Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter.
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FARGO—Bismarck Century finally won its first state championship since 2011. And for the first time in 16 years, the Patriots have two players on the North Dakota Class A boys basketball all-state first team. Century's Josh Sipes and Kade Amundson both made this year's Class A first team as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. West Fargo's Joe Pistorius, West Fargo Sheyenne's Zach Westphal and Mandan's Trae Steckler were also named to the first team. Pistorius and Steckler were also on last year's second team.
WEST FARGO—Duluth Trading Co. has announced a Thursday, March 22, opening date for its first North Dakota location at 2261 Rustad Lane East in West Fargo. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., followed by presentations from professional lumberjacks from DLW Timberworks at 10:30 am and noon. West Fargo Duluth Trading Co. manager Neil Flick the West Fargo location will provide customers a unique shopping experience.
FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne's historic run is at an end. Kemal Hajric wasn't shy about it. He was in pain. He injured his ankle in the state semifinals, but wasn't going to be held from playing with his fellow Mustangs in the program's first state championship. He limped in the starting lineups, and he limped to get his participation trophy after the game. But with his career over, he'll better remember his teammates and the run to get there.
FARGO—The four-year history of the rivalry between West Fargo and West Fargo Sheyenne has seen plenty of exhilarating contests. But none were with higher stakes than Friday, March 9. Beating the Packers for the second time this season was going to be a tall order, but Sheyenne's Christian Kuntz said nobody believed in his team anway. Kuntz and the Mustangs wanted to prove themselves, and for the first time ever, the Mustangs are going to the state championship.
FARGO—Last season, Mandan lost in the state semifinals to Bismarck Legacy. The Sabers, in the program's second season, went on to win the program's first state championship over Fargo Shanley. Zander's Braves already had a lead, but she dove for the ball anyway. She wasn't going to let this opportunity escape. Mandan got its revenge and beat 64-59 in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball state semifinals on Friday at North Dakota State's Scheels Center.
FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne looked like it would be on the wrong side of history. The Mustangs were on their way to being the first No. 1 seed in the state tournament to lose in the opening round since Bismarck St. Mary's in 2013.
FARGO—Josh Sipes has been to state tournaments before. He still gets nervous before games but looked poised as his team relied on him early and often. Sipes recorded a double-double with game highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds as he paced West Region No. 1 seed Bismarck Century to a 68-44 win over East Region No. 4 seed Grand Forks Red River in the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center.
Fargo Raegan Linster wasn't expected to win. To Linster, losing had become normal. In her last game played for Dickinson in 2016, she scored 24 points as the Midgets lost by double-digits in a West Region tournament play-in game to end their season 2-21 overall. Now a senior, Linster would have never believed she would be the East Region senior athlete of the year or a Miss Basketball finalist.
West Fargo When Zach Westphal was born, he was brought home, put in his crib and given a basketball. Westphal's dad taught him the game. Westphal dreamed of making his school's varsity team ever since he started playing basketball with his dad early in elementary school during open gyms every Sunday. Westphal had to work to make his dreams come true. In his first year as a starter for West Fargo Sheyenne's boys basketball team, the senior has been a go-to scorer for the Mustangs.
FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne had never won the East Region boys basketball championship. The Mustangs, in their second consecutive appearance in the region title game in the program's four years, looked like they had been there for decades. The No. 3-seeded Mustangs didn't allow No. 4 seed Fargo Shanley to a field goal in the first seven minutes as they went on to win their first ever East Region title on Saturday, March 3, at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.