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Final series as teammates: Waldal, Farstveet ready for Lions All-Star games

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The old saying is “all good things must come to an end.”

Over the last five years, Bailey Waldal and Hailee Farstveet have helped the Beach girls basketball team to five straight North Dakota Class B state tournament appearances — including a state championship in 2010.

The two will take the court as teammates for the final time this week during the Lions All-Star series. Waldal said the Class B team has stayed pretty busy, so any emotions about finishing out their careers have been put to the wayside.

“I feel like we are too busy to be worried about where we stand emotionally,” Waldal said. “They always have us doing stuff.”

The Lions All-Star series begins at 5 p.m. today at the Bismarck Civic Center and concludes Wednesday at the Fargo Civic Center.

Waldal said playing with some of the best players from Class B has been amazing.

“It has been fun,” she said. “We all get along pretty well. Every single practice has been fun.”

In their senior seasons, Cid Stedman, Waldal and Farstveet led the No. 6-ranked Buccaneers to a 23-4 record and a fourth place at the state tournament. Waldal and Farstveet were also named as Class B second-team all-state players.

Waldal led the Buccaneers with 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Farstveet, who was named Class B and Region 7 senior athlete of the year, supplied 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

“We started out real well and I think I speak for both Hailee and I when I say we wanted to go out stronger than we did to end our high school career,” Waldal said. “But it has been a good ride.”

During the past five years, Beach had a 109-15 record. The Buccaneers’ state tournaments ended in a championship (2010), third- (2012), fourth- (2014), fifth- (2011) and sixth-place (2013) finishes.

Farstveet is signed to play basketball at Dickinson State in the fall. Waldal is attending North Dakota State in the fall and will major in radiologic sciences. The two aren’t strangers to the DSU basketball program as their grandfather, current Beach girls basketball head coach Bob Waldal, is the all-time leading scorer for the Blue Hawk men’s basketball team with 1,832 points, which he set in the ‘60s.

“We have been very fortunate that (the team) blended well together throughout the years,” Waldal said. “We made (to the state tournament) all five years, because we blended so well it was like we were a family. That’s what helped us through it.”