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GRAND FORKS — Four Winds-Minnewaukan is the No. 1-ranked team and going for its second consecutive state championship. It has a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter and has held Kyle Henningsgard in check. But Henningsgard closes the game with a flourish. He scores 11 of Hillsboro-Central Valley's final 13 points and assists on the other basket. With the game tied at 60, Henningsgard lofts a 3-point shot from the right baseline, scoring as time expires to rally the Burros to win the game and the title in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.
MINOT, N.D. -- Andrew Christianson got hot. Not coincidentally, so did Fargo Oak Grove on Thursday night. Christianson sparked a 12-2 run in the third quarter that boosted the Grovers to a lead they never surrendered. Oak Grove went on to hold off Minot Bishop Ryan 66-60 in the March 16 quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. "We joke that Andrew is open for a shot when he gets a little past midcourt,'' Oak Grove coach Kyle Card said. "He's a good shooter. He's hit some deep ones.
MINOT, N.D. — With a four-point lead and 12 seconds left to play, Jaylen LaRock was feeling no pressure at the free-throw line. The Four Winds-Minnewaukan senior hit a pair of free throws in that situation here Thursday, March 16. The two points iced a 70-64 win against strong-finishing Stanley in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school tournament.
MINOT, N.D. — The basketball game didn't go as Austin Reed had anticipated. Not that he was complaining. Hillsboro-Central Valley, making its first appearance in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball state tournament in the co-op's five-season history, didn't have to deal with any drama or late heroics here Thursday. Instead, the Burros built a big lead early and never relinquished it in handing Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky a 57-32 setback in the quarterfinals.
MINOT, N.D. -- Brennen Vance didn't check the clock. He caught the pass on the right wing, squared up to the basket and shot. The result was a 3-point field goal and a game-winner in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. Vance's trey at the buzzer -- only his second field goal of the game -- gave Ellendale a 41-39 win against Dickinson Trinity to advance the Cardinals into Friday's semifinals.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck Century had a season-high point total here Thursday. But it was on the other end of the basketball court that the Patriots were most excited about their performance. Century ran away from Wahpeton 81-53 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A girls high school basketball tournament.
GRAND FORKS — Peyton Halverson knew Morgan Olson was coming off a 31-point game. Halverson, a defensive specialist for North Star, wanted the assignment of taking on Olson. "I like playing defense a lot,'' Halverson said. "She's a really good player. I knew I had to stay with her.''
GRAND FORKS — Perry Piatz was a little concerned about the tale of the tape. The Kindred coach figured his girls high school basketball team gave up height across the board to Grant County on Friday in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state tournament. "I think they were bigger than us at practically every spot,'' Piatz said. "We haven't run into hardly any size in our region. Against bigger teams we have to get into a fullcourt game.''
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.