Sports briefs 01/17/14

MSU inks eight JUCO transfers

The Minot State University football team padded its depth on both sides of the ball with the addition of eight junior-college players during the midseason transfer signing period.

The Beavers continued their quarterback pipeline to California by inking Lucas Romanski of San Ramon, Calif., and Bradley Hunt of Sacramento, Calif. Sophomore quarterback Zac Cunha, MSU’s starter the past two years, is a Rocklin, Calif., native.

Linemen Ben Scrivner (Seattle) and Blair Broussard (Carencro, La.) will also join the MSU offense.

On defense, MSU picked up linebackers Kenneth Nelson Jr. of Pittsburg, Calif., and Taylor Palade of Paradise, Calif. Also signed were defensive back Rozale Byrd (Sacramento, Calif.) and Jheisson Perozo (Secaucus, N.J.).

“This is a big step forward for our program to have these eight guys here and enrolled in school,” MSU assistant coach Andy Heitkamp said in a press release. “Anytime you can add quality junior college student-athletes at break and get them through spring camp with the team, it is a big advantage.”

-Daily News Staff

Mandan wrestlers edge MHS in dual

Mandan won the final two matches of a West Region wrestling dual with Minot High on Thursday to pull out a 36-30 win at Magic City Campus.

The Magicians (5-7 overall, 3-4 region) led 30-27 entering the final two bouts, but Mandan’s Curt Zachmeier pinned Ethan Benham at 138 pounds to give the Braves a three-point lead. Isaac Fleck followed with a 4-2 overtime decision over Creighton Rudolph to clinch the victory.

Matthew Leier (113 pounds) won by technical fall for Minot and Tyler Kolobakken (170), James Hamilton (182), Eli Wickum (195) and Tyler Ringen (132) also picked up wins for the Magicians.

Minot competes in the Grand Forks Invite this weekend.

– Daily News Staff

Top-ranked Lions polish off Surrey

Bishop Ryan’s Gabbie Bohl played less than two minutes Thursday, but fellow all-state forward Hannah Stewart more than picked up the slack.

Stewart posted game highs of 33 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks as the No. 1 Lions crushed Surrey 95-27 at Ryan’s gym in the District 12 opener for both teams.

Junior Maddie Wald chipped in 17 points and nine steals for Ryan (8-0 overall, 1-0 district), and senior guard Anika Rovig had 12 points and nine assists.

Madison Wald led Surrey (0-8, 0-1) with seven points and Chelsie Deibert added six.

Bohl, who sat most of the game with a sore knee, is expected to play Saturday when the Lions travel to Beulah. Surrey hosts Velva on Saturday.

– Daily News Staff

Mavericks pull away from ORCS

The Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood girls basketball team placed three scorers in double figures and steadily pulled away from Our Redeemer’s Christian School on Thursday, winning 64-38 in the District 12 opener for both teams.

Sierra Smith scored a game-high 22 points for the Mavericks (4-4 overall, 1-0 district) and Emily Abernathey and Shania Brackenbury chipped in 16 and 12, respectively.

Freshman Morgan Olson tallied 11 points for the Knights (5-5, 0-1), who host Hazen on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Hoops headlines MSU luncheon

The Minot State University men’s and women’s basketball programs will be featured at the athletic department’s Noon Luncheon Series today at Seven’s Restaurant in the Vegas Motel.

Coach Matt Murken and junior wing Thomas Korf will speak for the men’s squad, while coach Sheila Green Gerding and guards Morgan Klose and Sarah Lester will represent the women’s team.

The event costs $9 and is open to the public.

– Daily News Staff