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What a difference a year has made for Tyler Burian. As a junior, he failed to qualify for the 100 in the North Dakota Class A high school state track meet. He qualified in the 200, but didn't advance to the finals after recording the 10th-fastest time in the prelims.
The Grand Forks schools did a golf flip-flop Tuesday. Fargo Davies continued its domination of North Dakota boys high school golf as the Eagles won the title at the Grand Forks Central Invitational. Grand Forks Red River finished second and Grand Forks Central third at the Grand Forks Country Club. That's a switch for the Grand Forks schools. In each of the season's previous three meets, it was Central in second place behind Davies, with the Roughriders third.
Jak Urlacher's circle of friends includes athletes who compete in basketball, hockey, football and wrestling. A few have tried to recruit Urlacher to play in their sport. "A lot of my friends say I should do other sports,'' said the Grand Forks Central High School freshman. "They've said I could be pretty good at basketball.'' Urlacher is happy with his decision to concentrate on gymnastics, however. And he's been very successful in his chosen sport.
Sarah Boese ran a lot of races during her high school and college track and cross country careers. But she felt a twinge of nervousness before the annual Grand Forks dual track meet last spring. For the first time, Boese was holding the starter's gun rather than waiting for it to go off.
In the football hotbed of Cavalier, Joel Miller is one speedster who got away. Miller, a senior at Cavalier, captured the 60 hurdles title for the second straight high school track meet Thursday. Running for the Pembina County North co-op team, Miller had a winning time of 9.27 seconds at the Red River Valley Conference Indoor, held at UND's High Performance Center.
Growing up in Devils Lake, Rob Kueneman was a multisport athlete. He followed the NCAA basketball tournament and hoped to someday play in it. But Kueneman, a 5-foot-7 guard, averaged only 4 points on the Devils Lake High School junior varsity basketball team as a junior. A football injury ended his senior basketball season before it started. And, by that time, reality had set in.
Twice this season, Sam Votava has reached 30 points in basketball games. East Grand Forks Senior High lost both games. Jordan Tomkinson has the second-highest assist average (2.5 apg) on Sacred Heart’s boys basketball team. But that is number is dwarfed by his 21.7-point scoring average.
The games are 36 minutes long. But the first 18 minutes have been the gauge for success or failure for the Grand Forks Red River boys basketball team. The Roughriders fell behind 46-27 at halftime on Friday against visiting Fargo Shanley High School. Red River cut the deficit to nine points in the second half but wound up losing 78-64. The loss dropped Red River to 5-6. The Roughriders are 1-5 in games in which they've trailed at halftime.
Since moving up to varsity as a freshman, Brooke Filipi had yet to be on the winning side of an intracity rivalry basketball game. That streak ended Tuesday. Filipi hit three free throws in the final 25 seconds to help East Grand Forks Senior High beat Sacred Heart 40-33 at the Senior High gym. The win snapped a Green Wave three-game losing streak to the Eagles. "We've been thinking about them,'' Filipi said. "It's the rivalry; you want to be the best in town. And they (losses) were all close. That motivated us to get the win.''
THOMPSON, N.D.—Brandy George hasn't spent a lot of practice time working on a set offense. The Thompson High School boys basketball coach isn't sure if that will become a priority. "We don't run a lot of set offense,'' George said. "These kids have played together for a long time. They have a feel for what each other will do. It's better when they can get out and run. I've loosened the reins this year. And they've responded well.'' The Tommies, pushing the pace the entire game, ran to an 81-59 win Monday against East Grand Forks Sacred Heart in a matchup of unbeatens.