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'Hawks Hold Off Saints in Ninth
Fargo -- The St. Paul Saints own the best offense in the American Association which is capable of going off at any given time. That time struck in the top of the ninth in Saturday's game at Newman Outdoor Field, but thankfully the RedHawks were able to stave off the road team's rally and win a tight 4-3 Northern Division Battle. Both team's leadoff hitters scored in the first inning of the game. Alonzo Harris led the game off with a single for the Saints and came in on an RBI by Nate Hanson. In the bottom half of the inning Kes Carter kicked off the home team's offense with a single and scored on Keury De La Cruz' RBI single to knot the game up at 1-1. These two teams have a tendency to go back to back as in last night's game both of their first runs were scored in the same inning. In the third inning F-M put together a two-out surge which would end up being the big difference in the game. K.D. Kang blasted a solo dinger to give his team the lead. Dustin Geiger and Brian Humphries followed him with a single each. Charlie Valerio then came through with a huge two-RBI double. Through the first three innings of the game the home team had eights, but just added three more in their next five. The Saints cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth with a home run by Tanner Adams. Going into the ninth the 'Hawks limited the high-powered St. Paul offense to just two runs and seven hits, and Colton Reavis came in for the save. Harris got things going for them with a single and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tony Thomas then crushed an RBI double to make the scoreboard 4-3. Despite the hiccup, Reavis was able to contain the damage and the next batter flew out, giving the 'Hawks' closer his ninth save of the season. FULL STORY

University of Mary Rounds Out Football Staff

Bismarck -- University of Mary head football coach Josh Kotelnicki has rounded out is staff with the addition of three coaches. Joining the Marauders program are Baylee Carr, Randy Bandelow and Connor Menown. Already familiar to football fans in the region, Carr will coach the Marauders defensive backs. He was a three-year starter at defensive back for the University of North Dakota and a three-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team. As a senior in 2014, Carr was second on the team in passes defensed and third in tackles. He graduated from UND in 2015 with a degree in physical education. A native of Hazen, North Dakota, Carr was a two-time all-state selection for the Bison. The ties between Carr and Kotelnicki go back several years. A defensive coach during Carr's first four seasons at North Dakota, Kotelnicki was also defensive coordinator at UND during Carr's junior year before taking the helm of the UMary program in 2014. Carr replaces Chuck Miesbauer, who accepted a position as defensive coordinator at Presentation College. Miesbauer spent five seasons as a Marauders assistant coach.  FULL STORY

Construction on Air-Supported Dome at
Herb Parker Underway

Minot -- Minot State University showed members of the local media an exclusive look at a new seasonal air-supported multisport dome, currently under construction, at Herb Parker Stadium. This structure will soon provide the greater Minot community and region year-round access to an artificial turf field. The nearly $1.9 million air-supported dome will be erected in November and removed in late April or early May. The structure was paid for by non-university funds, including a $1 million Community Facility Fund grant from the City of Minot, and another nearly $900,000 privately raised. Artificial turf was installed at the stadium in summer 2010, and the seasonal air-supported dome enables the turf to be utilized for a number of additional events such as weekend tournaments in youth, adult and collegiate soccer and softball, and non-tournament usage such as MSU softball, soccer, baseball and football, area schools soccer, softball, baseball, football, public walking and jogging, community events, Minot Recreation Commission activities, a golf driving range, and much more.  FULL STORY

DSU Alumni Compete
in 2016 Olympic Games

Dickinson -- Two Dickinson State University (DSU) alumni will take the field in Rio for the 2016 Summer Games. Trevor Barry ('09) and Adrian Griffith, Jr. ('06) will represent their home country of the Bahamas in the 2016 games. Barry will compete in the men's high jump and Griffith, Jr. will compete in the men's 100m. According to former DSU head track and field coach, Pete Stanton, Griffith, Jr. is a six time All-American in the sprints. He finished runner up in the men's 100m, 200m and long jump competitions at the 2006 national meet where Dickinson State won its third straight national title. He was also recognized as an Academic All-American in the same year. "Adrian has really taken off in the sprint the past two years. He has worked very hard to get where he has, and is a very passionate competitor," said Stanton. "He had a very successful career at DSU, was on two national championship teams, and was very strong academically as well." Barry has also made significant contributions to the Dickinson State track and field team, leading the Blue Hawks to three national championships. A 14 time All-American, Barry has won seven national championship crowns during his time at DSU, including one with the men's 4x400m relay team that set an NAIA national record in 2006. FULL STORY

Carson Wentz Named All-American of the Year
Fargo -- Quarterback Carson Wentz of North Dakota State University has been named as the 2015-16 CoSIDA Division I Academic All-American® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A health and physical education major with a 4.0 G.P.A., Wentz was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team choice. "I am extremely honored and blessed to be selected as the CoSIDA Academic All-American® of the Year. Being a student-athlete means making a strong commitment to both academics and athletics. I am proud to represent a championship football team, but also a program that values the importance of education," said Wentz."NDSU taught me so many things both in the classroom and on the football field," he continued. "And I truly believe that helped me get to where I am today. I am very thankful for all of the support I received at NDSU." The Philadelphia Eagles selected Wentz with the second pick of the 2016 NFL Draft in April. He is the first quarterback drafted out of NDSU and the highest-drafted non-Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback, surpassing Steve McNair (3rd in 1995), Phil Simms (7th in 1979), Joe Flacco (18th in 2008) and Ken O'Brien (24th in 1983). McNair, Simms and Flacco are all Super Bowl winners FULL STORY

Bismarck Bobcats Unveil 2016-2017 Season Schedule

Bismarck -- The Bismarck Bobcats, in conjunction with the North American Hockey League, announced the regular season schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. It will be the Bobcats’ twentieth season of junior hockey in the capital region. “I am very excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary season and to have been a part of the organization for the last 15 of those years,” stated Bobcats team owner and CEO Thom Brigl. “I have been blessed to be surrounded by good people and we all have been fortunate that the community—particularly sponsors, season ticket holders and billet families—has come to support us and the boys. “Being a North Dakota boy I am really excited to have over 300 Bobcat Alumni around the world, but also that 55 of them are from North Dakota. While we are about hockey, we are also very proud to be part of the fabric of the Bismarck-Mandan area and to be mentors for youth in the community and also providing championship entertainment. Here’s to 20 more years!” FULL STORY

Former RedHawks Star Laber Passes Away
-- Former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks star pitcher and Fargo native Jake Laber passed away Sunday at the age of 30. A cause of death is not known but Laber, who pitched for the RedHawks in 2008 and from 2010-2014, had recently begun treatments for a curable form of cancer. Laber first joined the RedHawks in 2008 after finishing his college career at North Dakota State University. After seven games, he was traded to the River City Rascals of the Frontier League, where he finished the season and pitched a full year in 2009. He was reacquired in an off-season trade in 2010 and became one of the top starter in the Northern League. Laber was 11-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) as he helped lead Fargo-Moorhead to the second of back-to-back championships.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As August heads into its homestretch, one summertime sport reached its conclusion in recent days and multiple fall sports on the North Dakota landscape either debuted or prepared to commence with the beginning of the school year right around the corner. In the week just past, two national baseball tourneys - the Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds in Westfield, Massachusetts, and the companion tourney for 15-year-olds in Williston--concluded play with North Dakota teams participating. In Massachusetts, the Bismarck Capitals fell just short of a national crown, as they dropped the championship contest to Tri-Valley, California by a 9-6 tally. For the Caps, it was their 3rd consecutive title-game appearance, having lost to Tri-Valley a year ago in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series, and claiming a national championship in 2014 playing in the Cal Ripken World Series for 12-year-olds. In Williston, the title tilt featured a showdown between Torrance (CA) and Atlantic Shores (NJ), with Torrance coming away the victor. This past weekend, North Dakota 9-man football squads launched the state's 2016 prep gridiron campaign with a multitude of games staged in unseasonably cool late-summer weather. In an inter-regional encounter called on KDKT Sports Radio, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron broke an 8-all tie with Linton-HMB midway through the 2nd quarter, and went on to defeat the Lions 25-8. The Raiders' workhorse on offense was Jr RB Matthew Naumann who gouged the Linton-HMB defense for 192 rushing yards and two TDs on 24 carries of the pigskin. The Lions' lone touchdown was registered by Chase Schiele who returned an RTH kickoff 86 yards late in the first stanza. In other Friday evening contests, Grant County-Flasher gouged Strasburg-Zeeland 52-12; South Border outlasted Sargent Central 26-20; Kidder County crunched LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 54-12; Beach routed Ray 48-16; and Central McLean trounced Tioga 38-16. Elsewhere, Parshall-White Shield blanked Surrey 22-0; Drake-Anamoose drilled Center-Stanton 52-18; North Prairie blitzed New Rockford-Sheyenne 58-26; Dunseith drubbed New Town 46-28; and Thompson steamrolled Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg 46-14. Additionally, Hatton - Northwood hammered Midway-Minto 54-20; Cavalier clobbered Divide County 48-8; North Star blasted Benson County 55-0; Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page dismantled Drayton-Valley-Edinburg 50-zip; and St. John slammed North Border by the identical tally. Saturday saw another slew of 9-man games on the docket, with Shiloh Christian in Bismarck hosting a slate of contests (dubbed the Bye-Week Bowl) at its beautiful Miller Field. In a matchup carried on KDKT Sports Radio, Shiloh doubled up New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin 40-20, with the Skyhawk tandem of QB Nick Pfaff and RB Trevor Mehlhoff sparking their team's scoring explosion. Pfaff completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 174 yards and a touchdown, while Mehlhoff recorded three scores, two running and one receiving, on his way to 142 rushing yards. Besides that outcome, Hettinger-Scranton outlasted Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 54-44; Mott-Regent clipped Hankinson 22-20; and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter held off Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 38-34. North Dakota prep cross-country action also premiered this past Saturday with the Jamestown Invitational Meet staged at the Parkhurst Recreation Area. New Town topped the boys' division with a team-low 62 points, followed by Williston, Legacy, Fargo Davies, and Grand Forks Red River in the top-five squads. The individual titlist in the 5K race was Davies' Hunter Lucas who recorded a time of 15:38. In the girls' division, Grand Forks Central claimed the team crown, with Davies, Minot, West Fargo Sheyenne, and Fargo North rounding out the top quintet of squads. Karly Ackley of GF Central won the 4K race with a time of 18:17. In this new week unfolding, KDKT Sports Radio will showcase the 37th-annual Coal Bowl gridiron showdown between Beulah and Hazen on Friday night from Beulah's Riverside Park. KDKT's pre-game show will commence at 6:00 pm CT, with kickoff of the huge rivalry contest slated for 7:00. Also on the schedule this week is Saturday's renewal of the 16-team Coal Country Invitational Volleyball Tournament co-hosted by Beulah and Hazen. Match play begins at 8:00 am CT at both the Beulah High School gymasium and Hazen's Bison Arena.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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