Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
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KINDRED, N.D.—The Wild Rice Conference officially came to an end Thursday, April 28. The final Wild Rice Conference boys and girls track and field meet was held at Kindred's Jerlow, Field bringing a close to the well-known conference, which dates back as far as 1960. Richland senior Travor Flaa stood out in the finale, winning the 300-meter hurdles with a state-qualifying time of 41.65 seconds.
FARGO – Fargo Shanley is bringing back its Randy Nelson Memorial Strike Out Cancer softball event this spring.
FARGO—Both Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove-Park Christian and Fargo Davies had quality scoring chances in the final minutes of their Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer match on Tuesday, April 26, but neither squad could find the back of the net. The Deacons and Eagles played to a 0-0 tie at Sid Cichy Stadium. "We executed our strategy well," Shanley-OG-PC head coach Lance Hansen said. "I was pleased with our effort. We had four to five solid scoring chances in the second half, and we were able to push the ball better than we did in the first half."
FARGO—Samit Patel remembers a time when playing cricket in Fargo meant finding a vacant basketball court and scrounging up enough players for a match. Patel, 44, played cricket growing up in India and when he moved to the United States 25 years ago he admitted he lost touch with the sport due to its limited following here. Eventually Patel, who lives in Fargo, met others who played cricket and in 2009 a small group met regularly for matches.
FARGO—Handoffs have kept the Moorhead boys 400-meter relay team from taking its performance to the next level. On Friday, April 22, the Spuds quartet consisting of seniors Malique Delbrune, Devante Delbrune and Nate Stich and junior Evan Bloom raced to a first-place time of 44.28 seconds in the event at the Eagle Relays Invitational at Fargo Davies High School. "Last weekend our handoffs cost us," Bloom said. "(Friday) our handoffs were a lot better and overall it was a very smooth race. Devante closing it out helped out a lot."
FARGO—A quick strike on offense helped Fargo Davies to a 4-0 Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer victory over defending state champion Fargo North on Thursday, April 21 at Davies High School. The Eagles scored 3 minutes, 12 seconds into the match and rode the early momentum the rest of the way. Kicking off the Eagles' scoring was senior all-state forward Jenny Marsh. "It was our energy that made the difference in the match," said Marsh, who finished with a hat trick for Davies scoring three goals. "We came out to play."
FARGO—Fargo Davies girls basketball head coach Tonah Safranski has resigned from her position on Thursday, April 21, according to a news release sent by the school's activities director Lenny Ohlhauser. Safranski has served as head coach of the Eagles' varsity program since its beginning during the 2010-11 season. In six seasons Safranski compiled a 74-67 record and the Eagles made three state tournament appearances including a fourth-place finish in 2014.
FARGO – The strategy of placing certain postseason tournaments at preferred sites is producing results. The North Dakota Class B state boys basketball tournament—the state's premier postseason event—experienced a record high in gross ticket admissions last month.
Fargo There is a new high school baseball team in the metro area this spring and it resides at Fargo Oak Grove High School. In the 110-year history of the school has never seen a sponsored baseball team, but that all changed earlier this month when the Grovers officially began their inaugural season. "I think everyone is enjoying it," Oak Grove junior Christian Larson said of playing on the new team. "It's a good experience." Prior to this spring, Oak Grove students who played baseball did so as a co-op with nearby Fargo Shanley.
FARGO— Fargo Davies has named Scott Petersen as the new head coach of the school's boys hockey program. Petersen teaches mathematics at Fargo North High School and previously coached high school boys hockey at Grafton-Park River. Petersen was an assistant coach with the Spoilers from 2006 to 2010. He was promoted to head coach in the fall of 2010 and served in that post for five seasons compiling a 68-52-8 record and three state tournament appearances before stepping down at the end of the 2014-15 season. Petersen also coached track and field at Grafton.