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Grand Forks Red River freshman Jordan Lunski and sophomore Andy Norman came into the week combining for zero goals and zero assists this season. Lunski isn't listed in the East Region boys hockey tournament program. Norman is marked with the wrong number. Yet the duo, freshly promoted from the junior varsity, combined for three goals and sparked the No. 1 Roughriders to a 7-0 victory over No. 8 seed Fargo Davies today in the East Region regional quarterfinals at Purpur Arena. "We had a great game from our new guys," Red River coach Bill Chase said.
Grand Forks Central junior Erik Jones missed much of the last few weeks with an injury. The 145-pounder hasn't wrestled live in practice in the days leading up to the North Dakota state Class A meet that begins today in Fargo. "I expected there to be a little rust (at the East Region meet)," Jones said. But there wasn't any. Jones was dominant at last week's East Region meet, winning his weight class with a 12-1 victory over Valley City's Stephen Radermacher. Jones hopes that he can carry that momentum into the state tournament. Jones' region championship earned the No.
Grand Forks Central is the defending state champion, a 25-time North Dakota state title winner and this year's preseason favorite. Grand Forks Red River is this weekend's East Region No. 1 seed and has missed one state tournament in the program's 43-year history. Those statistics and rankings don't have either Grand Forks team overconfident heading into this postseason. "It's up for grabs," Central coach Tony Bina said. "You look at the first-round matchups and there are a lot of good matchups.
Another wild finish. Another valiant Grand Forks Central comeback against Grand Forks Red River. Another Knights' heartbreaker. For the second time this season, Red River gave up a double-digit second-half lead yet still squeezed by Central with a late basket from Mack Arvidson. This time, Arvidson's offensive rebound and putback with 39 seconds left stood as the game-winning points in the Roughriders' 76-73 win over the Knights on Tuesday in the Central gymnasium. On Jan.
Grand Forks Central's shooters weren't nearly as on target Tuesday night as they were against Grand Forks Red River in the first rivalry matchup this season, which saw the Knights coast to an easy win back in January. Nevertheless, Central can seemingly always ride a double double from post Caitlin Farroh. The 6-foot-1 senior registered her 15th double double of the season, this one a 23-point 17-rebound performance, to beat the Roughriders 59-52 in the Central gymnasium. How about that for consistency? Farroh came in averaging 22.5 points and 16.6 rebounds.
East Grand Forks Senior High forward Leah Jensen capped a four-goal performance last Thursday by firing a goal into an empty net to beat Crookston to close out the regular season. Jensen has opened the postseason in remarkably similar fashion. With 62 seconds left, Jensen buried an empty-netter for her fourth goal of the night to finish off Park Rapids in a 4-1 victory over the Panthers in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Section 8A tournament on Thursday at the East Grand Forks Civic Center. The No.
P.J. Sparks says he and his grandpa, former UND tight end Jim Wiedmann, have similar personalities. So when it came to picking a college to attend, the high school senior listened. "(Wiedmann) talks about UND like it's a baby," Sparks said. "He loves the school. It's something about UND that puts a sparkle in his eye.
Grand Forks Central's Big Three was whittled down to the Big One on Tuesday night at Purpur Arena. Warroad exposed the depleted Knights as Nick Stoskopf and David Nelson each had a goal and an assist to lead the Warriors to a 4-1 nonconference victory in Central's final home game of the season. Central was without two of its top three goal scorers. Senior Jordy Aamot, who has seven goals and a team-high 27 assists, missed his fourth straight game and his return is day-to-day.
Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce took a jab at the New York Knicks a few months ago when reporters asked about the perceived rejuvenation of the rivalry between the two legendary NBA teams. "It's a rivalry?" Pierce said with a big grin.
The past two Mondays, Northland Community and Technical College sophomore guard Terrell Lipkins has been named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference player of the week. Last Wednesday, the Canton, Ohio, native broke the school's single-game scoring record. Colleges in the state of North Dakota and beyond are starting to take notice. Lipkins, who leads the country in NJCAA Division III scoring with 27.8 points per game, is drawing recruiting interest from UND, North Dakota State and the University of Mary, among others. "He's tearing up the league," Northland coach Rick Nikunen said.