FARGO—Langdon-Edmore-Munich averages 11.6 service aces per match this volleyball season, even though the ace isn't the Cardinals' primary objective at the serving line. "We've pretty much served tough all year,'' L-E-M senior Jordyn Worley said. "We can place our serves pretty well and get teams out of system. Those (aces) are sort of bonuses. We try for them but, mostly, we want to get teams out of system.''
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—A tie wasn't good enough for a share of a state championship for Grand Forks Central. The Knights and Fargo Davies each scored 88 points here Saturday at the North Dakota Class A girls high school cross country meet. Davies, however, got a repeat state championship on the tiebreaker—the Eagles' No. 6 runner finished higher than Central's No. 6. "It's frustrating,'' Central coach Sean Allan said. "There are so many variables. But I can't complain. Our girls ran so hard. They put their hearts into it every time out.
GRAND FORKS—Dom Otto wasn't sure how he suffered his first concussion. There was no specific hit on the football field that stood out. It was only because his head continued to hurt that he went to see a trainer and the concussion was diagnosed. The second concussion was a no-doubter, however. "I went head-to-head with a teammate in practice,'' Otto said. "My head hurt right away. I remember everything that happened on that one.''
Calen Schwabe's pitching on the baseball field has been limited this summer due to a sore arm. On the football field, Schwabe's arm—as well as his legs—were fine Sunday night at the Alerus Center. The Thompson High School graduate accumulated 269 yards in total offense in leading the 9-man East team past the West 28-27 in the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl. Schwabe, the 9-man senior player of the year in the 2016 season, was 13-of-20 passing for 178 yards. He also gained 91 yards on 10 carries.
GRAND FORKS — Zach Gutterud didn't expect to touch the football. Jackson Hankey figured to be more of a factor on defense. But the two scored the tying and winning touchdowns as the 11-man East team rallied to defeat the West 20-14 in the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl on Sunday at the Alerus Center. Hankey scored on a 6-yard run with 5:06 remaining to break a 14-14 tie. The Park River/Fordville-Lankin graduate ran left and cut upfield for the score.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—A reunion of sorts didn't take long for members of the 2016 Thompson High School football team. The Tommies capped an undefeated season last November by winning the program's first 9-man state championship. Three of the key players to the Tommies' explosive offense will be starting for the East 9-man team at the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl. The 11-man game will be played at 4 p.m. today at the Alerus Center, followed by the 9-man game.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — For the past two seasons, Nick Stahl was on the opposite side of the Grand Forks intra-city football rivalry with Brady Terrill and Aaron Knutson. Stahl was a starting defensive lineman for Red River High School, while Terrill and Knutson were two-way starters on the line for Central. "For Red River, it (the rivalry) was pretty fun,'' said Stahl, whose Roughriders beat Central 48-6 in the 2015 season and 30-6 last season. "It wasn't the best for us,'' Knutson said.
FARGO—What might have been is a matter of inches for Tronis McKay. With a state championship on the line, Kyle Henningsgard spotted up for a 3-point shot in the right corner of the basketball court. McKay rushed to defend from Henningsgard's left side, with his leaping block attempt nearly deflecting the jump shot. Nearly wasn't good enough. Henningsgard's shot swished as time was expiring, breaking a 60-60 tie to give Hillsboro-Central Valley a 63-60 win over McKay's Four Winds-Minnewaukan team in the Class B boys high school basketball championship game in March.
WARROAD, Minn. — Warroad was a perfect 11-0 this spring when the fastpitch softball team reached double figures in runs. There was a time when that situation wasn't a guaranteed win. Twenty-five years ago, when fastpitch was in its infancy with most high schools in northwest Minnesota, Warroad lost three of the 10 games in which it scored 10 or more runs. "In games back then, it was typical for teams to have five to seven errors in a game and 8-10 walks allowed,'' Warroad coach Terry Sadler said. "Giving up that many baserunners led to a lot of runs in games.''
GRAND FORKS - When Karly Ackley arrived on the track scene at Grand Forks Central High School as a seventh-grader, coaches saw a future in her as a hurdler. Ackley isn't sure why. Maybe it was because of her height. Whatever the reason, "I don't think it was my idea,'' Ackley says. "I was tall and not super good at distances, so I tried it. But I wasn't very good at it.''