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PARK RIVER, N.D.—When asked if he knew beforehand that he would carry the heavy load of 32 carries in Friday's high school football game here, Larimore running back Royce Verkuehlen said: "I had no idea." Off to the side, coach Kal Triplett briefly interrupted with a smile and the words: "I did." It turned out to be a good idea, as Verkuehlen had 32 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown for the icing on a surprising 40-0 beatdown of two-time defending Class A state champion Park River/Fordville-Lankin on Friday.
Prep football 6 Friday's results North Dakota Beulah 40, Stanley-Powers Lake 8 Fargo Shanley 45, Maple Valley-Enderlin 14 Kindred 42, Central Cass 7 Wahpeton 16, Lisbon 14 Northern Cass 21, Milnor-North Sargent 16 Dickinson 42, Mandan 28 Dunseith 28, Surrey 12 Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 40, Carrington 12 Kidder County 30, Central McLean 0 Minot 28, Bismarck Century 10 Napoleon-G-S 34, Strasburg/Zeeland 6 New Salem-Glen Ullin 60, Beach 12
Today’s local calendar Boys soccer Fargo Shanley at GF Central, 7 p.m. Red River at Fargo Davies, 7 p.m. Detroit Lakes at EGF Senior High, 7 p.m. Volleyball Fargo North...
The John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational now has a pair of two-time winners. A.J. Diemel of Elk Mound, Wis., won Saturday night's 92-lap feature at River Cities Speedway before nearly 4,000 fans. It was the biggest late-model payday in RCS history as the Seitz purse was increased to $10,200 shortly before the race. Past purses have been $9,200. Diemel joins RCS regular Brad Seng as the only two-time winners of the 10th annual event. In Victory Lane, Diemel said this was one of the biggest wins of his career. He won the Seitz race in 2014.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—UND's bid for its second straight win over an FBS opponent came up short Saturday as Bowling Green held off the Fighting Hawks 27-26. UND's Keaton Studsrud hit Stetson Carr on a short touchdown pass with 13 seconds left, cutting Bowling Green's lead to 27-26. UND elected to go for the two-point conversion, but Studsrud's pass attempt to Carr in the back of the end zone was incomplete. UND dropped to 0-1. Bowling Green improved to 1-1. UND beat FBS opponent Wyoming last year.
Steve Laursen has raced for 37 years. He knows never to take anything for granted. "There are so many good racers," said Laursen. "And racing is such a funny sport. Everything has to fall into place." Everything fell into place for Laursen as the Cumberland, Wis., driver won Friday night's 15-lap pole dash at the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational before nearly 4,000 fans at River Cities Speedway. As a result, Laursen will start on the pole for tonight's 92-lap Seitz feature, which pays $9,200 to win.
Patchy rain throughout the week didn't keep drivers away from River Cities Speedway. A total of 166 cars in four classes—late models, sprints, Midwest modifieds and modifieds—showed up to The Bullring on Friday night as the track hosted the 10th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational. Racing stretched long into the night Friday and was still in progress at press time. For full results, go to grandforksherald.com.
It wasn't the big prize he was after, but the start of the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational worked out well for Dustin Strand. Strand dominated Thursday night's portion of the Seitz—winning the 25-lap feature that also served as the wrap up to the NLRA season. Strand topped a field of 38 late models, winning the feature by 1.572 seconds over Bill Mooney. Strand grabbed the lead from Brad Seng on Lap 9 as both drivers came out of Turn 2. Strand controlled the rest of the event.
This season, Dustin Strand has been the driver to beat at River Cities Speedway. He's parked his No. 71 late model in Victory Lane seven times. On Saturday night, he'd love to drive into Victory Lane for the eighth time. But the Grand Forks driver admits No. 8 has its challenges.
In past seasons, UND largely has opened its men's basketball season with a handful of challenging road games. This season, UND will play three home games to start the season—the first time that's happened in the past decade. UND announced its schedule Wednesday, a slate that includes 28 games, a tournament at Wright State of Ohio, a home-and-home series with North Dakota State and a game at Big Ten member Iowa.