AREA NOTEBOOK: Freije joins elite company

Fallyn Freije has joined some pretty exclusive company on the basketball court. The Lakota-Edmore senior scored the 2,000th point of her basketball career Tuesday. Freije had 33 points against Warwick, boosting her to a career total of 2,025. In ...

Fallyn Freije has joined some pretty exclusive company on the basketball court.

The Lakota-Edmore senior scored the 2,000th point of her basketball career Tuesday. Freije had 33 points against Warwick, boosting her to a career total of 2,025.

In an unofficial list in Miss Hoopster, the state’s basketball preview book, only 29 girls basketball players had scored 2,000 entering the season. Class A has three, with former Devils Lake standout Durene Heisler holding the state A record with 2,120. In Class B, 26 players were on the list, led by Bowman’s Tanya Fischer (3,148).

“That says a lot about Fallyn,’’ L-E coach Duane Connell said. “You don’t get many opportunities to coach a player of her caliber. It’s nice to be along for the ride.’’

That ride includes Freije leading the Raiders to trips to the state tournament last season and in her freshman season. The 6-footer is a three-time first team all-state selection and earlier this season grabbed her 1,000th career rebound. She has signed to play at UND.


If Freije maintains her current scoring average of 22 points a game, she is on pace to finish amongst the top 10 Class B players in career points.

“If she was more selfish, she could average 30 points,’’ Connell said. “I don’t think there are many girls who can slow her down. But she gets all her teammates involved in our offense.

“She’s athletic. She can score from inside and outside. She plays good defense. She passes better than most girls. Everything she does is elite. And her work ethic is beyond any other kid I’ve seen. She doesn’t take a day off.’’

Storm end Win-E-Mac streak

Win-E-Mac had won 30 consecutive games against Minnesota Section 8A girls basketball opponents until Stephen-Argyle handed the Storm a 46-36 setback Friday.

The Patriots’ last defeat at the hands of an 8A opponent was to Warren-Alvarado-Oslo in the championship game of the 2011-12 section tournament.

“They’ve been dominating us and everybody else in our section,’’ Storm coach Dan Lindgren said. “It was nice to break that streak. I think we opened up some eyes about our team. It puts a target on our backs.


“It was a huge win for us. But it wasn’t a surprise to us. We felt we had an advantage with our height. And we have a freshman, Autumn Thompson, who has been scoring consistently lately.

Leanna Haugen, a 6-foot-3 senior, paces the 9-2 Storm with averages of 14.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. Junior 5-8 Philomena Kazmierczak (8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and the 5-6 Thompson (9.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg) also are key contributors.

“We aren’t going to light anybody up,’’ Lindgren said. “We try to control the pace. We’re a low-scoring, patient team and we’ve consistently played pretty good defense.’’

Joppru making run at record

When Jacob Joppru scored the 1,000th point of his basketball career in December, Thief River Falls coach Joe Wasfaret was optimistic the senior could climb to No. 2 on the Prowlers’ career scoring list. But school record-holder Kyle Sanden (1,546 points) appeared out of reach.

That outlook has changed with Joppru’s recent hot streak. Last week, Joppru scored 29 against Bemidji, broke Sanden’s school single-game record with 44 points against Grand Rapids and followed that with 36 points against Cloquet.

“I thought the chances were small of him catching Sanden,’’ Wasfaret said. “But you don’t anticipate a kid getting 44- and 39-point games. Jacob scores; that’s what he does. He’s making everything. Teams just can’t seem to stop him.’’


Joppru is averaging 24.5 points; he needs to average 24.2 points to pass Sanden. “I think he can do it,’’ Wasfaret said.


At the Central Cass Lettermen’s wrestling tournament Saturday, Jaron Lunday of Grafton was named outstanding wrestler in the middle weights and Bradyn Horgan of Pembina County North was named outstanding wrestler in the lightweights. . . . Greg Garmen has become the all-time leader in basketball coaching wins at Crookston High School. Garmen, in his 19th season with the Pirates, won his 279th game last week when Crookston beat Roseau 64-45 to pass Herb Hasz and his previous record of 278 wins.

. . . Kody Lefebvre of Mahnomen-Waubun won the 100th match of his wrestling career Friday. . . . Rugby’s Scott Grochow and BIll Jansen have been named co-assistant executive secretaries of the North Dakota High School Coaches Association. They succeed Northwood’s John Hutchison, who is stepping down from the position this summer.


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