Sports briefs 05/16/14

Majettes qualify for state tournament

BISMARCK – The Minot High girls tennis team placed third in the West Region tournament on Thursday and qualified for the state tournament.

The Majettes opened the tournament with a 4-1 victory over Williston, sweeping singles play. Eighth-grader Jenna Coggins defeated Bethany Pippin in three sets, 6-0, 5-7, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Alyssa Henson and Evie Reynolds teamed up at No. 2 doubles and snuck past Williston’s Keyenna Enget and Jocci Lysne, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Minot fell 4-1 to Century in the semifinals with senior Ban Dodin and Coggins claiming the only match victory at No. 1 doubles. They defeated Century’s Morgan Grinsteiner and Anne Dickson, 6-4, 6-2.

The Majettes finished the tournament with a 3-2 victory against Bismarck in the third-place match. Dodin and Emily Beck each recorded 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Minot clinched the win when Coggins and Kendra Collins defeated Rachel Schumaier and Kayla Steffes, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.

“We really had a great team effort today as we had nine different girls play throughout the day and all nine contributed,” Minot coach Scott DeLorme said in a press release.

The Majettes compete in the West Region individual tournament today and Saturday in Bismarck.

-Daily News Staff

Perez joins MSU women’s soccer

Maritssa Perez has signed a letter of intent to join the Minot State women’s soccer program, MSU coach Jason Spain announced Thursday.

Perez, a Santa Ana, Calif., native, drew all-league honors in 2012-13 while playing for Saddleback High School. She was also named team MVP three years in a row (2011-13).

“We have been trying to find a holding midfielder with a never-ending engine and Maritssa is definitely that,” Spain said in a press release.

Perez is the 11th player to sign with MSU for the upcoming season, including eight incoming freshmen and three junior-college transfers.

-Daily News Staff

O’Keefe named to Academic All-

District team

Minot State junior golfer Kowan O’Keefe was named to the Capital One Academic all-District At-Large team, the school announced Thursday.

O’Keefe is the second MSU athlete to secure the distinction since the school’s move to Division II in 2012.

O’Keefe is pursuing his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. He finished fifth overall at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference golf championships, qualifying for the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

O’Keefe led the Beavers with a 75.1 scoring average this season.

-Daily News Staff

Further accolades for MSU’s Dixon

Postseason recognition is beginning to pile up for Minot State senior softball player Jen Dixon.

Having already been named to the Daktronics all-Central Region team earlier this week, Dixon was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a Division II all-Central Region second-team selection, the association announced Thursday.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s player of the year in 2013, Dixon led the Beavers in nearly every offensive category this season, including batting average (.387), home runs (12) and RBIs (42). She is also MSU’s all-time leader in home runs (39) and RBIs (165).

Dixon is one of 11 NSIC players to collect an all-Region distinction.

-Daily News Staff

MSU men’s hoops adds three

The Minot State men’s basketball team welcomed three new signings Thursday.

The trio of Luis Felipe Ricci Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Mihailo Vasic (Novi Sad, Serbia) and Brandon Green (Bowie, Md.) join two early MSU signings and a Division I transfer, giving the Beavers a mix of incoming talent.

“I’m very excited to add these young men to our program,” MSU coach Matt Murken said in a press release. “Our coaching staff did a tremendous job of identifying and thoroughly evaluating student-athletes who fit the needs of our program both in terms of talent as well as character.”

Maia is a 5-foot-11 guard and has represented his country on numerous occasions, most recently at the FIBA U19 World Championships. He boasts a career scoring average of 6.1 points per game at the international level, including a 10.6 ppg, 4.0 assists-per-game clip during the 2011 U16 Championships.

Vasic is the big man of the group. At 6-7, Vasic played at Lee Academy in Maine this past season.

A bigger guard at 6-3, Green set the Georgetown Prep scoring record with 42 points in a game this season and was named to the Interstate Athletic Conference first team as a senior.

The Beavers are looking to add one or two more signings before the upcoming season.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers place 14th in All-Sports Award final standings

Following its second year as a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Minot State finished 14th out of 16 teams in the league’s All-Sports Award standings.

The winner of each title in a conference-sponsored championship received points totaling the number of teams in that sport plus one. The next place finisher receives points totaling the number of teams less the number of places from first place. Ties in the standings at any level result in the totaling of points and distributed equally. Indoor and outdoor track & field are computed at half the total points as listed in the previous mentioned categories.

MSU totaled 72 points, while Minnesota State-Mankato claimed the award with 173.5 points. The Beavers placed 13th last year.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers finalize coaching staff

The Minot State men’s club hockey team announced its coaching staff for the 2014-15 season Wednesday, which includes two former MSU players.

Tim Kirby, Jordan Willert and Josh Rutherford will join head coach Wade Regier on the bench next season.

Kirby, a native of Austin, Minn., played four years at Division I Air Force, where he was a Hobey Baker finalist and an All-American. He will oversee the defenseman.

“Tim’s playing career speaks for itself,” Regier said in a press release. “Tim’s experience and success as a defenseman at the highest college level will be a huge asset for our defensive core.”

The other two, Willert and Rutherford, played under Regier as a member of the Beavers, both winning a national championship in the 2012-13 season. Willert will focus is attention on the forwards, while Rutherford will help with recruiting.

-Daily News Staff