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WEST FARGO—The pitch was a little high for West Fargo Sheyenne junior Andrew Enno's liking, but he sent it higher. When his bomb cleared the monster wall in left-center at Young Field in West Fargo, Sheyenne could smell its first East Region championship in its first year of varsity baseball. Sheyenne junior Brady Beyl finished what he started, getting a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, and the Mustangs were champions with a 1-0 win over Fargo Davies on Saturday, May 28.
BISMARCK—Carrington senior Kauri Hochhalter had quite an afternoon at her final Class B state track meet. First, she edged out Harvey-Well County's Kaylyn Frison to win shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 4 inches. Then she beat Griggs County Central's Shaylee Andel to win javelin with a throw of 125-6. Hochhalter accounted for most of the 29 points the Cardinals scored on the first day that left them tied for first place with Watford City. Hochhalter came into the meet with the third-best javelin throw in qualifying.
BISMARCK, N.D.—West Fargo had a field day Friday on the opening day of the Class A state track meet. Junior Akealy Moton won the shot put and javelin, and senior Alex Talley had an easy time of it, winning the boys shot put. In addition, Packers senior Keely Walker took second in the shot and senior Lexi Stein was seventh.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The semifinals are set. It's a senior vs. an eighth-grader on the top half of the draw. It's a senior vs. an eighth-grader on the bottom half of the draw. A pair of matchups between veterans and newcomers will decide who plays for the North Dakota state girls tennis singles championship today at Choice Health and Fitness. Grand Forks Red River eighth-grader Shaelyn Johnson, the East Region's singles champ, will take on Fargo Shanley senior Olivia Keelin, a Minnesota State-Moorhead recruit, at 10 a.m. in one semifinal.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Track practice for Hillsboro-Central Valley track coaches Heidi Eckart and Tony Guttormson involves watching their distance runners run off into the streets and hoping they come back in one piece. This is the life of a track coach with no track. "The biggest obstacle is safety," Eckart said. "We have to run on the streets. It wasn't so bad when we didn't have as big of the numbers, but we bring 50-60 kids on the streets now. We want to make sure they're safe."
FARGO—There's not much former Moorhead hockey standout Matt Cullen hasn't seen in his four Game 7 appearances in the NHL playoffs. He's been in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. He's twice been in a Game 7 in which his team lost back-to-back games to force a Game 7. He's twice been on a team that forced a Game 7 because of a win in Game 6. He's been in overtime in a Game 7. There's one thing Cullen has never been apart of in a Game 7 in the NHL. He's never lost. "Let's hope that streak keeps going," said Cullen, who is 4-0 in Game 7s in his career.
FARGO—Former Fargo Force defenseman Jake McLaughlin and goaltender Ryan Wischow have committed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the 2016-17 season. McLaughlin joined the Force in the 2014-15 season via a trade with Sioux City. He played in 16 games, scoring one goal and adding two assists. In 59 games in the 2015-16 season, McLaughlin had four goals and seven assists. The Force picked up Wischow in the fall of 2015 from Green Bay. He went 24-22-1 in 53 total games, finishing the season with a 2.29 goals-against average and a save percentage of .917.
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FARGO – He was given a maximum of five years to live. So Duluth, Minn., native Don Wright ran. He didn't run away from the diagnosis. He didn't run away from death. The 75-year-old runs the marathon roads in front of him because the finish line for life is too close. "I can't gauge the worth of life another year with family and friends and even another day in my running shoes," Wright said. "I lead this kind of rich life only because of the innovative new medications coming along that are too costly for some. That has to change."