UND volleyball Coach Mark Pryor was having nothing to do with a proposed "moral victory" after his team took Ole Miss to a fifth set before falling in the UND Classic at The Betty. "There is no moral victory here," he said of the Rebels' 25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 22-25, 17-15 win over UND on Saturday. "They are Division I and we're Division I and we're both trying to get in the same postseason tournament. As a program, we have to be past that point of moral victories."
BUXTON, N.D.—As in recent seasons, Larimore showed its muscle on the line here Friday. But, the Polar Bears also showed a more diversified offense. Passing—as well as running behind behemoths—was part of an entertaining 31-22 victory over Hillsboro/Central Valley in both teams' football season opener. Quarterback Jacob Tupa completed 13 of 24 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. One of the three was a 16-yarder to the 6-foot-3, 250-pound converted tight end Levi Hofer. The game-winner, it was not a fluke, as Hofer caught three passes for 75 yards.
Last season's UND volleyball success was built around its crowd-pleasing, back-row defensive play. The Fighting Hawks' steady stream of extending rallies led to a 21-13 record and happily entertained fans. "We did have amazing defensive play last season, which the fans love," UND coach Mark Pryor said. "But digs don't light up the scoreboard. Kills and blocks do." And, kills and blocks typically come from taller players. Last year's team had limited options at the net with four players at 6-foot and taller. This season's 17-player roster has eight.
The UND women's soccer team players knew they were well-situated at goalie with Olivia Swenson back for their season opener. After all, Swenson led all NCAA Division I goalies in saves per game in 2015. But the Fighting Hawks learned Friday in their season opener that their goalie talent runs two deep, as first-year freshman Catherine Klein shined in a 0-0 two-overtime tie with Northern Iowa at Bronson Field.
The East Grand Forks Sacred Heart girls basketball team's season didn't start with a practice. It started with a "lock-in"—basically a sleepover without the pillow fights. In that bonding endeavor, coach Joann Remer suggested a goal of advancing to the Minnesota Class A state tournament. "I was trying to plant seeds in their heads as early as possible, so they'd be focused," coach Remer said.
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Hillsboro-Central Valley's 20th win of the season Monday, which put them into the Region 2 boys basketball tournament's semifinals, had a familiar formula. The Burros used their swarming defense and their balanced offense to take a hard-fought, not-pretty 47-42 win against Drayton/Valley-Edinburg. The Burros (20-2) matched their season average in points allowed per game. The most points they've surrendered in their 22 games is 53. "We hang our hat on defense," junior guard Kyle Henningsgard said. "We know if we can put 50 on the scoreboard, we'll be tough to beat."
Caleb Hofer isn't the leading scorer on the Larimore Polar Bears boys basketball team. Heck, he's not even the leading scorer in his household, as twin brother Levi averages one more point per game. Still, Caleb was the one who came through in the clutch to lead the No. 1-seeded Polar Bears to a 36-32 victory over the pesky Cavalier Tornadoes Monday in the Region 2 boys high school basketball tournament quarterfinals.
When it comes to predicting a likely hero, Madison Borstad wouldn't have been on the top of the list. Nor second, nor third . . . But she came through with flying colors with her offensive rebound basket with 12 seconds left for a 43-42 North Star victory over Park River/Fordville-Lankin for third place in the North Dakota state Class B basketball tournament Saturday night at the Alerus Center.