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Crookston entered the high school wrestling season with three individuals in the history of the Pirates program with 150 or more wins. The Pirates are now one win shy of doubling that milestone marker within a month. In the past two weeks, junior Cody Weiland and senior Nate Merten each picked up his 150th win. Senior Blake Bergeron is sitting one shy of the milestone with 149 wins. "Last year, the talk was all about the Franklin five, five guys (in our lineup) with 100 wins," Pirates coach Chad Hitchen said. "Now these three are all hitting 150 wins within a few weeks of each other.
Fourteen of the fifteen girls on the Thief River Falls basketball roster were sick Thursday. Had school not been canceled due to inclement weather, Prowlers girls basketball coach Jeff Loe likely would have canceled practice due to a lack of players. And yet, the Prowlers bounced back to sweep Hibbing 70-35 and Grand Rapids 83-64 over the weekend. "We were a little concerned," Loe said. "Some of the girls still weren't looking good Friday. And we could see Saturday that they were tired and feeling worn down.
Sometimes, the game is within the game. Both Munich-Starkweather and North Border have struggled to get wins this season. Munich-Starkweather is 3-9. North Border is 4-7. But when those teams meet Friday night in Walhalla, it will match up two of the most prolific scorers in North Dakota Class B boys basketball in northeast North Dakota. Lucas Dick of Munich-Starkweather and Austin Volk of North Border dominate the offense of their teams like few other individuals do in the area. Dick accounts for 40 percent of his team's points.
The first time Matt Berglund heard the reference to his team as a bunch of average Joes, it was from Spencer Oen in the practice room. Oen, a junior 152-pounder for the Grand Forks Central High School wrestling team, stands by the description of the Knights team. "It kind of speaks for itself," Oen said. "None of us are ranked high in the state. We don't have a state champion back from last year, or a lot of returning state placers. We just have a lot of guys who work hard. "I take it as a pride thing. It might sound berating to some people.
Ten seasons have passed since Tracy Morseth finished her high school basketball career. Morseth admits she doesn't closely follow how her alma mater, Larimore, or any other team across the state are doing. But, Morseth said, she wouldn't mind seeing somebody beat Minot Ryan -- the team that is closing in on Larimore's Class B state girls basketball record for consecutive wins. "I don't know what their record is," Morseth said. "If they can get (the record), good for them. But, from a competitive aspect, I hope they don't. "I am competitive. I want us to keep the record.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- Rebounding has been a good, but not perfect, part of the Hillsboro-Central Valley game. "We've been a good rebounding team, but we do lose focus sometimes," Burros coach Keith Meyer said. "When that's happened, we've been able to get away with it. But you don't get away with it against a team like Thompson." The Tommies took control of the boards and the game Friday night. In a matchup of top 10-ranked teams in North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball, No. 2 Thompson pulled away to a 55-43 win against No.
The Minnesota QRF rankings indicate how strong a winter East Grand Forks Senior High sports are having. The QRF is a system in which teams are ranked based on their won-loss records as well as their strength of schedule. Wins garner the most points, but teams also get points based on wins by opponents. Going into this weekend, the Green Wave have three teams in the top three statewide in QRF rankings. They are: • Boys hockey: The Green Wave are first in the state Class A rankings. • Girls hockey: Senior High is second in state QRF rankings.
Kobe Roth doesn't need a power play or even strength to be a scoring threat. The Warroad High School junior pulled off a rarity last Thursday. His four goals in a 6-4 win against rival Roseau included a hat trick of short-handed goals. "I've never seen that before,'' Warroad coach Jay Hardwick said. "I've had a lot of people who have followed hockey for a long time asking me if that's ever happened before. And it was done in a game of magnitude. Roseau is very good. But Kobe is a special player.'' Roth's first short-hander came when he stole the puck and scored on a breakaway.
With an offense that averages 5.8 goals a game, Madi Galstad can be overshadowed while in goal for East Grand Forks Senior High. The stingy Senior High goaltender showed her value Tuesday, however, as Senior High blanked visiting Moorhead 5-0 in girls hockey. Galstad had 24 saves in registering her fifth shutout of the season for the 18-1-0 Green Wave. "We've put up some pretty big offensive numbers in a lot of games,'' Senior High coach Jim Scanlan said. "People tend to look at those things more (than defense).
Cole and Dustin Dahl aren't exactly lookalike brothers. "Their hair color is the same, a reddish-blonde," Northern Freeze boys high school basketball coach Zach Green said. "That's about it for similarities." Well, there's also the height thing. Both brothers stand 6 feet, 6 inches tall. And, while their playing styles differ, the brothers are a big reason for the 7-3 start of the Freeze. The Freeze are battling for the top spot in West Subsection 8A.