Sports briefs 01/31/14

Eggl commits to Presentation College

Bishop Ryan senior Austin Eggl will continue his football career at Presentation College (S.D.) in the fall, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback completed 130 of 210 passes for 1,961 yards and 22 touchdowns to go with seven interceptions during his senior season. The two-time Class AA all-stater also ran for 1,030 yards and 16 touchdowns.

In his three years under center, Eggl was 22-8 overall and 17-4 against West Region opponents. The Lions won the region outright in 2013 and advanced to the Class AA semifinals for the first time since 2007.

Presentation, an NAIA school with an enrollment of approximately 800 students, finished 4-5 last season.

– Daily News Staff

Hazen’s Cieslak headed to UND

Hazen senior defensive lineman Austin Cieslak will play Division I football for the University of North Dakota beginning in the fall, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday.

Cieslak, the Class A senior athlete of the year, recorded 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his final season with the Bison.

The 6-foot-3, 262-pound lineman helped Hazen win back-to-back Class A state championships and Region 4 titles.

UND finished 3-8 last season and enters its first season under head coach Bubba Schweigert.

– Daily News Staff

Dixon garners preseason honors

Minot State softball senior Jen Dixon was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason player of the year and the Beavers were picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches poll released Thursday.

Dixon led the Beavers in batting average (.447), hits (67), runs (50), doubles (17), triples (6), slugging percentage (.880) and total bases (132) as a junior. As a pitcher, Dixon appeared in 13 games and finished 2-0 with 25 strikeouts in 38.1 innings.

The 2013 NSIC player of the year, Dixon also earned Central Region player of the year and Daktronics first-team All-American honors.

The Beavers received one first-place vote in the preseason poll. Minnesota State-Mankato and Winona State were the co-favorites with 209 points each. Mankato garnered seven first-place votes and WSU six.

MSU finished 40-11 overall and 18-6 in the NSIC and advanced to the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament last year.

– Daily News Staff

MSU baseball picked near bottom

The Minot State baseball team was picked to finish 14th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason coaches poll released Wednesday.

The Beavers received 38 points and were chosen above only Minnesota Crookston, which garnered 14 points.

MSU senior catcher Connor Moughtin and

sophomore pitcher Jesse Goertzen were selected as players to watch in 2014. Moughtin batted .347 last season with 21 RBIs and seven extra-base hits. Goertzen pitched 36.1 innings and recorded 22 strikeouts.

– Daily News Staff

Schmidt leads Ryan past DL-B

Sophomore guard Sheyenne Schmidt knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 22 points as the Bishop Ryan girls basketball team defeated Des Lacs-Burlington on Tuesday.

Schmidt smashed her previous high of 12 points set on Jan. 17, 2013, in a 100-22 victory against Surrey. The 5-foot-5 guard shot 57 percent from the field and added four rebounds and six steals.

Ryan junior forward Hannah Stewart finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and two blocks.

The top-ranked Lions (13-0 overall, 4-0 District 12) jumped out to a 29-6 lead after the first quarter and held a 45-19 advantage at halftime. Ryan’s defense limited the Lakers to 19 points in each half.

Senior guard Courtney Vogel led DL-B (5-7, 2-2) with 12 points.

The Lions travel to Velva tonight and the Lakers host Our Redeemer’s Christian School on Monday.

– Daily News Staff

Majettes skate past Mandan Braves

MANDAN – Freshman forward Bryanna Bergeron scored twice and added an assist and the Minot High girls hockey team defeated Mandan 4-2 on Thursday.

Bergeron netted her first goal at 1:13 of the first period before Mandan’s Mariah Marsh tied the game with 2:49 left in the frame.

Senior forward Alaynee Thompson and freshman forward Mackinzy MacIver added two more for Minot (12-2 overall, 10-2 state) in the second for a 3-1 lead. MacIver’s tally came with just 31 seconds left.

Mandan’s McKenna Quintus brought the Braves (6-6, 7-8) to within 3-2 with 10:58 left, but Bergeron’s second marker sealed Minot’s ninth straight victory.

Minot senior goaltender Sydney Swanson finished with 23 saves.

– Daily News Staff

North Dakota defeats Eastern Washington

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) – Aaron Anderson scored 17 points and Troy Huff added 15 with nine rebounds as North Dakota defeated Eastern Washington 73-61 Thursday night.

North Dakota (9-10, 6-3 Big Sky) shot 46.7 percent from the field and outscored EWU 18-0 on fast breaks. Alonzo Taylor and Jaron Nash each chipped in 11 points for North Dakota.

Venky Jois scored 15 points for the Eagles (8-12, 3-6), Ognjen Miljkovic had 14 and Drew Brandon contributed 11 with 13 rebounds. Tyler Harvey, the Big Sky’s leading scorer, was held to 7 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

North Dakota led by eight early in the second half, but EWU used a 9-0 surge capped by a Harvey 3-pointer to grab a 45-44 lead. Huff responded, hitting two layups and converting a three-point play to spark a 19-4 run and make it 63-49 with 4:14 remaining.

EWU couldn’t pull closer than 12 the rest of the way.