2017 Forum Sports Year in Review: November through December
Wentz, Thielen named NFL Pro Bowlers
Carson Wentz and Adam Thielen, who played football for two area high schools, were selected to play in the National Football League's Pro Bowl. Wentz, a second-year quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Thielen, a fourth-year wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, were named to the NFC team's starting roster. Wentz, who played at Bismarck (N.D.) Century High School and North Dakota State, won't play in the Pro Bowl because of a season-ending knee injury. Thielen, who played at Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School and Minnesota State-Mankato, ranks in the top five in NFL receiving.
The Bison return to Frisco
After failing to reach the Division I FCS national championship the year before, North Dakota State's football team returned to Frisco, Texas, and to the title game for the sixth time in the last seven years with a dominating run in the playoffs. The Bison won their three playoff games by a combined score of 135-26, including a 55-13 semifinal victory against Sam Houston State.
Three area teams win football championships
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood started the run of championships early Friday morning on Nov. 11 in the Fargodome. Three area teams claimed North Dakota state football championships at the Dacotah Bowl. Unbeaten Wyndmere-Lidgerwood rolled to the 9-man title with a 60-26 win over Bismarck Shiloh Christian. Hillsboro-Central Valley also finished the season unbeaten with a 16-14 win over Langdon-Edmore-Munich for the Class 1A title. West Fargo also went unbeaten with a 56-28 win over Minot for the Class 3A title.
LaMoure-L-M wins third straight volleyball title
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion became the first volleyball program to win three straight North Dakota Class B state high school championships. The Loboes did in the Fargodome with a 25-20, 25-12, 25-14 title win over Thompson. "I knew there was a lot of talent in this group when they were younger," said LLM coach Laurie Good. "But you never expect this. You never anticipate anything like this."