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Penprase’s Big Hit Leads RedHawks Over Canaries 4-2
Fargo – Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks SS Zach Penprase’s two-run ground rule double in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a tie game and led the RedHawks to a 4-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field. In the first two innings, it was all about the pitchers. RedHawks newly signed RHP Brad Orosey and Sioux Falls’ LHP Matt Wickswat recorded 1-2-3 innings. It wasn’t until the top of the third, when Stephen Branca got the first base hit of the ballgame. For the RedHawks, the first hit came in the bottom of the third, when Dusty Robinson roped a double down the left field line. Anthony Kaskadden followed up with reaching safely on an error, and Zach Penprase brought Robinson in with his single to left. Kaskadden would later come around to score as well on Sawyer Carroll’s RBI single, making it 2-0 for the RedHawks. The RedHawks’ lead did not last long, as the Canaries tied the ballgame with two runs in top of the fifth frame. Chris Duffy doubled to deep center field, and Carlos Mendez scored him with his double off the right field wall. The second run was Mendez scoring on Matt Hitt’s base hit to center field. At that point, the ballgame was tied at 2-2.  FULL STORY
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Blue Hawks Sign Donaldson
Dickinson -- Dickinson State University men's basketball head coach Justin Wetzel has announced the signing of 6-foot-7, 215-pound transfer Connor Donaldson. Donaldson played one season at MSU Billings where he started fifteen games for the NCAA Div. II Yellowjackets and averaged over eight points per game. "Connor is a tremendous addition to our program as a person and player," Wetzel said. "Connor can place pressure on defenses with his size and ability to shoot the ball, he also has great court vison and passing ability for a big. Coming from a very strong NCAA Div II conference and growing up in the Seattle area Connor understands what it's like to compete against a high level of basketball talent." Pior to his stint at MSU Billings Connor starred at Everett Community College in Everett, Wash. where he was named first team all NWWAACC North Region and led the Trojans with 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.  FULL STORY
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Liz O'Reilly Named New Director of Soccer Operations for NDSU Women's Soccer
Fargo -- North Dakota State University women's soccer head coach Mark Cook announced Thursday, July 10, that Elizabeth "Liz" O'Reilly has been named the new director of soccer operations for the Bison. O'Reilly will assist the NDSU coaching staff with team travel, game-day preparations, video exchange, camps and other administrative duties. Prior to joining the Bison, O'Reilly spent four seasons playing soccer at the University of Wyoming as a midfielder under former North Dakota State head coach Pete Cuadrado. A native of New South Wales, Australia, O'Reilly holds the career records at Wyoming for assists (25), games played (80) and games started (77). She scored 11 goals in her career with the Cowgirls and attempted 123 shots with 61 shots on goal. O'Reilly was voted team captain in 2012 and earned second team All-Mountain West honors in 2010 and first team All-Mountain West accolades in 2012 by College Sports Madness. "I am very excited to add Liz to the Bison soccer staff. Having just completed a great career at Wyoming, she will add plenty of experience and knowledge to our program," Cook said.  FULL STORY
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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
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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
Beulah
-- As we enter the second half of July on the Northern Plains, there's actually a mix of sports action to report on the North Dakota athletics' scene. In this past week, football, basketball, & baseball all had their moments in the spotlight with "official summer" concluding its first full month. On the gridiron last Sunday at the Fargodome in the 41st annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl, two games were staged featuring a West v. East format. In the 11-man tilt, the West's defense dominated play, securing for its squad a 21-2 win over the East. In the 9-man clash, Team West, capitalizing on a stellar performance from Grant County-Flasher quarterback Taylor Krenz, rolled to an easy 48-14 victory over Team East. Krenz--a University of Jamestown recruit--tossed five touchdown passes and passed for over 300 yards. His terrific effort helped the West avenge a 47-6 beatdown suffered a year ago at the hands of the East when the 40th edition of the All-Star game was played in Grand Forks. Now transitioning to the hardwood, this past week witnessed the continuation of the long-running North Dakota Lions' All-Star basketball series featuring the top graduated roundballers guys and girls--from the North Dakota prep ranks this past season in both Class A and Class B. In the first round of clashes at the Bismarck Civic Center on Tuesday evening, the Class A hoopsters prevailed in both contests. In the girls' matchup, the big-school athletes won 79-68 in overtime, while the A boys raced to a 119-94 victory over their Class B counterparts. One day later at the Fargo Civic Auditorium, the B girls bounced back to win 59-51, and the Class A boys romped again over the B boys; this time the final tally was 123-91. Now moving outdoors to the diamond, this past mid-July week saw the wrap-up of regular-season play in North Dakota American Legion baseball in the Class A & Class B ranks. One team that was extremely busy over the last several days was Beulah. The Cyclones had a non-league doubleheader in the Capital City on Monday evening against the Bismarck Reps, and followed that with three West Division twinbills on consecutive days (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday) versus Velva, Watford City, and Makoti, respectively. Beulah fell to the Reps at newly remodeled Bismarck Municipal Ballpark 12-2 & 7-2; but then the Cyclones reeled off six straight wins to improve their season ledger to 15-19, but more importantly, grab for themselves the top seed for next week's West Division tournament to be played in Makoti. A couple of Cyclone highlights worth noting from the whirlwind week were Patrick Becker's two-run homer against Velva in Beulah's 9-6 win over Post 39 on Wednesday (carried live on KDKT Sports Radio), and Mikey Morris's grand-slam the following evening in Watford City, as the Cyclones downed the Walleyes 9-4 in 8 innings. Beulah will take a 7-3 league mark into the divisional tourney in Makoti this week, hoping to be one of four qualifiers for the following week's state A tourney in Wahpeton. At the time of this writing, there were still divisional games to be contested and tournament pairings for this upcoming Wednesday had not yet been finalized. On the Class B side of Legion ball, Hazen concluded regular-season play this past week with a sterling record of 24-2. Post 189 swept Garrison at home on Tuesday by tallies of 10-0 & 15-1 (with game one called on KDKT) and then hit the road on Friday to dump Surrey 7-0 and 13-2. Hazen will now enter this week's West Region tournament in Garrison as the top-seeded squad with designs to advance to its second straight Class B state tourney. Similar to Class A, opening-round matchups for the West Region tournament (slated to begin Wednesday) are presently undetermined.


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