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Carson Wentz Makes North Dakota Proud at NFL Draft
Bismarck -- After Jared Goff went No. 1 overall to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, it became a near certainty that the Eagles would take Carson Wentz, and that's exactly what happened with the second overall pick. Thanks to the pick, the former North Dakota State star just became the first non-FBS quarterback to get taken in the first round since 2008, when the Ravens selected Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware. Although everyone knew Philly would likely take a quarterback, CBS Sports senior NFL writer Pete Prisco still wasn't a huge fan of the pick.Wentz went 19-3 as a starter in 2014 and 2015 while leading North Dakota State to two straight national championships. Wentz also saw some in action in 2012 and 2013, which were also national title seasons for NDSU. The school also won a national title during Wentz's redshirt season in 2011, so he's kind of used to winning. The guys over at NFLDraftScout.com describe Wentz as "very smart on and off the field with excellent retention and execution skills. Physically and mentally tough with professional poise and work habits. Great teammate and was an extra coach on the sideline while injured."  FULL STORY

Wood’s Big Night Keys Bobcats’ Game Two Victory

Bismarck -- Back in the lineup for the first time since April 22, Bismarck Bobcats forward Travis Wood racked up three points—including the game-winning goal—as the Bobcats topped the Austin Bruins 4-1 Saturday at the VFW Sports Center to seize a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five-game Central Division Finals. With the Bobcats clinging to a 1-0 edge, Wood—who had been suspended the previous two games—provided a major turning point to Saturday’s contest: just 67 seconds after Bruins forward Austin Rueschhoff rang the crossbar on a power play scoring opportunity, Wood found a little space in transition and tucked a low wrister inside the left post for a two-goal swing that gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead just 1:54 into the period. A stroke of good fortune put Austin right back into the game at the 6:03 mark of the middle frame when the rebound of an AJ Drobot bad-angle shot deflected off the facemask of center Travis Kothenbuetel and in to cut the Cats’ lead to 2-1. The Bobcat power play delivered some much-needed breathing room in the dying moments of the second as Jared Pike notched his first goal of the playoffs by redirecting a point shot from Aaron Herdt with one second left in the period to stretch the lead back to two at 3-1.  FULL STORY

Ninth-Inning Rally Nets Bears a 6-4 Win in Opener
Grand Forks -- Northern Colorado scored two in the top of the ninth inning to slink away with a 6-4 win in the opener of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series Friday at Kraft Memorial Field. The score was tied twice in the final three innings and changed hands in the final frame to snap UNC’s seven-game losing streak to UND dating back to the 2013 season. Zach Muckenhirn did not factor into the decision after throwing seven innings with four runs allowed, two earned, with seven strikeouts. Ben Reznicek, Brett Harrison and Ellery Bresnahan each had a pair of hits to pace the UND offense, which out-hit the Bears, 11-10. Northern Colorado (10-25, 4-8 WAC) took the early lead with a pair of runs in the second inning off Muckenhirn. North Dakota (7-25, 3-13) would rally in the sixth, however, to give him the lead after a three-run inning. That frame saw four straight singles, starting with a solid shot to left by Harrison to open the inning. Daniel Lockhert followed with another hit to chase NC starter Corey Nakakura. After a Connor Trygstad bunt single to load the bases, Hayden May cashed in the first run with a single to left. Tyler Berg had a pinch-hit single to tie the score and UND took its first lead on an RBI bounce out by Cooper Maas. FULL STORY

Beavers Sweep In-State Rival vs. Marauders

Minot -- Coming in to Wednesday's baseball games the Minot State University Beavers and University of Mary Marauders were tied in head-to-head competitions played in the 2015-16 school year having each won six contests. MSU baseball won both games in the doubleheader to push the Beavers past their in-state rivals by hitting a total of seven home runs, including hitting back-to-back homers in each game. Mary didn't go down easy though with scores of 9-7 and 10-6 in the two games. In game one Kendal Daniels earned his first win of the season while striking out six batters. Through four innings Daniels shutout the Marauders before allowing five runs in the fifth inning, including a grand slam, that put the Beavers down 3-5. MSU came back in the bottom of the fifth inning with a three-run shot from Austin Berntson, who is normally a pitcher but was batting as a designated hitter, and base clearing triple from Jordan Schulz to put their team back on top 9-5. "It's a lot of fun getting to hit," Bernston said. "I'm really trying to play as much as I can in my last year so when I'm in the lineup I try to take advantage of it as much as I can." FULL STORY

Bison Edge Oral Roberts in Series Opener Friday, 4-3
Fargo -- The North Dakota State University baseball team claimed a 4-3 win over the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles in the opening game of a three-game Summit League series on Friday, April 29, in front of 289 spectators at Newman Outdoor Field. With the victory, the Bison improve to 22-18 overall and 8-11 in Summit League play, while ORU falls to 25-14 on the season and 14-5 in league action. Sophomore Drew Fearing went 2-for-3 at the plate, and senior Andy Wicklund added a 1-of-2 effort with a pair of RBIs to lead North Dakota State. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Blake Stockert (2-3) earned the win on the mound for the Bison after tossing six innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. Senior reliever Brian VanderWoude secured his fifth save of the season after giving up two earned runs on five hits in three innings with three strikeouts and no walks. NDSU took a 3-0 lead after scoring a trio of runs on one hit and three errors in the bottom of the second inning. Taylor Sanders reached on a throwing error before coming around to score after Danny Regan's double down the right field line was misplayed by the right fielder. Regan crossed home plate for the Bison's second run of the inning on another infield throwing error during Mason Pierzchalski's at bat. Wicklund scored Pierzchalski on a sacrifice fly to right for the third North Dakota State run of the frame. FULL STORY

Blue Hawk Football Announces Coaching Changes
-- Dickinson State University football coach Pete Stanton has announced coaching changes for the 2016 football season.  The Blue Hawks are coming off an 8-3 season in which they were North Star Conference champions and qualified for the NAIA playoffs for the first time since 2010. On the offensive side, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Jace Schillinger will remain in this role. He will work with Tight Ends and Fullbacks. Recently hired Nick Walker, who holds most of the Dickinson State passing records, will return to coach the quarterbacks. Ryan Payne, who has been an assistant coach for Dickinson State the past two years, will take over duties as the offensive line coach. He will also assist as recruiting coordinator.  Former Blue Hawks JT Keith and Myren Moore will continue in their previous roles.  Keith will coach the Wide Receivers and Moore the Running Backs.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As the calendar page flips to May on the northern Great Plains, the homestretch of North Dakota spring prep sports activity commences. But in the rain-soaked week that just concluded, there were several postponements and some cancellations that interfered with carefully crafted athletic schedules. Among the few events staged included some Class B Region 8 baseball contests involving the top teams in the league standings--Beulah, Shiloh Christian, and Hazen. In the Capital City on Tuesday afternoon, covered live on KDKT Sports Radio at beautiful Dwyer Field, Shiloh Christian pulled away late from Hazen to beat the Bison 7-3. Garnering the pitching win for the host Skyhawks was Sr righthander Zac Martin who tossed a complete-game six-hitter and fanned eight Hazen hitters. Two days later in Coal Country at Goldmann Field, Beulah topped Hazen twice in close games--6-4 and 3-2. In the 7-inning twinbill opener, the Miner pitching tandem of Josh Remmick and Mikey Morris outdueled Hazen's Chase Bruner. Then in the nightcap, Beulah starter Brandon Elton went the 5-inning distance, as teammate Aaron Vallejo plated the winning run for the Miners with a walk-off single to left field. The pair of victories improved Beulah's season ledger to 11-1. The Miners will host Region 6 powerhouse Velva this Monday afternoon (May 2). On the Class B boys' golf scene, Heart River has enjoyed tremendous success in the month of April, claiming team titles in their last three tournament outings--including the Standing Rock, Beulah, and Hazen Invitationals. At the Standing Rock tourney held at Mandan's Prairie West Golf Course, the victorious Cougars outpaced 10 other Region 5 squads with a winning stroke total of 315--outdistancing runner-up Dickinson Trinity by 28 shots. Also finishing in the top-five were Beulah, Underwood, and Beach. Seizing medalist honors for Heart River (for the third time this spring) was defending state champion Joey Wagner. The junior standout carded a one-over-par 73 to place ahead of teammate Trace Jacobson, Trinity's Willy Jahner, and Beulah's Michael Schmidt. Next week, we'll update the ND prep track-&-field scene after Mother Nature wreaked havoc with scheduled meets over the past few days. Two other notable developments from recent days to report in this space pertain to a pair of hugely successful prep sports coaches who have chosen new paths for their immediate future. Shiloh Christian's veteran boys' basketball coach Mike Dwyer announced his retirement after guiding Skyhawks' hoops' fortunes for the past 24 years. During his tenure, the 63-year-old Dwyer led his team to 426 wins and 11 state B tournament appearances while coaching all five of his sons.  Meanwhile, longtime Century Patriots' girls' track coach Nick Walker, who has mentored his squads to five straight state championships over the last five years, is returning to his alma mater Dickinson State University to become an assistant coach for the Blue Hawks' football team. Walker is a former, record-setting NAIA All-American quarterback for DSU who last took the field for the Hawks in 2004. Walker will assume his new duties in the Queen City on August 1.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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