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RedHawks Sweep Salina; Improve to 9-1
-- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (9-1) swept the Salina Stockade today, winning their sixth straight contest 5-2. The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Charlie Valerio scored Derrick Fox by walking with the bases juiced. The RedHawks got another spectacular start from their rotation today. Dylan Mouzakes picked up the win tossing seven scoreless innings while striking out five, walking two, and surrendering just three hits. Salina threatened in the third when Brad Cuyos, who walked earlier in the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch, reached third after a Joey Miller no-out single. But Mouzakes pitched his way out of the jam by striking out the next two batters and getting Jimmy Heck to flyout to right. Salina’s starter, Joe Robinson, nearly held serve allowing just one run over 4.1 innings of work before turning things over to Connor Bach who managed to hold the game at 1-0 until the sixth inning. In the sixth, Kes Carter and Ryan Pineda hit back-to-back solo shots, expanding the lead to 3-0. In the very next inning 3-0 became 5-0 thanks to a RBI-double by K.D. Kang who scored later on an error by Jordan Caillouet.  FULL STORY

Bucks Plan Without Bane
Bismarck -- While their quarterback's toe might be broken, the wheel isn't. The Bismarck Bucks are bringing in a new quarterback in the absence of Jonathan Bane. The Bucks have signed Josh Straughan. Straughan was the starter at Southern Illinois before starting his pro career. He spent some time with the Edmonton Eskimos earlier this year but now he'll be starting at Sioux City on Saturday. Despite the change, Head Coach Richard Davis does not plan to change much from their win over the Bandits two weeks ago, "We're going to run our traditional offense on them," Davis explains, "The offense that scored 60 points is the offense we're going to be running at them Saturday night. And this kid can do it. The question will come down to how fast we can get him ready. But Coach Fuller's a good football coach. Jon Bane will become an assistant coach and get him ready. And you know what? We'll be Jonathan Bane, Bucks Quarterback: "It's football. You know, it's always about the next man up. And, you know, that's how the great teams stay great. FULL STORY

Liz Lewis named Dickinson State University Head Women's Basketball Coach
Dickinson -- The Dickinson State University Athletic Department would like to announce the hiring of Liz Lewis as the new Blue Hawk Head Women's Basketball Coach. The women's program has earned back-to-back NAIA national championship appearances the past two seasons. "We are very excited to have Liz Lewis become our next women's basketball coach. Liz impressed everyone through the interview process," Stanton said. "Liz is very organized and energetic. She has a great vision of what she wants to achieve with the program. She is experienced and her teams have excelled off the court and in the community as well. We feel she we will be a great fit with the Blue Hawk family and are elated she will be leading our women's program." Coach Lewis spent the last 5 seasons as the head coach for the Miles Community College Lady Pioneers after taking over the program prior to the 2013-2014 season. During her tenure at Miles Community College, Lewis has compiled an overall record of 62--61 with the Lady Pioneers. Her second season with MCC would see the Lady Pioneers finish with a 19-12 overall record and a 9-6 conference record landing a 4th place finish in the Region IX North Sub-Region. FULL STORY

Beavers Run Comes
to An End

-- Minot State University built an early 2-0 lead but couldn't keep pace with high powered Augustana University as the Vikings rallied for an 8-3 win over the Beavers in loser out action at the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Baseball Tournament Thursday at Joe Faber Field. The loss ended the Beavers run at the tournament as MSU (29-22 overall) finished with a school-record 29 wins. "We battled pretty well tonight," said MSU head coach Scott Eul. "We had our chances throughout the game, but left some runners on. But we battled all the way through." Minot State scored two runs in the first inning as senior Jordan Schulz opened with a single, stole second and later scored on a Wyatt Schlosser RBI single. Michael Borst, who reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 advantage. "We had a chance to get on them early. They were coming off a tough loss and we needed to get off to a fast start," Eul said. "We jumped out and that was nice. But, good teams don't stay down for long and they came back. We just didn't have enough to keep up." Schulz finished with three hits and scored two runs in his final game with the Beavers. He broke the school's single season hits record with his first single and then held off Borst who finished with two. The duo entered the game tied with the team lead in hits.  FULL STORY

2017 NSAA Baseball All-Conference Teams, Gold Glove Team Announced
Valley City -- The North Star Athletic Association announced its postseason baseball awards Thursday evening in the awards banquet Thursday evening at Valley City Eagles Club. The North Star Baseball All-Conference teams, postseason awards and Gold Glove team were voted on by the league's coaches. The NSAA Baseball First-Team All-Conference consists of 18 selections. The Second Team All-Conference have 17 selections. The league's champion Bellevue (Neb.), who is currently No. 2 in the latest NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, landed a total of 11 selections to the All-Conference teams. BU have seven recipients listed on the First-Team All-Conference Team. Mayville State (N.D.) have seven athletes on the All-Conference Teams, followed by Jamestown (N.D.) with six recipients. Bellevue swept all postseason honors with Derik Bontempo being selected as the North Star Baseball's Player-of-the-Year.  Ben McKendall was tabbed as the Pitcher-of-the-Year for the second straight year. Colten Barnes was chosen as the Newcomer-of-the-Year. Duane Monlux was honored as the Coach-of-the-Year after guiding the Bruins to their second consecutive NSAA's Baseball Regular-Season Conference title, completing the 2017 NSAA conference season with a 23-1 record. BU earned the league's first automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round. Bellevue is one of the nine NAIA's hosts for the national tournament's opening round later in May.  FULL STORY

Coach Roger Thomas to Retire from U of Mary
Bismarck University of Mary announces the retirement of its athletic director, Roger Thomas, effective June 30. Thomas, who has been the university’s athletic director since 2008, has had a tremendous career for the Marauders, leading the school’s athletic departments in fostering scores of top-caliber athletes to All-American citations, and making the transition to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) of the NCAA Division II from the NAIA. During the transition from Mary’s first A.D., Al Bortke, Thomas had the duty of bringing the school into compliance with its new rank. “It’s with great pride, gratitude and humility that I have had the opportunity to serve the University of Mary and the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery during its new era of NCAA athletics—a time of great growth for our campus and our student athletes,” said Thomas. “My hope was always for our student athletes to graduate from the University of Mary as champions in their own hearts—knowing they gave it their all in the classroom, competitively in their sport and then confidently go into their communities as true servant leaders. It’s bittersweet that I come to the end of my career in athletics. Having worked with so many wonderful athletes over the years, it’s rewarding to know we helped shape their character and better serve society—and we did it the right way.” FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we observe the Memorial Day holiday weekend and prepare to turn the calendar page to June, several spring sports on the North Dakota prep athletics' scene are concluding or about to do so. The huge spectacle event that was staged this past weekend in Bismarck at the MDU Resources Community Bowl was the two-day State Track-&-Field Meet. A few hundred athletes representing a few dozen schools in both the Class A & Class B ranks congregated on the BSC campus to determine four state champion squads and North Dakota's best individual performers in 19 separate events. When the commotion and frenzy died down on Saturday evening, exiting the venue with state championship hardware in their possession were these teams: Legacy (Class A boys); Fargo Davies (A girls); New Town (B boys); and Hazen (B girls). For Legacy, the team title was the first in school history, in just the second sesaon of fielding a varsity program. The Davies' girls won their second straight championship, while both New Town and Hazen have now captured three consecutive state crowns. Regarding individual highlights, Bismarck's Cara Haussler swept the three sprinting events--the 100, 200, & 400 (12.5 sec; 25.15 sec; & 58.22 sec, respectively)--and also anchored the Demons' winning 4X400 relay team. Her teammate Blythe Ehrmantraut won two events--the high jump (5'4") and the triple jump (38'8"). In Class A boys, Legacy's Brandon Lewis was also a part of three wins, claiming the 100 (11.07), the long jump (22'10.5"), and running a leg on the state-record-setting 4X100 relay (42.29 sec). Another standout was Fargo Davies' distance ace Hunter Lucas. He won three races in spectacular fashion--clocking 1:55.45 in the 800, 4:13.81 in the 1600, and 9:21.09 in the 3200. On the Class B side of the ledger, Hazen's Grace Zimmerman beat all competitors in the 100 (12.99) and 200 (25.93), and finished runner-up in the 400 (57.12) to Gracie Wright of Hillsboro-Central Valley. New Town's Ryan Wheeling nabbed victories in the 1600 (4:20.75) and 800 (1:57.22) and was runner-up to state-record-setting teammate Jalen Chase in the 3200 (9:34.13 to 9:23.31). A noteworthy sidebar is the excellence exhibited by New Town's stable of stellar distance runners. Eagle athletes grabbed six of the top-eight places in both the 1600 & 3200 races. On to other sports now, KDKT Sports Radio was on the scene in Washburn this past week to provide wall-to-wall coverage (11 live game broadcasts total) of the Class B Region 8 Baseball Tournament. When the dust settled in the four-day extravaganza Thursday evening, the Shiloh Christian Skyhawks departed Coal Country with the regional title and accompanying state tournament berth in-hand. Shiloh defeated two-time defending regional champion Beulah in the title tilt 15-4, getting an outstanding individual performance both on the mound and at the plate from Soph IF/P Canaan Fagerland. The right-hander limited the Miners to a mere four hits in going the distance on the bump, and also went 2-for-3 as a batsman with an RBI and a run scored. For the tourney (five games total), Fagerland produced an astounding 12 hits in 17 at-bats for a robust .706 batting average. Shiloh and Beulah actually collided three times in tournament play in Washburn over the four-day span of action. In 2nd-round play Monday evening, the Skyhawks battered the Miners 11-0, but then stumbled to the Coal Country nine two days later, 8-4.  For Coach Aric Lee's Shiloh squad, defeating Beulah gave it its first Region 8 title in school history. Now, the Skyhawks journey to Jamestown next week to participate in the state B tourney at Jack Brown Stadium, where they'll challenge #2 seed Kindred-Richland in the tournament-opener Thursday at 11:30 am CDT. Other first-day, state-tourney pairings in the Buffalo City have top-seeded and defending state champion Thompson clashing with Rugby; 3rd-seeded Park River-Fordville-Lankin battling Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood-Glenburn-Kenmare-Bowbells; and 4th-seeded Carrington confronting 5th-seeded Minot Bishop Ryan. It should be noted here that Aric Lee was honored as Region 8 Coach of the Year for 2017, while Jeremy Leintz of Hazen and Karson Backer from Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton were recognized as co-Senior Athletes of the Year. Turning our attention to the Class A West Region Baseball Tournament, the four teams that qualified for next week's state tourney in Mandan were defending state champion Dickinson, Jamestown, Minot, and Mandan. The Midgets edged the Bluejays of Jamestown 5-4 in 8 innings in the regional title tilt, while Minot outlasted Legacy 8-7 and Mandan nipped Century 5-4 in state qualifiers. At state this Thursday, in quarterfinal-round matchups at Mandan Memorial Ballpark, West Fargo battles Mandan, Jamestown collides with West Fargo Sheyenne, Dickinson squares off with Grand Forks Red River, and Fargo Davies tangles with Minot. Finally, in softball state tournament showdowns this week in the Classes A & B ranks, respectively, it's West Fargo confronting Minot, Dickinson clashing with West Fargo Sheyenne, Fargo North battling Minot Ryan, and Bismarck taking on Valley City in Mandan; while in Jamestown, Heart River tangles with Kindred-Richland, Watford City locks up with Hillsboro-Central Valley, Des Lacs-Burlington meets up with Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg, and Wilton-Wing waits for Central Cass.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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