MSU football falls at MSU Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. Coming off a home win last week over Minnesota Crookston, the Minot State Beavers were unable to maintain the momentum Saturday losing 42-24 at Minnesota State Moorhead.

Early on, however, it seemed the momentum had carried over as Ben Zahniser ran in from 18 yards out to give the Beavers an early 7-0 lead.

The Dragons answered with a pair of unanswered touchdowns, and added a third touchdown midway through the second quarter to build a 21-10 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Hunter Braaten hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Demetrius Carr to give the Dragons a 28-10 lead.

Carr finished the day with 277 passing yards, while teammate Damon Gibson caught seven passes for 129 yards.

“I think the first thing is, (Gibson) their receiver, is fantastic,” head coach Tyler Hughes said in a press release. “He created a lot of trouble for us out there. We tried to give him as much attention as we could, but he made great plays. He’s the best receiver I’ve seen in this league since I’ve been in it.”

Despite the loss, the Beavers held the ball for 10 minutes longer than the Dragons. MSU also converted on 11 of its 17 third down attempts.

“That was the big thing early on; we were able to convert on a lot of third-and-long situations,” Hughes said. “We were moving the ball. Later in the game the third downs were more manageable and we were more focused on execution.”

The Beavers (2-7, 1-4 NSIC North) will host St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Herb Parker Stadium.

Tauros beat Bruins for second straight night

AUSTIN, Minn. – Chase Springman was the hero for the Minot Minotauros Saturday.

Springman scored the go-ahead goal against Central Division rival Austin with 1:10 remaining to give the Minotauros a 3-2 win, their second win against the Bruins in as many nights.

Zack Bross and Alex Adams scored early goals to give the Tauros a 2-0 lead. Minot outshot Austin 26-25.

Minot (10-2-2) is back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Aberdeen at Maysa Arena.

MSU drops road match at No. 6 Winona State

WINONA, Minn. Minot State University pushed Winona State in game sets 2 and 3, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 6 ranked Warriors swept MSU 3-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball Saturday.

The Beavers (5-20 overall, 0-16 NSIC) fell 25-11 in set 1, but were much stronger down the stretch, finishing 25-20 and 25-18.

“Game 1 looked like Game 1 last night, only this team is a very, very good team,” said MSU head coach Ben Kaszeta. “(Winona) served really aggressive, especially in game 1 and took our middles out of the game, making it impossible to run them.”

MSU hit negative in the first, with four kills and eight errors, but were much improved after. The Beavers finished the match with 24 kills and just nine errors. However, the Warriors were solid all night, hitting 49 kills compared to just 13 errors total.

“They are a bigger team than we normally see and the block they put up made us make a few more errors than I would have liked,” Kaszeta said. “Taylor (Goar) played an awesome game for them. Every time we took something away from her, she changed and made a play in a different way.”

Goar finished with 13 kills, two aces and a block to lead the Warriors (22-3, 13-3).

The Beavers countered with seven kills and 11 assists from senior Janelle Nagy. Shelby Spuller added six kills and an ace, while Hayley Swain had five kills and two blocks. Kelsey Dewulf paced MSU with 13 assists. Cindy Pelo had a solid night in the back row, earning 21 digs.

“Cindy played awesome for us,” said Kaszeta. “That’s two days in a row with over 20 digs.”

MSU finishes off their home schedule next week with two ranked opponents as No. 8 ranked Wayne State College and No. 7 Augustana University travel to the Dome Friday and Saturday.

– Minot State athletics

Jamestown sweeps Minot High in volleyball

The Jamestown Blue Jays cruised to a three-game sweep of Minot Saturday evening in Class A West Region volleyball action.

Jamestown won 25-15, 25-11, 25-23.

“We started out well, going point for point to 10,” Minot High coach Sherry Carlson said. “But then they got their first run and we struggled to keep pace. I feel in set three we finally settled down, and played some really good volleyball… still need to learn how to finish strong in our sets.”

Kali Askvig and Hailee Salander each finished with six kills in the loss for Minot.

The Majettes will close out the regular season Tuesday with a match against Turtle Mountain Community School.