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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.
For this weekend, Fosston-Bagley is back to being the little kid on the wrestling block. The Brawlers are in the annual Grand Forks Sertoma dual high school tournament. The 15-team field includes nine teams from large-school North Dakota Class A programs as well as three Minnesota Class AA programs. Fosston-Bagley was Class AA prior to being reclassified to the small-school Class A division this season. "Last year we were one of the smallest Class AA programs in the state,'' F-B coach Pat Wolfe said. "This year we're one of the biggest A schools in the state.''
Mckenzie Whalen was the neutralizer Tuesday. In a matchup of two top 10-ranked girls high school hockey teams in Minnesota, No. 2 Warroad had a 50-26 advantage in shots on goal against No. 5 East Grand Forks Senior High. But Whalen registered 47 saves as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie at East Grand Forks Civic Center. "I think (Whalen) was the difference,'' Warroad coach David Marvin said. Green Wave coach Jim Enright is accustomed to seeing Whalen dominate games.
FARGO -- LaMoure-Litchville/Marion on Saturday became the first program to win three consecutive state championships in the history of North Dakota Class B high school volleyball. The Loboes three-peated by sweeping Thompson in the championship of the Class B state tourament at the Fargodome. The Loboes won 25-10, 25-12, 25-14. LaMoure-L-M finished the season with a 44-1 record. Thompson closed at 34-7.
FARGO -- Strong finishes lifted Thompson to a 3-0 sweep of Bismarck Shiloh Christian on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. The third-seeded Tommies won 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 at the Fargodome. They trailed 18-13 in the final set before closing on a 12-3 run. In the first set, Shiloh Christian rallied from a 23-20 deficit to pull even at 23, only to see Thompson score the last two points to win that set.
FARGO -- Langdon-Edmore-Munich swept Watford City 25-14, 25-19, 25-17 on Thursday in the opening quarterfinal match of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. Callie Ronningen had 17 kills and Jordyn Worley had a double double with 10 kills and 15 digs to pace Langdon-Edmore-Munich's offense. Tia McGorman's eight kills led Watford City. Langdon-Ed.-Mun.
FARGO—The high-caliber passing game Langdon-Edmore-Munich brought to the Fargodome was a different look for Hillsboro-Central Valley's stingy defense. "We expected a different kind of team than we've faced all year,'' Burros senior defensive lineman Jack Camrud said. "They throw the ball more. But our defensive line got after it and made it tough for them, and our defensive backs covered pretty well. I think 14 points (allowed) is pretty good.''
FARGO—The offenses were rolling for Kittson County Central and Stephen-Argyle here Thursday. The teams combined for more than 650 yards in total offense. Despite all that yardage, it was two defensive plays that sparked Stephen-Argyle to a 36-19 win in the Minnesota Section 8 9-man high school football championship game. The 10-1 Storm, repeating as section champion, advances into next Friday's Minnesota state quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. in Bemidji against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Kittson County Central closed with a 5-6 record.