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OGDEN, Utah—The University of North Dakota's run in the Big Sky Conference softball tournament came to an unexpected Saturday when the tournament was cut short due to rain and time constraints. UND was one of four teams still alive in the double-elimination tournament. Top-seeded Sacramento State was declared the tournament winner following its winner-bracket win over Northern Colorado Saturday.
Moorhead Steve Laqua, who next fall will begin his eighth season of rebuilding Minnesota State Moorhead's football program, was destined to be a football coach. He grew up across the street from the high school football field in Cavalier, N.D. Such close proximity allowed him to become the high school team's water boy. It also exposed him to the coaching methods of Rod Oksendahl, arguably one of the most successful football coaches in North Dakota high school history.
FARGO—A group's two-year mission to move the North Dakota high school girls soccer season from the spring to the fall continues. And the group asked to make the change continues to play the waiting game. The tug-of-war match doesn't appear to be ending soon. Both sides are waiting to see what the U.S. Office of Civil Rights has to say about a grievance filed back in 2016 claiming the North Dakota High School Activities Association is violating the Title IX sexual-discrimination law by forcing girls soccer to compete in the spring while boys play in the fall.
FARGO—Four underclassmen, including two from state champion Bismarck Century, highlight this year's North Dakota Class A girls basketball all-state team as voted upon by the North Dakota Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Century's sophomore center Lauren Ware and junior guard Lilly Keplin were named to the first team and are joined by Fargo Davies senior Raegan Linster, West Fargo Sheyenne junior Maggie Manson and Mandan junior Megan Zander.
West Fargo In 2015, the North Dakota Legislature passed a law that required the North Dakota State Game and Fish Department to develop an all-electronic licensing system and phase out the old paper license books. That went into effect April 1, 2016. Another part of that plan was to eventually phase out paper applications for lottery licenses, which includes spring and fall turkey, deer gun, swan, pronghorn and moose, elk and sheep.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Nathan Rund became the all-time leading scorer for Fergus Falls and led the top-seeded Otters to a 78-66 victory over No. 5 St. Cloud Apollo in the Minnesota Class 3A semifinals Saturday at St. Cloud State University. "Even though I'm not about the individual accolades and whatnot, it is humbling to get a record of such," said Rund. "Stuff like that just doesn't happen without the teammates that you have along the way."
FARGO—For the second straight year, a lower-seeded Bismarck Legacy knocked off a higher-seeded Fargo Davies in the opening round of the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament. Last year's overtime win may have come as a surprise to some, but Thursday's 68-38 win was a margin of victory no one was expecting at the Fargodome.
FARGO—When West Fargo Sheyenne sharpshooter Maggie Manson put up her first shot of Thursday's North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament game, it was blocked by Bismarck Century's Lauren Ware. Welcome to playing against a 6-foot-4 sophomore center who is already being recruited by Division I schools. Welcome to playing against a Century team that has lost only once this season. Welcome to playing in your school's first state tournament in the Fargodome—where Sheyenne lost 66-42 to a Century team playing in its 34th state tournament.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Aaron Bohnenstingl has been sporting his long, thick beard since the high school football season started last fall. "If you can grow it, why not show it," he said. And why cut it off. Bohnenstingl helped Wyndmere-Lidgerwood win a state football title. Now, he and his basketball teammates are hoping they can make the same kind of run—which started Tuesday night in Ed Werre Arena with a 59-51 North Dakota Class B Region 1 tournament quarterfinals win over Enderlin.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Tyrell Rodriguez's Fargo Oak Grove boys basketball teammates sometimes call him "T-Boogie." "He's a big Demarcus Cousins," Oak Grove senior Andrew Christianson said in reference to the NBA player. After experiencing a case of the jitters in his first North Dakota Class B Region 1 tournament game, Rodriguez definitely boogied in the second half—scoring 16 of his 18 points to lift Oak Grove to a 94-54 opening-round win over Milnor-North Sargent at Ed Werre Arena.