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—Fargo South's Jamon Howard saw he had man-to-man press coverage and gave Langdon Area quarterback Jacob Delvo a wink. Although they had hardly played together, they both knew exactly what that meant. Howard quickly beat his man at the line of scrimmage and Delvo hit him in stride on a go route along the left sideline for a 55-yard touchdown. That play was the East's third straight touchdown en route to a 35-12 win over the West in the 11-man Shrine Bowl all-star football game on Saturday, July 14, at Sid Cichy Stadium.
FARGO—West Fargo's Joe Pistorius drove down the lane and drew defensive attention. Almost seemingly ready for that, the Class A senior athlete of the year passed it off to West Fargo Sheyenne's Kemal Hajric for a wide open layup. Even if they were rivals for their entire high school careers, the Class A starting five for the Lions All-Star basketball series had chemistry right away.
WEST FARGO — Seljon Akhmedli sometimes has difficulty with geometry problems. But one way or another, the soon-to-be sophomore at West Fargo's Sheyenne High School usually finds a way to work through them. She likely gained that ability from her father, Azer Akhmedov, a math professor at North Dakota State University. At just 14 years old, Akhmedli has already taken calculus classes at NDSU. She'll take several more during the coming school year, possibly enough that she could earn a math degree by the time she graduates from high school.
WEST FARGO—Fargo Post 2 loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning on Friday, July 6. Morgan Kapaun worked himself out of that jam without allowing a single run. In fact, for the first four innings, Post 2 got a runner in scoring position but had nothing to show for it.
WEST FARGO — When Megan Gaffaney was among the best players in the state of North Dakota, she was among the best performers in almost everything.
FARGO—Isaiah Thomas didn't know winning by 10-run rule was possible in the state tournament, so when he drove in yet another run, he was surprised to see his teammates storm the field in celebration. Treyton Mattern was bleeding after he was cut up in the ensuing dogpile, but he felt just fine. West Region No. 2-seeded Bismarck Century had just beaten East Region No. 4-seeded Grand Forks Red River 12-2 in five innings to win the North Dakota Class A state baseball title on Saturday, June 2, at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO -- Not even a weather stoppage and playing on two different days could stop Bismarck Century from getting to the state championship. After a lightning delay forced play to be suspended on Friday, June 1, the West Region No. 2-seeded Patriots defeated East Region No. 1-seeded Fargo Davies 4-2 in the North Dakota Class A state baseball semifinals on Friday, June 1, at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO—Not even a weather stoppage and playing on two different days could stop Bismarck Century from getting to the state championship. After a lightning delay forced play to be suspended on Friday, June 1, the West Region No. 2-seeded Patriots defeated East Region No. 1-seeded Fargo Davies 4-2 in the North Dakota Class A state baseball semifinals on Friday, June 1, at Newman Outdoor Field. The Patriots (24-3) will now play East Region No. 4-seeded Grand Forks Red River in the state championship game today in a guaranteed full seven-inning contest.
FARGO—Will Raymond was nervous before and throughout the game. He feels his team wouldn't have even been in a tough situation if he hadn't, as he specifically remembers, grounded out to the right side with two outs with runners on second and third base in the third inning.
FARGO — No matter if it's batting or pitching, Matt Hagen likes to be in clutch situations. Hagen took the mound and got Fargo Davies through the seventh inning in a tied game. Then he stepped up to the plate and hit a game-winning RBI to propel the No. 1-seeded Eagles to a 5-4 win over West Region No. 4-seeded Mandan in the North Dakota Class A state baseball quarterfinals on Thursday, May 31, at Newman Outdoor Field. "Everything is running through your head," Hagen said. "You just have to stay calm and produce for the team."