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MOORHEAD - The Concordia women's basketball team began its season on Wednesday against the University of Minnesota Morris. Jamie Mentzer led the way for the Cobbers with 14 points and seven rebounds in the 58-53 win. The men opened its season with a new head coach as Grant Hemmingsen takes over for Rich Glas. The Cobbers were led by Austin Heins. He had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Concordia to a win, 80-71.
FARGO - West Fargo won it's first EDC volleyball title since 2008 on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep of Valley City. The Hi-Liners will also advance to the state tournament. Davies advanced to the state tournament with a sweep of Sheyenne in the state qualifier. In the other state qualifier, Devils Lake swept Shanley for the Firbirds first trip to the state tournament in 19 years.
UND's seniors huddled in the middle of the court, arms locked around each other's necks. Some wiped tears from their face. Others didn't bother to try. After defeating Northern Colorado 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 on Saturday afternoon at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, realization set in that they had just played their final home game.
WYNDMERE - Wyndmere Lidgerwood will face a familiar opponent when the Warbirds step inside the Fargodome for the Dakota Bowl on Friday. They play Shiloh Christian, the team that knocked the Warbirds out of the playoffs last year. Since that loss, the Warbirds are unbeaten and looking for their first state title since 2010. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood will be playing for more than just themseves, as senior Connor Barton's father unexpectedly passed away earlier this week. The team will wear stickers with his initials on their helmets.
FARGO - Several area high school athletes signed their letters of intent on Wednesday as part of signing day. For Fargo South, tennis star Davis Lawley signed with the University of Nebraska Omaha. North-South hockey standout Graysen Myers signed to play at Bemidji State. Davies had a trio of girls basketball players sign their letters of intent. Raegan Linster signed with Southeastern University, Carly Kottsick will play at the University of Mary, and Grace Geffre signed with Augustana.
MOORHEAD - Moorhead's Sam Haiby committed to play basketball at Nebraska back in May. On Wednesday she made it official by signing her letter of intent on early signing day. Haiby becomes the first Spud to play in the Big 10.
IOWA CITY - The MSUM women's basketball team faced off with the Iowa Hawkeyes in its second exhibition game. Jacky Volkert and Cassidy thorson led the way for the Dragons with nine points each. MSUM lost to the Hawkeyes 85-56.
HILLSBORO - The Hillsboro-Central Valley football team is one win away from finishing an indefeated season with a state title. The Burros are 11-0 and vying for the first state championship since the co-op started. Hillsboro-Central Valley will take on Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich in the Class A title game.
BROOKINGS - NDSU was handed its first loss of the season on Saturday at the hands of SDSU, 33-21. In the loss the Bison committed five turnovers. NDSU is still sits a t the top of the Missouri Valley Conference at 5-1. The Bison will have to regroup quickly as they host South Dakota this upcoming Saturday.
FARGO - It will be two weeks since the Shanley football team has taken the field when the Deacons host Watford City on Saturday. Shanley is a win away from its seventh trip to the Dakota Bowl in the last nine years. The Deacons beat the Wolves 25-0 in Watford City earlier in the season.