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Fargo Babe Ruth 15-under team heading to World Series

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - School begins next week in Fargo, but there's a special group of teenagers that may be a few days late… For a good reason.

Jim Honl has been in the coaching ranks for a long time in Fargo, but he's never experienced a season like this.

JH: “Have not coached in a world series. I made it to a regional as a legion player.”

Honl will be sharing the experience with not only his son, Jacob, but also the sons of two players he once coached to a legion state title 27 years ago, in Ben Bryant and Luke Sandy.

LS: “It's awesome. Just to know that he has been around baseball for that long and he still has the same drive and passion for the game.”

BB: “He knows how to win and he did it with my dad and did it with us.”

This year's Fargo Babe Ruth 15-under team is heading to the World Series with some momentum, having beaten a strong Minnesota team in back-to-back games to win the Midwest regional in Iowa.

JH: “This team has a lot of heart and character. We always come from behind when we're down. We never give up. Even if we're in the later innings, if we're losing by a bunch. We feel like we just need that one big inning and see if we can get back into the game.”

JN: “When the team takes the field out in Washington, they'll be wearing brand new red camouflage uniforms. But, make no mistake. They don't plan on hiding from anyone at the World Series.”

TA: “It's just real now. We'll have to play better than ever to do as good at the World Series. I believe we can.”

JH: “Get our feet under us right away and then see if we can win a couple of games and bring some hardware back to North Dakota.”

JN: “Which would be a perfect finish to a summer full of baseball memories.”

Fargo opens up play Thursday night against the host team in Longview at 9:30 p.m.

Jody Norstedt

Jody Norstedt is WDAY/WDAZ's weekend sports anchor and reporter. The Montevideo, MN native joined the WDAY/WDAZ team as WDAZ's weekend sports anchor in Grand Forks in June of 2008. As time went on, he transitioned to Fargo and is now the sports anchor for our weekend WDAY/WDAZ newscasts.  Jody has helped the WDAY sports staff earn numerous awards, including the 2015 MBJA Sevareid Award for Sportscast/Program for the team's submission of "First Down Friday". Jody said the highlight of his career, although it's so tough to pick only one, was covering the 2011 LPGA U.S. Open in Colorado Springs, CO when Oxbow's Amy Anderson held the lead as an 18-year old. He is also a proud graduate of St. Cloud State University and an avid college hockey fan, despite never playing the game himself. Go Huskies! Jody can relate to the heartache and the hope of Minnesota sports fans, he has been cheering for the Twins, Wild, Vikings, and Timberwolves his entire life. The thing he likes most about his job is the passion that this area has for sports and the opportunities to cover so many teams, athletes and outdoor activities across North Dakota and Minnesota. In 2012, he married his wife Amy (Unrau) who joined the WDAY/WDAZ team as a weekend news anchor/reporter. Together, the two have enjoyed volunteering in the community and providing viewers with the best local news and sports coverage in the Red River Valley.   Jody enjoys going for runs, being active in his church community, spending time with family & friends, travelling and the ups and downs of being a homeowner. If you have a sports story idea or a homeowner tip, send it his way.  You can "like" Jody's page on Facebook or follow him on twitter:@J_Norstedt

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