MSU football teams up with Dream Catchers

The Minot State University football team and the Minot Dream Catchers teamed up Tuesday for its annual summer baseball game at the Dream Catchers Field.

The event featured 21 players on the Beavers football team and members of the Dream Catchers in two games – one with older members of the Dream Catchers and one with younger players.

“This is a really important event for Minot State football,” MSU assistant coach and event coordinator Clay Bayard said in a press release. “The Dream Catchers players were really excited to see our guys in their football jerseys and it is great to see our players interacting with the kids.

“I think both sides had a lot of fun.”

Dream Catchers is a team comprised of special-needs children organized by Minot’s Michelle Bliven. The event is similar to the “Dream Catchers Day at the Dome” held in the past eight winters with members of the Minot State baseball team.

“I think that the games have continued to be a success because of the coaching staffs and how they approach it with their players,” Bliven said. “There is usually a group of players who have been involved with the game in the previous year and they know what to expect. They have a lot of fun working with our team and our kids have a blast.”

The Beavers begin the 2014 season Sept. 6 at the University of Sioux Falls and return to Herb Parker Stadium for the home opener Sept. 13 against Upper Iowa.

-Daily News Staff

Minot dominates state tourneys

The Minot Magic Futbol Club ended its summer season with a commanding performance in Bismarck last weekend. Twelve teams, ranging in age from 9 to 19, walked away with first-place trophies – more than the rest of the state combined.

In addition, six Minot teams placed second and one took third.

“Minot thoroughly dominated state this weekend,” said Minot State women’s soccer coach Jason Spain, who serves as Minot Magic FC’s director of coaching, in a press release. “It is the product of the commitment of parents, players and coaches. Minot has created a very strong soccer culture and it showed this weekend.”

The North Dakota Club Cup awards five points for each team finishing first, three points for each team finishing second and one point for each team finishing third. Minot Magic FC accumulated 81 points to win the Club Cup.

Bismarck finished second with 30 points, Grand Forks third with 16, Jamestown fourth with 12 and West Fargo rounded out the top five with six.

Tri-Cities Soccer Club of Fargo had five points and Mandan amassed three.

-Daily News Staff