Sports briefs 02/02/14

Ryan claims 2nd straight Region III title

VELVA – Bishop Ryan 145-pound senior Keaton Merck recorded pins in all three of the Lions’ duals Saturday at the Region III Dual Tournament. Ryan rolled past Velva 52-12 in the championship to claim its second straight region title. Both teams qualified for the state dual tournament.

Merck pinned his three opponents in a combined 1:52. Against Velva, he dropped Brady Irmen in 1:09. His other two wins were over Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray’s Reed Neset (0:22) and New Town’s Rusty Etheridge (0:21).

The Lions (16-0) breezed by Stanley 61-12 in the semifinals and New Town 23-6. Nine of the 14 weight classes resulted in double forfeits against New Town.

Sophomore 120-pounder Aaron Sandy also recorded three wins for the Lions, with a pin against Velva, forfeit win against Stanley and technical fall against New Town.

The Aggies posted a 51-28 win over Des Lacs-Burlington, which placed third, in the semifinals.

Carrington reigns supreme in Region II

HARVEY – Carrington added another piece of hardware to its trophy case on Saturday.

The Cardinals won all three of their matches at the Region II Dual Tournament, including a perfect 84-0 rout of Hillsboro, to claim their sixth tourney title of the year.

Five wrestlers tallied three wins apiece for the Cardinals (13-1), including senior Patrick Freeman and sophomore Riley Lura.

Freeman (two at 145 pounds, one at 138) and the 182-pound Lura scored pins in all of their bouts. Also recording three wins were Mathew Neumiller, Joe Bakke and Billy Holtan.

Carrington’s closest contest came in the championship, a 38-28 victory over Pembina County North. In the first round, the Cardinals spanked Harvey-Wells County 78-3.

Pembina County North also qualified for the state dual tournament, as it beat third-place Central Cass in the semifinals.

Beavers notch 18 personal bests

MANKATO, Minn. The Minot State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams combined for 18 personal bests at Saturday’s Minnesota State University open.

“As a team we are better than we were last year at this point in the season,” Minot State coach Stu Melby said. “We have made some big improvements both on the men’s and women’s side. We’ve worked hard and we really showed a competitive nature today.”

Junior Sienna Dailey broke her own school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.31 seconds, placing her third overall at the meet. Six MSU women recorded personal records in the 200, headlined by Dailey who placed seventh with a time of 26.15 seconds.

On the men’s side, junior Tyler Flatland took third in the 400 with a personal-best time of 50.72 seconds.

The Beavers head to the North Dakota State University Thundering Herd Classic on Friday and Saturday in Fargo.

Bismarck snaps Majettes’ win streak

BISMARCK -During its nine-game winning streak, the Minot High girls hockey team outscored its opponents by 61.

The Majettes’ luck ran out Saturday in a 4-2 loss to defending state champion Bismarck.

The Blizzard (18-1 overall, 16-0 state) seized a 3-0 lead 3:34 into the third period before Minot (14-3, 12-3) began to close the gap. Minot sophomore forward Sydney Boyce lit the lamp at the 6:38 mark and senior forward Makaila Anderson followed 57 seconds later to cut the deficit to one goal.

Bismarck’s Sage Barta put the game away with 1:53 to play, sending Minot to its first loss since Dec. 16.

The Majettes host West Fargo on Friday at Maysa Arena.

Big second period lifts Tauros

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Minot Minotauros broke out with three goals in the second period and defeated the Brookings Blizzard 4-1 on Saturday at the Larson Ice Center.

After a scoreless first period, Minot’s Colton Kramer, Jake Johnson and Jacob Howie scored to give the Tauros (19-22-3) a 3-0 lead with 2:12 left in the frame. Kramer and Howie scored on the power play.

Ryan Sete netted Brookings’ only goal with seven seconds left in the second, but Minot’s Tanner Holmquist answered at 9:17 of the third.

Minot goaltender Merrick Madsen recorded 26 saves in the win.

Roughriders edge Magicians late

GRAND FORKS – The Minot High boys hockey team surrendered the game-winning goal at 8:42 of the third period in a 3-2 loss to Grand Forks Red River on Saturday.

Red River’s Jonah Kratochvil netted his second goal of the game less than three minutes after MHS senior forward Hayden Schwarz tied the contest 2-2.

MHS junior forward Matt Flom put the Magicians (12-5-1) in front at 13:37 of the first period, but Red River registered the next two for a 2-1 lead four minutes into the final frame.

MHS junior goaltender finished with 30 saves. The Roughriders (10-7-1) outshot the Magicians 33-16.

Minot hosts Williston on Tuesday.

Beavers beat Illinois in shootout

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Minot State University men’s club hockey team notched a 4-3 shootout victory against the University of Illinois on Saturday.

MSU junior forward Michael Jordan scored the only goal in the shootout as Wyatt Waselenchuk stopped the Fighting Illini in all seven rounds.

“Finally found a way to win,” MSU coach Wade Regier said. “Our guys showed heart tonight and I was proud of the way we battled.”

Jeremy Johnson and Logan Herauf netted goals for the Beavers in the first period and Cole Olson tied the game 3-3 with 4:38 remaining in the second.

Waselenchuk finished with 31 saves.

The Beavers host Arizona on Feb. 14.

– Daily News Staff