Chris Murphy / Forum News Service
MOORHEAD—John Clark Jr. brought his Mahnomen-Waubun team together before the Thunderbirds received their medals for a Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 boys basketball title Friday at Concordia's Memorial Auditorium. In the huddle, he thanked them for making his dream come true.
MOORHEAD—When Breckenridge's 6-foot-8 junior Noah Christensen stepped to the free-throw line to help seal the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship for Breckenridge on Thursday, he did so thinking of his grandpa. Jim Christensen is why Noah played the final 10 minutes with an injured elbow in the section semifinals, scoring 14 of Breckenridge's final 18 points. Jim Christensen was who Noah handed the ball to celebrate his 1,000th career point earlier this year.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead senior Sam Haiby was sitting at the Minnesota Class 4A girls basketball tournament on Wednesday when she saw her name come across the Target Center scoreboard. She was one of 11 finalists for Minnesota Miss Basketball. Haiby finished with the most points scored of any basketball player to ever put on the Moorhead jersey, finishing with 2,421 points for her career. She averaged 25.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 4.7 steals a game in her senior year.
FARGO—For the fifth time in the last seven seasons, Bismarck Century's girls basketball team is headed to the North Dakota Class A championship game. The Patriots topped Bismarck St. Mary's 55-48 Friday in the semifinals at North Dakota State's Scheels Center for a spot in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday. Century has lost in its last two appearances in the championship game. Junior guard and University of North Dakota commit Lilly Keplin has been part of both of those teams.
FARGO—Fargo Shanley had no answer for Mandan's big men in Thursday's North Dakota Class A boys basketball quarterfinal matchup at North Dakota State's Scheels Center. Behind 6-foot-6 Camren Steckler, his 6-4 twin brother, Trae Steckler, and 6-6 Elijah Klein, Mandan topped Shanley 68-53. Mandan coach Brandon Schafer had a puzzled look on his face when asked what game plan he would come up with if he faced the Steckler twins and Klein. He was happy he didn't have to answer that question.
MOORHEAD—Roseau's girls basketball coach Kelsey Didrikson was adamant there is no formula for getting to the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship game.