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Terry Vandrovec column: Raiders humble in victories

That a pair of prep publications picked the Lake Park-Audubon girls basketball to finish third in Class 1A, Section 6 and fourth in the Heart O' Lakes Conference was not surprising. A bit conservative, perhaps, but not surprising.

That a pair of prep publications picked the Lake Park-Audubon girls basketball to finish third in Class 1A, Section 6 and fourth in the Heart O' Lakes Conference was not surprising. A bit conservative, perhaps, but not surprising.

Another, however, declared the Raiders on a collision course with .500 -- because that is what coach Andrew Schwan said.

Not that he believes it.

"I don't want to have teams say, 'Their coach says they're the best,'" Schwan explained. "I don't want teams gunning for us. ... I want to keep us low key."

In only his second year at Lake Park-Audubon, Schwan has proven an astute observer of the hype-heavy sports world.

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He's cautioned by some tales (Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay missing the playoffs) and inspired by others (Marquette carrying pictures of the Superdome as a reminder of its Final Four aspirations).

Schwan's Raiders return four starters and four all-conference players -- Carmen Lunde, Meagan Hernandez, Kaila Askelson and Lacy Ranstrom -- from last year's 13-10 team, which posted the first winning campaign in school history.

So far the Raiders are 3-2, but have three players averaging in double figures and are fresh off Monday's 50-48 victory at then No. 7-ranked Barnesville. An upset? Sure. Lake Park-Audubon would like people to believe that.

But behind closed doors the Raiders speak daily of the state tournament and carry pictures of its home, Williams Arena.

Whether they say it or not, these Raiders have plenty of expectations.

"We're looking to compete here this year," said Schwan, a former football assistant at Fargo Shanley, "with a shot at the (section) title."

Spuds' streak ended by South

The Moorhead JV boys hockey team had to lose eventually, but that didn't make Tuesday's 3-2 home defeat to Fargo South any easier.

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The setback -- the Spuds' first since December 2000, a 76-game unbeaten streak -- also didn't tarnish an amazing run.

"It's one of those things," Spuds coach Rory Sandvig said. "Like high school hockey, you gotta show up. We got outworked."

Something else

Look for University of North Dakota men's hockey coach Dean Blais to pop up at an upcoming Moorhead boys hockey home game. Word is the Sioux have interest in multiple members of the Moorhead team, currently 10-1-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 2A. ... The Perham gymnastics team, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, placed third at last weekend's MGGOA Invitational in Roseville. The Yellowjackets' point total of 139.375 trailed only White Bear Lake (No. 4 in Class 2A and Eden (No. 6 in Class 2A) and finished ahead of ranked Class 2A teams Cambridge-Isanti (No. 7), Roseville (No. 8), Forest Lake (No. 9) and Bloomington-Jefferson (No. 10).

Readers can reach Terry Vandrovec at (701) 241-5548 or tvandrovec@forumcomm.com

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