The Vikings had the late game tonight. You can check Twitter for a lot of thoughts about it but the pros & cons rundown won't be up until the morning.
NDSU Basketball returned with a major push for attention. It started with the men traveling to K-State in a game that they had a chance to win but the guys weren't able to make enough plays down the stretch.
The Women tipped off the next day in Cedar Falls in what would have also been a signature victory right out of the gate but Jory Collins squad wasn't quite up to the task.
The guys were back at home on Thursday night against Mayville State and rolled to a 40 point win with 12 players getting on the floor, 11 of whom got in the book. The biggest surprise of the early stretch was the usage of Maleeck Harden-Hayes against K-State. He proved to be a good talent at Moorhead but he must have shown a lot to the coaches for them to trust him that much already.
On Friday the Volleyball team traveled to Vermillion but were shutout by South Dakota.
Saturday started with the Wrestling team having the Bison Open. That is about as long of a list of results as you'll see but it was a good showing by many of the competitors. The Football team also hosted Western Illinois in another dominating performance but you'll have to check the knocker for more.
Volleyball returned in Denver but were once again shutout. The women's Basketball team also hit the court to close out the week. They never trailed in regulation but weren't able to close out the game before Northern Illinois could tie it up and force overtime. The bonus time went the way of the visitors in what was still a positive step in the young season for the Bison.
Moorhead State started with the Volleyballers traveling to Bismarck and knocking off the University of Mary 3-1.
On Wednesday the Soccer team hosted St. Cloud but lost 3-0.
On Friday they traveled to Northern State for the season finale and lost again, 1-0. The women's Basketball team was also in South Dakota and squared off against another nationally-ranked opponent, edging Central Missouri 58-56 in a textbook balanced-offense game by the Dragons. The men's team was in Missouri but lost 70-55. Meanwhile, back in Moorhead, the Volleyball team hosted Sioux Falls but lost 3-1.
To close out the week the Cross-Country teams were at the NCAA regionals, also in Missouri and each finished well off podium position. The Football team hosted Bemidji State but were edged 28-24. The Volleyball team was shutout by SW MN St. The men's Basketball team lost 92-71 against NW Mo. St. while the women cruised to a98-41 win over Rogers St. Megan Hintz lead the way with 29 points on 11 of 13 shots.
Concordia started the week off late as their Wrestling team traveled to the Bismarck to face the University of Mary. Of the 10 weight-classes that were going, the Cobbers only managed points in of them. Tyler Bents got all six points as it finished 28-6.
It didn't take long for the worm to turn though as both basketball & Hockey teams competed on Friday. The Cobber men's Basketball were lead by 27 points from Thomas Schyma but Morris had four players with at least 13 points. That balance ultimately proved to be too much as Concordia was on the wrong end of an 86-82 final. The women's Basketball team also hosted the Cougars and were lead by 23 points from Emily Beseman off the bench, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. She was joined in double figures by Autumn Thompson & Mary Sem as they rolled to a 78-63 win in game 1. On the ice, the men were in River Falls, Wisconsin. A third-period goal by Blake Berg broke a 2-2 tie created after Tyler Bossert tied it at 1's and Aaron Ryback took the lead. All four of the earlier goals came in the second period, both of Moorhead's happening within 30 seconds of each other. Meanwhile, back in Moorhead, the women hosted Northland. After falling behind 2-0, McKenzie Oelkers put on in for the Cobbers. Sara Baumann & Amanda Flemming gave Concordia a brief 3-2 lead but Northland scored again to force overtime. In the extra period Ally Wiitala closed out the scoring and got the Cobbers the victory.
On Saturday each team returned to play against the same opponents. The men's team lost 4 - 1 while the women got 1 goal from Kaitlyn Page in overtime which was all that was neede to win 1-0. The Football team hosted St. Olaf and did well to encore their great win from a week ago. Thanks to a suffocating effort by the defense and a pair of rushing scores, one apiece by Wyatt Curtis & Austin Einerson, Concordia walked off the field with a 14-0 victory with the Troll in tow and the seniors never to return to play at the Jake. They will have a chance to finish the season with a .500 record against Carleton on Saturday.
Minnesota struggled through a week without either of their top two point-guards but still nearly ended the week with an upset victory over the championship contender from mile-high. Jarrett Culver is improving on a game-by-game basis and the duo of RoCo & Okogie are starting to give opponents fits but without an experienced player acting as the primary ball-handler the team will continue to be a struggle. Teague and Napier both may be back sooner than later but each is having his value confirmed by the absence.
Fargo went on the road this weekend to face Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. They were doubled up, 4-2 on Friday but returned to the ice for a 2-1 win on Saturday over Dubuque. They'll return to home ice this weekend for a doubleheader against Madison.
High School Sports
The Dakota Bowl field was set this weekend, with a pair of area teams making it to the championship for the top two levels. Sheyenne took care of West Fargo, which you can read & see more about, while Hillsboro shutout St. Mary's to reach the title game again in their first season in AA. As always, Friday at the Dome is going to be a lot of fun!
On the Minnesota side, the Moorhead Volleyball team was in the Cities for the state tournament but fell on back to back days to end their season. The Spuds Football wasn't able to advance any further either, as they came up a couple points short in a shootout against Elk River. With a great deal of their talent returning next Fall, this may not be the last we hear of Moorhead with these boys. Barnesville, Ada/Borup & Win/E/Mac each won by double digits to advance to the semi-finals. Win/E/Mac & Barnesville will play consecutively on Friday morning at the Purple Palace against Mountain Lake Area for W/E/M & Caledonia for Barnesville while A/B will start just before noon on Saturday against Blooming Prairie. All in all, having five teams still alive for championships is pretty good!
As further proof that Winter has arrived, the Moorhead girls Hockey team had their first action of the season on Friday against Bloomington Jefferson, a 3-1 win.