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Gus Kueber is going to have to get used to seeing eye-to-eye with his opponents. Kueber was a towering presence on the Dakota Prairie team that was runner-up last winter in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. With his height of 6 feet, 6½ inches, Kueber rarely went against an opponent in Class B who could match his height. But at the annual North Dakota Lions all-star basketball series, Kueber will find several Class A opponents who can match, or come close to, his height. "I've never played against this many big guys," Kueber said.
Overall, Jake Tescher wasn't happy with his passing performance Saturday. But the final two minutes of the 11-man game in the North Dakota Shrine Bowl made amends for any struggles the quarterback had. Tescher, a Beach High School graduate, was 4-of-8 on his team's final drive. His final pass was a 31-yard game-winning touchdown to Beulah's Josh Schank, rallying the West to a 14-12 win at Grand Forks' Alerus Center. Tescher finished only 6-of-19 passing for 85 yards. He threw for 55 of those yards on the final drive. "That's not very good,'' Tescher said of his overall performance.
Cody Sundby has been a teammate of Taylor Swanson and Josiah Clark for as long as the three have played organized football at Stephen-Argyle High School. But Sundby is looking forward to a chance to put a lick on his now-former teammates. "It will be fun, hitting each other," Sundby said. "We're all friends. But that will make it a little more competition. And we like that." The field of play will be the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl, which will be played today at Grand Forks' Alerus Center beginning at 4 p.m. with the 11-man game.
Pitching has been a strength for the Munich baseball team. As the postseason approaches, the rich is getting richer. Munich is 23-8 and the No. 1 seed in the Section 4 tournament, which begins Wednesday in Grafton. Success has come despite top pitcher Trevor Schommer being unavailable to throw most of the season. But Schommer is recovering from an arm injury and likely will be able to pitch next week.
Andy Backstrom has memories of many of the scratches and paint marks on the navy-blue football helmet. There's one from a game against Napoleon, another mark from Tri-County, a third that came against North Central Benson. It's a color-oriented system. "They were from guys who I was in on tackles," Backstrom said. "I don't remember the hits so much as I do the colors the teams were wearing." Backstrom is in Grand Forks with the 9-man West football team, preparing for the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl that will be held Saturday at the Alerus Center.
Narrow setbacks or one-sided defeats -- which is harder to take? "The closer ones are tougher to swallow," Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball coach Gabe Dahl said. "There are so many spots in those (kinds of games) where you can look back and see that, if you'd made a play, it would have made a big difference." The Royals have had more than their share of both kinds of defeats of late.
Lars Anderson gained regional, as well as some national, notoriety when he threw a 13-inning, 201-pitch complete game, then hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 13th inning for Warroad High School in the Minnesota Section 8AA playoffs. The late-spring marathon outing, in which Anderson struck out 18, has had no negative after effects. Anderson has been the pitching ace for the Warroad American Legion baseball team.
Thief River Falls is looking for some answers on its pitching staff. While the American Legion baseball team lacks quantity, its quality at the top can rival any team in the area. Thief River Falls has a pair of stoppers in Spencer Johnson and Cody Conners. Both left-handers are off to 4-0 starts. "We feel they always give us a chance to win when they're pitching, that they won't give up a lot of runs or baserunners,'' TRF coach Courtney Skjerven said. "We're pretty confident in those two.
Until last week, about the only thing Brooks Bollinger knew about the fledgling United Football League was that the league's four teams had made some impressive hirings on their coaching staffs. Now the UFL could be a stepping stone in Bollinger's bid to continue his career as a professional quarterback. Bollinger, a 1998 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, was selected by the Orlando team in last week's initial UFL player draft. "It's a chance to play football.
The recent upgrade of facilities at Grand Forks' Apollo Complex is leading to the expansion of the annual Robert Montgomery Memorial American Legion baseball tournament. The 17th annual Montgomery tournament will be held Friday through Sunday. Normally, it has had an eight-team field. Last season, 10 teams were involved. This year there will be 12 teams, and tournament co-director Bob Gillen said that could increase as early as next year. "We didn't have enough diamond space before," Gillen said. "All the games had to be played at Kraft Field. But now diamond No.