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MONDAY'S LOCAL CLIPBOARD: Riders third after first day of East-West Classic

Red River's Kelly DeBeltz follows through on a shot Monday during the East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club. Photo/John M. Steiner, Forum News Service
Girls golf

Riders third after first round: Grand Forks Red River is in third place after Monday’s opening round of the East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club.

Red River ended with a 336. Bismarck Century’s 325 leads the way as play wraps up today. Minot is second at 333.

Grand Forks Central is 11th at 388.

Julia Miller’s 82 led River River. She is tied for 10th.

Central was led by Sydney Hanson’s 91.

Bismarck Century’s Hannah Herbel is atop the leaderboard with a 72.

Women’s basketball

UND announces assistant: John Motherwell, previously an assistant coach with the UND women's basketball team from 2010-11, was announced as the team's recruiting coordinator and new assistant coach on Monday by head coach Travis Brewster.

Motherwell returns to UND after stints at West Florida, Detroit Mercy, Minnesota, Valparaiso and most recently as the head coach at Finlandia University.

“Bringing Coach Motherwell back will extend out recruiting outside the box so to speak,” Brewster said. “He's extremely resourceful and connected in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and can add some international zeal. His energy, work ethic and vast experience is welcomed back and has always been a strength of his."

Motherwell served with Brewster on former UND head coach Gene Roebuck's staff in 2010-11, coincidentally mentoring both Mallory Bernhard and Emily Evers as players, who make up the rest of Brewster's current staff.

“Brew is a winner and has proven it in the brief time UND was in the Big Sky.  He is someone I have respected since I first met him and is a close and trusted friend, too," Motherwell said. "You can count on your hands how many schools have as loyal and passionate of a following as we do here at North Dakota. And that is especially pronounced in women's basketball, which I got to experience first hand. That was as big of a determinant in coming back as anything."

Last season, Motherwell was Finlandia's head coach, an NCAA Division III school in Michigan. He's no stranger to the Midwest as he got his start in coaching with several high schools in Michigan. He moved to the collegiate ranks as an assistant at St. Scholastica (1998-99) and Concordia St. Paul (1999-00) before assistant coaching stops at Minnesota State Moorhead (2000-05) and Milwaukee (2005-10).

Most recently, Motherwell spent two years at Minnesota (2014-16) helping the Golden Gophers win 43 games and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.  

A native of Michigan, Motherwell lettered in football at Eastern Michigan. He later earned a B.S. in General Studies from Michigan. Motherwell is married to wife, Sherri, and they have two kids, Annie and Joe.

Women’s soccer

UND picked fifth in Summit: Entering its first season in the Summit League, UND has been picked fifth in a preseason poll of conference head coaches, the league announced Monday.

Coaches selected Denver to win the league. The Pioneers received six of the nine first-place votes.

No. 2 South Dakota State received the other three first-place votes.

The rest of the poll includes Oral Roberts in third, North Dakota State in fourth, UND in fifth, South Dakota in sixth, Omaha in seventh and Purdue Fort Wayne and Western Illinois finished in a tie for eighth.