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RedHawks Relieve Simunic of Duties
-- Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Field Manager Doug Simunic has been relieved of his duties with the organization, effective immediately. Pitching coach Michael Schlact has been named interim field manager for the remainder of the 2017 season. Simunic was in his 22nd season with the RedHawks and is the only manager in club history. This season, the RedHawks are 41-35 and tied for second place in the American Association North Division. Simunic posted a 1202-839 record in his time with the RedHawks and won league championships in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He was also named Manager of the Year six times (1996, 1998 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008). Simunic’s contract was set to expire following this season.“Twenty-two years is a long time, and Doug has had an outstanding run with the RedHawks. However, I think it is in the organization’s best interests at this time to change the on-field leadership,” said RedHawks Owner and Chairman of the Board Bruce Thom. “We appreciate the many contributions Doug has made to the RedHawks and baseball in Fargo-Moorhead and wish him the best as he pursues future baseball endeavors.”

RedHawks Blow Lead

-- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks dropped a five run lead in a 12-5 loss to the Gary Southshore RailCats Saturday night. The RedHawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning thanks to an RBI single by Devan Ahart. Fargo-Moorhead added three in the next inning thanks to and RBIs by KD Kang, Charlie Valerio, and Brandon Tierney. Kang scored the RedHawks’ final run in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run. RedHawks starter, Jose Almarante pitched seven scoreless innings before turning the ball over to the Fargo-Moorhead bullpen. Things came off the rails in the eighth for Fargo-Moorhead when Yhoxian Medina committed three errors. Gary managed to score nine runs in the frame three coming off of Anthony Pacillo and six coming off of Richie Tate (3 earned). Gary added three more in the ninth to bring the game to its final score, 12-5. Winning Pitcher: Aryton Costa (2-1), Losing Pitcher: Richie Tate (3-3). FULL STORY

Excitement, Optimism Runs High as Marauders Football Team Reports to Campus
Bismarck -- A day traditionally filled with excitement and optimism brought a little bit more of both when over 90 University of Mary football players reported to campus on Tuesday for the start of fall camp. In addition to 35 new Marauders joining the program, the team stepped into its newly-renovated locker room for the first time. While not yet completed, the remodeled space features wood lockers and new flooring and is part of renovations to the McDowell Activity Center. Five seniors will lead the Marauders on the field when the 2017 squad practices for the first time this season on Thursday, August 10. Defensive backs Jacob Parker and Brady Zittleman, defensive lineman Brock Pittsley and slotback Brennan Doan have all played their entire collegiate careers with UMary. The fifth senior is kicker Aaron Brennan, who spent the last four years playing forward on the UMary men's soccer team.  FULL STORY

All-American, Olympian
Dan McKinnon Passes Away

Grand Forks
-- The University of North Dakota Athletics Department mourns the passing of UND men’s hockey legend and Olympic medalist Dan McKinnon, who died last Sunday at the age of 90. A native of Williams, Minn., McKinnon was a defenseman at UND from 1947-48 through 1949-50 and collected seven goals and 15 points in 61 career collegiate games. He was a member of the 1947-48 UND team that, in just its second year of varsity hockey, upset Michigan on the road in a victory widely-considered to have unofficially ushered the University into the world of NCAA hockey. McKinnon earned All-America honors as a senior in 1949-50, becoming the program’s first defenseman to do so. McKinnon later won a silver medal with the United States at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Italy alongside fellow North Dakota alumni Gordon Christian and Ken Purpur. He also represented the U.S. at the 1955 and 1958 World Championships. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McKinnon family at this time," said UND head coach Brad Berry. "Dan was an instrumental part of our hockey program and in what we represent today. His legacy will always be remembered as hard-working, honest, and being a great teammate. He, along with people like Cal Marvin, Ginny Christian and John Noah, laid the foundation blocks for our program that is now loaded with tradition and success. We will remember Dan within our family in the future years to come." FULL STORY

Tyler “Steele”s the Show
in His Final Larks Appearance

-- That’s how you finish off a game, and a season. Tyler Steele throws the final half of the ballgame for the Larks and caps off an impressive 6-3 victory over the Rochester Honkers. Steele’s outing concludes a phenomenal individual season for him, as he will be leaving the team to report back to Vanguard. Steele and the Larks have not been playing their best baseball as the season winds down, and they’re aware of that. They’re now playing for pride, and their effort on Friday night demonstrated that. The Larks turned to starter Carson Selin as they looked to get back on track. Selin answered the call and retired nine of the first 10 hitters he saw, facing just one over the minimum through the first three innings. This gave the Larks a chance to get on the board first. They did so in the bottom of the second inning when Luke Horanski brought Noah Sadler home on a double to left field. Horanski would score later in the inning on a Jeff Mayes sacrifice fly to put the Larks up 2-0. The Honkers got to Selin in the top of the fourth when Morgan McCullough walked to lead off the inning. He scored two batters later on a Ryan Fitzpatrick single to cut the lead in half.  FULL STORY

Beavers Release 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule
Minot -- The Minot State men's basketball program has released its 2017-18 season schedule, head coach Matt Murken announced Wednesday. The Beavers' upcoming regular-season slate compromises 28 games, including 15 home contests at the Minot State Dome. Minot State takes on two road exhibition games at Valley City State (Oct. 23) and Dickinson State (Oct. 25) before opening the regular season. "I'm very excited for the 2017-2018 season," Murken said. "Our schedule will include some excellent competition, starting with the NSIC/GAC Conference Challenge in Dallas and continuing throughout the NSIC conference schedule." MSU opens the regular season traveling for the third consecutive year to Lancaster, Texas to take on teams from the Great American Conference in the NSIC/GAC Conference Challenge. The Beavers will take on Southern Arkansas (Nov. 10) and Henderson State (Nov. 11). Minot State plays host to four nonconference teams before beginning NSIC play. MSU hosts Mayville State (Nov. 14) and Dickinson State (Nov. 16) followed by Valley City State (Nov. 20) and Yellowstone Christian College (Nov. 22) in the next week. FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As mid-August has arrived on the calendar, we've begun the transition from summer sports to fall school athletics on the North Dakota sports landscape. American Legion baseball is now staging its ultimate tourney of the season--its World Series--in Shelby, North Carolina, and the champion of last week's Central Plains tournament hosted by Dickinson is off to a hot start! Omaha's Creighton Prep, sporting a current record of 57-6 on the summer and the only repeat World Series qualifier for 2017, blitzed Henderson, NV 9-1 in its tournament-opener this past Thursday, and followed that up with a 6-3 defeat of Midland, MI on Friday afternoon and an 8-5 victory Sunday morning at the expense of Shrewsbury, MA. With its unblemished World Series ledger after four days of tourney play, Creighton Prep has advanced to the semifinals slated for Monday evening (August 14). At this time, Creighton Prep's opponent for its semifinal showdown is undetermined. The other teams participating in Shelby over the duration of the World Series are from Arkansas, Idaho, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Now referencing fall prep sports in North Dakota, 9-man football squads have been practicing an entire week already, preparing for their season-opening games this weekend, while 11-man teams commenced official practice sessions this past Wednesday. Already this Friday (August 18), KDKT Sports Radio 1410 will be on the scene in Richardton to spotlight an inter-regional gridiron clash between the host Richardton-Taylor-Hebron Raiders and the Linton-HMB Lions. Our pre-game show will start at 7:30 pm CDT, with kickoff slated for 8:00. Two days later, Sunday August 20, be sure to tune into AM 1410 or FM 97.9 for KDKT's annual NDHSAA Football Preview Show airing from 12 noon to 2:00 pm CDT. Eight head coaches from both the Class A and 9-man ranks will take turns discussing their teams' personnel and prospects for this upcoming football campaign. Among the head mentors committed to appearing on our show are Jim Dooley from Beulah, Bret Johnsrud from Hazen, Garrison-Max's Jason Olson, Southern McLean's Josh Harvey, Lou Dobitz of Killdeer, Kevin Dockter of Central McLean, Seth Forster of Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, and Steve Kleinjan from New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin. By the way, the other fall sports on the North Dakota prep scene for both Class B & Class A athletes--volleyball and cross-country--formally begin workouts this Monday, August 14.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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