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Eric Peterson column: Options put Hoeckle in tough spot

Carrington track and field coach Greg Hoeckle is in a position most coaches would envy. He has options. Maybe too many options. "It's a difficult thing to look at," said Hoeckle, whose girls team is the three-time defending Class B st...

Carrington track and field coach Greg Hoeckle is in a position most coaches would envy. He has options.

Maybe too many options.

"It's a difficult thing to look at," said Hoeckle, whose girls team is the three-time defending Class B state champions. "You have to not only look at what we can do as a team, but personally put them in events they like to do."

Senior Sarah Klein and eighth-grader Whitney Carlson have qualified for the state meet in eight events. Sophomore Adriana Friezen has qualified in six. Freshman Kadee Kurtz has qualified in four.

Klein is the ring leader, the defending Class B champion in the 400-meter dash and 300 hurdles. She has signed at Iowa State University.

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"With Sarah you're dealing with the total package," Hoeckle said. "Not only is she a 4.0 student, she's a tremendous leader. Even in individual sports like track, it's still a team thing."

Hoeckle said it's difficult to handicap which teams are the top contenders in the state because of the number of meets and practices that have been wiped out due to poor weather.

"It's so hard to tell," Hoeckle said. "Regions are going to be a huge thing for people this year. A lot of the top names haven't qualified for state yet."

Lions' all-stars named

Teams have been named for the annual Lions All-Star boys basketball games, which will be played this summer on July 30 at the Bismarck Civic Center and July 31 at the West Fargo High School gym.

The series matches the top players in Class A against the top players in Class B.

Tommy Leikas, Josh Persons and Jon Erdmann of Class A champion Fargo North, which went undefeated, highlight the Class A squad. Jason Bitz of Jamestown also made the cut. Kyle Shypkowski of Fargo Shanley and Joe Oliver of Wahpeton are alternates.

Kyle Scherr of Oakes was named to the Class B team. For the complete roster, see the Scoreboard on Page D2.

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South's Kruckenberg flying high

Fargo South junior Micaela Kruckenberg moved into elite company Friday, soaring 19 feet, 5½ inches in the long jump.

Not only did she break South's school record, the performance ranks in the top 10 outdoor efforts in the country, according to results reported to DyeStat, which has a Web site at www.dyestat.com dedicated to high school track and field.

Francheska Ketchum of Elsik, Texas, has the best outdoor leap in the country at 20-3, according to the latest DyeStat list, which was updated

May 1.

"By the (East Region meet) or state it's possible she could be nearing 20 feet," South girls track coach Cory Lehman said of Kruckenberg.

Weather grounds Grovers

The cool and damp conditions, which have dominated the spring, have the Fargo Oak Grove track and field team in limbo with regions just over a week away.

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The Grovers have competed in just three outdoor meets this spring. They didn't compete in any between April 11 and May 1.

"Who knows when we will run again," Oak Grove coach Terri Krueger said. "It just hasn't been very nice track weather. The kids are tired of practicing, I'm tired of practicing. We need to compete."

Something else

Fargo North senior heavyweight Logan Kling recently earned the AmVets Triple Crown award for earning championships in all three wrestling styles. He won state titles in folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle. ... Mark McLean and Eric Ptacek have been named co-head wrestling coaches at Hillsboro. The two take over for longtime coach Ron Gadberry, who retired after last season. ... Devils Lake has hired Al Henry and Dave Duckworth as its co-head hockey coaches. They take over for Dustin Moser. ... Finley-Sharon's Chris Reinhart, a Mr. Basketball finalist, has signed a letter of intent to play men's basketball at Mayville State University.

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

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