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AREA NOTEBOOK: Thompson football off to good start with return of powerful player

The impact of Ty Myron's loss a year ago is probably indicated by the success of Thompson's football team this season. Myron suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Tommies' second game of the 2012 season. Thompson finished 1-7. Myron rehabbe...

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The impact of Ty Myron's loss a year ago is probably indicated by the success of Thompson's football team this season.

Myron suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Tommies' second game of the 2012 season. Thompson finished 1-7. Myron rehabbed, is back in the lineup, picking up big yardage and the Tommies are off to a 3-2 start while averaging 27 points a game.

"That injury was part of the reason for that 1-7 record," Thompson coach Brady Schwab said. "Ty would have been the featured back."

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Myron rushed for a total of 72 yards in 2012. On Friday, he had his fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season, gaining a career-best 241 yards on just 11 carries in a 41-8 win against New Rockford-Sheyenne.

Overall, he's rushed for 995 yards (10.8 per-carry average) and has scored 13 of the Tommies' 21 touchdowns.

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"Ty has speed," Schwab said. "He's a strong kid; he'll run through arm tackles. But speed is his thing. He's one of the fastest kids around.

"And our line has been doing a good job of blocking. John Naas, our fullback, was our center last year, so it's like having another blocker."

The starting offensive line for the Tommies consists of center Ben Hippen, guards Ryne Dolleslager and Brett Peterson and tight ends Tom Nistler and Alex Schultz.

Section 8 volleyball champs to meet

Win-E-Mac is three-time defending Section 8A volleyball champion and has almost its entire team back from a year ago. Yet Patriots coach Lynette Kaster is using the underdog card for tonight.

That's when the Patriots play at Thief River Falls, which has a veteran team back from a year ago when it won the Section 8AA championship.

"The pressure is more on them," Kaster said. "They beat us 3-1 last year. We're the little school."

With the Patriots' tradition of success, will that pitch hold up? "Probably not," Kaster said.

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"It's a big rivalry. They ended our long home-court winning streak last year. We're both ranked in the state. There are a lot of girls on both sides who have played for a long time. We know they're tough. We want to be tougher."

Thief River Falls is ranked eighth in Class AA and Win-E-Mac fourth in Class A in the latest Minnesota state polls.

Bradner finds end zone

When Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg gets into the end zone, odds are good that it will be Bennie Bradner.

The Patriots have scored 18 touchdowns. Bradner has 12 of those, primarily on runs but also one on an interception return and another on a punt return.

"We aren't a grind-it-out team," said May-Port-CG coach Mike Bradner, Bennie's father. "Quite a few of our touchdowns are on big plays. Bennie has the ability to get those. He has excellent speed and pretty good size. That's a good combination.

"We'd like to have more balance so defenses can't load up on one player."

Bradner has rushed for 454 yards (7.0 per-carry average) and completed six passes for 149 yards and one TD.

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Deceptive record

Clearbrook-Gonvick is sitting in sixth place out of nine teams in Minnesota Section 8 9-man football. But the Bears' 2-3 record is deceptive.

Clearbrook-Gonvick's three losses have been by one, seven and eight points.

"We thought we'd have a better record at this point," C-G coach Casey Kroulik said. "We've had some injuries that might have made a difference in those games. All three of the losses could have gone either way.

"The kids are down after losses. But I think they can see the potential if we can put it all together."

One player is expected back this week, as Chance Dyrdahl -- the leading rusher on last season's team -- will return from a hip injury. Nick Solberg, a tight end-linebacker, is out with a shoulder injury and also is expected back later in the season.

DeVillers reports on sports. Call him at (701) 780-1128; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1128; or send e-mail to gdevillers@gfherald.com .

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