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—This year's Class A Lions All-Star boys basketball team featured North Dakota's all-time leading scorer, Division I commits, Mr. Basketball finalists and all-state players. Then there was Carter Bonnema, who isn't going to play college basketball anywhere but is going to North Dakota State College of Science for construction management. He didn't believe his basketball resume was strong enough to be picked for the roster, even after playing in the two-game, all-star series.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—In search of a working environment with more collaboration, Bobcat Co. and Doosan North America held a grand opening Wednesday, May 31, for its $9.5 million expansion of its North American headquarters at 250 E. Beaton Dr., which doubled the size of the building. Bobcat, a compact equipment company, started in North Dakota in 1947 and is the state's largest manufacturer with three North Dakota production facilities. Bobcat is owned by construction company Doosan and also has manufacturing facilities located in Europe and Asia.
BISMARCK—As the anchor for the Fargo Davies girls 400-meter relay team, Roseline Gaye was shoulder-to-shoulder with Bismarck High's Mady Mosolf on the home stretch. When they crossed the finish line, Gaye thought she had lost the race and the Eagles had failed to defend their state title.
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.