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Entering a shootout, with the opportunity to send East Grand Forks Senior High to its first state high school girls soccer tournament, who do you select first to take possibly the program's most important kick? Maybe the program's all-time leading scorer and team captain? Or what about the senior leader who ranks third in the state of Minnesota in scoring? Instead, Senior High opened the shootout at the Section 8A championship with goalkeeper Chelsey Grassel, who delivered a goal followed by three saves in net to set up today's state quarterfinal matchup against La Crescent at 5:30 p.m.
For the better part of the past 20 years, the UND women's basketball team has had a dominant inside scoring presence. The top seven scorers in program history are either forwards or centers during that span. Just in the past five years, Ashley Langen and Kierah Kimbrough have provided All-American efforts down low for the Sioux. Entering this season, however, it appears UND's offensive production will move from the inside out -- and maybe spread out a little. "We'll be a different team this year," UND coach Gene Roebuck said Tuesday during Sioux basketball media day.
As the UND football team hits the back stretch of a schedule as tough as any in program history, Sioux players have developed an understanding of what a true Division I grind feels like. "You realize now at this level that every game you have to really put your best product on the field and anything other than that, you're not going to win," UND defensive lineman Ty Boyle said. "Not only are you not going to win, but teams will be able to put up lots of points against you if you don't show your best effort." UND's next challenge is Great West Conference member Cal-Poly, ranked No.
LAKOTA, N.D. -- There are workhorses and then there's Ross Martell. The South Border senior running back rushed 46 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs beat Lakota/Adams-Edmore 18-12 on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the North Dakota 9-man high school football playoffs. South Border faces Hankinson in the state quarterfinals next Saturday. "I got fatigued, but you have to give all you've got," said Martell, who scored on runs of 13 and 39 yards.
The East Grand Forks Senior High volleyball team entered last season's Minnesota North Subsection 8AA playoffs as one of the favorites. The Green Wave, who finished 22-9, were the tournament's No. 1 seed and eventually lost in the section championship. Senior High's role this season has gone from favorite to underdog. The Green Wave are likely a No. 7 seed in this year's playoffs.
Grand Forks Central sophomore Paul Shafer is a long-distance runner. However, it's Shafer's big leap that has been the most remarkable. Shafer made the jump from 31st at last year's East Region boys cross country meet all the way to fourth at the region meet two weeks ago in Grand Forks. That marked improvement has been one of the keys to success this season for Central, which runs in the North Dakota state cross country meet today in Valley City. "All year long, he's gotten a little stronger and a little faster," Central coach Sean Allan said.
When the Fargo South football team splits up next year due to the addition of newly constructed Fargo Davies High School, Grand Forks Red River will be one of the many teams in the state not sad to see the Bruins disband. The Bruins, who haven't lost to the Roughriders this decade, used a balanced rushing attack and a dominating second half to beat Red River 33-7 on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams at Cushman Field. Red River (3-2 in the East Region and 6-3 overall) and South (5-0 and 7-2) both qualify for the North Dakota state Class AAA playoffs, which begin Oct.
The Grand Forks Red River football team is locked into the No. 3 seed in the East Region standings. The Roughriders can't move up or down, despite the result of tonight's 7 p.m.
Following UND's surprising loss Saturday to the University of Sioux Falls, an NAIA program, the Sioux held a players-only meeting to discuss the direction of the team. "We just wanted to keep the focus on us and regroup as a team," UND fullback and team captain Marcus Tibesar said. "We said our goal of a conference championship is still attainable." The goal of a Great West Conference title is the focus this week for the Sioux, who play Great West member Southern Utah on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Cedar City. The Sioux are 1-0 in the Great West, with a win over South Dakota.
The UND women's basketball team's list of recruits from the 2010 graduating class is growing. So is the size of the recruits. The Sioux received two more verbal commitments last week -- from 6-foot-1 forward Megan Lauck and 6-foot-3 post Alyssa Wall -- as UND's recruiting class among high school seniors has grown to five, with each player taller than 6 feet. Lauck and Wall join previous 2010 commitments guard Siri Burck (6-1) of Fargo South, forward Madi Buck (6-0) of Bismarck Century and post Emily Evers (6-2) of Grand Forks Red River. Lauck, who plays for Mounds View High School in Minne