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Bison Blow Out Bearkats
35-3 in FCS Semifinals

Fargo -- No. 2 seed North Dakota State scored touchdowns on its last four possessions to beat 19th-ranked Sam Houston State 35-3 in the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals Friday, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Three-time defending national champion NDSU joins Eastern Kentucky (1979-1982) and Youngstown State (1991-1994) as the only teams to advance to four straight title games. The Bison (14-1) play Saturday, Jan. 10, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, against the winner of Saturday's semifinal featuring Illinois State at New Hampshire. It was 7-3 at halftime before NDSU broke the game open with two big scoring runs. King Frazier's 33-yard TD capped a four-play drive and John Crockett's 55-yard scoring burst on the first play after a three-and-out quickly made it a 21-3 Bison advantage. Crockett averaged 6.4 yards on 26 carries and finished with 166 yards and three TDs. He picked up 53 yards on 10 carries to highlight a 14-play scoring drive ending on Crockett's 10-yard TD run that made it 28-3 early in the fourth. Carson Wentz was 13 of 19 passing for 179 yards including a 14-yard TD pass to freshman RJ Urzendowski with 3:38 left in the game.  FULL STORY
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Top-Ranked UND Downs DU
in Last Game of First Half

Grand Forks -- Senior defenseman Nick Mattson was a healthy scratch for North Dakota in each of the last four games and in eight of the last 11. Mattson was given an opportunity to get back into the lineup in UND’s final game of the first half and he made the most of it. Mattson scored the game’s first goal on a brilliant individual effort in the first period, helped set up Drake Caggiula’s second-period goal that gave UND a 3-0 lead, and played sound, two-way defensive hockey in a 3-1 victory over Denver. The win gave UND its best first-half record under 11th-year head coach Dave Hakstol at 13-4-2. Mattson opened the scoring at 13:48 of the first period after UND had dominated much of the play. The Chanhassen, Minn., native, carried the puck behind the DU net, maneuvered around a defender into the slot and wired a shot past DU goalie Tanner Jaillet that clanked off the post and in. For Mattson, it was his first goal of the season. For a UND team intent on avoiding yet another slow start to a game, it was critical. “(Nick) stepped in and played an outstanding game,” said Hakstol. “He impacted the game offensively, he scored the first goal of the game – which was really big for our hockey team – and that was a great individual play by him.  FULL STORY
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Late Surge Pushes Bobcats
Past Wings 6-4

Bismarck -- When what had been a two-goal lead was erased early in the third period, the Bismarck Bobcats dug deep and poured in three goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation to seize an important 6-4 victory Saturday over the Aberdeen Wings at the Odde Ice Center. Clinging to a tenuous 3-2 advantage at the second intermission, the Bobcats saw the Wings equalize just 3:47 into the final frame when netminder Hunter Shepard misplayed the puck in the corner, allowing Collin Hughes to pop the puck in before Shepard could get back into position. A strong forecheck by Matt Perry and Jake Tomkowiak, however, would turn the momentum back in the Bobcats’ favor as Perry gathered the puck off pressure by Tomkowiak and fed Cole Souto at the blue line and the 18-year-old defenseman blasted a rising shot through traffic that beat goalie Chad Catt glove side to restore the Bobcats to a one-goal edge at 4-3 with 10:38 to go in the third. Bismarck High grad Jared Spooner padded the visitors’ cushion to 5-3 a scant 2:18 later on the power play, teeing up a Cullen Willox rebound for his fifth goal of the year. As they did eight days prior, Aberdeen brought it to a 5-4 score late when Colin O’Neill snapped in a second-chance opportunity off a long Tucker DeYoung rebound with 2:51 to play.  FULL STORY
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Edwards Scores Career-High 20 but Beavers Send Marauders Home with Lump of Coal
Bismarck
-- In search of a Christmas stocking filled with toys and treats, the University of Mary instead returned home with a lump of coal. Despite a career-high 20 points from Marquealis Edwards, the Marauders failed to keep pace with a proficient Minot State University squad in a 93-88 loss in their final game before Christmas break. Despite scoring a season-high 88 points, the Marauders also allowed a season-high total. While U-Mary shot a solid 45.9 percent from the field and made 24-of-31 free throws, Minot State converted 52 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 12-of-26 effort behind the arc, and hit 29-of-37 free throws. Isaac Lindquist provided the Marauders their largest lead of the day at 27-21 when the sophomore center connected on two free throws. After several ties and lead changes, U-Mary was unable to keep homestanding Minot State at bay. Eventually the Beavers took a 37-35 lead late in the first half and never trailed again. Down by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Marauders closed within five at 57-52 following consecutive 3-pointers by Alex Anderson and a pair of Germain Decoste free throws. FULL STORY
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UND Posts 78-48 Rout of Dickinson State
Dickinson
-- It took a while for North Dakota to get things rolling in its first home game in over a month, but the Green and White eventually settled in to post a 78-48 rout of Dickinson State Friday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Four UND (4-6) players finished in double figures with Jaron Nash and Estan Tyler leading that quartet with 13 points apiece. Terrel de Rouen added 12, while Josiah Coleman scored 10 off the bench as UND finished shooting a season-high 57.1 percent from the field. Curtis Redd paced Dickinson State (5-7) with 12 points, while Connor Donaldson chipped in with 10 for the visitors.  MORE 




By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Prep hoops took center-stage on the North Dakota sports landscape in the week preceding Christmas with a multitude of games played by both boys' and girls' squads. KDKT Sports Radio was on the scene in Turtle Lake this past Friday night to provide a live call of a Class B guys' matchup between Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky and Hazen. When the evening concluded, the visiting Bison departed the Trojans' home gym with a 67-56 victory. Pacing Hazen's scoring output was the tandem of Wyatt Carr and Chase Bruner who tallied 22 and 15 points, respectively. The following day, the Bison journeyed to Garrison and defeated the host Troopers 63-51 to improve their season-ledger to 4-0, with Carr and Bruner each registering 20 counters. In another contest involving Class B boys' teams, 5th-ranked Four Winds-Minnewauken broke open a tight game against 10th-rated Beulah after three quarters and routed the Coal Country Miners 62-44 behind the 24 points poured in by Sr All-State F Trayvon McKay. Elsewhere on the B scene, Four Winds-Minnewauken outlasted Grafton 76-69; #3 Shiloh Christian held off Minot Ryan 64-58; Dickinson Trinity dumped #7 New England 52-44 in the title game of the Roughrider Tourney in the Queen City; Flasher nipped Garrison 57-56; Solen slammed Wilton-Wing 72-34; New Salem-Almont creamed Center-Stanton 76-42 (as the Holstein trio of Spencer Rebel, Nathan Wolf, & Tanner Slag combined for 65 markers); the Holsteins also held off Wilton-Wing 50-44; Beach escaped with a 61-57 overtime win over Lemmon (SD); and top-ranked Rugby blew out Harvey-Wells County 72-46 and won the Central ND Conference tournament championship with a 79-40 pasting of Drake-Anamoose. Furthermore, Hettinger - Scranton hammered Lemmon 59-35 and roughed up Grant County 82-28; Killdeer outpaced Heart River 56-52; Glen Ullin-Hebron rolled over Bowman County 60-43; Mott-Regent outlasted Richardton-Taylor 51-47; Kidder County breezed past Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 50-35; Lewis-&-Clark Berthold trounced Tioga 99-52; and Bottineau outpaced Des Lacs-Burlington 64-54. Additionally, #4 North Star drubbed Drayton-Valley-Edinburgh 64-39 and blasted Benson County 74-48; Dickinson Trinity demolished Glen Ullin-Hebron 84-22 and humbled Heart River 64-44; New England blitzed Bowman County 66-36 and outpaced Killdeer 56-40; Minot Ryan outpointed Watford City 74-65; Standing Rock smacked Center-Stanton 91-48; Beach downed Wibaux (MT) 65-61; and 9th-ranked New Town blitzed Beach 69-45, outlasted Watford City 88-83 in overtime, and also decisioned Garrison in OT--66-60. On the Class B girls' side of the ledger, top-ranked Minot Ryan improved its state-best winning streak to 62 consecutive games with a 52-32 thumping of #6 Shiloh Christian. The Lady Lions (two-time defending Class B state champions) also lit up #7 Lakota-Edmore 63-41. In other girls' showdowns, Dickinson Trinity prevailed over Hazen 49-39; Beach belted Beulah 64-38 but got nudged by Lemmon 63-61; Underwood overwhelmed Drake-Anamoose 56-14 and clipped Hazen 37-36; Max slipped past Surrey 48-43; Flasher crunched New England 55-35; #4 Kidder County stomped Strasburg-Zeeland 57-38; South Border trimmed Linton-HMB 38-36; and Grant County dumped Hettinger-Scranton 57-38, gouged Glen Ullin-Hebron 56-35, but stumbled to Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 43-36. Elsewhere, Washburn nipped Underwood 50-48 in overtime but got upended by Beulah 52-38; Velva held off Turtle Lake - Mercer - McClusky in overtime 56-51; Garrison eased by Flasher 57-49; and New Salem-Almont whipped Wilton-Wing 55-29. In Class A boys' buckets' action, 5th-ranked Bismarck edged Bismarck St. Mary's 57-54; 3rd-rated Century steamrolled Mandan 69-49 and walloped Williston 69-43; Turtle Mountain decisioned Dickinson 73-58; and #1 Minot manhandled the Midgets of the Queen City 81-53. In Class A girls' play, #3 Century nearly doubled up Mandan 75-38 and annihilated Williston 89-35; Bismarck bombed St. Mary's 72-49; Turtle Mountain swarmed Dickinson 93-70; and #5 Minot routed Jamestown 53-28 and similarly demolished Dickinson 74-36. In the rink, in West Region boys' hockey action, Century completed a thrilling 3rd-period comeback from a 4-2 deficit in the final 1:04 of regulation to defeat Mandan in overtime 5-4. Also, Minot blew out Bismarck 5-1 and Williston doubled up Hazen-Beulah (in an encounter covered by KDKT Sports Radio) 4-2. Additonally, Century cruised by Jamestown 5-1; Bismarck edged Devils Lake 3-2; and Bottineau-Rugby routed Hazen-Beulah 9-2 and Williston 7-2. On the mat, Linton-HMB hosted its annual two-day holiday wrestling tournament this past weekend for 25 Class B squads, and it was Carrington running away with the team title, outpointing runner-up Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter by nearly 50 points. The victorious Cardinals boasted three individual titlists in Walker Carr at 145 lbs, Billy Holtan at 152 lbs, and 182-pounder Riley Lura. In two other grappling tourneys, Mandan claimed the title in the Dickinson Classic and West Fargo and Bismarck placed 9th & 10th, respectively, in the prestigious Minnesota Christmas Tournament in which 33 teams participated.


Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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