Stop being surprised by great girls athletes in North Dakota, the next generation is already here

Kindred junior Avery Bartels won her third straight North Dakota Class B golf championship earlier this week.

Kindred's Avery Bartels following her third consecutive North Dakota Class B state girls golf championship on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at the Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot, North Dakota.
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Way back when in May of 2019, I spoke about how Bismarck's Lauren Ware and Britta Curl along with Kindred's Abby Duchscherer would be inspiration to future girl athletes in North Dakota.

That next great group of athletes is here.

Kindred's Avery Bartels stole the local headlines earlier this week with her dominance on the golf course.

She became just the second girls golfer in state history to win at least three state titles, as she won the Class B girls state title and will be the odds on favorite to win a fourth straight close to home in Mapleton next fall.

The basketball court is overflowing with talent inspired by Ware. Minot freshman Maggie Fricke already has a state title and tournament MVP on her mantle as an eighth grader, with an offer from the University of North Dakota in her back pocket. The sky literally is the limit with her.


Mandan's McKenna Johnson is just a sophomore and has an all-state selection to add to offers from South Dakota State and NDSU. She too is just scratching the surface of what her potential can be.

Fargo North's Rylee Bartz shattered North Dakota scoring records last year, scoring over 60 goals and will play D-1 hockey at St. Thomas. She scored the game winning goal in the state title game in overtime for the Spruins in the win over Fargo Davies.

This is the next crop of great North Dakota female athletes.

We should stop being surprised how good the talent is and appreciate the new trend that this state can produce.

Opinion by Dom Izzo
Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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