The Grand Forks high school football teams will play at a new, lower classification next season, but both Red River and Central had one player among North Dakota Class AAA's best this year.
Central junior wide receiver-defensive back Sam Strandell and Red River lineman Sam Sather were named to the all-state team, which was released Wednesday night.
Both Strandell and Sather were all-state second-team picks.
Strandell, at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, finished with 29 catches for 530 yards and three touchdowns. Against West Fargo, Strandell ended just short of a school record with nine catches for 190 yards.
Sather, at 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, ended the year with 19 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Sather, the son of UND head men's basketball coach Paul Sather, was also Red River's top run blocker.
Red River finished the year 0-7, while Central ended the year 1-6.
N.D. Class AAA
First team offense
Quarterback -- sr. Cooper Mattern, Fargo Shanley
Running backs -- jr. Isaiah Huus, Bismarck High, sr. Barika Kpeenu, West Fargo Sheyenne, sr. Cade Garcia, Bismarck Century
Wide receivers -- sr. Tyler Thilmony, Mandan, sr. Nick Kupfer, Bismarck Legacy, jr. Carson Hegerle, West Fargo
Tight end -- sr. Jack Steckler, Bismarck High
Offensive line -- sr. Andrew Leingang, Bismarck Century, sr. Caleb Dockter, Bismarck High, jr. Conor Hedges, Bismarck High, sr. Joren Palmer, Fargo Davies, sr. Adam Clute, West Fargo Sheyenne
First team defense
Defensive line -- jr. Lucas Schweigert, Bismarck Century, sr. Jaxon Duttenhefer, Mandan, sr. KC Ortiz, West Fargo, sr. Abe Hestdalen, West Fargo Sheyenne
Linebackers -- sr. Maguire Martin, Bismarck Century, sr. Brandt Kringlie, Bismarck High, jr. Troy Berg, Dickinson, sr. Truman Werremeyer, Fargo Davies
Defensive backs -- sr. Brock Johnsen, Bismarck Century, sr. Enock Sibomana, Fargo South, sr. Carter Birrenkott, West Fargo, sr. Colten Alme, Fargo Davies
No positions designated
Bismarck Century -- jr. Jacob Bosley, sr. Thomas Jeske, sr. Noah Schaffner
Bismarck High -- sr. Gunner Swanson
Bismarck Legacy -- sr. Clay Feland, sr. Carter Smith, sr. Keagen Woodbury
Fargo Davies -- jr. Denver Piechowski, sr. Reid Hartness
Fargo North -- sr. Jacob Brosius
Fargo Shanley -- sr. Emmet Kenney, sr. John Gores
Fargo South -- sr. Bakarr Fullah
Grand Forks Central -- jr. Sam Strandell
Grand Forks Red River -- sr. Sam Sather
Jamestown -- sr. Ty Monson, sr. Matt Anderson
Mandan -- jr. Aaron Grubb, sr. James Barnhardt, sr. Treys Tietz
Minot -- sr. Chase Burke
West Fargo -- sr. Housten Visto
West Fargo Sheyenne -- sr. Kole Menz, sr. Dylan Hemerick, sr. Alex Goodiron
Williston -- sr. J.J. Williams
Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year
Andrew Leingang, Bismarck Century
Coach of the Year
Ron Wingenbach, Bismarck Century