Grand Forks Central, Red River, East Grand Forks all take wins in Tuesday prep hockey

Green Wave upends No. 3 Warroad in Minnesota Section 8A game

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Central forward Connor Litzinger punches the puck past Fargo North goalie Ryan Robison (33) 46 seconds into the first period of Tuesday's boys hockey game at Purpur Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Braden Panzer, Chase Spicer and Joey Kennelly rank 1-2-4 in North Dakota high school hockey scoring.

The three found the back of the net again Tuesday night, leading Grand Forks Central to a 7-1 East Region win over Fargo North at Purpur Arena.

Central improved to 12-1 in the region and 13-2 overall while North dropped to 5-7 and 6-8.

Spicer scored two goals while Panzer and Kennelly each added one.

Central outshot the Spartans 42-14.


Connor Litzinger, Dominic Gerszewski and Brendan White also scored for Central.

Kolby Elseth stopped 12 shots in goal for the Knights.

Red River 2, West Fargo 0: Justin Wasvick scored both goals in leading Red River to the East Region road win Tuesday night. The Riders improved to 9-3 in the region and 11-r overall. Andrew Peterson stopped 17 shots for the Riders

East Grand Forks 3, Warroad 2: East Grand Forks picked up a big Minnesota Section 8A road win Tuesday night, scoring twice in the third period to erase a 2-1 Warroad lead after two periods.

Trey Ausmus, Jaksen Panzer and Tanner Lubinski scored for Senior HIgh.

Warroad entered the week as the No. 3-ranked Class A team in the latest Minnesota poll.

The Green Wave outshot Warroad 37-16.

Prep wrestling

GF Central 40, Devils Lake 28: Grand Forks Central improved to 3-5 in the EDC and 7-10 overall with its win Tuesday night.


“We wrestled a much better dual than the last time we faced Devils Lake,” said Central coach Jeff Welsh. “We were able to reduce the amount of pins from what we have usually been giving up this season. Mason Williams and Austin Bicker avenging earlier losses was also very big in the dual”

Williams defeated Kaleb Schwandt 10-6 at 126 pounds while Bicker took a 7-0 win over Tyrese Leaf at 195.

Boys basketball

GF Red River 63, Fargo Shanley 62: Red River led 35-23 at the half before withstanding a late Fargo Shanley surge Tuesday night.

Paine Parks led Red River with 17 points while Zachary Kraft added 15.

Red River improved to 5-9 while Shanley dropped to 6-7.

GF Central 70, Valley City 60: Grand Forks Central’s quick start led the Knights past Valley City on Tuesday night. The Knights led 35-20 at the half.

Alex Barbot led Central with 26 points while Ty Lorenz and Sam Strandell each added 13.

Central improved to 4-11 overall while Valley City dropped to 5-8


Fertile-Beltrami 73, Senior High 56: Everett Baldstad and Derek Sorenson scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, to lead Fertile-Beltrami to a 73-56 win over East Grand Forks Senior High on Tuesday night.

Fertile-Beltrami rallied from a 41-27 halftime deficit.

Girls basketball

Grafton 82, Senior High 27: Grafton, ranked No. 3 in this week’s North Dakota state Class B poll, rolled past East Grand Forks Senior High on Tuesday night.

The Spoilers led 45-14 at halftime.

Carlee Sieben led Grafton, 14-2, with 22 points. She was one of four Grafton players in double figures.

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.

He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.

He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.

Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or
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