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WATCH: 'Felt like I belonged'; North hoops star Jeremiah Sem excelling in second year of football

Sem, an all-state basketball player, started playing football his sophomore year. Now he leads all Class A EDC receivers in yards.

Jeremiah Sem
North junior Jeremiah Sem tosses the ball to a coach during a drill at practice
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FARGO — Fargo North football is 4-0 and the Spartans are getting ready for a rivalry game against South. Yeah, Dana and Kerstin. There was some uncertainty at North after graduating two all-state receivers, but they’ve turned to an unexpected to fill those shoes.

“(Jeremiah Sem) is a quality young man with a lot of natural, special gifted athletic qualities," said North basketball coach

Jeremiah Sem is known for his eye-catching basketball skills, but this fall he’s turning heads on the football field and it’s just his second year of playing.

“He was a little bit hesitant learning the game still, learning what we wanted," said North football coach Adam Roland. "This year we’ve seen a totally different player.

His basketball teammates who also dabble in football convinced him to strap on the shoulder pads for the first time as a sophomore.


“They’ve always been nagging me about it," Sem said. "I was just focusing on basketball. I think the time came around and I just wanted to play

Sem said he had always liked football, but as a fan.

“When I got on the field, it felt like I liked it a little bit more," Sem said. "Then when I got into practice and doing the reps, I felt like I belonged."

Now he leads Class A of the EDC with nearly 300 receiving yards, but adding basketball to his repertoire hasn’t always been easy.

“It’s been a really steep learning curve, because the playbook is totally different from basketball," Sem said.

But the similarities between the two sports, could help North basketball this winter.

“The biggest thing I’m seeing with Jeremiah is his physicality," Hoeg said. "He’s a lot more comfortable getting the bumps and maybe also giving the bumps here and there."

You can watch North's game against South Friday on WDAY Xtra or stream on WDAY Sports+ .

Cullen Holt is a sports anchor and reporter for WDAY News, while handling play-by-play duties for high school and select college sports.
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