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DEVILS LAKE -- Devils Lake High School senior Jake Mertens has verbally committed to attend North Dakota State University and play basketball as a preferred walk-on. Mertens said he had been considering accepting basketball scholarship offers at either Minot State University or University of Mary in Bismarck until NDSU began to show interest in him a few weeks ago. The 6-foot-3 Mertens will play guard for the Bison.
Here are the rosters for the 2017 North Dakota Lions all-star basketball series, which matches outstanding Class A high school seniors from the 2016-17 season against their Class B counterparts. Games will be played in Bismarck on July 10 and Fargo on July 11. Class A boys
Four area athletes have been selected to play in the 2017 North Dakota High School Coaches Association/Optimists all-star volleyball series. Area selections are Grand Forks Red River libero Maddie Johnson, Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page hitter/setter Jana Mehus and Langdon Area teammates hitter Madi Hart and libero/defensive specialist Sydney Ellingson.
East Grand Forks Senior High totaled four home runs in 20 games in the 2016 season. The Green Wave equaled that total on their first fastpitch game day of 2017. Senior High powered to wins of 6-5 over Grand Forks Red River and 12-2 over Grand Forks Central on Friday at Apollo Park. Senior High coach Heidi Spicer isn't ready to call the Wave a home-run hitting team. But she's anticipating a strong offense.
MINOT, N.D. -- Andrew Christianson got hot. Not coincidentally, so did Fargo Oak Grove on Thursday night. Christianson sparked a 12-2 run in the third quarter that boosted the Grovers to a lead they never surrendered. Oak Grove went on to hold off Minot Bishop Ryan 66-60 in the March 16 quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. "We joke that Andrew is open for a shot when he gets a little past midcourt,'' Oak Grove coach Kyle Card said. "He's a good shooter. He's hit some deep ones.
MINOT, N.D. — With a four-point lead and 12 seconds left to play, Jaylen LaRock was feeling no pressure at the free-throw line. The Four Winds-Minnewaukan senior hit a pair of free throws in that situation here Thursday, March 16. The two points iced a 70-64 win against strong-finishing Stanley in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school tournament.
MINOT, N.D. — The basketball game didn't go as Austin Reed had anticipated. Not that he was complaining. Hillsboro-Central Valley, making its first appearance in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball state tournament in the co-op's five-season history, didn't have to deal with any drama or late heroics here Thursday. Instead, the Burros built a big lead early and never relinquished it in handing Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky a 57-32 setback in the quarterfinals.
MINOT, N.D. -- Brennen Vance didn't check the clock. He caught the pass on the right wing, squared up to the basket and shot. The result was a 3-point field goal and a game-winner in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. Vance's trey at the buzzer -- only his second field goal of the game -- gave Ellendale a 41-39 win against Dickinson Trinity to advance the Cardinals into Friday's semifinals.
BISMARCK -- After finishing eighth in the East Region during the regular season, Devils Lake closed its season with a sixth-place finish at the North Dakota Class A girls high school basketball tournament. Bismarck built a 41-30 halftime lead en route to a 78-72 win over Devils Lake in the consolation championship game here Saturday.
Roseau in Section 8AA and Red Lake in Section 8A won girls high school basketball section championships Friday to qualify for next week's state tournaments. In the 8AA final at University of Minnesota-Crookston, Roseau repeated as champion with a 68-48 win against Staples-Motley. At Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Red Lake beat defending champion East Grand Forks Sacred Heart 67-52 for the 8A title.