Sports briefs 02/01/14

Top-ranked Lions overwhelm Velva

VELVA – In a rematch of last year’s Region 6 championship game, the Bishop Ryan girls basketball team ran away with an 84-28 victory against Velva in a non-district contest Friday.

Ryan junior forward Hannah Stewart netted a game-high 21 points and junior Maddie Wald (14) and seniors Anika Rovig (14) and Laurin Leidholt (11) also finished in double figures.

The Lions (14-0) surrendered seven points to the Aggies (10-3) in the first half and led by 33 at the intermission. They increased their advantage to 61-18 after three quarters.

Ryan senior guard Maddie Lipp came off the bench and hit three 3-pointers to finish with nine points.

The Lions travel to Glenburn on Monday and Velva plays at Sawyer on Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

Halvorson, MHS tops Turtle Mountain

BELCOURT – Junior guard Dakota Halvorson registered a game-high 30 points and centers Braydon Lund and Colter Hustad notched double-doubles as the Minot High boys basketball team defeated Turtle Mountain 83-76 on Friday.

MHS junior forward Noah Bosh complemented Halverson with 20 points and Lund and Hustad also finished in double figures with 13 and 10, respectively. Hustad grabbed 15 rebounds and Lund had 10 as the second-ranked Magicians (11-2 overall, 8-2 West Region) outrebounded the Braves 51-42.

“We battled and we grinded it out in the second half,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said. “It wasn’t a particularly defensive effort, but we did enough. It’s a tough place to play. We did enough to come away with a win.”

Minot shot 39 percent from the field and went 25-31 from the free-throw line.

Jonathan Parisien led the Braves (4-8, 3-7) with 17 points.

The Magicians host Bismarck on Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

Ryan grapplers defeat Watford City

The Bishop Ryan wrestling team cruised to a 45-11 victory over Watford City on Friday, scoring five pins in the process.

Watford City’s Liam Shannon pinned Ryan freshman Max Lipp in 1:50 at 106 pounds, but the Lions won eight of the final nine matches. Ryan junior Wyatt Ledoux scored a 9-2 decision against Dakota Garmann at 113 and sophomore Aaron Sandy (120) pinned Jade Hepper in 1:43 to give the Lions a 9-6 lead.

Ryan seniors Keaton Merck (152), Braden Kalamaha (160), Joseph Knipp (195) and Mason Kramer (285) won the dual’s final four matches by pin. Kramer needed just 37 seconds in his win over Jake Belland.

The Lions received 12 points via forfeits.

Ryan wrestles in the Region 3 Dual Tournament in Velva today.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers blanked by Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Minot State University men’s club hockey team couldn’t find the back of the net and suffered a 2-0 loss to Illinois on Friday.

After a scoreless first period, the Fighting Illini (16-14-1) struck twice in the middle frame. John Olen scored the first with 13:57 left and Sam Baker added a short-handed tally two minutes later.

“Tonight was a tough one,” MSU coach Wade Regier said. “Our guys couldn’t generate the offense tonight. We had chances, just couldn’t finish. We will definitely be making some roster changes for tomorrow.”

Illinois outshot MSU (18-6-3) 42-24. Beavers goaltender Riley Hengen finished with 40 saves.

The teams play tonight in Champaign.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros fall to Blizzard

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Minot Minotauros dropped their second straight contest to the Brookings Blizzard, losing 3-2 on Friday at the Larson Ice Center.

Tied 1-1 after two periods, the Blizzard broke the tie with 1:46 left on a power-play goal by Evan Hesse. Russ Jordan added a short-handed goal 33 seconds later to give Brookings a 3-1 lead.

Minot’s Kyle Kruenegel pulled the Tauros within a goal with 27 seconds left, but couldn’t net the equalizer in the final moments.

Minot goaltender Brandon Wildung finished with 26 saves in the loss.

The teams play again tonight in Brookings.

– Daily News Staff

MSU’s Windish places 5th in 3,000-meter

MANKATO, Minn – Minot State track and field sophomore Allison Windish set a new personal best in the women’s 3,000-meter run, finishing the race in 10 minutes, 52.21 seconds for a fifth-place finish Friday at the Minnesota State University Open.

Windish’s time placed her into MSU’s all-time top 10 in the event.

The second day of competition begins this morning at 9.

– Daily News Staff