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Johnson Slams
the Door, Lifts UND
to 3-0 Road Win

Grand Forks -- North Dakota defeated Omaha 3-0 on Friday night, securing the 1,500th win in program history. For the current players and coaches, in the here and now, it may as well have felt like the biggest one yet. Fighting for their postseason lives – UND entered the night ranked 15th in the PairWise rankings – UND relied on a stellar performance by senior goalie Cam Johnson and received goals from three different players to blank the host Mavericks, a victory that gave the Hawks slightly more breathing room on the national scene. UND slid up to No. 12 in the PairWise while also climbing into a third-place tie in the NCHC standings with Minnesota Duluth. The top four teams receive home ice for the first round of the playoffs. For the Fighting Hawks, though, the national implications that came with the win were of the greatest importance as UND chases a 17th straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. Johnson, who watched freshman understudy Peter Thome get the start in Friday’s 6-3 loss, was razor-sharp from the drop of the puck in securing his 11th career shutout. Only Karl Goehring, with 16 shutouts from 1997 to 2001, had more in school history. FULL STORY

Seniors Spark Marauders Win Over UMC, Will Play at SMSU to Open NSIC Tournament
Bismarck --
Playing the final home game of their careers, University of Mary men's basketball seniors Trevor Zacher and Michael Gorder combined for 33 points and walked off Bortke Court with a hard-fought 80-70 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston. The only two UMary seniors both had big nights. Zacher posted 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The Beulah, ND, native knocked down 3-of-5 trey attempts and both his free throws. Zacher also had five rebounds and three assists. Making his fifth straight start and just the sixth of his career, Gorder posted 12 points one night after reaching a career-high with 13 against Bemidji State. Stuffing all the categories, the native of Eagan, MN, made 5-of-8 shots, snared seven rebounds, dished three assists and made three steals. Jaylan White and Connor Hellebust also had strong performances in the backcourt for the Marauders. A sophomore, White posted 16 points and eight assists, which tied his career-high. He also hit three treys in the game. FULL STORY

Bobcats Defeat Minotauros 3-1

Bismarck -- The Bismarck Bobcats won their second straight game against Minot on Saturday night, edging the Minotauros 3-1 to increase their lead on fourth place in the Central. The Bobcats scored once each period, beginning with Mitch Walinski in the first to open the scoring. Bismarck now has 49 points on the year and has a five-point lead over the Minotauros for fourth place. The Bobcats also received goals from Andrew Bellant and Adam Stacho. John Roberts was nearly perfect as he allowed just one goal on 28 Minot opportunities. Alex Adams scored the lone Minot goal while Jack Robbel made 27 saves in the loss.


Rothstein Sparks Beavers to Win on Senior Day
Minot -- Sophomore Trevor Rothstein scored all 10 of his points in the second half sparking Minot State to an 80-71 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Bemidji State on Senior Day in the Beavers regular season finale on Saturday in the Minot State Dome. Minot State, which had already secured the No. 3 seed from the NSIC North Division, will host Upper Iowa on Wednesday (Feb. 21) at 8 p.m. in the Minot State Dome in an opening round game of the NSIC / Sanford Health Tournament. It marks the second consecutive season in which the Beavers have hosted an opening round tournament game. The Beavers trailed 53-44 with 13:50 to play in the second half before Rothstein went to work. He scored inside on a layup off a feed from Nathaniel Moore to trim the lead to 51-44 with 13:29 to play in the game. Sharif Black answered with a layup for Bemidji State, but on the Beavers next trip Rothstein rebounded a missed three-pointer and then drained a three-pointer to cut the Bemidji State lead to 53-47 with 12:50 remaining in the game. Following a missed three-pointer by Bemidji State, Rothstein converted a three-point play to trim the Bemidji State lead to 53-50 with 12:17 remaining in the game. FULL STORY

Schillinger Resigns from
Blue Hawk Football Staff

Dickinson -- Dickinson State football coach Jace Schillinger has resigned his position with the program. Schillinger has served as the Blue Hawks offensive coordinator the past four seasons. Schillinger will be leaving to become the tight ends coach at the University of Montana. "We are happy for Jace and the opportunity he has at Montana, especially to coach with his brother Shann," stated Blue Hawk head coach Pete Stanton. "The departure of Jace is a big loss for us as he is a great recruiter, coach, and person. He was very instrumental in the success we have had over the years. We can't thank him enough for all he has done for Blue Hawk football and the entire university. People should understand how dedicated he was to ensuring the success of all Blue Hawk sports. We wish him all the best and know he will always be a big part of our Blue Hawk football family." Schillinger spent seven seasons coaching overall with the Blue Hawks. Under Schillinger the Blue Hawks broke several offensive school records, including points and yards in a season. He has helped guide the Blue Hawks to three-consecutive North Star Conference Championships and NAIA Play-off appearancesFULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we dive into the 2nd half of February, hoops, wrestling, and hockey are all in the spotlight on the North Dakota prep sports scene, as tournament-time has descended upon us. Earlier this week, KDKT Sports Radio covered a key Super-Region 7 boys' cage clash that saw 8th-ranked Beulah survive Killdeer in the Bakken, 65-63. The Miners' Sr All-Region G Derek Ferebee led the charge for his squad, tallying 25 points in the victory. Three days later, again with Ferebee pouring in 25 markers and teammate Jacob Weigel contributing 22 counters, Beulah surged past 9th-ranked New Town 75-62.  But two days afterward, the bubble burst for the Miners as they dropped a 63-59 road contest to the Beach Buccaneers, notwithstanding Ferebee's 32-point outburst. The loss snapped Beulah's 13-game winning streak. Elsewhere in Super-Region 7 last week, Killdeer routed Richardton-Taylor 64-45 and outraced Watford City 77-71; Beach defeated Trenton 74-52, as the duo of Gage Swanson and Gunnar Farstveet each scored 22 points; and the Bucs lost their next outing to Bowman County 52-51. Additionally, Hettinger-Scranton outlasted Mott-Regent 53-51 and downed Bowman County 51-41, while Dickinson Trinity nipped Hazen 53-52. In encounters involving Region 5 squads, Shiloh Christian lit up Linton-HMB 75-46 and pummeled Four Winds-Minnewauken 78-45; Garrison gashed Drake-Anamoose 70-43; Drake-Anamoose mopped up Max 69-53; Washburn outpaced Harvey-Wells County 49-42; Grant County blitzed Center-Stanton 65-32 and nudged Underwood 44-41; Solen eased past Underwood 53-49 and downed Heart River 50-42; and Flasher crushed Center-Stanton 70-30. In another pair of KDKT games, New Salem-Almont prevailed twice on its homecourt, rallying to overtake Richardton-Taylor 40-33 and thrashing Underwood 57-38. In those two wins, Holsteins' Jr F Evan Henke registered a total of 39 points. Furthermore, top-ranked St. John blitzed Bottineau 83-63; Wilton-Wing spanked Strasburg-Zeeland 67-54; Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky defeated Kidder County 67-56; and Glen Ullin-Hebron gouged Grant County 57-38. What follows next on the Class B boys' basketball landscape are district tournaments beginning this Friday. Mandan will host the District 9 gathering of teams, with Shiloh Christian and Solen holdilng down the numbers 1 & 2 seeds, respectively. First-round showdowns in Mandan have New Salem-Almont colliding with Flasher and Grant County locking up with Standing Rock. In the District 10 tournament from Garrison--to be showcased on KDKT Sports Radio--Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky earned the top seed and will sit out first-day action. The other pairings this Friday the 23rd are as follows: Washburn v. Underwood; Garrison against Max; and Wilton-Wing matched up against Center-Stanton. On the girls' hoops' scene, KDKT provided live coverage of an opening-round game of the Super-Region 7 tourney from Coal Country this past Friday, and witnessed Hazen's 68-38 humbling of arch-rival Beulah. Bison Sr All-Region G Raquel Doll sizzled the nets for 31 points. In other 1st-round matchups, Glen Ullin-Hebron trampled Richardton-Taylor 89-35; New England pulled away from Mott-Regent 43-28; and Dickinson Trinity raced past Beach 72-59. Those results set up these Monday quarterfinal pairings from Trinity's Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson: Trinity battling 10th-ranked and top-seeded Killdeer; Glen Ullin-Hebron challenging Hettinger-Scranton; New England confronting Bowman County; and Hazen tangling with Heart River. KDKT 1410 will be in Dickinson this Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday (19th, 20th, & 22nd) to call multiple games of that hoops' tournament. While round-ballers are just getting into post-season action, ND prep wrestlers--both Class B & Class A--convened in Fargo this past week for their state tournament. When the three-day extravaganza concluded Saturday evening, team state champions in the individual portion of the tournament were Lisbon in Class B (repeating with 161 points) and Bismarck in Class A. On the B side of the ledger, New Salem-Almont nabbed a runner-up finish with the top-five squads rounded out by Carrington, Hillsboro-Central Valley, and Pembina County North. A pair of New Salem-Almont grapplers won state titles--Clay Gerhardt @ 113 lbs and Tayt Wolding @ 120 lbs--while two garnered 2nd place finishes (Chauncy Dittus @ 132 lbs and Josh Irwin in the 138-lb weight class). In the Class A division, Bismarck held off Minot (the defending titlist) 216 to 205 points to win its 35th state championship in the individual tournament. Catapulting the Demons to the crown were four state champions in their respective weight classes: Ryan Ripplinger,126 lbs; Devin Steidler, 145; Parker Wahl, 170; and Chase Dockter, 220.  Prior to Saturday, South Border won the Class B dual portion of the state tourney proceedings, claiming a 39-34 title-clinching win at the expense of Carrington. In Class A, the dual champion was Bismarck for the fourth consecutive year. Finally, in the West Region boys' hockey tourney staged in Minot, Century, now 20-4 on the season, won the crown with a 4-2 victory in the championship game over cross-town rival Bismarck. Patriots' W Isaiah Thomas had a phenomenal tournament, amassing 8 goals in Century's semifinal and championship wins. Representing the West Region in this week's state tournament in Grand Forks will be Century, Bismarck, Dickinson, and Jamestown. East Region qualfiers for state are league champion Grand Forks Central, plus Fargo Davies, Grafton-Park River, and Grand Forks Red River.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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