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The women's Basketball team tipped off the week's play with an exhibition against Duluth. Michelle Gaislerova & Rylee Nudell lead the way on offense for the Bison but their 35 combined points was more than 50% of the total points that they scored. I'm not going to sugar coat it, they had a terrible loss against UMD. The only semi-legitimate excuse that I can think of for losing to an "inferior" opponent is that they will be national champions on their level. Even that requires caveats though. It makes me think that the 13 wins I predicted them to have this year will be too high...Moving on
Soccer concluded their season with an 0-3 loss to Denver in the Summit tournament.
The men's Basketball team also had an exhibition out on Thursday against the overmatched Concordia Cobbers. The competition is unlike anything they will face this year, save an early January tilt against Dickinson State and even that may be a higher level of talent. So I can't bring myself to draw hard conclusions about the game itself but it may have shown some things to watch for within the games.
1) Vinnie Shahid looked like the real deal as the starting point guard. He only finished with seven points but it was a loud seven.
2) Freshman Sam Griesel may prove to be a diamond in the rough for the team from game one.
3) As many as 11 players could be regularly used in the rotation.
No hard conclusions but a couple things I saw that could bear out over the span of the season.
The Volleyball team got back on the court versus Western Illinois only to fall 1-3. They came back this afternoon against Fort Wayne only to suffer the same finish.
Also this afternoon came the most impressive outcome of the week and I don't think it's close, as the Wrestling team hosted the #17 ranked University of Northwestern and left the mat with a 26-17 win. Of the 10 weight classes to face off, NDSU won six. It marked the third year in a row that NDSU has been victorious over a top 20 ranked Wrestling team.
Which leaves only the Football team. They may not have been their best yesterday but they remained undefeated and had plenty of storylines to talk about. Check out the Pick Six for more on that one!
Two days of play for the fire breather started with a winning Friday as Volleyball won in Bemidji, 3-2. The day after they traveled to Crookston and took that one 3-1. They had dug too deep of a hole to back to even or better this year but after 11 straight losses they closed out the year with consecutive victories. That may be something that can carry on into the future!
Also on Friday was a pair of exhibitions by the Basketball teams. The ladies stormed the court when Morris came to town, 95-44. The included four players in double figures, none of which were their senior leader Jacky Volkert. That could bode well for their ability to put the ball through the hoop on a nightly basis, or it could mean that Morris is bad - we'll know soon. The guys also had four players get into double figures against Jamestown, and none of them are what I consider to be among the best of their roster, that's what exhibition games are about!
Saturday also featured an appearance at the NSIC Cross Country championships. Paced by Josh Young (4th), the men finished in third as a team while the ladies finished in eighth and were paced by Kathryn Sistrunk (28th).
The Aquathletes fell to Sioux Falls by 68 points.
Last but not least, the Football team continued their surprising successful season at Bemidji State. Zach Simons punched in a pair of scores over the mid section of the game while Jake Richter did his best Adam Thielen impression with 234 yards and two touchdowns through the air. That dwarfs Grady Bresnahan but he got to an impressive 137 yards receiving as well. Maybe most surprising of all is that even with all the offense that Moorhead managed, the Beavers were able to hang with them. With a little over two minutes to go in the game, BSU scored to close the margin to five points then recovered the onside kick. On the first play of the ensuing drive they fumbled and the Dragons got the ball back for good! It wasn't as easy as taking knees from there but they managed to run out the clock & survive for their seventh win of the year!
The corn cobs week started with a 3 on 1 exhibition against NDSU men's Basketball. The score doesn't matter but what does is that Thomas Schyma performed well for his team. All five of Concordia's starters played relatively well against the much more talented Bison so it should be taken as a positive day for the hoops!
On Friday each of the Hockey teams traveled into Wisconsin for contests in different areas. Both the men & the women scored two goals, which the good. The bad is that the men allowed four while the ladies gave up seven(!). They both came back with a chance to sweep the bad taste from their mouths on Saturday against other Scony schools. The ladies netter another but gave up four more scores. The guys on the other hand managed to limit Superior to two goals while getting five of their own past the goalie. That's a quick turn around but an impressive one for the fellas!
The Aquathletes also got after it on Saturday but fell by 56 points in Morris.
The Wrestling took part in an open in Jamestown, with no meaningful results to come of it.
And last but not least the Football team was at St. Olaf and got back on track. Two plays by Rylie Sheridan were the difference in the game. The first was a 10 yard run to cap a two play drive that covered 16 yards. The second was a 95 kickoff return halfway through the third. After that the defense locked up the Ollies as well as they have any team all year.
So there's room for improvement but a good week for the Cobbers athletics department!
The easy (& best) story from the week was the offensive explosion by Derrick Rose. 50 point games are great on their own but considering all that he's gone through professionally, it was a treat to watch. The thing is, he's been playing well all season, he just got a much larger slice of the pie to do what he had already been doing. It was unfortunate that he wasn't able to offer more of an encore against Golden State but he was nicked up so better to play it safe then to risk it becoming more of an issue. If he can come back and play as well as had over the first few weeks of the season, it makes Butler all the more expendable. Even though it makes no sense, the coach still can't get over himself enough to try and save his job by getting rid of the cancer.
So it was a good week with continuing undertones of negativity.
High School Sports
Both of the AAA teams that were looking to make it to the championship ran into buzz saws against Bismarck based opponents. You can see the full post about Sheyenne's test against Bismarck Century with photos and more! But Dakota Bowl Friday will still have some local flavor after Shanley & Hillsboro both ran their gauntlets to get to championship day. Granted, for Shanley it was just a matter of winning one game because they earned a first week bye. So well done by all and best wishes those who are still alive to keep the trophies in the area!
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