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RedHawks Fall to St. Paul 5-2
Fargo -- The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks ninth inning rally fell short and they dropped game three with the St. Paul Saints 5-2 in front of 3,882 fans at Newman Outdoor Field on Saturday night. The Saints struck first in the second. Angelo Songco began with a leadoff walk, and Joe Paciorek followed suit two batters later. Songco would score on an Anthony Phillips single up the middle, and then Dan Kaczrowski stepped to the dish. Kaczrowski belted a three run homer over the fence in left field giving St. Paul a 4-1 lead. The rain came midway through the third. After an hour and seven minute rain delay, play resumed in the home half of the third. St. Paul starter Kramer Sneed showed signs of rust coming out of the delay. Frank Salerno began the frame with a leadoff walk followed by a Charlie Valerio single. Chad Mozingo would proceed to take a base on balls loading the bases. Joe Dunigan took a payoff pitch low and away giving him an RBI on Sneed's third walk of the inning. Sneed would strike out the next two ending the threat for Fargo-Moorhead. Brandon Mann was the starter on the hill for the RedHawks, and the wily veteran produced another solid start. The Saints got to Mann before the rain delay, but after that they only touched him one more time. Mike Kvasnicka would leadoff the eighth inning with a single to left ending Mann's night, but the lefty went seven innings allowing five runs on six hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.  FULL STORY

Brad Berry Named Head Coach
of UND Men's Hockey

Grand Forks -- University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison announced today that longtime assistant coach and former UND letterwinner Brad Berry has been hired as head coach of the men’s hockey program. Berry was introduced as the 16th head coach in the program’s history – and the sixth former UND player to take over the program -- at a news conference this afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena. He replaces Dave Hakstol, who was named head coach of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers earlier today. “We are excited to have Brad take leadership of the UND men’s hockey program,” said Faison. “He is an effective recruiter, has an outstanding reputation as a teacher of the game, and brings a tremendous energy and passion to the position. His core values and his understanding of the unique culture that has made UND hockey so successful are the traits that make him the right coach to carry the program forward.” Possessing a wealth of professional and collegiate coaching and playing experience, Berry recently completed his ninth season as an assistant coach at UND. He served two stints in that role, first from 2000-01 through 2004-06 and again from 2012-13 through 2014-15. The former NHL defenseman has also spent time as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets (2010-12) and the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose (2006-08).  FULL STORY

NDSU Ties School Record With 65
on Valley Football Honor Roll

Fargo --Four-time NCAA Division I football national champion North Dakota State tied a school record from a year ago with 65 student-athletes named to the 2014-15 Missouri Valley Football Conference honor roll announced Wednesday, June 24. The President's Council Academic Excellence Award goes to student-athletes within 18 hours of graduation who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (through fall 2014) and have participated in athletics a minimum of two years. NDSU's Esley Thorton, Jesse Hinz, Kyle Emanuel and Zach Vraa were four of the 31 student-athletes who earned the league's highest academic achievement.  The Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.2 GPA for the previous two semesters.  To qualify for the honor roll, students had a 3.0 GPA for the fall term, were a member of the football team, and were enrolled for 12 hours during the fall. North Dakota State's 65 award winners in both 2013 and 2014 topped the team's previous high of 43 during the 2011-12 season. Here are the NDSU honorees: 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
Miners Beat Vikings 5-1 to Win Consolation Championship
-- The Beulah Miners might have been a bit tired after Friday's marathon 12 inning game, but if they were, you would have never known. On Saturday, Beulah defeated Kindred-Richland by a final score of 5 to 1 to go 2 and 1 and the state tournament and capture the consolation title. The Miners got started fast, scoring in the top of the first on a RBI single by Devin Sardelli. They added two more in the second, and by the end of the third, they had built a 4 to 1 advantage. Miners starting pitcher Braden Nelson was excellent, holding the Vikings to just three hits in 5 2/3 innings for the win.

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As June winds down on the Northern Plains, and residents of North Dakota's West River Region jump head-first into summer activities, volleyball and baseball occupied prominent positions on the state's athletics' schedule. Last week saw the continuation of the annual North Dakota Optimists' Club All-Star Volleyball Series, co-sponsored by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association. The series consists of two matches played by recent ND high school graduates from the Class A and Class B ranks who are divided into Eastern and Western squads. This year, Team East swept both matches--Monday night's in Fargo and Tuesday night's in Bismarck. The Monday match was especially competitive as Team East won the first two games, Team West rebounded with close wins in sets 3 & 4, and then Team East pulled out a 17-15 victory in the deciding 5th game. Some notable Class B All-Stars who were selected for Team West's roster included Jaime Murschel from Beulah, Taylor Hewson from New England, Grant County's Sydney Bentz, and Beach's Channa Clarin. Turning to baseball, American Legion diamond action was at full-throttle in the first full week of official summer, as games were staged in the West River Region every day of the traditional Monday through Friday work week. In a Tuesday Class B West Region contest carried live on KDKT Sports Radio, Surrey downed Hazen Post 189 5-0, as Blue Sox starter Jesse VerBruggen handcuffed Hazen on two hits in a complete game effort. Surrey also trimmed Post 189 in the twinbill nightcap, 2-1, as Sox starting righthander Bridger Urban went the distance, outdueling his Hazen counterpart Connor Doll to claim the mound victory. In other KDKT games, Garrison-Max outlasted Surrey 10-7 in Class B West Region play; and in an interdivisional diamond showdown in Coal Country, Beulah routed Hazen 12-3, with Cyclone winning pitcher Josh Remmick helping his own cause by going 3-for-3 at the dish, socking a pair of RBI doubles. Teammate Matt Schnabel was also 3-for-3 hitting and tallied three runs in the decisive victory. Beulah was also in action three other days last week, clipping the AA Minot Vistas in the Magic City 10-7 on Monday evening, falling to the Bismarck 15's at home 9-6 on Tuesday night, and then getting blitzed by the Bismarck Representatives 13-3 on Friday afternoon. Beulah now sports a summer ledger of 9-7 with Class A West Region encounters coming up in this new week with Watford City on Monday (June 29) and Makoti on Tuesday (June 30). KDKT Sports Radio will be on hand at Beulah's Goldmann Field both days to call all the action of those league matchups. KDKT 1410 will also cover Thursday's Class B West Region baseball showdown in Garrison pitting the Renville County Muskrats against the host Titans. For all three of those game broadcasts, KDKT's pre-game show will commence at 4:30 pm CDT with the contests' first pitches slated for 5:00 pm. A couple of other newsworthy occurrences from last week to report here are Bismarck's & Mandan's hosting of the 40th annual McQuade Charity Softball Tournament and the announcements by the ND Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association of its annual awards for excellence in sports exhibited by North Dakota athletes, teams, and coaches. On the McQuade softball front, 430 squads from all over the nation converged on Bismarck and Mandan last weekend to compete for championships in multiple men's & women's divisions in slowpitch softball. With reference to the North Dakota Associated Press honors, NDSU was well represented on the college side of things. Bison football defensive end Kyle Emanuel (an All-American and the Buck Buchanan honoree as the FCS's Defensive Player of the Year) was named ND's College Male Athlete of the Year, while his gridiron squad--now winner of four straight FCS national championships in NCAA football-- was selected ND's College Male Team of the Year. Collegiate Coach of the Year for a male team was NDSU basketball head mentor Dave Richman. Staying with the college theme, UND women's hockey goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie was chosen Female Athlete of the Year, the NDSU softball squad was Team of the Year, and Dickinson State's women's softball coach Kristin Fleury was accorded Coach of the Year recognition. In the male prep ranks, Fargo South's All-State RB James Johannesen--who rushed for over 2000 yards last fall and 32 touchdowns, and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry--was Athlete of the Year. The state-champion Minot Magician hockey squad was Team of the Year, while head mentor of the state-champion Rugby Panthers' BBB team--Mike Santjer--was acknowledged as Coach of the Year. In the girls' prep category, Female Athlete of the Year was Minot Ryan standout in basketball & softball, Hannah Stewart. Her mom, Julie Stewart, who guided the Ryan Lady Lions to three consecutive Class B GBB titles and the Ryan softball team to a 3rd-place finish at the state tourney this spring, was named Coach of the Year; and the Fargo Shanley GBB squad--winner of two straight Class A hoops' crowns and 43 consecutive games--was announced as Team of the Year.  Several individuals were presented with Special Achievement Awards by the ND Associated Press. Among those were Jim Haussler, retiring Bismarck Public Schools' Activities Director; Steve Miller, 25-year head coach of Bismarck High BBB whose teams played in 12 Class A state title games and won six championships; former world bareback champion on the pro rodeo circuit, Wayne Herman of Golden Valley; Clint Chamberlin of Williston who guided Coyote boys' cross-country for 38 years and won four state crowns; and Jordan Shearer of West Fargo--the only prep wrestler in ND history to win six individual state championships and accumulate more that 250 match victories on the mat. Additionally, All-American track athlete Laura Roesler of Fargo South High School and the University of Oregon--last year's NCAA national champion in the women's 800 meter run--was recognized as the Dakota Award recipient for the third time in the past four years. That honor goes to a North Dakota native who excels in athletic competition outside of the state.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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