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Kaleb Johnson was in the right place on the wrong play. The junior scored on a 5-yard pass with 3:03 remaining Wednesday night. Lucas Kanta kicked the extra point and that gave Grand Forks Central a 28-27 comeback high school football win against Fargo North at Cushman Field. Johnson's first career touchdown reception capped a 75-yard scoring drive, with the big play a 36-yard catch by Sam Cherilus. Johnson scored on a fourth-and-goal play on a short swing pass from Zack Murphy.
It isn't a coincidence that Brooke Filipi is a scoring threat on direct kicks. "I've stayed after practices occasionally to work on it,'' the East Grand Forks Senior High soccer player said. "Surprisingly, I've made maybe five or six goals off of them. I've been fortunate.'' Filipi's skill on the direct kick made the offense go Tuesday. The senior had a goal and an assist as the Green Wave beat visiting St. Cloud Cathedral 2-0 in the semifinals of the Minnesota Section 8A girls soccer tournament.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- Cadyn Schwabe had 100-yard totals both passing and rushing here Saturday as Thompson beat Oakes 41-7 in the opening round of the North Dakota 9-man high school football playoffs. Schwabe rushed for 161 yards, including 70- and 3-yard touchdown runs. He was 7-of-13 passing for 145 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Hayden Overby (22 yards) and Marcus Hughes (24 yards). Schwabe also returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown. Nick Reck rushed for 100 yards and scored on a 3-yard run for the 7-2 Tommies.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Cadyn Schwabe had reasons to expect Oakes to bring a big, physical team here Saturday. After all, the Tornadoes are a former Class A 11-man football program and their wrestling program traditionally is strong. "I figured they'd be a big, physical team,'' Schwabe said. "But our linemen rose to the occasion.'' With Thompson controlling the line of scrimmage and Schwabe generating big plays to put points on the scoreboard, Thompson rolled to a 41-7 win over Oakes in the first round of the North Dakota 9-man high school football playoffs.
When Bagley defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 21-12 a few weeks ago, W-H-A coach Aaron Pfeiffer had a simple explanation for the setback. "We gave the ball away five times,'' Pfeiffer said. "No way you can beat anyone turning the ball over five times.'' On Friday, it was another five-turnover game. Only this time, the Wolves were the takers, not the givers, as they handed Polk County West a 28-19 high school football setback at East Grand Forks Senior High Field.
Nathan Schumacher's 58-yard return of a fumble for a touchdown Thursday was significant for two reasons. The score, with 3:17 left in the game, marked the first time all season that Grand Forks Red River High School's football team received a touchdown from its defensive unit. And it marked the first time in the game that West Fargo Sheyenne didn't turn a possession into a touchdown. The Mustangs scored on their first six possessions in running to a 41-15 win at Cushman Field.
Although East Grand Forks Senior High's enrollment is approximately 400 more than Sacred Heart, Jessica Remer doesn't feel any intimidation factor when the schools' volleyball teams meet. "We've played other big schools,'' the Sacred Heart junior said. "And we always seem to play well against (Senior High).'' In fact, in her four seasons of varsity volleyball, Remer has never played on an Eagles team that lost to Senior High in their annual regular-season match. On Tuesday, Sacred Heart swept the host Wave 25-15, 25-14, 25-16.
Grand Forks Red River High School captured its first North Dakota Class A girls golf championship since 1997 on Tuesday. Led by medalist Morgan Hetletved, the Roughriders finished the two-day tournament at King's Walk Golf Course with a 627 score. Defending champion Bismarck St. Mary's scored a 644 to edge Bismarck Century by one stroke for second place. Hetletved put together rounds of 71 on Monday and 70 on Tuesday for a 141 score. Defending champion Sydney Smith of St. Mary's was second with a 155.
Betsy Seaver finished third on the Grand Forks Red River girls golf team with an 85.88 18-hole average this season. After Monday's opening round of the North Dakota Class A girls high school meet, Seaver is tied for second overall. The senior's strong play is a big reason the Roughriders are in first place at Grand Forks' King's Walk Golf Course. Red River takes a 312 score into today's final round, 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Bismarck Century. Rounding out the top five are defending state champion Bismarck St. Mary's (324), Minot (339) and Mandan (344).
Grand Forks Red River has a 10-stroke lead after Monday's opening round of the North Dakota Class A girls high school golf meet. Red River shot a 312. Rounding out the top five are Bismarck Century (322), defending state champion Bismarck St. Mary's (324), Minot (339) and Mandan (344). Red River senior Morgan Hetletved shot a 1-under par 71 to lead the tournament individually. Tied for second are Betsy Seaver of Red River and Maggie Manson of West Fargo Sheyenne, each with a 76. The tournament concludes Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m., at Grand Forks King's Walk Golf Course.