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RedHawks Snap Streak, Win 11-2
Fargo – The Winnipeg Goldeyes had won 10 straight games against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks before Wednesday night’s matchup at Shaw Park. Their winning streak is over. The RedHawks got a two-run home run from C.J. Retherford and four RBI from Sawyer Carroll as they whipped the Fish 11-2 in front of a crowd of 7,054 at Winnipeg’s downtown ballpark. With a doubleheader victory on Tuesday night, the Goldeyes had already won the series, but on Wednesday, Fargo left town with their heads up. The Goldeyes had swept the previous two series against the RedHawks. In fact, the Goldeyes had a four-game winning streak stopped, while the RedHawks put an end to a four-game losing streak. The loss was a tough one for the Fish, who fell to 41-24 on the season. They are still in first place in the American Association’s North Division but their lead has been cut to 2 1/2 games. “We just didn’t throw any strikes for the first five innings and even the ones we threw, we gave up too much of the plate,” said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. “That Fargo team has a potent lineup and you can’t throw pitches over the heart of the plate to them.  FULL STORY

A Family Affair!
Minot Brothers Capture 19th Annual Dakota Walleye Classic
Beulah -- After day one at the Dakota Walleye Classic, the tournament champions, Cody and Colton Anderson’s score was nowhere to be found, literally. A temporary scoring error said they had no fish on day one, when in fact they had 5 for 13.49 pounds. They added 5 more totaling 20.76 pounds on day two, for a winning total of 34.25 pounds. The tandem had finished in fourth at the 18th Annual Dakota Walleye Classic, and I asked them if they would be back to defend their title next year, the brothers humbly responded “Oh yes”, and “Definitely”. The biggest fish of the tournament were a pair of 6 plus pound fish. Day one’s biggest was caught by the team of Jeri Jankowski and Michael Finck at 6.7 pounds. Day 2’s biggest was caught by Brian and Jason Wenko at 6.36 pounds. Each team won $1,000.00 for their big catch. The highlight of the tournament was the sheer joy and family moment when Cody and Colton Anderson learned that they had captured the $12,000 first place prize. The 19th Annual Dakota Walleye classic was a rousing success again, and teams are already looking forward to next year’s tournament.

Bulldogs on Top, Muskrats Claw Their Way to State Too
Garrison -- Heading into the Class B American Legion west region baseball tournament, to call Hazen Post 189 the overwhelming favorites would still be an understatement. They had cruised to a 24 and 2 record, and hadn’t been tested at in most of their regional games. However, the postseason is an animal of a different type, and Hazen couldn’t get past a pair of scrappy teams, Burlington and Renville County. Day one saw the tournament start with a 5 to 3 victory for Burlington over Hettinger, Renville County beat Stanley 7 to 4, it was Surrey 10, Garrison 4, and the upset of the day Burlington 5, Hazen 3. Day two was marred by a pair of rain delays, but two games were played. Renville County knocked off Surrey 7 to 4, and Garrison eliminated Stanley with a 13 to 8 win. On day three, four games saw three more teams eliminated. Hettinger took out Surrey with a 10 to 7 win, Hazen knocked out Garrison with a 13 to 1 win, and Post 189 also knocked out Hettinger by a 10 to 0 margin. The winner’s bracket game saw Burlington lock up a state tournament berth with a 7 to 6 win over Renville County.

Popovich Joins Football Staff
Minot -- Minot State University head football coach Tyler Hughes has added Cole Popovich as an assistant coach, the university announced Monday. Popovich will serve as the team's offensive line coach. Popovich is originally from Oakhurst, Calif., where he starred for Yosemite (Calif.) High School. He played collegiately at Fresno State and coached two seasons at Fresno City College and one season at LA Valley College. He comes to Minot State after two seasons as an assistant at Utah State, coaching mainly the offensive line. "I'm excited to have Cole join our staff," Hughes said. "Cole demonstrated a clear philosophy in the development and teaching progression for Minot State's offensive lineman. He has a real passion for that position group and football as a whole. He will provide a great influence on and off of the field for our players."  FULL STORY
Tim Mueller Hired as BSC Soccer Coach
Bismarck -- BSC Athletic Department welcomes Tim Mueller as the head women's and men's soccer coach at Bismarck State College. Coach Mueller was hired following the retirement of Mel Fischer.Coach Mueller is originally from Minot, ND. He graduated from Minot State University with a degree in business administration and a minor in psychology. Tim coached both boys and girls at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck for 17 years.He led the Saints girls’ teams to five state championship games and the boys’ teams to two state championship games.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
-- Post-season American Legion baseball action was hot and heavy this past week as teams all across North Dakota in classes A & B were vying for state tournament berths in their respective regions. The Beulah Cyclones of head coach Ryan Bodell entered their Class A West Division tournament in Makoti as the top-seeded team, only to go down to defeat to the 5th-seeded host Mavericks 2-zip in a winners' bracket contest last Wednesday evening. Although getting a terrific pitching performance from its ace right-hander Patrick Becker, Beulah could not solve Makoti's top hurler, Austin Lee, in dropping the two-run decision. However, after that disappointing setback, the Cyclones roared back through losers' bracket play to win five consecutive outings on their way to the tourney title. Those victories came against Washburn (7-5), Velva (6-4), Watford City (13-3), and then Makoti twice--by tallies of 6-4 and 13-3. In the first championship-bracket showdown against the Mavs Saturday afternoon, Beulah rallied from a 4-2 deficit after six innings to deadlock the game at 4-all in the bottom of the 7th frame, at which time IF Mikey Morris belted a walk-off two-run homer for the two-run margin of victory. That result forced a second title tilt on Sunday afternoon; and in that winner-take-all confrontation, Becker paved the way for a Cyclone win by blasting a grand slam in the bottom of the 1st inning. With its terrific tournament run, Beulah now sports an overall season ledger of 19-20 and will play at this week's state A tourney in Wahpeton. The Cyclones' state tournament opener is Wednesday at 11:00 am versus an as yet undetermined East Division opponent at the time of this writing. The other western teams joining Beulah at state are Makoti, Watford City, and Velva. KDKT Sports Radio 1410 intends to be in Wahpeton to provide live coverage of all of Beulah's state tourney contests. While Class A West River teams were congregated in Makoti this past week to play for spots in a state tournament, there were seven Class B West Region squads doing likewise in Garrison, and KDKT Sports Radio was on hand to call the majority of games at that regional hosted at Titans' Field. Pre-tournament favorite Hazen entered post-season action with a sterling record of 24-2; but Post 189 fell short in its quest for a second-straight Class B state tournament appearance, being thwarted by eventual tourney champion Burlington in a Wednesday winners' bracket tussle 5-3, and then upset by the 7th-seeded Renville County Muskrats 4-3 in an elimination showdown on Saturday afternoon. Hazen could only muster two hits against Burlington starting pitcher Alex Davy in Wednesday's two-run setback, and got victimized by a grand slam crushed by Muskrat C Doug Wisenburg in the first inning of the one-run heartbreaker on Saturday. In between those two agonizing losses, Hazen easily disposed of Garrison and Hettinger by scores of 13-1 & 10-0. Post 189 concluded its season with an overall record of 26 wins and just 4 losses. Meanwhile, Burlington and Renville County squared off for the West Region title on Saturday afternoon, with the Bulldogs outlasting the Muskrats 6-5 to earn the West's top seed for this week's state B tourney in Langdon (Renville County will also advance to state as the West Region's #2 seed). That narrow championship victory was Burlington's second squeaker over Renville County in regional tournament play, as the day before, the Bulldogs held off the Muskrats 7-6 in a winners' bracket matchup. As of this writing, we cannot report the other six state tournament qualifiers from the Northeast, Southeast, and Central Regions. However, we can state with certainty that the Class B state Legion tournament in Langdon will commence action this Wednesday, July 30 (similar to the Class A tourney in Wahpeton). In the AA Legion ranks, there are no state-qualifying regional tourneys, as all ten AA baseball squads in North Dakota automatically participate in the state tournament--being hosted this year by Jamestown at Jack Brown Stadium at McElroy Park. That state tourney begins this Tuesday (July 29), with the Bismarck Governors possessing the top seed and the Grand Forks Royals holding the #2 seed.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick
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