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Larks Complete Bounceback Win With Controversial Finish
-- An old baseball adage says, “The hardest out to get is the last one.” Well, the Larks had to work a tad bit extra to do just that. The Bismarck Larks beat the Thunder Bay Border Cats by a final score of 7-4 in one of the more wild finishes on the 2017 season. Both of the starting pitchers looked sharp out of the gates. Border Cats starter Ben Gilliland used three 1-2-3 innings throughout his first four innings of work to keep the Larks offense off the board. Larks starter and Northwoods League All-Star Tyler Steele had to work a little bit harder but ultimately got the same result. Steele stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning after recording back-to-back strikeouts. He followed that up by leaving a pair of runners on first and second to end the third. Steele’s night was over after three innings due to Northwoods League rule that a player must be available to pitch in the all-star game. Steele threw just 58 pitches completing three scoreless innings while working around three hits and three walks. The top of the fifth inning is when the Larks offense broke out of a 12 innings scoreless streak dating back to last night. FULL STORY

Saints Snipe Hawks With Walk-Off

-- The St .Paul Saints snap a four game losing streak in a 6-5 win at CHS Field on Friday night in front of 9,054. The win improved the Saints to 31-22 and they maintain their 1.0 game lead in the North. For the fifth straight game the Saints were tied heading to the seventh and for the third straight game they were tied going to the ninth. The previous four didn’t work out in their favor, but Carter made sure Friday night did. With one out in the ninth and a 1-0 count on Carter, he drove a fastball from Trey McNutt over the right field wall, his third of the season with the Saints and eighth overall, for the game winner. Prior to the home run RedHawks pitchers had retired 15 in a row, including six strikeouts. The hit prior to Carter’s home run was a solo homer as well, by Jon Kristoffersen, his first professional home run, which tied the game at five in the fourth. The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second as Tony Thomas reached on a fielding error by the second baseman Mikey Reynolds.  Carter’s double sent Thomas to third and Thomas would score on a wild pitch. The lead didn’t last long as the RedHawks put up a three spot in the third courtesy of a long ball of their own. Robert Coe, making his first start of the season for the Saints, gave up a leadoff single to Charlie Valerio. With one out Yhoxian Medina walked and Chris Grayson drilled a changeup over the right field wall, his third of the season, to make it 3-1. FULL STORY

Blue Hawks Women’s Basketball Signs Seven for 2017-2018 Season
Dickinson -- Head Coach Liz Lewis is proud to announce this year's recruiting class. "I am looking forward to this upcoming season and coaching this year's team. Last year seven seniors graduated from the Blue Hawks and only three will be returning. We will struggle with experience; however, I believe we have the toughness and grit it will take to be successful. I am very pleased with this year's recruiting class." Natalee Hafer 5'7 G Rapid City, SD; Natalee was a four-year letter winner in high school for both golf and basketball. She is currently golfing for Dickinson State University and will now join the women's basketball team. In high school, Natalee shot 29% from the 3-point line and 38% from the field. She was also sixth in the state for assists. Natalee was an Academic Letter Winner and a member of the FFA. At DSU Natalee will study Physical Education and Coaching. Hafer on choosing Dickinson State University: "I chose Dickinson State University originally for the opportunity to play college golf and to get my teaching degree. And now I am very excited to have the opportunity to also be part of the Basketball team." FULL STORY

BSC Hires Coach Marv Pedersen to Lead
the Mystic Women's Basketball Team

Bismarck -- Bismarck State is excited to announce long-time teacher and coach Marv Pedersen has been hired to lead the Mystic women's basketball program at Bismarck State College. The Flasher, ND, native recently retired from Mandan Middle School where he taught for 23 years. Involved in coaching for his entire 29-year career, Marv spent six years as head boys' basketball coach at Solen, fifteen years as assistant boys' and girls' basketball coach at Mandan High School, one year as head girls' coach in Mandan, and one year as an assistant women's coach at BSC. Pedersen was instrumental in helping the Mandan High School girls' basketball team to win nine ND State Class A Championships before stepping down to follow his daughter's collegiate basketball career. Marv has been married to his wife, Cindi, for 34 years and they have three children and two grandchildren. He is also involved in their family business, Northern Trophy and Silk Screening, Inc. Pedersen is looking forward to the opportunity to return to coaching the Mystics at Bismarck State. FULL STORY

MSU Hires Greenly as Assistant Coach
Minot -- Minot State University head men's basketball coach Matt Murken announced Monday the program has added Jordan Greenly as an assistant coach. Greenly is currently pursuing his degree in broadcasting at Minot State. "We are fortunate to add Jordan to our coaching staff," Murken said. "I'm blessed to have great assistant coaches in coach (Rich) McBride and coach (Ben) Robers and coach Greenly will add to that. He has a great deal of experience as both a high school head coach and assistant coach and has also worked in professional athletics." Prior to arriving at Minot State, Greenly coached senior boys basketball at his former high school, Blessed Oscar Romero in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. He served as head coach from 2013-17 and as an assistant from 2009-12. While at Romero, the program won their first ever city championship in school history (2014-15) and compiled their first ever 30 win season, advancing to the provincial tournament for the first time in school history (2016-17). He also served as an assistant senior boys coach at M.E. Lazerte high school from 2015-2017 where the school qualified for the 2016 provincial championships and finished fifth overall. FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Regular-season American Legion baseball action in North Dakota concluded this past week in the Class B and Class A divisions, ahead of post-season regional tourneys slated to start in this new week unfolding. On the Class B West Region scene, Hazen Post 189 (15-6 overall) clinched for itself the top-seed for this week's league tourney in Lansford, by virtue of winning its final two regional matchups against Crosby (13-4) and Bottineau (10-0). In an interdivisional showdown carried on KDKT Sports Radio from Coal Country on Tuesday, Hazen rallied late to defeat Class A Washburn, 9-8. In other West Region encounters, Stanley outslugged Garrison-Max 19-10 and Garrison-Max downed Renville County 14-6. In Class A Northwest Division action, Beulah clinched the #2 seed for its post-season tourney that will be staged this week at its home complex--Goldmann Field at McKenzie Park--by defeating the Surrey Blue Sox last Monday evening, 7-2. The Cyclones (currently 13-7 on the summer) concluded regular-season play last week by dropping its final two outings, 25-15 and 11-7, to the Bismarck 15s and the Watford City Walleye, respectively.  Seeded first for the Northwest Division state-qualifying tournament will be the Williston Voyagers, while seeded 3rd through 6th, respectively, are Watford City, Surrey, the Minot Metros, and Velva. Opening-round tourney pairings in Beulah this Thursday (July 20) are Surrey squaring off with Minot and Watford City tangling with Velva. The Surrey-Minot victor will draw Williston later Thursday evening in round-two  of tournament play, while the Watford City/Velva winner will collide with Beulah in the 1st-day nightcap. KDKT Sports Radio 1410 will provide live coverage of selected tournament contests from Beulah, beginning Thursday afternoon. On the Class A Southwest Division landscape, the Bismarck Reps clobbered the Hettinger Bears twice, 12-3 & 16-0, while the Bismarck Capitals swept Washburn, 7-3 & 4-zip. In a smattering of Class AA Legion matchups last week, Williston split a twinbill with Mandan. The Basin City Keybirds won the opener 18-1, with the Chiefs claiming the nightcap, 4-1. Meanwhile, the Bismarck Governors took a pair of contests from Pierre (SD), 5-4 & 4-3, but split two games with Grand Forks in a statewide doubleheader. The Govs won game one, 1-0, but fell in game two, 2-1. This last week also marked the renewal of the annual Lions' All-Star basketball series which is played each summer at the Bismarck Event Center and the Fargo Civic Auditorium. In both the Capital City and Fargo, the Class A girls' & boys' squads were victorious in competitive and entertaining contests. On Monday evening in Bismarck, the A girls & guys prevailed by final tallies of 77-74 and 99-82, respectively. The next evening in the Red River Valley, the two Class A squads duplicated their Monday night accomplishments, with the girls winning 67-64 and the boys nabbing a 109-100 win. In the two Class A boys' victories, Dickinson All-Stater and UND-bound Aanen Moody totalled 41 points. Finally, this past weekend (Sunday afternoon and evening) witnessed another pair of ND Shrine All-Star football games being held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. At the time of this writing, there were no game results to report.  But the 11-man game (East v. West) kicked off at 4:00 pm CT, with the 9-man matchup (East v. West) following at 7:00. Some West River athletes suiting up for the 11-man game were Beulah's Damian Eslinger, Matt Schnabel, and Reece Hoherz, and Killdeer's Dillon Jepson and Rope Smith. Team West's head coach was Bismarck's Mark Gibson. He was assisted by Dan Smrekar of Bismarck St. Mary's, Bret Johnsrud of Hazen, and Velva's Matt Weidler. Meanwhile, in 9-man play, West River athletes representing their schools were Brady Wegh of Mott-Regent, Adrian Hauck, Ethan Kuntz, and Kyle Kuntz from Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, and the quartet of Noah Thiel, Tanner Slag, TD Norton, and Bailey Morman all hailing from New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin. Guiding Team West was New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin's head mentor Steve Kleinjan, while his assistant coaches were Travis Olson of RTH, Beach's Mike Zier, and North Prairie's Patrick Wilkes.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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