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MOORHEAD—Moorhead Spuds senior Carter Randklev found the nerves Tuesday night at the Moorhead Sports Center to try a move he had been working on for a couple years. The gamble paid off. Randklev popped the puck in the air with his backhand, batted the puck under the stick of a defender and then used his backhand to pull the puck back between the defender's skates before shooting a puck into the net from the right circle.
KINDRED - The reigning Class B girls basketball state champions, Kindred began its title defense on Tuesday, hosting Hillsboro-Central Valley. 8th Grader Kristina Freier led the Vikings with 14 points. Kindred wins the first game of the season 49-34.
GRAND FORKS - The UND hockey team returns home to Ralph Englestad arena this weekend with a series against Union. The Fighting Hawks are 5-3-2 since sweeping St. Lawrence back in October. Union has won 7 of its last eight games after starting the season 0-5.
FARGO - The high school wrestling season began on Tuesday as South hosted Wahpeton. The Bruins got off to an early lead as Ashise Gurung pinned Wahpeton's Hunter Owens at 106 pounds. The Huskies got pins from Braden LeNoue at 138 pounds and Garrett Lathrop at 160 pounds to win the match 63-12.
FARGO - The North-South girls hockey team is the first team that gets to play inside the newly renovated Carlson Coliseum on Tuesday. The Coliseum underwent a major makeover this summer to the tune of $4 million. It includes a modern rink with brand new locker rooms.
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.