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Moorhead Coach: Anneliesse Bruns (third year) Last season: Sixth in Class 2A, Section 8 Who's gone: Kyle Johnson, Anthony Johnson and Zach Evenson. Key returners: Alex Dougherty, Sr., backstroke and sprinter; Adam Altendorf, Sr., mid and distance freestyle; Brian Hoffman, Sr., diver.
FARGO—Fargo had not been kind to the University of North Dakota men's basketball team in recent years. Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex looked like home sweet home to UND sophomore guard Geno Crandall on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as UND knocked off North Dakota State 74-56. It was the first time UND won in Fargo since 2003. UND entered having lost 71-42, 72-52 and 81-55 in its last three trips to Fargo. On Wednesday, they didn't trail after the opening basket and returned the favor for those blowouts. Crandall wouldn't let the Fighting Hawks trail.
Caleb Fritel Fargo North hockey Fargo North was trailing West Fargo 3-1 entering the third period Friday, Dec. 2. Fritel scored a hat trick in the third period and four goals in the game to lead North to a 6-4 win. "Caleb has been a welcome addition to our hockey club," North hockey coach Rob Aasand said. "He has a quiet confidence in his demeanor off the ice and a strong will not to be defeated on it. I believe this has spread throughout the guys in our room. Caleb has made our Spartans a better team all around." Grace Bowers
Kindred makes quick turnaround after volleyball run Kindred girls basketball coach Perry Piatz wanted to give the girls on his basketball team who played on the volleyball team a few extra days off. They had already missed a week of basketball practice because of their run to the North Dakota Class B state tournament semifinals. The Vikings played in the third-place match on a Saturday. Piatz planned to give them a few days off the next week from basketball practice. The girls said differently, coming to basketball practice Tuesday.
Wheaton now has target on its back Wheaton-Herman-Norcross girls basketball coach Tim Gail knew it was coming. The Warriors had just won in the Minnesota Class 1A quarterfinals in its first trip to the state tournament since 1987. They decided to go back to the hotel where fans were staying. Fans had food ready for the team.
Moorhead Coach: Toni Kleber (21st year) Last season: Several all-state honorable mention gymnasts and Kleber inducted into the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Who's gone: Maren Krugler Key returners: Lesley Buegel, Sr.; Caylie Gilbertson, Jr.; Hannah Jastram, Jr.; Amaya Cromwell, So.; Riley Kvalevog, So.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Coach: Davey Kosen (sixth year) Last season: 14-8 Who's gone: Tyler Oberg (state place winner). Key returners: Jack Fuchs, So.; Matthew Pollock (state qualifier), Fr.; Jacob Arends, Jr.
FARGO—Inconsistency was the theme and the ultimate demise for the Fargo Force last season. Three wins in a row were seemingly always met with three losses, resulting in them sitting at home during the playoffs. A demoralizing loss like the Force had last week against the United States Hockey League's best team in Sioux City would have certainly been met with at least two more losses last season.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.—In a board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, the Minnesota State High School League passed a regulation for pitch counts in Minnesota. Here are the parameters:
MOORHEAD—For a moment Thursday, Dec. 1, it looked like the all-too-familiar heartache Moorhead's boys hockey team has suffered at the hands of Bemidji in recent years. Fresh was the wound of the overtime loss in the Class 2A, Section 8 championship game from last season. There's also the wound from losing in the section championship to the Lumberjacks two seasons ago. Thursday had the makings of another scar when Bemidji, eyeing its sixth win over the No. 12-ranked Spuds in the last seven matchups, scored with 2 minutes, 51 seconds remaining to tie the game.