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Sunk by Special Teams
Grand Forks -- North Dakota got the fast start it so desperately wanted on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena. What happened the rest of the way, though, became all too familiar. Shane Gersich and Austin Poganski scored 30 seconds apart to stake the seventh-ranked Fighting Hawks to a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old, but Minnesota Duluth responded with five unanswered to goals to defeat the Fighting Hawks 5-2 and cap off a NCHC series sweep. The sweep left the 14th-ranked Bulldogs just a point behind UND in the chase for the fourth and final home ice spot in the NCHC Playoffs. One night earlier, UND was forced to play from behind after falling down two goals. Tonight, it flipped the script when Shane Gersich scored on his own rebound on a breakaway at 6:36 of the first period, then Poganski followed with a wrister from the right circle that beat UMD goalie Hunter Shepard glove side. From there, UND was done in by ineffective special teams and a lackluster second period, replicating the issues that plagued the Hawks one night earlier.  FULL STORY

Marauders Down Beavers
in Overtime to Complete Weekend Sweep

Bismarck -- It took overtime but the University of Mary men's basketball team earned their first weekend sweep of the season, downing Bemidji State University 88-80. Keith Hunter led the Marauders with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Behind Hunter and Trevor Zacher, the Marauders dominated the overtime session. Zacher scored nine points and Hunter five as UMary never trailed in bonus time. After a Zacher layup to start overtime and a pair of Derek Thompson free throws for BSU evened the game at 74-74, the Marauders ripped off seven straight points. Zacher and Hunter both hit a pair of free throws to start the run and Zacher capped the outburst with a 3-pointer. After BSU pulled within 81-77, the Marauders responded with points on each of their next four possessions to hold the Beavers at bay. In response to a Bemidji State layup, senior Michael Gorder took a feed from Matthew Kreklow and hit a layup with 58 seconds remaining. After a BSU miss and a Zacher rebound, UMary's senior forward hit two free throws. Another BSU miss led to a Hunter rebound and a pair of free throws for the UMary senior guard, extending the Marauders lead to an insurmountable ten points at 87-77. It was the largest advantage of the day for UMary.  FULL STORY

Both Bobcats, and Minotauros Win at Home

Bismarck -- Bismarck lands a win at home, as Adam Stacho’s three points led all skaters as the Bobcats earned a split with the Brookings Blizzard on Saturday night. Simon Morberg also had a three point, one goal and two assists. Matej Murin, Jacob Marti and Alex Trombley found the back of the net in the win. John Roberts was almost perfect, allowing just one goal on 28 shots. Josh Boyer was the only member of the Blizzard to beat Roberts while Adam Brizgala stopped 32 shots. Meanwhile, the Minotauros return to the Magic city for a win, as Keenan Lund and Austin Dollimer both had a goal and an assist as Minot ended the Bruins’ winning streak Samu Lonkila was incredible as he made 21 saves, allowing just a single goal. Travis Kothenbeutel remained red hot as he netted yet another goal for the Bruins. Mads Sogaard stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Beavers Hold Off Golden Eagles; Rudolph Moves
Into Second Place in Career Scoring

Minot -- Junior David Akibo scored a career-high 24 points and tied his career high with 12 rebounds and Tyler Rudolph moved into second place on the Minot State career scoring list with 17 points as the Beavers got an important bounce-back victory with an 80-77 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win over Minnesota Crookston on Saturday in Lysaker Gymnasium. The Beavers used a 14-0 run to open the second half to forge a 21-point lead and then held off a furious Golden Eagle comeback to notch the road win. Nathaniel Moore made 1-of-2 free throws with nine seconds to play in regulation giving the Beavers an 80-76 lead. Minnesota Crookston's Alan Hodge was fouled with five seconds to play and made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to 80-77. He then stole the inbounds pass, but his game-tying three-point attempt was off the mark and Luis Ricci Maia grabbed the rebound to clinch the victory for the Beavers. Akibo finished the game 9-of-14 from the floor, which included making 4-of-8 from the three-point line, to finish with 24 points which topped his previous career high of 21 points scored earlier this season against Minnesota Moorhead. FULL STORY

Blue Hawks Wrestling Competes Strong in Missouri

Dickinson -- Blue Hawk wrestling traveled to the two-day Missouri Valley Invite. The event hosted some of the NAIA's top talent with thirty teams attending. Two Blue Hawks, Gresh Jones (133 pounds) and Taner Stone (157 pounds), each reached the podium. As a team, the Blue Hawk wrestlers finished eighth. Jones came into the tournament off his Tyler Plummer Invitational championship the week before. He continued his steady wrestling. Jones began the Missouri Valley Invite with a pair of wins by way of fall and tech fall. In the semifinals, Jones matched up against William Baptist's Tanner Irwin, nationally ranked fifth. Jones handled Irwin, winning the match 9-0. In the semifinals, Jones matched up against another ranked opponent, 11th ranked Brady Moser. And again, Jones cruised to a 7-1 decision. In the title match, 19th ranked Haidon Allen awaited Jones. Jones stayed locked in and took a 7-2 decision for the championship. Jones out scored his opponents 32-3 throughout the inviteFULL STORY

RedHawks Announce Additions for 2018
Fargo -- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks announce the signing of right handed pitcher Trevor Simms to the 2018 roster. A native of Hurst, TX, Simms was drafted out of Tulane University by the Arizona Diamondbacks in round 32 (959th overall) of the 2016 MLB Amateur draft. “Trevor came highly recommended to us because of his powerful arm and athleticism,” said RedHawks Manager Michael Schlact. “He reached AA with the Diamondbacks organization and we’re really excited to have him coming in to wear the RedHawks uniform in 2018. We place a high priority on competitiveness, ability, character and being a positive influence in the clubhouse. Trevor meets all these qualities with flying colors.” In Simms minor league career, he’s appeared in 48 games, posting a 9-9 record, with a 4.51 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 121.2 innings. He also compiled four saves. The team also signs outfielder Breland Almadova to the 2018 roster. A native of Honolulu, HI, Almadova was drafted out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur draft. He is no stranger to the American Association, playing the last two seasons with the St. Paul Saints. “We have watched Breland play against us the past few seasons for the St. Paul Saints and saw his ability to track down a lot of baseballs in the outfield, but also wreak havoc on the bases,” said RedHawks Manager Michael Schlact. “He missed some time last season with an injury, but now that he’s healthy we’re happy to have his presence in the lineup. We’re also excited to bring his passion for the game and abilities on the field to our uniform this summer.” In two seasons with the Saints, Almadova appeared in 138 games, with a .256 batting average, 136 hits, 88 runs scored and 46 stolen bases. He was walked 52 times and posted an on base percentage of .323.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we enter the homestretch of January, ND prep sports action continues unabated on several fronts, with lots to report from the hardwood, the rink, and the wrestling mat. In Class B boys' hoops, a pair of West River Region matchups occurred that were carried live on KDKT Sports Radio. In the first, this past Monday evening, New-Salem-Almont rallied from a first-half deficit to overtake Glen Ullin-Hebron 49-39. Then an evening later, in Super-Region 7 play, Beulah coasted past New England 62-48 to remain unbeaten in league encounters.  As the week progressed, Beulah also pasted Richardton-Taylor 63-33. In other boys' contests, Shiloh Christian slammed New Salem-Almont 73-35; Glen Ullin-Hebron gashed Center-Stanton 63-15; Hettinger-Scranton outlasted Hazen 67-59; Beach beat Killdeer 63-52; New Town handled Heart River 48-37 and defeated White Shield 54-42; Solen trampled Grant County 68-38; and Bowman County pulled away from Mott-Regent 54-37. Elsewhere, Solen eased past Hazen 59-51; Wilton-Wing walloped Center-Stanton 56-18; Washburn dispatched Mott-Regent 53-46; Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky disposed of Underwood 62-50; and Dickinson Trinity defeated Richardton-Taylor 46-35 and downed Beach 54-47. In Class B girls' cage clashes, Solen surged past Washburn 60-51; Heart River handled Hazen 49-40; Wilton-Wing outpaced Center-Stanton 65-53; Hettinger-Scranton downed Dickinson Trinity 57-50 and squeaked past Hazen 47-45; and Hazen surged past Minot Ryan in overtime 58-52. Furthermore, Underwood swarmed Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 54-25; Kidder County crunched New Salem-Almont 50-28 and plastered Linton-HMB 72-33; Killdeer outlasted Bowman County 60-54 and blitzed Beach 62-33; Beulah blasted Richardton-Taylor 55-36; top-ranked Shiloh Christian romped over New Salem-Almont 53-18; and Flasher trampled Center-Stanton 50-30. Additionally, Glen Ullin-Hebron cruised by Center-Stanton 53-40 and gashed Flasher 66-40; Grant County gouged Solen 67-41 and eased past Killdeer 57-52; New England prevailed over Beach 48-43 and got past New Salem-Almont 47-43 in overtime; Watford City walloped Bowman County 56-34; 5th-ranked Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier crushed Barnes County North 60-27; and #3 Medina-Pingree-Buchanan mauled #2 Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich 50-20. On the Class A West Region boys' hoops' landscape, Mandan overwhelmed Williston 97-73; Dickinson nudged Turtle Mountain 63-61; Bismarck St. Mary's breezed by Dickinson 71-61; Turtle Mountain trounced Watford City 84-55; Century outsprinted Jamestown 80-71; and Minot whipped Bismarck Legacy 62-47. Additionally, in a pair of Capital City showdowns on Saturday evening, Legacy held of St. Mary's 59-56, and Century nipped top-ranked Bismarck 64-63 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer nailed by Jr G Treyton Mattern. In Class A West Region girls' buckets' action, top-ranked Century creamed Jamestown 78-49; Watford City trounced Turtle Mountain 72-54; 2nd-ranked Bismarck St. Mary's demolished Dickinson 64-25; Minot held off Legacy 50-44; and in a couple of Capital City clashes at the Event Center, St. Mary's blitzed Legacy 59-38 and Century trampled Bismarck 63-23. On the ice in West Region boys' hockey action, Dickinson trimmed Jamestown 5-3; Century mauled Minot 5-1 and swamped Mandan 12-1; Bismarck blanked both Mandan and Minot 6-zip; Jamestown shut out Williston 7-nil; and Bottineau-Rugby whitewashed the Bismarck JV 3-0, but got crushed by Dickinson 7-1. On the Class A wrestling mats this past week, in dual action, Bismarck steamrolled West Fargo Sheyenne 73-6, bombed West Fargo 52-20, creamed Carrington 59-8, and then obliterated Fargo Davies and Devils Lake by scores of 72-9 & 70-0, respectively; Minot outdistanced Mandan 49-21; and Century outpointed Dickinson 36-30. Regarding live sports coverage this week on KDKT Sports Radio, 1410 will be in Coal Country this Thursday to call the Class B Super-Region 7 boys' basketball showdown between Dickinson Trinity and Beulah. The Titans and Miners have appeared in the last two regional championship tilts (2016 & 2017), with Trinity prevailing in both of those by close margins. Thursday evening's pre-game show will commence at 6:30 pm CST with tip-off scheduled for approximately 7:00.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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