AREA PREP NOTEBOOK: Prowlers will try to end EGF's run in Section 8A
Thief River Falls is 12-0 against Section 8A boys hockey opponents this season, outscoring its section foes 68-14. East Grand Forks Senior High is three-time defending 8A champion and two-time defending Minnesota Class A state champion. All those...
Thief River Falls is 12-0 against Section 8A boys hockey opponents this season, outscoring its section foes 68-14.
East Grand Forks Senior High is three-time defending 8A champion and two-time defending Minnesota Class A state champion.
All those facts are ancient history when the Prowlers (21-6) meet Senior High (14-10-2) at 7 p.m. today at the East Grand Forks Civic Center in the section championship
"The only thing all that means is that we'll be wearing home jerseys and they'll be wearing visitor jerseys,'' TRF coach Tim Bergland said. "In the section championship game, the scores always seem to tighten up. Records don't mean anything.''
Senior High beat the Prowlers 4-3 in overtime in last season's 8A final. The Prowlers swept Senior High 5-0 and 4-2 in this season's two meetings.
"Both teams have some pretty potent scorers, some nice defensemen and good goaltending,'' Bergland said. "I like our depth. And we have Ethan Johnson; he's definitely carried a big part of our scoring.''
Ethan Johnson (44 goals-19 assists) set a program single-season record for goals this year. He, Michael Johnson (16-34) and Lucas Magnusson (18-24) form a potent line. Senior High has its own big scorers in Tanner Tweten (17-22), Trevor Selk (8-20) and Bauer Brown (14-12).
"They have a little better track record offensively this year than we do,'' Green Wave coach Scott Koberinski said. "We've struggled scoring against good teams. We have to find a way to put up some goals.
"The nice thing for us is Grant Loven, coming off an injury, is getting back to 100 percent. That helps our offense.''
Thompson, PR/F-L in rematch
Three is in line for Thompson.
The Tommies defeated Park River/Fordville-Lankin by five points (53-48) in the Region 2 girls high school basketball tournament championship game last season. When the teams met in the regular season, Thompson won 52-48. Now, in a rematch, the teams meet again in the region final.
"I wouldn't care if it's three points, one point or 20, as long as we win,'' said Thompson coach Jason Brend, whose team is going after a fourth consecutive region title.
The championship will be at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Friday, following the 6 p.m. third-place game between Grafton and Drayton/Valley-Edinburg.
Aggies coach Rob Scherr calls the game a matchup of similar teams.
"It's kind of a chess match,'' Scherr said. "Our inside game helps us. (Shaice) Marx and (Emily) Overby for them are tough matchups for anybody. They're a good defensive team; we're a good team. Not many teams have scored 40 on us.''
Another similarity is the offensive struggles in the teams' first two region tournament games.
"The shots haven't been falling for either of us,'' Brend said. "The execution has to get better. I don't think either of us has shown our best on offense.''
Big problem for Cardinals
Langdon-Munich is one win away from the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament. But the Cardinals face a big obstacle in getting to state.
Langdon-Munich (18-5) meets North Star (22-1) in the Region 4 championship tonight in Devils Lake, following the 6 p.m. third-place game between Rolette-Wolford and Benson County. North Star is led by 6-foot-5 junior Macey Kvilvang (26 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 4.6 bpg, 3.9 apg).
"Her size causes everybody problems,'' L-M coach Ethen Askvig said. "They have a couple of good guards in (Stephanie) Miller and (Peyton) Halverson. Usually we can match up with guards. But it's different when you're trying to match up with an athletic 6-5 girl.''
The balanced Cardinals are led by guards Jordyn Worley (19.1 ppg, 3.1 spg) and Madi Hart (15 ppg, 3 apg, 3 spg) and 6-foot center Krystal Ratzlaff (10 ppg, 7.9 rpg).
"They (Cardinals) have good team quickness,'' North Star coach Jill Vote said. "Worley and Hart are good guards. We have to focus on them. They can handle the ball, shoot and they're very athletic.''
Four reach 1,000
Four area basketball players recently reached the career 1,000-point mark. They are:
Jayden Komrosky, North Star: When the junior scored his 1,000th point last week, he kept alive a run in which the Bearcats have had at least one 1,000-point scorer in their lineup every season since 2008-09. He's the eighth player to reach 1,000 in that span, which started with his brother, Tanner. Jayden averages 22.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
"Our offense runs through Jayden,'' North Star coach Jesse Vote said. "He's capable of scoring from anywhere. He's a good shooter and he scores a lot of points attacking the paint.''
Emily Overby, Thompson: The senior became the ninth 1,000 pointer in the program's history when she scored nine against Hillsboro-Central Valley on Monday. Overby leads the Tommies in scoring (18.2 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg).
"Emily is very capable of scoring in the post, knocking down the 3-pointer or driving into the lane,'' Tommies coach Jason Brend said. "And her biggest strength might be her ability to create good shots for teammates. She's a great passer.''
Ben Phelps, Drayton/Valley-Edinburg: The senior scored 14 against Lakota-Edmore on Saturday, giving him 1,013 points for his career. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Phelps averages 14.2 points and 11.2 rebounds.
"Ben is a good perimeter shooter, but he doesn't shoot from the outside a lot,'' Titans coach Brandon Laxdal said. "We need him in the post. He's super strong and he has a lot of moves around the basket. His game is physical.''
Emily Schafer, Devils Lake: The senior had two older sisters who gained all-state honors. Neither reached the 1,000-point milestone, which the 5-foot-9 Emily Schafer did last week. She averages 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.
"Emily played point guard as a freshman, moved to a wing as a sophomore and has been in the post the last two years because we don't have a lot of size,'' DL coach Justin Klein said. "She's pretty versatile, handling the ball, hitting the 3-pointer or posting up.''