Argent medalist, Magi golf second at St. Mary’s Invite

BISMARCK – Gavin Argent and the Minot High School boys golf team shined on Friday at the St. Mary’s Invite at the Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck, as the sophomore led the Magicians to a second-place finish.

Claiming first place as a team was Bismarck Century, who recorded a score of 320. Minot took second place with a score of 337 and Mandan claimed third with a score of 347.

The biggest star for the Magi on the day was Argent, who took home first place individually with a score of 75 and needed to win a playoff hole. Also competing for Minot was junior Jack Demke (84), freshman Ashton Heilman (89), freshman Peyton Bartsch (89), sophomore Jacob Theis (90) and senior Otto Langhans (92).

Next on the schedule for the Magi is an invitational at Riverwood Golf Course at 8:30 a.m. today in Bismarck.

Majettes softball splits doubleheader against Bismarck Century

BISMARCK – After emerging victorious in a high-scoring Game 1, the Minot High School softball team (11-6, 8-5 West Region) ultimately settled for a split in its doubleheader against Bismarck Century (16-4, 11-3) on the road Friday.

Tied at one run apiece in the top of the fourth inning in Game 1, the Majettes erupted for eight total runs across the next two innings to take a commanding 9-1 lead. The highlight came from senior Hailey Espe, who went the distance on a pitch from Century’s Brooklyn Morris in the top of the fourth for a grand slam.

The Patriots made a late rally by scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 9-7 but were unable to complete the comeback en route to an 11-8 loss. Espe finished with five RBIs and a run on 2-for-4 hitting in the victory.

Century got the last laugh, though, as the home team cruised to a 13-4 victory in Game 2.The Patriots recorded six runs in the first two innings and never looked back to force a split on the day.

Next up for the Majettes is another doubleheader against Bismarck Century on Tuesday, this time at the South Hill Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Magicians baseball

defeats Wolves on the road

WATFORD CITY — In their second meeting of the season, the Minot High School Magicians (10-8, 7-7 WDA) defeated the Watford City Wolves (4-18, 2-10 WDA) Friday in a non-conference doubleheader in Watford City, winning by scores of 11-1 and 9-1.

Game 1 began with two scoreless innings until the Magi put up five runs in the top of the third inning.

With Derek Nygaard comfortably on third and Aydan Almy at second, Kyler Stenberg hit a single to bring Nygaard home for the first run of the game. With Alex Schimke at bat, Stenberg stole second. Almy then scored on an error and Stenberg advanced to third base. Schimke hit a fly ball to center field, allowing Stenberg to cross home.

Jack Plemel and Dylan Buchanan were also able to cross home for the Magi, allowing the team to go up 5-0 on the Wolves after the third. Then the Magicians were able to tack on six more runs in the top of the fifth to seal the deal. Watford City came back with only one run and the game was called after the fifth inning.

Schimke started Game 1 on the mound for the Magi and pitched three innings. Blake Smith pitched the remainder of the game for Minot.

Game 2 started much like the first, with two scoreless innings. Then, the Magi came up with three runs at the top of the third. Watford City answered with a run of their own at the bottom of the inning.

Up 3-1, the Magi added a run in the fifth, four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to win the game 9-1.

Next up, the Magi will travel to Bismarck Tuesday, May 7, for a conference doubleheader against Bismarck St. Mary’s at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.

MSU baseball game postponed against Minnesota Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. – After just two at-bats in the top of the first inning, the Minot State baseball team’s battle against Minnesota Crookston came to a screeching halt on Friday due to rain.

The delay, which lasted about one hour, ultimately resulted in the game being postponed to today at noon. The Beavers will pick up where they left off with senior Michael Borst at the plate, a runner on third base and one out recorded.

Once the game concludes, Minot State will play the second game of its doubleheader against the Golden Eagles to close out the regular season.

MSU golfer Matthew Bean named to All-NSIC team

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Minot State junior Matthew Bean has been named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s golf team as selected by the conference head coaches and announced by the league office on Friday.

Bean was Minot State’s lone selection on the All-NSIC team as a Second Team All-NSIC selection.

Bean, from Canmore, Alberta, led the Beavers with a 75.5 scoring average for the 2018-19 season. He had three top-10 finishes, including placing in the top five once.

His top finish of the season came at the King’s Walk Invite where he finished fourth overall. He shot rounds of 77 and 69 to finish two-over par at the tournament.

Bean tied for 21st at the NSIC Championships with a three-round score of 232 while the Beavers finished sixth in the team standings.

— MSU athletics