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Published March 15, 2010, 10:45 AM

Grovers head to tournament after perfect season

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The Oak Grove boy’s basketball squad heads to this week's class-B state tournament as North Dakota's lone unbeaten team. As WDAY 6’s Trevor Peterson tells us, being perfect, and a state champion, isn't unfamiliar territory for the Grovers.

“Being undefeated has surprised us. We knew we'd be pretty good, but we played a tough schedule.”

So far, Oak Grove has passed every test and met every challenge. And while some may say a loss or two during a season is a good thing, the Grovers are happy to still be perfect.

Dylan Dangerfield: “We like to be unbeaten. We have a competitive group of guys and no one wants to lose.”

Oak Grove has two boy’s basketball state titles, 1969 and 2000. Ironically, both teams finished with unbeaten records. Does that mean there's some good karma following this year's team?

Dangerfield: “It might be a little good karma, yeah.”

Sam Olson: “I don't know if we're thinking too much about that.”

Nor are they thinking about the pressure to stay perfect that's followed them.

Olson: “We've kind of felt that pressure all season, even through the districts and regions. Teams have played their best ball against us. I think it'll be the same way at state, so I think we'll handle it alright.”

At 23-0, that's tough to argue. Making the Grovers season even more impressive is the fact they've played the entire postseason without leading scorer, junior Evan Holt.