Josh Perkerwicz didn't know where Tanner Campos would fit in the East Grand Forks Senior High boys basketball program.
Campos was coming off a strong season with his eighth-grade team. But Senior High was 16-12 last season and returned a veteran team.
Campos has forced his way into the Wave rotation, however.
"Tanner played a lot of summer ball with us,'' Perkerwicz said. "I knew then that he'd be one of our top five scorers.
"But I didn't know how good he actually could be until we started playing varsity games.''
Senior High is 5-0 and Campos has been an impact player. He scored 12 points in the season opener and has anywhere from seven to 21 points in every game.
The 5-foot-9 freshman's 12-point scoring average is third on the team behind Julian Benson (17.8 ppg) and Nathan Willett (17.6 ppg). Campos is second on the team in 3-point baskets (9-of-19, 47 percent) and assists (3.2 apg) while also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 2 steals.
"Tanner handles the ball really well, he's an excellent shooter and pressure situations don't bother him,'' Perkerwicz said. "He keeps his cool. And our style, the way we run, fits his style.
"For sure, he's improved our depth.''
enjoying fast starts
Shaley Richards and Morgan Stenseth each scored a single goal for the Grand Forks girls hockey team last season.
Both have started fast this season for the 5-4 KnightRiders. The sophomores are tied for second on the team with four goals. Richards is second in points (4 goals-6 assists); Stenseth is fourth (4-2).
"I expected it to happen,'' Grand Forks coach Alex Hedlund said. "Some kids make the jump to varsity right away. Some kids need like a warm-up year. That's what happened.
"Shaley is a workhorse. She's always working on her game. She has good hands and a good shot. Morgan is similar to Shaley. She has good skills, she's fast and she's smart with the puck.''
Abby Schauer paces the KnightRiders in goals (10) and points (16) and shares the team lead in assists with Richards and Katelin Petersen (3-6).
Craven qualified in eight events
After just four meets, Grand Forks senior Jakob Craven already has achieved state meet-qualifying times in all eight open swimming events.
Craven's top performances include the states third-fastest qualifying time in the 100 freestyle, the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the 50 freestyle and the 11th-fastest time in the 200 freestyle.
"Jakob qualified for every event last year, too,'' Grand Forks boys swimming coach Brent Newman said. "The surprise is that he did it this quickly. It speaks to his offseason training. He came into the season prepared.
"He's already improved on the times he finished with last season in some events. He's already got some career PRs (personal records). It's his senior year. He took the offseason seriously.''
Craven holds the program's record for fastest time in the 50 freestyle. Last season at the state meet, Craven placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 50 freestyle.