Sports Briefs 1/22/14

MHS hires boys soccer coach

After a two-month coaching search, Minot High has selected Creighton Bachmeier as its next boys soccer coach.

Bachmeier, who competed from 2008-2011 at the University of Jamestown, served as the Magicians’ varsity assistant last season.

“We are excited to have Creighton as our boys soccer head coach,” Minot Athletic Director Mitch Lunde said. “Creighton will bring a competitive fire and an enthusiasm and will not settle for being third or fourth. His goal is to lead a team to the state championship and do it the right way, through the Magi way.”

Bachmeier, currently a third-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, was a member of the 2006 Minot squad that won the school’s lone state title. He is replacing Cody Saunders, who spent five years at the helm. Saunders resigned in November to focus on his role as Erik Ramstad Middle School’s athletic director and to care for his infant twin sons.

Minot boys hold off Williston

WILLISTON – Minot senior Colter Hustad scored a team-high 22 points and the Magicians shot 53 percent in a 76-69 West Region victory Tuesday at Williston.

The No. 4 Magicians (8-2 overall, 5-2 region) used their overall balance to trump a brilliant individual outing by Williston’s 6-foot-5 senior Jayden Ferguson, who poured in 37 points and went 16 of 26 from the floor – including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

Hustad, also 6-5, made 9 of 12 shots and juniors Noah Bosh and Dakota Halvorson chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively.

“We made plays down the stretch when we had to,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said. “There’s going to be games where you have to prove you can do that and tonight was one of those games.”

Williston (2-6, 2-3) turned the ball over 18 times to Minot’s 10 and was outrebounded 34-30.

Minot travels to Jamestown on Friday and Williston hosts Turtle Mountain on Saturday.

Ryan grapplers beat New Town

NEW TOWN – The Bishop Ryan wrestling team topped New Town 23-9 in a quick dual on Tuesday.

Only four matches were contested due to the Eagles’ small roster size.

Aaron Sandy recorded a technical fall for Ryan at 120 pounds, and teammate Corbin Manley pinned Wesley Snow at 152.

For New Town, 160-pounder Zeb Demeray pinned Braden Kalamaha and 220-pounder Rode Vocu won a 7-5 decision over Tyler Allers.

The Lions compete in the East-West Tournament in New Salem this weekend.

Minot High

tops Williston

in girls hoops

WILLISTON – Sophomore Cassie Askvig scored a team-high 20 points and junior Sierra Duttenhefer chipped in 11 to lead the Minot High girls basketball team to a 58-49 win Tuesday against Williston.

The Majettes led 41-23 at halftime and by 20 with six minutes to play before Williston (1-7 overall, 0-5 West Region) mounted a comeback.

“We played really well the first half and halfway through the second,” Minot assistant Joel Lawson said. “Then we just hit a wall and got a little tired and started reaching. All their free throws were pretty much in the second half. We let them catch up with the clock stopped.”

Shelby Njos scored 21 to pace the Coyotes.

Minot (6-4, 4-3) plays at Jamestown on Friday.