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Following the game, East Grand Forks Senior High senior Frankie Vargas took a running start.
During Tanner Dahlen's first three years at East Grand Forks Senior High, the Green Wave football team had gone 0-9, 2-7 and 2-7. Still, the senior running back-linebacker said Senior High's 5-3 record this year comes as no surprise. "Not at all," Dahlen said. "This summer, our upperclassmen got together and decided that we wanted to work hard. We've also got a great head coach, and he's put us in all of the right spots." That's meant the Green Wave have won more games this season than the previous three years combined. They'll host a playoff game -- 6 p.m.
UND coach Chris Mussman pointed out a recurring theme for his Sioux football team Monday afternoon during the teleconference of Great West Conference coaches. "We have the ability -- we've seen it on display, but we have to find ways to make plays," Mussman said. "That's been the frustrating part. Each game, something has gone wrong. We're due for a little bit of luck." UND's latest missed opportunity came in Cal Poly's 22-21 come-from-behind win over the Sioux last Saturday in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Big Sky commissioner Doug Fullerton said Monday morning that there has been no conference offer extended to UND as a result of last week's conference presidents' meeting. However, league presidents are apparently receptive to the idea. The Big Sky president's council met last week in Park City, Utah, with the league's future, notably potential expansion, at the forefront of the agenda. "The presidents' discussions involving the University of North Dakota were extremely positive," Fullerton said. "That discussion is ongoing. There's no offer and nothing to report.
When asked to pinpoint the most memorable moment of his college football career, UND senior Joel Schwenzfeier had a hard time choosing just one. There was the school-record 100-yard interception return two weeks ago against Southern Utah after which Thunderbirds coach Ed Lamb predicted Schwenzfeier ran 160 yards. There was the three-interception game last season in UND's first major Division I test at Texas Tech. There was even the game four years ago in Duluth in which he was thrust into a starting role as a freshman after Derek Malner tore his ACL. When a defensive back has that many rem
After defeating Detroit Lakes twice during the regular season, the East Grand Forks Senior High girls soccer team might have played a little casual in the first half of the Minnesota Section 8A championship. "We kind of went in maybe thinking we were going to win because we had beat them twice before, but we realized at halftime that it wasn't easy," Senior High attacker Marina Galstad said.
After a bit of waffling this fall about whether to play college football, Fargo South coach Troy Mattern said Bruins star running back Adam Boe will be using his smarts to study neural engineering at MIT. In the second half of Wednesday night's game against Grand Forks Red River, Mattern used his smarts to get Boe more involved in the Bruins offense. Boe, a 6-foot-2 200-pound senior, rushed for 188 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns to lift South to a 28-15 win over the Roughriders at Cushman Field. "We challenged our kids at halftime to play Bruin football," said Mattern, whose
St. Cloud Apollo was the only team to stand in the way of an unbeaten regular season for the East Grand Forks Senior High girls soccer team. The Green Wave made sure Tuesday that Apollo didn't stand in the way of a Minnesota Section 8A championship berth. Senior High avenged a loss to Apollo earlier this season by cruising to a 3-1 victory in the section semifinals at Senior High Field. For the fourth straight season, the Green Wave advance to the section title. Senior High will face Detroit Lakes -- a 2-1 shootout winner over St.
After East Grand Forks Senior High defeated Park Rapids last week, Green Wave coach Scott Oliver explained to his team that two coaches on the staff of the following week's opponent are former Oliver-coached players. "But I reassured the guys I haven't taught them everything," Oliver said. That's a good thing, too, because Senior High's hopes of hosting a Minnesota Section 8AAA football game hinge on defeating Perham at 7 tonight at Senior High field. "We're approaching this game like a playoff game," Oliver said, "because after (today), when you get beat, you put your gear away.
A penalty kick put an end to Bismarck High's hopes of a state championship Thursday against West Fargo. A penalty kick was the difference again Saturday, but this time it helped the Demons to a consolation championship. Bismarck High senior midfielder Matt Kessler scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half to lead the Demons to a 2-0 victory over Grand Forks Red River in the fifth-place match of the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament at South Middle School. "It was definitely an interesting game," Red River coach George DuBois said. "I didn't see much to (the penalty).