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Eric Peterson column: Lisbon boys seek ninth straight title

When dominance is discussed in sports, terms like repeat, three-peat and four-peat are often used. Those expressions are no longer useful for the Libson boys track and field team.

When dominance is discussed in sports, terms like repeat, three-peat and four-peat are often used. Those expressions are no longer useful for the Libson boys track and field team.

The Broncos are aiming for a nine-peat, entering Saturday's Class B Region 1 meet at Concordia. Favored Lisbon has won eight consecutive and 22 of the last 25 Region 1 boys titles.

"It's neat," said Lisbon coach Joe Howell, in his 26th season. "We let a couple get away from us. The kids kind of expect to do well."

A group of seven seniors lead the Broncos this spring. Jason Munkeby, Matt Coykendall, Landon Carlblom, Jason Switzer, Dave Kwapinski, Ryan Steinhaus and Eric Foyt have qualified for the state meet in various events.

Munkeby -- the defending Class B state champion in the triple jump -- has qualified for the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles and triple jump, despite nursing a hamstring injury for most of the season.

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"Our parents think that track is important in Lisbon so our numbers have stayed steady through the years. And success breeds success," said Howell, who has 30 athletes out this spring. "We like to recruit, maintain and train."

The Lisbon girls team is also an eight-time defending region champion, but it is likely to have that streak snapped Saturday. Kindred is considered the favorite.

Lions all-stars announced

Teams for the annual Lions all-star basketball games have been announced. The games are scheduled for July 15 in Bismarck and July 16 in Fargo.

The games pit the best senior players in Class B against the best in Class A in both girls and boys.

Here are the area players who made the cut:

Class B girls: Lory Fry, Lisbon; Amanda Krahler, Wells County; and Beth Jacobson, May-Port-C-G. Megan Callahan of May-Port-C-G and Amanda Levos of Central Cass are alternates.

Class A girls: Carissa Jahner, Fargo North; Katie Dahlen, North; Kayla Dahlen, North; Jessica Trautwein, Fargo South; and Jaime Goehner, Jamestown. Kelsey Gatz of West Fargo and Christy Johnson of Valley City are alternates.

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Class B boys: Richie Timm, Milnor; Craig Nelson, May-Port-C-G; Kyle Nelson, May-Port-C-G; and Carson Aune, Oakes. Tyler Schlecht of Barnes County North is an alternate.

Class A boys: Tyler Koenig, North; Tyler Larson, South; Morgan Ranstrom, Fargo Shanley; Jimmy Hoy, West Fargo; and Justin Thornton, Valley City. Nate Kaeding of South and Kellen Bubach of West Fargo are alternates.

For the complete rosters, see the scoreboard on Page D2.

Readers can reach Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513 or epeterson@forumcomm.com

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