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Eric Peterson column:Top seed not always best team

The jockeying for seeding in Class B District 2 girls basketball has started with just a few district games remaining on the schedule. But the seedings may hold little meaning with a number of talented teams in the district. "We could have si...

The jockeying for seeding in

Class B District 2 girls basketball has started with just a few district games remaining on the schedule.

But the seedings may hold little meaning with a number of talented teams in the district.

"We could have six teams with

10 wins," Enderlin coach Randy Bilden said. "You just don't see that. Not in one district. It's going to be a darn tough district tournament."

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Fargo Oak Grove coach Marc Langseth agreed.

"The crazy thing about the district is there is no bottom team," Langseth said. "It's probably as strong as our district has been in recent memory."

The race for the No. 1 seed could get interesting if Oak Grove (11-2 overall, 4-1 District 2) can knock off Central Cass (13-2, 5-0) next week. If that happens, Central Cass, Oak Grove and Enderlin (11-3, 4-1) would likely end up tied for first place in the district standings.

The Squirrels could eliminate any confusion with a victory against the Grovers. But in this year of parity, the No. 1 seed may not yield much of an advantage.

"I don't think there is because there is so much balance in the district," said Langseth, who pointed out that Maple Valley-Oriska is in seventh place in the district standings and has a 9-5 overall record. "I don't see any easy ones."

Sophomore scoring sensation

Maple Valley-Oriska sophomore Mike Stowman has been making the most of his first year of starting on the varsity team.

The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging

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26.8 points per game and has scored

30 or more points four times the season for the Raiders, who are 5-8 overall.

"He can jump and he's pretty smooth with the ball," MV-O coach Keith Gohdes said. "He's tough to defend because he can go to the hole and shoot it."

Stowman played a reserve role for the Raiders as a freshman, but his role has increased drastically this year as MV-O suffered heavy graduation losses from a season ago.

"He's kind of carried our offensive load," Gohdes said.

Packers' Holzkamm steps down

West Fargo volleyball coach Randy Holzkamm has resigned his position after 12 seasons. The school board accepted his resignation earlier this week.

"I thought the girls could benefit from having a new coach," Holzkamm said. "I still plan on coaching somewhere in the program."

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West Fargo assistant coach Paula Pierson, who has head coaching experience, appears to be a top candidate for the job.

"We do feel very confident with the coaches that are already in the program," West Fargo athletic director Curt Jones said. "We'd like to have a coach before the end of March."

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

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