Warriors on the road to success

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood discovered the best way to replace two first-team and one second-team all-state 9-man players -- the Warriors hit the road last summer.

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood discovered the best way to replace two first-team and one second-team all-state 9-man players -- the Warriors hit the road last summer.

Twice a week a group of about 10 players would hop in a van and make the 60-mile drive from Wyndmere to Fargo for athletic training sessions.

"They would leave as early at 6 in the morning," Warriors head coach Scott Strenge said. "They had a lot of fun with it. There were a lot of question marks. During the summer, our kids put a lot of effort towards the football team."

The defending Region 1 champion Warriors (5-0 overall, 4-0 region) are again undefeated, despite losing seven starters on both offense and defense from last season.

"Probably the best part about it is we haven't come close to playing our best game," Strenge said.


However, a top effort will likely be essential this week. The Warriors play against Maple Valley (4-0, 3-0) at 4 p.m. Friday in Buffalo with first place in the region at stake.

"It's a huge game for both teams," Strenge said.

"They've still got to be the team to beat," Maple Valley head coach Brett Kapaun said of Wyndmere.

Both teams feature a number of offensive weapons. Quarterback Tyler Keenan, wingback Greg Holubok, tailback Brady Helmer and fullback Steve Saunders lead a diverse Warrior attack.

The Raiders counter with QB Jon Lahr, running backs Andrew Gubrud and A.J. Pfeifer and big-play receiver Mike Stowman.

"They really have gifted players," Strenge said of the Raiders. "They are playing real well right now, as well as anyone in the region. They are a tough matchup for us."

The Fargo Shanley boys cross country team won its first meet under head coach Chris Foerster, taking first place at the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) Rotary Invitational on Tuesday.

"It's a big win," said Foerster, in his fifth year as head coach. "It's something that we've been building towards the last five years. It was a great moment."


Senior Isaac Zimmerman led the way for Shanley, taking first place for the third consecutive meet. The Deacons finished with 51 points. Detroit Lakes was second with 61.

"I think this makes them realize that we can compete for the top spots in the (Eastern Dakota Conference)," Foerster said.

Matt Stockert has been named head boys hockey coach at Jamestown. Stockert, a 1991 Jamestown graduate, was named Mr. Hockey when he played for the Blue Jays. ... North Sargent-Milnor junior quarterback Nathan Hoots threw an eye-catching six touchdown passes (45, 6, 29, 28, 7 and 62 yards) in the Bulldogs 56-22 victory against Enderlin last Friday.

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