Bobcats Rebound to Drop Minot 7-3

BISMARCK – A heated, emotional season series finale in the NAHL’s hottest rivalry went the way of the Bismarck Bobcats, who fended off multiple rallies to spill the Minot Minotauros 7-3 at the VFW Sports Center Saturday.

It took the Bobcats just 14 seconds to take the lead as Matej Murin—on the night the Cats honored him with the Slovakian national anthem before the game—took a feed from newcomer Grant Johnson in the low slot and slammed a one-timer in under the glove of Minot netminder Lucas Murray for a fast 1-0 advantage.

Following a sequence of near-misses by the Bobcat offense, Minot battled back to tie the game at one in transition as Reid Stefanson cashed in a 3-on-2 rush with a low snap shot off the right post and in with 12:53 to go in the opening frame.

Though the Minotauros had already clinched the Subway ND Cup the night before on points, Minot head coach Marty Murray continued to bid for the win, pulling his keeper with 3:00 to go. That gambit did not pay off: Haar put the finishing touches on the game with an empty-netter from neutral ice with 1:06 on the clock for the final 7-3 margin.

Isokangas finished with 31 saves to nail down his eighth victory in net. Murray finished with 17 stops to finish the season 2-3-2 against the Cats.

With the win, the Bobcats (23-25-2, 48 pts) kept pace with fourth-place Aberdeen (24-22-4, 52 pts) and third-place Brookings (25-19-5, 55 pts) in the Central Division playoff chase; Minot (32-15-4, 68 pts) remains two points away from clinching their fifth straight postseason berth.

Now the Bobcats head out on the road for their final 2016-17 regular season trip to Riverside Arena, where they will have a two-game weekend series against the Austin Bruins starting Friday at 7:05pm.

[March 5, 2017]

Bobcats Gut out Shootout Victory to Sweep Wings

BISMARCK – Despite a frustrating finish to regulation and requiring a penalty kill in overtime, the Bismarck Bobcats persevered for a 5-4 shootout win Saturday over the Aberdeen Wings, wrapping up a two-game weekend sweep of the Wings at the VFW Sports Center.

Leading 2-1 after two periods, the Bobcats extended the score to 3-1 with 5:26 gone in the third on the rush as Luke Millen ripped a low snap shot that beat Wings netminder Arttu Kulmala stick side for his second tally of the season.

Alternate captain Nick Alexander picked up his second goal of the weekend with 10:16 left in regulation, busting loose for a breakaway on a Patrick O’Connor outlet and going five-hole for a 4-1 count.

Aberdeen fought their way back into the game two transition goals from Tyler Bossert and Kevin Fitzgerald separated by 3:17 to get back to within 4-3 with 4:41 to go.

Though the Bobcats (22-24-2, 46 pts) dropped the season series to the Wings (23-21-4, 50 pts) with a record of 5-6-1, they pulled within four points of Aberdeen for the Central Division’s fourth and final playoff spot and are now just six back of third-place Brookings (24-19-4, 51 pts).

Now the Cats turn their attention to the final two games in the Subway ND Cup against the archrival Minot Minotauros, Friday and Saturday at the VFW Sports Center.

[February 26, 2017]

Blue Hawks Earn Share of NSAA Regular Season Championship with Win Over Saints

DICKINSON – The Dickinson State University Blue Hawks have won a share of the 2016-17 NSAA Regular Season Championship after defeating the Presentation College Saints, 86-73, on Saturday night. This is the first conference championship for the Dickinson State University Men’s Basketball team since the 2000-01 season.

Dickinson State took a 40-34 lead into halftime and followed that up with a 46-39 second half to win their final regular season game by a score of 86-73 over Presentation College. The Blue Hawks shot 44 percent from the field, 26 percent from three and 72 percent from the line while the Saints shot 39 percent from the field, 56 percent from three and 72 percent from the line.

Dickinson State had three players finish with double-doubles. Reggie Fields Jr. and Marcus White both finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win for the Blue Hawks. Presentation College was led by Donnell Minton with 30 points and 12 rebounds while Elijah Valdez finished with 30 points for the Saints in the loss.

The Blue Hawks finish the regular season with a 20-10 overall record and a 11-5 NSAA record. Presentation College finishes the regular season with a 10-17 overall record and a 4-12 NSAA record.

Dickinson State, Bellevue and Jamestown all share the 2016-17 NSAA Men’s Basketball Regular Season Championship with a 11-5 NSAA record.

[February 19, 2017]

Bismarck Century Rolls Over Dickinson, 7-2

BISMARCK – A much anticipated NDHSAA hockey game took place in the West Region on Tuesday night, as the 3rd ranked Dickinson Midgets were slated to take on the 4th ranked Bismarck Century Patriots at the beautiful VFW Sports Center in Bismarck. Bismarck Century head coach Troy Olson had his squad firing on all cylinders throughout the game, taking a 7-2 victory from the Midgets in front of a raucous crowd.

The first period saw Dickinson get off to a hot start, as Midgets freshman forward Joseph Pavek was the benefactor of an early odd man rush and found the back of the net just 1:30 into the frame. After lots of battling for posession in the neutral zone, Patriots Senior forward Tanner Stoddard scored his first of three goals with a slick wrister that sailed past Midget Senior goaltender Gabe Vaagen to tie things up at one a piece. The game would start to get a little chippy as Bismarck Century sophomore defenseman Paydin Slette took a cross-checking penalty at 7:40, setting up a powerplay goal opportunity for Dickinson’s Kaymen Kitchen just 20 seconds into the man advantage to take a 2-1 lead.

The Patriots would try and answer back with lots of odd man rush and breakaway chances, but wouldn’t get on the board again until Dickinson was charged with a slashing penalty with three minutes left in the period. Bismarck Century Junior forward Isaiah Thomas took advantage with the extra man, potting his first goal of the game just one minute into the powerplay. The first stanza would end with a score of 2-2, but the game would get out of hand short after.

The Patriots seemed to have their powerplay unit fine tuned in the second, with Tanner Stoddard completing his hat trick with goals at the 11:55 and 9:34 marks to take a 4-2 lead. The Midgets showed their frustration by taking penalties at inopportune times, causing Dickinson’s Gabe Vaagen to have to stand on his head throughout the period to try and not let this game get out of hand. It wouldn’t matter though, as the Patriots capitalized on every powerplay chance, including a boneheaded five minute major call on Midget Junior defender Chris Zubke for a check from behind. Patriot Senior forward Jake Yineman found the five hole on a great one-timer set up by Kirkland Irey, to take a 5-2 lead into the third.

Kirkland Irey would make his presence felt in the third to put the game away for the Patriots, scoring two goals in a two minute window to push the lead to five goals. The seventh goal scored for Bismarck Century saw the Midgets get caught in a poorly timed line change, causing a three-on-zero break for the Patriots and a tic-tac-toe goal for Irey. The Patriots would play very aggressive to close out the game, taking boarding and slashing calls at 6:55 and 2:51, but to no avail as Dickinson couldn’t take advantage of their powerplay time. The Patriots would take this one 7-2, with Tanner Stoddard being named the WRT Player of the Game for his hat trick in the contest. With the victory, the two squads flipped positions in the standings and Bismarck Century would take 3rd place in the West Region as it stands. Bismarck Century’s next contest will pit them against the 7th place Williston Coyotes on Friday, and Dickinson’s next conference game is against the 1st place Bismarck Demons on February 2nd.

[January 25, 2017]

Beulah Defeats Hazen 63-21

BEULAH – It was a cold evening in Beulah, North Dakota, and the Hazen Bison traveled eight miles up the road to take part in the hardwood version of the “Coal Bowl” rivalry between the two teams. The Miners surely brought the heat to their gym as they blitzed the Hazen Bison early and often in a 63-21 rout. The absence of 6’5″ Senior guard Wyatt Carr for Hazen was clearly felt by this snakebitten squad, as he is widely regarded as the number one ranked player in NDHSAA basketball this season. He’ll be missed by the Bison this year, as the 40-point-per-game phenom will sit the rest of the regular season out rehabbing a broken foot.

In the game, Beulah took advantage of Hazen’s lack of size as Miner Junior forward Derek Ferebee made his presence felt on defense early. With a few quick steals as Hazen struggled to set up plays in their offensive zone, the Miners were able to capitalize on their forced turnovers and jump out to a 23-4 lead in the first quarter. The defense for Beulah caused so many early turnovers that it caused Hazen’s top scoring threat, Freshman guard Isaac Doll, to be more aggressive and in turn caused him to commit three fouls. Those fouls kept him from being used the way Bison head coach Ben Nelson most likely wanted to.

The tandem of Reece Hoherz and Derek Ferebee caused fits for the Bison, drawing their defense to the ball every time they possessed it, opening up various Miner players to take an unguarded shot at will. The most notable beneficiary of these plays was Junior forward Logan Miller, who put up ten points to lead the Miners in first half scoring. Beulah really took advantage of those possessions, going on a 26-6 run in the second quarter to really put this game out of reach early at halftime, with a 49-10 score heading to the third.

The Bison wouldn’t give up despite the score, rushing to put up the first four points of the stanza in an attempt to stay alive. Miners head coach Jeremy Brandt slowed the pace a bit by utilizing nearly all of the alotted shot clock time on their possessions, really crushing any chance the Bison had to get back into this game. They would finish the third quarter with a 40-point lead, 59-19, to activate a running clock in the fourth. While Hazen came into this contest clearly outsized and with a shortened bench, they gave it all they had trying to stop the dynamo that is Beulah’s fast-paced, aggressive style of play. The final would be 63-21 in favor of the Miners, with Derek Ferebee taking home all of the post-game awards for the contest, being the recipient of the WRT High Speed Play of the Game and Jimmy’Ss Pizza Defensive Player of the Game. The Miners will play their next game on the 17th against New England, as the Bison take on Hettinger-Scranton on the 20th.

[January 13, 2017]

Miners Rise up in Super Region 7 Clash

BEULAH – Super Region 7 is undoubtedly a powerhouse in NDHSAA basketball. On Thursday night, two teams from Region 7 were looking to come out with an important win and rise up in the standings. The Killdeer Cowboys geared up and rode into Beulah to take on the Miners. From the first tip, the Miners forced their physical play as they found themselves with an early 9-0 lead. Beulah continued their dominating play throughout the first quarter by applying pressure and forcing turnovers to give the Miners a 17-4 advantage.

Beulah’s Reese Hohertz also added some excitement by draining his first four 3-point attempts of the game. The Cowboys added three points of their own in dramatic fashion when Logan Miller drilled a half court buzzer beater to end the first quarter with the score sitting at 26-8 in favor of the Miners. The second quarter was more of the same story as Beulah extended their lead to 33-13 with 4:47 remaining in the first half. Turnovers continued to mount for the Cowboys and Beulah closed out quarter number two with a huge 43-17 tally on the scoreboard. The Miners kept their foot on the gas as they ended the third quarter with another big 3-point shot to extend their lead to 59-22 and their eventual 64-26 blowout victory over the Killdeer Cowboys.

[January 6, 2017]

Washburn Dominates First Half, Defeats Richardton-Taylor 55-41

RICHARDTON – On a frigid night in Richardton, the Washburn Cardinals brought the heat to the Raider’s Gym as the combination of Nolan Teigen and Koby Hansen proved to be too much for Richardton-Taylor to handle. The Cardinals got off to a quick start in the first, playing very aggressive and causing many turnovers leading to a 21-8 domination of the quarter. 6’4″ Washburn forward Daniel Olson was integral to that run, using his size and arm span to give the Cardinals the most opportunities to score on his rebounds. The second quarter wouldn’t be too much different and Richardton-Taylor showed some frustration after not getting some foul calls that could have been made. The officials decided to be lax with their whistles and that seemed to play to Washburn’s advantage, being able to wreak havoc all over the floor with their great ball movement. The first half would end with Richardton-Taylor trailing 33-16.

Raiders head coach Shawn Alder must have had a riveting halftime speech, because his squad came out firing on all cylinders. They forced turnovers and Senior forward Ethan Kuntz hit his stride, scoring six points including a momentum changing three-pointer late in the quarter forcing Washburn to take a timeout and regroup. The Raiders maximized their opportunities and the third ended with just a three point lead for the Cardinals. Washburn refused to lose in the fourth, thanks to the aforementioned combo of letter winners Nolan Teigen and Koby Hansen, combining for thirteen points to put the game away for the Cardinals in a 55-41 victory. Washburn plays again on Tuesday, January 3rd against Wilton/Wing, while Richardton-Taylor will take on Garrison on Friday, January 6th.

[December 30, 2016]

Heart River Dominates Second Half, Defeats Killdeer 53-41

KILLDEER- The Heart River Cougars traveled into the Bakken oil country to take on the Killdeer Cowboys in a much revered Super Region 7 match-up, and left Thursday night with a thrilling 53-41 victory. The game itself had a lotof luster as Super Region 7 fans saw this match-up on the schedule, and for the most part, it did not disappoint. Heart River got off to a quick 5-0 lead, thanks to some great offense from Senior forward Dion Madler.

The Cougars were the recipient of some great defense and ball movement, keeping the Cowboys on their toes for most of the first quarter, but Killdeer’s Sophomore guard Kacen Gardner had some clutch steals that the squad was able to capitalize on and took a 16-15 lead going into the second. After some back and forth action on the court, Killdeer was able to keep pace and hold onto a one point lead halfway through the quarter. 6’3″ Junior forward Garrett Lemieux came up with some clutch shots to extend Killdeer’s lead to six points heading into halftime with the score at 28-22.

Cougars head coach Greg Pruitt must have had a riveting halftime speech, because Heart River came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, dominating the third quarter. Cougars Senior Zane Besler was a menace for Killdeer on the court, setting up the offense for success on numerous plays. Tristen Schurke and Caleb Chruszch seemed to be in all the right places, draining baskets left and right and outscoring Killdeer 17-2 in the quarter to pull away from the Cowboys and give them a 39-30 lead going into the final quarter.

Besler was a beast on the boards, hitting double digits and feeding the ball to Schurke to keep piling on the baskets in favor of Heart River. The game would finish with a 53-41 score in a classic Super Region 7 showdown. Heart River’s next match-up will be against Mott-Regent on January 6th, while Killdeer will take on Bowman County on the 3rd.

[Filed by Alex Gratys | December 29, 2016]

Minot Our Redeemers Christian defeats Beulah 63-35

MINOT – Beulah traveled to the Minot State Dome for the Our Redeemers Christian invite, but came up short of victory in a 63-35 loss to the Minot ORC Knights on Wednesday night. ORC head coach Jeremy Feller had his squad ready to play, as Beulah appeared to be outsized and outmatched from the get go. After a 5-0 run to start the first quarter, Minot ORC blitzed through the Miners defense and finished with a 15-6 lead heading into the second. Beulah didn’t have an answer to Minot ORC Junior forwards Tayten Mau and Jayden Wetzel, who put up ten and eight points respectively to lead the Knights to a 32-16 lead at halftime.

The Miners were able to keep pace to start the second half, but after 6’9″ Knights Senior forward Dalton Steede was able to cause some key turnovers midway through the third, it would be all Minot ORC from there. After a 10-2 run, the Knights extended the lead to 46-29 going into the final quarter. Mau and Wetzel would finish with 15 and 13 points total for the Knights, leading Minot ORC to a 63-35 thrashing of the Beulah Miners in a contest that wasn’t much of a contest at all. The Player of the Game for the evening was none other than the Knights’ Dalton Steede, taking advantage of his height with four blocks and ten rebounds to go along with eight points.

Beulah will play Region 6 District 11’s Rugby Panthers in the second game of this invite tomorrow to try and get back on the winning side of things, as Minot ORC will be off until January 7th when they take on the Dickinson Trinity Titans.

[December 28, 2016]

RT Raids Center for First Win

CENTER – On Thursday night, the Richardton-Taylor Raiders made the trek west to take on the Center-Stanton Wildcats with both teams searching for their first victory in the 2016-17 NDHSAA basketball campaign. The Wildcats took an early 10-7 lead in front of their home crowd, thanks to a superb effort from Matt Huber who was sinking shots from all over the half-court.

That lead would gradually shrink as the Raiders eventually overtook the Wildcats late in the first quarter 14-13 for their first lead. The score still remained close throughout the first half with Center-Stanton knotting the game at 21 with just 2:41 seconds left in the first half. The Raiders along with Matthew Naumann decided that the score was too close for comfort and spurred a large run to close out the first half with the scoreboard showing 29-23.

The Raiders kept their foot on the pedal out of the gates of the third quarter and throughout the second half, slowly adding to their lead along the way. Although Center Stanton’s Matt Huber finished with an impressive 17 total points, it was just not enough to get past the charging Raiders. Matthew Naumann was able to finish with 14 total points for Richardton-Taylor and propel them to a 59-43 victory over the Wildcats in Center.

[December 22, 2016]

Undefeated Wilton Beats Garrison 61-54

WILTON – As the Trooper’s marched into Wilton to battle the Miners on Tuesday night, each team was looking to start their District 10 campaign with a victory. The action started off fast just as expected and at the end of the first quarter of play both teams found themselves tied at 15.  For the second straight game the Troopers took the court without their leading scorer from last year Noah Larson, and this time it showed as Garrison entered the halftime break trailing District 10 rival Wilton-Wing 30-22.

The Miners took full advantage of the Trooper’s absence as they continued to add to their lead in the third quarter of play and took a six point lead into the fourth with the scoreboard reading 44-38. With just under one minute to play, Garrison found their way back into the game trailing by only one point 50-49. A tough final minute battle ensued and the Trooper’s were able to push the game into an extra period of overtime tied at 51. Garrison nearly dominated the entire four minute period of overtime and escaped from Wilton with a 61-54 win to remain undefeated at 2-0 on the year.

[December 20, 2016]

Bison Drop First Two in Weekend Set

GARRISON – After mother nature delayed practices in the early season schedule for most NDHSAA basketball programs in western North Dakota, the Hazen Bison finally saw their season begin as they traveled out to Turtle Lake to battle the Trojans for an early season clash. The lead was exchanged multiple times throughout this epic matchup. Potential “Mr. Basketball” candidate Wyatt Carr continued where he left off last year by putting up a total of 30 points in the game, but it was not enough as the Turtle Lake Trojans bested the Bison in the opener by a final score of 61-54.

This initial Bison loss served as a great learning experience as it transitioned them right into their bout with the Troopers in Garrison. Before first tip of the game it was reported that Garrison Forward Noah Larson would not suit up for play. With this news, it gave the Troopers a unique opportunity to see how they could play as a unit without their leading scorer from the season prior.

The action was non-stop from the first tip with the Bison and Troopers finding themselves tied at 23 with 4:05 left in the second quarter. The action continued after the break as both teams exchanged leads once again. Garrison pulled out front 48-42 late in the third to put some worry into the visiting Bison. With only six minutes remaining in the game, the Bison crawled back into the contest only trailing by a single point 53-52.

The fight continued into the last remaining seconds where the Bison tied the game at 60 with under two minutes on the clock, but were unable to complete the comeback falling to the Troopers 65-62 for their second straight loss to open the year.

[December 17, 2016]

Williston Defeats North Stars 11-0

HAZEN – Williston made their way to the All Seasons Arena in Hazen to take on the North Stars, as Hazen Beulah was in search of their first win of the season. Williston’s Carson Arndt had other ideas as he led the way for the Coyotes, potting six goals in an 11-0 rout of the North Stars.

Arndt got things started off quickly, finding the back of the net just one minute into the first frame. The North Stars played most of the opening period pretty close, until Gabriel Pfliger took a tripping penalty with six minutes left. That penalty opened the floodgates for the Coyotes, as Jonte LeDue tallied a goal just 26 seconds into the man advantage.

Dalton Tangedal would put his team up 3-0 with a slick wrister that found its’ way past North Stars goaltender Evan Eliason and into the back of the cage. Just a minute later, Carson Arndt scored his second goal of the game followed by a second goal for Dalton Tangedal to make it 5-0 to close out the first.

Hazen Beulah wouldn’t be able to gain any traction in this game, as Arndt scored his fourth and fifth goals just 40 seconds apart to kick off the second. After North Stars forward Lane Lundquist took a hooking penalty with 7:51 left in the period, Arndt would light the lamp once more on the powerplay for his second hat-trick of the game.

The period would end with a 9-0 score in favor of Williston, and they would cruise to a 11-0 victory after two more third period goals. Williston advances to 3-3-0, while the North Stars are still looking for their first victory of the season as they sit with a 0-5-0 record in the West Region A standings. Hazen Beulah will have their next shot at a win on December 16, as they go head-to-head with Bottineau.

[December 14, 2016]

Bismarck Blitzes North Stars in 24-1 Rout

HAZEN – Hazen/Beulah has had a rough start to the season, being shutout their last two games. Bismarck’s Jacob Parisen got the scoring started early with a tally just 19 seconds into the first frame. It seemed like the lack of scoring for the North Stars would be the same story, but Freshman forward Jaden Schmitz finally got Hazen Beulah on the board for the first time this season to knot things up at one a piece just a minute later. That would be all the North Stars would have to get excited about in this one.

The game got a little chippy after that, with Bismarck’s Caleb Petrie and Lucas Butts taking elbowing and holding penalties, respectively, toward the end of the 1st. Despite the calls, the Demons were able to put up five more goals to make it a manageable 6-1 lead to end the period. That included two from Eric Pladsen, his first of eight goals on the night.

The second period got off to a quick start for the Demons as they scored three times within the first 40 seconds to extend their lead to eight goals. TJ Ball would add two more of his own in just under a minute to make it 11-1 Demons not even halfway through the frame. Pladsen would have a natural hat-trick scoring three goals in three minutes to cement his spot as the NAPA Player of the Game and extend the lead to 16-1. At the end of it all, the Demons were able to get lots of pucks past North Stars’ netminder Evan Eliason and into the cage, with a final score of 24-1.

The Bismarck Demons will play Williston tomorrow, as the Hazen/Beulah North Stars will regroup and take on the Minot Magicians next Tuesday at 7 pm. KDKT Sportsradio 1410 will have the coverage, 6:30 pregame show live from All Seasons Arena.

[December 2, 2016]

Home of the Braves!

HAZEN – It was opening night for North Dakota hockey teams, and in this game, one team had a night to remember, and the other a night to forget. The Mandan Braves dominated the action on the ice, and the final on the scoreboard, topping Hazen/Beulah 12 to 0. The Braves opened the scoring exactly one minute in when Alex Horner lit the lamp to make it 1 to 0. The Braves kept at it all evening, and despite the best efforts of North Stars goalie Dillon Schramm, they led 5 to 0 after the first period.

The second period was more of the same, as the Braves outpaced the North Stars at every step, adding three goals, to lead 8 to 0. Mandan added four 3rd period goals to finish with a 12 to 0 advantage. The Braves used a balanced scoring effort, as Horner, Jackson Zittleman, Brekken Fey and Ricky Zander each scored twice. Braves goalie Aaron Blowers wasn’t tested often, but stopped every shot he faced to pick up the shutout.

The Braves will take on defending state champions Grand Forks Red River Saturday, while the North Stars will play Bismarck Century next Tuesday. It was only one game, but each team left on a very different trajectory.

[November 22, 2016]

“Steer” Clear: Holsteins Mooove on to Dakota Bowl

NEW SALEM – It’s been thirty years since the New Salem/Almont/Glen Ullin Holsteins have made an appearance in the State Championship Dakota Bowl game held annually at the Fargo Dome. On Saturday the Holsteins had a tall task to make that dream a reality once again, facing an undefeated North Prairie Cougars team at Gaebe Field. New Salem wasted no time, jumping out to an early lead by scoring the games first 24 points with no immediate answer from the usually potent offense of the Cougars.

Brody Cahill finally found a way to get his team on the scoreboard and into the endzone with a 37 yard touchdown strike to Jared Loing, followed by another late score on the ground from 15 yards out with 17.7 seconds left in the first half. The Holsteins were bending but not breaking, entering halftime with a 24-14 advantage.

These two teams who have shown strength on both sides of the football all season long, decided to flex their defensive muscles by keeping one another off of the scoreboard in the third quarter of play.

The fourth quarter was all NSAGU, specifically Holstein RB Garret Soupir who found paydirt on the ground from 9 yards and 28 yards to seal a 38-14 victory and punch the Holsteins’ ticket for the Dakota Bowl and their first appearance in thirty years since their 1986 championship run.

[November 5, 2016]

Hungry Like a Wolf! Miners Beat Watford City

WATFORD CITY – Coming off a dare I say epic comeback last week over Valley City last Friday, Beulah was riding high. Watford City was coming off of a lopsided defeat at the hands of Dickinson Trinity. Both teams were playing for playoff position. At the end of the day, both teams kept their momentum, as Beulah downed Watford City 35 to 8.

Beulah used their three headed monster backfield of Mikey Morris, Derek Ferebee, and Matt Schnabel, who combined to score all five of Beulah’s touchdowns, although one of Morris’ touchdowns came on a lateral of an interception near the end of the first half. The Wolves moved the ball fairly well between the 20s, but couldn’t put points on the board until the game was already decided.

At the end of the day, both teams are heading into the Class AA playoffs, Beulah as the west’s #2 seed, and the Wolves as the #4 seed. Beulah will look to keep building on their momentum, while the Wolves will try to reverse their fortunes.

[October 19, 2016]

2017-2018 NDHSAA Football Plan Approved By Board of Directors

BISMARCK – The October 2016 meeting of the North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors on Wednesday, October 19 was highlighted by the formal approval of the NDHSAA Football Plan for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Division AAA consists of 14 teams with two regions. The top four teams from each region (8 total teams) will qualify for the AAA state playoffs.

Division AA consists of 10 teams and will feature a statewide schedule. The top six teams in the statewide standings will qualify for the AA state playoffs.

Division A consists of 32 teams with four regions. The top four teams in each region (16 total teams) will qualify for the A state playoffs.

The 9-man division consists of 43 teams with six regions. The top four teams in each region (24 total teams) will qualify for the 9-man state playoffs.

Division and region alignments for the 2017 and 2018 seasons are as follows:

Division AAA (14 teams)

Region 1 (East Region): West Fargo, Fargo Davies, West Fargo Sheyenne, Grand Forks Red River, Fargo South, Grand Forks Central, Fargo North.

Region 2 (West Region): Minot, Bismarck Century, Bismarck Legacy, Bismarck High, Williston, Mandan, Dickinson.

Division AA (10 teams)

Statewide: Jamestown, Devils Lake, Bismarck St. Mary’s, Fargo Shanley, Watford City, Turtle Mountain, Wahpeton, Grafton, Valley City, Central Cass.

Division A (32 teams)

Region 1: Fargo Oak Grove, Hillsboro/Central Valley, Kindred, Milnor/North Sargent/Sargent Central, Ellendale/Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier, Lisbon, Northern Cass, Enderlin/Maple Valley

Region 2: Park River-Fordville-Lankin/Valley-Edinburg, Barnes County North/Griggs County Central/Midkota, Langdon/Munich/Edmore, Carrington/Pingree-Buchanan, Bottineau, Harvey/Fessenden-Bowden, Rugby, Westhope/Newburg/Glenburn

Region 3: New Town, Stanley, Lewis & Clark Berthold/North Shore/Minot Our Redeemer’s, Des Lacs-Burlington, Velva/Sawyer, Kenmare/Bowbells/Burke Central, Minot Bishop Ryan, Nedrose

Region 4: Beulah, Washburn/Wilton/Wing, Dickinson Trinity, Hazen, Garrison/Max Belfield/South Heart, Bowman County, Killdeer/Halliday

9-man (43 teams)

Region 1: Thompson, May-Port/CG, Northwood/Hatton, Wyndmere/Lidgerwood, Hankinson, Richland, Hope-Page/Finley-Sharon

Region 2: Cavalier, Larimore-Emerado, Lakota/Dakota Prairie, Four Winds, North Border (Walhalla/Pembina), Midway/Minto, New Rockford-Sheyenne

Region 3: Oakes, Steele-Dawson/Tappen, Linton/HMB, Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion, South Border (Wishek/Ashley), Strasburg/Zeeland

Region 4: Dunsieth, Rolla/Rolette/Wolford, Towner-Granville-Upham, Leeds/Maddock, North Star/Starweather, Drake-Anamoose, St. John

Region 5: Bismarck Shiloh Christian, Mott-Regent/New England, Underwood/Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky, New Salem/Glen Ullin, Richardton-Taylor/Hebron, Beach, Grant County/Carson/Flasher, Hettinger/Scanton

Region 6: Trenton/Williston Trinity Christian, Tioga, Ray/Powers Lake, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, Surrey, Divide County, Parshall/White Shield

Important dates for the 2017-2018 NDHSAA Football Plan

2017 Season
Opening Date 9-man: August 7
Opening Date 11-man: August 9
End of Regular season 9-man: October 7
First Round 9-man Playoffs: October 14
End of Regular Season Division A: Oct. 14
First Round Division A Playoffs: October 21
Second Round 9-man Playoffs: October 21
End of Regular Season Divisions AAA and AA: October 21
Quarterfinal Playoffs Division AAA: October 27
Quarterfinal Playoffs Divisions AA, A, 9-man: October 28
Semifinal Playoffs Division AAA: November 3
Semifinal Playoffs Divisions AA, A, 9-man: November 4
Dakota Bowl: November 10

2018 Season
Opening Date 9-man: August 6
Opening Date 11-man: August 8
End of Regular season 9-man: October 6
First Round 9-man Playoffs: October 13
End of Regular Season Division A: October 13
First Round Division A Playoffs: October 20
Second Round 9-man Playoffs: October 20
End of Regular Season Divisions AAA and AA: October 20
Quarterfinal Playoffs Division AAA: October 26
Quarterfinal Playoffs Divisions AA, A, 9-man: October 27
Semifinal Playoffs Division AAA: November 2
Semifinal Playoffs Divisions AA, A, 9-man: November 3
Dakota Bowl: November 9

[October 19, 2016]

Beulah Miners:

Comeback Kids

BEULAH – On a beautiful evening at Riverside Park in Western North Dakota’s coal country, the Beulah Miners hosted a Valley City Hi-Liners team that represented the Miners only loss of their state championship run just one year ago.  From the opening kickoff of the first half, the energy could be felt in the air as these two teams both wanted to give their best game to one another.

The Hi-Liners were the first to draw blood on the gridiron as senior QB Levi Nix found one of his favorite targets, Anthony Capristran from 6 yards out for an early 6-0 lead after the missed two point try.  The next score of the game would also come from the visiting Hi-Liners, this time on the ground as Nate Rodriguez found pay dirt on a 23 yard scamper.

After the score, Valley City was able to convert on their two point try to extend their lead to 14-0. Beulah was finally able to muster an effort on the offensive side of the football with an 18 yard touchdown strike through the air to Mason Dolbec at the 8:34 mark. Unable to cress the goal line on their two point try, the Miners remained behind by 8 points on the scoreboard.  The Beulah defense was then suffering Deja Vu while watching Valley City QB Levi Nix hit his receiver Anthony Capristran once again for a Hi-Liners touchdown to crawl ahead 20-6 after another missed two point try.

At halftime the 20-6 score was shocking to most on hand, but more importantly seemed like quite a motivating force for the home team. Coming out of the break, the Valley City defense capitalized on a Reese Hohertz interception in the redzone.  After a couple of quick offensive snaps Valley City was in the endzone with a 26-6 advantage. The Miners would finally start their scoring barrage with only 17 seconds remaining on the clock in the third quarter of play.  Running back Derek Ferebee pushed his way into the endzone from 1 yard out, followed by a missed two point try to make the scoreboard read 26-12 heading into the 4th quarter.

The Miners kept coming and never gave up, following the Ferebee touchdown with another. Reese Hohertz with a rocket touchdown strike from 39 yards out, finding Aaron Villejo in the back of the endzone, narrowing the lead to 26-20 thanks to the successful two point conversion run by Ferebee. The football went back and forth between these two hungry teams late in the game, but eventually was in the hands of the Miners offense with under two minutes to play in the game. The scoreboard still read 26-20 with 1:30 showing on the clock as Miner quarterback Reese Hohertz found Mason Dolbec once again for a touchdown strike, this time from 9 yards.

That score pushed the game to a 26-26 draw pending the Mikey Morris PAT to all but ice the win for Beulah.  The snap was pure, the hold was clean, and the kick up and good to seal the 27-26 home victory for the Miners over Valley City, and officially dubbing them the “Comeback Kids”.

[October 15, 2016]

Cowboys Ride Over Roughriders

WILTON – The Killdeer Cowboys came into their matchup against the Southern McLean Roughriders on a four game winning streak, and Dillon Jepson made sure that streak continued. Jepson was a beast again, scoring three first half touchdowns leading the Cowboys to a 59 to 14 win.

The Killdeer defense intercepted Roughriders quarterback Kameron Hall three times as a part of a dominating second half, turning in a dominating performance. The Southern McLean Roughriders had no answer to the explosive Cowboys offense, who seemed to move the ball at will and even converted multiple 4th downs in the win.

Killdeer will now move on to a vital game, next week’s Energy Bowl against Hazen. Southern McLean will matchup against Standing Rock looking for their second win of the season. If Dillon Jepson keeps up his streak of good play, Hazen will be in for a stiff test.

Roughriders… Mega Bowl Champs

GARRISON – The Mega Bowl is the annual collision between two rivals from McLean County, the Garrison/Max Troopers against the Southern McLean Roughriders. Both teams came in winless to this year’s matchup, so there was more than bragging rights on the line. The game started off well for the home team, the Troopers, who jumped out to an 8 to 0 lead on a Noah Sloka touchdown pass to Calvin Tomlinson.

However, it was the Southern McLean Roughriders who ran away with the next 31 points to open up a big lead, with two pick six plays among the blows. The Roughriders Tate Bertolatto had one of those interceptions and a fumble recovery to pace the Roughriders defense. Offensively, the Roughriders got touchdown runs from Kobe Hansen and Nolan Tiegen. Credit the Troopers with harnessing their inner Goonies and never saying die while attempting a 2nd half comeback, but it fell short. The loss leaves the Troopers with an 0-5 record while the Roughriders improve to 1-4 with the win.

Bobcats Overcome Slow Start to Top Rebels 5-3

Giving up an opening-minute goal was not enough to deter the Bismarck Bobcats, who scored four straight then held off a furious rally by the Aston Rebels for a 5-3 victory Thursday on the second day NAHL Showcase action at the Schwan Super Rink.

Aston wasted no time getting on the board Thursday, taking a 1-0 lead just 49 seconds into the game off a faceoff win as winger Shawn McMahon ripped a rising snap shot under the cross bar.

The Bobcats shook off the rocky opening minute and pulled even at one with 9:35 left in the first as newcomer Tanner Vescio hit a streaking Joey Sardina for a back-door redirect equalizer.

A power play yielded the Cats a 2-1 lead as Matt Barry collected a cross-ice pass from Nick Alexander and slammed in a one-timer from the left wing at the 7:06 mark.

Just over a minute after missing a scoring opportunity off the crossbar, Barry picked up his second of the game with 23 seconds left in the first, throwing a low shot from the left faceoff dot that deflected off Rebel netminder Mareks Mitens and in for a 3-1 Bobcat advantage after one.

Second-year forward Nick Alexander stretched it to a 4-1 score a mere 30 seconds into the middle frame, blocking a point shot on the penalty kill and streaking through the Aston defense and beating Mitens five-hole on the ensuing breakaway for his second shorthanded strike of the year—ending Mitens’ day as the Latvian was lifted in favor of Jordan Greenfield-Flemon.

On that same Aston power play, the Rebels drew back within two at 4-2 as Drew Solomon weaved a low shot through traffic that Bobcat goalie Camden Haugenoe could not track with 19:11 left in the second.

In the third, Rebel forward Andrew Bellant rushed the Bobcat end and sent a snap shot inside the right post to make it a one-goal contest at 4-3 with a full 13:48 left on the clock.

After Bellant’s marker, Haugenoe turned away the next eight shots sent his way and Parker Mismash notched an empty-netter with 17 seconds left in regulation to give the Bobcats a 5-3 victory.

Haugenoe, a product of Williston High, made 23 stops to win his NAHL debut. Mitens took the loss on just eight saves; Greenfield-Flemon stopped all 12 shots he faced but did not factor into the decision.

Bison Win Big With Carr

For the first time in the 2016 NDHSAA football season the Garrison-Max
Troopers (0-3) marched into Hazen (2-1) Friday night to square off in a
regional match up. Both teams were awaiting the showcase of their
hast high powered offense, but only one was available to watch for the
fans on hand. From the opening kick, to the final gun it seemed as
though there was one player on the field that could do no wrong.
Senior Quarterback Wyatt Carr started the scoring barrage for Hazen
with a 62 yard touchdown scamper on the first offensive drive for the
Bison. After the Peyton Leintz extra point kick made it’s way
through the uprights, Hazen found themselves with an early 7-0 lead and
never looked back. Carr scored again late in the first quarter on a
27 yard run followed by a missed PAT to put Hazen up 13-0 heading into the
second quarter of play. The Bison quarterback continued his success
on the ground with touchdown runs of 1 yard and another 27 yard score
before pounding in a two point conversion attempt himself to close out the
first half, putting his team ahead by a tally of 28-0 at the break.
The Troopers of Garrison-Max were looking to regroup and find a way
to slow down the one man wrecking crew that was Wyatt Carr. The
Hazen Bison and Carr had different plans as their offense would not be
denied in quarter three. Two more touchdowns were scored by Carr in
the quarter, and again they were on the ground for 1 yard and 26 yards
respectively to put Hazen up 41-0. With a running clock and no
answer on either side of the ball, the Troopers could not muster an effort
that would put themselves in a position to get back into the game in the
fourth quarter. The Hazen Bison worked a flawless game plan to
defeat the Garrison-Max Troopers and move to 3-1 on the year as Garrison
Max remains without a win on the year at 0-4. Hazen Senior
quarterback Wyatt Carr finished the game going 5 of 6 with 66 yards
through the air and 11 rush attempts for 204 yards and a remarkable 6
touchdowns on the ground.

[Filed by Dakota Dispatch]


Bobcats Acquire Sardina from Brown Bears

BISMARCK – Just four days ahead of Coors Light Opening Night, the Bismarck Bobcats announced Tuesday they have completed a trade with the Kenai River Brown Bears, acquiring forward Nick Sardina in exchange for future considerations.

Sardina, 19, played the previous two NAHL seasons with the Brown Bears, amassing 17 goals and 19 assists in that time. He was Kenai River’s leading scorer in 2015-16.

“When you look at how young our team is going to be this year, we’re happy to be able to add a veteran presence like Joey,” explained Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie.

A native of Red Oak, Tex., Sardina was selected to the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, playing for Team Midwest at the league’s annual all-star summit.

Earlier in the offseason, the Bobcats also traded for Austin Junger—Sardina’s teammate with the Brown Bears a season ago.


Blue Hawk Football Takes Down Vikings in Non-Conference Game

DICKINSON – The Dickinson State University Football team defeated the Valley City State University Vikings on Saturday in the Blue Hawks home opener with a score of 38-13.

Jacob Duilio put the Vikings on the board first in the first quarter with a touchdown run to lead the Blue Hawks 6-0 after a failed extra point conversion.

Jed Fike then put the Blue Hawks on the board with a 20 yard touchdown run on fourth and one and the Blue Hawks would take the lead for good with a Cody Johnson extra point to put DSU up 7-6. In the second quarter, Kaler Ray connected with Chase Andersen on a 67 yard touchdown pass followed by a good extra point by Johnson to put the Blue Hawks up 14-6. Johnson would add a 20 yard field goal late in the second quarter to put the Blue Hawks up 17-6 going into halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Ray connected with Jamion Lindsey for a 35 yard touchdown pass to put the Blue Hawks up 24-6 then on the next series, Tray Boone ran in a five yard rushing touchdown to put DSU up 31-6. Jake Peterson would score on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Kurtis Walls late in the third quarter to put the Vikings down 31-13.

The last scoring of the game came on a one yard touchdown run by Boone for his second touchdown of the game and put the Blue Hawks up 38-13 and beat the Vikings.

Dickinson State finished with 233 rushing yards and 219 passing yards for a total of 452 yards. Valley City State finished with 102 rushing yards and 205 passing yards for a total of 307 yards.

Holsteins Utterly Dominant, Down Raiders

RICHARDTON – The New Salem/Almont/Glen Ullin Holsteins started the season with a tough road loss against the powerful Shiloh Christian Skyhawks. Since then, they’ve stormed to two regional wins to sit atop the Region 5 standings early in the season along with Mott-Regent. Tonight’s win was over Richardton/Taylor/Hebron 53 to 30.

The score was a bit deceiving, as the Raiders of RTH actually had a second half lead, and trailed just 28 to 24 after three quarters. But a costly turnover by Matthew Naumann led to a touchdown and gave the Holsteins a double digit lead at 34 to 24. They poured it on from there.

Some key personnel shifts have moved the Holsteins offense into high gear. Brandon Schroeder started the year at wide receiver, but playing running back tonight ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, along with a great defensive effort. Not to be outdone, his backfield mate Noah Thiel ran for 135 yards. The Holsteins quarterback Evan Henke passed for a pair of TDs in the win. For the Raiders, Matthew Naumann ran for 135 yards and also returned a kickoff for 93 yards and a touchdown. Both teams are 2-1 overall after tonight’s game, but the Holsteins look to be improving with each game, and will be a force to be reckoned with down the stretch.

Blue Hawk Falls to UM-Western in Season Opener

DICKINSON – The Dickinson State University Football team dropped their season opener on Saturday to UM-Western, 29-13. The Blue Hawks took an early lead in the game on a touchdown pass from Kaler Ray to Jamion Lindsey to put the Blue Hawks up 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion. The Bulldogs then tied the game in the second quarter after Sam Rutherford ran in a touchdown from four yards out. The Bulldogs took the lead after the extra point to lead the Blue Hawks 7-6.

Rutherford again scored in the third quarter on a three yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs up 13-6 after a failed extra point and once again ran in a 10 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for a 20-6 Bulldog lead.

Austun Urlacher carried in a one yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 26-6. The final scoring for UM-Western came off a 22 yard field goal from Connor Greth to put the Bulldogs up 29-6.

The Blue Hawks answered late in the fourth quarter off a two yard touchdown run by Karsten Mack Jr. to put the score at 29-13 and this would be the final score of the ballgame.

Dickinson State finished the game with 12 first downs, 49 yards rushing, 169 yards passing for 218 total yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Annual Coal Bowl Returns This Friday

BEULAH – The crosstown prep rivalry between the Beulah Miners and Hazen Bison football teams, resumes Friday August 26th, at Beulah’s Riverside Park. The game will be broadcast over KDKT SportsRadio on 1410 AM and 97.9FM.

Former Fargo RedHawks Star Passes Away

FARGO – Former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks star pitcher and Fargo native Jake Laber passed away Sunday at the age of 30. A cause of death is not known but Laber, who pitched for the RedHawks in 2008 and from 2010-2014, had recently begun treatments for a curable form of cancer.

Laber first joined the RedHawks in 2008 after finishing his college career at North Dakota State University. After seven games, he was traded to the River City Rascals of the Frontier League, where he finished the season and pitched a full year in 2009. He was reacquired in an off-season trade in 2010 and became one of the top starter in the Northern League. Laber was 11-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) as he helped lead Fargo-Moorhead to the second of back-to-back championships.

Laber ended his RedHawks career with a 46-36 record with a 4.00 ERA in 112 games (102 starts). In addition to topping the RedHawks career victory list, he is also the franchise leader in games started, innings pitched (648.1) and strikeouts (407).

Laber set the wins record on the final game of the 2014 season, when he pitched 8.0 innings of shutout baseball against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Newman Outdoor Field. The Labor Day game, dubbed “Laber Day,” capped a career that saw him top the ten win mark three times in five full seasons with Fargo-Moorhead.

Laber was a well-known player before his time with the RedHawks. He was a star at Fargo North High School and for the Fargo Post 2 American Legion program before moving on pitch for the North Dakota State University Bison.

“Jake was not only a great pitcher, but he was an even better person,” said RedHawks Vice President & General Manager Josh Buchholz. “This is heartbreaking news. He was a tremendous ambassador for our organization on and off the field, a friend to all who met him and one of the true ‘fan favorites’ at Newman Outdoor Field.”

American Legion Baseball: Hazen Into Final Day at Class B, Cyclones, Reps Out at Class A

DICKINSON – American Legion Baseball season is winding down, but the teams have saved the best for last. The Class A and B State Baseball tournaments have featured close games, extra inning games, and most games coming down to the final out with the winner up in the air. On Saturday, the Class B tournament in Carrington started things off with Park River knocking out NDHSAA Champion Thompson 2 to 1. Hazen then crushed Gardner 11 to 0, behind a no hitter on the mound from Connor Doll, and an offensive charge lead by Mason Faut, who clubbed a homer as part of a five run fifth inning that put the game away for Hazen.

Park River then took the field against Kindred for a great game, which saw Kindred run its record to 34-2 on the season with a 5 to 4 win in 9 innings and seeing Park River eliminated. Then Hazen took on Carrington in the nightcap. Chase Bruner started on the mound as Carrington went up 3 to 0 early. Then Mason Faut clubbed a three run homer as part of a six run 3rd inning that flipped the game in Hazen’s favor for good. Post 189 went on to win 7 to 3 to survive to championship Sunday.

At the Class A tournament, two games were kicked off by Wahpeton and the Bismarck Reps. It was an instant classic as Wahpeton kept its hopes for a 3rd straight championship with a 4 to 2 win in 8 innings. Then it was Beulah against Valley City. Valley City came in undefeated at the tournament. The Cyclones jumped out to a 3 run lead, only to see Nate Rodriguez tie the game with one swing in the 3rd inning. Valley City added one more in the inning to lead 4 to 3. Beulah tied the game in the 5th, but saw Valley City score 3 more runs over the next two innings to lead 7 to 4. Beulah came up in the 7th with the season on the line, and scored one run, and had two runners in scoring position, but couldn’t get anything else and had their season end with a 7 to 5 loss.

Championship Sunday at the Class B Tournament will feature Hazen taking on Kindred with the winner taking on Carrington for all the marbles. At the Class A Tournament, Valley City and Wahpeton will play with Wahpeton needing to defeat Valley City twice to win their third straight title. Look for more fireworks Sunday as we will crown two champions of North Dakota American Legion baseball.

6-5 Cyclones Walk off Storm, Advance at State Tournament

DICKINSON – The Beulah Cyclones came into the Class A State American Legion Baseball Tournament off a tough extra inning loss to Bismarck in the West Region final. They were determined to not let that happen again. In opening day play, the Cyclones fell behind right away against the Devils Lake Storm, 2 to 0. They put up a run of their own in the bottom of the first, but entered the bottom of the fourth trailing 4 to 1. That’s where they showed the hearts of champions, scratching three runs across to tie the game at 4, where the game stayed until the bottom of the 7th. After reaching on a hard hit error, John William Suter and the Beulah Cyclones played their own brand of small ball. Suter went from 2nd to 3rd on a sacrifice fly, then scored on a hit and run ground out by Braden Nelson. The Cyclones, love them or hate them, play aggressively to the end. Today, that paid off. Beulah will await the winner of Dickinson and defending state champs Wahpeton, the team they lost to in the title game last year, in Friday winner’s bracket action. Devils Lake will take on the loser of that game. Tournament fever has just begun, leave the medicine at home and enjoy the rush this week!

beulah cyclones

Storm Chasers! Reps Down Cyclones 6-5 for West Region Championship

MINOT – To say the Bismarck Reps have the Beulah Cyclones number would be like calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. The Reps defeated the Cyclones twice in extra innings at the2016 Class A West Region American Legion Baseball Tournament, including 6 to 5 in eight innings in the title game. The Reps are the only team in North Dakota to have downed the Cyclones this summer, having done so four times.

The Beulah Cyclones entered the last weekend of the regular season on a 15 game winning streak, and a matchup with the Bismarck Reps on their home field. That winning streak was snapped. The Cyclones entered the West Region as the number one seed. After early game struggles, they downed Mandan 7 to 4. The Cyclones seemed to put it together in their next round with a 12 to 1 five inning win over Velva Post 39. The Reps stayed calm and played fundamentally sound to pick up wins by scores of 2 to 0 over Dickinson, and 7 to 2 over Williston. That set up a Friday night matchup between tourney unbeatens. The Reps and Cyclones played a classic game into extra innings, with the Reps winning 5 to 4 in 8 innings. Both teams won on Saturday to set up a Sunday rematch.

The Cyclones went up four nothing early only to see the Reps claw back to take a 5 to 4 lead. Beulah rallied to tie the game in the 6th on an RBI single by Matt Schnabel. Each team was held scoreless in the 7th inning to send the game to extra innings again. Beulah went scoreless in their half of the 8th, and despite an amazing defensive play to retire Ben Weber at the plate in the 8th, the Reps won on a bases loaded walk. However, the silver lining for the Cyclones is that they are headed to the Class A State Tournament along with Bismarck, Velva, and Dickinson. The double elimination state tourney starts Wednesday in Dickinson. Bismarck will be the #1 seed from the west, while Beulah will be the #2. The state champion will be crowned Sunday, and it could be another matchup for these two teams. Should be great!



RedHawks Sweep X’s

FARGO – After a rough road trip in which they went 1-5, the ‘Hawks took care of business at home to get back to .500. On Sunday afternoon they won 7-1 over Sioux City to complete the sweep.

The Explorers put the first run on the board when a Nate Samson double scored Michael Lang right off the bat. The home team responded by putting up two of their own in the bottom of the first. Josh Mazzola’s double drove in Keury De La Cruz, and he later scored on an RBI single K.D. Kang to make it 2-1. They added another in the fourth with Josh Mazzola scoring his second run of the night.
All day the offense was efficient. They only left five on base en route to scoring seven runs on eight hits. In the sixth two more were added when Luke Bailey blasted a home run to score Mike Gilmartin as well. The eighth inning had the ‘Hawks tack on two more with Gilmartin crushing a ball over right to bring in Dustin Geiger too.
Gilmartin was officially signed the day of the game and his first ever hit for the team was a home run. Along with the efficient offense, the pitching and defense were very solid. They only allowed three hits to the X’s and no errors were committed. In the ninth a couple of wild pitches gave them a scare, but they held on to preserve a wide margin of victory.
Matt Snyder (1-2) earns his first victory of the year and Cody Forsythe (5-4) takes the loss. The RedHawks now sit at 31-31, and will host Winnipeg for a three game series starting Monday at 7:02 p.m. The Goldeyes are currently 2.5 games ahead of F-M in the American Association Wild Card standings.