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CARRINGTON, N.D. -- Calen Schwabe pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits, as Thompson beat Gardner 3-2 here Thursday in the first round of the North Dakota Class B...
Longtime Grand Forks Central High School boys basketball coach Dick Vinger died Saturday at Grand Forks' Altru Hospital. Vinger, who was Central's head boys basketball coach for 18 seasons, was 86. As a boys high school basketball coach, Vinger won three North Dakota Class A state titles, the final two while at Central.
Paxton Pierce is pitching to a very respectable 3.00 earned run average. With the effectiveness of the Roseau American Legion baseball team's pitching staff, that 3.00 is hurting the team's overall ERA. Roseau is off to a 7-3 start behind the formula of good pitching and defense. Roseau has a 2.82 team earned run average and a .935 team fielding percentage. Pierce's earned run average "is a good number for an effective pitcher on any team,'' Roseau coach Josh Weckman said. "We've done a phenomenal job on the mound so far.
When excavation started, Scott Koberinski's first thoughts weren't of a refurbished all-purpose athletic facility at East Grand Forks Senior High. "I'd look at (the field) and wonder if it was a big outdoor swimming pool,'' Koberinski, the Senior High athletic director, said. But the big hole has been filled. The next step now is laying artificial turf.
Greg LaDouceur made it a point to not discuss the winning streaks with his Grand Forks Red River High School tennis players. He didn't want to put extra pressure on the athletes. "We didn't talk about it,'' LaDouceur said. "But the kids knew about it. To be a part of it, for the kids and for the coaches, it was a pretty special and humbling experience. Our kids played with a target on their backs for a long time.'' Both the Red River boys and girls tennis teams surpassed 200 consecutive dual victories during the 2015-16 school year.
There was nothing wrong with the East Grand Forks Senior High hitting that a few rainy days couldn't cure. The Green Wave bats are on a torrid streak, scoring eight or more runs in 13 of their last 15 games. They've scored 11 or more runs in 12 of those games, including an 11-4 win against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton last week in the championship game of the Section 8A baseball tournament. That earned Senior High (15-8) its first berth in the Minnesota state high school baseball tournament since the school added the baseball program in 2010.
When Nate Deziel had back surgery two years ago, his hockey-playing days were over. "The doctors told me it would be wise after the surgery if I didn't play hockey any more,'' Deziel said. "I still love hockey. But golf has always been my favorite sport. I think my golf game is better after the surgery. I'm more flexible.''
They started playing volleyball together when they were 10 years old. In the ensuing years, Elli Strand and Mari Rustebakke were together on the volleyball court together hundreds of times between practices and matches. Along the way, there were dreams of playing at the college level. Dreams turned to reality, however. "I think we were both interested in playing in college when we were younger,'' Strand said. "But as we got older, we started to look more at the academic path for college.''
ST. PAUL -- Meleah Biermaier couldn't believe it herself. The Thief River Falls High School senior not only repeated as the 300 hurdles champion Saturday in the Minnesota Class AA girls track meet. Biermaier broke the state overall record she set a year ago. Biermaier had a winning time of 41.35 seconds, shattering the mark of 42.13 seconds she ran as a junior.
ST. PAUL -- Thief River Falls senior Meleah Biermaier broke her own overall state record here Saturday in winning the 300-meter hurdles at the Minnesota Class AA girls high school track meet. Biermaier won the race in 41.35 seconds. Runner-up Karina Joiner of East Ridge ran a 42.45.