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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.
MINOT, N.D. — The basketball game didn't go as Austin Reed had anticipated. Not that he was complaining. Hillsboro-Central Valley, making its first appearance in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball state tournament in the co-op's five-season history, didn't have to deal with any drama or late heroics here Thursday. Instead, the Burros built a big lead early and never relinquished it in handing Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky a 57-32 setback in the quarterfinals.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck Century had a season-high point total here Thursday. But it was on the other end of the basketball court that the Patriots were most excited about their performance. Century ran away from Wahpeton 81-53 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A girls high school basketball tournament.
GRAND FORKS — Peyton Halverson knew Morgan Olson was coming off a 31-point game. Halverson, a defensive specialist for North Star, wanted the assignment of taking on Olson. "I like playing defense a lot,'' Halverson said. "She's a really good player. I knew I had to stay with her.''
GRAND FORKS — Perry Piatz was a little concerned about the tale of the tape. The Kindred coach figured his girls high school basketball team gave up height across the board to Grant County on Friday in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state tournament. "I think they were bigger than us at practically every spot,'' Piatz said. "We haven't run into hardly any size in our region. Against bigger teams we have to get into a fullcourt game.''
GRAND FORKS — Close on the scoreboard, close on the field, but it was just enough for the Dickinson High football team to get the win against Grand Forks Central. All the scoring for both teams occurred in the second quarter, and the Midgets' defense held on from there, securing a 14-6 victory Friday at Cushman Field. "I'm proud of our guys for finding a way to win," Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. "We still haven't played our best football, but we aren't panicking and we're finding ways to win. That's what good teams do."