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Cadyn Schwabe sits on the Thompson bench in street clothes, unable to play basketball until the broken collarbone he suffered in the 9-man state high school football championship game heals. Minus Schwabe, an all-region point guard last season, the Tommies' offense hasn't skipped a beat. Thompson pulled away Monday to a 72-56 road win against Sacred Heart.
East Grand Forks Senior High had scored more than six goals in three of its first eight games this season. On Saturday, the Green Wave had six in the second period alone. In a matchup of two of the top-ranked teams in Minnesota Class A boys hockey, No. 5 Senior High rolled to a 7-1 win over No. 3 Alexandria at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
The streaks were running in Grand Forks Red River’s favor Friday night. The Roughriders, sparked by two big runs early in each half, defeated visiting Devils Lake 62-55 in boys high school basketball. “We haven’t had a lot of big runs this year,’’ Red River coach Kirby Krefting said. “We know we have the potential to do that. Today we seemed to have confidence in what we were doing.’’
GREENBUSH, Minn. -- Jake Taggart has been the early-season scoring leader for Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. The Gators, however, aren't reliant on any one or two players for big point production. When Taggart managed only two points in a game last week, the Gators still had a season-high 79 points in a win against Red Lake County.
With a new season and another new look, Hillsboro-Central Valley is shooting for the same old results. The Burros return only two starters, Carson Henningsgard and Landen Reed, from last season’s team that won its second straight North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball title.
Team is the emphasis in the annual Grand Forks Sertoma high school wrestling tournament. No individual awards are given. It is dual competition. Sometimes, however, individual can become a priority. "It's about team if the score is close,'' Thief River Falls junior Jake Davis said. "You want to win for the team. But if it isn't (close), you're out there more for yourself.''
Dominik Vacura sits atop the Class A 220-pound weight class in the latest Minnesota high school wrestling rankings. That doesn't mean the sophomore dominates in his own practice room. Vacura matches up on a regular basis in workouts with Zach Evans, a junior and the No. 5-ranked 285-pounder by The Guillotine, Minnesota's amateur wrestling website.
Nathan Willett’s role is from long range. “Shooting threes is my game,’’ the East Grand Forks Senior High boys basketball player said. “That’s what my team needs me to do. And when I got hot, my teammates were getting me the ball.’’ The long game was good for the Green Wave on Friday. They had an 11-3 advantage in 3-point field goals. That 24-point difference was the margin of victory as Senior High defeated visiting Thief River Falls 79-56.
With a few minutes left to play in the basketball game, Julian Benson was carried off the court after suffering cramps in both of his legs. The East Grand Forks Senior High guard didn’t think he was done for the night, however. “I knew I had to get back in,’’ the junior said. “It was a close game and we had people in foul trouble.’’
Five area athletes have been selected all-state players by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association. Named to the Class B all-state team are B senior player of the year Taylor Zak of state champion Thompson, Callie Ronningen and Madi Pritchard of Langdon-Edmore-Munich and Danielle Hagler of North Star. Kyleigh Toso of Devils Lake is a first-team selection on the Class A all-state team.