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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.”

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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

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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.

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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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