Sports Briefs

ORCS sneaks by North Shore-Plaza

SAWYER – The Our Redeemer’s girls basketball team opened its season with a 44-43 victory against North Shore-Plaza in the first round of the Sawyer Invite on Monday.

Freshman Morgan Olson led the Knights (1-0) with 25 points. Classmate Lauren Hendrickson finished with seven points and eighth-grader Karlee Zablotney added five.

“They played pretty good,” ORCS coach Kory Nelson said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game because (NS-P) has more experience than we do.”

ORCS trailed 10-8 after one quarter, but led 19-15 at halftime. They Knights held a five-point advantage going into the fourth quarter.

NS-P’s Trisha Howell led the Wildcats (0-1) with 16 points and Jacey Brown and Cassie Bailey each added seven.

The Knights play Velva on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Velva’s Peterson commits to Jamestown

Velva senior Cassidy Peterson signed a letter of intent to join the track & field and cross country teams at University of Jamestown next fall.

Peterson is a two-time all-state selection in cross county. Her best 4K (2.5 miles) time was 15 minutes, 37 seconds.

Peterson runs the 3,200 and the 3,200 relay for the track & field team. Her relay team placed first at the 2009 state meet with a time of 10:28 and has finished fourth the past two years. Peterson finished ninth in last year’s 3,200 race at state.

“I really believe Cassidy has a tremendous upside as a runner,” Jamestown women’s cross country and track and field coach Jim Clark said in a press release. “… Cassidy improved each year in cross county and on the track. … I can’t think of much not to like about Cassidy. She is a person of first-class character and she will be an early contributor to both Jimmie teams.”

Peterson also competes in volleyball and basketball with the Aggies.

Minot figure skating fares well in Minneapolis

The Magic City Figure Skating Club sent three teams to compete in the Maplewood Classic Synchronized Skating Competition in Minneapolis at Mariucci Arena over the weekend.

The Magic Laces – a Beginner 1 team composed of 11 skaters – took first in its division.

The Magic Diamonds – a pre-juvenile team composed of nine skaters – placed fourth with its routine.

The Magic Ice – a Open Juvenile team composed of 12 skaters – finished second in the preliminary round before placing fifth in the finals.

Cheri Neset coaches the Magic Ice and co-coaches the Magic Diamonds and Magic Laces with Rodrigo Menendez.