Thompson's quest for its first trip to the state Class B Boys Basketball Tournament was derailed Thursday for two major reasons: • Too wide of a discrepancy on free throw shooting accuracy; and • Too many Henningsgards Those two factors were especially big in the overtime at The Betty as Hillsboro/Central Valley defeated the Tommies 64-57 Thursday..
Hillsboro-Central Valley scoring leader Kyle Henningsgard had only two points at halftime, when the top-seeded Burros were nursing a one-point lead on Grafton. In the second half, the senior four-year starter scored 18 points, leading to a 62-49 win in the Class B Region 2 boys basketball semifinals Tuesday to advance to Thursday's championship game at The Betty against Thompson.
Jake Kuhlman's back provided the only drama as Grand Forks Red River made its return to the top ranks of Class A boys tennis on Thursday. The Roughriders, who had streaks of 211 consecutive dual wins and 17 consecutive state team titles broken by Fargo South last year, handled the Bruins 8-1. The happiest of the Roughriders clearly was Kuhlman, the No. 1 singles player. Because of state transfer eligibility rules last year, he was not allowed to participate. Winning the state title singles title was South's Davis Lawley, a friend of Kuhlman's.
East Grand Forks Sacred Heart guard Devin Evavold was not just referencing a 22-point loss to Red Lake County two months ago when he talked about his team's sweet revenge in Monday's 68-57 boys basketball win over the Rebels. "We haven't beaten those guys in anything for as long as I can remember," Evavold said. "It isn't just basketball that we've had trouble beating them. They've been our Achilles heel in football and baseball, too."