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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.
BISMARCK -- Jocelyn Dinius of Langdon Area won two open events and Karly Ackley of Grand Forks Central picked up a state title in record time here Saturday at the...
BISMARCK -- Grand Forks Red River's Devon Pope won the triple jump here Saturday on the final day of the North Dakota Class A boys high school track meet. The junior won with a personal-record leap of 45 feet, 9.5 inches. He moved up one spot after finishing second in the event as a sophomore. The highest-placing area athlete in the Class B boys state meet Saturday was Shandon Toenies of Hillsboro-Central Valley, who was runner-up in the 400.
BISMARCK -- Wesley Odegaard beat the competition here Friday. First, however, he had to beat his own jitters. Odegaard became the first Griggs County Central athlete to win the shot put at the North Dakota Class B boys high school track meet. The junior had a winning throw of 54 feet, 3.5 inches, seven inches farther than runner-up Nicholas Rivinius of Grant County-Flasher. Also winning from the area on the opening day of the state B meet was Rolette-Wolford senior Lexy Wittmayer in the high jump.
BISMARCK -- After running the fastest 1,600-meter race of her life, Karly Ackley still had a bit of energy left. She made a final post-race kick, sprinting after crossing the finish line a short distance to leap into the arms of fellow Grand Forks Central distance runner David Hettich. "He's a good friend and I was really excited, winning and seeing that it was a PR,'' Ackley said.
Devon Pope hadn't practiced high jumping all season. He hadn't competed in the event since the first meet of the 2015 high school track season. But, with nothing better to do, he decided to high jump in Grand Forks Red River's final regular-season meet. All the 5-foot-11 Pope did was clear the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches to qualify for the state meet. The Red River junior showed that he's not only one of the best horizontal, but also vertical, jumpers in the North Dakota Class A state high school track ranks.
The pressure is off Maggie Powell. And the Grand Forks Central senior can thank teammate Karly Ackley for that. Powell goes into today's Class A East Region track meet in West Fargo knowing she doesn't need a top-six finish in the 3,200 or a state-qualifying time to advance to the Class A state high school track meet next week in Bismarck.
Spencer Rehovsky and Cole Clemetson were part of the team concept that took an undefeated Park River/Fordville-Lankin football team all the way to a second straight North Dakota Class A high school football championship last fall.