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They shared the experience of playing on a national girls hockey team. Layla Marvin, Karley Sylvester and Abby Ness traveled together to Stockholm. They were teammates on the gold medal-winning United States team. For a few hours on Tuesday night, however, all that will be forgotten. The Warroad-Roseau rivalry on the ice supersedes everything. "It won't change anything," Marvin said. "It will still be the same old rivalry. But after the game, I'm sure we'll talk and laugh together. Abby is a good friend." Marvin and Sylvester play for the Warroad High School girls hockey team.
A river, a state border and approximately 60 miles separate Brandon Chrest and Matt Borowicz. But the summertime teammates face the challenge of defending each other Friday. Stephen-Argyle is at Cavalier on Friday in a matchup of outstanding boys basketball teams. Cavalier, 8-1, is ranked seventh in this week's North Dakota Class B state high school boys basketball poll.
Twenty-six points hardly seems like a subpar performance. But that's how the boys high school basketball season is working out for Philip Schanilec. The Midway-Minto senior scored 26 in the Mustangs' season opener. Schanilec has followed that with nine consecutive games in which he's scored 30 or more points, with a single-game high of 36. "We figured defenses would be concentrating more on stopping him,'' M-M coach Shane Robinson said. "We graduated some good seniors last year who defenses had to respect. Everybody knows we want Philip scoring.
As expected, Garrett Carlin has made a big jump in production in his senior basketball season. What might not have been as anticipated, however, is that Carlin has plenty of firepower around him in the Fosston lineup. That balance has resulted in a 5-1 start for the Greyhounds, who play at Mahnomen on Thursday in a matchup of two of the top teams in Minnesota's East Subsection 8A. "Teams probably figured Garrett would bust loose a little more than he has in the past, and he has stepped up his game," Fosston coach Ben Hemberger said.
WARREN, Minn. -- The broken left ankle Danny Mattson suffered at a basketball camp late last July left him wondering how well his senior season would go. "I was worried that my ankle would be weak, that I'd lose my jumping ability and my (quick) first step," the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School senior said. "But I figured if I'd work at it, everything would come back. The ankle is still achy at times. But it's worked out fine so far." Mattson missed the first five games of the football season due to the injury.
Chelsey Frydenlund recently became the career scoring leader in East Grand Forks Senior High girls basketball. Being No. 1 in her family is out of reach, however. Frydenlund is at 1,507 points. She eclipsed the record of 1,433, which was set by 2010 Senior High graduate Kate Warmack. But No. 1 in the Frydenlund family belongs to her mother -- Durene Heisler Frydenlund scored 2,120 points at Devils Lake, where she was a five-time all-state pick. "Chelsey said just the other day, 'Mom, did you ever get any rebounds?
Stinginess has been a positive trait for Grafton's boys basketball team. The Spoilers are off to a 7-1 start on the strength of their defense. Grafton is giving up an average of 48.8 points a game. Only twice have opponents reached the 60-point mark. "Defense has been the key for us," Grafton coach Mike Hanson said. "The kids have bought into the concept of it taking five kids playing good defense together to do well. We have good athletes and they take pride in their defense.
ST. PAUL -- The hurdles events always seemed to be an area of strength on Dan Fabian-coached Roseau High School track teams. "We had good athletes (in the hurdles) and there's some technique involved," Fabian said. "They were willing to work at it. We started our hurdlers at a young age, building their confidence up. It was a very gradual process." Now Fabian faces a different type of hurdle. And he doesn't see himself taking that slow, gradual process. Mr. Fabian is going to St. Paul. The 56-year-old is a rookie in the Minnesota State House of Representatives.
The bench has gotten crowded for the Langdon girls basketball team. After playing its first three games with seven players -- the total number of high school students who went out for the team -- Langdon recently added five eighth-graders to its varsity roster. "They're there to make our bench look bigger," Cardinals coach Andy DelaBarre said. "For now, they'll only play if we're up by a lot, down by a lot or we're getting in a lot of foul trouble. "But it will help us at practices.
CANDO, N.D. -- Grant Lindahl reached a milestone earlier this month when he scored the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career. That still leaves the North Star High School senior at the bottom of the family scoring totem pole. The Lindahls are the four-figure family of basketball. Mark Lindahl scored 1,109 points while playing at Duluth East High School. His oldest son, Evan, had 2,134 points while playing at Cando High School.