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Huskies Overpower North Dakota for Series Split
Grand Forks -- Following Friday night’s 4-3 win over St. Cloud State, North Dakota players spoke of needing to be better on Saturday if it hoped to leave town with its first sweep here since 1998-99. The host Huskies, however, had different plans. Seventh-ranked SCSU blitzed North Dakota with six different goal scorers, scoring three times on five shots on starting netminder Matt Hrynkiw, then adding three more on 10 shots on Cam Johnson in relief. It added up to a 6-1 NCHC win and series split, enabling the Huskies to move back into a tie with the Fighting Hawks atop the conference standings. St. Cloud’s offensive eruption took nearly 16 minutes to begin, when Patrick Newell scored on just the Huskies’ second shot of the first period, a seemingly harmless shot from high in the faceoff circle that banked in off the skate of a UND defender. The Huskies broke things open, though, with a three-goal second period, chasing Hrynkiw to the bench en route to a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes. First, Daniela Tedesco finished off a perfectly-executed 3-on-2 rush at 5:40 for his first goal of the season. Three minutes later David Morley deflected to a Newell shot for a 3-0 lead. UND defenseman Troy Stecher beat Charlie Lindgren with a wrister from the slot at 14:21 to give UND life, but Trevor Olson was assessed a 5-minute interference two minutes later and Niklas Nevalainen scored on the ensuing power play to make it a 4-1 game.  FULL STORY

Defense Shuts Down Cal Poly Attack for Seventh Win
Fargo -- The University of North Dakota football team dominated Cal Poly in a 45-21 victory to close the 2015 regular season with seven wins and keep its FCS playoff at-large hopes alive. UND (7-4, 5-3 BSC) controlled the first half on both sides of the ball as the visitors opened up a 28-0 halftime lead on the Mustangs (4-7, 3-5 BSC). The defense forced two turnovers and added a goal-line stand that the offense turned into 21 points. "I thought it was a great team win," UND head coach Bubba Schweigert. "We got the turnover early and scored points off that, then got the stop on fourth down and turned that into points by driving the ball down the field 99 yards. "I reallly thought that set the tempo for the game. To be up 28-0 and not allow any points to this team at home was huge. They were a hot football team coming into this one." The Fighting Hawks picked up their first turnover on Cal Poly's opening possession that John Santiago turned into six points with a 14-yard touchdown run. The Mustangs would drive down to the UND seven-yard line looking to the tie the game with a touchdown, but the defense would not allow that to happen as it stuffed Cal Poly on three attempts from the two-yard line.  FULL STORY

Bobcats Rebound
with Rout of Bruins

Bismarck -- One night after their most lopsided loss of the season, the Bismarck Bobcats responded with their most dominant win: a convincing 8-1 victory over the Austin Bruins Saturday at Riverside Arena. As they did the night before, the Bobcats struck first when Oskars Batna fired in his own rebound while falling down just 2:55 into the game to silence the boisterous Austin crowd and put the visitors in front. When Bruins veteran Derek Olmschenk picked up a high sticking penalty with 3:45 left in the first, the Cats capitalized a mere 13 seconds into the ensuing power play as a Willie Brown centering pass deflected straight to Kyle Sylvester, who quickly ripped the puck inside the right post to extend the lead to 2-0. Just 49 seconds into the second, Bobcat winger Travis Wood pushed the score to 3-0, taking a pass in the slot from Jared Resseguie and whipping a wrister that hit Austin goalie Kristofer Carlson in the glove, popped into the air and bounced into the net. Tobias Fladeby kept the offense coming for the Cats with 6:28 left in the middle frame, misfiring a one-timer from Patrik Demel but kicking the miss back onto his stick and stuffing it inside the right post for a 4-0 cushion and ending Carlson’s night, as he was pulled in favor of backup Austin Smith.  FULL STORY

UND Selects New Nickname:
Fighting Hawks

Grand Forks -- The University of North Dakota has announced that Fighting Hawks will be the University’s new nickname. The results of the nickname runoff vote, held online November 12-16 for eligible voters, were tallied and provided to UND by Qualtrics, the third-party voting platform management firm that conducted the voting process. Final results of the vote were: Total votes: 27,378

Fighting Hawks: 15,670 votes (57.24 percent)
Roughriders: 11,708 votes (42.76 percent)

As noted in the voting guidelines previously issued by the University, any name receiving over 50 percent of the runoff vote would be determined to be the University’s new nickname. Said UND President Robert Kelley, “We are pleased to be able to announce the selection of a new nickname — Fighting Hawks — and bring this process, in which so many people have participated, to a successful conclusion. We especially appreciate the two nickname committees who worked so hard during this past year to make this a transparent, inclusive process that led to a short list of potential nicknames. Now, the voters have spoken, and they have told us that Fighting Hawks should be that new nickname. This is an appropriate choice, as Fighting Hawks symbolizes the competitive spirit of our athletes, the perseverance of the North Dakota spirit, and the continual ascendancy of the University and the state.” The nickname vote was launched following a year-long effort by the UND Nickname Process Recommendation Task Force, and, subsequently, the UND Nickname Committee. The groups were charged with developing a process for nickname selection, and then with developing a short list of potential nicknames for a vote. They facilitated broad public input along the way, including an online survey, a series of regional town hall meetings, and a 30-day nickname suggestion period.

Marauders Close Out Football Season with Hard-Fought Loss to Huskies
Bismarck --
After playing a tight game through three quarters, it was a lopsided final stanza that left the University of Mary on the short side of a 42-7 mark in the Marauders football season finale against St. Cloud State University. With 13 seniors playing their final game in the Blue & Orange, the Marauders stayed within one score throughout the first 45 minutes against the Huskies, a team U-Mary has yet to beat. Taking a 14-7 lead into the final quarter, SCSU rattled off 28 unanswered points to seal its 10th straight win over U-Mary. Senior safety Preston Tescher was a key component in the Marauders defensive efforts early on. The Bismarck, N.D., native led U-Mary with 11 tackles, recorded an interception and recovered a fumble. In the second half he became just the third Marauders player with at least 300 career tackles, joining All-Americans Toby Schweitzer (410 tackles) and Grant Singer (351). The leading tackler in the Northern Sun and already a two-time all-conference player, Tescher finishes his career with 304 tackles. Three plays into the game, the Huskies shocked the home crowd with a 62 yard scoring play when Nate Meyer connected with Jameson Parsons for a 7-0 SCSU lead just 54 seconds into the game

Beavers Can't Hold Halftime Lead
Minot -- Minot State University carried a 10-8 lead into the second half, but Minnesota Duluth rallied for 21 points in the third quarter to win going away 36-10 in the regular-season Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football finale Saturday at Malosky Stadium. The Beavers (1-10 overall, 1-10 NSIC, 1-6 NSIC North) battled the perennial powerhouse Bulldogs for much of the game, but became worn down on defense midway through the third quarter. UMD (8-3, 8-3, 6-1) seized the game with a long run by Nate Ricci, a short run by J Harden and then a pass from Justin Fowlkes to Ricci on a double reverse pass to open up a comfortable lead. Minot State scored the game's first points as they marched 90 yards in eight plays behind the legs and arm of freshman quarterback Isaiah Weed (Fr., Bonney Lake, Wash.). Weed, making his second start of his career, broke off a 70-yard run to set up a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Cooper (Jr., DB, Fresno, Calif.). Cooper, a converted defensive back during the week,   FULL STORY

DSU Football Drops NAIA Playoff Opener 44-10 to Montana Tech
-- With an NAIA Champions of Character award in his hand and eye black on his face, Dickinson State senior center Meyer Bohn had only one fight left in his football career — holding back tears. But like the champ he’s proven to be, he won that fight. He and Blue Hawk football team shared their last battle of the season against Montana Tech, as the No. 5-ranked Orediggers defeated DSU 44-10 Saturday at Alumni Stadium in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs. “The bottom line came down to that the team played with a lot of heart,” Bohn said. “I think there was some times we played with opportunities, but had some bad turnovers.” The loss ends DSU’s season, which was highlighted by winning the North Star Athletic Association and its first playoff appearance since 2010. The Blue Hawks finished 8-3.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Happy Thanksgiving greeting from all of us at KDKT Sports Radio 1410!  The fall season for North Dakota prep sports finally concluded this past weekend with Minot's staging of the Class A and Class B volleyball state tournaments at the MSU Dome. On the Class A side of the ledger, Saturday night gave us a rematch of last year's state final between Century and Fargo Shanley. A year ago, the Deacons prevailed in the title tilt 3-1; but this time around the Patriots swept Shanley 3-0 (game scores 25-18, 25-19, & 25-18) to claim their first championship since 2012. It was Century's fourth state crown overall and 13th appearance in a state-title match. Century concluded its 2015 campaign with a sterling 41-2 record, sweeping their final 13 opponents this season. Pats' hitter Katie Scherr was recognized as Class A Senior Athlete of the Year. Nabbing places 3-8, respectively, at the state tourney were Fargo Davies, Grand Forks Red River, West Fargo, Bismarck Legacy, Bismarck, and Bismarck St. Mary's. Davies' head mentor Missy Wilson was acknowledged by her peers as Class A Coach of the Year. Among those accorded All-State status in the Class A ranks were Scherr, teammate Regan Dennis, Bismarck's Shelby Arman, Legacy's Sydney Murphy, and Miranda Lowman from Mandan. In the B state tournament, LaMoure--sparked by Soph OH Anna Holen--won its first-ever title by virtue of a 3-1 victory at the expense of Langdon Area-Munich. Holen was fabulous throughout the duration of the three-day extravaganza, notching a remarkable 35 kills in the Loboes' 3-2 Friday evening semifinal win over top-seeded Our Redeemer's, and another 31 versus Langdon Area-Munich. For 3rd place at state, Hankinson (last year's runner-up) downed Our Redeemer's 3-2 while Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page edged Hazen for consolation honors by an identical tally. Capturing 7th place was Shiloh Christian, as the Skyhawks downed the Ray Jays 3-1. Class B's Senior Athlete of the Year was Hankinson's Betsy Asp, with her mentor Tera Paulson being named Coach of the Year. Among Class B All-State players announced at festivities in Minot were Asp, Holen, Kennedy Keator of Dickinson Trinity, Katie Mogen from Watford City, and Hazen's Krista Slaubaugh and Stephanie Ziegler. Also this past week, Class AA football's All-West Region team was announced, with state champion Beulah earning eight selections among the regional coaches and three honorable mention choices. Among the Miner athletes awarded All-Region distinction were Casey Walcker, Cory Alt, Hayden Norton, Alec Battest, Mikey Morris, Josh Remmick, Brandon Elton, and John William Suter. Beulah players receiving Honorable Mention designation were Matt Schnabel, Jacey Duttenhefner, and Austin Pouliot. Bismarck St. Mary's also had eight honorees--most notably Jacob Heinert, Cole Spies, Casey Uhler, and Sam Wilke--while Dickinson Trinity had five athletes recognized, including quarterback Willy Jahner and two of his favorite targets, Jerit Lee and Noah Sickler. As Thanksgiving looms on the horizon, the next prep sports to commence regular-season action are wrestling and hockey. In fact, KDKT Sports Radio will be at Hazen's All-Seasons Arena this Tuesday (Nov 24) for a West Region hockey clash between the Hazen-Beulah Northstars and the Mandan Braves. Tune in at 6:30 pm CST for pre-game commentary, with live action beginning at 7:00 with the drop of the puck for another Hockey Night in North Dakota.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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