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FARGO—All season long, while losing just one match, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's volleyball team made a habit of not looking too far ahead. "We've focused on one match at a time," senior hitter Anna Holen said. "Any team can pull an upset." Now the Loboes face their biggest match of the season. They'll attempt to become the first team in the state to win three consecutive Class B state volleyball championships when they meet Thompson in the state tournament final at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Fargodome.
FARGO — Even with a five-point deficit late in the third set, Lisa Strand saw no reason to panic. Not yet, anyway. "I felt if we passed the way we're capable of, we can get back in control,'' Strand, the Thompson High School volleyball coach, said. "If they hit 20 or 21 (points), then I would have been worried. That's when panic sets in.''
FARGO — The high-caliber passing game Langdon-Edmore-Munich brought to the Fargodome was a different look for Hillsboro-Central Valley's stingy defense. "We expected a different kind of team than we've faced all year,'' Burros senior defensive lineman Jack Camrud said. "They throw the ball more. But our defensive line got after it and made it tough for them, and our defensive backs covered pretty well. I think 14 points (allowed) is pretty good.''
GRAND FORKS — Morgan Hetletved finished with a flourish — both for the day and for her career as a high school golfer. Hetletved shot the low round of her career Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, to clinch medalist honors at the North Dakota Class A girls state tournament at King's Walk Golf Course. In doing so, she led the Roughriders to the program's first state title since 1997. Red River finished the two-day tournament with a 627 team score. Defending champion Bismarck St. Mary's shot a 644 to edge Bismarck Century by one stroke for second place.
GRAND FORKS—Betsy Seaver finished third on the Grand Forks Red River girls golf team with an 85.88 18-hole average this season. After Monday's opening round of the North Dakota Class A girls high school meet, Seaver is tied for second overall. The senior's strong play is a big reason the Roughriders are in first place at Grand Forks' King's Walk Golf Course.
GRAND FORKS — What a turnaround. A week ago, Grand Forks Central opened the high school football season by accumulating 83 yards in total offense in a 40-0 road loss at Mandan. On Friday, the Knights erupted for 445 yards in total offense, pulling away to a 35-13 win against Dickinson at Cushman Field. An expected swing of events? "That big a swing, no,'' Central coach Bill Lorenz said. "I don't think anybody would have expected that. We wanted to get better. We thought we would. But a jump (in yards) like that, though — I didn't see it coming.
GRAND FORKS — Four Winds-Minnewaukan is the No. 1-ranked team and going for its second consecutive state championship. It has a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter and has held Kyle Henningsgard in check. But Henningsgard closes the game with a flourish. He scores 11 of Hillsboro-Central Valley's final 13 points and assists on the other basket. With the game tied at 60, Henningsgard lofts a 3-point shot from the right baseline, scoring as time expires to rally the Burros to win the game and the title in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.
After a pair of brilliant seasons, Shawn Stoltz and Isaiah Kludt were honored for their efforts this week. Stoltz, a senior from Dickinson Trinity, and Kludt, a junior from Hettinger-Scranton, were Region 7's representatives on the Class B All-State teams, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Stoltz was named to the first team alongside Tronis McKay of Four Winds-Minnewaukan, Ethan Brown of Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, Logan Nelson of Northern Cass and Deyondre Simpson of Parshall.
MINOT, N.D. -- Andrew Christianson got hot. Not coincidentally, so did Fargo Oak Grove on Thursday night. Christianson sparked a 12-2 run in the third quarter that boosted the Grovers to a lead they never surrendered. Oak Grove went on to hold off Minot Bishop Ryan 66-60 in the March 16 quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. "We joke that Andrew is open for a shot when he gets a little past midcourt,'' Oak Grove coach Kyle Card said. "He's a good shooter. He's hit some deep ones.
MINOT, N.D. — With a four-point lead and 12 seconds left to play, Jaylen LaRock was feeling no pressure at the free-throw line. The Four Winds-Minnewaukan senior hit a pair of free throws in that situation here Thursday, March 16. The two points iced a 70-64 win against strong-finishing Stanley in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school tournament.