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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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.
BISMARCK—Rose and Roseline Gaye, Kaia Beil and other Fargo Davies girls have been in front of the pack in North Dakota track and field for years. As a team, the Eagles just keep getting ahead of everyone else. The Eagles won 11 of 19 events to take home their third-straight Class A state team championship during the North Dakota state track and field meet on Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. Davies won the meet with 222 points, a record for most points scored by a Class A girls team at the state meet. The next closest team score was Bismarck Century's 84.
BISMARCK—Dawson Breyer admitted Fargo South's relays didn't have the best times during the regular season. But Breyer had hope. He kept reminding his fellow Bruins of a number: 42.29. That was the past North Dakota and overall record in the 400-meter relay. That was before the Bruins broke it. South's Prince Gowah, Targen Gensee, Breyer and Jon Farr won the 400 relay in 42.25 seconds to set a state, overall and bowl record during the North Dakota Class A state track and field meet Saturday, May 26, at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
WEST FARGO — Joel Swanson, head varsity baseball coach at Sheyenne High School, has been placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into an incident involving the classroom he oversees at Cheney Middle School. "Mr. Swanson was placed on paid administrative leave from both teaching and coaching on Monday, April 30, 2018," West Fargo School District said in a statement. "His return is pending the outcome of an investigation into an incident that occurred in the classroom he supervises at Cheney Middle School."
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 also were named to the first team. Pistorius and Steckler were also on last year's second team.
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. Mandan got its revenge and beat Legacy 64-59 in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball state semifinals on Friday, March 9, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center. "I knew we had to dive after and hustle for every ball," said Mandan's Megan Zander. "Every possession matters when it gets close at the end of the game."
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 of Century High School in Bismarck has been to state tournaments before. He still gets nervous before games but looked poised as his team relied on him early and often during the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State University's Scheels Center. 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.