Sports briefs

W-N-G standout Braaten chooses MSU-Moorhead

Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn senior quarterback Hunter Braaten achieved as much during his four years on the gridiron as any player in program history.

Next, the two-time, first-team all-stater will continue his football career at Minnesota State- Moorhead. Braaten made an oral commitment to the Dragons on Monday and is projected to fill the slot receiver role.

“It’ll be fun to do something new,” said Braaten, who plans to sign his letter of intent on National Signing Day on Feb 5. “Even though I’ve never played (receiver), I think I’ll be just fine.”

Braaten, the 9-man senior athlete of the year, amassed more than 7,000 all-purpose yards in his career. During his senior campaign, he recorded 3,788 all-purpose yards, rushed for 27 touchdowns and threw for 10 more. He led the Sioux to the Dakota Bowl in his junior and senior seasons – the first state championship appearances in program history.

Northern State and University of Mary were also finalists, while Braaten received walk-on interest from University of North Dakota.

Braaten said Moorhead’s new facilities played into his decision, but ultimately he was impressed by the way head coach Steve Laqua handled the recruiting process.

“He’s a guy that completely puts the players first,” Braaten said. “He came and watched some of my basketball games and that showed me what kind of guy he really is.”

Braaten scored 27 points Tuesday to lead the Sioux to a 59-45 win over TGU.

– Daily News Staff

Minot State women receive votes in poll

The Minot State University women’s basketball team received five votes in the USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday. It’s the first time any MSU program has received votes in a national poll since the school moved to Division II in the 2011-12 academic year.

“It’s an honor to be recognized in the poll,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said in a press release. “However, our focus is on Minnesota Duluth right now and for Minot State to continue to become a better basketball team. Polls mean nothing. It all comes down to showing up at game time and performing.”

Four other Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schools are ranked ahead of the Beavers: No. 11 Wayne State, No. 22 Minnesota State-Mankato, Northern State (receiving 38 votes) and Augustana (receiving 29 votes).

MSU (11-3 overall, 7-3 NSIC) hosts Duluth (9-5, 6-4) on Friday at 6 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

ORCS blasts Mavericks in D12 matchup

Sophomore post Ben Talley scored 18 points and junior forward Davis Koppinger added 17 to lead the Our Redeemer’s Christian School boys basketball team to a 70-27 District 12 victory Tuesday against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.

Sophomore Nathan Demme chipped in 14 points for the Knights (11-2 overall, 2-0 district), who outscored the Mavericks 37-10 after halftime.

Freshman Talon Thompson had nine points to pace M-L-S (2-9, 0-2), which hosts No. 5 Des Lacs-Burlington on Friday.

ORCS travels to Glenburn on Friday.

– Daily News Staff

MSU hockey team shuts out DCB

BOTTINEAU – Logan Herauf scored two goals and Riley Hengen finished with 12 saves as the sixth-ranked Minot State University men’s club hockey team defeated Dakota College at Bottineau 6-0 on Tuesday.

The shutout came on the heels of a 4-2 loss to No. 3 Ohio on Saturday.

“We came ready to play tonight,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “I was pleased to see better intensity after Saturday’s loss. We still had missed opportunities, but all in all I was happy with the effort.”

Josh Rutherford, Jared McIntosh, Brett McNevin and Jeremy Johnson also scored for the Beavers (16-5-2), who play at Williston State tonight at 7.

– Daily News Staff

Lions crush Kenmare for first D12 win

The Bishop Ryan boys basketball team led by 13 after one quarter Tuesday and never looked back, blowing out Kenmare 81-25 at Ryan’s gym.

Senior guard Brody Bosch led the Lions (7-3 overall, 1-1 District 12) with 18 points and junior forward Jared Will added 17.

Hunter Harris paced Kenmare (2-7, 0-2) with seven points. The Lions outscored the Lions 32-6 in the second and third quarters.

Both teams return to action Friday. Ryan travels to Surrey and Kenmare hosts No. 7 Berthold.

– Daily News Staff