WATCH: Spuds' Simonich looking to add elusive trophy, Optimist Volleyball returns in WDAY's 10 PM sportscast for June 14

Moorhead senior plays in his final state tournament this week.

Moorhead 2021 high school graduate and defending Pine to Palm champion Ian Simonich is a finalist for the Mr. Minnesota Golf award. Robert Williams / Tribune

FARGO -- For years, Ian Simonich has taken the local golf scene by storm. Committed to NDSU, a Pine to Palm champion, he's won plenty of tournaments and made plenty of memories. For all of that, though, Simonich hasn't done the one thing he wants: bring home a state title. He wants to join the likes of Ben Welle and Dane Sethre-Hofstad as Spuds to win state titles.

"I think people know who I am now," Simonich said. "Ever since last year, we didn't get the OK to play, it's been a long time waiting for that section tournament."

"To hopefully get my name into something like that, and for coach to be like, 'This is what Ian did,' it's kind of fun to think about."

Optimist Volleyball returned for the first time in two years to North Dakota on Monday night. In West Fargo, the East class A and B players dominated, sweeping the best from the West schools, 3-0. Sheyenne's Jayden Feist and Red River's Kaylee Lancaster each tallied nine kills to lead the team, West Fargo's Erin Binstock notched a game-high 15 digs.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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