The Rams’ bid to repeat likely will rely more on quality depth than an individual standout like Jason Fabian. He graduated last spring after winning the 110 and 300 hurdles in the section and getting top-five places in both events at the state meet.
Of the eight teams that competed in the 2008 North Dakota Class B high school baseball tournament, seven are ranked in the top 10 in this year’s preseason state coaches’ poll. The one missing from the rankings is Central Valley-Hillsboro.
A growing competitive disparity between large and small Class B schools was one reason why the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s board of directors proposed a three-class system earlier this winter.
Results of the recent Class B boys and girls high school basketball tournaments refute that point.
Now is when wrestling coaches are looking for the next Jordan Sharp. Sharp went into last season’s Section 8AA tournament as the No. 3 seed at 215 pounds. He wasn’t in the top 10 in the final regular-season state rankings. All the Roseau wrestler did was not only win an 8AA championship but go on to cap his senior season by finishing second in the Minnesota state tournament.
Kenny Geiser calls this the best Thief River Falls wrestling team he’s coached in his seven seasons with the Prowlers. Whether that’s good enough to get the Prowlers back to the state tournament remains to be seen. At the Section 8AA dual tournament in Fosston on Friday, Geiser acknowledges that Thief River Falls is an underdog.
The security blanket is gone for Hillsboro wrestlers. The Burros were denied a third straight trip to the North Dakota Class B dual wrestling tournament when they finished fourth at the Region 2 tournament last Saturday.
Lake of the Woods hit extreme highs and lows of the boys basketball season within 24 hours last weekend. On Friday, the Bears were whipped by 111 points, dropping a 133-22 decision to Section 8A power Cass Lake-
Bena. But Lake of the Woods turned around Saturday afternoon and won for the first time in 14 games, scoring a season high in a 74-53 win against winless Laporte.
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