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Snocross

Hibbert announces retirement: Professional snocross racer Tucker Hibbert, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., announced his retirement from snowmobile competition Wednesday.

"It's time for me to retire from professional snocross racing," Hibbert said in a press release. "It's been a great career and now is the right time to move on. I'm healthy and happy. I've accomplished my goals, which were to do my best and enjoy the process of working hard with the people around me. We just finished a great season where I felt as good as I ever have and won my 11th championship."

Hibbert, 33, won his first X Games gold medal at the age of 15. In his 18 years as a professional snocross racer Hibbert won 138 of 235 pro national events, along with 11 pro championship titles, 10 X Games gold medals and two world championship titles

College baseball

UMC's Hjelle honored: Minnesota Crookston junior Reed Hjelle, a former East Grand Forks standout, was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II All-Central Region First Team as announced Wednesday.

Hjelle is the second player in school history to earn All-Region honors, joining Kenny Perez who was selected an NCBWA All-Central Region Second Team and D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team in 2016.

Hjelle advances to NCBWA All-America consideration. No Minnesota-Crookston baseball player has ever earned All-America honors.

Prep baseball

Red River 3, Wahpeton 2: Parker Monette, Zach Carolin and Peyton Lotysz each had two hits in leading Red River to a road win over Wahpeton on Wednesday.

The Roughriders finished with 10 hits. Connor Richardson picked up the win.

Men's golf

Bison finish 13th: The North Dakota State men's golf team finished in 13th place at the NCAA Pacific Regional, which concluded Wednesday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, Calif.

The Bison finished with a 54-hole, 22-over-par 886 team score with rounds of 297, 295 and 294.

Kansas won the regional title with a 20-under-par 844 with Stanford in second place with an 845. Kansas, Stanford, Iowa State, Alabama and Oregon all advanced to the NCAA Championship from the region.

Honors

UND leads Big Sky: UND had a Big Sky Conference-leading four teams receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) on Wednesday, marking the fourth consecutive year in which UND has led the conference.

North Dakota's four teams that received public recognition for the 2016-17 academic year included men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, and men's track & field. UND has now earned similar recognition 21 times across nine different sports since 2010.

The Public Recognition Awards are given each year to teams with APRs that rank among the top 10-percent nationally in their respective sport. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

"While the APR is a measurement that is not as commonly used as grade-point average or graduation rate, it is a measurement of retention and academic eligibility. It's a measurement that is a testament to our student-athletes and their dedication to achieving academic success and earning a degree, and to our coaches for ensuring that remains a priority. They all deserve this recognition," said Amanda Hajdu, UND's Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services.

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