Bison win big over UND basketball

FARGO -- Taylor Braun scored 22 points and North Dakota State pulled away from the University of North Dakota in the second half Sunday to take a 72-52 men's basketball victory.

The win was the second straight over UND at the Fargodome, with the first coming two years ago in the renewal of the rivalry as Division I schools. UND won at Ralph Englestad Arena last season.

The Bison held UND to two field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half, taking a 30-24 halftime lead to 47-33. The l...

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Amy Anderson back in contention at LPGA eventComments Off

KAPOLEI, Hawaii – Amy Anderson shot a third-round 68 on Friday and is tied for fifth place at the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Angela Stanford holds the lead after shooting 67 to follow the 64 she posted in the second round.

Anderson, from Oxbow, N.D., is even with three other players at

6-under par.

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Cobbers drop both games in MIAC softball twinbillComments Off

MOORHEAD – Abbie Bircher went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a double to pace Bethel to a 14-3 victory over Concordia in the first game of a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday.

Ashley Tibbetts batted 2-for-3 with a home run for the Cobbers.

Angie Jackson hit 4-for-4 to lift the Royals to a 9-0 victory in the second game.

Paige Baseman went 3-for-3 for the Cobbers.

B 134 33– 14 15 1

C 001 20– 3 4 0

Edeen and Kivisto. Carlson, Haraldson (3) and Tibbetts. W–Edeen (9-2). L–Carlson (4-9). HR–B, Ander (3); C, Baseman (2), Tibbetts (3), Giesen (1).

B 320 31– 9 14 0

C 000 00– 0 7 2

Persson and Masten. Rotunda and Tibbetts. W–Persson (5-4). L–Rotunda (2-12).

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Royals top Twins for their fifth straight winComments Off

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals put five runs on the board in the fourth inning and that proved to be enough as the Royals extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Starting pitcher Bruce Chen (1-1) battled through five innings (eight hits and four walks) to pick up the win. The Royals’ bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, retiring the last 12 batters they faced, and Greg Holland picked up his sixth save in six chances.

Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (0-2) was sharp, except for the fourth inning, but he took the loss. He gave up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings.

The Royals extended a remarkable record. They are 9-0 in games in which they have scored at least four runs, and they are 0-7 in games with three or fewer runs.

The Twins broke on top in the second. Outfielders Chris Colabello and Jason Kubel opened the inning with singles. Chen then walked catcher Josmil Pinto to load the bases with no outs. After designated hitter Kurt Suzuki flied out to short center, Aaron Hicks walked, forcing in a run. Chen got out of further trouble by inducing a double-play grounder from shortstop Pedro Florimon.

The Twins added another run in the fourth when Suzuki yanked one into the Royals’ bullpen in left field. It was his first home run of the season.

The Royals got rolling in the bottom of the fourth with a couple of streak breakers. Designated hitter Billy Butler laced a double into right-center for his first extra-base hit of the season, which moved outfielder Alex Gordon to third with no outs. Third baseman Mike Moustakas scored Gordon with a sacrifice fly, then outfielder Justin Maxwell recorded his first hit – a single – and RBI, tying the score.

After shortstop Alcides Escobar was hit by a pitch, outfielder Nori Aoki and second baseman Omar Infante stroked RBI singles. The Royals’ fifth run – matching a season high in one inning – scored on a double steal by Aoki and Infante and a throwing error by Pinto.

The Twins came right back with two runs in the top of the fifth. First baseman Joe Mauer led off with a bunt single, and third baseman Trevor Plouffe doubled. Chen struck out Colabello, walked Kubel and struck out Pinto. Suzuki then rolled one just past Escobar, driving in Mauer and Plouffe.

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Oxbow golfer Amy Anderson enters final round of LPGA tournament tied for fifthComments Off

FARGO – It appears Oxbow’s Amy Anderson is on the verge of taking her next step as a pro and it may be a big one.

In just her fourth LPGA tournament, and just second time making a pro tournament cut, the rookie is in good position to crack the top 10 at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

Anderson finished with five birdies on her third-round scorecard. She is six-under-par for the tournament. She finished Friday with a round of 68, the third-best score of the day.

She’ll enter Saturday’s final round tied for fifth place, seven shots back of leader Angela Stanford, but only three shots back of second place.

Anderson has finished in the money just once, when she took 25th in the Australian Open back in February.

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Former MSUM point guard leads Memphis Grizzlies into NBA postseason as head coachComments Off

Moorhead

The Walthalls could have a fragmented rooting interest tonight when the family watches the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Memphis Grizzlies play at the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:30 p.m.

“I will be rooting for the Grizzlies I can tell you that,” said Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball coach Chad Walthall.

Walthall is longtime friends with first-year Memphis head coach Dave Joerger. Both are from Staples, Minn. Walthall’s four kids are where the cheering split could occur.

“They know that dad knows the head coach of the Grizzlies pretty well,” Walthall said.

Dad knowing the head coach, however, may not be enough to offset the star power of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA.

“I know the little one is automatic KD,” Walthall said of his 7-year-old son Beau. “I know the oldest (13-year-old daughter Brooke) is too cool to wear any jerseys, and the twins (11-year-olds Brady and Blake) could flip at halftime.”

Walthall has an extra tie to the Memphis head coach since he’s coaching at Joerger’s alma mater. Joerger played point guard for two seasons (1995-97) with the Dragons.

“He follows the Dragons all the time,” Walthall said. “It’s amazing how much he follows the Dragons.”

Joerger was one of the first to congratulate Walthall after MSUM earned a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title this past season. Walthall hopes to bring Joerger into town to do a one-day clinic in the near future.

“We have talked about it,” Walthall said. “I think we both would love to do it. It’s just a matter of the right timing for both of us.”

While Joerger has coached in the NBA playoffs as an assistant, tonight will mark his first postseason game as a head coach.

Blaine Joerger, Dave’s younger brother, thinks these playoffs will be different for his older sibling.

“It is totally different with him being a head coach,” said Blaine, who lives in the Twin Cities area and officiates NSIC and Division III basketball games. “Everything stops at him.”

Blaine has made it to six of Dave’s games in person this season, watching many more on his NBA television package.

“I think I have gotten over the weirdness of seeing him on ESPN and on TV,” Blaine said. “Becoming a fan becomes a little stressful sometimes.”

Blaine said he may be biased, but he sensed his brother had that “it” factor growing up.

“You could see it pretty early on,” said Blaine, who played college basketball at Minnesota State-Mankato. “Coaching was his passion.”

The Grizzlies have a 50-32 record in Dave Joerger’s first season as head coach.

Memphis made the NBA postseason, even though starting center Marc Gasol missed 23 games early in the regular season due to a knee injury. The 7-foot-1 Gasol is third on the team in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game.

Gasol returned to the lineup in mid-January.

“It was nice to see him with the injury to Gasol still win 50 games,” said Walthall. “I think that was a pretty huge deal for him.”


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