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MOORHEAD—Former Duke and Minnesota Timberwolves standout Christian Laettner doesn't know much about new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, but he knows one thing. "I know he's a great coach," said Laettner, who is coming to Moorhead High School on May 7 for a basketball camp for players ages 2 through 12. That doesn't mean Laettner enjoyed watching his former teammate with the Timberwolves, Sam Mitchell, lose his job. "I was disappointed for him," Laettner said. "I was sad for him. I'm hoping he bounces back. He's a good guy and a good coach."
DILWORTH—The motto for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's baseball team is don't be satisfied. After 11-0 and 10-0 wins in five innings each in a doubleheader with Frazee on Thursday, April 21, there was no satisfaction. His team has shut out everyone, with 29 straight scoreless innings in the 5-0 start, but Bill Ibach is not satisfied with the No. 6-ranked Rebels.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. When Detroit Lakes senior golfer Kate Smith was 11 years old, beginning her high school golf career, to get her mind off her next or previous shot, her coach Cali Harrier would sing "It's A Small World" and Smith would join in. "The mental game was a little bit more of a struggle. She'd get a little more sidetracked," Harrier said. "Now, as a senior, she's grown mentally. She's strong with each shot. If she has a hiccup she comes back from it well. There is nothing left I can teach her. She knows more about the game than me."
MOORHEAD—Moorhead senior Joe Grove will continue his wrestling career at Concordia. He won two section championships with the Spuds and was selected as team captain last season. Grove was not pinned in his last two seasons and finished his Spud career with a record of 124-48.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead native Shelbi Guttormson, 13, is headed to Sweden on Friday, April 22, for scrimmages and eventually to Finland for the U-14 World Selects hockey tournament. Guttormson tried out in October for Team Minnesota.
GLYNDON, Minn. - Helmets didn't crack when Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton senior Alyson Brenna got her concussion. There was no collective groan from a crowd at a collision or a standing ovation as she came out of a game.
MOORHEAD—It took eight games last season for Moorhead's baseball team to get its second win. It only took two games this season, as the Spuds won 10-0 in five innings over Buffalo on Friday, April 15 at Matson Field. Two wins in the first two games was not the goal for this Moorhead team of 15 seniors. "We want to make it to the state tournament," Moorhead senior Eli Johnson said. "We have the group of guys to do it. We should expect nothing less." Johnson remembers last season when the Spuds lost their first six games to open the season.
HAWLEY, Minn.—Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's baseball team hasn't quite figured out the punishment for the first pitcher that gives up a run, but there'll be something. "I think we're going to have a little competition here," D-G-F senior pitcher Gunnar Payne said. "Whoever gives it up is going to have to do something a little extra."
MOORHEAD—Moorhead freshman Ethan Frisch won the Youth Hockey Hub's Bantam Player of the Year Award on Wednesday. The award has only been around for a few years, but the last three winners have committed to the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota to play hockey. One of the rewards was a phone call from Pittsburgh Penguin center and former Moorhead standout Matt Cullen.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead senior Nicole Kurtti signed a letter of intent to be part of the track and field team for Minnesota State Moorhead on Wednesday. Kurtti is a jumper for the Spuds, competing in the long jump, high jump and triple jump.