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Grand Forks Central may hold the Gambucci Cup, but Grand Forks Red River has been the local bully the past two weeks. The Roughriders followed last week's win over Central with a 9-2 rout of East Grand Forks Senior High on Tuesday at Purpur Arena. It was the fourth straight win for Red River, which has won seven of its last eight games. With Jake LaDouceur's five points (three goals, two assists) and Jordan Bancroft's four points (two goals, two assists), the Riders turned the tables on the Green Wave, who defeated Red River 6-4 earlier this season. "The last time we played them, we were p
The East Grand Forks Sacred Heart boys basketball team proved pesky Friday against crosstown opponent East Grand Forks Senior High. Sacred Heart, however, had no answer for Senior High center Brandon Brekke. Brekke scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the Green Wave to a 68-49 victory over Sacred Heart in the Senior High gymnasium. Senior High improved to 9-7, while Sacred Heart dropped to 4-9. "Our biggest problem was allowing Brekke to catch the ball in deep," Sacred Heart coach Matt Carriere said.
East Grand Forks Senior High's boys basketball opponents have centered their defensive game plan around stopping 6-foot-7 center Brandon Brekke this season. But the way junior guard Matt Bauduin has played recently, teams will have to worry about two big scoring threats. Bauduin, who has helped spark the team to a 4-1 record in its last five games, scored a career-high 28 points against Warren-Alvarado-Oslo on Tuesday. "I think as a whole, our team is realizing we can't make things happen when we wait for Brandon to get it done," Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund said. Bauduin, who is avera
Forget the key conference victory.
The tale of the Northland Community and Technical College men's basketball season was summed up in the Pioneers' 73-71 win over Hibbing on Saturday in Thief River Falls. Northland started the game on a 17-2 run but allowed Hibbing to trim the lead to six by halftime. Then in the second half, the Pioneers built a 14-point lead before hanging on at the end. "The whole year has kind of been up and down," Northland coach Rick Nikunen said. "We're young. Consistency has been a concern.
With the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team beating Grand Forks Red River for the first time in four seasons earlier this month, the Roughriders are in an unfamiliar position -- trying to prevent a regular-season sweep. The teams will play the rivalry rematch at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Purpur Arena. "We need to play a full three periods of hockey," said Red River coach Matt Malm, whose team surrendered four third-period goals in the first meeting. "Last time, we got outplayed . . . two periods for sure. We can't give them as many good chances to score because they're good, they're fast.
After coasting through the first eight games of the season, the Warroad boys basketball team entered Friday's game against East Grand Forks Senior High losers of two straight. Consider the Warriors back on the right track. Warroad senior Matt Adams, a 6-foot-6 forward, scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Warriors to a 59-52 win over the Green Wave at the Senior High gymnasium. "We were focused," Warroad coach Lance Sage said.
Entering Thursday's game against Fargo Shanley, the Grand Forks Red River girls basketball team had yet to win a close game. The Roughriders were 0-3 in games decided by 10 or fewer points. But Annie Marhula's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left against the Deacons changed all that. The Riders reversed their late-game misfortunes with a 48-45 win over Shanley in the Red River gymnasium. "This is the first close game we've found a way to win," Red River coach Justin Schommer said. "(Marhula) hit a big three. We set it up for her, and she knocked it down.
The UND men's hockey team's series against the University of Denver won't be the only big event in Ralph Engelstad Arena this weekend. REA, as well as Purpur and Gambucci arenas, will host the Little Caesars North American Showcase midget hockey tournament Friday through Sunday. It's an opportunity for some of the most talented youth hockey players in Canada and the United States to play in front of college recruiters and junior hockey coaches. "That's the main focal point coming to these tournaments," tournament organizer Scott Koberinski said.
Saturday's Bemidji Super 8 meet was the first chance coach Dick Clay had to see his UND women's track and field team compete this season. With 13 freshmen on a 26-athlete roster, it also was an opportunity to see much of his team compete for the first time ever. The results were encouraging. Three of UND's five first-place finishers were first-time Sioux track athletes. "There are a lot of freshmen," Clay said.