Veteran Grand Forks Red River High School volleyball coach Carolyn Olson recently was selected for induction into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national hall of fame.
"It's a pretty big honor,'' Olson said, "an honor that every athlete and coach I've worked with has contributed.
"It was a surprise. It's an incredibly humbling experience. And it probably says I've been around for a long time.''
A 1987 Valley City State University graduate, Olson had teaching stops at Medicine Lake, Mont., Wood Lake, Minn., and Williston before coming to Red River in 1994 as head volleyball coach.
In 24 seasons at Red River (she took a one-year coaching leave in 2006), Olson's teams have compiled a 582-235 record.
Her Rider teams have made 21 state volleyball tournament appearances. She has a Class A state-record six state championships, including undefeated teams in the 2001-02 and 2011 seasons, and finished second three times. Olson was selected Class A state volleyball coach of the year eight times and in 2015 was named national volleyball coach of the year.
Olson and Bismarck wrestling coach Scott Knowlen will be inducted into the NHSACA hall of fame at its June national convention in Bismarck.
Central, EGF in ice showdown
Grand Forks Central is 7-0-0 and averaging 8.6 goals a game. East Grand Forks Senior High is 10-1-0 and averaging 5.1 goals.
Central coach Grant Paranica doesn't know if that will result in a shootout when the boys hockey powers meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in East Grand Forks.
"I know they come at you hard,'' Parnica said. "They have the ability to score a lot of goals. And we've been pretty good offensively. But both teams are solid defensively.''
Central has a 0.4 goals-against average and hasn't allowed more than one goal in any game. The Green Wave have a 1.7 goals-against average.
Central has a one-two punch in Cole Hanson (17 goals-9 assists) and Lucas Kanta (7-18). Tanner Mack (11-11) paces the Wave, followed by Carter Beck (6-9) and Jake Hjelle (8-7). Both teams have scoring depth-16 Central players and 14 for the Wave have at least one goal.
"It's two teams with a lot of balance,'' Paranica said. "We've spent a lot of time in our offensive zone. They've had the ability to do the same.''
Both teams play Thursday, with Senior High hosting Red River and Central traveling to Grafton-Park River.
Remer reaches 1,000
When Jessica Remer scored a career-high 30 points against Fertile-Beltrami in Sacred Heart's last basketball game, the senior joined older sisters Michele (1,801) and Stacy (1,234) as 1,000-point scorers.
Sacred Heart coach Joann Remer, the mother of the trio, said the sisters had similarities in style.
"They all scored a lot on fast breaks and off steals,'' Joann Remer said. "Stacy and Jess are more similar in that they get to the basket more off the dribble. Michele had a lot more 3-pointers and she got a lot of points off offensive rebounds.''
Jessica Remer averages 14.7 points a game this season.