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More points on the way for North Star

The North Star boys basketball team opened the season by scoring 84 and 74 points in its first two games. Those offensive outbursts were achieved without Calvin Teubner, a senior who averaged 15.3 points on last season's Region 4 championship tea...

The North Star boys basketball team opened the season by scoring 84 and 74 points in its first two games.

Those offensive outbursts were achieved without Calvin Teubner, a senior who averaged 15.3 points on last season's Region 4 championship team. Teubner has been sidelined with a knee injury, but could be back Saturday when North Star plays at North Border.

"I don't think we'll score any fewer points with Calvin back," Bearcats coach Jeff Hagler said. "Calvin, Tanner (Komrosky) and Grant (Lindahl) all have that scorer's mentality, that they're going to shoot if they get the ball in scoring position."

Komrosky, a senior guard and a second-team all-state pick last season, has had 31 and 29 points in the first two games. Lindahl is averaging 15.5 points and Daniel Grande 14.5.

The 2-0 Bearcats' defense has helped the offense. With freshmen Grande and point guard Jacob Hagler providing the pressure, North Star forced 38 turnovers in its opening win against Harvey and 29 against Valley-Edinburg.

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"Pressure defense like that leads to some easy baskets,'' Jeff Hagler said.

"Against Harvey, we pretty much were running and shooting layups. Against Valley-Edinburg, we ran a lot more of our halfcourt offense. I don't think (all the scoring) is a surprise. These guys have spent a lot of time shooting in the gym. And they're playing as a team. They're willing to make the extra pass to get the ball to teammates with open looks."

Jeff Hagler doesn't know if North Star will continue to put up the big points it has so far.

"We'll see," he said. "We've beefed up our schedule this year. We'll see tougher competition, so it will be harder to keep scoring like this."

NCW is looking for football partner

Norman County West is looking for options with its football program.

West athletic director Dave Rufsvold said the school currently projects only 13 players in grades 9-12 playing on its 9-man football team next season. In 2010, that climbs to 22, but 14 of those would be freshmen.

"It's very difficult to have a team with that few players," Rufsvold said. "You can do it. But you have young players who should be on a junior varsity, who physically aren't ready to play varsity football. It becomes a safety issue."

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Rufsvold said his school has approached nearby 9-man schools Hillsboro, Climax-Fisher and Ada-Borup about forming a co-operative program.

"The problem we're finding is that all the teams we've approached in our area would push their programs up to 11-man if we joined them," Rufsvold said. "If we went in with Ada-Borup, it would become a Class AA program.

"We're not having much luck. They tell us that it's not personal. And I don't blame them. The travel would be a lot more going to a different class. And the fields in Minnesota are smaller in 9-man, so there would be a process of building a bigger field if they went to 11-man. So I understand where they're coming from."

Norman County West had 83 males in grades 9-12 just 11 years ago; now that's down to 31, four of whom are foreign exchange students.

Rufsvold said the athletes' first choice is to keep a team of their own. While NCW will try to field a team next season, Rufsvold doesn't rule out the possibility that the school may not be able to do that.

"We'll try to field a team with 13 players," he said. "Hopefully, we can get a few more players out. Maybe we can make an appeal to the state that would allow us to co-op with another school that would allow them to stay in 9-man."

Tough Patriot loss

After going winless in the 2008-09 girls basketball season, Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg ended its losing streak with a 51-30 win against Barnes County North on Dec. 3. The victory was short-lived, however.

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The Patriots had to forfeit the game when it was discovered that two players, who played both varsity and junior varsity, had played more than the number of quarters allowed in a day by the NDHSAA. The players had to sit out the following game, a narrow 42-41 loss to Larimore.

"We take that (Barnes County North) game as a win," first-year Patriots coach Andrea Erdmann said. "We played really well. The girls deserved that win. It was a mistake by the coaches and the bookkeepers, not the players.

"We're not too worried as far as the wins go. We'll get them. I expect some wins, and so do the girls."

Mahnomen's White reaches 1,000

Mahnomen senior Brandon White scored 29 points Tuesday against Win-E-Mac, giving him 1,002 points in his basketball career.

Mahnomen coach John Clark calls White, who has 52 points for the 1-1 team, a smooth, yet unorthodox, scorer.

"Brandon is tall and lanky, and sneaky quick,'' Clark said. "The open floor is his forte; he gets a lot of points off steals and he's very good on the break.

"He can hit the three, and he's a bit unorthodox. Brandon has the ability to score from some weird angles -- scoop shots, a little hook shot, spinning the ball off the backboard, things like that. Any move he sees somebody else shoot, he tries. He's a gym rat.''

Briefly

Yuri Johnson of champion Ada-Borup was named most valuable player of the Northland Community and Technical College/KTRF boys basketball tournament last week. All-tournament picks were: Tanner Grunewald, Ada-Borup; Matt Borowicz and J.J. Safranski, Stephen-Argyle; Kevin Longtin and Brett Gerardy, Red Lake County; Nate Stanelle, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River; Bret Johnson, Grygla-Gatzke; Chris Christian, Fertile-Beltrami; and Tim Lajuenesse, Red Lake. . . . Heather Carlson of Rolla-Rock Lake and Jesse Nelson of Northern Freeze were just shy of triple doubles in recent basketball games. Nelson had 19 points, 10 assists and nine steals against Roseau. Carlson had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a win against North Star. . . . North Border-Cavalier's Brett Schurman (119 pounds) and Sebastian Schill (125) won titles Saturday at the Carrington Invitational wrestling tournament. Carrington won the 14-team tournament with 223½ points, with NB-C second at 167. . . . Crookston's Mariano Portillo was named most valuable wrestler for the second straight season at the Pirate Invitational wrestling tournament in Crookston. Garret Hoffner of Mahnomen-Waubun won the pinner's award. . . . Shane Zutz has resigned as head baseball coach at Thief River Falls. Zutz was the Prowlers' coach for 10 seasons, taking the team to the 2008 state tournament. . . . Greenbush-Middle River-Badger won the West Central Area-Grant County wrestling tournament with 187 points to runner-up Fergus Falls' 166½. Isaac Novacek (103 pounds), Storm Booe (125), Skylar Price (130) and Cole Christianson (215) won individual titles for the Gators in the 12-team tournament. . . . Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg's Cody Idso was 130-pound champion at the LaMoure wrestling tournament. . . . Rolla-Rock Lake-St. John had three champions -- Willison Hallaway at 152 pounds, Michael Bonn at 189 and Carl Nelson at 285 -- at the Kenmare wrestling tournament. . . . Area players named to the all-tournament team at the Barnes County Invitational girls basketball were Beth Jochim and Carissa Nelson of Griggs County Central and Shelby Krueger and Amber Montag of Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page.

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