Magi soccer falls 1-0 to Shanley/Oak Grove

FARGO — The Minot High School boys soccer team held its own against three-time state runner-up Shanley/Oak Grove, but came a goal short Saturday in Fargo.

The 1-0 non-conference defeat dropped the Magicians to 4-3-1 overall.

“The match was incredibly even,” MHS coach Creighton Bachmeier said. “We had golden chances to finish and couldn’t execute in the final third. It was a solid weekend and we are looking forward to competing against Century on Tuesday.”

Junior Luke Noah scored the lone goal in the contest unassisted, 15 minutes into the second half.

Shanley narrowly outshot Minot 10-8 (7-4 shots on target).

Goalkeeper Jon Thomas stopped six shots in net for the Magi, while Cody Mehlisch earned the shutout with three saves for Shanley.

Minot’s Tuesday home game against undefeated Century (6-0-0, 4-0-0 West Region) will be a battle for first place in the region. Minot is sitting on 10 points (3-0-1 West Region) and the Patriots on 12 points.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Optimist Soccer Complex.

Majettes swim and dive take third at Capital City Invite

BISMARCK — The Minot High School girls swimming and diving team wasn’t able to capture an event win Saturday at the Capital City Invite, but were consistent enough to nab a spot on the podium.

Defending state champions Bismarck Century comfortable swam to the victory in familiar water at the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center by scoring 533 points and winning eight out the 12 events. Fargo Davies took second with 393 points and Minot in third with 369 points.

“It was good for our kids to see some of those east teams today,” MHS coach Emily Jensen said. “We had some good things happen for us. We got a few more individuals swim events qualified.”

The Majettes, still mixing and matching their lineups due to a small roster size of 32 kids, had a Top 3 finished in eight events.

“We are still playing around with the events,” Jensen said. “In the past we have had big gaps in our line up. The coaching staff is trying to fill some of those. We tried some new things today.”

Notable Minot individual performances included junior Hannah Zaderaka placing second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle, plus junior Rylie Webb second in the 200-yard individual medley and third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Majettes eighth grader Jordn Wolsky took third in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Sophomore Alexandria Elliott also had a third place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

On the diving board, junior Adisynn Widdel slotted in fourth with 345.05 points to qualify for state. Olivia Schoffstall also qualified for state with 275.50 points.

“This was the first opportunity for our divers to do 11 dives and we had two qualify for state,” Jensen said. “These kids make coaching so fun. This group is just incredible with each other. They cheer for one another, they care about each other and they are honestly invested in each other’s success. It is the smallest team we’ve ever had, but they are a mighty group.”

As a team, Minot placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay and third in the 200-yard freestyle.

Minot’s next meet is a road dual against Grand Forks Central on Friday at the University of North Dakota.

MHS tennis finish seventh at WF Sheyenne Tournament

WEST FARGO — The Minot High tennis team earned a seventh-place finish at the West Fargo Sheyenne Tournament Saturday, earning 11 points. Grand Forks Central won the event with 26 team points.

“The tournament uses a funny format so the team score can be deceiving,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said. “We had some good performances especially at number two doubles where the team of Gage Jaeger and Zach Diehl won the division. We have been playing those two together a fair amount and think we’re starting to see some positives out of them as they compliment each other. Rory Taney also capped off a nice weekend with a third-place finish at number three singles. Rory is a talented kid and when he puts his top effort into it, he’s capable of beating some of the top kids and he proved that for us all weekend.”

DeLorme said he thought each member of his team made a contribution to Minot’s success.

“Jack Wolsky had a nice showing at five singles where he took fourth place,” DeLorme said. “Jack was able to battle some tough conditions at his court site. Jack continues to improve on a constant basis and is a key contributor to the depth we have. Our last point came from the number one doubles of Mason Diehl and Connor Templeton with their fifth-place finish. They had a disappointing loss to a GF Central team in the second round, but to their credit rebounded and took the consolation championship.”

MHS is back in action against Bismarck Legacy at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at Hammond Park.

“We’ve split with Legacy twice this year in non conference matches so Tuesday should be a very competitive match,” DeLorme said.

MSU cross country finishes seventh at Dragon Twilight

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Devan Shumway posted a 30th-place finish leading the Minot State men’s cross country team at the third annual Dragon Twilight Meet at the Tri-City Soccer Complex hosted by Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday night.

Shumway finished the 6,000-meter course in a time of 19:58.5 to pace the Beavers in their season-opening meet. Nadir Yusuf won the overall title as he completed the race in a time of 18:43.3.

Led by Shumway, the Beavers finished seventh in the team competition with 215 points. The host Dragons won the meet with 47 points, while Mary was second with 49 points and St. Thomas placed third with 78 points.

The remainder of the Minot State team was tightly bunched in the pack. Tory Bergan placed 63rd overall in a time of 21:39.2, while Colin Olson finished 65th in a time of 21:47.4. Steven Porter was the fourth Beaver to cross the finish line as he was 68th overall in 22:24.6, while Sahil Pandit rounded out the scoring contingent for Minot State as he placed 72nd overall in 22:35.4.

— Minot State athletics