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FARGO—Four underclassmen, including two from state champion Bismarck Century, highlight this year's North Dakota Class A girls basketball all-state team as voted upon by the North Dakota Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Century's sophomore center Lauren Ware and junior guard Lilly Keplin were named to the first team and are joined by Fargo Davies senior Raegan Linster, West Fargo Sheyenne junior Maggie Manson and Mandan junior Megan Zander.
West Fargo In 2015, the North Dakota Legislature passed a law that required the North Dakota State Game and Fish Department to develop an all-electronic licensing system and phase out the old paper license books. That went into effect April 1, 2016. Another part of that plan was to eventually phase out paper applications for lottery licenses, which includes spring and fall turkey, deer gun, swan, pronghorn and moose, elk and sheep.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Nathan Rund became the all-time leading scorer for Fergus Falls and led the top-seeded Otters to a 78-66 victory over No. 5 St. Cloud Apollo in the Minnesota Class 3A semifinals Saturday at St. Cloud State University. "Even though I'm not about the individual accolades and whatnot, it is humbling to get a record of such," said Rund. "Stuff like that just doesn't happen without the teammates that you have along the way."
FARGO—For the second straight year, a lower-seeded Bismarck Legacy knocked off a higher-seeded Fargo Davies in the opening round of the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament. Last year's overtime win may have come as a surprise to some, but Thursday's 68-38 win was a margin of victory no one was expecting at the Fargodome.
FARGO—When West Fargo Sheyenne sharpshooter Maggie Manson put up her first shot of Thursday's North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament game, it was blocked by Bismarck Century's Lauren Ware. Welcome to playing against a 6-foot-4 sophomore center who is already being recruited by Division I schools. Welcome to playing against a Century team that has lost only once this season. Welcome to playing in your school's first state tournament in the Fargodome—where Sheyenne lost 66-42 to a Century team playing in its 34th state tournament.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Aaron Bohnenstingl has been sporting his long, thick beard since the high school football season started last fall. "If you can grow it, why not show it," he said. And why cut it off. Bohnenstingl helped Wyndmere-Lidgerwood win a state football title. Now, he and his basketball teammates are hoping they can make the same kind of run—which started Tuesday night in Ed Werre Arena with a 59-51 North Dakota Class B Region 1 tournament quarterfinals win over Enderlin.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Tyrell Rodriguez's Fargo Oak Grove boys basketball teammates sometimes call him "T-Boogie." "He's a big Demarcus Cousins," Oak Grove senior Andrew Christianson said in reference to the NBA player. After experiencing a case of the jitters in his first North Dakota Class B Region 1 tournament game, Rodriguez definitely boogied in the second half—scoring 16 of his 18 points to lift Oak Grove to a 94-54 opening-round win over Milnor-North Sargent at Ed Werre Arena.
FARGO—It was not the way Paul Miller, A.J. Jacobson and Spencer Eliason wanted to end their last basketball game in the Scheels Center Saturday afternoon. And it was not the way North Dakota State's men's basketball team wanted to be playing heading into the last week of the regular season. But it was the way Fort Wayne wanted to play, finally finding a way to win a road game with an 84-72 Summit League win before 3,348 fans who said good-bye to seniors like Miller and Jacobson and a junior like Eliason who has opted to end his playing career.
FARGO—Laken Boese, who earlier on Friday got upset in the individual semifinals, made up for his loss by knocking off the wrestler who beat him and sparking Bismarck to a 32-20 win over Mandan to claim the North Dakota Class B dual team state championship in the Fargodome. Boese, the top seed at 120 pounds, got pinned by No. 5 seed Corey Hooker. So a few hours later, Boese made sure not to get pinned this time. His 2-1 win ended a rally in which Minot had cut Bismarck's lead to 19-14.
FARGO—The grade-school assignment was simple. Draw a picture of yourself of what you want to be when you grow up. It didn't take very long for Brandon Zylstra to produce a picture that his mother would later display after his high school graduation. The artwork showed Zylstra wearing a No. 84, Minnesota Vikings purple-colored jersey.