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PREP NOTEBOOK: EGF Senior High trying to beat tennis odds

East Grand Forks Senior High is trying to beat the odds in tennis.

Senior High hosts the Minnesota Section 8A boys tennis tournament next week. The dual tournament will be played Tuesday, with the final at 2 p.m. Singles and doubles finals are Wednesday. In singles, Senior High’s Ty Misialek is the No. 1 seed, while teammate Zach Straw is seeded third.

“Our goal is to get them both to the state tournament,” Green Wave coach Terry Paukert said. “I think it’s a realistic goal. They’ve got the skills.”

Misialek, 12-2 at No. 1 singles, has been to the state singles tournament each of the last two seasons, placing sixth last year. Straw, 12-2 at No. 2 singles, has placed third in the 8A singles tournament each of the past two seasons. The top two placers advance to state.

The last time the two 8A singles state qualifiers came from the same team was in 2006, when Thief River Falls’ Justin Pyle and Jacob Engelstad placed first and second, respectively, in the section.

“I don’t look at that,” Paukert said. “I just look at the quality of our players. We have two very good players. But they know they have to play well to advance.

“They’re different types of players. Ty plays with a little more power. He can make the big shots. Zach is a counter puncher. He feeds off opponents. His ability to get to the ball and keep it in play forces his opponents into mistakes.”

The No. 2 seed is Fergus Falls’ Dave Schneck, who was a state qualifier last season.

Senior High is seeded fourth in the dual tournament, with defending champion Thief River Falls No. 1. In doubles, the top seed is Crookston’s Bobby Tiedemann and A.J. Biermaier.

Three from GF to enter hall

Three people with Grand Forks ties will be inducted into the North Dakota High School Track & Field Hall of Fame during the state meet in Bismarck next weekend. The three are:

  • Bob Bower: Bower has been a race starter in the Grand Forks area for 48 years. He’s been starter at approximately 40 Class B district and Class A region meets, as well as approximately 20 state meets. Bower also was the 1957 Class B state champion in the mile while running for Fargo Oak Grove.
  • Briona Reynolds Nnoli: The 2001 Grand Forks Red River High School graduate won four state shot put and two state discus titles and was a 12-time state placer. Reynolds holds state meet overall records in the discus (172-0) and the shot put (48-2¾). She also was a four-time AAU national champion and went on to compete at UCLA.
  • Charyl Weingarten: A 1999 Red River graduate, Weingarten was a five-time state champion in the javelin. She holds the retired state record in the javelin with a throw of 162-3. Weingarten was a two-time AAU national champion. Weingarten also was a three-time state doubles tennis champion while competing in track in springs.

Other inductees will be: Staci Honeyman, Scranton; Jill Jahner-Lipp, Linton; Joe Howell, Lisbon; and Jim Fischer, Linton.

Wave in subsection track

East Grand Forks Senior High faces new challenges in bids to advance to the Section 8A track meet.

After competing in Subsection 30A the past few seasons, realignment shifted the Green Wave, as well as Crookston and Climax-Fisher/Sacred Heart, into 31A this season. The subsection meet will be Thursday in Warren, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The top four placers in individual events and the top two in each relay are guaranteed berths in the Section 8A meet.

“I don’t know if it is better or worse for us,” Senior High coach Liesa Hanson said of the switch. “We are bigger than some of those schools (in 31A). But schools like Warroad, Roseau and West Marshall are always strong programs.”

Hanson looks for Erica Eades in the 800 to be the Wave’s top title challenger in the girls division. “She’s been running very strong,” Hanson said. “But the Roseau girl (Madeline Huglen) also is running well.”

Hanson also looks for Karly Nelson in the throws and Haylie Carlstrom in the 400 to be top Senior High title challengers.

On the boys side, thrower Brock Scheving and Miguel Perez in the 800 will be strong title contenders, as will the Wave relay teams.

“We like to think we’ll be favored in several relays,” Wave boys coach Kirk Misialek said.

“We get away from Dilworth (in the realignment). That’s a good thing. They’re very strong. This might give our kids a few better chances to get kids to the section.”

Mound depth key for EGF

Karly Nelson not only is a thrower in track. She’s the No. 1 pitcher for the Green Wave softball team. Senior High opens the subsection tournament Tuesday. If the Wave win, they advance to a four-team, double-elimination tournament in Thief River Falls on Thursday — the same day as the subsection track meet.

Senior High softball coach Heidi Spicer said the team has known of the schedule conflict. Nelson will compete in the track subsection. But the Wave have used No. 2 pitcher Jayden Boushey extensively this season. She has a 4-1 record.

“Karly has to place in the subsection to get to the section track meet. We understand that,” Spicer said. “We were in the same situation last year. We gave Jayden more games to pitch this year, and she’s done well. She isn’t overpowering, but she mixes her pitches up and has good control.”

Losing Nelson might be a bigger impact on offense, as she hits third in the batting order and is a power threat. Senior High’s other top hitters are Kayla Nelson, Megan Boman, Sam Rarick and Boushey.

Eagles in logjam

Seedings for the Section 8A softball tournament are expected to be finished today, with the tournament starting Tuesday. Sacred Heart coach Mike Marek anticipates a top-four seed and a first-round home game. But seedings might not be that important.

“It’s a big logjam at the top,” Marek said. “Badger-Greenbush-Middle River is probably the favorite. But Norman County East, us and (defending champion) Red Lake Falls are all up there, too.”

The key for Sacred Heart right now is timely hitting. Hannah Modeen, Stacy Remer and Hannah Reimer have been Sacred Heart’s most consistent hitters.

“We have to start getting some hits in crucial situations,” Marek said. “We’ve been hitting the ball pretty good, but not at the right time. We’ve left a ton of runners on base in the last few weeks.”