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Published December 29, 2011, 10:26 PM

WDAY 6 Sports 2011 Year in Review Part 1

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tonight, part one our celebration of the local sports year looks back at the people and teams that made 2011 special.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Tonight, part one our celebration of the local sports year looks back at the people and teams that made 2011 special.

Plenty of people were looking at Moorhead in February as the city hosted Hockey Day in Minnesota, as nearly 4 thousand packed the outdoor rink to watch the hometown Spuds put a show with state power Hill-Murray in front a regional TV audience.

We watched a great winter for Fargo North High school. The girls hockey teams reclaimed its dominance and we witnessed a stunning run from the girls basketball team in winning a state title.

Stunning is the right word to describe what happened to the UND hockey team at the Frozen Four, as they outshoot Michigan 40-20 but lost 2-0. Then in July left the only conference they've ever known the WCHA for the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

We also witnessed several teams continue their dominance. West Fargo won a 14th straight state softball title, Perham an 8th straight state gymnastics crown and Oakes made it back to back wrestling crowns.

Fargo opened a new high school this year and already a trophy case is needed as Fargo Davies brought home titles in girls golf and for the 2nd straight year, cross country.

We also saw several legendary coaches step down, Craig Flaagan, Lynn Forde, and Erv Inniger all left the scene, as did Bucky Maughan, the force behind wrestling at NDSU for 47 years, the only coach the program has ever known.

Two of North Dakota's most well-known athletes retired from the game. Chris Coste hung it up after 16 years of pro baseball and now will coach at his alma mater. Concordia, while Jim Kleinsasser put a bow on a 13 year pro football career with the Vikings.

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