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The Fargo Shanley girls soccer team wasn't beaten during the regular season. And so far at the North Dakota state girls soccer tournament, the Deacons haven't been challenged. Shanley scored four first-half goals and cruised to a 5-0 win over Minot in the state semifinals on Friday night at Cushman Field. The Deacons, who beat Bismarck High 5-1 in the state quarterfinals, take on Bismarck St. Mary's in today's 3 p.m. championship match. Shanley, who improved to 18-0-1, finished runner-up in last season's state championship.
Minot goalkeeper MaKayla Sandvold didn't have time to celebrate after stuffing Fargo North's fifth and final kick to keep the shootout score even. That's because she was up next to kick. Sandvold made the key save and followed by booting the game-winner to lead the Magicians to a shootout victory over Fargo North after a 1-1 tie couldn't be solved through two sudden death overtimes on Thursday in the North Dakota state quarterfinals at Cushman Field. Minot (12-3-0) advances to face unbeaten Fargo Shanley (17-0-1) in the state quarterfinals at 6 tonight. "People usually look puzzled when I
The Grand Forks Red River girls soccer team, the East Region's fourth seed, put an upset scare into the defending state champions and West Region No.
Defense wins championships. That's the old sports cliché but Grand Forks Red River girls soccer coach Jessica Krog would like the Roughriders to get a little more offensive as the postseason begins. "We need to put the ball in the net more," Krog said. "We're solid in back. As a whole, we have a defensive mindset. That can be negative sometimes.
Grand Forks Red River softball coach Mike Bisenius can't pinpoint why his team's offense comes and goes. The Roughriders closed the regular season sputtering by winning two of their final eight games and opened the East Region tournament with a surprising 5-1 loss to Valley City. "I'm not really sure what happened, but they figured it out," Bisenius said, "because the last two games they hit like crazy." Red River bounced back by scoring 21 runs in the next two games at the region tournament.
Doug Fullerton has been commissioner of the Big Sky Conference for the past 17 years. Before that, he was the athletic director at Montana State. While in Bozeman, Fullerton became familiar with the strength of the four major Dakota schools.
UND football coach Chris Mussman was asked if he feels a weight has been lifted off his shoulders now that the difficult transition from NCAA Division II to Division I is in the rear-view mirror. He just laughed. Like all of UND's programs heading into the Big Sky Conference, there's no time to enjoy a feeling of relief with the challenges of the new league on the horizon. "We know what's in front of us," Mussman said.
If things go according to plan this summer, UND's five-year NCAA Division I transition is over. In the final campaign, the UND football team went 8-3 and captured a share of the Great West Conference title. The volleyball team won its third straight league tournament championship.
It's an end to an era of sorts for the Grand Forks Red River track program. This weekend marks the last high school meet for the talented Todhunter siblings. Roughriders senior Rachel Todhunter takes the fifth seed in the 300 hurdles into the North Dakota state Class A girls track and field meet, which begins today at the Bismarck Community Bowl. Rachel is the fourth Todhunter to come through Red River in the past 10 years. The Riders have racked up plenty of points over the years from Emily, Nathan and Ryan. "It must be something with the genes," Rachel said.