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Hoffner wins title

ST. PAUL -- Garret Hoffner of Mahnomen-Waubun won the 152-pound title at the Minnesota Class A state wrestling meet on Saturday.

Hoffner beat Zachary Carlson of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg 6-5 in the title match. He finished the season 45-0. Carlson lost his first match of the season after 43 straight wins.

For Hoffner, it was his second state title as he was also a running back on the state championship Mahnomen football team in the fall.

Hoffner led throughout but was warned once for stalling.

In the semifinals, Hoffner pinned Chris Pfarr of LeSueur-Henderson at 4:59. The match was tied 2-2 when Hoffner picked up the pin.

Two other area wrestlers placed in Class A.

John Westman of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River finished fifth after pinning Tyler Ziegler of Frazee at 1:48.

Also West Marshall's Colton Laymon, who advanced to the semifinals, finished sixth as he lost 6-2 to Justin Viss of Chatfield in the fifth-place match.

In the Class AA division, Thief River Falls' Stephen Holecek finished sixth at 113. His brother, Nathanael, finished third at 152 after beating Walker Thiele of Totino-Grace, 8-5.

Holden Nelson of Thief River Falls finished fourth.


Fargo North 58,

GF Central 41

Grant Fisher scored 14 points to help lift Fargo North over Grand Forks Central in Saturday's East Region play-in game at the Knights' gym. The loss ended Central's season.

Sam Flaagan led the Knight's in scoring with 17 points.

North led 28-23 at halftime.

"I thought the kids really got better at the end," Central coach Dan Carlson said of the season. "These kids really kind of hung in there and played hard right until the end."

North advances to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The Spartans will play Grand Forks Red River, the region's top seed and defending state champion, Tuesday night in the Roughriders' gym.


KnightRiders take

sixth at state meet

BISMARCK -- For the past three seasons, Grand Forks finished last at the North Dakota state boys swim meet.

The KnightRiders, however, made a big leap this season, finishing sixth as Saturday's state meet concluded in Bismarck.

"We swam and dove incredibly well as a team," said Grand Forks coach Brent Newman. "We have had three tough years finishing as a team in last place. The intense work the guys put in this season really paid off. Finishing in the top half of the field after 14 long, hard weeks is exactly what this group of guys deserves."

Bismarck Century won the meet with 448.5 points. Grand Forks finished with 163 points.

Individually, Grand Forks' Keelan Murphy finished sixth in the 500 freestyle; Daniel Todorovic finished seventh in the 100 freestyle and Mike White finished eighth in the 100 butterfly.

White, Murphy, Tyler Keehr and Tristan Weisz all earned second-team all-state honors for Grand Forks.

There were four meet records set, including Bismarck Century's 200 medley relay team (1:36.64); Century's Dylan Sether in the 200 freestyle (1:42.76) and 100 butterfly (50.82) and Fargo South's Alex Brock in the 500 freestyle (4:41.36).


Senior High

to meet Lourdes

East Grand Forks Senior High will meet Rochester Lourdes in the first round of the Minnesota state Class A boys hockey tournament.

The game is set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.

Senior High, the Section 8 champion, is 22-3-3. Lourdes comes in at 20-8-0.

Senior High is the No. 4 seed in Class A while Lourdes is No. 5.

St. Thomas Academy is the top seed.

The Green Wave are making their first trip to state since 2002.


Valley City 69,

GF Central 44

VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- Mariah Olstad scored 17 points to help lead Valley City over Grand Forks Central in an East Region play-in game Saturday.

The loss ended Central's season.

Taylor Hammer led the scoring for the nights with 22 points.

"We battled back and we were only down 9 at halftime so we felt like we were pretty fortunate at that point; to be at a place where there was still a shot at the game," Central coach Brett Hintz said.

The Knights closed out at 4-16.

Valley City advances to the East Region quarterfinal round.


• Wrestling: UND finished seventh out of 11 teams during Saturday's Great Plains Conference tournament in Wichita, Kan. UND freshman Josstyn Richter finished fifth at 157 pounds to qualify for the national tournament in Texas on March 15-16. Jameson Jangula finished fifth at 197 while Jared Meidl finished sixth at 125.

• Softball: UND lost twice Saturday at a tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Binghamton, N.Y., beat UND 8-5 before North Carolina downed the Green and White 16-0. UND dropped to 2-9. D Jantzer went 3-for-4 for UND against Binghamton. UND plays East Carolina today.

• Women's golf: Freshman Abbie Mozzetti led UND on Saturday during the opening round of the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. She fired an 82. Cal State-Northridge holds a one-stroke lead over Toledo (303-304) after the first round. UND is in 19th with a 347. The event concludes today.

• Men's softball: South Africa beat the USA men's national team 5-2 on Sunday in the ISF World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. Gerald Muizelaar of Grand Forks was the losing pitcher for Team USA, which is winless in the tournament.

-- Herald staff reports