MLB umpire, Minot native Gary Cederstrom retires
Being the crew chief for the 2019 World Series turned out to be Gary Cederstrom’s final act calling the shots in the big leagues.
Cederstrom, a Minot native, confirmed his retirement Friday morning on Twitter after a report was published Thursday evening by closecallsports.com.
“Yes, I have retired,” Cederstrom (@motmlb) wrote in the tweet. “It was a great ride. Worked with a lot of great guys. Met a lot of great people. Going to miss them. Gone fishing.”
Cederstrom officiated 3,579 regular-season games in his 31-year career umpiring MLB games. Postseason wise, he worked three Wild Card games, nine Divisional Series, eight League Championship Series and four World Series (2019, 2015, 2011, 2005).
Cederstrom attended Minot High School and graduated from Minot State. He was inducted into the Minot Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Top-seeded Magi hockey upset
BISMARCK — The No. 1-seeded Minot High School boys hockey team suffered a 3-2 loss to No. 4 Bismarck High Friday evening in the semifinals of the West Region Tournament. Bismarck snapped Minot’s six-game winning streak.
The Demons went up 3-0 with goals coming from Nicholas Mortenson, Remington Richardson and Joseph Heinert.
Minot clawed back with second-period goals by Zachary Diehl and Isaiah Thongphet.
A scoreless third period ended the Magi’s comeback hopes and sent them spiraling into a state qualifier contest this afternoon.
Both teams finished the physical affair with six penalties each. Minot outshot Bismarck 28-22.
MHS goaltender Tre Sortland made 19 saves in the defeat. Quinn Ackerman snagged 26 saves for the Demons.
Minot had beaten Bismarck in the two regular-season games the two rivals played against each earlier in this season. But, when it mattered the most, Bismarck clinched its spot in the state tournament over Minot.
The Magi take on the No. 3-seeded Mandan Braves at 11 a.m. this afternoon with a second-chance state tournament berth on the line. Minot blanked Mandan twice in the regular season (3-0 in its season-opener and 7-0 on the road on Jan. 30).
Conklin ties for
15th individually at WDA Regionals
JAMESTOWN — Minot High’s lone gymnast Haley Conklin tied for 15th place Friday evening in the WDA Meet All-Around with a score of 32.875. Ayanna Fossum from Dickinson took home top honors with a score of 37.825.
Dickinson also beat hosts Jamestown for the West Region team title.
Conklin, a seventh-grader, wasn’t able to crack the top 10 in any of the four events: bars (15th, 7.825), floor (17th, 8.700), vault (19th, 8.525) and beam (tied 19th, 7.625).
The gymnastics state meet will be held next weekend (Feb. 28-29) at Dickinson High School.
Majettes hockey coasts past Williston, 7-0
WILLISTON — The Minot High School girls hockey team peppered Williston on Friday with a 56-2 shot advantage en route to a 7-0 victory to end the regular season.
Minot improved its record to 11-9-2 (9-9-2 N.D. League).
Five different Majettes scored on Friday, led by Paige Ackerman and Taylyn Cope finding the back of the net twice. Emily Thiele, Abby Tallman and Kaya Shaw each scored once.
Five Minot goals were scored in the second period.
MHS goaltender Amber Borkhuis only had to make two saves to secure the shutout, and she also picked up a rare assist in the contest.
The girls hockey state tournament will be held next weekend (Feb. 27-29) at the Scheels Arena in Fargo.
MSU MBB defeated 75-55 at Moorhead
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minot State men’s basketball team got 32 combined points out of Max Cody (17) and Kody Dwyer (15), but it wasn’t enough to hang with Minnesota State Moorhead.
The Dragons won 75-55 behind an efficient shooting display from deep (11-for-19 on 3-pointers) to deal the Beavers (10-17, 4-17 NSIC) their sixth loss in a row.
The defeat also sealed MSU’s fate as the lowly No. 8 seed out of the NSIC North Division going into the NSIC Tournament.
Besides Cody and Dwyer, senior forward Trevor Rothstein chipped in with 7 points and eight rebounds. Senior shooting guard Kyle Beisch was held to 6 points on 2-for-8 shooting.
Johnny Beeninga (21 points), Gavin Baumgartner (11) and Jesse Bergh (11) reached double figures for the Dragons.
MSU shot 37% from the floor, while Moorhead finished at 52.7%.
Minot State wraps up the regular season at 6 p.m. this evening at Northern State.
Offensive woes hinder MSU
WBB against Moorhead, 78-50
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minot State women’s basketball team shot 31.5% in a 78-50 road loss to Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday evening.
The defeat ended the Beavers’ hopes of finishing sixth in the NSIC North Division standings. MSU dropped to 7-18 (4-17 NSIC) on the season.
Haley Hildenbrand led the Beavers with 11 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Mariah Payne and Lucy Chapman each added 7 points. Payne was limited to a season-low five field goal attempts in the contest.
Moorhead ended with four players in double figures: Peyton Boom (21), Megan Hintz (15), Nicole Herbranson (11) and Natalie Steichen (10). The Dragons shot 40.9% and outrebounded MSU 44-36.
Minot State’s final regular-season game is at 4 p.m. this evening on the road against Northern State.
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