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K-Heart Sports - Tuesday - 06/25/19 - Morning Edition

North Dakota State's football program, Thompson High School athletics and Dick Limke were honored by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association with its Special Achievement Award, the highest honor given out by the group....

    FARGO, ND - How is this for special achievements: A college football program that won an unprecedented seventh national championship and earned a trip to the White House, a high school where three teams won state titles and five others placed at state, and a man who has been inducted into five Hall of Fames. North Dakota State's football program, Thompson High School athletics and Dick Limke were honored by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association with its Special Achievement Award, the highest honor given out by the group.

NDSU football

    NDSU's 2018 football team was arguably one of the program's best during its incredible run of seven Football Championship Subdivision titles in the last eight years. Loaded with 24 seniors, the Bison rolled to a 15-0 record - outscoring its opponents 41.5-12.6.

    No other team in college football has won seven titles in eight years or five in a row. Mount Union (Ohio) won nine NCAA Division II titles in 13 years beginning in 1996 and ending in 2008. Carroll College (Mont.) took the NAIA championship six times in a nine-year period from 2002-10. Alabama won five FBS titles in 10 years.

    NDSU surpassed Georgia Southern for the most titles in FCS history - becoming the fifth FCS team to finish an undefeated season as national champions, joining the 2013 Bison team.

    Under head coach Chris Klieman, who would later leave NDSU to become the head coach at Kansas State, the Bison were 69-6 with four national titles in five years and 112-8 with seven titles in eight years since he joined the program as an assistant.

    Two months after winning a national title, 110 players and more than 40 coaches and athletic department staff got to visit the White House and meet President Donald Trump.

Thompson athletics

    State tournament trips became commonplace for Thompson High School during the 2018-19 school year. Thompson teams won Class B state championships in 9-man football, volleyball and boys basketball. Thompson also won region championships in girls basketball (finishing third at state) and baseball (finishing second at state) and qualified for the state softball tournament with a runner-up region finish (finishing fifth at state).

    Each of those six teams won at least two games at their respective state tournaments. Each finished 12 or more wins above the .500 mark. Combined, they had a 137-13-1 won-loss-tie record (.913 winning percentage).

    In addition, Thompson was runner-up in its region in boys and girls track, finishing second at the Class B girls state track meet, and the Tommies finished eighth in both the girls and boys B state cross country meets.

     In football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball, those athletes include 14 players who won a total of 24 all-region awards and seven players who won a total of nine all-state awards. And that doesn't include Lana Krack and Izzy Shirek, who won three and two races, respectively, at the Class B state track meet as well as the winning girls 3,200-meter relay.

Dick Limke

    In addition to being a standout athlete at Minot State, Dick Limke spent more than 30 years of coaching at the high school and collegiate level in North Dakota. It explains why Limke is a member in five different Hall of Fames that include: Minot State, North Dakota Amateur Basketball, Manitoba Baseball, North Dakota High School Coaches Association and Magic City Youth Baseball.

    His illustrious career all started at Minot State where he was a standout in basketball and baseball from 1959 to 1963. In basketball, he was a member of the 1963 conference champions and currently ranks ninth on the all-time scoring list. In baseball, he was named the top NAIA pitcher in the nation with a 0.54 earned run average. He spent three years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before returning to North Dakota to start his coaching career.

    After coaching fives years at both Center and Tioga, Limke was the head boys basketball coach at Bismarck St. Mary's from 1972 to 1985 - when he won a state title his first year and took St. Mary's to three other state tournaments including a 1981 runnerup finish.

    Limke became the head men's basketball coach at Minot State in 1985, a gig that last until 1998. He led Minot State to two NDCAC regular-season titles and two NDCAC tournament titles - guiding the 1994-95 team to the NAIA national tournament.


    MINOT, ND - The Minot Metros put together a huge rally in the first game of a doubleheader against Watford City yesterday at Corbett Field. The Metros were down 1-9 after two innings, but stormed back as Jonas Bubach tallied the walk-off single and a 10-9 win.

American Legion Baseball
    Class AA
            Minot Vistas 8, Grand Forks Royals 4
            Minot Vistas 6, Grand Forks Royals 4

            West Fargo Patriots 7, Bismarck Governors 5
            Bismarck Governors 10, West Fargo Patriots 0 (6)

    Class A
            Minot Metros 10, Watford City 9
            Watford City 9, Minot Metros 7    

            Jamestown 7, Bismarck Reps 4
            Bismarck Reps 10, Jamestown 9



     UNDATED (AP) - The NBA handed out its annual awards on Monday, and two of the big winners are from the Milwaukee Bucks.

     Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. The 24-year-old forward from Greece beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and Houston's James Harden, who won last year. Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds.

     Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer came away with Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career at the NBA Awards. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals before a loss to the eventual-champion Raptors.

     Mavericks small forward Luka Doncic won the Rookie of the Year award. The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists for Dallas this past season after being taken with the third overall pick in the draft.

     Lou Williams of the Clippers has received the Sixth Man award for the second consecutive season and third time in five years. Williams delivered 20 points and 5.4 assists a game while starting just once in his 75 games.

     Toronto's Pascal Siakam is the league's most improved player after averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 boards for the NBA champs. He also scored 19 points a game during the postseason.

     Wizards guard Bradley Beal has received the NBA Cares Community Assist honor.

     Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were given the league's lifetime achievement award.

     In other NBA news:

     - Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ahead of the start of free agency this weekend. Asked if he is optimistic about the talks with the two stars, Myers said "We'll see."

     - The Hawks have traded Kent Bazemore to the Trail Blazers for Evan Turner is a swap of high-priced players heading into the final year of their contracts. Bazemore lost his starting job midway through last season and is set to make nearly $19.3 million in the last season of a four-year, $70 million deal. Turner will make $18.6 million to serve as a backup point guard behind rookie star Trae Young.

     - The NBA has fined the Knicks $50,000 for violating media rules by not allowing the New York Daily News to cover one of the team's news conferences. The Knicks have feuded with the tabloid for years over what the team feels is negative coverage.



     UNDATED (AP) - The New York Yankees have tied the major league record for consecutive games with a home run.

     Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton went deep as the Yanks topped the Blue Jays, 10-8 and extended their home run streak to 27 games, matching the mark set by the 2002 Rangers. Stanton's first home run of the season was a three-run blast that highlighted the Yankees' seven-run sixth. Hicks also hit a three-run shot while New York built a 10-2 lead.

     CC Sabathia pitched six innings of two-run ball for his 251st career victory.

     Elsewhere on the major league diamonds:

     - The Red Sox were able to celebrate a 6-5 win over the White Sox when Marco Hernandez beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Eduardo Nunez hit a solo homer and tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Mookie Betts also homered as Boston ended a two-game skid and won for the ninth time in 12 games.

     - The Indians picked up a 3-2 win over the Royals on a walk-off, solo homer by Jason Kipnis in the 10th inning. Kipnis is batting .471 with four homers and 14 RBIs in his past nine games, one reason why Cleveland is an AL-leading 15-6 this month. Indians rookie Bobby Bradley hit an RBI double for the second time since making his big league debut on Sunday.

     - David Peralta hit a tiebreaking RBI single while the Diamondbacks scored four times in the eighth to beat the Dodgers, 8-5. Former Dodger Tim Locastro put the game out of reach with a two-run double. Christian Walker and starting pitcher Zack Greinke homered for Arizona, which ended the Dodgers' six-game winning streak.

     - Willson Contreras slammed a solo homer and drove in three as the Cubs won a matchup of NL division leaders, 8-3 over the Braves. Jason Heyward added a solo homer for the Cubs, who put together a five-run fifth and moved a game ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central. Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings to help Chicago cut the Braves' lead in the NL East to 5  1/2 games over Philadelphia.

     - The Phillies scored just 15 runs during their seven-game losing streak before their offense broke through with four home runs in a 13-7 victory over the Mets. Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins and Mikael Franco went deep off Steven Matz before Jay Bruce added a blast against his former team. Franco had three RBIs, including a two-run blast that put Philadelphia ahead, 7-6.

     - David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the third and Jon Gray worked six innings as the Rockies posted a 2-0 shutout of the Giants. Jon Gray struck out six in six innings, allowing four hits and walking two in his eighth win. Drew Pomeranz matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over five innings but left trailing 2-0.



     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Michigan is one victory away from its first NCAA baseball title since 1962. Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, a two-run blast in the seventh inning of the Wolverines' 7-4 win against Vanderbilt in Omaha, Nebraska. Kerr has hit seven of his 15 homers over 11 NCAA Tournament games and is 7 for 18 in the CWS. Tommy Henry was unflappable for a second straight start, striking out eight while pitching 8 1/3 innings of seven-hit ball. Game 2 is tonight.



     UNDATED (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has a torn elbow ligament, an injury that usually leads to Tommy John surgery. The team says it's determining what to do with Hicks, who has hit 105 mph with fastballs this season and routinely reaches triple digits with his heater. Hicks left Saturday's game against the Angels in the ninth inning after retiring four batters. The 22-year-old Hicks is 2-2 with 14 saves and a 3.14 ERA in 29 games, striking out 31 in 28 2/3 innings. Hicks made his big league debut last year, pitching in 73 games.

     In other MLB news:

     - The Cubs say closer Craig Kimbrel could be activated later this week, three weeks after signing a free-agent contract. Kimbrel allowed one run in 2/3 innings for Iowa on Saturday. It was his only run allowed in 2 2/3 innings over three appearances.

     - Asdrubal Cabrera has had his suspension reduced from four to three games on appeal by Major League Baseball. The Texas Rangers third baseman will miss the team's upcoming three-game series that begins Tuesday at Detroit. Cabrera was punished for hitting umpire crew chief Bill Miller on the foot with a small plastic guard or batting gloves.

     - The Orioles have signed the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, catcher Adley Rutschman of Oregon State. The 21-year-old switch-hitter batted .411 with 17 home runs as a junior for the Beavers this year.

     - The Mets have fined manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas for their expletive-filled confrontation with a reporter after a weekend loss at Wrigley Field. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen made the announcement before the Mets played in Philadelphia. He did not disclose the amount of the fines.

     - The Dodgers say they're studying how to improve the protective netting after a young girl was hit in the head by a liner from slugger Cody Bellinger. The fan was hit Sunday and taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.



     UNDATED (AP) - The Vegas Golden Knights have signed high-scoring forward William Karlsson to an eight-year contract before he can test the free agent market on Monday. The deal has an average annual value of $5.9 million. The 26-year-old Karlsson had 24 goals and 32 assists in 82 games last season after establishing career highs with 43 goals and 35 assists in the Knights' inaugural season.

     Elsewhere around the NHL:

     - The Stars have acquired right wing Ryan Hartman from the Flyers for center Tyler Pitlick. Hartman had 12 goals and 14 assists while playing 83 games last season, splitting time between Nashville and the Flyers. Pitlick had eight goals and four assists in 47 games for Dallas before appearing in six playoff games for the Stars.

     - The Blackhawks have acquired veteran defenseman Calvin de Haan and minor league forward Aleksi Saarela from the Hurricanes for defenseman Gustav Forsling and goaltender Anton Forsberg. The 28-year-old de Haan had one goal and 13 assists in 74 games last season after signing a four-year, $18.2 million free-agent package with Carolina last season.

     - Wild defenseman Brad Hunt has agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million. Hunt had five points in 29 games with the Wild last season after coming over from Vegas in a midseason trade.



     ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge has approved a settlement calling for the NFL's Rams to pay up to $24 million to personal seat license holders in St. Louis. Several St. Louis PSL holders filed a class-action lawsuit after the team moved to Los Angeles in January 2016. The lawsuit calls for PSL holders to get 30% of the original purchase price, a refund for the nine unused years of the seat license fee, plus damages.



     WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods is no longer a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a drunken driver who died in a December car crash. Attorneys for the parents of Nicholas Immesberger filed an amended complaint Friday in Palm Beach County court dropping Woods from the suit. The complaint still targets The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, in which the pro golfer is an investor. It also includes restaurant general manager Erica Herman, who is in a relationship with Woods.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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