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KESSLER TO COACH MANDAN E-SPORTS

Stephen Kessler has been hired as the first head coach of Mandan’s Esports team.

A Beulah and NDSU graduate (2015), Kessler is currently a welding instructor at Mandan High School.

“We are thrilled to take the next step in our Esports program by adding Stephen,” Mandan activities director Mark Wiest said. "Stephen had a detailed approach and has a strong overall knowledge of the competitive game landscape. His passion for Esports and student development make him the right person to guide this new endeavor.”

BLOMS MAKES ACE AT PEBBLE CREEK

Mitch Bloms made a hole-in-one at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Bismarck on Monday.

Bloms aced the 132-yard second hole, using a 7-iron.

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Caleb Belile was there to witness it.

LIBERTY BEAT LYNX

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Odyssey Sims had 17 points, Stephanie Talbot added 16 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 89-73 on Tuesday night.

Minnesota led 40-29 before New York closed the half on an 11-2 run with seven straight points from Rebecca Allen. She scored a franchise-best 20 points in the quarter — just two points shy of the WNBA record.

Minnesota jumped ahead in the third quarter, scoring 20 of the first 31 points, and cruised.

Napheesa Collier and Danielle Robinson each had 14 points for Minnesota (13-12). Sylvia Fowles had seven points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.

Allen finished with a career-high 28 points for New York (8-16), which has lost six straight and nine of 10. Allen was 11 of 15 from the field, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range. The fifth-year player set her previous high of 21 points last Wednesday.

Tanisha Wright had six assists for New York to move into a tie with Temeka Johnson for 10th all-time in the WNBA. Tina Charles was held to seven points on 2-of-9 shooting, and Asia Durr and Amanda Zahui B. did not play because of injury.

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