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The day couldn't have been any nicer to play semi-pro football. So the Tri City Northstars took advantage of the picture-perfect spring day in their season-opener at Cushman Field. The Northstars, under new ownership, downed the Lake Area Snowmen of Alexandria, Minn., 18-15 on Saturday before roughly 200 fans. Lake Area is now owned and coached by J.J. Kern, who owned and coached the Northstars last season. The Northstars are now owned by Gerald Anton and Michelle Jalan.
On the first lap of his heat race, it was apparent Thomas Kennedy would be the driver to beat in the ensuing sprint feature. And the Winnipeg driver indeed had the top car Friday night at River Cities Speedway, where he led from start to finish in picking up the 25-lap main event. He was cruising most of the race until the final lap when Austin Pierce made a late charge. Pierce nearly was side-by-side with Kennedy going into Turn 2. But Kennedy still had a burst in his blue No. 21K sprint and managed to hold on.
Wade Nygaard recently kicked off his 27th season of racing sprint cars. The Grand Forks driver has no intentions of slowing down. "I love racing more than I've ever loved it," said Nygaard. And why not? He's off to another good start this season, already taking one feature win in addition to capturing two more top-five finishes. Nygaard will be in the field of 20 or more sprints tonight at River Cities Speedway as The Bullring holds its second night of racing this season. He finished fifth in last week's opener, but his racing late in the feature stood out.
For Joshua Jackson, playing semi-pro football for the Tri City Northstars requires commitments at home and on the field. On Tuesday, it was his wife's birthday. After celebrating her birthday, the Northstars' lineman hustled to Elks Park for a team practice. Similar scenarios exist for many of the other players on the Northstars' roster. They have jobs and families, yet the still carve out time to continue playing football.
GF Central 3, Red River 0 The start to both halves couldn't have been much better for Grand Forks Central on Tuesday night. The Knights scored early in both halves to down Grand Forks Red River 3-0 in girls soccer at Cushman Field. Elizabeth Dub scored at the 2-minute mark of the first half while Carolyn Smith scored at 40 minutes for a 2-0 lead. "It was a dream start for both halves," said Central coach George DuBois. "Goals that early have a big impact on how the game begins to shape up tactically."
Any other result on a near-perfect Saturday afternoon for college softball would have been unacceptable for UND. With a good-sized crowd in attendance, UND downed Southern Utah 6-0 at Apollo, a win that allowed the Fighting Hawks to take the Big Sky Conference weekend series against the Thunderbirds. More important, the win gave UND some momentum heading into this week's Big Sky tournament in Ogden, Utah.
No driver has dominated River Cities Speedway in recent seasons more than Mark Dobmeier. Surprisingly, there has been one sprint feature win that has eluded him in recent years—the season opener. But Dobmeier had no problems Friday night, dominating the 25-lap sprint feature during the season opener at The Bullring.
College baseball 6 Friday's results Minn.-Crookston 5-4, Southwest Minnesota 2-8 NSAA tournament Friday's results Bracket A Bellevue, Neb., 10, Presentation, S.D., 4 Jamestown 17, Dickinson State 7 Bracket B Mayville State 14, Waldorf 5 Valley City State 5, Viterbo 3 College softball 6 Friday's results Omaha 4, NDSU 1 UND 4-5, Southern Utah 0-8 SUU 000 000 0 -- 0 7 2 UND 300 010 x -- 4 7 0
Brown takes medalist honors PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—East Grand Forks Senior High senior Bauer Brown shot a 71 to take medalist honors Friday at the Park Rapids Invitational at the Headwaters Country Club. Senior High's Nate Deziel finished second individually with a 74. Senior High finished second at 320, one stroke behind champion Detroit Lakes.
In a battle of the top two teams in the Dakota Premier Lacrosse League, the Sioux Falls Spark downed the Grand Forks Predators 8-7 on Saturday morning at Cushman Field. Conditions for the day were ideal. "It's a beautiful day for lacrosse," said Brent Lindstrom, the president of the Grand Forks Lacrosse Association. The day, in many respects, matched the progression of the sport in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks the past few years.