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FARGO—Isaiah Thomas didn't know winning by 10-run rule was possible in the state tournament, so when he drove in yet another run, he was surprised to see his teammates storm the field in celebration. Treyton Mattern was bleeding after he was cut up in the ensuing dogpile, but he felt just fine.
BISMARCK—Rose and Roseline Gaye, Kaia Beil and other Fargo Davies girls have been in front of the pack in North Dakota track and field for years. As a team, the Eagles just keep getting ahead of everyone else.
BISMARCK—Even when going through physical therapy for his knee earlier this year, Fargo North's Alex Luz never lost hope or confidence. He always knew he would have a chance at winning his first state title. His dream came true. Luz bursted around the last two corners to win the Class A boys 1,600-meter championship in 4 minutes, 17.46 seconds, during the North Dakota state track and field meet on Friday at the Community Bowl.
FARGO—Rose Gaye has expectations for herself to get first place when it comes to the state meet. But ultimately she wants to make the most of what's left of her high school career. She went ahead and solidified her spot in conference record books.
Ryan Reynolds feels the shadow of his older brother, Hayden, who led the West Fargo Sheyenne football, basketball and baseball teams to state tournaments and now plays Division I football for University of North Dakota. Reynolds is the first to admit that past players like his brother taught him much of what he knows and gave him the confidence to step into the light to lead this year's Mustangs baseball team back to the state tournament.
FARGO—Josh Sipes has been to state tournaments before. He still gets nervous before games but looked poised as his team relied on him early and often. Sipes recorded a double-double with game highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds as he paced West Region No. 1 seed Bismarck Century to a 68-44 win over East Region No. 4 seed Grand Forks Red River in the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center.
FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne had never won the East Region boys basketball championship. The Mustangs, in their second consecutive appearance in the region title game in the program's four years, looked like they had been there for decades. The No. 3-seeded Mustangs didn't allow No. 4 seed Fargo Shanley to a field goal in the first seven minutes as they went on to win their first ever East Region title on Saturday, March 3, at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
WEST FARGO—Richard Fisher doesn't need the spotlight. The Fargo North head coach was named the East Region coach of the year and didn't want to pose for photos at the top of the podium like other award winners. Individually, the Spartans didn't need to stand at the top of the podium much either. Despite only winning one event, the Spartans took the podium in the team standings and won the East Region boys swimming and diving meet with 416 points on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Hulbert Aquatic Center.