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Hornets Escape UND
with 34-27 Win

Grand Forks -- A fourth-quarter rally by North Dakota fell just short as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 34-27 decision to Sacramento State Saturday at the Alerus Center. The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime, but the Hornets (4-3, 3-1 BSC) were able to outscore UND (2-6, 1-4 BSC) 24-7 in a decisive third quarter that saw Sacramento State turn a pair of fumbles into 10 of those points. The visitors would end up with a 3-0 advantage in turnovers and also limit UND to only two third-down conversions on 14 attempts. “It’s hard to win football games when you lose the turnover battle, give up explosive plays and have trouble on third down,” UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. “I thought our guys fought hard and had a chance there at the end, but just did not make enough plays to get the positive result we were looking for.” Marcus Bruce returned the first of those fumbles 25 yards for a touchdown after Keaton Studsrud was sacked by teammate Dariyn Choates to put Sacramento State up 24-10.  FULL STORY

Miscues Prove Costly to Marauders in Home Loss
to Huskies

Bismarck -- In a ground battle between the University of Mary and St. Cloud State University, the Huskies kept the ball away from the Marauders in the third quarter and broke the game open in the fourth for a 33-7 SCSU win over UMary. Facing one of the top run defenses in the Northern Sun, the Marauders ground out 183 yards on 39 carries and added 61 yards through the air, all on a Nick McCann to DeShawn Gay touchdown pass. Devin Hope led UMary with 57 yards rushing on 11 carries. Garrett Weissinger added 52 yards and Gay 33. St. Cloud State pounded the Marauders for 254 yards on 57 carries. Curtwan Evans had 128 yards on 25 carries and Gregory Lewis 121 on 25. Defensively, the Marauders kept the Huskies pass attack in check as Dwayne Lawhorn completed only 7-of-19 passes for 73 yards. UMary also sacked the SCSU quarterback three times, once each by Luther Missoh, Brock Pittsley and Jacob Parker. SCSU managed to edge the Marauders 327-244 in total yards and had a 39:41 to 20:19 edge in time of possession.  FULL STORY

Beavers Fall in Road Game
at Minnesota Duluth

Minot -- Junior quarterback Andy Jones rushed for 65 yards and threw for 48 more, but Minot State dropped a 37-0 decision to Minnesota Duluth in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game on Saturday at Malosky Stadium. Jones carried the ball six times for 65 yards, which included a 36-yard run, and was 4-of-11 for 48 yards through the air to pace the Minot State offense. Sophomore Lavante Bushnell caught five passes for 59 yards, while Lane Torgerson caught three passes for 39 yards to pace the MSU receivers. Torgerson also added 71 yards on four kickoff returns to finish with 110 all-purpose yards. Minnesota Duluth, which improved to 6-2 overall with the win, pulled away from the Beavers with a 20-point second quarter. The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the first quarter when John Larson found Dominic Bonner from 15 yards and Minnesota Duluth tacked on a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead after the first quarter. Minnesota Duluth extended the lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter when Anthony Wood scored on an 8-yard run with 7:13 to play before halftime. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 21-0 when Larson raced in from 51 yards out at the 2:49 mark of the second quarter.  FULL STORY

Bobcats Outlast Blizzard,
Run Win Streak to Six

Bismarck -- In a building where no lead is ever safe, the Bismarck Bobcats got a late scare but hung on for a 4-3 win over the Brookings Blizzard at Larson Ice Center, completing the sweep of a three-game, three-night road weekend between Minot and Brookings. Staked to a 3-2 lead over halfway through the third period, the Bobcats got a little breathing room at 4-2 when blueliner Noah Bormann stole the puck at center, chipped it to himself off the boards to enter the Brookings zone and unload a booming slap shot that beat Blizzard netminder Zachary Borgiel high to the glove side with 8:51 left in regulation. Brookings pulled back within one at 4-3 with just 10 seconds left in the game when center Chase Brand slammed home a loose puck before recently acquired Bobcat goalie John Roberts could get himself back into position after the initial save on Doug Larson. In the game’s final seconds, a blue line turnover by the Bobcats led to a frantic scramble in front of Roberts that saw the puck pinball off sticks and skates in the slot before second-year center Matej Murin pulled the puck to safety to run out the clock for a 4-3 victory for the visitors.  FULL STORY

Mack Cruises in Blue Hawk Win

Dickinson -- The Blue Hawk football team took the field at the BAC Saturday afternoon to take on NSAA opponent the Waldorf Warriors. The Warriors entered the afternoon 4-2 overall with a 2-2 conference record. The Blue Hawks began with a 5-1 record and 4-0 in NSAA play. The Warriors began the matchup with the ball, but in their first play they promptly turned it over to the Blue Hawks, a fumble recovered by the Daniel Moreno. The Blue Hawks took advantage of the opportunity quickly. Two hand offs to Karsten Mack Jr. and the Blue Hawks scored first in the game. The Blue Hawks first half followed suit of those first two possessions. The defense for the Blue Hawks played stout and the offense took the most of their opportunities. The first three drives for the Blue Hawks led to points for DSU, Mack's touchdown, a Hayden Gibson pass to Tyger Frye, and a field goal from Cody Johnson. It didn't slow down for the Blue Hawks in the second quarter. Two more touchdown runs from Mack and one from Deonte Dixon gave the Blue Hawks a 38 point lead. The Blue Hawks stepped up on defense fending off several long drives from the Warriors. Waldorf was unable to find the end zone in the first half and trailed big heading into half. In the second half, the Blue Hawks were able to cruise.  FULL STORY

Larks Announce DJ Engle
as New Assistant Coach

Bismarck -- Along with changing seasons comes changing rosters. No stranger to this, the Bismarck Larks have welcomed a new assistant coach to their roster for the upcoming season. DJ Engle, current assistant coach at Division III Lakeland University (Wisconsin), will stand alongside current Lakeland University and Bismarck Larks head coach Sean Repay as he and the Larks enter their second season in the Northwoods League. “Bringing Coach Engle onto the staff was a very easy choice. His experience pitching at the D-1 level as well as pitching in the Northwoods League (Battle Creek) will hit close to home for the players on the Larks roster. He is a very hungry and up-and-coming coach who shares the same passion as I do to bring playoff baseball to Bismarck and help bring in, develop and have a positive impact on MLB prospects careers,” says Repay. Coach Engle, originally from Milwaukee, WI, was chosen as a Wisconsin Baseball Coaching Association All-Star in high school. He continued his impressive record playing for colleges like the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Chicago State University. He pitched for the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods League in 2014 and, that same year, was honored Region Pitcher of the Year. The Bismarck Larks ended their memorable inaugural season selling out 27 of the 36 home games this past August. The upcoming season is set to commence May 2018.  FULL STORY

Longtime Beach Girls Basketball Coach Bob Waldal Dies at 71
Beach -- Bob Waldal amassed more than 300 victories over parts of five decades of coaching basketball in North Dakota, but that lifetime record is hardly the record of a lifetime. Waldal had fought prostate cancer for the better part of the last two years, and it eventually forced him out of coaching the game he loved so much after the 2015-16 season at Beach High School. On Friday morning, October 13, 2017, Waldal died at age 71 in Beach, surrounded by most of his immediate family. He will be remembered as a spiritual man, a loving father, a goat farmer and even briefly as a minor league baseball player. And, of course, one heck of a basketball coach. "Bob had the answer for everything," said Mark Golberg, an assistant coach to Waldal in his final two years on the bench. "A lot of it came down to the fundamentals of basketball. He knew all the Xs and Os, but when it came to coaching, it was, 'You gotta be able to dribble, you gotta be able to pass, and you gotta be able to shoot.'"  FULL STORY

University of Mary to Pursue Men's Ice Hockey Starting
Fall 2018

Bismarck -- The University of Mary agreed this week to pursue men's hockey and will now wait for approval from the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in order to participate in their hockey program starting a year from now during the fall 2018 season. University of Mary Athletic Director Dale Lennon made the announcement today at the Marauders' monthly booster luncheon. "Hockey is one of the most popular sports in North Dakota and throughout the region and will fit perfectly on our campus," said Lennon. "Our state has teams at a variety of levels and the addition of Marauders hockey allows for more student-athletes to have the opportunity to continue to play a sport they love and gain a University of Mary education." The ACHA has approximately 408 teams and includes three divisions: I, II and III. The University of Mary has applied for Division I status. In contrast, 147 teams currently play NCAA college hockey in Divisions I and III. Similar to the 80 NCAA Division III schools, programs in the ACHA are not allowed to award athletic scholarships. FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- The "second-season" has commenced on the North Dakota fall, prep sports landscape, at least when it comes to gridiron action in the 9-man and Class A ranks! KDKT Sports Radio 1410 was on the scene in Coal Country this past Saturday afternoon to provide a live call of a Class A state playoff 1st-round showdown between Beulah and Minot Bishop Ryan. And in blustery, but dry, playing conditions, the host Miners trounced the visiting Lions 38-7. Beulah was paced by Sr QB Mikey Morris, who had his hand in a pair of touchdowns, and personally tallied three two-point conversions. Morris rushed the ball 20 times for 147 yards and a TD, while throwing for 112 yards and a score on just two completions (both to Sr WR Mason Dolbec). Also contributing to the Miners' offensive on-slaught were fellow senior running backs, Derek Ferebee and Tyler Erickson.  Ferebee amassed 89 yards on just six carries of the pigskin, on his way to registering TD runs of 58 & 13 yards. Meanwhile, Erickson also toted the ball six times--for 75 yards and a 46-yard TD scamper--as Beulah ground out over 380 rushing yards for the contest. Minot Ryan Jr quarterback Ben Bohl was fabulous in defeat, completing 17-of-24 aerial attempts for 194 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception. Bohl's scoring toss covered 32 yards to Sr wideout T.J. Schieg. With the win, Beulah improved to 8-1 on the campaign, and advances to the state quarterfinals next Saturday against the Velva-Sawyer Aggies. The Aggies -- now undefeated at 9-0--won convincingly this past Saturday, 40-7, at the expense of the Hazen Bison. In other Saturday Class A playoff matchups, Dickinson Trinity demolished Stanley 47-6;  top-seeded and top-ranked Hillsboro-Central Valley hammered Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn 39-8; Carrington defeated Fargo Oak Grove 20-14; Des Lacs-Burlington blanked Killdeer 22-0; 2nd-seeded and 2nd-ranked Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich whitewashed Kindred 31-zip; and defending state champion Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm overwhelmed Harvey-Wells County 49-24. Those results solidify next Saturday's quarterfinal-round clashes. Those include Carrington @ Hillsboro-Central Valley; Des Lacs-Burlington visiting Dickinson Trinity; Velva-Sawyer hosting Beulah; and Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich entertaining Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm. In 9-man state playoff action this past weekend, top-ranked and top-seeded Cavalier disposed of defending state champion Thompson, 58-20; 2nd-seeded Wyndmere-Lidgerwood walloped New Rockford-Sheyenne 56-16; Beach beat Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 32-12; Shiloh Christian humbled St. John 41-18; Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg mauled Nelson County 38-6; Napoleon - Gackle - Streeter held off Hankinson 21-14; North Prairie survived Mott-Regent-New England 64-62; and in a second contest highlighted by KDKT Sports Radio, New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin coasted past Divide County 42-22. Now what's in store for this upcoming weekend in the 9-man quarterfinals are these showdowns: Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter journeying to Cavalier; Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg locking horns with Wyndmere-Lidgerwood; Beach trekking east on I-94 to challenge Shiloh Christian in the Capital City; and North Prairie visiting New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin for the second consecutive year, in a rematch of a semifinal showdown from last fall won by the Holsteins. In AA football this past weekend, in regular-season finales, Watford City outlasted Wahpeton 20-14; top-ranked Fargo Shanley swarmed Devils Lake 38-7; and 2nd-rated Bismarck St. Mary's crushed Turtle Mountain 41-14. In next Saturday's AA state playoff round, Shanley and St. Mary's have byes, while Watford City squares off with Jamestown and Wahpeton collides with Devils Lake.  The Watford City/Jamestown winner would then advance to play Shanley in the following weekend's semifinals, while the Wahpeton/Devils Lake victor would meet up with St. Mary's in another semifinal encounter. Transitioning to the AAA gridiron scene, the quarterfinal-round pairings for next week's state playoffs have been determined. Fargo Davies visits Bismarck Century; Minot travels to West Fargo Sheyenne; top-ranked West Fargo hosts Bismarck Legacy; and Bismarck entertains Fargo South.  Finally, in prep cross-country, Valley City will play host this upcoming Saturday (Oct 28) to the final competition of the fall--the state meet for Class A and Class B boys and girls. State championships will be earned in four team divisions, while individual runners will garner All-State recognition if they finish among the top-20 placers in each of four varsity races.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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