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Two Runs All T-Bones Needed to Down RedHawks 2-1 As Laber Denied the Record
Fargo – In the rubber match of the three-game series, the F-M RedHawks fell 2-1 to KC T-Bones in front of 4,229 fans on Business Day Special at Newman Outdoor Field on Thursday afternoon. Laber fired 7 strong, however, wasn’t able to break franchise win record. This time, the T-Bones struck first. With one out, Danny Richar drew a 6-pitch walk, and up came Matt Padgett. Seeing four pitches from Jake Laber, the fifth one disappeared over the center field wall, as he lifted a mammoth shot to the deepest part of the ballpark for a 2-0 Kansas City lead. The Fargo-Moorhead’s line-up was able to produce only one base hit throughout the first five innings, and that was C.J. Retherford’s one-base hit to a first baseman. Besides him, only two other players reached first safely, one walk (to Sawyer Carroll) and a fielder’s choice to Frank Salerno. That have changed two innings later. After the 4,229 fans stretched out, bottom of the seventh inning brought a first run for the ‘Hawks. With one out, Retherford found a gap between third baseman and the shortstop for a single. After moving to second on a balk by Kyle DeVore, Retherford reached third on a fielder’s choice 3-1 groundout by Ronnie Bourquin. Next up was Travis Higgs, who waited out his pitch and rope a 2-out single for first Fargo-Moorhead’s run of the ballgame.  FULL STORY

Home Cookin’! Wahpeton Post 20 Rolls to State Title
Wahpeton -- When the 2014 Class A state baseball tournament rolled into Wahpeton, Post 20 knew they had a great chance. After all, the team had won the East Region tournament the week before, and the tournament was on their home field. When all was said and done, Post 20 went undefeated, and beat Velva 4 to 2 Sunday to win the State Class A Championship.
The tournament started Wednesday, when Valley City, Watford City, Casselton, and Wahpeton had wins. Day two saw defending champs Grafton ousted by Beulah with a 1 – 0 win. Also eliminated on day two was Makoti. Friday saw Beulah take out Casselton 4 to1 , and Velva eliminate Watford City with a 15 to 2 win. Saturday, the tournament field was down to 2, as Velva dominated Valley City 15 to 1, and Wahpeton downed Beulah 8 to 2. That led to championship Sunday. Velva struck first, taking a 1 to 0 lead after one inning. Wahpeton took the lead for good with a four run 4th inning. Ethan Miede had a two run double in the rally. Post 20 was able to hold on and treat their home fans to a state championship. Post 20 proved all year long that they were the best team in the state, and proved it at the tournament in striking fashion in front of their home fans.


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.

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
-- We've reached that time of the summer when there's a brief lull in sporting activity on the North Dakota prep landscape. But the hiatus from athletic competition will quickly end with the advent of this new week and the beginning of the new school term all across the state. As this last week of August unfolds on the calendar, there will be a plethora of prep football games on the schedule in all four NDHSAA gridiron divisions--9-man, A, AA, & AAA. In the 9-man ranks, game action commences this Tuesday (Aug 26), and KDKT Sports Radio will be on-site in Mott for a Region 4 clash between the host Mott-Regent Wildfire and the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron Raiders. Kickoff is slated for 8:00 pm CDT, with our pre-game show starting a half-hour earlier at 7:30. Besides that particular contest, other western 9-man matchups for Tuesday night include Center-Stanton visiting regional powerhouse Shiloh Christian, Beach hosting Trenton-Trinity Christian, and Grant County-Flasher journeying to Hettinger-Scranton. More 9-man play is on the docket for Saturday, and KDKT Sports Radio will call all the action of another Region 4 showdown in Richardton between Shiloh Christian and the host Raiders. Again, KDKT will begin its pre-game commentary at 7:30 pm CDT, with the kickoff following at 8:00. Other 9-man games on Saturday have Bowman County entertaining Grant County - Flasher, Beach traveling to Hettinger-Scranton, and Mott-Regent heading to Trenton-Trinity Christian. There will also be plenty of prep gridiron action under the Friday night lights involving 11-man teams in the A, AA, & AAA classes. KDKT will be at Beulah's Riverside Park to broadcast Friday's 35th renewal of the Coal Bowl clash between the Hazen Bison and the Beulah Miners. That annual inter-divisional contest in Coal Country is always one of the marquee matchups of any North Dakota prep football campaign. Our Krause's Market Pre-game Show will precede the game's kickoff slated for 7:00 pm CDT. Elsewhere Friday, Killdeer (Class A Region 4) tangles with AA Dickinson Trinity in the Queen City; Heart River (Class A Region 4) visits AA Watford City in the Bakken oil patch; Garrison-Max hosts Surrey; Central McLean battles Williams County; and New Salem-Glen Ullin entertains Kidder County. Those last three matchups are all of the inter-regional variety in the Class A division. Additionally, several AA teams debut Friday night, with the highest-profile showdown occurring in Fargo between a pair of playoff teams from a season ago. Defending state champion Bismarck St. Mary's will square off against perennial power Fargo Shanley at Sid Cichy Field. Other AA squads on the turf at week's end include Stanley-Powers Lake, Minot Bishop Ryan, and Central Dakota. The Blue Jays visit Williams County, the Lions (regular-season West Region champs last fall) collide with Velva, and the Titans host Central Cass. Finally, on the AAA scene this week, Bismarck is at Grand Forks Red River, Century plays against Fargo Davies, Dickinson hosts Valley City, Jamestown entertains Grand Forks Central, Mandan visits defending state titlist Fargo South, Minot journeys to West Fargo, and Williston faces Devils Lake. We encourage you to peruse KDKT Sports Radio's full broadcast schedule for ND prep football by clicking on the live link located just below this column. Beyond football, there is a set of cross-country results to report from a season-opening meet held this past Saturday in Jamestown. At the "Orr"iginals Invitational staged at the Pipestem Dam near the Buffalo City, both the Dickinson boys' and girls' teams set the pace, winning the team titles in their respective divisions over the squads from Minot High. Altogether, there were 14 boys' teams and 13 girls' teams entered in the competition. The individual champion in the boys' division was Dickinson's Jackson Binstock. He completed the 5K course in 17:32. Beulah-Hazen finished 5th in the team standings, and the Miners' top place-winner was senior Jett Hettich who clocked 20:47 for 12th place overall. The girls' titlist was Peyton Forlek of Sargent Central-Lidgerwood who ran the 4K distance in 16:30; and West River teams Killdeer, Southern McLean, and Beulah-Hazen garnered places 4th, 5th, & 8th in the final standings. In terms of individual performances, Kate Fox of Southern McLean captured 2nd place (just three seconds behind Forlek), with Killdeer's Sydney Anderson, Beulah-Hazen's Kaylene Klein, and Trae Murray of Killdeer nabbing 6th, 7th, & 9th places, respectively.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick
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