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 @CPool_80.
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FARGO — Alyssa Olin looks to the south wall of North Dakota State's Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility lined with banners of past NDSU All-Americans. The junior javelin thrower points to an empty spot on the wall next to the other banners. "I want that banner up there," she said. Olin, an All-Summit League thrower from Mott, N.D., is well on her way after breaking the NDSU record, which is also the seventh-best throw in Division I this season. But just a few months ago, Olin wasn't going to throw a javelin competitively again.
BISMARCK — Sure Bismarck Century had beaten Minot for the West Region championship. But that wasn't the title game the Magicians were most worried about. They wanted their third straight state championship. With strong second-half defense, they got it. West Region No. 2 seed Minot held West Region top seed Century to 19 points in the second half on its way to a 56-42 victory for the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state championship on Saturday, March 11, at the Bismarck Event Center.
BISMARCK — Fargo Shanley has been the standard in North Dakota Class A girls basketball in recent history. This year, the Deacons ran out of time to complete a furious comeback that would have made them four-time state champions. In just its second year as a varsity program, Bismarck Legacy dethroned three-time defending state champion Shanley with a 52-50 victory Saturday, March 11, at the Bismarck Event Center. Legacy won its first championship.
FARGO — Bismarck didn't need to do anything flashy to win its third consecutive North Dakota girls hockey state championship. They just needed to take advantage of their opportunities. Top-seeded Bismarck scored all three of its goals on power plays on its way to defeating No. 6-seeded Grand Forks 3-0 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Scheels Arena. This marks Bismarck's sixth state championship and its fourth in the past five years.
FARGO — An inspirational speech from an unlikely source is all the motivation Grand Forks needed to claim a dramatic 1-0 double overtime win over Mandan in Friday's semifinals of the North Dakota girls state hockey tournament at Scheels Arena. Freshman defender Grace Emineth scored her first goal of the season to lift Grand Forks to the state championship game — becoming the first No. 6 seed to reach a title game in a decade. "The energy in the room was amazing," Emineth said. "There was no doubt in our minds that if we gave it our all that we could do it."
FARGO — In its first two years as its own program, the Fargo Davies girls hockey team lost twice by one goal in the state tournament quarterfinals. With those memories, the Eagles wanted to make school history. Kylie Schafer scored two goals and Sydney Peterson recorded a shutout to propel No. 5-seeded Davies to its first North Dakota state tournament semifinals appearance with a 3-0 upset over No. 4 seed Minot on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Farmers Union Insurance Center in Scheels Arena.
FARGO — After spraining ligaments in his right knee near the start of the season, Jesse Shearer wasn't slowed down from going for his third career state wrestling championship. The No. 1 seed at 182 pounds, Shearer was among five West Fargo wrestlers to win state titles in the North Dakota Class A state individual tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Fargodome. This marked West Fargo's second year in a row of bringing home five individual championships.
FARGO—Kevin Fynboh tried to explain why the Class A West Region teams have been proven better than the East Region the last few years. The West Fargo head wrestling coach thinks it simply comes down to culture. The west side of North Dakota may just have a stronger passion for the sport and works harder during the offseason, Fynboh said. Maybe that's why the West Region swept its cross-state opponents on Thursday, Feb. 16. All four West Region teams defeated the East Region teams in the Class A state wrestling dual quarterfinals at the Fargodome.
WEST FARGO— As Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz's popularity spreads nationwide, his endorsement power is skyrocketing just as quickly. Still, the man who grew up in Bismarck and played college football in Fargo is keeping a number of endorsement deals in North Dakota. Wentz has inked deals with Fargo-based Scheels, Jamestown-based RealTruck and Sanford Health, where the former North Dakota State University standout signed a five-year deal that includes personal appearances and ads for TV, social media, print and radio.
FARGO -- North Dakota Shrine Bowl 9-man all-star West head coach Terry Motl of North Prairie knew if his team could keep the East under 50 points, the West would...