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Preps Plus: Breckenridge's Yaggie picks NDSU for football

Breckenridge's Carson Yaggie (1) will be a walkon for the North Dakota State football team. Forum file photo1 / 2
Park Christian's Steele Senske hits a basket over Fergus Falls Hillcrest's Reggie Undseth Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Park Christian. Senske scored his 1,000th point during the game.David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

Breckenridge's Yaggie picks NDSU

Breckenridge senior Carson Yaggie always knew he wanted to work on the family farm after graduation. As the youngest, he was always out farming with his dad.

Another family tradition is playing sports at North Dakota State. Yaggie will join his great uncle and two cousins who played football, along with his cousin who played basketball, in becoming a Bison athlete.

"The tradition is something that anyone if they got the chance they'd love to be a part of it," Yaggie said. "I just thought it was a thing I couldn't pass up."

Yaggie started two seasons at quarterback for Breckenridge. He completed 212 of his 344 pass attempts for 3,816 yards and 36 touchdowns, while throwing 13 interceptions. He's coming off a senior season in which he threw for 1,962 yards and 20 touchdowns, while completing 119 of his 191 pass attempts. He threw nine interceptions and rushed for seven touchdowns as well as a senior.

"You're not going to find a better kid than Carson," Breckenridge football coach Chad Fredericksen said. "He is an academic all-state guy, so he has the smarts. He's a great leader, works his tail off. He's a great teammate. He is competitive to a fault. He's coachable, and he chucks the ball pretty dang good as well."

Yaggie was deciding between Minnesota State Moorhead and the University of North Dakota, but was really drawn by the college of agriculture at NDSU. It didn't hurt that a football visit as a junior was one he'll never forget.

"Last year, in my junior year, I went on a visit, and I was in awe the whole time because of everything they had and could offer," Yaggie said. "Honestly, I don't believe it at times."

Yaggie wasn't sure if he'd stay at the quarterback position or switch to wide receiver or defensive back. He played wide receiver his sophomore season at Breckenridge before moving to quarterback. He's been the quarterback since recess in first grade, but Yaggie is prepared for a switch if need be.

"It's hard. I've played that my entire life," Yaggie said. "The thing is, playing quarterback, you get a better development of where the defense is and how to read the defense. If I'm a receiver that will help."

Forum area basketball rankings

(The Forum ranks area basketball teams based on what team has the best chance to win a state title in its respective class)

Boys

1. Fergus Falls Hillcrest

2. Fergus Falls

3. Ada-Borup

4. Breckenridge

5. Perham

Girls

1. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross

2. Barnesville

3. New York Mills

4. Ada-Borup

5. Moorhead

Park Christian's Senske hits milestone

Moorhead Park Christian junior Steele Senske scored a game-high 25 points against Fergus Falls Hillcrest last Saturday, surpassing 1,000 points for his career in the process.

"He's such a dynamic player," Park Christian coach Josh Lee said. "He truly is fun to watch and fun to coach. It's not often that you get a player like that."

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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