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Milestone Goals Icing on Cake for Birthday Boy Olson
Grand Forks -- Freshman forward Trevor Olson was a healthy scratch for North Dakota’s 3-1 loss to St. Cloud State on Friday night. Inserted into the lineup Saturday night for injured teammate Bryn Chyzyk, Olson delivered for UND. The Duluth, Minn., native, celebrating his 21st birthday, scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to led second-ranked UND to a 3-2 victory and NCHC series split. Olson scored his first career goal to get UND on the board before the game was even three minutes old, knocking home a loose puck on the doorstep. He was also stationed on top of the crease for his second goal, depositing a Troy Stecher rebound at 5:52 of the second period for a 3-1 UND lead and the eventual game-winner. “It feels really good,” said Olson. “We’ve got 15 (forwards) ready to play in the lineup every single night so it felt good to get back in. I just wanted to play my game, stay physical and get some pucks on net. It was pretty fun.” Olson was put on a line with fellow freshmen Austin Poganski – a St. Cloud native – and Johnny Simonson, and UND head coach Dave Hakstol said that unit’s effort was key for a team searching for more balanced scoring throughout the lineup. “In a lot of ways they set a good pace for us,” said Hakstol. “They did their job. They played straight lines, they played pretty heavy, kept things simple and did a good job of continuing to build momentum for us. It was a good night for all of them.”  FULL STORY

Bison Win Fourth Straight Valley Football Title 38-14 Over Youngstown State

Fargo -- John Crockett and Carson Wentz combined for nearly 300 rushing yards and third-ranked North Dakota State claimed a share of its fourth straight Missouri Valley Football Conference championship with a 38-14 win over 20th-ranked Youngstown State on Saturday, Nov. 22. North Dakota State (11-1, 7-1 MVFC) scored 28 points off turnovers including a forced fumble and two interceptions by free safety Christian Dudzik, who finished with a team- and season-high eight tackles. Crockett rushed 28 times for 168 yards and a touchdown and moved into third all-time at NDSU with 3,740 career rushing yards behind Lamar Gordon (4,696) and Kyle Steffes (3,952). Adam Keller's 30-yard field goal early in the third quarter capped a 13-play drive to make it 31-0. Carlton Littlejohn made seven tackles and recovered a fumble for the Bison defense, and Kyle Emanuel added to his impressive resume with a sack, four tackles for loss and six total tackles. The Bison had seven tackles for loss and held Youngstown State to 2.5 yards per rush. Freshman quarterback Hunter Wells was 15 of 26 passing for 135 yards and two touchdowns for Youngstown State (7-5, 4-4 MVFC). He connected with Nate Adams on a 1-yard score in the third quarter and Andrew Williams on a 6-yard TD in the fourth. Williams made seven catches for 69 yards to lead all receivers. A crowd of 18,696 was on hand at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome for the final regular-season home game for 16 Bison seniors. It was NDSU's 20th straight home victory.  FULL STORY

Bobcats Claim Epic Clash in Minot
Bismarck -- In a game that featured 78 penalty minutes, nine goals, a coach ejection, a dramatic last-minute comeback and an eight-round shootout, the Bismarck Bobcats gutted out a 5-4 shootout win over the Minot Minotauros at Maysa Arena Saturday to earn a home-and-home split against their in-state rivals. Harrison Aide, who grew up in nearby Bottineau, got the scoring started for the Bobcats Saturday, searing a rising wrist shot through traffic on the power play that beat Minot goalie Atte Tolvanen glove side with 2:24 left in the first to post the visitors to a 1-0 lead after one. Though they trailed past the half-way mark of the game, Minot responded with 8:32 remaining in the middle frame on a point shot by Grand Forks native Casey Johnson that eluded Bobcat netminder Hunter Shepard in traffic to tie the game at one. Penalty minutes piled up late in the second stanza after a fight between Bobcat winger Jared Spooner and Minot center Troy Degler that left Degler bloodied with 6:56 on the clock: 44 minutes of penalties were adjudicated, including a 5-on-3 that the Bobcats killed off and then the ejection of Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie for protesting a non-call during the 5-on-3.  FULL STORY

Sizzling Sea Lions Outrun Marauders
-- Bryan Jefferson scored a career-high 25 points for the University of Mary but the Marauders were unable to slow a sizzling Point Loma Nazarene University offense in a 92-75 Sea Lions homecoming win over U-Mary. The Sea Wolves (4-0 overall) shot 62 percent from the floor in the game, including a blazing 68.2 percent in the second half. Building on a 43-31 halftime showing, Point Loma made 15-of-22 shots after intermission that featured a 4-of-6 effort from behind the arc. After a slow opening session, the Marauders (2-2) offense also caught fire. U-Mary connected on just 43.3 percent of its shots in the first half before clicking at 60.7 percent in the second on the way to a 44-point segment. The Marauders finished the day at 51.7 percent. Point Loma scored the first six points of the game, built an early double-digit lead and never trailed in the contest. U-Mary made an early run to get back into the game. Behind five points from Jefferson, the Marauders went on a 15-6 tear to pull within 25-23 with just over seven minutes left in the first half. The Sea Lions responded by scoring 13 of the next 15 points. Point Loma would lead by at least 10 points the remainder of the game. After scoring ten points in his first action of the season in the Marauders victory over Saint Katherine, Jefferson followed with a 25 point outburst off the bench against Point Loma. The sophomore forward hauled down ten rebounds, also a career high, to register his first career double double. He was 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 7-of-11 at the free throw line with three assistsFULL STORY
Diggers Down Blue Hawks, 102-62
-- The Blue Hawks took on Montana Tech on Friday (Nov. 21). The Orediggers came away with a 102-62 victory. Dickinson State is now 2-6 on the season. Adam Greger led the Diggers with 17 points. Antonio Snow recorded 15 points, while Akeem Williams finished with 14. Greger led Tech with five rebounds. The Orediggers finished with 34 rebounds, three blocks, 14 turnovers, and a shooting percentage of 70.4. Curtis Redd led the Blue Hawks with 19 points, while Jacob Volk picked up 11. Redd also led Dickinson State with five rebounds.  MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- North Dakota's 2014 fall prep sports season concluded this past weekend with Minot's staging of the Class B & Class A state volleyball tournaments at the Minot State University Dome. In the B tourney, the Saturday night final pitted two eastern powerhouses against each other-- the 1st & 2nd seeds in the tournament field--the Hankinson Pirates and the North Star Bearcats. In the highly anticipated showdown, Hankinson suffered its first setback of the 2014 volleyball campaign as North Star (37-2 on the season) seized its first-ever state crown by downing the Pirates 3-0. Hankinson had advanced to the title tilt by earlier defeating both Napoleon - Gackle - Streeter and 4th-seeded Hazen. Hankinson's victory over the Lady Bison took the maximum five sets. North Star had qualified for the championship match by sweeping Thompson 3-0 and nipping 3rd-seeded Minot Our Redeemer's 3-2. Hazen and Our Redeemer's had earned themselves spots in the semifinals with quarterfinal wins over Grant County (3-2) and Ray (3-0), respectively. In other Saturday matches in the Magic City, Grant County grabbed 7th place with a 3-2 victory over Ray; Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter claimed consolation-bracket honors with a 3-1 win at the expense of Thompson; and Our Redeemer's came away with 3rd place, downing Hazen 3-2. North Star OH Sarah Hagler was chosen as Class B Senior Athlete of the Year, while Hankinson's Tera Paulson was selected as Class B Coach of the Year. Also announced over the weekend was the 2014 Class B All-State volleyball squad. West River athletes earning All-State distinction this fall were Jaime Murschel of Beulah, Stephanie Ziegler of Hazen, Grant County's Sydney Bentz, and New England's Taylor Hewson. In the Class A tournament, East Region champion Fargo Shanley and West Region titlist Bismarck Century squared off Saturday night with a state championship at stake. The two elite squads had split their pair of regular-season matchups earlier in the fall in invitational tourneys held in Bismarck and Fargo. For the Capital City Patriots, it was their 4th consecutive appearance in the state tournament title match. The Pats last hoisted the championship trophy in 2012. Under the spotlight at the MSU Dome, Fargo Shanley comfortably beat Century 3-1; so the Deacons completed their 2014 season with a state title in hand and a sparkling ledger of 37-1 while the Patriots wrapped up their campaign with a final record of 38-4. In other Saturday matches determining state-tourney placewinners, Fargo South defeated Mandan 3-0 for 7th place; Bismarck downed defending state champion Jamestown 3-1 for 5th place; and Grand Forks Red River outlasted Fargo Davies 3-2 for 3rd place. Fargo Shanley's Alivia Fraase was named Class A Senior Athlete of the Year, while Grand Forks Red River head mentor Carolyn Olson was selected by her peers as Class A Coach of the Year. Class A All-State players for 2014 include Fraase of Shanley, Ali Hasche, Jordyn Jossart, and Katie Scherr all of Century, and Bismarck's Allison Fischer. On the ND prep gridiron scene, some post-season honor squads were announced this past week with more to follow in forthcoming days. On the AA level, state champion Bismarck St. Mary's had 10 athletes total recognized on the All-West Region team, with eight of those designated All-Conference. Those players were Noah Krebs, Jackson Grad, Thomas Barry, Dillon Reiner, Jacob Schwab, Jacob Huber, Sam Wilke, & Austin Braunagel. Beulah was also well represented on the regional honor team, having four honorable mention choices and seven All-Conference selections. That group of seven consisted of Isaac Ripplinger, Hayden Norton, Cory Alt, Tanner Erickson, Josh Remmick, Justice Roundy, & Alec Battest. In the 9-man division, the All-Region 4 squad was also revealed this past week, with regional champion and state runner-up Shiloh Christian having the most honorees of any team with six total. Those athletes were Zac Martin, Blake Emmel, A.J. Dale, Jared Glasser, Matt Fettig, & Seth Losos. In AAA football, Bismarck, Century, and Minot led all West Region teams in the number of athletes accorded All-Region status. The Demons had eight selections, the Patriots had nine honorees, and Minot put seven athletes on the regional elite squad. Among Demon players recognized were RB Jaxon Ford and QB Hayden Gibson. Two Patriot players chosen to the all-league team were QB Chris Kraft and WR/DB/P Cyril Nagurski. Regarding Minot, two of its selections were quarterback Ben Bolinske and RB Karter Gorney. With the wrap-up of the fall sports season for local prepsters, what awaits on the horizon is the beginning of winter sports activity, including wrestling, hockey, and hoops. KDKT Sports Radio will be on-site at Hazen's All-Seasons' Arena this Tuesday night to provide live coverage of a West Region hockey matchup between the Hazen-Beulah Northstars and the Mandan Braves. Our pre-game show commences at 6:30 pm CST, with face-off slated for 7:00.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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