Magi tennis sweeps Bismarck High, 9-0
BISMARCK — The Minot High School boys tennis team earned its second sweep over the Bismarck High Demons on Thursday afternoon. With the 9-0 win, Minot improved to 5-1 (5-1 WDA). The Demons fell to 0-5 (0-5 WDA).
“After a nine-day layoff, it felt good to get back on the court,” MHS head coach Scott DeLorme said. “We maybe mixed in some rust, but all in all, continued to do good things.”
Junior Zach Diehl, Minot’s No. 1 singles player, fought back for a three-set victory over Lucas Schell after dropping the first set in a 6-7 (5) tiebreak. Diehl won the next two sets by scores of 7-5, 6-3.
“Zach Diehl did a very nice job coming back after losing a very tough first set tiebreak,” DeLorme said.
Minot senior Zach Renaud earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Adam Varichek at No. 2 singles. Fellow senior Ridge Jaeger picked up a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Tyler Wahl at No. 3 singles.
Sophomore Hunter Rice, eighth-grader Aidan Diehl and junior Colby Opp cleaned up the bottom three singles positions. Those three players defeated Isaiah Koch, Gabe Hanson and Makai Ogoshi, respectively.
In doubles, Zach Diehl and Jaeger defeated Schell and Varichek at the No. 1 spot. The Magicians’ pair of Renaud/Rice seized a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory at No. 2, while Aidan Diehl and eighth-grader Grayson Schaeffer claimed a quick 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 3.
“Our No. 2 doubles team dropped a close second set, but I thought they got better in the third set and started to close and be a little more aggressive in everything they did.”
The Magi will host Mandan at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon.
Hagerott’s hat trick helps Minot defeat Dickinson, 5-0
DICKINSON — Three second-half goals sealed the 5-0 victory for Minot High School during Thursday evening’s contest against Dickinson. The Magicians improved to 5-2-1 (5-2-1 WDA) off the strength of junior Ezra Hagerott’s hat trick. Dickinson dropped to 2-6-0 (2-6-0 WDA).
Hagerott struck for Minot’s first goal in the fifth minute of the game. Senior Kam Foley followed up with another goal in the 32nd minute. Both goals were unassisted.
In the second half, junior Aiden Stewart assisted on a goal from senior Cam Bolinske. Hagerott added two more unassisted goals and completed his hat trick.
Minot held a 23-7 shots on goal advantage (12-5 on target). Magi sophomore goalkeeper JJ Dufner notched five saves.
The Magi will face Bismarck Century at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Duane Carlson Stadium.
Majettes volleyball swipes road sweep in Dickinson
DICKINSON — The Minot High School volleyball improved to 2-1 overall (2-1 WDA) with a quick road sweep of winless Dickinson (0-3, 0-3 WDA) on Thursday evening by set scores of 25-9, 25-15, 25-20.
“We continue to gel and have fun,” MHS head coach Sherry Carlson said. “I do not see the tightness that has plagued us previously. Things ran fairly smooth for the night, and we were able to get the ball to everyone.”
The Majettes offensive attack was spearheaded by Morgan Wheeler (13 kills) and Mariah Evenson (9 kills). Wheeler finished with an admirable .458 attacking percentage.
Co-setter Paige Ackerman also made the most of her kill opportunities, going 4-for-6, to complement 14 assists. Fellow rotating setter Cambry Frantsvog added 20 assists.
Libero Reese Terrel had four of Minot’s five aces in the match. Micah Walters had the other.
“We served with authority,” Carlson said. “That helped set us up for success.”
Defensively, Terrel picked up a team-high 10 digs, following by Evenson (7) and Ackerman (5). Wheeler had two blocks and Jenna Hardy picked up one more.
Next up, the Majettes hosts Bismarck St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.
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