Kevin Schnepf / Forum News Service
FARGO—When West Fargo Sheyenne sharpshooter Maggie Manson put up her first shot of Thursday's North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament game, it was blocked by Bismarck Century's Lauren Ware.
FARGO—It was not the way Paul Miller, A.J. Jacobson and Spencer Eliason wanted to end their last basketball game in the Scheels Center. And it was not the way North Dakota State's men's basketball team wanted to be playing heading into the last week of the regular season.
FARGO—Laken Boese, who earlier on Friday got upset in the individual semifinals, made up for his loss by knocking off the wrestler who beat him and sparking Bismarck to a 32-20 win over Mandan to claim the North Dakota Class A dual team state championship in the Fargodome. Boese, the top seed at 120 pounds, got pinned by No. 5 seed Corey Hooker. So a few hours later, Boese made sure not to get pinned this time. His 2-1 win ended a rally in which Minot had cut Bismarck's lead to 19-14.
FARGO—Monti Knewtson finally won her first East Region individual tennis championship—as a freshman, as in she may contending for a few more titles. "She's been my No. 1 singles player since seventh grade," said West Fargo Sheyenne tennis coach Chad Anderson, who watched Knewtson defeat fellow freshman Shaelyn Johnson of Grand Forks Red River 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's championship match at Courts Plus.
FARGO—A tap on a window and some thumbs-up signs was the message Greg LaDouceur has been awaiting for nearly a year. His Grand Forks Red River girls tennis team finally beat West Fargo Sheyenne—the team that ended Red River's 15-year domination last year. Red River defeated Sheyenne 4-1 Thursday, May 25, for the Class A East Region team championship, not only avenging last year's region title loss to Sheyenne but last year's state championship loss and this year's regular-season loss.
FARGO—Tom Burnett wasn't sure what to expect at last Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision national title game in Frisco, Texas—especially with North Dakota State not playing in the game for the first time in five years. "Some people might have had their doubts when the Bison lost in the semifinals," said Burnett, the commissioner of the Southland Conference that acts as the host conference for the FCS title game.