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Five holes into the East Region girls golf tournament, Morgan Hetletved was facing an uphill battle. The Grand Forks Red River High School senior had three-putted for a double bogey on the par-4 No. 5 to fall behind early in Monday's meet at Grand Forks King's Walk Golf Course. "I was mad with myself,'' said Hetletved, who had the low season average in the Eastern Dakota Conference this season. "My putting on the whole front 9 wasn't good.
Fumiteru Tsurumaki came a long way for a 5K title. Tsurumaki won the Alerus 5K race Friday as part of the Wild Hog Marathon weekend. The 18-year-old covered the course in 16:14.62 to beat runner-up Branden Scheel by a little more than 10 seconds (16:24.84). Rounding out the top five were Riley Lagasse (18:14.46), Will Valentine (18:49.85) and Alex Widner (19:22.12).
The grind-it-out style of East Grand Forks Senior High couldn't keep up with Steven Taves' big-play ability. Taves scored twice and set up a third score with a long kickoff return, leading visiting Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a 27-0 football win Friday at East Grand Forks Senior High. "We gave up a couple of big plays,'' Green Wave coach Ryan Kasowski said. "Those cost us. You feel like you might have them stopped, like you have something going, and they would spring something loose.''
After registering 20 or more kills in each of her last two volleyball matches, Maggie Steffen managed only nine Tuesday. That was more than enough to help lead the offense for Grand Forks Red River. Steffen and Alyssa Mulroy each had nine kills as the Roughriders swept Grand Forks Central 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 at Red River High School. The combined 18 kill points by Steffen and Mulroy nearly matched the point total generated by the entire Central offense, which had 12 kills and seven aces.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Fosston won the Minnesota Section 8A high school baseball tournament here Thursday. The Greyhounds battled back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat defending champion Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 6-3 in the section championship game. Jesse Sather pitched a complete game for the win, retiring 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. Fosston takes a 22-2 record into next week's Class A state tournament, with the first round June 15 in Jordan. Badger-G-MR closed with a 12-14 mark.
Two decades have passed and Kelly Ford Wilber finds herself more appreciative now than at the time she and her Grand Forks Central High School teammates won a state title. Grand Forks will always remember 1997 as the year of the flood. That spring was also the only time Grand Forks Central High School won a state girls soccer championship. "I'm more proud now of what we did than I was 20 years ago,'' Wilber, a junior on that team, says. "We had so many factors working against us. But we stuck together. It's pretty crazy how it played out.''
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.