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The East Grand Forks Senior High boys basketball team went to its freshman left-handed post for most of Tuesday night's game against Grand Forks Central. But it was a senior lefty who put the game on ice. Green Wave guard Jordan Osmundson drained all six of his foul shots in the last 94 seconds, including a pair for the final margin with 13 seconds to go, to seal a 48-45 win over the Knights at the Senior High gymnasium. "Jordan certainly doesn't lack confidence," said Senior High co-coach Travis Lindgren, whose team improved to 3-2.
Grand Forks Red River coach Bill Chase warned his team to guard against a hangover Saturday afternoon from Friday's semifinal loss to Apple Valley. "No matter what you say to them about not carrying that over ... we did," Chase said. Fortunately for the Roughriders, the uninspired play only lasted a period. Red River scored three times in the second period to spark a 4-1 win over Fargo Davies in the third-place game of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic at Ralph Engelstad Arena. "The guys were disappointed after the Apple Valley game," Chase said. "We weren't ready to play today.
Grand Forks Central forward Luke Johnson roofed a shot from close range over Apple Valley goalie Aaron Gretz early in the first period for the game's first goal. That meant for the first time during the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic, the Eagles were actually losing. Apple Valley would only stomach that for 40 seconds. The Eagles answered back with three goals before the end of the first period en route to a convincing 6-2 victory over the Knights on Saturday afternoon in the championship game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Apple Valley dominated on its path to a second-straight Stadstad
Between the first and second periods, Apple Valley coach Jerry Hayes told his team it had to adapt Grand Forks Red River's style to beat the Roughriders. "We weren't committed to the hit," Hayes said. "Red River plays a different style than we see. They're physical. We needed to take care of neutral ice.
Grand Forks Central senior Alec Lazur played on the fourth line of the state champion Knights last season, stuck behind a plethora of standout forwards. Lazur's role has increased this season, and he's making the most of it. Lazur scored three goals Friday night to lift the Knights to a 5-2 win over Fargo Davies in the semifinals of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic at Ralph Engelstad Arena. "I'm just a year older and a year more mature," Lazur said. "I'm learning how to use my body more. I'm starting to use my size to my advantage." Lazur's hat trick was his second of the season.
The Bismarck Century boys hockey team's trip to Grand Forks on Thursday got off to a rocky start as poor road conditions forced the Patriots to push back the start time of their game against Grand Forks Central. Then when they finally got on the ice, it was another rocky start that did in the Patriots. Central scored twice in the opening period and hung on for a 4-2 victory over the Patriots in the first round of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Central advances to today's semifinals against Fargo Davies at 5:30 p.m.
Grand Forks Red River forward Alan Zahui said the Roughriders changed philosophies between the first and second periods. "We put the stick-handling away and started to use each other," Zahui said. The alteration worked to perfection. The Roughriders scored five second-period goals and triggered running time in the third period in a 9-2 win over Bismarck High on Thursday in the first round of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic at Ralph Engelstad Arena. "We had to go through the first period and feel it out a little bit," Red River coach Bill Chase said.
Apple Valley standouts A.J. Michaelson and Hudson Fasching can't go anywhere unnoticed these days. That doesn't attract any pity from Eagles coach Jerry Hayes. "Welcome to your life," said Hayes, whose team faces Grafton-Park River at 7:45 p.m. tonight at Ralph Engelstad Arena in the opening round of the fourth annual Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic. "This is it; like it or not. Whatever level they're going to be playing at next, they're going to be on everyone's radar. It's not going to get any easier.
Fargo South girls basketball coach Craig Flaagan didn't try to paint the Bruins' second-half surge in any magnificent light. The veteran coach summed up the game bluntly. "We stole one," Flaagan said. South pulled off the heist when guard Meghan Roehrich scooped in a left-handed shot with 16 seconds left to beat Grand Forks Red River 58-57 on Tuesday at the Red River gymnasium. Roehrich's late hoop, two of her game-high 31 points, gave the Bruins their only lead of the second half. South once trailed by 12 points with 12 minutes to play. "We were losing that whole game," Flaagan said.
Thief River Falls wrestling coach Kenny Geiser wasn't concerned when senior Jacoby Bergeron showed up this season two weight classes heavier than his junior year. As the Prowlers' second-fastest cross country runner this fall, it was safe to assume Bergeron was putting on the right type of weight. "That's a good mix," Geiser said.