Sports briefs 12/15/13

Late bucket dooms MSU women

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Duluth guard Jessica Newman hit a pull-up jump shot with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Bulldogs to a 70-68 win over Minot State University on Saturday at Romano Gymnasium.

Newman, who finished with 13 points, also hit a 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining.

The Beavers (7-2 overall, 3-2 Northern Sun) lost for the second consecutive night after starting the season 7-0.

MSU junior guard Morgan Klose finished with a team-high 19 points and drilled 5 of 9 3-point attempts. Forwards Katie Hardy (15 points), Christina Boag (14) and Carly Boag (13) also finished in double figures.

Four players tallied double-figure points for the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-2), led by Taylor Meyer with 14.

The Beavers play the University of Mary on Friday in Bismarck. MSU beat Mary 79-72 on Nov. 30 at the MSU Dome.

– Daily News Staff

Our Redeemer’s wins Velva Invite

VELVA – Our Redeemer’s Christian School junior Davis Koppinger scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Knights to a 70-63 win over Velva on Saturday in the Velva Invite championship game.

ORCS (5-0) trailed 52-46 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the Aggies 24-11 in the final frame.

Senior Micah Jacobsen added 13 points for the Knights and sophomore Josh VanLith chipped in 12.

Michael Thingstag and Tucker Wojahn scored 15 apiece to pace Velva (2-3).

Both teams return to action Tuesday. ORCS travels to Bottineau and Velva hosts Wilton-Wing.

– Daily News Staff

MSU suffers fourth straight loss

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minot State University men’s basketball team couldn’t quite recover from a double-digit deficit, falling 81-74 to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchup.

The Beavers (5-4 overall, 1-4 NSIC) trailed by 11 at halftime and by 17 early in the second half before cutting the margin to single digits. MSU lost for the fourth straight time after a 5-0 start.

“We dug ourselves too big of a hole early to be successful again tonight,” MSU coach Matt Murken said in a press release. “We didn’t defend enough in the first half. I thought we had a little more intensity defensively in the second half and limited some of their opportunities.

“But in the end, we give up 50 percent shooting and that isn’t going to get it done. We need to find a way to improve on defense immediately.”

Peter Crawford and Reece Zoelle had 17 points each to pace Duluth (4-5, 2-3), which shot 52 percent from the field.

Samuel Johnson had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers, who travel to play the University of Mary on Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Lions place 2nd at LaMoure

LAMOURE – The Bishop Ryan wrestling team followed up its six consecutive dual wins this week with a second-place finish at the LaMoure Tournament.

South Border won the 10-team event with 228.5 points and Ryan tallied 153 points. No other team broke the century mark.

Ryan senior Mason Kramer (16-0) won the 285-pound weight class, recording first-period pins in all three of his bouts. His longest match, against Richard Rico of South Border, lasted 1 minute, 36 seconds.

Junior 145-pounder Corbin Manley was Ryan’s other titlist. He defeated South Border’s Joel Weber 15-13 in the championship.

Wyatt Ledoux (113), Braden Kalamaha (160), Dakota Johnson (195) and Tyler Allers (220) each scored second-place finishes for the Lions.

Ryan (10-0) competes Friday and Saturday at the Linton Holiday Tournament.

-Daily News staff

Magicians best Williston in opener

WILLISTON – Ethan Bahl is the defending state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. It just so happens that one of his biggest threats to keep him from repeating sleeps under the same roof.

Minot High senior Mason Bahl, Ethan’s twin brother, set a pool record Saturday in Williston with a time of 1 minute, 2.80 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, and the Magicians opened their season with a 125-58 rout of the Coyotes.

The previous pool record, 1:04.52, was set in 1999.

“Both (Mason and Ethan) are excellent swimmers,” Minot coach Jake Solper said. “Mason also dives for us. We’re just gonna kind of watch those two battle it out in the swimming portion. I think they will be able to push each other quite a bit this year.”

The Magicians won 11 of 12 events, including all three relays going away. Mason Bahl also placed first in the 200 freestyle, while Ethan won the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Jordan Funk (100 freestyle), Gerald Brown (500 freestyle), Jeremy Evans (100 butterfly) and Kailan Horne (1-meter diving) also scored wins for Minot.

The Magicians swim in the Bismarck Invite on Saturday.

-Daily News staff

Majettes extend win streak to 4

The Minot High girls generated a whopping 57 shots on goal Saturday evening at Maysa Arena en route to a 5-0 victory over Dickinson.

The Magicians (5-1) notched their fourth straight win and now sit in a two-way tie for third place in the state standings. Bismarck High and Fargo North are in first place with 18 points apiece, while West Fargo is knotted with Minot at 15 points.

Minot senior forward Makaila Anderson recorded her third multi-goal game of the year and her second hat trick. She now owns a state-best 17 points (nine goals, eight assists).

Sophomore forward Mackinzy MacIver added a pair of goals to push her season total to 10. She moved past teammate Alaynee Thompson (nine goals) for the state lead.

-Daily News staff

MHS wrestlers go 1-2 in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High wrestling team lost a pair of tight matches to Central Cass and Valley City on Saturday, but cruised past Fertile-Beltrami (Minn.) to avoid a winless day.

Minot (4-5) recorded seven pins as it defeated Fertile-Beltrami 46-24.

Valley City won 43-36 on the strength of its middle weight classes. Beginning at 152 pounds, six consecutive Hi-Liners recorded pins.

Central Cass edged Minot 40-37 and clinched the victory with a 10-2 major decision by Jeseb Morgan (138 pounds) over Ethan Benham.

Heavyweight Isaiah Crowe led the way for the Magicians, finishing 3-0 on the day with two pins and a forfeit victory.

MHS travels to St. Mary’s on Thursday.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros beat Bismarck in SO

BISMARCK – For the second straight night, the Minot Minotauros and Bismarck Bobcats went to a shootout, only this time it was the Tauros that came out on top with a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Minot forward Alexander Kasitsyn netted the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout for a weekend split with the Bobcats. The Tauros (13-13-3) won the shootout 3-2 as Wesley Iverson and Tim Donohue also netted goals in the extra session.

Nate Repensky tied the game for Bismarck (17-7-3) with 34 seconds left in regulation with the extra skater.

Minot’s Jake Johnson opened the scoring with 33 seconds left in the first period and Cameron Rowat’s goal at 12:19 in the second period gave the Tauros their second lead of the contest.

Minot goaltender Merrick Madsen finished with 33 saves and stopped 4 of 6 shots in the shootout.

– Daily News Staff

Bishop Ryan crushes New Town

The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team scored 24 points in the first quarter and routed New Town 71-33 on Saturday at the Shootout on the Prairie at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Ryan junior forward Hannah Stewart finished with a game-high 26 points and classmate Gabbie Bohl added 17. Nine players scored for the Lions (2-0).

Ryan led 42-18 at halftime and 61-23 after three quarters. The Eagles (1-1) were limited to 11 points or less in each quarter. Jasmyne Big Crow led New Town with 13 points.

The Lions host Lakota-Edmore on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

4 unanswered goals power Magi

The Minot High boys hockey team remained perfect in West Region play with a 4-2 comeback victory over Dickinson on Saturday at Maysa Arena.

The Magicians (4-2 overall, 4-0 region) ran off four unanswered goals – including a pair from senior forward Hayden Schwarz – after heading into the first intermission trailing 2-0.

Dickinson (3-4, 2-4) scored 1 minute, 28 seconds into the contest and added a short-handed lamp-lighter at 12:46 of the opening period.

Schwarz tied the game in the second frame with his fourth and fifth goals of the season.

Minot’s Daylen Benjamin and Quinn Fuchs scored in the third period to secure the win.

The Magicians outshot Dickinson 41-23 and junior goalkeeper Breydan Effertz stopped 21 shots to earn the victory.

Minot moved into a tie with Bismarck High (7-0, 4-0) for first place in the region. The Magicians host Hazen-Beulah at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before a road game against the Demons on Friday.

-Daily News staff

UND rallies past N. Michigan 3-1

GRAND FORKS (AP) – North Dakota scored two goals in less than four minutes of the third period to beat Northern Michigan 3-1 on Saturday in men’s college hockey.

Gage Ausmus spoiled the shutout bid by Wildcats goalie Mathias Dahlstrom at 10:35 of the third period. Drake Caggiula netted the game-winner at 14:12.

Dahlstrom, who also took the 4-1 loss on Friday, made 28 saves Saturday. Northern Michigan (6-10-2) is winless in its last five games.

Derek Rodwell scored an empty-net goal for North Dakota with 34 seconds remaining.