2013 Fall sports recapFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In the sports office, we're thankful for the local athletes we get to cover and we're also thankful to be the television home for North Dakota state tournaments.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In the sports office, we're thankful for the local athletes we get to cover and we're also thankful to be the television home for North Dakota state tournaments.
State tennis served its way into Fargo on the first weekend in October.
In doubles, West Fargo's duo of Brady Ballweber and Keyan Farahmand out dueled Red River's tandem of Andre Caoili and Jake Kuhlman, winning in three sets to claim the school's first boys state tennis title.
Brady Ballweber/State Doubles Champion-West Fargo: “Still shaking right now cause it means a lot. I've been in a couple important matches, last year I took third in singles, and this year just to be in a state title was an honor enough, but to win it I'm just so excited.”
On a chilly day in Valley City, the hardware was on the line for cross country.
On the girls’ side, Annika Rotvold's third place finish led Hillsboro-Central Valley to its third consecutive state team title.
Annika Rotvold/3rd Straight Title for Hillsboro-Central Valley: “Not that many teams can do the three peat so it's really exciting that we were able to pull it off.”
The football season came to a close, as we brought you the 21st Dakota Bowl here on WDAY.
Cavalier cruised in the 9-man championship defeating Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn 54-6, claiming the Tornadoes first ever 9-man title.
The Class A crown was put on by Hazen for a second consecutive season, the Bison blanked Milnor-North Sargent 20-0 for the championship.
In 2-A, it came down to a thrilling finish, Wahpeton's 2-point conversion attempt to tie the game in the final moments, was stopped by Bismarck St. Mary's Noah Krebs.
And the Saints collected their first title in nineteen years, 24-22.
The 3-A final, turned out to be the best game of the day.
Bismarck entered on a 28-game winning streak, and this touchdown by Ricardo Galindo gave the Demons a 34-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
But, South quickly answers, Zach Kellen hit Ty Brooks for a 59-yard touchdown, and later it was Brooks sealing the victory, with fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The Bruins clinched their first state championship since 2010, with a 42-34 win.
Ty Brooks/ AAA Football State Title - South: “What turned it around was halftime, we wanted to do it for the seniors and we came out here and did that tonight.”
James Johannesson/ AAA Football State Title – South: “We gave it everything we had until the very end and ended up with the state championship.”
The state swim season, wrapped up the next day.
West Fargo's Danica Dutt was named senior athlete of the year, but her Packers fell runner-up to Minot who claimed its first state title since 2008.
The fall sports season came to a close on the volleyball court, with a pair of first time champions.
Jamestown capped off its terrific season with a five set thrilling victory over Bismarck Century to become class A champions.
In Class B, it was Northern Cass making history, defeating Lamoure in four sets, behind Vanessa Johnson's record 27 kills.
Vanessa Johnson/Class B Volleyball Title - Northern Cass: “It feels amazing, I mean not a lot of people get to end their season with a win and I feel amazing about it, our whole team does.”