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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.
FARGO—Jared Franek already was the all-time winningest wrestler in North Dakota high school history. Franek had won three state championships and was wrestling for his fourth. But Franek still felt nerves. Even as he goes to wrestle for North Dakota State next year, Franek doesn't think those nerves will ever go away.
WEST FARGO—Jared Franek was a freshman when West Fargo graduate Jordan Shearer set a North Dakota record with 259 career wrestling wins. Franek won his first state championship that year. Now he's broken his old teammate's wins record and could be on his way to a fourth state title.
FARGO—The Fargo Davies and Fargo Shanley girls basketball teams almost mirror each other. Most obviously, both the Deacons and Eagles have a Jacobson as a head coach. But they also both can score and win in several ways. They have the top two scorers in their conference. And just like the Deacons won at Davies earlier in the season, the Eagles got a win at Shanley.
WEST FARGO—Mike Benson laughs at the idea of trash talking against Brent Hintz. Even in an always emotional in-city rivalry game between the West Fargo and West Fargo Sheyenne girls basketball teams, the two head coaches have respect for each other. Benson, now the Packers head coach who was an assistant coach at Sheyenne last season, already knew how skilled the Mustangs were.
WEST FARGO—The first West Fargo and West Fargo Sheyenne boys hockey matchup came with such anticipation, the West Fargo School District sold tickets ready for over-packed stands. The first rivalry game proved to be a show. Goals were exchanged in the first five minutes and scored frequently, the Packers and Mustangs put on some jarring hits, and fans witnessed the birth of a rivalry.