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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.
ST. PAUL -- A few weeks ago, Reilly Stroot rented a new pole. On Friday, that proved to be money well spent. The Roseau senior was runner-up in the pole vault at the Minnesota Class A boys high school track meet. Reilly cleared 14 feet, 9 inches, exceeding his previous personal record by six inches. Winning the title was Rockford's Erik Olson with a 15-foot vault.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Against the rest of the high school baseball world, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was 24-0 and allowed an average of a paltry 1.3 runs per game. But East Grand Forks Senior High had the Rebels' number. The Green Wave erupted for eight runs in its final two at-bats Thursday, beating Dilworth-G-F 11-4 in the championship game of the Section 8AA tournament.
As a junior, Erica Eades was one of the leading scorers on East Grand Forks Senior High's section runner-up soccer team and an honorable mention to the all-section hockey team. As a senior this year, Eades passed on both sports. She went from multisport athlete to specialist.