Grand Forks General Sports
College hockey 6 NCHC Frozen Face-off Friday, in St. Paul Colorado College vs. St. Cloud State, 4 p.m. Denver vs. Minn.-Duluth, 7:30 p.m. Saturday's games Third-place, 3:30 p.m. Championship, 7:30 p.m. Big Ten tournament Saturday's championship Penn State at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. Women's hockey 6 Frozen Four At Hamden, Conn. Friday's semifinals Wisconsin vs. Clarkson, 6 p.m. Minnesota vs. Cornell, 3 p.m.
Men's basketball 6 Summit League tournament Tuesday's championship N.D. State 73, Omaha 63 NDS 41 32 --73 OMA 27 36 --63 N.D. State—Vinnie Shahid 22, Tyson Ward 15, Rocky Kreuser 9, Jared Samuelson 6, Sam Griesel 2, Cameron Hunter 12, Tyree Eady 5, Deng Geu 2 Omaha—Mitch Hahn 16, Zach Jackson 15, Matt Pile 12, KJ Robinson 11, JT Gibson 3, Ayo Akinwole 6 Women's basketball 6 Summit League tournament Tuesday's championship
BISMARCK—Cole Benson's timing was perfect on Thursday at the North Dakota state Class A boys basketball tournament. Benson's put-back basket with 4.3 seconds left lifted the Grand Forks Red River Roughriders to a 56-54 win over Mandan in a first-round game at the Bismarck Event Center. Benson, who finished with seven points, crashed the boards to rebound a missed layup by Bryce Enerson and put it back up and in.
Men's basketball 6 Summit League tournament Saturday's quarterfinals In Sioux Falls S.D. State (No. 1 seed) vs. Western Illinois (No. 8), 6 p.m. Omaha (No. 2) vs. North Dakota (No. 7), 8:30 p.m. Sunday's quarterfinals N.D. State (No. 4) vs. Oral Roberts (No. 5), 6 p.m. Fort Wayne (No. 3) vs. South Dakota (No. 6), 8:30 p.m. NSIC tournament Tuesday's championship In Sioux Falls Northern State 72, Southwest Minnesota State 68 NAIA Division II tournament
The Grand Forks Central Knights capped a perfect season Feb. 23 with a victory over Fargo Davies to win the North Dakota state boys hockey title in Fargo. Before the Knights took to the ice on their most important night of the season, they decided to show support for the future Grand Forks hockey players. On Saturday morning, hours before the puck dropped for the state championship game, the Knights went to the Blue Line Club to support young hockey players from Grand Forks who were participating in a tournament.
FARGO—With one 3-point shot, Devils Lake senior guard Taylor Windjue provided joy, elation and a historical first for the Firebirds. Windjue's clutch 3-pointer with a little more than one minute to play in overtime lifted Devils Lake to a 77-74 victory against Fargo Shanley on Saturday in the East Region girls basketball championship game at Scheels Center. "I knew we needed a big shot," said Windjue, who finished with 10 points. "I was feeling good, so I just let it go."
Langdon-Edmore-Munich rebounded from its first-round loss to Kindred by rolling past Bismarck Shiloh Christian 48-34 on Friday in the consolation round of the North Dakota state Class B girls basketball tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Callie Ronningen led L-E-M with 20 points while Morgan Freije and Kaylee Lowery followed with 11 and 10, respectively. Ronningen also grabbed 11 rebounds. The Cardinals led 24-8 at halftime before Shiloh Christian came back with a 14-point third quarter. The Skyhawks were led by Grace Kelly's 20 points.
Unranked Rugby cruised to a big first-quarter lead, increased it by halftime and held on late to beat top-ranked and unbeaten Kidder County 47-39 in the first round of the state Class B girls basketball tournament Thursday at Betty Engelstad Arena. By all appearances, it was an upset in the classic sense. Rugby coach Jen Brossart, however, isn't so sure. "I've got four seniors who weren't going to let it go down," Brossart said. "I'm immensely proud of these girls. I know what they can do. Our underclassmen stepped up, too."
For a dramatic span of five minutes, Wahpeton forward Bryce Rader sliced through, around and over Grand Forks Red River's defense. In the end, he just couldn't get past Bryce Enerson. Enerson enticed a charging call on Rader with 12 seconds to play, ending the Wahpeton player's standout game and essentially sealing a 52-51 victory for Red River in an East Region tournament basketball game Tuesday at the Riders' gym.
ST. PAUL—Entering as the top seed in the girls Class A state hockey tournament, Warroad quickly made sure Wednesday that it would not be upset. Hannah Corneliusen and Geno Hendrickson scored early in the first period and the Warriors dominated St. Paul United 4-0 at the Xcel Energy Center. "We wanted to get up early, we didn't want to be behind or worry about being too close to them," said Hendrickson, who finished with her second hat trick of the season. Warroad will play in the semifinals at 1:30 Friday against either Rochester Lourdes or Proctor/Hermantown.