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Coyotes Too Much for 10th-Ranked Fighting Hawks
Grand Forks -- No. 23 South Dakota delivered a decisive 45-7 victory over No. 10 North Dakota in a matchup of border rivals at the DakotaDome on Saturday. In the only matchup of FCS-ranked foes this weekend, the Coyotes (3-0) dominated from the onset as the Fighting Hawks (1-2) could never find a rhythm on either side of the ball. “This is one of those games you really have to learn from,” UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We can’t just flush this one way. Early on, it was penalties that cost us. We had third-and-two and third-and-three that turned into third-and-long situations. You just can’t do that. “Then we couldn’t get stop their run game. We had chances to get them off the field and could not come up with a stop. That was the most disappointing part of it.” South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler showed early in the contest why he had won back-to-back Missouri Conference Offensive Player of the Week accolades to start the season. Behind their senior leader, the Coyotes built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to jump out a 31-0 lead at halftime. FULL STORY

#7 Cougars Use Strong Second Half to Pull Away From Marauders
Bismarck -- Facing the nation's top run defense, the University of Mary ground game outperformed the 7th ranked University of Sioux Falls Cougars two previous opponents but the results remained the same as the Marauders dropped a 38-7 decision to visiting USF. Sioux Falls limited their first two opponents this season to a combined -17 yards rushing and one touchdown in each game. The Marauders, second in rushing in the Northern Sun, churned out 104 yards on the ground but couldn't consistently sustain drives. While focused on the ground, the UMary lone Marauders touchdown of the game came through the air. Trailing 21-0 late in the second half, Colton Farmer found Jordan Beaty streaking down the slot and hit the redshirt freshman in stride for a 69 yard touchdown. It is the first career touchdown for the United States Navy veteran. Sioux Falls immediately responded. After the corresponding kickoff to the goal line was returned 46 yards, the Cougars drove the remaining 54 yards on four plays, capped by a 27 yard Max Mickey scoring run with 3:30 left in the third quarter. 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

Late Beaver Rally Falls Short
at Southwest Minnesota State

-- Southwest Minnesota State's Lucas Fisher intercepted a Minot State pass at the 1-yard line with no time remaining on the clock and the Mustangs held on to defeat Minot State 28-20 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game on Saturday at Mattke Field. Trailing 28-20, Minot State took over on its own 24-yard line with 1:28 to play in the game. Quarterback Zac Cunha connected with Taylor Maloney for 11 yards on a third-down play giving the Beavers a first down on their 35-yard line with 1:13 remaining in the game. Cunha then found Ryan Fila at midfield for a 15-yard gain and another MSU first down with 1:02 to play. The Beavers moved into Southwest Minnesota State territory on the next play when Cunha connected with Fila for 18 yards to the SMSU 32-yard line. Following an incompletion, Cunha connected with Larry Overstreet out of the backfield for a 12-yard gain which moved the ball to the Mustangs 20-yard line. On third down, Cunha hit Lavante Bushnell for nine yards to the Mustang 11-yard line but Fisher intercepted the Beavers fourth-down pass to end the game FULL STORY

Freshman Leads Team
at First Rodeo

Dickinson -- DSU freshman Blue Hawk Sterling Lee didn't let nerves deter him at his first-ever college rodeo at the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He entered the rodeo with confidence and led the men's team in points by earning first place in the steer wrestling and splitting first and second place in the tie-down roping. Lee also won the men's all-around title for the weekend. Senior Chance Glass also added to the team points by placing third in the tie-down roping. Junior Lane Berg placed eighth in the long go of the steer wrestling and freshman Jayden Olson contributed by pulling fourth place in the bareback riding. The bull riders and saddle bronc riders all hit the dirt with no one earning a score. The combined efforts of the men earned the DSU Men's Team first place at the rodeo. The female Blue Hawks had some tough luck at their first rodeo. Seniors Kalli Post and Meagan Raty had good run in the team roping but the barrier tripped them up and cost them a spot in the short go.  FULL STORY

RedHawks Name Schlact
New Manager

Fargo -- Interim Field Manager Michael Schlact has been promoted to Field Manager of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, the team announced at a press conference at Newman Outdoor Field. Schlact, 31, becomes the second Field Manager in franchise history. He has served at the RedHawks’ Interim Manager since August 13 when Doug Simunic was relieved of his duties. Under Schlact’s direction in last 24 games, the RedHawks finished 16-8 but finished one win short of the American Association playoff Wild Card. Included in that record were series sweeps of the Sioux City Explorers and the St. Paul Saints, and the team lost consecutive games only once down the stretch. Schlact joined the RedHawks prior to the 2015 season as the team’s pitching coach. He made the transition from player to coach and brought ten seasons of professional experience to the job. In addition to his managerial duties, Schlact will continue to oversee the RedHawks pitchers. "I am so excited for this opportunity and this next chapter in the history of the RedHawks organization. I’m very grateful to Bruce and Brad Thom for giving me the chance to manage in Fargo-Moorhead. 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 -- With the official start of autumn looming on the horizon, fall sports on the North Dakota prep athletics' schedule are in full swing with a plethora of football, volleyball, and cross-country results to report.  On the gridiron, in a clash of Class A Region 4 unbeatens originating from Cowboys' Field in the Bakken and carried live on KDKT Sports Radio 1410, 3rd-ranked Beulah blitzed Killdeer 40-0. Sparking the now 4-0 Miners to victory were Sr quarterback Mikey Morris & Sr fullback Tyler Erickson. Morris toted the ball 31 times for 137 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Erickson mustered only five carries, but amassed 139 rushing yards and one TD. The Cowboys' leading yard-producer was Sr RB Cole Dukart who ran the rock 17 times for 64 yards. Elsewhere on the Region 4 scene, Hazen hammered Garrison-Max 48-8; Dickinson Trinity disposed of Heart River 40-zip; and Bowman County smothered Southern McLean 34-nil. In other Class A showdowns, top-ranked Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm downed Lisbon 34-12; #2 Hillsboro-Central Valley mauled Milnor-North Sargent 38-6; 5th-rated Carrington blasted Bottineau 46-6; Harvey-Wells County humbled Central Dakota 40-14; Kindred crunched Maple Valley-Enderlin 26-0; Fargo Oak Grove outpaced Northern Cass 27-6; Velva-Sawyer vanquished Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke County 36-zip; and Des Lacs-Burlington outlasted Minot Ryan 14-7. In the 9-man, Region 5 ranks, #2 Shiloh Christian held off Beach 22-16 and Grant County-Flasher doubled up Richardton-Taylor-Hebron 28-14. Outside of Region 5, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter eased past Oakes 28-17; Linton-HMB outlasted Kidder County 30-22; Hatton-Northwood defeated Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 34-14; & 4th-rated Thompson trounced Hankinson 48-16. In AA statewide play, top-ranked Bismarck St. Mary's blanked #3 Devils Lake 35-0 to record its 4th-consecutive shutout of the season; 2nd-rated Fargo Shanley creamed Central Cass 48-7; #4 Jamestown blanked Turtle Mountain 14-0; #5 Wahpeton victimized Valley City 50-0; and Watford City whitewashed Grafton 32-zip. Among AAA teams, #1 West Fargo whipped #2 Bismarck Legacy 39-7; 3rd-rated Bismarck Century clobbered Dickinson 34-0; 4th-rated Fargo South got past Fargo North 14-6; #5 Bismarck beat Mandan in overtime, 27-20; West Fargo Sheyenne downed Fargo Davies 22-12; and Minot shut out Williston 28-0. In this new week unfolding, KDKT's featured football contest will be the 38th-annual Coal Bowl on Friday evening in Class A Region 4 play, pitting Beulah versus Hazen. The pre-game show from Hazen's Bison Field will begin at 6:30 pm CDT, with kickoff following at 7:00. On the volleyball court in Class B action, Hazen swept Beach 3-0 and defeated Beulah 3-1. Meanwhile, Shiloh Christian, Heart River, Garrison-Max, and Center-Stanton all claimed 3-0 victories, respectively, at the hands of New Salem-Almont, Hettinger-Scranton, Wilton-Wing, and Washburn. Flasher nabbed a 3-1 win over Grant County, and Bowman County edged Killdeer 3-2. Elsewhere, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, Shiloh Christian, Center-Stanton, Grant County, Dickinson Trinity, Flasher, and Underwood garnered 3-0 wins at the expense of Ellendale, Wilton-Wing, New Salem-Almont, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, Glen Ullin-Hebron, Washburn, and Standing Rock, respectively. Additionally, winning by 3-1 margins were Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, Linton-HMB, and Wibaux (MT), over Strasburg-Zeeland, Kidder County, and Beach, respectively. On the Class A volleyball landscape, Century swept Dickinson 3-0 and defeated Minot 3-1; Legacy beat Bismarck 3-0; Mandan did likewise to Dickinson, as did Mandan to St. Mary's and St. Mary's to Williston; and Minot nipped Bismarck 3-2. Finally, in cross-country competiton held at Bismarck's McDowell Dam--the annual Anderson-Stavn Meet--New Town claimed the boys' title among 16 squads participating, and Grand Forks Central nabbed the girls' crown ahead of 11 other teams. Behind the Eagles in the boys' standings were Bismarck Legacy, Bismarck Century, Bismarck, and Williston in the top-five. Trailing GF Central in the top-half of the girls' standings were Minot, Bismarck, Century, and Legacy. The boys' individual titlist was Century's Evan Sayler and the girls' champion was Kelby Rinas of Mandan. Sayler completed the 5K course in 15:48.79, while Rinas clocked a 5K time of 18:06.74.

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