Majettes hockey hires Sandvold, Stokke as co-head coaches

Two minds are better than one, according to the Minot High School girls hockey team.

After seven-year head coach Weylin Wahlstrom announced he resignation on April 23, the Majettes began their search for a replacement worthy of filling the former state Coach of the Year’s shoes. That search came to an end on Monday when Minot hired MaKayla Sandvold and Christopher Stokke as co-head coaches.

“They’re both young coaches,” MHS activities director Mitch Lunde said. “But we feel that they’re going to be great fits with the (staff) and the players.”

Sandvold is a familiar face for Majettes fans and players alike. She was on the staff last season as an assistant coach for a Minot team that fought its way to the state tournament before falling to No. 2-seeded Bismarck, 1-0, and No. 6-seeded Dickinson, 3-1.

Now the Majettes are set to return their entire roster for the 2019 season, and Sandvold plans on using her already-established rapport with the veteran group to propel Minot to the next level.

“I think the relationships are the most important thing, so (being an assistant coach last year) will be really beneficial,” Sandvold said. “I think that we have a really good team with everyone returning, and I’m excited that we can continue where we left off.”

Joining Sandvold is Stokke, who knows his way around the ice.

Stokke played high school hockey at Fargo Shanley, moved up to play collegiately at Williston State College and even spent some time as an assistant coach in Williston. Stokke, who specializes in training between the pipes, is a match made in heaven for Amber Borkhuis.

The soon-to-be junior is one of the top goalkeepers in the state, and Stokke is determined to bring out the best in her and the rest of the Majettes’ netminding group.

“Just the little bit that I know right now, it sounds like a really good (goalkeeping) core,” Stokke said. “Being able to work with them is going to be awesome. I’m already looking forward to it.”

Vistas win both games against Royals, 8-4 and 6-4

The Minot Vistas showed their will to win Monday afternoon on the road as they pieced together a pair of late scoring runs to claim two wins against the Grand Forks Royals, 8-4 and 6-4.

Clinging to a slim 3-2 lead in the top of Game 1’s seventh inning, Minot delivered the knockout punch with a five-run explosion.

After hitting a solo home run earlier in the game, Dylan Buchanan delivered once again and kicked off the scoring spree with a two-run single. Chase Burke then pushed the lead to 8-2 with an RBI single of his own.

The Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but pitcher Derek Nygaard halted any hopes of a comeback by forcing a Joey Grabanski groundout to end the game and secure Minot’s 8-4 win.

Buchanan finished with an impressive statline of three RBIs, three runs and one homer on 3-for-3 hitting.

But Grand Forks kept at it in Game 2 as the home team battled Minot to a three-run stalemate entering the top of the seventh inning. That’s when Kyler Stenberg and Alex Schimke carried the Vistas to the finish line.

With a runner on first base and one out, Stenberg sent a booming shot into the outfield for an RBI triple. Schimke followed suit by hitting an RBI triple of his own on the next at-bat to give Minot a 5-3 lead.

The Royals never recovered, and Minot earned a 6-4 victory. Schimke finished with one RBI, three runs, a triple and a double on 3-for-3 hitting in the winning effort.

Next up for the Vistas is a road doubleheader against East Grand Forks today at 1 p.m.

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