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A number of area players will participate in the 2018 North Dakota Lions All-Star basketball series....

    MINOT, ND - A number of area players will participate in the 2018 North Dakota Lions All-Star basketball series. The games match outstanding Class A seniors from this past season against their Class B counterparts.

    Alli McCoy from Minot High will play on the Class A Girls team, while Brenna Tschetter from Minot is an alternate. Caitlyn Tveter from New Town was named to the Class B Girls team with Madison Uhlenkamp from Rugby and Abby Iverson from Stanley named alternates.

    Chandler Albertson from Minot High will play for the Class A Boys, while the Class B Boys team includes Leyton Lang from Our Redeemer's, Anthony Vetter from Bishop Ryan, Wyatt Hanson from Stanley, Jacob Rodin from Kenmare, Hart Andes from Lewis & Clark-North Shore, Derek Ferebee from Beulah along with Kyler McGillis and Dalton Prouty of St. John. Trent Marquart from Glenburn and Kaedyn Hanson of Stanley are alternates. Jeremy Feller from Bishop Ryan will be assistant coach for the Class B Boys.

    Games will be played Monday, July 9th, at Bismarck Legacy High School and Tuesday, July 10th at Fargo Civic Center. The girls game starts at 6 pm followed by the boys game.

Class B Girls
Drayton/Valley-Edinburg -- Taylor Reilly
Langdon-Edmore-Munich -- Jordyn Worley
North Star -- Stephanie Miller
Carrington -- Emerson Hoornaert
Kidder County -- Grace Benz
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion -- Anna Holen
Grant County -- Alexis Bentz, Taylor Roehl
Shiloh Christian -- Amber Stevahn
Killdeer -- Sydney Anderson, Trae Murray
New Town -- Caitlyn Tveter
Alternates -- Danielle Schwanke, Benson County; Madison Uhlenkamp, Rugby; Jadyn Pollert, Medina-Pingree-Buchanan; Meggie Fischer, Bowman County; Abby Iverson, Stanley; Avery Sundeen, Watford City
Coaches -- Nicole Bentz, Grant County, assisted by Ashlee Viveros, Killdeer

Class A Girls
Fargo Davies -- Carly Kottsick, Grace Geffre, Reagan Linster
Fargo North -- Mary Sem
Fargo Shanley -- Julia Vetter
West Fargo Sheyenne -- Kierra Freih
Minot -- Alli McCoy
Mandan -- Courtney Olson
Bismarck Legacy -- Whitney Thomas
Bismarck Century -- Mariya Kinnebrew, Bailee Otterness
Bismarck St. Mary's -- Tonya Dvorak
Alternates -- Gena Cornelius, Wahpeton; Courtney Lloyd and Mackenzie Peterson, Valley City; Brenna Tschetter, Minot; Kaitlyn Wanner, Bismarck St. Mary's
Coaches -- Ron Metz, Bismarck Century, assisted by Abby Thomas, Mandan

Class A Boys
West Fargo -- Joe Pistorious, Abdi Surfi
West Fargo Sheyenne -- Zach Westphal, Kemal Hajric
Fargo Shanley -- Jake Kava, Cam Saville
Minot -- Chandler Albertson
Mandan -- Trae Steckler, Cam Steckler
Bismarck Century -- Josh Sipes, Kade Amundson
Bismarck High -- Ian Schafer
Alternates -- Debyn Johnson, Grand Forks Central; Jagger Miller, Devils Lake; Sam O'Keeffe, Fargo South; Austin Wolf, Bismarck Legacy
Coaches -- Darin Mattern, Bismarck Century, assisted by Tom Kirchoffner, West Fargo Sheyenne

Class B Boys
St. John -- Kyler McGillis, Dalton Prouty
Carrington -- Garrett Bickett
Fargo Oak Grove -- Andrew Christianson
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood -- Luke Foertsch
Our Redeemers -- Leyton Lang
Bishop Ryan -- Anthony Vetter
Beulah -- Derek Ferebee
Hettinger-Scranton -- Isaiah Kludt
Lewis & Clark-North Shore-Plaza -- Hart Andes
Stanley -- Wyatt Hanson
Kenmare -- Jacob Rodin
Alternates -- Tyler Hegg, Thompson; Dominic Schuster, Midway-Minto; Hunter Sand, Dakota Prairie; Trent Marquart, Glenburn; Kaedyn Hanson, Stanley
Coaches -- Elliot Rotvold, Hillsboro-Central Valley, assisted by Jeremy Feller, Bishop Ryan


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Max Kepler hit his second home run of the game, connecting for a solo drive with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins bounced back from a late collapse to beat the Houston Astros 9-8 this afternoon.
     After the Twins blew an 8-1 lead, Kepler homered with two strikes off Brad Peacock (1-1). Kepler hit a two-run homer to cap an eight-run fourth, an inning that included Eddie Rosario's bases-loaded triple.
     A throwing error by second baseman Brian Dozier helped Houston tie it in the ninth. Down 8-6, the Astros loaded the bases with one out against Fernando Rodney. George Springer grounded into an RBI forceout, and the tying run scored when Dozier threw wide to first trying for a double play.
     A series that had been marked by cold weather, walks and strikeouts finally saw a bit of offense after both starters faltered in the middle innings.
     The first-pitch temperature was 44 degrees after starting in the 30s at night the previous two days. The teams combined for 32 walks and 60 strikeouts in the three-game series.
     Lance McCullers Jr. (1-2) allowed a career-high eight runs in 3 2/3 innings for the Astros. He gave up seven hits, tied a career high with six walks and struck out six.
     Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson couldn't take advantage of the big inning by the Twins' offense. The following half inning, the Astros scored four times and chased him.
     After giving up one earned run in his first 10 1/3 innings this season, Gibson surrendered five runs as he walked four batters and gave up seven hits.
     Houston's Alex Bregman had a career-high four hits, including his first homer of the season.

     UNDATED (AP) - It's the last day of the NBA season, with just one spot in the playoffs still up for grabs.
     That will be decided when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Denver Nuggets. The winner heads to the playoffs and the loser to the offseason. It's the first time since 1997 - and only the third time since the NBA went to this postseason format in 1983 - that two teams will play on the season's final day in such a situation.
     Minnesota is trying to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2004 - the longest current drought in the NBA. Denver - winner of six straight to give itself this chance - is trying to get to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
     There are nine teams that know today is the last day of their season. And 15 teams already have clinched playoff berths.
     The eight first-round matchups remain to be set. The only order of business that was cleared up Tuesday was the No. 2 overall seed, with Toronto now assured of finishing with the NBA's second-best record.

     UNDATED (AP) - The first round of the Stanley Cup playoff begins today. In the Eastern conference, the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins host Philadelphia. In the West, Minnesota visits Winnipeg and Las Vegas hosts Los Angeles.

     DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR has suspended Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Alan Gustafson for two races after Chase Elliott's car was found to have an illegal rear window during the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Elliott was docked 20 points, and Gustafson was fined $50,000. The 20-point penalty drops Elliott from 15th to 18th in the Cup standings.
     Hendrick Motorsports says in a statement it won't appeal the penalty. Kenny Francis, a former crew chief for Kasey Kahne, will serve as Elliott's crew chief for the next two races, in Bristol and Richmond.
     Hendrick Motorsports attributed the violation to an "unintentional support bracket failure" on the No. 9 Chevrolet. Elliott finished 11th  on Sunday.
     It's the second penalty for Elliott's team this year. He was docked 25 points and saw his car chief suspended for two races following a suspension violation last month.

     LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wait is over. Baseball's All-Star Game is returning to Dodger Stadium in 2020 for the first time since 1980, thanks in large part to the upgrades made by the team's ownership in recent years.
     Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement from a platform in center field today with Dodgers alumni Don Newcombe, Tom Lasorda, Manny Mota, Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Reggie Smith looking on. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, injured third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen joined them under a hot sun.
     Manfred cited three factors in awarding the 2020 edition to Los Angeles: the city offers a "great place" to showcase the game's younger talent, Dodger Stadium is iconic as baseball's third-oldest park, and "it's time for us to be back here."

     CLEVELAND (AP) - Veteran forward Kendrick Perkins is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland signed Perkins today, the final day of the regular season, and will have him on its playoff roster as it tries to make the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year. The 33-year-old Perkins was with the Cavs during their 2015 run to the Finals.
     The 6-foot-10 Perkins also was with Cleveland during training camp this season, and spent time with its Canton G-League affiliate. Perkins hasn't played in the NBA since 2016 with New Orleans.
     Perkins gives Cleveland some frontcourt depth in case of an injury and another player with postseason experience who can provide leadership.
     A 13-year veteran, Perkins has also played for Boston and Oklahoma City. He won a title with the Celtics in 2008.
     The late-season roster addition is not new for the Cavs, who signed guard Dahntay Jones the past two years and center Edy Tavares in 2017.
     In other NBA news:
     - The Milwaukee Bucks are getting All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Matthew Dellavedova back from right ankle injuries for the regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo has missed the last two games. Dellavedova's injury was more serious, sidelining him since Feb. 4. Malcolm Brogdon returned on Monday from a 30-game absence for a quad injury, meaning that the Bucks are back at full strength with the postseason beginning this weekend.
     - The G League MVP is now eligible for the NBA playoffs. The Toronto Raptors converted guard Lorenzo Brown's contract to a standard NBA deal on Wednesday, meaning he'll be available to them in the postseason that starts this weekend. Brown had been on a two-way deal, and he is with the Raptors for their regular-season finale at Miami. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.9 assists for Raptors 905 this season on his way to winning the G League MVP. Brown had a season-high 11 points against Detroit on Monday.

     VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Jalen Brunson, The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year, has declared for the NBA draft after winning two national titles at Villanova. The star guard will forego his final season after helping lead the Wildcats to their second national championship in three years. Brunson averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists per game in 40 games for the Wildcats this season.

    Mikal Bridges, who averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Wildcats, made the same decision on Monday.


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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