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Davies girls hockey team heading into state tournament determined to stay dominant

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Fargo Davies team captains Morgan Sauvageau (22) and Kaia Johnson (7) grab their state championship trophy as the rest of the team crowds around them to celebrate their first state title win against Fargo North-South on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 during the North Dakota state girls hockey championship game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
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Davies girls hockey is in the middle of a remarkable three year run, with no signs of slowing down heading into the North Dakota state hockey tournament.

The Eagles have played in the last two state title games, including a championship win in 2021 against Fargo North-South. They've yet to lose to a team from North Dakota this season, their lone loss coming to Moorhead in January.

"When we lost two years ago, we were really determined last year to win," said senior forward Olivia Opheim. "I think this year, we're even more determined to keep that title in our name." >>> Full story here.

The Eagles have yet to lose to a team from North Dakota this season.

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North Dakota State's Dawson Weber consoles James Madison’s Devin Ravenel after the NCAA FCS semifinal football playoff game Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, in Fargo.
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Kolpack: Do away with the handshake? Whatever; go the way of Valley football and attack the issue

The scene was chaotic in 2002 when Western Kentucky and Western Illinois engaged in a postgame brawl following their Division I-AA playoff game. It was a Gateway Football Conference rivalry that ended on a missed field goal.

The battle didn’t stop after the final horn. Later, the athletic directors of the two schools came up with an idea of a pregame handshake in a show of sportsmanship, a practice that was adopted by the league’s Presidents Council and still exists to this day with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, formerly the Gateway.

“The display has been effective,” said Mike Kern, the associate commissioner of the Valley. “I don’t know if it matters to the players that much, a lot of them know each other anyway, but there’s no harm in it. I think it helps the fans understand what we’re trying to do. It’s a gesture of sportsmanship, and it certainly starts the game on the right foot.”

Instead of succumbing to any movement of banning all post-game hugs, handshakes or hand slaps, the Gateway went the other direction. It attacked the issue. >>> Read the rest from Jeff Kolpack here.

Instead of shying away, the Valley almost 20 years ago aggressively addressed sportsmanship

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