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Marauders Name Craig Bagnell Football Coach
Bismarck -- A record-setter as a player and coach, University of Mary alumnus Craig Bagnell returns home as the Marauders' seventh head football coach. A four-year starter at quarterback for the Marauders, Bagnell directed a record-setting offense the last three seasons at Bemidji State University. The 27-year-old Bagnell, who will be the youngest head coach in NCAA football, has compiled an impressive resume in a short period of time, including nationally ranked offenses and assisting Bemidji State University to one of its best marks during any three-year period. During his run as the Beavers offensive coordinator (2015-17), Bemidji State captured an NSIC North championship, won the Mineral Water Bowl and rolled up 24 wins. In 2016 BSU was ranked fourth offensively in NCAA Division II. "I was looking for a rising star and found one in Craig Bagnell," said Marauders Athletic Director Dale Lennon, who, himself, began his head coaching career at Mary. "I've been watching him for a couple years as he has excelled as a college coach. He's ready for the next step from successful coordinator to successful head coach. He brings passion for the game, passion for his athletes, and passion for this university."  FULL STORY

Bobcats, Minotauros Win on Road

Bismarck -- Ryan Ullan made 28 saves to lead the Bobcats to a 3-1 win in Brookings on Saturday, which salvaged a weekend road split against the Blizzard. The game was a goalies duel until the 3rd period, which is when all the scoring occurred. With just under seven minutes remaining, Jacob Marti scored giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Just under two minutes later, Connor Koviak tied the game for the Blizzard. The Bobcats then regained the lead as Patrick O’Connor scored the game-winner on the power play with 2:33 to go. Matej Murin added an empty-net goal to make it a 3-1 final. Jacob Sibell took the loss in goal for the Blizzard. Meanwhile, Minot kept pace in the Central Division thanks to a close 2-1 win in Aberdeen on Saturday, taking three of a possible four points in the road series. Minotauros goalie Samu Lonkila made 35 saves in the win and stopped 75 of 78 shots during the weekend. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wings got on the board first in the 2nd period as Andrew Walker scored his 4th goal of the season. The Minotauros seized the lead and the game with two goals in less than a minute span in the 3rd period as Jake Rosenbaum scored his 3rd goal of the season and Miroslav Mucha scored his league-tying 19th goal of the season. Wings goalie Gabe Vinal took the loss in goal.

Shootout Win Puts UND in First-Place Tie in NCHC
Grand Forks -- North Dakota players used words like “dynamic” and “lethal” to describe St. Cloud State’s power play following Friday night’s battle of the top two teams in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. With the Huskies clicking at over 27 percent with the man advantage this season – and nearly 33 percent on home ice – the Fighting Hawks flirted with danger by taking six minor penalties before the game was 30 minutes old, four straight during the second period. UND responded with a  bit of special teams magic of its own, however, going a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill en route to a 2-2 overtime tie with the second-ranked and league-leading Huskies. Junior defenseman Christian Wolanin scored in the shootout to provide UND with the extra NCHC point and vault the Fighting Hawks into a first-place tie with the Huskies. Wolanin also set up both Fighting Hawk goals during regulation time, a second-period tally by Rhett Gardner and Cole Smith’s tying goal in the third period, but UND’s NCHC-leading penalty kill was the story in this one. “We looked at their power play a lot. We know what they do. They’re a lethal power play,” said UND junior forward Nick Jones. “They like to hit the seams and we’re just trying to take those away and let Cam [Johnson] see shots."  FULL STORY

Rudolph's Two FT's with 1.8
to Play Lift Beavers Past Wayne State 69-68

Minot -- Senior Tyler Rudolph converted two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation lifting Minot State to a 69-68 victory over Wayne State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game on Saturday in Rice Auditorium. It was a fitting end for Rudolph who poured in 30 points and also became Minot State's career rebounding leading leader as he corralled eight rebounds on the night. With the eight rebounds Rudolph pushed his career total to 781, which topped the previous record of 774 set by John Schaffer. Wayne State took only its second lead of the game with 10 seconds to go in regulation when Jordan Cornelius scored on a layup giving the Wildcats a 68-67 lead. The Beavers worked the ball inside to Rudolph who was fouled by Vance Janssen with 1.8 seconds to play. Rudolph, who finished the game 6-of-6 from the free throw line, calmly knocked down the free throws lifting the Beavers to their third straight win. Minot State, which improved to 10-1 overall and 4-1 in the NSIC, also got 16 points and four assists from Luis Ricci Maia and eight points and two rebounds from Brandon Green.  FULL STORY

Defense Leads the
Blue Hawks Over Viterbo

Dickinson -- Viterbo University (Wisc.) took the long trip to Dickinson to take on the Blue Hawks in basketball Friday night. Viterbo takes on the Blue Hawks for their second NSAA matchup, losing to Bellevue last weekend. For the Blue Hawks the game comes as their third, beating Valley City and losing to Waldorf in the previous weekend. The Blue Hawks came out strong in the first half, establishing a 25-9 lead over Viterbo. The Blue Hawks were lead by Marcus White with 10 points. The entire DSU team shot well throughout the half, 47% from the field and beyond the arch. The Blue Hawks got to the free-throw line only 2 times in the half. The V-Hawks struggled from field, only 37% from the field. But, with some good defense down the stretch and 10 first half points from Cody Hoeth the V-Hawks were able to chip away and cut the Blue Hawks lead to 38-26 at halftime. Into the second half, the Blue Hawks expanded their lead to 20 over Viterbo. From then on the Blue Hawks were able to cruise. The Blue Hawks were lead offensively by Marcus White with 16 points. Ryan Clark tallied another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. That effort was enough for a 78-53FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- With the 1st-half of December behind us, NDHSAA winter sports activities will slow down just a bit with the holiday break looming on the horizon. However, in this past week, there was a plethora of games and events staged on the hardwood, the mats, and the ice for avid sports fans to digest. KDKT Sports Radio was in Coal Country on both Friday and Saturday evenings to provide live coverage of two boys' cage clashes involving West River teams. On Friday, 3rd-ranked Beulah, in its season-opener, blitzed Four Winds-Minnewauken 60-37 behind a combined 35 points registered by the senior duo of Logan Miller and Derek Ferebee. Then the following day, Garrison squandered a big, first-half lead over Hazen, before storming back in the 4th quarter to claim a 67-50 win at the expense of the host Bison. The Troopers' leading scorer was 6'4" Soph P Jonah Larson who tallied 21 markers. The day before, Garrison held off Flasher 68-60, with the trio of Larson, Gabe Holt, and Jaaran Kamp combining for 61 counters.  Meanwhile, Hazen was trounced at home by Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, 76-46. The Troopers will now take a 3-0 ledger into their next outing versus Wilton-Wing this Tuesday. By contrast, Hazen currently holds an overall record of 1-3.  Elsewhere, in Class B boys' hoops, Wilton-Wing handled New Salem-Almont 47-39; Beach beat Wibaux (MT) 62-55; New Town coasted past Watford City 70-57; Washburn trimmed Kidder County 55-51; and Nedrose outlasted Underwood 41-37.  In the Dickinson Roughrider Tournament which spanned three days last week, host Dickinson Trinity claimed the title by virtue of a 67-40 beatdown of Bowman County in the championship clash. Earlier in the tourney, the Titans had clobbered Richardton-Taylor 76-33 and pulled away from Mott-Regent 67-52. Mott-Regent had previously mauled New England 85-54 and then gouged Glen Ullin-Hebron 66-47 for 3rd place in the tournament; while Bowman County breezed by Killdeer 61-50, Killdeer outlasted New England 57-54 for 5th place, Glen Ullin-Hebron held off Heart River 65-61, and Heart River roughed up Richardton-Taylor 50-36 for 7th place. Additionally, Parshall pounded Washburn 52-37; New Town raced past Beach 81-62; and New Salem-Almont slammed Center-Stanton 55-19. In Class B girls' roundball action, New Town outlasted Killdeer 56-52 and blasted Beach 67-43; Wilton-Wing nudged Dickinson Trinity 42-41, before the Titans rebounded to ease past Watford City 54-45; Beach, behind Samantha Oech's 40-point outburst, held off Beulah 69-64; 5th-ranked Shiloh Christian walloped Washburn 69-31 and dumped Underwood 76-57, but the Comets bounced back to spank Hazen 56-40; Hettinger-Scranton edged injury-riddled & 2nd-ranked Grant County 56-55 in overtime, but the Coyotes recovered to bury Mott-Regent 60-20; and New England breezed by Flasher 50-42. Elsewhere, Center-Stanton coasted by the Legacy Sophomores 45-36; 10th-rated Rugby hammered Harvey-Wells County 57-26; Kidder County crunched Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 55-34, while the Imperials also fell to Linton-HMB 52-36; #6 Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier blitzed Strasburg-Zeeland 69-11; 8th-rated Medina - Pingree - Buchanan mopped up South Border 49-23; Glen Ullin-Hebron gashed Beulah 58-28 behind Kennedy Zuroff's 21 points, but the Miners followed up that loss with a 55-46 win over Washburn; New Salem-Almont routed Richardton-Taylor 59-39; Heart River defeated Center-Stanton 50-39; Flasher nipped Garrison in overtime 75-74; and Bowman County beat New England 53-42. In a pair of Class A girls' b-ball tilts involving Capital City teams, top-ranked Century crushed Minot 72-25 and Bismarck walloped Williston 63-42. On the Class A boys' cage scene, in a high-profile showdown, 5th-rated Century toppled #1  Minot 79-50; and elsewhere, Mandan manhandled Dickinson 72-43. In this new week unfolding, KDKT 1410 will be in Center this Tuesday (Dec 19) to call a boys'-girls' cage doubleheader pitting the Killdeer Cowboys versus the Center-Stanton Wildcats. Pre-game commentary will commence at 5:00 pm CST, with tip-off of the boys' contest slated for 5:30. In the rink in West Region boys' hockey play, Bismarck downed Minot 5-2; Century overwhelmed Mandan 11-zip, dumped Dickinson 11-3, jolted Jamestown 8-2 and coasted by West Fargo Sheyenne 6-2; and Mandan whipped Williston 4-1. In Class B wrestling, 24 teams competed this past weekend in the two-day Linton Holiday Tournament, with Mobridge-Pollack (SD) leading the tightly-packed field in the team standings with 211 points. Rounding out the top-five squads, in order, upon completion of the tourney Saturday afternoon were Velva (166 pts), Bowman County (165.5 pts); Carrington (160 pts); and Hettinger-Scranton (158.5 pts).

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