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For a change, there's no sure thing in Hillsboro's wrestling lineup. Over the last three seasons, the Burros had wrestlers such as Tanner Boeddeker, Andrew Grothmann and Anthony Von Ruden -- individuals who rarely lost and could be counted on to win in every tournament. Boedekker was a state champion last season, while Von Ruden and Grothmann won in 2009, the second straight for Grothmann. "We don't have that one guy who we expect to walk through every tournament," Hillsboro senior Alex McLean said. "We have guys who we know can make the finals.
Nick Dostal is one of the tallest players on the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River boys basketball team. But the 6-foot-3 junior's game is built more around distance than height. Dostal has been on a roll with his perimeter shooting. On Friday, he set a program record for most 3-point baskets in a game, going 9-of-10 against Blackduck. In the game before that, he was 5-of-9 on treys. "Nick's definitely been in a groove with his shooting," Gators coach Kent Christian said. "He's a tall, lanky kid who's more comfortable on the perimeter. He's confident in his outside shooting.
First-time tournament pressure was no problem for Kyle Pederson. As a freshman, playing in the quarterfinal round game of the District 3 boys high school basketball tournament, Pederson poured in 27 points for Hatton-Northwood. "I didn't feel any nerves," Pederson said. "I don't think Mike (Paulson) did, either. We'd played the whole year on varsity. We took it as just another game. But I was shocked by that (27-point total)." Pederson and Paulson both started on that team as freshmen. They're now juniors and young veterans on the Hatton-Northwood team, which has a young guns theme.
So what is Chuck Lovejoy's shooting range? "It's beyond 25, 30 feet,'' the Four Winds-Minnewaukan senior said. "I can hit 7 of 10 from out there if I'm open. "The coaches say if I have the shot, take it. And I'm never shy about those shots. I think it's money.'' Lovejoy was deadly Saturday. He scored 31 points to lead the Indians past fourth-ranked Cavalier 81-67 in the annual Grand Forks Dick Compton Memorial Lions Shootout at Central High School.
The state poll this week has East Grand Forks Senior High as the No. 9-ranked team in Minnesota Class A girls hockey. That's the good news for the Green Wave. The bad news for the program is that, with Section 8A playoffs beginning next week, three of the teams ranked ahead of the Wave also are from 8A. Warroad is defending state champion and the state's top-ranked team. Crookston is ranked fourth and Thief River Falls is No. 7. "I think (the poll) says we're a pretty solid team," Senior High coach Jim Scanlan said.
Daniel Grande knows that North Star has the No. 1 spot in the North Dakota Class B boys basketball poll this week. The sophomore guard wasn't looking for the information. He happened to hear the rankings on the radio. A spot in the poll isn't new to North Star. Since the beginning of last season, the Bearcats have been ranked in the top three in every weekly poll. They were ranked first at the end of last season and have been No. 1 for much of this season.
Roseau is shooting 38.1 percent on its field-goal attempts this season. That's a team average, but there's been nothing average about the shooting of the Rams girls basketball team. The Rams have shot as low as 22 percent in a game, and as high as 56 percent. "Our shooting percentage overall is respectable," Roseau coach Bob Glassmann said. "But we are inconsistent. We're winning by working hard and playing good defense. And the girls are having fun; that's important.'' Roseau is 14-5 and just a few percentage points out of first place in Minnesota North Subsection 8AA standings.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- Achieving a family first is no easy task for Garrett Carlin. The Fosston High School senior grabbed the 1,000th rebound of his basketball career Friday. Carlin also has more than 1,000 career points -- a pair of four-figure milestones that nobody else in his family has accomplished. "I guess the standards are pretty high in sports," Carlin said. "It's an athletic family. I guess you're just born with that competitiveness." The family ties include: n Carlin has 1,320 points.
The roster suggests building mode; the record indicates otherwise for the Thompson girls basketball team. The Tommies' 12-player roster includes six freshmen and two sophomores. But there have been no major growing pains. Thompson is two overtime losses from having a perfect record, and is in the District 3 title hunt. Thompson plays Dakota Prairie on Tuesday in McVille with the No. 1 spot in the district on the line. Dakota Prairie, 10-2 overall, is 8-0 in district points. Thompson, also 10-2, is 7-1 in district points.
DEVILS LAKE -- Josh Johnson enjoyed his basketball past here. But he doesn't want to dwell on it. Instead, Johnson is trying to build a foundation for the future in his first season as Devils Lake High School's boys basketball coach. "I've been trying to get people to break away from seeing me as Josh Johnson the old basketball player, and moving forward," Johnson said. "But there still is a lot of reminiscing about the good old days." Johnson was a part of some of the glory years of Devils Lake basketball.