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Fargo North Spartans hope to keep momentum rolling in new football season

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North huddles up before summer practices begin
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There's a different energy to summer practices at Fargo North.

“Every team has their eyes set on a state championship, or making it to that game," said North head coach Adam Roland. "I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a goal of ours.”

For the first time in 21 years, the Spartans are coming off a state semi-finals appearance. The goal now is to keep that momentum rolling into the new season.

“We have to look at ourselves as still being unproven as a team this year," the head coach added. "We also have to make sure we overcome some obstacles we do have in replacing good players that graduated.”


The Spartans have seven returning players on the defensive side of the ball and five on offense, but one of the biggest changes is under center. >>> Full story here.

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'Everyone cheers for him': Rookie pitcher Wigginton has been effective, effervescent addition for RedHawks

Fargo-Moorhead's Peyton Wigginton pitches against Sioux City at Newman Outdoor Field on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitcher Peyton Wigginton has a backup plan.

“If baseball doesn’t work out, I may go pro ping pong, let’s just say that,” Wigginton joked. “I do love ping pong.”

The left-hander likely won’t have to turn to ping pong anytime soon in the midst of a strong first pro season with the RedHawks. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Wigginton has emerged as a reliable starter for F-M, which has the top record in the American Association.

“I’m really happy to be here, happy to be involved with a baseball team and put on a uniform,” said the 23-year-old Wigginton. “That’s really all cool stuff to me.”

The RedHawks (49-28) play the Chicago Dogs at 7:02 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Newman Outdoor Field, starting a three-game series and a seven-game homestand. Wigginton is slated to start Sunday afternoon against the Dogs. >>> Full story here.

On Sunday, that meant scoreless performances from Cody Stashak, who followed Paddack and threw 2⅔ innings, Caleb Thielbar, who struck out all three batters he faced, Joe Smith, Tyler Duffey and Emilio Pagán, who locked down the save after allowing a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

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