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FARGO - When you see teenagers running in sweatshirts and sweatpants around the Fargodome, in 90 degree weather, that can only mean one thing, the USA cadet and junior national championships are back in town. Thousands of the best wrestlers in the country have descended to the Dome this week. Its the 25th year that Fargo has hosted this event. Saturday the cadet boys and girls kicked off the festivities. With some wrestlers parents and grandparents wrestling in this event before them, that makes this tournament is rich with tradition.
WDAY - NDSU football got a nice start to its weekend, nabbing a high profile recruit out of the state of Wisconsin. Waunakee defensive end Reed Ryan announced Friday that he's committed to NDSU. Ryan is 6'4, 220 pounds, he was a first-team all-state selection. Ryan racked up 69 tackles and 16 sacks in helping Waunakee to the state championship. He had offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Buffalo and a walk-on offer from Wisconsin.
MAYVILLE - It doesn't feel like football weather outside, but that not's going to stop the best high school seniors from suiting up Saturday afternoon for the annual Shrine Game. This year will be the first time weather will actually be a factor as the game will be held at Shanley High School and not the Fargodome or the Alerus Center. The players have gathered in Mayville all week, many facing former rivals from the season, now coming together to be teammates. It makes for some interesting memories.
MANDAN - One of the top basketball players in North Dakota is staying in state for college. Mandan's Megan Zander committed to play at UND Friday. Zander is a two-time all-state first team player, she averaged 20 points a game this past season. She joins Sheyenne's Maggie Manson and Century's Lily Keplin as in-state commits heading to North Dakota, the three top in state seniors.
GRAND FORKS - Mark Senden has won a high school state championship and a Clark Cup and he's taking that winning tradition to Grand Forks. The Fargo Force captain officially signed with the UND hockey team on Friday. Senden scored 15 goals this past season in helping the Force to the league championship. He continues a pipeline of Force players to Grand Forks, joining Colton St. Clair, Bryn Chizik and Cam Johnson.
MAYVILLE - Bartholomew Ogbu is on the road less traveled heading to NDSU. Ogbu was considered the top high school football prospect in the state last year, despite only playing the game for three years. Ogbu came to Bismarck from Nigeria in 2014 in pursuit of an education. When he first got to the U.S., the Nigerian knowledge about football was minimal. With some convincing from his coach Funnon Barker, Ogbu went out for football as a sophomore and has thrived.
MOORHEAD - Fargo Post 2's bats where hotter than the weather against the Moorhead Blues Wednesday afternoon. Post 2 beat the Blues 15-1. Every Fargo starter scored at least one run in the game. Cameron Blazek shined going 2-of-4 from the plate with 2 RBI and a solo home run in the third. Brandt Kolpack went 3-of-5 and drove in three runs in the win. Post 2 improves to 25-5 with the win.
FARGO - Emily Stroup left Fargo two summers ago for the deep south and Mississippi unsure about what was going to happen in college. She was entering the most competitive volleyball league in the country. Now as the former South Bruin gets set to begin her junior year, she's become one of the best players in the Southeastern Conference. Stroup set an Ole Miss record for kills in a season last year, on the way to being named MVP of the National Volleyball Championship. She spoke to WDAY exclusively when she came home about what's next.
FARGO - The Class A boys needed to win to prevent a clean sweep from the small schools, which has never happened in the history of the Lions All-Star series. Tied at 46 at half, Class A came out of the break and raised their game to another notch. Class A held off Class B to win 95-86.
FARGO - LaMoure senior Anna Holen didn't have much down time during her senior year. Holen was busy with volleyball and basketball, but she was also busy off the court. The senior was the NDHSAA distinguished student of the year. On Tuesday night, the North Dakota Ms. Basketball winner capped off a wild senior year, my getting to play basketball one final time in the Lions All-Star Series.