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Strong Defense,
Late Inning Hitting Key
to Saints in 6-1 Win

Fargo -- The highlight reel plays are turning rather commonplace for the St. Paul Saints. On Saturday night they made five spectacular plays, none better than the one by outfielder Willie Argo. In the end the Saints won for the third straight time to start the season, 6-1, at CHS Field against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in front of 7,850. In the first inning Argo made a play for the ages. Stefan Gartrell appeared to crush a ball to left-center. Argo raced back towards the warning track, but the ball didn’t carry. Argo put on the breaks, fell forward onto the grass, and while on his stomach stuck his glove up and made the catch. He immediately fired the ball back towards the infield and doubled up the runner at first. Both starters cruised through the first five innings before Saints starter, Kramer Sneed, had the only blip of his evening in the sixth. With one out Sneed hit Frank Salerno, who stole second and advanced to third on a single by Zach Penprase. With two outs Joe Dunnigan singled home Salerno to give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. Sneed went 6.0 innings allowing one run on three hits while walking two and striking out three. The Saints wasted little time taking the lead as the RedHawks made two errors on one play.  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

Bison Eliminated from
Summit League Tournament
With Loss to Fort Wayne

Fargo -- The North Dakota State University baseball team saw its 2015 season come to a close after a 15-5 loss to the Fort Wayne Mastodons (27-25) in a Summit League tournament elimination game on Thursday, May 21, at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Bison end the season at 20-31 overall, marking the sixth consecutive season NDSU has won at least 20 games. Ben Petersen led NDSU at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI, while Juan Gamez added a pair of runs batted in and hit his team-high eighth home run of the season. JD Larimer and John Skrbec also drove in two runs for NDSU. Senior right-handed pitcher David Ernst took the loss on the mound in his final start for North Dakota State after allowing six earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Ernst ends his career at NDSU ranked first in career games started with 53, and second in career innings pitched with 312 and a third. The Bison took an early 1-0 lead over Fort Wayne in the top of the first inning on Petersen's RBI triple to right center. It was the first triple of his career FULL STORY

4x100 Relay Blazes
Way to Spot in NCAA Championship Finals

-- For the second straight year, the University of Mary 4x100 meter relay team will compete on the final day of the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The success of the relay team offset disappointments for Mary in two individual events on the opening day of nationals. Needing a top nine finish to advance to the finals, the Marauders 4x100 meter relay team posted a time of 47.18 seconds to place fourth in their heat and eighth overall. The quartet of Tonie Pandohie, Faith Kjelstrup, Cassandra Jones and Kathryn Stewart will now compete for All-American honors and team points on Saturday. The Marauders 4x100 team that included Jones and Stewart finished fourth in the country in 2014. Racing less than 50 minutes after helping the relay team advance, Jones fell just short of making the 400 meter finals. The three-time All-American circled the track in 55.66 seconds, placing fifth in her heat and 10th overall in the preliminaries. The sophomore from North York, Ontario, fell two slots and .27 seconds from qualifying.  FULL STORY
Miners Win NDHSAA Region 8 Title Game
-- The Beulah Miners knew coming in to Friday’s Region 8 Title Game that they would have to play a battle tested Kidder County team, a team they had beaten 18 to nothing two days earlier, and a team that had beaten them 12 to 2 the day before. In a very back and forth game, the Miners ended up on top. Beulah took an early lead, Kidder went on top, Beulah took the lead again, and it went back and forth for the first four innings. The Miners head to the state tournament starting Thursday in Mandan, with their first opponent to be determined.

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- This past week saw first baseball and then track-&-field grab the spotlight on the North Dakota prep sports scene. Beginning last Tuesday, KDKT Sports Radio 1410 was on hand for four consecutive days of Class B Region 8 baseball action from Beulah's Goldmann Field. Altogether, 1410 called a total of 11 tourney contests, culminating in the tense and exciting title tilt on Friday afternoon between host Beulah and Kidder County. The Miners prevailed 6-5 to win their third regional crown in the past four years; but to secure the victory in 7 innings, Beulah needed a perfect throw from left-fielder Josh Remmick to gun down a Pirate base-runner trying to score from second base on a two-out base hit. Picking up the pitching victory was Miner starting right-hander Alec Battest, with freshman reliever Mikey Morris notching the save. The confrontation between Beulah and Kidder County was the third of the tournament between that pair of squads, with the initial two showdowns inexplicably being routs. On Wednesday evening, the Miners hammered the Pirates 18-0, only to have Kidder County return the favor the next night by a 12-2 count. That particular result forced the Friday afternoon "rubber match" which went down to the wire as described above. What prompted the 2nd and 3rd tourney encounters between Beulah and Kidder County was the Pirates' scintillating last-inning comeback against defending regional champion Hazen. Down 2-1 heading into the 7th frame, the Pirates tallied a four-spot in their last at-bat against Bison relief pitcher Connor Doll, courtesy of a pair of two-run home runs blasted by Jayden Miller and Kyle Monroe. With the Region 8 title in hand again, Beulah now advances to this week's state B tournament in Mandan where it will face top-seeded Grafton at 4:30 pm CDT on Thursday. KDKT Sports Radio will call the action of that quarterfinal-round matchup, with its pre-game show commencing at 4:00. Other first-day encounters at the state tourney pit Kindred-Richland against Velva-Drake at 11:30 am; Harvey-Wells County v. Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg at 2:00 pm; and Carrington clashing with Lewis-&-Clark-Parshall at 7:00 pm. Additionally, at the conclusion of the regional tournament in Beulah, it was announced that Hazen's Connor Doll was selected by league coaches as Senior Athlete of the Year, and Shiloh Christian's Aric Lee was recognized by his peers as Region 8's Coach of the Year. Finally, regarding the North Dakota prep baseball scene, Fargo will play host this week to the Class A state tournament. Thursday's first-day pairings have Minot tackling Grand Forks Red River; Century colliding with Fargo Davies; Mandan confronting Fargo Shanley; and Jamestown taking on West Fargo. Transitioning to this past weekend, the Bismarck Community Bowl once again served as the venue of the two-day state track-&-field meet--annually North Dakota's single biggest sports extravaganza. When the competition ended late Saturday afternoon, a new state champion was crowned in the Class A boys' division and a repeat winner was announced in the Class A girls' division. The Century boys ended Bismarck's stranglehold on the state championship hardware, denying the Demons a 12th-straight title. In the final rankings, the three squads that followed Century and Bismarck were Fargo South, Minot, and Fargo Davies. The Patriots' victory margin in the team standings was 15 points (146-131). Contributing immensely to the Pats' first-ever team crown were Sophomore high jumper Lucas Mayer and Senior middle-distance ace Jacob Richter. Mayer won his event with a clearance of 6'5" and Richter doubled in the 400 & 800 runs (times of 48.81 seconds and 1:57.13, respectively) and anchored the victorious 1600 relay (3:25.49). Additionally, Pats' hurdler Zach Sweep registered a blistering 14.61 to claim the 110 high hurdles and teammate Andrew Steinwand garnered a win in the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.56 seconds. Some other individual performance highlights worth mentioning were turned in by Bismarck thrower Jon Tharaldsen and Demon distance specialist Sam Clausnitzer who both won two events.  Tharaldsen, who was named Class A boys' Senior Athlete of the Year, set the standard in the discus (167'6") and shotput (62'11) and Clausnitzer nabbed top finishes in the 1600 (4:18.68) and the 3200 (9:20.58), and also ran a leg on the Demons' championship 3200 relay which clocked a time of 7:59.75. Additionally, Fargo South's Ty Brooks grabbed firsts in both the long jump (22'+) and the triple jump (43'3"). Two other noteworthy things to spotlight are that Century and Bismarck combined to win 15 of 19 events in the boys' division and Fargo South's Cameron Dockter was recognized as Class A boys' Coach of the Year. Getting back to the Class A girls' scene, Century tallied 119 team points to capture its 5th-straight state championship. Recording event wins for the Patriots were the 3200 relay (Jaiden Schuette, Taryn Neameyer, Kelby Anderson, & Jordan Jacob) in a state-record time of 9:28.55 and the 400 relay in 50.15 seconds. It should also be noted that Bismarck Demon 8th grade distance runner Maddie Shirley-Fairbairn swept the two longer distance races, clocking superb and nearly record-setting times. She finished the 1600 in 4:56.89 and the 3200 in 10:38.24. Century's head mentor Nick Walker was named Class A Girls' Coach of the Year, and Grand Forks Red River standout Ashley Rone (winner of the 200 & 400 dashes, 3rd in the 100, and anchor of the Roughriders' 1st-place 1600 relay) was honored as Senior Athlete of the Year. On the Class B side of the competition, Hazen dominated the field, outpointing runner-up Hillsboro-Central Valley by 38.5 markers. The Bison were paced by Senior Athlete of the Year Dakota Wood. The phenomenal hurdler/sprinter nabbed victories in the 100 & 300 hurdles (14.71 & 44.10 seconds, respectively), and also placed 2nd in both the 100 & 200 dashes.  Hazen running quartets comprised of combinations of the following girls--Elise Hintz, Stephanie Ziegler, Ally Berger, Katie Duttenhefer, Kaylene Klein, and Grace Zimmerman--won both the 400 & 800 relays and finished 3rd in the 1600 relay.  Hazen head mentor John Ward was acknowledged as Coach of the Year in Class B girls' track-&-field. The closest team race at the state meet occurred among the Class B boys' squads. New Town held on to its first-day lead to outpace Dickinson Trinity by a mere eight markers (79-71). The Eagles, guided by Coach of the Year Brian Anderson, tallied all of its winning point-total in just six events. A double-event winner for New Town was senior thrower Elijah Grady who captured both the shotput (51'1") and discus (151'3"); and his distance-running teammates--Ryan Wheeling, Scott Hale, Chace Hale, Jalen Chase, & Joe Chase--accounted for the Eagles' remaining 59 points. Some other Class B boys' standouts included multiple-events winners Kellemon Hinton (Senior Athlete of the Year) of Ellendale and Shiloh Christian's Elliott Stone. Hinton set a Class B state record in the triple jump with a measurement of 46'5.5" and beat all competitors in the long jump with a leap of 22'8.5". Stone won both the 1600 and 3200 races in record times of 4:18.05 and 9:24.93, respectively, and took 3rd place in the 800 (2:00.52). Additionally, Dawson Cram of Dickinson Trinity, captured the 200 in 22.0 seconds, took 2nd in the 100 in a state-record-tying time of 10.92 seconds, and ran legs on victorious 400 & 800 relays for the Titans. Finally, Rugby jumper Nolan Hovland also turned in a pair of marvelous performances. He cleared 6'8" to win the high jump and finished 2nd to Hinton in the triple jump with an effort that measured 46'5.25".

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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