Greg DeVillers / Forum News Service
MINOT, N.D. - Carrie Nistler was at the Fargodome on Nov. 9 when Thompson won the 9-man football state championship. It was a thrill. "It was crazy, so intense,'' said Nistler, a senior volleyball player at Thompson High School. "But this is a better feeling for us. It is our team's accomplishment. I know how hard we worked for this.''
GRAND FORKS—The winter storm that hit eastern North Dakota on Wednesday hasn't put a damper on postseason state tournaments scheduled in Grand Forks this week. As of Wednesday afternoon, plans for the North Dakota high school boys tennis and boys soccer tournaments will begin Thursday as scheduled. Both three-day events run through Saturday, the tennis at Choice Health & Fitness and the soccer at Cushman Field. Cushman will need to have snow removed from the field and the stands.
FARGO—Macy Jordheim had a quiet first four sets Friday. But she was loud at the finish. The Thompson High School sophomore dominated at the net in the final set. She sparked the Tommies to a 3-2 win against Langdon-Edmore-Munich in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament at the Fargodome. Thompson won 25-22, 16-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-9 to advance into Saturday's 5 p.m. championship match.
FARGO—Knowledge didn't help when it came to slowing down Karolynn Winger and Ryleigh Popinga. The two senior outside hitters combined for 20 kills Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Fargodome. Setter Karlee Zablotney had a team-leading 12 kills in recording a triple double as Minot Our Redeemer's swept Dickinson Trinity 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament.
THOMPSON, N.D.—On Monday, Aug. 7, the first day of practice for the 2017 high school football season, there was little talk here about the undefeated Thompson team that won the 2016 9-man state championship. "Coach only talked about it at the beginning (of practice), to remind us that it was a great season,'' senior Cole Sorby said. "But he said it's in the past. We have to move on.''
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Brianna Walski saw the hard-hit softball coming off the bat. The East Grand Forks Senior High pitcher couldn't react quickly enough to either catch the ball or avoid it. The ball glanced off the thumb of her right hand, but didn’t reduce the velocity. Walski was hit in the the face and the damage suffered during the junior varsity game last spring was extensive.
Rylee Nudell filled a lot of roles during her varsity basketball career at Maple Valley High School, playing anywhere from point guard to post. Mostly, what she did was score. Nudell completed her eligibility this season with a state career record of 3,458 points, eclipsing the mark of 3,148 set by Bowman’s Tanya Fischer (1989-93). The 5-foot-10 senior heads the annual North Dakota Class B all-state team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
MINOT — After losing in the championship game of the 2015 Class B boys basketball tournament, Rick Smith wasn’t sure if there would be a repeat opportunity. “I knew we’d have a good team again this year,’’ Smith, the Four Winds-Minnewaukan coach, said. “But we lost several good kids from last year. We had to become a different team because we’d be quicker, but we didn’t have big kids like in the past.’’
MINOT — The Bismarck Shiloh Christian comeback was leaving Josh VanLith frustrated. Shiloh Christian, down 28-22 at halftime, outscored Minot Our Redeemer’s 13-4 in the third quarter to go ahead 35-32. “It was a little frustrating to see them go on that run,’’ VanLith said. “I was frustrated with my own offense. I couldn’t get anything going. “But we were able to keep our cool and come back.’’ The Our Redeemer’s senior found his offense in the final quarter. He sparked the Knights to a 50-48 win Friday in the semifinals of the Class B boys basketball tournament.
GRAND FORKS — After 41 seasons as a football official, Norm Dutot was wrapping up his career’s last season. In the final game of the regular season, the annual Cushman Classic between the Grand Forks Central and Red River high school teams, he was acknowledged at halftime for his long career. Retirement turned out to be short lived, however, for the veteran Grand Forks official. The 66-year-old Dutot has been coaxed into working again for Grand Forks-based Valley Officials Association (VOA).