Sports briefs 01/19/14

Beavers post first win of season

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Minot State University wrestling team defeated Newman College (Kan.) 35-13 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Duals on Saturday to notch its first victory of the season.

After a 48-0 loss to Chadron State (Neb.) in their first dual and a 35-15 loss to Fort Hays State University (Kan.) in their second, the Beavers (1-9) won six matches and another by forfeit against Newman. MSU juniors Joshua Douglas (133 pounds) and Jon Wilson (149) and freshman Tiger Paasch (174) recorded pins.

MSU finished 1-3 after ending the tournament with a 27-26 loss to Adams State University (Colo.).

The Beavers travel to the University of Regina (Sask.) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Lions blow out Beulah

BEULAH – The top-ranked Bishop Ryan girls basketball team continued its dominance Saturday with a 92-38 victory against Beulah.

The Lions (9-0) had four players in double figures, led by junior forward Hannah Stewart with 22 points. Ryan shot 63 percent from the field and 64 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

The Lions outscored the Miners 27-5 in the first quarter and led 53-13 at halftime. Beulah hit more 3s (7) than two-pointers (6) and scored just 20 points through three quarters.

Ryan senior guard Anika Rovig finished with 19 points and six assists. She knocked down 4 of 5 treys.

Courtney Mitchell led the Miners (4-5) with 15 points.

The Lions travel to Our Redeemer’s and Beulah hosts Washburn on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Majettes claim fifth title of year

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High gymnastics team added its fifth title in as many meets by winning the Grand Forks Invite on Saturday.

The Majettes placed first in all four events and sophomore Hannah Werchau took home all-around honors.

Minot posted its highest team score of the year with 148.200 points, followed by Fargo Davies, Grand Forks, Mandan and Fargo South.

“We’ve been making progress,” said Minot coach Robbie Werchau, Hannah’s mother. “I think the girls have just gotten consistent at this point. We’ve made changes in some of their routines, but I think they’re comfortable at this point.”

Junior Madison Reiter placed first in the floor exercise, vault and uneven parallel bars, but fell on the balance beam and tied with teammate Jenna Breuer for second in the all-around. Breuer won the beam competition.

Minot travels to Bismarck on Friday for the Julie Ziegler Memorial.

-Daily News Staff

Magicians end on high note

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High wrestling team defeated Fargo North 48-28 in its final dual of the Grand Forks Multiple on Saturday to finish the weekend 4-2.

The day opened on a sour note with a 52-7 loss to Grand Forks Central and a 69-6 bashing by West Fargo. But the Magicians won five matches against North and gained an additional 24 points via forfeits.

“We really showed some inexperience against West Fargo and then in the second match we couldn’t get our confidence back,” MHS coach Nolan Spooner said. “We had a meeting with the boys and told them to finish strong and they did that against a quality Fargo North team.”

MHS eighth-grader Brody Armstrong won all three of his matches, wrestling at both 106 and 113 pounds. He pinned GFC’s Dylan Jenkins in 41 seconds and West Fargo’s Riley Kringlie in 45 seconds before ending with a technical fall over Collin Stremick in 5:27.

The Magicians wrestle at Turtle Mountain on Thursday at 7 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Smoot nets game-winner for Tauros

Minot forward Scott Smoot broke a scoreless tie at 5:33 of the third period and the Tauros edged Brookings 1-0 on Saturday at Maysa Arena.

The Tauros (15-20-3) outshot the Blizzard 38-16, never allowing them to record more than six shots in a period. Minot goaltender Brandon Wildung earned the shutout.

Minot forward Wesley Iverson, who recorded the lone assist on Smoot’s goal, had a game-high eight shots on net.

The Tauros host Bismarck at 6:05 tonight at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

MHS finishes 3rd at Jamestown Invite

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High boys swimming and diving team placed third with 373 points at the Jamestown Invite on Saturday.

The Magicians won two of three relays in the 200-yard medley and the 400 freestyle. Freshman Gerald Brown, seniors Ethan Bahl and Ryan Swartwout and junior Jordan Funk claimed the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 42.64 seconds, finishing .05 seconds faster than Fargo North. Brown, Bahl, Swartwout and junior Justin Kovich won the 400 freestyle in 3:22.49.

Kovich finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.52 and Bahl was runner-up in the 200 individual medley at 2:09.15.

Century won the meet with 462 points, 80 points clear of second-place Fargo North.

The Magicians host a dual with Grand Forks on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Ryan grapplers place second

ROLLA – The Bishop Ryan wrestling team finished second in the Northern Lights Invitational on Saturday with a team score of 112 points.

Sophomore Aaron Sandy (120 pounds), and freshmen Konnor Beeter (126), Cole Dauphinais (132) and Jordan Will (182) won their respective weight classes and three other Ryan wrestlers finished runner-up. Sandy and Will won their matches with pins.

Pembina County North ran away with the

tournament, accumulating 206.5 points. Rugby finished a distant third with 65.5 points.

The Lions wrestle in the East-West Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. in New Salem.

– Daily News Staff

MSU track teams win 11 events

BEMIDJI, Minn. The Minot State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams opened the 2014 season Saturday at the Bemidji State Super 8 Open.

The Beavers had 11 event wins, including three by Mary Roy in her first collegiate meet.

Roy, a freshman from Mount Vernon, Ore., captured titles in both the long jump and the triple jump and opened the meet with a win in the 60-meter dash.

Also picking up wins on the women’s side was junior Sienna Dailey in the 400 and freshman Catie LeDesma in the mile run.

For the men, senior Adedamola Sobande broke an MSU indoor record in the weight throw of 49 feet, 9.75 inches. The 11-year-old mark was held by Tony Fugelburg.

Junior Kirk Capdeville won the pole vault, clearing a height of 15 feet, 11 inches, while Tyler Flatland placed first in the 200 and Cyrille Litche Zouogbo won the long jump.

“It was good to get one under our belts today as we prepare for the meets moving forward,” MSU coach Stu Melby said. “We have some big meets ahead with lots of NCAA Division II and Northern Sun teams so it’s good to have some confidence while raising our expectations.”

The Beavers return to action on Saturday at the Black Hills State Yellowjacket Invite in Spearfish, S.D.

-Daily News Staff