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Top 10 area North Dakota high school sports stories of 2017-18

West Fargo's Jared Franek takes down Valley City's David Peterson at 160 pounds during the North Dakota Class finals at the Fargodome on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. David Samson / The Forum1 / 12
Madison Sweep, left, runs to celebrate with Central Cass teammates MacKenzie McKinnon (12), Rylie Holzer and Halie Holzer, right, after winning the North Dakota Class B state softball title Saturday at Trapper Field in Jamestown. Sweep made the a catch to end the game. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service2 / 12
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion team members celebrate match point in their win over Thompson Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, during the North Dakota Class B state volleyball championship at the Fargodome. (David Samson / Forum News Service)3 / 12
Sally Korgho hugs Rose Gaye with teammates Emily Jahner, right, and Ellen Donat of Fargo Davies after they won the Class A girls 4x400-meter relay Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the North Dakota Track Meet in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor4 / 12
Hillsboro-Central Valley sophomore Reagan Baesler turns a corner at the North Dakota Class B state girls cross country meet Saturday at Bjornson Municipal Golf Course in Valley City. Baesler repeated as individual state champion and led the Burros to their seventh consecutive team state championship. Cory Erickson / Hillsboro Banner5 / 12
Fargo South's Davis Lawley hits the ball during his match with Minot's Peyton Huss Thursday in the ND Boy's State Tennis Tournament at Choice Courts in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald6 / 12
Cade Baesler, facing front, screams in celebration as his Hillsboro-Central Valley teammates hoist Ryan Troftgruben on their shoulders as he thrusts his arms in the air after making the game winning basket over Minot Ryan in overtime for the North Dakota Class B boys basketball state championship Saturday night at the Bismarck Event Center. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune7 / 12
West Fargo head coach Jay Gibson launches himself with a traditional victory leap into a crowd of his Packers players after they defeated Minot on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, for the North Dakota Class 3A football championship at the Fargodome. David Samson / The Pioneer8 / 12
Lisbon's Jordan Urbach controls Hillsboro-Central Valley's Jake Connelly at 220 pounds during the North Dakota Class B finals at the Fargodome on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (David Samson / Forum News Service)9 / 12
West Fargo Sheyenne tennis players Mimi Gu (left) and Monti Knewtson hug each other after winning the NDHSAA Girls State tennis tournament doubles championship on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service10 / 12
Swimmers take to the pool during warm ups at the North Dakota high school boys state swimming meet at the Hulbert Aquatic Center in West Fargo on Friday, March 2, 2018. (David Samson / Forum News Service)11 / 12
West Fargo coach Pat Johnson watches the Packers' final out against Bismarck Century Thursday, May 31, 2018, during the North Dakota Class A state softball tournament at Mickelson Park. David Samson / The Forum12 / 12

West Fargo's Franek breaks wins record

Jared Franek ended his wrestling career with 268 wins, surpassing former West Fargo Packers teammate Jordan Shearer's 259 for the all-time career wrestling wins record in North Dakota. The North Dakota State commit finished 54-1 in his final prep season and won his fourth state championship.

Fargo Davies' Andre Baguma and Valley City's Logan Erlandson also took home Class A wrestling titles.

H-CV boys basketball does it again

Kyle Henningsgard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to clinch the Class B boys basketball state title for H-CV in 2017. This season it was Ryan Troftgruben's turn. The senior hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in overtime to give The Burros a 73-71 win over Bishop Ryan.

Fargo Davies, H-CV running to titles

The Fargo Davies girls track and field team won its third straight Class A title, scoring the most points scored by a Class A girls team at the state meet with 222, 138 more than any other team. The Eagles won 11 of 19 events and took first, second and third in four events. The Davies girls cross country team also won a Class A title.

Hillsboro-Central Valley won its seventh straight Class B cross country title behind Reagan Baesler's first-place finish.

L-L-M wins third straight volleyball championship

Fargo North was the only volleyball program to ever win three straight volleyball titles. The Spartans won titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Bismarck Century made it three straight Class A crowns and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion won its third straight Class B title this past fall.

Hulbert Aquatic Center hosts state swimming meet

Hulbert Aquatic Center opened in West Fargo this fall and hosted its first North Dakota High School Activities Association state swimming and diving meet in March. West Fargo Sheyenne's Zack Bueling won the boys 100-yard backstroke in the home pool.

West Fargo's softball streak comes to an end

West Fargo's streak of 20 straight softball titles, the last nine coming since softball became sponsored by the NDHSAA in 2009, was snapped this season. The Packers lost in the state quarterfinals to Bismarck Century.

Central Cass wins Class B softball championship

Central Cass played in its sixth state title game in the last seven seasons, winning its third title in that span in dominating fashion. The Squirrels topped Des Lacs-Burlington 11-0 in five innings in the championship game, finishing the season with a 21-2 record.

West Fargo, W-L, H-CV win football state titles

West Fargo capped an 12-0 football season with a Class 3A title, the program's sixth. Hillsboro-Central Valley was perfect as well, going 12-0 and winning a Class 1A championship, the first football title for the co-op. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood won the Class 9-man crown behind six touchdowns from Luke Foertsch, tying a Dakota Bowl record.

Dominating wrestling season for Lisbon's Urbach

Jordan Urbach finished his senior wrestling season 42-0 with 35 pins, five forfeits, one technical fall and one major decision. Only one of his matches went a full six minutes, and he did not give up a takedown all season.

Kindred eighth-grader Carter Schmitz won a state title at 106 pounds, capping a 35-0 season. H-CV's Mark Hastings, Carrington's Kaden Wolsky and Lisbon's Jordan Sours also won Class B state titles.

Lawley, Knewtson, Gu bring home tennis titles

Fargo South's Davis Lawley completed an undefeated boys tennis season, going 23-0, 46-0 in sets and 276-4 in games. He became Fargo South's first two-time state singles champion since Blake Hankey in 1992 and 1993. He will play at the the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Monti Knewtson and Mimi Gu won the doubles crown at the state girls tennis tournament. Knewtson has now won a singles title, a team title and a doubles title, as she heads into her junior season.

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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