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Hockey

Former GF coach to be honored at Purpur: Former coach and Grand Forks youth hockey director, Manny Bertsch, will be honored at today's Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River boys hockey game at Purpur Arena.

Bertsch's family will drop the ceremonial first puck. During the first intermission, there will be an unveiling and dedication of the Manny Bertsch Memorial Trophy Case in the Purpur Arena lobby.

Bertsch was Grand Forks youth hockey director from 1950 to 1967 and was instrumental in building Purpur, the city's first indoor rink.

Bertsch died in 1995 at the age of 72.

Boys basketball

Wave fall to Pelican Rapids: Pelican Rapids outscored East Grand Forks Senior High 40-22 in the first half en route to an 85-75 win over the Green Wave on Thursday night.

Cole Anderson led Senior High with 19 points while Sam Votava added 18 and Julian Bergland 15.

Oakley Kress led Pelican Rapids with 28 points while Jacob Gottenborg finished with 26.

Sheyenne upends Central: Zach Westphal scored 22 points to lead West Fargo Sheyenne past Grand Forks Central 74-56 on Thursday night.

The Knights received 33 points from Debyn Johnson and 18 from Chris Demuth.

"We had an excellent effort tonight," said Central coach Dan Carlson. "We hit a cold spell in the second half and they were able to pull away from us."

Girls basketball

Eagles downed in tournament: Badger-Greenbush-Middle River outscored East Grand Forks Sacred Heart 8-5 in overtime to take a 55-52 win Thursday night in the semifinal round of the Northland holiday tournament.

Carly Mekash scored 22 points to lead the Gators while Maddie Janicke added 19.

Sacred Heart was led by Ivy Edwards, who finished with 17 points. Sydney Lloyd added 12 and Maddi Mitzel 11 for the Eagles.

Sheyenne topples Central: West Fargo Sheyenne downed Grand Forks Central 74-40 on Thursday night.

Central was led by Jessica Gillian's 12 points. Grace Gaustad added 11.

"I thought we got outworked in the first half," said Central coach DJ Burris. "I thought we got ourselves under control a bit better in the second half and played with a lot more confidence and attacked the basket better."

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