Casey Haldis was in the right place at the right time Friday for a reason. The Fargo Davies senior accounted for the lone goal as, in a rematch of last season's state championship, Davies edged Bismarck 1-0 in the semifinals of the North Dakota boys high school soccer tournament at Cushman Field. Haldis made a run on the net off a deflection and buried the shot with 59:29, a score that ended Bismarck's bid for a repeat state title.
Ryan Kasowski makes no pretenses about it—his East Grand Forks Senior High football team will rely on its running game. On Friday, Senior High was beaten at its own game. Undefeated Detroit Lakes (7-0) dominated with its running game en route to a 42-14 win at Senior High Field. The Lakers held a 458-182 advantage in total offense. Most of that was on the ground, as DL rushed for 352 yards (8.4 per-carry average).
The football game went one quarter too long for Grand Forks Central High School on Thursday. The Knights clung to a 13-12 lead after three quarters. But West Fargo, behind three fourth-quarter touchdowns by running back Declan Genova, pulled away to a 32-13 win at The Alerus Center. "They wore us down,'' Central coach Bill Lorenz said. "We had some of our starting linemen go down with injuries. They kept running and running at us. It's tough to defend when your linemen don't get a break. "It wasn't for lack of effort. We were just getting tired.''
Harrison Thom got hot at the right time for Fargo Davies. The senior center defender scored a pair of goals Thursday at Cushman Field. That was all the offense as Davies defeated Mandan 2-0 in the opening game of the North Dakota boys high school soccer tournament. For Thom, the one game doubled his career scoring output. He had one goal this season and two in his three seasons as an Eagles regular. "If somebody had told me I'd do that before the tournament, I would have laughed. I wouldn't have believed it,'' Thom said. "I don't get many scoring opportunities.''
The winter storm that hit eastern North Dakota on Wednesday hasn't put a damper on postseason state tournaments scheduled in Grand Forks this week. As of Wednesday afternoon, plans for the North Dakota high school boys tennis and boys soccer tournaments will begin Thursday as scheduled. Both three-day events run through Saturday, the tennis at Choice Health & Fitness and the soccer at Cushman Field. Cushman will need to have snow removed from the field and the stands.
Ella Fosse didn't get a kill or a block Tuesday. At crunch time, however, she played a big part in getting the Grand Forks Red River offense rolling. The Roughriders held off Grand Forks Central, beating the Knights 25-10, 25-15, 22-25, 23-25, 15-10 in volleyball at Red River High School. After Central won two straight sets to pull even at 2-2, Red River never trailed in the fifth. With Fosse serving to open the set, Red River got two kills from Karlie Robson and a block and two kills from Kaylee Lancaster to take a 5-0 lead.
While three regular-season games remain for Grand Forks Red River, it's playoff time for the Roughriders. Red River (3-3) plays at Fargo North (2-4) at 7 tonight in a game that has postseason football ramifications for both high school teams.
Molly Hanson was a fixture at the setter's position for East Grand Forks Sacred Heart. For the past five seasons, Hanson ran the Eagles' offense. She shared setter duties with Hannah Hollcraft last season when Sacred Heart set a program record for wins in a season, going 25-3. Hanson graduated last spring. So did Hollcraft. And stepping in as their replacement was sophomore Dana Walski. "I didn't set any varsity last year,'' Walski said. "It was a big change for me, and I was filling some big shoes. It was intimidating for me, a little scary at first.
Will Howard had a quiet night in goal Tuesday. The Grand Forks Central goalie had only two saves. But that was enough for the Knights, as they blanked Grand Forks Red River 3-0 in boys high school soccer at Cushman Field. "Our defense did a good job, not letting them shoot much,'' Howard said. "Sometimes it's hard to stay checked in in a game like that. But I kind of like them. It takes a lot of pressure off me.''
CAVALIER, N.D.—The original plan was for the Cavalier offense to rely heavily on the power running of Tanner Urlaub this season. That lasted for less than one quarter. That's when Urlaub's high school football season ended with a knee injury in the Tornadoes' opening game.