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.''
MINOT, N.D. — Through the first 28 minutes of the state championship game, Kyle Henningsgard had put up 13 shots and made only one. The senior made up for those struggles in the final four minutes. Henningsgard capped a furious finish with a game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer, giving Hillsboro-Central Valley a 63-60 win against Four Winds-Minnewaukan here Saturday in the championship of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.
MINOT, N.D. — Hunter White ended his high school basketball career with a bang. The senior poured in 11 points in the fourth quarter here Saturday. That sparked Ellendale in its 78-61 win against Fargo Oak Grove in the third-place game of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.
They play defense at Four Winds-Minnewaukan, too. The Indians entered Friday tied for the second-highest scoring average in North Dakota Class B high school basketball with Fargo Oak Grove, each with a 76.9 point-per-game average. When the two met here in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament, it was the Indians’ defense that was the difference, as Four Winds-Minnewaukan downed the Grovers 72-58.