FARGO – Fargo Davies defeated West Fargo 5-2 during an Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer match on Thursday at Davies High School.
It was the first EDC victory for the Eagles (3-1-0, 1-1-0 EDC).
Reiley Klose, Kenzie Carlson and Tori Helland scored goals for Davies.
It was the first loss of the season for the Packers (3-1-0, 1-1-0 EDC).
Junior goalkeeper Madison Neva posted 13 saves for West Fargo.
FARGO – Since first taking up the sport in third grade, basketball has taken Maren Walseth virtually around the world. Success has followed her every step of the way, from high school to college to the WNBA.
Thursday afternoon, she took her biggest career leap yet: An introductory news conference announcing her as the North Dakota State head women’s coach.
“I’ve never done this before,” she said.
She asked new Bison men’s basketball head coach Dave Richman for advice. An assistant for 10 years at Navy and Penn State, she steps onto the driver’s seat in a bus that hasn’t gotten very far in recent years.
“I’ve spent 12 years in Happy Valley,” she said of Penn State. “The decision to leave was a very hard one. I wasn’t looking to leave.”
Contact wasn’t made between NDSU and Walseth until Penn State’s season was finished – and that wasn’t until the Lady Lions were beaten in the NCAA tournament on March 30 in a Sweet 16 loss at Stanford.
NDSU women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn said the search first focused on the top 25 Division I teams in the country. Of the list of assistants, she was looking for somebody with knowledge of the Midwest. Walseth is from Bloomington, Minn.
“The biggest challenge is we couldn’t get to Maren because of the success of Penn State,” Dorn said.
On the flipside, Walseth has plenty of challenges. Her first, she said, is to get to know the returning Bison players. They had dinner together Wednesday night.
“We laughed. We smiled. It was great,” Walseth said. “There will be some speed bumps but, ‘Girls, we’re in this together.’”
She first met the players last week when she visited the NDSU campus. It was the first order of business after coming from the airport, and Bison guard Brooke LeMar said Thursday the returning players liked her “right off the bat.”
“It’s always awesome for a coach to have us as a priority,” LeMar said. “It was fun to meet with coach on a personal level. It just feels good now that we actually have a coach.”
The ultimate challenge, of course, will be to restore the program to its winning ways. Walseth made a point of a plan to connect to former Bison players – a few of which were on hand Thursday at the Fargodome – and the community as a whole.
When he sat down with Walseth during his portion of the interview, NDSU President Dean Bresciani said he asked one question: What does it take to win?
“I got an impromptu dissertation exactly what it takes to win in Division I women’s college basketball,” Bresciani said.
Walseth said no decisions have been made on assistant coaches.
“To me, finding the right people to surround the program is more important than having people in the seats tomorrow,” she said.
She’s communicated with NDSU’s incoming freshman recruits via text message and plans to get more involved with them in the coming days. She does have scholarship money available for next year, but she said bringing in the “right players” is more important than quantity.
“It all starts with recruiting,” she said.
Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia
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MOORHEAD – Wet field conditions have forced Minnesota State Moorhead to move two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball doubleheaders to Aberdeen, S.D.
The Dragons will now face Minnesota-Crookston in a doubleheader today.
A twinbill between MSUM and Bemidji State will take place on Saturday.
The doubleheaders are each scheduled for 3 p.m. starts.
FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have signed right-handed pitcher Drew Bowlin, the American Association baseball club has announced.
Bowlin, 27, played at three different stops in the San Francisco Giants organization last season. He spent most of the season with the Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League (AA). Bowlin went 4-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 32 games with Richmond.
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson entered spring training just hoping to make the big-league roster. He headed north as the team’s No. 5 starter, but since the start of the season he has pitched like the team’s ace.
Gibson was masterful again Thursday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader against Toronto, pitching eight shutout innings as the Twins defeated the Blue Jays 7-0 Thursday at Target Field.
Gibson kept the game scoreless through five innings, long enough for the Minnesota bats to come alive against Blue Jays right-hander RA Dickey.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Twins strung together three consecutive one-out singles, the last from third baseman Trevor Plouffe, that drove in the first run of the game. A walk loaded the bases for left fielder Jason Kubel, who ripped a sharp single to right to make it 2-0 before designated hitter Josmil Pinto’s RBI double high off the wall in left-center drove in two more. A sacrifice fly by catcher Kurt Suzuki made it 5-0.
The five-run inning supplied all the offense the Twins needed.
Gibson allowed only one hit – an eighth-inning single that was erased by a double play – in his final three innings. In eight innings, he gave up four hits and a walk while striking out four for to improve his record to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 0.93.
Plouffe added a sacrifice fly and Colabello had an RBI double in the sixth to provide extra cushion for the Twins, who attempted to climb above .500 mark for the first time this season with a win in the nightcap
Dickey took the loss for the Blue Jays, dropping to 1-3. He threw 112 pitches – only 67 of them for strikes – in 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, all earned, with four strikeouts.
NOTES: The game-time temperature of 31 degrees was coldest in Twins history, breaking the previous low of 32 degrees set May 2, 1967, at Metropolitan Stadium. The previous low at Target Field was 34 degrees last April 12. … The paid attendance of 20,507 was the lowest in Target Field history (opened April 12, 2010). … Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4, snapping a 14-game hitting streak. He had hit safely in every game this season. … The shutout was Minnesota’s first of the season. It was also the first time that Toronto was shut out by an opponent this season.