 87-57 Saturday in both squads’ season opener.

Junior guard Nick Soltis paced the Magicians (1-0) with a game-high 17 points in his first varsity contest.

“It took him a couple minutes to get comfortable, but once he settled in he played very well for us,” Minot coach Dean Winczewski said.

Classmates Noah Bosh and Dakota Halvorson scored 15 apiece, while seniors Kolton Larson and Colter Hustad also finished in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively.

Minot held a 31-14 rebounding advantage and shot 33 free throws – eight more than North (0-1) attempted. Bosh neared a double-double with nine boards.

“We did a real nice job of sharing the ball and getting on the glass and getting a ton of second chances,” Winczewski said. “By being unselfish, we got people the ball in places they could score.”

The Magicians travel to play Bismarck High on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Duttenhefer, hot shooting propel Majettes

FARGO – When the Minot High girls basketball team boarded its bus early Saturday morning,

temperatures dipped below minus-20 degrees.

When the Majettes arrived at Fargo North High School for their season opener, Minot coach Todd Magnuson worried the frigid weather and long bus ride might cool off their shooting.

Not so.

Minot put on a shooting clinic, making 57 percent of its field goal attempts – including 60 percent from 3-point range – in a 78-67 win over the Spartans.

Junior McKale Duttenhefer paced the Majettes (1-0) with a game-high 26 points. It was her first game back since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Majettes’ season opener last year.

“When we went to our five-out offense, she decided she was going to drive the ball,” Magnuson said. “With the way the officials were calling the game, she was able to get to line often. She attacked the basket well today.”

Minot’s lone senior, Jayden Moum, had 17 points, while junior point guard Sophie Bengson also finished in double figures with 15.

Minot converted 21 of 28 attempts from the charity stripe.

“Our shooting was big and our free throws were, too,” Magnuson said. “We were in a bit of foul trouble and our bench came up big and hit some big shots for us.”

Senior guard Kelsie Schmiess paced North with 17 points.

Minot plays at Bismarck High at 6 p.m. Thursday.

-Daily News Staff