Local briefs

Beavers split first day in desert

TUCSON, Ariz. – With one swing of the bat from senior Tyler Stevenson, the Minot State baseball team went from getting swept on the first day of the Tucson Invitational Games to a series split with Malone University on Monday.

After a 3-0 loss to Malone in the first game, Stevenson connected on a three-run home run off pitcher Brad Beachy in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel the Beavers to a 6-5 victory in game two.

“We have the approach that if one guy doesn’t get the job done, don’t worry about it because the next guy will pick you up,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “That’s exactly what it was with Tyler today, who did a great job of helping the team by getting a big hit when we needed it.”

MSU (3-3) took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a single by junior Andrew Roach and two walks from senior Connor Moughtin and Stevenson with the bases loaded. Malone (3-8) tied the game in the top of the fourth and grabbed a 6-4 advantage in the top of the sixth.

MSU junior Austin Zorn picked up the win in relief, allowing one hit over the final 1 2/3 innings.

The Tucson Invitational Games continue today with the Beavers playing Dakota Wesleyan at 11 a.m. and Briar Cliff at 3 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Tickets on sale for Class A state tournaments

Ticket packages for the North Dakota Class A boys and girls basketball state tournaments are now on sale.

The packages allow access for all games at both the Minot State Dome and the Minot Auditorium. Only all-session tickets are available until Thursday, when single game tickets become available.

Ticket prices are $36 for adults and $21 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Minot State box office at the MSU Dome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., today and Wednesday.

Individual ticket prices are $14 for adult and $8 for student per session. Those tickets will be on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday at both the MSU Dome and at the Minot Auditorium.

There will be a free shuttle between both venues running continuously from each site Thursday and Friday. Pick-up and drop-off will be on the south side of both facilities and there shouldn’t be more than a five minute delay between shuttles.

For more information please visit www.minottournaments.com. The site will also have links to live stats for both tournaments as well as links to maps, live video (provided by ABC), brackets and box scores.

-Daily News staff

Gothberg garners NCHC weekly honor

GRAND FORKS For the third time this season and the second time in two weeks, North Dakota’s Zane Gothberg has been named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference goaltender of the week.

Gothberg recorded his second career shutout and posted a series save percentage of .952 in UND’s conference split with Western Michigan last weekend in Grand Forks. The sophomore from Thief River Falls, Minn., stopped all 18 shots he faced in Fridays’ 2-0 win for his second career shutout, both of which have come in the last three weeks. The following night, Gothberg stopped 20 of 22 shots in UND’s 2-1 loss.

Gothberg’s performance also enabled him to win the NCHC’s goaltending crown with a league-leading 2.26 goals against average in 17 NCHC games. He also upped his career save percentage to .922, the best mark in school history.

In 25 games (23 starts) this season, Gothberg is 15-7-3 with a league-best 2.02 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

Miami junior forward Blake Coleman was the NCHC offensive player of the Week, Nebraska-Omaha freshman Ian Brady was the defenseman of the week and Minnesota Duluth forward Kyle Osterberg was the rookie of the week.

-Daily News Staff