ROSEAU, Minn.—Few, if any, Minnesota girls basketball teams start the season with a one-two punch comparable to Roseau with sisters Kacie and Katie Borowicz. What develops in an otherwise new look lineup could well determine if Roseau High School can win its fifth consecutive Section 8AA championship. Besides the Borowicz sisters, both of whom were all-state selections last season, the only players back with any extensive varsity experience are Julia Braaten and Emma Waling. The two were reserves on last season's Class AA state runner-up team.
Roseau returns two all-staters from last season's Minnesota Class AA state runner-up girls basketball team in sisters Katie and Kacie Borowicz. Grand Forks Red River graduated only two players from last season's 18-8 team. The Roughriders' depth and experience had the advantage Saturday. Red River opened its season with a 90-71 win against the visiting Rams.
Brady Dvorak's primary role a year ago was playmaker. The junior is still the point guard and main ballhandler for the Grand Forks Red River High School boys basketball team. But Dvorak was a finisher as well as a passer Saturday. Dvorak scored a career-high 28 points, leading the Roughriders to a 78-45 win against visiting Roseau in the season opener for both teams. Dvorak's scoring was well above the 6.6-point average he finished with last season, when he also averaged 4.5 assists as the Red River point guard.
A 16-for-25 performance at the free-throw line wasn't up to what Grafton coach Laurie Sieben hoped her girls basketball team would be shooting. What the Spoilers lacked in consistency, however, they made up for with timeliness. Grafton made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 36 seconds to hold off Sacred Heart High School and claim a 69-68 road win Thursday. "That's not good enough,'' Sieben said of the 64 percent free-throw accuracy. "But we hit free throws when we needed them. They pulled it together at the end.''
Crookston showed good balance in its season-opening girls basketball game Tuesday. At crunch time, however, Emma Borowicz was the go-to player. The sophomore scored seven points in a 10-0 run, helping stretch Crookston's lead to 60-40. The Pirates went on to a 62-52 road win at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart High School. "We have multiple girls who can score,'' Crookston coach Darin Zimmerman said. "Emma is one of those. And she isn't afraid of those situations. She attacked the basket.
While the power play isn't a finished product for East Grand Forks Senior High, it was a difference maker Saturday. The first two Green Wave goals were on the power play. They added two more late goals in pulling away to a 4-1 win against visiting Delano. "I didn't think we were that good on the power play,'' Senior High coach Tyler Palmiscno said. "Part of that is because we haven't had the opportunity to work on it that much in practice. "But that was the difference. We don't win without the power play.''
Better late than never—that's been the way for Warroad. Warroad improved to 3-0 in the girls hockey season with a 5-0 road win at East Grand Forks Senior High on Tuesday. The Warriors blew the game open with four goals in the final period. That's par for the Warroad course. The Warriors have scored 13 goals this season—eight of those in the third period and another in overtime.
MINOT—Carrie Nistler was at the Fargodome on Nov. 9 when Thompson won the 9-man football state championship. It was a thrill. "It was crazy, so intense,'' Nistler, a senior volleyball player at Thompson High School, said. "But this is a better feeling for us. It is our team's accomplishment. I know how hard we worked for this.''
MINOT—The disappointment of a state championship bid that came up short didn't have a lingering effect on Langdon-Edmore-Munich. After the top-seeded Cardinals were eliminated in Friday night's semifinals, they bounced back to take third place Saturday in the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. Langdon-E-M swept Northern Cass 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 for third place. "It wasn't what we wanted (in the semifinals),'' junior hitter Callie Ronningen said. "But it happens in sports. We had to come back and play.''
MINOT—The season series went to Langdon-Edmore-Munich. The biggest win went to Oakes. After losing to the Cardinals both times they met during the regular season, Oakes downed L-E-M 17-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 here Friday in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. "We knew the feeling of losing to them before,'' Tornadoes hitter Nicole Schmitz said. "We didn't want that feeling again. It made us work harder. "This feeling is unbelievable.''