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Buzzer-Beater Ends UND's Season
Grand Forks -- “Disbelief. Straight disbelief,” said North Dakota junior forward Mark MacMillan. Three words to summarize sixth-tenths of a second. Minnesota senior defenseman Justin Holl scored the game-winning, short-handed goal – his first goal of the season -- with sixth-tenths of a second left in regulation to give the top-ranked Golden Gophers a 2-1 win over UND in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal. With those sixth-tenths of a second frozen on the Wells Fargo Center clock, more than 17,000 fans and two storied rivals instantly went from preparing for overtime to wondering if what they just saw had actually happened. While Minnesota players leapt on top of each other in celebration, video review confirmed that the puck had found the net with time remaining on the clock. With that, fifth-ranked North Dakota’s season and NCAA Tournament came to a stunning end. In the locker room after the game, MacMillan tried to describe the shocking turn of events. “We’ve never been a part of anything like that before,” said MacMillan. “I think all of us on the bench, when it crossed the goal line, said, ‘No way it went in before the buzzer.’ Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Like I said, just disbelief right now.”  FULL STORY

Bobcats Trounce Wings,
Take 2-0 Lead
Bismarck -- Bobcat fans are used to watching their team rise to the occasion in the post-season. What they saw in Aberdeen is another chapter in that saga. Five straight goals Saturday night led to the Bobcats earning two chances to close out a series on the Wings at home, taking a 5-1 win and  2-0 series lead, with a sweep of the weekend in Aberdeen. After dropping six straight to the Wings to end the regular season, Bismarck thrashed both Wings goalies, scoring nine goals in Aberdeen in two games, while Bobcat goalie Aaron Nelson (Bismarck, ND) found playoff form. Nelson followed up 29 saves on 31 chances Friday night with 27 stops on 28 Aberdeen shots Saturday, allowing just 1.50 goals against over the two games. Bismarck's offense complimented the defensive effort, as the Bobcats turned to familiar faces from Friday's game for a spark. Evan Giesler (Naperville, IL), fresh off of a playoff-opening hat trick Friday night, scored twice, and Cullen Willox (Eagan, MN) racked up two more assists after three Friday, powering the offense to a rout.  FULL STORY

RedHawks Sign Bowlin for Bullpen
Fargo -- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have signed RHP Drew Bowlin to a contract for the 2014 season, the club announced. Bowlin, 27, made three stops in 2013 as a member of the San Francisco Giants organization. He pitched the majority of the season for the Richmond (VA) Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League (AA), where he was 4-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 32 games. Bowlin pitched 44.1 innings at Richmond and allowed 25 runs (24 earned) on 36 hits. He struck out 33 batters and walked 34. He also pitched one game for the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League (AAA) and three games for the San Jose Giants of the California League (High-A). Bowlin was selected by the Giants in the 23rd round of the 2007 draft out of Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Tennessee and signed with the Giants in 2008. In five seasons in the Giants organization, Bowlin was 11-8 with a 4.55 ERA and ten saves in 154 games (five starts). He has pitched 195.2 innings, allowed 106 runs (99 earned) on 175 hits and struck out 171 batters.  FULL STORY

Bison Fall at Minnesota
Fargo -- The North Dakota State baseball team (8-16) fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-14), 5-3, at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. NDSU is scheduled to host Western Illinois Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, in a four-game Summit League series at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. Trailing 5-1 in the eighth inning, NDSU's David Ernst stepped to the plate and drove a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single to centerfield, scoring Kyle Kleinendorst and Wes Satzinger to trim the Gopher advantage to 5-3. Satzinger started the inning with a single to right-center before Kleinendorst induced a walk. Nick Altavilla struck out and Logan Swann flied out before Jon Hechtner loaded the bases with another walk. The comeback effort would fall short though, as NDSU could not score in the top of the ninth, resulting in the 5-3 setback. Ernst went 1-for-1 in the contest while Tim Colwell, Ben Petersen, Satzinger, Swann, Michael Leach and Andy Wicklund each recorded hits for NDSU. Kevin Folman took the loss on the mound for the Bison, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits to dip to 0-3 on the season.  FULL STORY

Beavers Blanked by Bison
Minot -- It was a rough afternoon for the Minot State University baseball team's offense. The Beavers (9-13 Overall) recorded just one hit as they were shutout in non-conference action against NCAA Division I opponent North Dakota State University at Dwyer Field in Bismarck, N.D. The Bison (8-13 Overall) snapped their seven game losing streak as they beat MISU, 5-0. Andrew Roach (Jr., OF, Gilbert, Ariz.) was the only Beaver to record a hit in the loss as he laced a base hit to left field with two outs in the first inning. It was quickly erased as Roach was thrown out by NDSU catcher Michael Leach to end the inning. The Bison pitching staff then went 8.1 innings of no hit, shutout baseball. As a staff, six different pitchers combined for ten strikeouts led by winning pitcher Trent Keefer with four strikeouts in two innings pitched. "They (NDSU) don't have games scheduled for this weekend so they had some guys that needed to get some work in," said Minot State head coach Brock Weppler. "They filled up the zone and didn't make a lot mistakes, to their credit. We need to flat out do a better job at making adjustments at the plate." Minot State kept themselves in the game in large part due to the pitching by starter Austin Zorn (Jr., P, Bismarck, N.D.).  FULL STORY
Saints Can't Overcome Blue Hawks' Offense
Dickinson -- The Blue Hawks took both games of their doubleheader against Presentation College on Saturday (Apr. 12) in North Star action. The Blue Hawks captured the victory in game one with a score of 12-7, before taking game two 8-6. Dickinson State is now 9-29 on the season and 5-7 in North Star competition. In the top of the first Austin Taft was hit by a pitch and then stole second before being driven in on a double by Eric Contreras. In the top of the third inning the Saints got into trouble.  Contreras was hit by a pitch and then Chris Mjelstad drew a walk.  Ryan Risse loaded the bases with a single.  Eric Seiler walked and forced in Miles O'Donnell, who pinch ran for Contreras.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
-- Happy Easter from all of us at FSR 1410!  As we move into the second half of April, the weather on the Northern Plains promises to warm up a bit, allowing a full slate of spring prep sports to take place across North Dakota--including baseball, track-&-field, and golf. That's a welcome development considering the widespread postponement of events in all three of those sports over the past week due to the combination of snowfall, chilly temps, and gusty winds. Prep golf was completely wiped out by Mother Nature in recent days, but there was an abbreviated schedule of baseball games and track-&-field action on which we can report. On the diamond, a few Class B Region 8 matchups occurred the past few days, with the most competitive one taking place on Thursday at Bismarck's Dwyer Field. On the new field-turf surface in the Capital City, the visiting Hazen Bison eked out a 7-6 win over the host Shiloh Christian Skyhawks, as Bison Sr P Kolby Metzger picked off a Skyhawk runner at 1st base to close out the contest with the tying run perched at 3rd base. The setback for Shiloh was its first on the campaign in a dozen outings. Claiming the pitching victory for Hazen was RH starter Mason Wiedrich, while wielding a hot bat for Coach Brett Hysjulien's veteran Bison nine was Sr C Austin Hintz who went 2-for-4 at the dish with 3 RBI. In the non-regional nightcap, Hazen also prevailed by a single tally--8-7 in extra innings--as Metzger, Nate Leintz, and Austin Cieslak all produced 2 safeties in 4 plate appearances, with Metzger scoring two runs, Leintz tallying a pair of runs and collecting 3 RBI, and Cieslak scoring a run and driving in two more. Elsewhere in Region 8 play, in a game covered live by FSR 1410, homestanding Beulah spanked Hettinger-Scranton 7-1 at Goldmann Field, as the victorious Miners received a masterful complete-game pitching effort from Sr RH Cole Messerschmidt who tossed a 3-hitter and notched 7 strikeouts. Additionally, Kidder County clobbered Hettinger 9-3 and Washburn-Wilton-Center-Stanton 10-3, while Shiloh swept WWCS 10-zip and 6-1. One scheduled showdown from this past week (slated to be carried by FSR 1410) that was postponed to a later date was Hazen at Beulah. With Mother Nature's cooperation, FSR will deliver three more game broadcasts this week on the prep baseball scene: WWCS v. Hazen on Tuesday, April 22 (4:30 pm CDT first pitch); WWCS v. Beulah on Friday, April 25 (also a 4:30 contest start); & Central McLean v. Max-Garrison on Saturday, April 26 (1:00 pm CDT game start). On the track-&-field front, Bowman County hosted an invitational meet for both boys' & girls' teams this past Tuesday, with Baker, MT seizing the title in the boys' division and Watford City garnering top honors in the girls' division. In boys' action, Tucker Beck of Killdeer was a double-winner, speeding to a top finish in the 100 meter dash (11.24) and leaping 20'9" in the long jump. Another multiple event-winner was Baker's Jeff Fisher who heaved the shotput 46'7.5" and flung the discus 124'7". Beulah's Ty Schaper was victorious in the javelin, chucking the spear 135'8", with teammate Isaac Ripplinger grabbing 3rd place in that event (121'1"). Other Miner place-winners were Joel DeLaCruz in the 200 (3rd in 24.86), Alex Krebs in the triple jump (40'1" for 4th place) and long jump (18'1" for 8th place), and Calvin Aichele in the 1600 (7th in 5:14.86) and 3200 (6th in 12:00.50). In the girls' competition, pacing Watford City to its commanding victory (61-point winning margin over 2nd place Bowman County) was freshman distance ace Asha Smith. She won the 800 in 2:23.61 and the 1600 in 5:20.25. Other victorious Wolves in individual events were long jumper Kara Langerud (16'10") and triple jumper Rikki Lindley (35'9.5"). Beulah place-winners included Nicole Schramm in the pole vault (8'0" for 2nd place) and 100 hurdles (18.94 sec for 7th place), Abbey Schantz in the triple jump (30'7" for 8th place) and javelin (80'9" for 8th place), and Jaime Murshel in the javelin (3rd place, 107'2"). Next on the docket for area track-&-field squads is the re-scheduled Beulah Miner Classic this Tuesday (April 22) in Hazen. On the prep girls' golf scene, West River schools will compete this Tuesday in Washburn and this Thursday (April 24) in Hazen; while in boys' golf, the next scheduled competition for area teams is in Bowman this upcoming Saturday (April 26).

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