Plus notebook: N.D. team captures hockey title

The North Dakota Starz 16U boys hockey team recently captured the USA Hockey National Tier II championship in West Chester, Pa. The tournament wrapped up April 11.

The North Dakota Starz 16U boys hockey team recently captured the USA Hockey National Tier II championship in West Chester, Pa. The tournament wrapped up April 11.

The Starz beat Portland, Maine, 8-4, Ashburn, Va., 6-2, and Nashua, N.H., 9-1 in preliminary play. The North Dakota team then beat Allegany, Pa., 7-3 in the quarterfinals and Houston 5-2 in the semifinals.

In the championship game, the Starz defeated St. Louis 3-1. The North Dakota team outscored its six opponents 38-13.

It was the team's second national championship in four years.

Five Grand Forks players competed with the Starz. The Grand Forks players were Matt Verke, Casey Fugleberg, Derek Taylor, Bryan Nies and Alan Zahui. Keaton Thompson of Devils Lake and Austin Campbell of Grafton also were on the team.


Other team members were Conor Jonasson and Brandon Tendeland, West Fargo; Bo Yesel, Jace Kusler, Lawrence Dvorak and Zach Holmen of Bismarck; and Garrett Brossart, Nic Schreiner, Bill Carlson, Josh Loken, Jake Hintz, Jarrett Olson-Etches and Mike Bond of Fargo.

The coaches were Scott Berge of Grand Forks and Corwin Saurdiff of Fargo.

Berg to speak at Riverside

Former Grand Forks Central coach Mike Berg will be the speaker at the "Finish Strong" fundraiser at Riverside Christian School in East Grand Forks on Tuesday.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. A dessert and beverage will be provided.

Berg, a member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, will speak about the role of faith in his life and in the lives of student-athletes. Berg coached football at Central for 28 years, with his 2005 team winning the North Dakota state championship.

Berg is the North Dakota High School Coaches Association's football chairman and director of the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl. He also is an analyst for UND football games carried on the Sioux radio network.

For more information on the fundraiser, contact (218) 773-1770.


Pride win St. Cloud tournament

The Dakota Pride 15-under team won three straight to win the St. Cloud MYAS basketball tournament.

Dakota Pride topped Magic Gold 75-33, Minnesota Bison 60-49 and Duluth 74-58 for the championship.

Team members are Hadley Smith, Nate Mertens, Jake Hagler, Mac Kroeplin, Jim Warmack, Aaron Lien and Matt Anderson.

North Valley team wins in Bemidji

The North Valley Juniors 16 black volleyball team won the gold division title at the North Country Regional Junior Olympic tournament in Bemidji.

North Valley beat Hibbing 2-0 in the final. The team previously won tournaments at Fargo South, East Grand Forks and Fargo North this spring.

Team members, and their high schools, are: Kieran Horsley, North Border; Emily Woodbridge, Griggs County Central; Alex Erickson, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo; Hayley Fisher, Thief River Falls; Tori Davidson, Northern Freeze; Jasmine Beito and Madison Millner, Roseau; Madison Grove, Climax-Fisher; Lilly Potter, East Grand Forks Senior High; and Stephanie Pastir, Paige Craigmile and Shelby Diamond, Kittson County Central. Larry Woodbridge is the team's coach.

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