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THIEF RIVER FALLS—The Trek to the X is becoming a familiar path for the East Grand Forks Senior High boys hockey program. For the fourth time in five years, the Green Wave are headed to the Minnesota state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Coby Stauss scored two goals as Senior High beat Warroad 5-1 in the Minnesota Section 8A championship game on Thursday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Quinton Hooker, in perhaps his Grand Forks swan song, grabbed the UND Fighting Hawks flag Saturday and waved it around the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center court after he led his team to an 82-73 win over Portland State to seal a Big Sky Conference regular season championship. School officials set up a ladder for UND players to cut down the nets. "We are the Champions," blared from the speakers. At this moment, you'd never a guess a dark cloud hung over the athletic department.
As Jake Disterhaupt prepares for his senior season, the UND football player continues to make the positional rounds. He's been a wide receiver, a safety, an outside linebacker and now an inside linebacker. Disterhaupt is one of a handful of defensive players the defending Big Sky Conference co-champion Fighting Hawks are shuffling as spring ball began Friday morning at the High Performance Center. "I think you're always trying to find the right combination where you can get the most out of your roster," UND defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt said.
East Grand Forks Senior High kicked off postseason play with a 69-65 victory over visiting Hawley in the first round of the Minnesota Section 8AA girls basketball tournament on Thursday. Going into Thursday's contest, the Green Wave had beaten the Nuggets in both regular-season contests, winning 48-32 and 61-45. "Hawley is one of the most improved teams in the state," said Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund. "The two Thompson sisters are so long; you have to pay attention to them, and we did, but that left us weak in some spots and their other players capitalized."
UND President Mark Kennedy has extended the deadline for the athletic department's announcement of plans for a $1.3 million budget cut, the school announced in a blog post Thursday. The athletic department was originally given a March 6 deadline to give Kennedy its recommendation for its budget target. The school now says athletic director Brian Faison has an April deadline.
FARGO—Grand Forks has an undefeated state champion for the second year in a row. Grand Forks Central used a three-goal first period and two goals from Cam Olstad to finish off a perfect season with a 7-2 win over Bismarck High on Saturday night in the North Dakota state boys hockey championship game in front of 4,988 at Scheels Arena. "To have that final buzzer sound is the greatest feeling ever," said Central forward Grant Johnson, who was named the state's senior athlete of the year and tournament most valuable player. "It was a great season. It was just pure bliss."
Grand Forks Central will host a pep rally at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Central gym to honor the 2017 North Dakota state boys hockey champions. All fans, students, parents and alumni are welcome. The Knights became the third team in state history to finish a season unbeaten when they defeated Bismarck High 7-2 on Saturday night in the state championship game at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
FARGO—Ryan Clancy put an end to any chances of an all-Grand Forks North Dakota state boys hockey championship game. The Bismarck High senior forward scored at 5:37 of overtime Friday to lift the Demons to a 3-2 win over Grand Forks Red River in the semifinals of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament at Scheels Arena. "Gutty," Bismarck coach Mike Peluso said. "I think our conditioning took over. Our guys took over when the game reached the late hours."
FARGO -- With one game left in the season, the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team’s undefeated season is still alive. The Knights can thank Judd Caulfield for that. Caulfield, a sophomore forward on Central’s dominant top line, scored two third-period goals to lead the Knights to a 4-1 win over Minot on Friday night in the semifinals of the North Dakota state boys high school hockey tournament at Scheels Arena.
FARGO—In last weekend's East Region championship, Grand Forks Red River shuffled the team's top two lines for the first time all year. The Roughriders lost the region title in overtime to undefeated Grand Forks Central, although Red River played one of its strongest games of the season. The Riders continued to experiment with line combinations in the opening of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament and appear to still be in search of consistency.