PERHAM, Minn. — Gabriele (Anderson) Grunewald ran in Perham, Minn., until she graduated in 2004. She had to walk-on at the University of Minnesota, where she turned herself into an All-American in the 1,500 meters. She logged her fastest time in the 1,500 a day after learning she had adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer in the salivary gland, in 2009.
She got faster after learning she had thyroid cancer in 2010. She fell one spot short in the Olympic Trials in 2012 and won a United States indoor national championship in 2014. She made it to the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016, despite unknowingly having a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor in her liver.
She was training to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Instead, Grunewald died at the age of 32 on Tuesday, June 11, from complications of cancer.
“Her message was even though you have cancer, that doesn’t mean you have to stop,” said Kim Anderson, Grunewald’s father. “You can keep doing the best you can. It was a fun ride. It ended way too quick, but she touched more people around the world than I can imagine.”
Her motto became “Brave Like Gabe.” That would also become the name of a foundation she created for cancer research.
After signing big contract, Wentz returns to Fargo
About 20 days after he signed a four-year contract extension worth $128 million — the biggest contract in Philadelphia Eagles franchise history — Carson Wentz returned to Fargo for his A01 Foundation charity softball game that drew an estimated 5,000 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.
The game was played with a number of former North Dakota State football players, many of whom Wentz played with for the Bison. The Wentz foundation supports three different ministries and also raised $360,000 the next day at an event at the Oxbow Country Club.
Howell races to state title; commits to Gophers
Moorhead High School junior Claire Howell turned some heads at the Minnesota Class 2A state track and field meet in St. Paul when she won the 400-meter dash in 55.39 seconds — bettering her previous best of 56.64 seconds.
Coaches from the University of Minnesota took notice, where Howell would later verbally commit to for track and field.
Bison softball wins another Summit title
North Dakota State’s softball team had to work its way through the loser’s bracket, but it found a way to claimed its 10th Summit League tournament championship in the last 11 years.
Playing on their new turf field at Tharaldson Park, the Bison posted 6-0 and 3-1 wins over South Dakota in the championship games. The Bison then lost to Minnesota and Drake in the NCAA regional tournament held in Minneapolis.
Rahman steps down at Concordia
Jessica Rahman, an icon for Concordia’s women’s basketball program, announced her retirement after 16 years of coaching the Cobbers.
Rahman was an All-American player who helped Concordia win a 1988 national championship. She eventually became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach at Concordia, compiling 273 wins during her 16 years.
Davies girls win fourth straight state track title
It was another dominating performance for the Fargo Davies’ girls track and field team when it won its fourth straight North Dakota Class A state title.
Davies placed in all 19 events, winning five events that included Sally Korgho in the 300-meter hurdles and the 100 hurdles; Michaela Hjelseth in the javelin; the 400 relay team of Olivia Ryland, Emily Jahner, Merritt Beil and Cece Debom; and Ellen Donat in the long jump.
Davies’ 171 points were 41 better than runner-up Bismarck Century.
Worthy of mentioning
Val Curtis of Minot, N.D., won the women’s division of the Sanford Fargo Marathon in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 8 seconds — reaching the standard for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Arturs Bareikis of Midlothian, Ill., won the men’s marathon in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds.
West Fargo’s Nsengiyumva Corode shattered both a school record and a state meet record in winning the North Dakota Class A state triple jump with a leap of 48 feet, 5 inches.
Cary Eades stepped down as the head coach for the Fargo Force United States Hockey League team to become the team’s general manager. Associated head coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux was named the head coach.
Kindred’s Parker Bartels won the North Dakota Class B boys golf title, helping Kindred win its second straight team title.
West Fargo Sheyenne wins the North Dakota state girls tennis title, posting a perfect 22-0 record.
Fargo Shanley wins the North Dakota state girls soccer title with a 2-1 win over Minot.
Central Cass claims its second straight North Dakota Class B state softball title with a 6-2 win over Kindred-Richland.
West Fargo reclaims the North Dakota Class A state softball title with an 8-6 come-from-behind win over Bismarck. West Fargo had won 20 straight softball titles before losing to Minot in 2018.
Perham’s Ashley Hokanson breaks the Minnesota Class 1A state record in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 7 inches to win a state title.
Former North Dakota State men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips was named the head coach at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. Phillips was previously at Ohio University where he compiled an 81-77 record in five seasons.