Monday's local clipboard
UND picked 11th: UND will enter the 2018-19 season ranked No. 11 in the preseason USCHO.com Division I men's poll, which was released Monday. The USCHO.com poll consists of 50 voters, including coaches and beat writers and sports professionals from across the country.
North Dakota went 17-13-10 overall last season but missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001-02, ending the second-longest string of consecutive postseason appearances in the history of Division I men's hockey.
The Fighting Hawks return 19 letterwinners from last year's team, including reigning NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year Rhett Gardner, 2017-18 All-NCHC Honorable Mention defenseman Colton Poolman, 2017-18 All-NCHC Rookie Team forward Grant Mismash, and team goal-scoring leader Nick Jones.
Defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth topped the poll with 44 of 50 first-place votes, with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Providence rounding out the top five.
Mayville player honored: Jayden Warner of Mayville State is the North Star Athletic Association defensive specialist of the week.
The junior from Mayville accumulated 73 digs in leading the Comets to a 2-1 record during the week. She averaged 6.6 digs per set.
Mayville improved to 10-8 overall.
UMC player earns honor: Minnesota-Crookston linebacker Ali Alkhatib is the Northern Sun Intercollegiate conference Defensive Player of the Week after the Golden Eagles beat Minot State on Saturday.
Alkhatib recorded a sack in the end zone for a safety in the final two minutes, sealing the win. The linebacker led the Golden Eagles with eight tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, along with seven solo tackles.
The Golden Eagles picked up their first win since Nov. 7, 2015 and their first road victory since Nov. 3, 2007.
Alkhatib is the first NSIC Player of the Week selection since Dre Person was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 9, 2015.
Riders blank North: Grand Forks Red River beat Fargo North 9-0 on Monday.
At No. 1 singles, Kaden Johnson downed Mike Hallquist 6-1, 6-2. Johnson and Jack Lindgren won at No. 1 doubles, beating Hallquist and Mitchell Dummer 6-0, 6-3.
The Riders improved to 8-1.
Red River will host West Fargo Sheyenne today at 9 a.m. at Choice Health and Fitness.
GF Central 9, Fargo Shanley 0: Grand Forks Central improved to 9-0 with the home win on Monday.
At No. 1 singles, Logan Sandberg downed Finnian O'Donnell 6-4 7-6(4). Sandberg and Gary Wu teammed at No. 1 doubles and defeated O'Donnell and Jacob Jelinski 7-5, 7-5.
Central is scheduled to play at Valley City today.