Liftee, Fast sign with Beavers
Minot State women’s basketball announced the signing of Hunter Liftee and Alyx Fast to join the Beavers for the 2016-17 season.
Liftee is a junior college transfer from Kamuela, Hawaii, who played the past two seasons at Arizona Western College, while Fast prepped at Centralia High School in Chehalis, Wash.
A 5-foot-10 small forward, Liftee gives the Beavers versatility at the wing. She averaged 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this past season, playing both inside and out for the 17-13 Lady Matadors. She shot 31.6 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore. Liftee averaged 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a freshman.
“We are very excited to have Hunter joining us,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “She brings experience at the forward position after playing for a great program at Arizona Western.”
Liftee was a prep standout at Honoka’a High School, earning her team’s Most Outstanding Player award, while being named first team all-conference in 2013-14.
“Hunter is a terrific kid with great character and exemplifies they type of person we want in our program,” Green Gerding said. “She adds athleticism, solid rebounding and scoring ability. Hunter has good quickness and will be a tough matchup for slower defenders. She has a great motor and plays very hard. We are optimistic about her future here.”
Fast is a 5-foot-9 point guard who was named to the Washington Coaches Association all-state team. She was also named first-team all-league, second team Olympian all-area and was a team captain.
“We are very excited to have Alyx join our basketball family,” Green Gerding said. “Alyx is a terrific young lady with the high-character values we look for in our players. She brings consistent scoring ability and a good understanding of the game to our team.”
As a senior at Centralia, Fast finished with a 14.3 scoring average, hitting 30.9 percent of her 3-pointers, 45 percent from the floor and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line.
“She will stretch the floor with her ability to shoot the deep 3, but is also very versatile and can score off the bounce as well,” Green Gerding said. “She also has a tremendous work ethic and will continue to improve her game every year. We believe Alyx has a very bright future and her best playing years are ahead of her.”
MSU has signed five incoming student-athletes, including three incoming freshmen and two junior college transfers along with NCAA DII transfer Gabby Wilkinson, who transferred at the semester break.
Klein, Arnold lead Majettes
DICKINSON – In the final regular-season track meet of the year – the West Region Last Chance meet – sophomore Elise Klein and senior Annika Arnold logged wins for Minot High, which finished second as a team.
Klein jumped her way to a first in the triple jump with a leap of 34-10 while Arnold topped the field in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 47.13. Arnold placed third in the 200 with a time of 27.28.
Minot’s 4×200 relay – freshman Caitlyn Messner, freshman Tessa Olson, junior Tatiyana Tingle, sophomore Abby Pankow – crossed in a time of 1:57.68, placing them second.
Freshman Abigail Folk finished second in the 2-mile with a time of 13:46.57 while eighth-grader Abbie Wahlund crossed with a time of 5:32.54 in the mile, good enough for third place.
Junior Madison Lehner threw third-best in the javelin with a toss of 99-08 while freshman Lauren Picard also placed third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.08.
The Majettes travel to Dickinson on Friday for the West Region meet.
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