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THOMPSON, N.D.—At halftime, the adjustment for Thompson was very simple, very basic. The Tommies didn't change any defensive schemes. "We just woke up and decided to start hitting,'' Thompson defensive lineman Adam Ackerman said. The first half, he said, "wasn't up to Thompson standards." Thompson turned a close 16-14 halftime lead into a second-half route in the second round of the North Dakota 9-man high school football playoffs Saturday. Thompson outscored LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 32-0 in the final two quarters to claim a 48-14 victory.
FERTILE, Minn. -- Declining enrollment finally has caught up with the Fertile-Beltrami football program. The Falcons take the No. 4 seed into Minnesota's Class A 11-man high school playoffs. Fertile-Beltrami (5-3) hosts No. 5 seed Fosston (2-6) in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal game Tuesday.
Jake Arason was the first Grand Forks Red River cross country runner to cross the finish line, third overall in the Eastern Dakota Conference championships. He turned at the finish line and watched for his teammates to finish. The wait wasn’t long.
Grand Forks Central’s bid for its first boys state soccer championship ended Thursday in overtime. The Knights dropped a 3-2 decision to Bismarck High in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota boys high school soccer tournament at Cushman Field. Michael Matthews took a long pass from Caden Evanson and scored the game-winner for the Demons with 42 seconds left in the first overtime.
Jake Arason pays close attention to the weekly state cross country coaches’ poll; Mikayla Weiss, not so much. Both Grand Forks runners made cases for this week’s poll with strong showings Saturday at the annual Grand Forks Invitational high school meet at Lincoln Park.
The running game for Polk County West has been inconsistent this high school football season. On Friday, however, the Thunder offensive linemen took over the game in the second half. Polk County West capped two long, clock-eating drives with touchdowns, rallying past visiting Fertile-Beltrami 21-8. "Our offense has sputtered at times,'' PCW coach Darrin Byklum said. "The first half was a lot of the same old news for us. But in the second half, we sustained drives.
Grand Forks Red River is shooting for a repeat of history. A year ago, the Roughriders placed third in the annual East-West Classic girls high school golf tournament in Jamestown behind two Western Dakota Association teams. Red River went on to win the title at the Class A state tournament.
Carter Beck’s job is to read the defense and decide what to do with the football. On Friday, the reads were taking the East Grand Forks Senior High quarterback into the end zone. The senior scored five touchdowns, leading the Green Wave to a 55-7 win against visiting Thief River Falls.
Cole Nowacki's teammates have caught up to him. Tyson Mahar took first and Nowacki second, leading East Grand Forks Senior High to the team title at its own invitational cross country meet Thursday at Valley Golf Course. The Wave finished with 25 points, beating runner-up Roseau by 40. Senior High also won the girls division with 32 points, followed by Winnipeg St. Mary’s Academy with 56.
For a regular in the backfield, Nathan Schumacher doesn't get his hands on the football very often. The Grand Forks Red River High School starting fullback has only 19 carries for the 3-2 Roughriders, good for 89 yards. That's OK with the senior; Schumacher is looking for hits, not carries.