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RedHawks Beat Boulders 5-3
Fargo -- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks captured the lead in the top half of the second inning and would maintain the lead defeating the Rockland Boulders 5-3 and clinching the series before a robust crowd of 4,905 onlookers at Provident Bank Park on Saturday evening. Behind the bat of Drew Muren, the RedHawks jumped on the board early in the second inning. Ryan Pineda and Taylor Oldham would reach on base hits and Connor Andrus would walk loading the bases for Muren. He took the first offering from Boulders’ starter Bo Budkevics and belted it off the wall in right with a bases clearing double plating three making it 3-0 Fargo-Moorhead. Meanwhile, aided by the early run support, Brandon Mann appeared extremely comfortable on the hill. The wily veteran had produced quality starts in his last four outings coming into tonight, but was merely 1-3 in those games. With a line of three runs yielded (all earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work, Mann tossed his fifth quality start in as many outings on Saturday. Mann would retire the first eight Rockland batters of the game and retired the side in the first, second and sixth innings. He came into the game leading the American Association in strikeouts with 80, but only managed to strike out four Boulders. However, rather than putouts in the form of ‘K’s’, Mann forced fly ball out after fly ball out. In fact, half of his 18 outs in the game were induced fly balls.  FULL STORY

Bobcats Unveil New-Look Schedule for 2015-16
Bismarck -- The road ahead for the Bismarck Bobcats is now known, as the organization is pleased to announce its 2015-16 regular season schedule. As has been the case since 2011, the Cats will play 60 regular season games: 28 at home, 28 on the road and four neutral site contests at the 13th Annual 2015 Easton NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn. Unlike the previous nine seasons, however, the regular season will not begin in Blaine; the Cats will host the reigning Central Division champion Austin Bruins for two games on September 18 and 19 prior to heading to the Showcase. The last time the Bobcats played non-exhibition games before the Showcase was in 2005—when the league’s annual all-teams summit was held in October. This year, the Showcase will begin Wednesday, September 23, and run through Saturday the 26th. The Cats’ opponents for the event will be announced at a later dateFULL STORY

Former SEC Defensive Back Joins UND Football Program

Grand Forks -- University of North Dakota head football coach Bubba Schweigert announced the addition of Football Bowl Subdivision transfer Jahmere Irvin-Sills to his program on Thursday. Irvin-Sills, a 5-foot-10 cornerback, will join the team for the 2015 season after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference. “Jahmere will be with us for fall camp and we expect him to compete for playing time right away and contribute to the 2015 season,” Schweigert said. “He spent two seasons with an SEC program and displayed the skills to play physical football along with the quickness and agility to cover receivers. We’re excited to have him join the program.” Originally from Elkton, Md., Irvin-Sills played in nine games for the Bulldogs during the 2014 season after redshirting during his initial year on the Starkville, Miss., campus. He collected 10 tackles a season ago, including a pair in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Irvin-Sills was ranked as one of the top 20 prospects coming out of Maryland and 47th best cornerback nationally in the class of 2013 by ESPN.com. He finished his senior year at Eastern Christian Academy with 27 tackles and one interception. Irvin-Sills will have three years of eligibility remaining when he enrolls at UND.  FULL STORY

Sean Named Athletic Director
at the University of Jamestown

-- The University of Jamestown is pleased to announce that it has named Sean Johnson as the new Athletic Director following the recent retirement of Lawrie Paulson. Sean Johnson was selected from a highly qualified candidate pool. Johnson was previously Director of Athletics at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. Johnson has over 30 years of experience in university athletics. Prior to Johnson’s position as Director of Athletics at ASU, he served as Senior Director of Athletics at University of North Dakota, Associate Director of Athletics at Texas A&M, Associate Director of Athletics at New Mexico State University, and Assistant Athletics Director at University of North Texas.from qualifying. Johnson will begin at the University of Jamestown on June 24th. President Robert S. Badal stated, “We are very pleased to announce that Sean Johnson will be leading the Jimmies as our new Athletic Director. Sean’s background as AD at Angelo State and his previous experience at UND as Associate Director have prepared him well for a growing athletic department at UJ.  He is an exceptional individual with great leadership skills, and all of us in the Jimmie family look forward to seeing progress with facilities, team development, and a growing athletic reputation in the region.” FULL STORY
Brandon Jamar and Thomas Cowen Sign with DSU Men's Basketball
-- Head Men’s basketball coach Justin Wetzel announced the signing of a pair 6’11 athletic centers, Thomas Cowen Mt. San Antonio College and Brandon Jamar from Los Angeles Southwest College. “Anytime you can add one 6’11 athlete to the program it’s great but for us to get two 6’11 athletes is really a testament to what Dickinson State and the community has to offer,” stated Coach Wetzel. Thomas Cowen a native of Portmore, Jamaica is coming to Dickinson State from the very successful Mt. San Antonio College program in California. The Mounties finished with an astonishing 27-2 record this past season winning the South Conference title in the CCCAA. Cowen shot 52% from the field and 75% from the free throw line.  FULL STORY.

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As we've reached the last full weekend of July, it's now the post-season for both Class A and Class B squads in North Dakota American Legion baseball. Over the last few days, regional tournaments have been staged in various communities across the state, with KDKT Sports Radio being on hand this past Wednesday through Saturday at Washburn's Victor B. Wallin Field to call all the contests of the Class A West Region tourney. When play concluded Saturday afternoon in Washburn, it was Velva Post 39 hoisting the championship trophy, as it defeated Beulah twice in succession in title tilts by scores of 1-0 and 6-1. The four-day tournament did not start all that auspiciously for the 39'ers, as they dropped their opener on Wednesday evening to Makoti 7-6. But after enduring that setback, Velva reeled off five straight wins over Washburn, Watford City, Makoti, and Beulah, getting outstanding pitching performances in those victories from starters Brad Dean, Shad Vedaa, Isaac Effertz, Eli Luna, and Kobe Bright. In fact, three of the five victories were of the shutout variety. and a fourth one was the 6-1 decision at the expense of Beulah. The Cyclones had reached the championship round by virtue of securing wins over Watford City (13-0) and Makoti (4-1) on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.  Now on the immediate horizon is the state A Legion tournament in Beulah this Wednesday through Sunday, with the West's quartet of qualifiers consisting of Velva, Beulah, Makoti, and Watford City, seeded 1-4. At this juncture in time, we cannot report specific game times for Wednesday's first round of state tournament play at Beulah's Goldmann Field at McKenzie Park. But we can relate the first-day matchups:  Velva taking on Valley City; Wahpeton colliding with Makoti; Grafton tangling with Watford City; and Beulah confronting Casselton. Check the link at the bottom of this blog-post later this week to ascertain the start times for the above-referenced showdowns. We can confirm that KDKT Sports Radio will be providing live coverage of state tournament action at Goldmann Field beginning this Wednesday. On the Class B West Region baseball landscape, eight squads congregated in Surrey this past week to qualify two teams for next week's state B tournament in LaMoure. The pair of teams that survived the gauntlet of games over the five-day stretch of tourney play to secure berths in the LaMoure-hosted state tourney (commencing this Wednesday) were Kidder County and the Bismarck Capitals. On Saturday, Kidder County assured itself a trip to state by doubling up Hazen 6-3, while the Capitals did likewise with their 11-4 defeat of Surrey. Hazen Post 189 put itself in position for a possible state tourney slot when it won its first two outings in Surrey. Hazen nipped the host Blue Sox 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon and then edged Kidder County in a rain-suspended 13-12 slugfest that spanned both Thursday and Friday, before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Bismarck Capitals Friday evening and falling to Kidder County on Saturday 6-3 as noted above. That setback eliminated Post 189 from the regional tourney short of a state tournament berth. The Garrison-Max Titans went 1-2 in tournament play, falling in extra innings to the Bismarck Capitals in first-day action 13-12, defeating Renville County in a day-two encounter 11-4, but then stumbling to Kidder County on Friday afternoon by a 12-2 final tally. One other sporting event from last week deserving mention here occurred on Lake Sakakawea near Beulah Bay.  The Beulah Convention and Visitors' Bureau hosted the 20th annual Dakota Walleye Classic fishing tournament that promised the winning two-person team a whopping $12,000! The two-day event commenced on Friday morning and concluded Saturday evening with 178 teams participating. KDKT Sports Radio was at "the Big Lake" both days to provide frequent updates and reports of all the fishing activity that took place. Check the story appearing elsewhere on our website for all the tourney details!

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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