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Alex’s Tale of the Tape #1,765, Date: Apr. 23, 2019

At times, it wasn’t exactly pretty, but a doubleheader sweep nonetheless.

The Bishop Ryan baseball team rolled to a pair of victories over regional foe Max/Garrison by scores of 10-0 and 5-2 at Corbett Field.

“It’s tough to complain about two wins, obviously,” Ryan head coach Ben Magnuson said. “But, I felt like we were lethargic and were a little bit sloppy. Our brains could have been a little bit sharper. But, you get two wins against a regional opponent, it’s tough to complain.”

The Lions put up 10 runs on only three hits in the first game. The Cossacks didn’t help its own cause with six errors and 10 walks allowed.

Hunter Johnson and Mason Hedberg each provided RBI doubles, while the rest of Ryan’s runs were scored on passed balls, bases-loaded walks or Cossack’s errors.

Bryson Elm ran around all the bases for an inside the park home run to give the Lions a 5-0 lead in Game 2.

The Cossacks then broke their nine-inning scoreless drought across the doubleheader. Clay Bendickson singled sharply up the middle for an RBI and Joshua Thompson scored on a throwing error later in the inning.

The Cossacks left the tying run in the on-deck circle with Seth Roedocker going the distance on the mound for the Lions.

Alex’s Tale of the Tape #1,297, Date: Aug. 24, 2018

Brayden Bonn took the snap and couldn’t get the ball situated on the grass for what would have been a game-winning extra point in overtime. Pandemonium ensued.

Des Lacs-Burlington senior Bonn picked up the botched hold and ran for his life. In the back of the end zone, Bonn found a lifeline.

“I didn’t hear the fire call at first, but I saw Bonn rolling out to his left,” DLB senior Garrett Snyder said. “And I thought, ‘Well, I better get out there.’ So, I did my route, and when I caught the ball, it was amazing.”

A celebration of relief erupted in front of the Lakers’ grandstand.

On a bizarre two-point conversion, DLB escaped its season opener with a 16-14 overtime victory over the Rugby Panthers.

The last-ditch toss to Snyder abruptly ended a nonconference game in the first week of the Class A football season that looked destined for multiple overtimes.

Before the extra point heroics, DLB had to match Rugby’s OT touchdown. Quarterback Dante Gunville connected with Jameson Lesmann, who toe-tapped the touchdown in at the front pylon.

Rugby, 1-7 overall record in 2017, had the Lakers, a playoff team four out of the last five seasons, on the ropes multiple times. In the end, a fluky play fended off the feisty Panthers.

Alex’s Tale of the Tape #1,572, Date: Jan. 24, 2019

Facing full-court pressure late in the contest, the Des Lacs-Burlington girls basketball team had to claw and crawl its way to an eighth straight victory. The Lakers, despite giving up a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, managed to escape Minot with a 38-35 win against Bishop Ryan at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

The loss snapped the Lions five-game winning streak. But, Ryan certainly didn’t surrender without a drawn-out fight. The Lions outscored DLB, 12-3, in the fourth quarter.

Leading all scorers was DLB senior Kyley Lauf with 18 points, which included three triples.

Lauf missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1.7 seconds remaining, giving Ryan a full-court heave to tie the game at 38-38. It didn’t have enough power behind it, and the ball bounced near the three-point arc on the other side of the court.

“Like I told her, ‘If that was on our floor, it might have had a chance,'” Ryan head coach Roger Coleman said about the final desperation shot. “It would have been an extra few feet, but it was a heck of heave at least.”

Ryan was led in scoring by Maya Wald (13 points). DLB sophomore Brooklyn Benno, who finished with 12 points and sank a long 2-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half.

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