Sports Briefs 1/4/2014

Bakke advances to Rotary title

BISMARCK – Carrington’s Joe Bakke was the only area wrestler Friday to advance to a title match at the Bismarck Rotary.

The 126-pounder had a first-round bye before earning a 9-0 major decision against Wahpeton’s Jacob Berg and a 6-3 decision over St. Mary’s Tate Barnhardt in the quarterfinals. Bakke grabbed a spot in the championship with an 11-0 major decision against Bismarck High’s Alex Hoffman.

Carrington finished the first day of the two-day tournament in fifth place with 129.5 points. Turtle Mountain (80.5) is 12th, Beulah (29) is 24th, Minot High (28) is 26th and Williston (23) is 28th in the 28-team field. Bismarck High leads the tournament with 190 points.

Minot eighth-grader Brody Armstrong (106 pounds) guaranteed himself at least an eighth-place finish after winning three of his first four matches. Carrington had eight wrestlers win three matches and Bridger Anderson won four.

Turtle Mountain had five wrestlers qualify for the podium, led by Tanner Crissler (138), Brandon Rodriguez (195) and Waylon Decoteau (220), who are guaranteed to finish at least sixth in their respective weight classes.

The tournament concludes today.

Knights suffer first defeat

BISMARCK – A sluggish start resulted in the season’s first loss for the Our Redeemer’s Christian School boys basketball team as it dropped a 67-56 decision against Shiloh Christian at the Shiloh Christian New Year’s Invite.

The Knights (7-1) fell behind 21-10 after the first quarter and played even with the Skyhawks the rest of the way. Junior Davis Koppinger led ORCS with 15 points and senior Micah Jacobsen and sophomore Josh VanLith had 14 and 13, respectively.

“We preach about being consistent and that was our biggest flaw tonight,” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “When you’re young you’re going to make mistakes and be inconsistent and a good team like Shiloh is going to take advantage of that.”

Zac Martin scored a game-high 17 points for Shiloh (7-1). Chad Coulter (14 points) and Andrew Hartman (10) joined Martin in double figures.

The Knights play Century JV today at 4 p.m.

Knights fall to Skyhawks

BISMARCK – The Our Redeemer’s Christian School girls basketball team couldn’t get its offense going against No. 6 Shiloh Christian, falling 57-30 on Friday at the Shiloh Christian New Year’s Invite.

Freshman Morgan Olson led the Knights (2-3) with 12 points and senior Jenny Skees and junior Gabi Boeckel each chipped in five.

Mia Wilkinson paced Shiloh (4-1) with a game-high 21 points. Jaye Two Bears and Gabby Wilkinson finished with 13 and 10, respectively.

The Skyhawks limited ORCS to seven points in the first quarter and led 30-15 at halftime. They stretched the lead to 44-20 after three quarters.

The Knights play Trinity Christian today at 2:30 p.m