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MAYVILLE, N.D. -- Rod Oksendahl figured he was done with coaching when he resigned in November as head football coach at Fargo Shanley High School. "I had every intention of pulling the plug,'' Oksendahl said. "It just felt the right time. I actually went two more years than I'd intended when I took the job at Shanley. But I never say never.''
WARROAD, Minn.—Madison Oelkers didn't move to Warroad until 2013, when she was an eighth-grader. But, growing up in Mora in the east-central part of the state, Oelkers was well aware of the tradition-rich Warroad High School girls hockey program. A friend from Mora, Megan Brettingen, had played on some of the powerhouse Warroad teams that went to the state tournament five consecutive seasons (2009-13), winning two state titles. Oelkers would talk to Brettingen about the Warriors.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Grand Forks Central had three runners in the top 10 across the finish line before Fargo Davies had one runner complete the course here Saturday. That didn't put Davies coach Jason Edwards into panic mode. "We've been a pack team all season,'' Edwards said. "Our girls had to run together. We were confident. We went out fast. We just had to hold it together. And we were able to do that.''
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—All season long, Hillsboro-Central Valley was ranked first in the North Dakota Class B girls cross country coaches' poll. Reagan Baesler was ranked No. 1 individually. That was no big deal to Baesler, the Burros' standout freshman. "It wasn't a lot of pressure, maybe just a little,'' Baesler said. "I didn't really pay attention to it. I just went out and ran my races.''
CARRINGTON, N.D.—What Hazen lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality Saturday night. Hazen managed only four hits against two-time defending champion Carrington. But Hazen still pulled out a 7-3 win to stay in title contention going into Sunday's final day of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball state tournament.
CARRINGTON, N.D.—The bottom of the order rose to the occasion for Carrington. In the matchup of the two unbeatens remaining in the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament, Carrington defeated Kindred 10-4 on Friday. The sparkplugs in Carrington's offense were the bottom three in the batting lineup, as they combined for seven of the team's 13 hits and drove in seven runs.
CARRINGTON, N.D.—Scott Leintz figures that, if his Hazen American Legion baseball team scores 14 runs, its going to win 95 percent of the time. Friday was one of the 5 percent. In a slugfest, two-time defending champion Carrington held off Hazen 19-14 in the winners' bracket second round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament. "We knew Carrington has a good team,'' Leintz said. "We have the bats to score 14, but I never guessed we'd put up 14 against them. But I didn't think we'd give up 19, either.''
CARRINGTON, N.D.—J.R. Thielges has taken 12 teams to the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament. The veteran LaMoure coach can't recall many better state pitching performances from his teams in that time than the 1-hitter thrown by Brady Warcken here Thursday. "That's right up there with the best pitched games we've had,'' Thielges said. "You couldn't ask for anything more from him. "You give up one hit and you should win.''
CARRINGTON, N.D.—It was a very unusual start for Calen Schwabe here Thursday. The Thompson pitcher had walked only four batters all season; he walked the first batter he faced. He'd allowed only 23 hits and eight earned runs in 38 innings; he allowed a run-scoring single to the third batter he faced. "It was a slow start,'' Schwabe said. "I've had that happen a few times this year. You just have to regroup and and hope you can turn it around.''
CARRINGTON, N.D.—When the infield got crowded, Brandon Roesler got out of trouble by turning down the heat. Roesler picked up the complete-game pitching win here Thursday as Kindred beat Kidder County 4-2 in the opening round of the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament. The right-hander gave up single runs in the third and fifth innings. But Roesler survived a third inning when Kidder County loaded the bases with nobody out with two singles sandwiched around a walk.