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Twelve Thousand Reasons to Smile! Binstock, Ehli Capture 21st DWC
Beulah -- It wasn’t quite a wire to wire victory, but it was close. After finishing day one of the 21st Annual Dakota Walleye Classic in 2nd place with a total of 16.89 pounds, the tandem of Jason Binstock and Greg Ehli wrangled in 13.83 pounds to walk away champions with a total of 30.72 pounds, taking home the top prize of twelve thousand dollars. Finishing in second place was the husband-wife tandem of Michael and Michelle Starck, just over a pound behind at 29.64 pounds. Rounding out the top three was the team of Tim Sandstrom and Shane Jordan with 29.35 pounds. Binstock and Ehli were quick to credit new technology for the win, crediting their depth finder to locate their big catches. Ehli added, “We didn’t even put a line in the water the first hour of the day, we were cruising around and looking for the spot” The Dakota Walleye Classic has turned out to be one of the premiere fishing tournaments in the region, and in North Dakota in particular. This year’s was a good as ever, as the tournament field was filled over a month before the event. There are so many repeat contestants and it’s a testament to the great organizers and outstanding volunteer staff.   FULL STORY

Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks Sweep Sioux City 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.  FULL STORY

Carson Wentz Named All-American of the Year
Fargo -- Quarterback Carson Wentz of North Dakota State University has been named as the 2015-16 CoSIDA Division I Academic All-American® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A health and physical education major with a 4.0 G.P.A., Wentz was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team choice. "I am extremely honored and blessed to be selected as the CoSIDA Academic All-American® of the Year. Being a student-athlete means making a strong commitment to both academics and athletics. I am proud to represent a championship football team, but also a program that values the importance of education," said Wentz."NDSU taught me so many things both in the classroom and on the football field," he continued. "And I truly believe that helped me get to where I am today. I am very thankful for all of the support I received at NDSU." The Philadelphia Eagles selected Wentz with the second pick of the 2016 NFL Draft in April. He is the first quarterback drafted out of NDSU and the highest-drafted non-Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback, surpassing Steve McNair (3rd in 1995), Phil Simms (7th in 1979), Joe Flacco (18th in 2008) and Ken O'Brien (24th in 1983). McNair, Simms and Flacco are all Super Bowl winners FULL STORY

Bismarck Bobcats Unveil 2016-2017 Season Schedule

Bismarck -- The Bismarck Bobcats, in conjunction with the North American Hockey League, announced the regular season schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. It will be the Bobcats’ twentieth season of junior hockey in the capital region. “I am very excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary season and to have been a part of the organization for the last 15 of those years,” stated Bobcats team owner and CEO Thom Brigl. “I have been blessed to be surrounded by good people and we all have been fortunate that the community—particularly sponsors, season ticket holders and billet families—has come to support us and the boys. “Being a North Dakota boy I am really excited to have over 300 Bobcat Alumni around the world, but also that 55 of them are from North Dakota. While we are about hockey, we are also very proud to be part of the fabric of the Bismarck-Mandan area and to be mentors for youth in the community and also providing championship entertainment. Here’s to 20 more years!” FULL STORY

Nebraska Cornhuskers Meeting Headlines Marauders Men's Basketball 2016-17 Schedule
Bismarck -- Fresh off their best season in five years, a resurgent University of Mary men's basketball program arguably tackles the most difficult schedule in school history in 2016-17. Headlining the upcoming season's slate of games is a visit to NCAA Division I University of Nebraska of the Big 10 in what will be the Marauders greatest regular season challenge in team history. The Marauders-Cornhuskers contest, set for Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the 15,000 seat Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE, is a family affair.  Nebraska head coach Tim Miles and his wife Kari are UMary alumni. A native of Doland, SD, Miles played basketball for the Marauders and his first three seasons before serving as a student assistant coach for legendary head coach Al Bortke in his senior year in 1988-89. Miles was inducted into the Marauders Hall of Fame in 2007 for Outstanding Collegiate Coaching in Basketball. He took over the Cornhuskers program in 2012 and led Nebraska to an NCAA tournament berth in 2014, the school's first in 16 seasons.  FULL STORY

NDSU Season Openers
Fargo -- North Dakota State University and the University of Colorado have signed a one-game contract for the 2024 football season opener, the schools announced. The teams will play Saturday, Aug. 31, at Folsom Field in Boulder. It will be NDSU's first game with Colorado and second against a Pac-12 opponent. The Bison play at Oregon on Sept. 5, 2020. Colorado, entering its sixth year as a member of the Pac-12, is coming off a 4-8 season.  The Buffaloes are seeking their first bowl game appearance since 2007. "We are excited to add another regional FBS opponent," said NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen. "This is a game we know our fans and many NDSU alumni in the area will be looking forward to." NDSU also signed a one-game contract with Butler to open the 2019 season. The first meeting between the two schools will be Saturday, Aug. 31, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Butler, a member of the Pioneer Football League, was 6-5 last year. The Bulldogs made their first FCS playoff appearance in 2013. The addition of Butler gives NDSU six home games in 2019. The Bison will have four Missouri Valley Football Conference games and a non-conference game with North Dakota. FULL STORY

Montana Overwhelms North Dakota in Badlands Bowl

Dickinson -- Montana arrived at the ball quickly and arrived often. Team Montana frustrated North Dakota in all respects Saturday in the 23rd rendition of the Badlands Bowl, registering a 36-7 victory over North Dakota at the Biesiot Activities Center. Montana’s offense scored on the first drive of the game — a 1-yard rush from Thomas Trefney to build a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point — but the defensive unit was the star of the show thereafter. North Dakota didn’t break the century mark in total yardage until the fourth quarter, and the host team was held without points until that same drive, when West Fargo’s Creighton Pfau ran in for a TD from 16 yards out. By that time, though, Montana had already built a 29-0 advantage. “We knew we came out strong in the first half,” said Montana’s Michael Jobman, the team’s defensive MVP, “and we wanted to make sure we didn’t give anything back to them in the second half and make it a game.” Jobman, from his defensive end spot, racked up five tackles — 2.5 for a loss — along with two sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception. For the first half, at least, North Dakota’s defense kept the game close. Bismarck Century’s Zach Sweep hauled in a one-handed interception in the end zone in the first quarter, and Mandan’s Jarad Zittleman picked off another pass in the end zone in the second quarter, keeping it a one-score game. FULL STORY

Blue Hawk Baseball Adds Four More to 2016-17 Roster
-- Dickinson State University Head Baseball Coach, Jason Watson, is pleased to announce the signing of four more players to join the Blue Hawks in 2016-17.McDermott is a 6'2" right handed pitcher from CSU-San Marcos. Dylan is from San Diego, CA and attended Mission Hills High School. "I chose to sign with DSU because of their competitive program and great facilities as well as to continue my education," stated McDermott. Dylan was a three time All- Academic team member and plans to major in Composite Social Science at Dickinson State University. He is the son of Joseph McDermott and Tiffany Badeaux. "Dylan has great composure on the mound, is very competitive and will definitely help us on the bump for the next few years," said Watson.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we enter the homestretch of July, the post-season of American Legion baseball has officially commenced in North Dakota, with regional tourneys taking place in both the Class A & Class B ranks.  KDKT Sports Radio 1410 has called a slew of games from both West Region tournaments (A & B, in Minot and Bismarck, respectively) these last several days, with championship clashes scheduled for later today (Sunday) in each extravaganza. In the Magic City, the Beulah Cyclones and Bismarck Reps will square off with a league title and top regional seed for this week's state tournament at stake. Just two evenings ago, in a skirmish of tourney unbeatens in a winners' bracket pairing, the Reps rallied from a 4-1 deficit to nip the Cyclones 5-4 in 8 innings. The hero of the contest was Bismarck LF Mason Thorenson who went 3-for-4 at the plate while clubbing both a home run and double and registering 2 RBI. Thus far in the tourney, the Reps--now 25-7 for the campaign--have also disposed of Dickinson, Williston, and Velva. Meanwhile, Beulah, currently 26-6 on the summer, has defeated Mandan (7-4), Velva (12-1), and Williston (3-0) in tournament matchups. Against the Voyagers of the Basin City, the game was deadlocked at zero before Cyclone 3B Braydon Nelson smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 5th frame. Regardless of the outcome of the title tilt today, both Bismarck and Beulah will advance to the state A tournament beginning this Wednesday in Dickinson at Southside Ballpark. Turning our attention to the Class B West Region tourney at Bismarck's Dwyer Field, it will be 29-6 Hazen and Kidder County tangling for the league crown later this afternoon, with Post 231 having to beat the Post 189 Astros of Hazen twice to claim the championship. To get to the title showdown, Hazen earlier dispatched Garrison-Max (17-0), the Bismarck Capitals (5-1), and Burlington (3-2). Post 231 took the longer road to the championship game, losing its tourney-opener to Burlington 3-1, but roaring back to defeat Makoti (8-2), Bismarck (2-1), and Surrey (3-2 in 9 innings) to earn the opportunity to face tourney-unbeaten Hazen. Both Hazen and Kidder County will represent the West Region at this week's state B tournament starting Wednesday in Carrington. Check this website and listen to radio announcements later this week for specifics about KDKT's live coverage of both Legion state tournaments.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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