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AREA NOTEBOOK: Grafton player transfers to Hillsboro-Central Valley, shows potential in track and basketball

Heidi Eckart watched Hillsboro-Central Valley’s girls basketball team with interest beyond the basketball court this winter.

It was an opportunity for Eckart, the Burros’ girls track coach, to see Rachel Dryburgh compete. The senior is a transfer from Grafton who was a track standout before missing her junior season due to a knee injury.

“I was excited when I heard she was coming here,’’ Eckart said. “Even if she’d lost a little speed coming off the injury, I figured she’d still be pretty good. I was excited to watch basketball not only because we had a good season, but because I was excited about the track season.

“I could see Rachel still had that speed she had before the injury.’’

On Friday, Dryburgh won the 200 and 400, was second to teammate Kylie Pastian in the 55 and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team, helping the Burros win the Red River Valley Conference indoor meet.

As a sophomore, Dryburgh won the 200 and 400, was second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 in the Northeast Region meet. She followed that by placing second in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 200, fifth in the 400 and eighth in the 100 at the state meet.

“Rachel makes us a more complete team,’’ Eckart said. “We’re still looking for some girls to pick up in the throwing events. But we’ll take what we have. You always will take quality over quantity. This year we have both.’’

Hillsboro-CV is deep in the distance events, as the Burros are three-time defending Class B state cross country champions. Pastian, who placed third in the long jump at state last season and was region runner-up in the in the 100 and 200, gives the Burros a 1-2 punch in the sprints with Dryburgh.

“Kylie will do well,’’ Eckart said. “She’s gotten stronger. I think her speed is better than last year, and she’s already jumping almost as far as she did at state last year.

“We’d love to give Langdon a run for their money for the region title. I’d like to see us put up more points at state. I think we can do those. It sure makes it easier with somebody like Rachel added to the program.’’

5 area athletes named all-state

Thief River Falls landed three players and Warroad two on the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association’s Class A all-state team.

Area selections are:

Emily Bergland, Thief River Falls: The junior forward led the 24-2 Prowlers in goals (28), assists (23) and points (51). Bergland was an honorable mention last season.

Briana Jorde, Thief River Falls: The sophomore defenseman had 9 goals and 17 assists for the Section 8A runner-up Prowlers.

Frances Marshall, Thief River Falls: The junior goaltender was 24-2, with a 0.91 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage and 11 shutouts.

Lynn Astrup, Warroad: The senior defenseman is on the all-state team for the third consecutive season. This season she had 17 goals while leading the 16-10-1 Warriors in assists (38) and points (55).

Demi Gardner, Warroad: The sophomore forward is a repeat all-state selection. She had 14 goals and 20 assists this season.

East Grand Forks Senior High, the Section 8A champion and state runner-up, didn’t have any all-state picks. Three Green Wave players were honorable mentions, defenseman Mak Langei, forward CoCo Piche and goalie Madi Galstad.

Yon an all-stater

Roseau senior Zach Yon has been named to the first team of the Minnesota Associated Press boys all-state hockey team.

Yon was the top offensive player for the 22-8-1 Rams team that won the Section 8AA championship and placed fifth at the state tournament. The forward finished the season with 41 goals and 45 assists for 86 points.


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