Top 5 area boys and girls basketball rankings (Feb. 3)

The boys rankings stay the same and the girls rankings add Detroit Lakes and knock out Breckenridge in this week’s area basketball rankings for Minnesota.

 

BOYS

1. Fergus Falls (18-2)

Last week: 57-49 win at Alexandria; 51-48 win at Bemidji.

Next up: host Willmar (5-16), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Fergus Falls freshman Matt Johnson (defending) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Otters a 51-48 win over Bemidji. Photo by Will Benson/Echo Press

Fergus Falls freshman Matt Johnson (defending) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Otters a 51-48 win over Bemidji. Photo by Will Benson/Echo Press

Fergus Falls beat Alexandria on the road to justify its top spot in Class 3A, Section 8 and then avoided an upset to section foe Bemidji via a Matt Johnson 3-pointer at the buzzer, after trailing 44-34 with four minutes to go.

Two big section wins on the road for the Otters. Just as they’ve done all season, the Otters spread the wealth. Harrison Christensen and Nathan Rund had 16 against Alexandria and Rund had 23 points and Christensen had 13 against Bemidji.

 

2. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (18-0)

Last week: 75-56 win at home over Hancock; 88-78 win at home over Fargo Oak Grove; 80-56 win at home over Brandon-Evansville

Next up: host Ashby (0-20), Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; vs. Hawley (3-16) at Fargo Civic Center, Saturday, 5:45 p.m., host Minnewaska Area (15-4), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

The Comets showed they have other weapons not named Chris Tungseth, as Sean McGuire had 23 points in the win over Hancock. Tungseth had 12 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists against Hancock and then dropped 31 points on Fargo Oak Grove in a shootout and 20 points on Brandon-Evansville.

The Grovers hit 15 3-pointers and the Comets still found a way to win.

Comets have a good challenge against a 15-4 Class 2A team in Minnewaska Area coming.

 

3. Perham (16-3)

Last week: 46-42 loss at Barnesville; 64-60 win at home over Breckenridge.

Next up: host Detroit Lakes (14-5), Thursday, 6 p.m.; vs. Fargo Oak Grove (6-8) at Fargo Civic Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Perham dropped its first section game to Barnesville. Time to see how the Yellowjackets respond. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Perham dropped its first section game to Barnesville. Time to see how the Yellowjackets respond. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Just when it seemed as though Perham was slowly running away with Class 2A, Section 8, Barnesville came in and disrupted things, handing the Yellowjackets their first section loss.

The Yellowjackets are still the front runners in the section, but Staples-Motley, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Barnesville and Breckenridge now have a blueprint on how to beat them.

Breckenridge hit a 3-pointer with 18.4 seconds remaining to cut the Perham lead to 62-60 this week, but the Yellowjackets snuck out with a win thanks in large part to 10 missed free throws for the Cowboys.

The section seems to be gaining on Perham.

 

4. Lake Park-Audubon (18-4)

Last week: 70-55 win at Mahnomen. 

Next up: host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (14-7), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Park Christian (8-12), Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Mitch Hall had 18 points for LP-A against Mahnomen. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Mitch Hall had 18 points for LP-A against Mahnomen. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

The win over Mahnomen makes it 14 straight, heading into a big matchup with Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal.

Another huge night for Jesse Bergh against Mahnomen, as the 6-10 junior finished with 23 points and 24 rebounds, while Mitch Hall added 18 points and Lane Ulmer had 17.

 

5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (16-4)

Last week: 55-21 win at Pelican Rapids; 71-55 win at home over Waubun. 

Next up: at Staples-Motley (12-7), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (14-7), Monday, 7:30 p.m.; at Pequot Lakes, Tuesday (12-9), 7:30 p.m.

D-G-F's Blake Kragnes (right) had a monster double-double against Waubun with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Photo by David Samson/Forum

D-G-F’s Blake Kragnes (right) had a monster double-double against Waubun with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Big game at Staples-Motley on Thursday for the Rebels, as the Cardinals could be the team to sit between them and a chance at Perham in the section championship.

Tuesday’s win over Waubun showed how dangerous D-G-F can be. They trailed 37-31 at half with their arguably two best players having two points combined in Kyle Rothschadl and Blake Kragnes. The fact the Rebels were within six shows how deep they are and the fact Rothschadl finished with 15 points and Kragnes finished with 13 points and 20 rebounds shows the Rebels can adjust.

All five starters were in double figures with Ethan Edeen netting 14, Cole Tahran adding 11 and Gunnar Payne finishing with 10. Five wins in a row for the Rebels.

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (17-0)

Last week: 64-57 win at Moorhead; 60-47 win at home over Thief River Falls.

Next up: at Pequot Lakes (16-1), Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; host Pelican Rapids (12-6), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Anna Smith (left) continues to prove she can go against bigger girls down low. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Anna Smith (left) continues to prove she can go against bigger girls down low. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

The Class 2A Rebels handled Class 4A Moorhead on the road. They handled then Class 3A’s No. 5-ranked Thief River Falls. Now, the Rebels get to see how they hold up against one of the best teams in Class 2A in 16-1 Pequot Lakes.

Only three undefeated girls basketball teams in the state.

The Rebels just continue to find a way to win. They trailed Moorhead by one with 2 minutes 11, seconds to go and closed the game on a 9-1 run on the road. Against Thief River Falls, the Rebels went nearly 10 minutes without scoring, yet, still won.

Against Moorhead, it was Alyson Brenna and Anna Smith. Against Thief River Falls, it was Ally Reno and Natalie Steichen. They press, they can shoot and Smith continues to prove she can fight down low against anyone alongside jumpers Frannie Mercil and Faith Anderson.

 

2. Ada-Borup (15-2)

Last week: 71-31 win at home over Climax-Fisher; 55-54 loss at Win-E-Mac.

Next up: at Park Christian (5-11), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Northern Cass (7-11), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Waubun (14-4), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Ada-Borup has lost two games by a combined two points to teams combined 35-2, with one of those teams being a class above the Cougars.

The loss to Win-E-Mac snapped a 15-game winning streak and a 72-game conference winning streak that dates back to 2011 for Ada-Borup.

The Cougars have won four straight section championships, but they look somewhat human.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (18-2)

Last week: 66-45 win at Hancock; 85-42 win at home over Ashby.

Next up: at Ortonville (12-6), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Confidence continues to grow for the Warriors, especially seeing Ada-Borup lose. The Warriors have two losses to two teams that are a combined 33-1.

One of those losses was to D-G-F by 11, which Ada-Borup lost to by one in overtime, so that’s the slight tiebreaker between the two.

Currently, W-H-N is higher in the QRF, but it’s hard to bet against the defending champs until proven otherwise.

 

4. Detroit Lakes (13-6)

Last week: 51-46 loss at Thief River Falls; 62-57 win at Perham; 63-60 win in double overtime at Pequot Lakes.

Next up: at Alexandria (13-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Grace Swenson (ball) had 22 points in a huge double overtime win for Detroit Lakes over Pequot Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Grace Swenson (ball) had 22 points in a huge double-overtime win for Detroit Lakes over Pequot Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

The Lakers are a weird team in Class 3A. They got beat by Class 2A D-G-F 63-57, which is understandable as the Rebels are 17-0, and then lost big 55-40 and 59-40 to two of the top teams in Class 3A in Pequot Lakes and Albany.

So that was a fine time to write them off. Then, they lose by five to then Class 3A’s No. 5-ranked Thief River Falls on the road and it’s safe to say Detroit Lakes can’t win the big game.

Then, they follow barely getting by Class 2A 11-8 Perham 62-57 by being the first team in the state to beat Pequot Lakes 63-60 in double overtime.

The Lakers have another chance to prove themselves with Alexandria. Currently, Thief River Falls, Alexandria and Sauk Rapids-Rice are ahead of them in Class 3A, Section 8. The Lakers lost by 14 and five to TRF, beat Alexandria 56-51 to open the season and will not play Sauk Rapids-Rice in the regular season.

 

5. Pelican Rapids (12-6)

Last week: 63-25 win at home over Wadena-Deer Creek; 65-58 loss at home to Thief River Falls.

Next up: host Ashby (3-14), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Frazee (8-9), Friday, 6 p.m.; at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (17-0), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Pelican Rapids senior Mackenzie Korf had 23 points, seven steals and five assists in a win over Wadena-Deer Creek. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Pelican Rapids senior Mackenzie Korf had 23 points, seven steals and five assists in a win over Wadena-Deer Creek. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

The good news is Pelican Rapids stuck with one of the best Class 3A teams in the state in Thief River Falls. The bad news is Class 2A, Section 8 rival D-G-F beat that TRF team by 13.

Vikings have a good chance to prove the section isn’t D-G-F’s yet with a game against the Rebels on Tuesday.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Sarah Jacobson’s game-by-game scoring totals through the years

Fargo Shanley senior point guard Sarah Jacobson is approaching the unofficial North Dakota Class A scoring record.  David Samson / The Forum

Fargo Shanley senior point guard Sarah Jacobson is approaching the unofficial North Dakota Class A scoring record. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — As chronicled in today’s Forum sports section, Fargo Shanley senior Sarah Jacobson is only 13 points away from breaking the unofficial North Dakota Class A high school girls basketball all-time scoring record.

Jacobson, a North Dakota State signee, is averaging 19.5 points per game for the No. 1-ranked Deacons and is a three-time all-state first team selection.

Below is a game-by-game look at her run to history (A big thanks to the Fargo Shanley coaching staff who compiled the data):

2010-11 SEASON — SEVENTH GRADE

3-11-11 vs. South (3 points) — State Class A semifinals

TOTAL: 3 points.

2011-12 SEASON — EIGHTH GRADE

12-6-11 at Devils Lake (11 points)
12-9-11 vs. Grand Forks Red River (6 points)
12-15-11 at West Fargo (8 points)
12-17-11 vs. Moorhead (14 points)
12-27-11 vs. Fargo North (13 points)
12-29-11 vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s (14 points)
1-6-12 at Fargo South (12 points)
1-13-12 at Davies (15 points)
1-17-12 vs. Grand Forks Central (11 points)
1-20-12 vs. Wahpeton (16 points)
1-21-12 vs. Devils Lake (13 points)
1-24-12 vs. West Fargo (8 points)
1-31-12 at Grand Forks Red River (11 points)
2-4-12 at Fargo North (15 points)
2-7-12 vs. Fargo Davies (25 points)
2-10-12 vs. Fargo South (6 points)
2-17-12 at Grand Forks Central (12 points)
2-21-12 at Valley City (29 points)
2-23-12 at Wahpeton (14 points)
3-1-12 vs. Wahpeton (5 points)
3-2-12 vs. Grand Forks Red River (10 points)
3-3-12  vs. West Fargo (10 points)
3-8-12 vs. Mandan (0 points)
3-9-12 vs. Bismarck Century (13 points)
3-10-12 vs. Bismarck (8 points)

TOTAL: 299 points.

2012-13 SEASON — FRESHMAN

12-13-12 vs. West Fargo (21 points)
12-21-12 vs. Devils Lake (17 points)
12-28-12 vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s (20 points)
1-3-13 vs. Fargo South (11 points)
1-8-13 at Grand Forks Central (17 points)
1-11-13 vs. Fargo Davies (12 points)
1-18-13 at Wahpeton (10 points)
1-22-13 at West Fargo (16 points)
1-29-13 vs. Grand Forks Red River (16 points)
1-31-13 at Devils Lake (17 points)
2-2-13 vs. Fargo North (17 points)
2-8-13 at Fargo Davies (23 points)
2-12-13 at Fargo South (17 points)
2-15-13 vs. Grand Forks Central (22 points)
2-16-13 vs. Moorhead (19 points)
2-19-13 vs. Valley City (16 points)
2-22-13 vs. Wahpeton (10 points)
2-26-13 at Grand Forks Red River (18 points)
2-28-13 at Fargo North (17 points)
3-5-13 vs. Fargo South (16 points)
3-8-13 vs. Grand Forks Red River (16 points)
3-9-13 vs. West Fargo (12 points)
3-14-13 vs. Mandan (13 points)
3-15-13 vs. Bismarck Century (24 points)
3-16-13 vs. Bismarck (9 points)

TOTAL: 406 points.

2013-14 SEASON — SOPHOMORE

12-7-13 vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s (22 points)
12-12-13 at West Fargo (35 points)
12-20-13 at Devils Lake (35 points)
1-3-14 vs. Fargo South (17 points)
1-7-14 vs. Grand Forks Central (17 points)
1-10-14 vs. Fargo Davies (22 points)
1-14-14 at Moorhead (23 points)
1-17-14 vs. Wahpeton (20 points)
1-21-14 vs. West Fargo (16 points)
1-28-14 at Grand Forks Red River (19 points)
1-30-14 vs. Devils Lake (24 points)
2-1-14 at Fargo North (20 points)
2-4-14 at Fargo Davies (25 points)
2-8-14 vs. Fargo South (17 points)
2-13-14 at Grand Forks Central (14 points)
2-18-14 at Valley City (21 points)
2-21-14 at Wahpeton (23 points)
2-25-14 vs. Grand Forks Red River (26 points)
2-27-14 vs. Fargo North (27 points)
3-4-14 vs. Wahpeton (20 points)
3-7-14 vs. Fargo Davies (17 points)
3-8-14 vs. West Fargo (23 points)
3-13-14 vs. Jamestown (24 points)
3-14-14 vs. Fargo Davies (19 points)
3-15-14 vs. Minot (28 points)

TOTAL: 551 points.

2014-15 SEASON — JUNIOR

12-9-14 vs. South (25 points)
12-12-14 at Fargo North (19 points)
12-16-14 at Grand Forks Red River (16 points)
12-19-14 vs. Grand Forks Central (24 points)
12-27-14 vs. Minot Ryan (26 points)
12-30-14 at Valley City (23 points)
1-6-15 at West Fargo (23 points)
1-8-15 at Wahpeton (16 points)
1-16-15 vs. West Fargo Sheyenne (29 points)
1-27-15 vs. Fargo North (19 points)
1-29-15 vs. Grand Forks Red River (21 points)
1-31-15 vs. Devils Lake (22 points)
2-3-15 at Grand Forks Central (22 points)
2-5-15 vs. Valley City (15 points)
2-7-15 vs. Fargo Davies (25 points)
2-13-15 vs. West Fargo (27 points)
2-17-15 vs. Wahpeton (17 points)
2-19-15 at Devils Lake (32 points)
2-21-15 at Fargo South (27 points)
2-23-15 at West Fargo Sheyenne (25 points)
2-26-15 at Fargo Davies (27 points)
3-3-15 vs. Grand Forks Central (12 points)
3-6-15 vs. West Fargo (31 points)
3-7-15 vs. Fargo Davies (16 points)
3-12-15 vs. Bismarck (17 points)
3-13-15 vs. Grand Forks Red River (23 points)
3-14-15 vs. Bismarck Century (22 points)

TOTAL: 595 points.

2015-16 SEASON — SENIOR

12-8-15 vs. Fargo South (24 points)
12-11-15 vs. Fargo North (20 points)
12-15-15 vs. Grand Forks Red River (20 points)
12-18-15 at Grand Forks Central (23 points)
12-28-15 vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s (16 points)
12-29-15 vs. Valley City (24 points)
1-5-16 vs. West Fargo (17 points)
1-8-16 vs. Wahpeton (18 points)
1-15-16 vs. West Fargo Sheyenne (20 points)
1-19-16 vs. Fargo Davies (12 points)
1-26-16 vs. Fargo North (13 points)
1-29-16 vs. Grand Forks Red River (18 points)
1-30-16 vs. Devils Lake (29 points)

TOTAL: 254 and counting.

 

Top 5 area boys and girls basketball rankings (Jan. 27)

Lake Park-Audubon enters the boys rankings thanks to 13 straight wins and the girls rankings stay the same.

Here’s the area high school boys and girls basketball rankings for Minnesota.

 

BOYS

1. Fergus Falls (16-2)

Last week: 70-68 win at home over Brainerd; 81-59 win at home over Sartell-St. Stephen.

Next up: at Alexandria (11-5), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Bemidji (7-10), Saturday, 3 p.m.; at St. Cloud Tech (9-10), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Fergus Falls had a big win over Brainerd last week. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Fergus Falls had a big win over Brainerd last week. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Nothing has seemingly made the Otters stumble. With the news of their coach resigning after an alleged DWI breaking the Class 3A Otters knocked off then 16-3 Class 4A Brainerd 70-68 behind 26 points from Nathan Rund. This came three days after the Otters suffered their first section loss.

The Otters followed the win over Brainerd with an 81-59 win over Sartell behind 20 points from Harrison Christensen.

Time to see how the Otters handle the challenge of three straight road games.

 

2. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (15-0)

Last week: 65-55 win at Underwood; 91-78 win at home over Breckenridge.

Next up: host Hancock (10-4), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Fargo Oak Grove (5-6), Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; host Brandon-Evansville (8-7), Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

Chris Tungseth scored a single-game school record 44 points in Hillcrest’s 91-78 win over Breckenridge. The Comets are just one of four remaining boys basketball teams in the state who are undefeated.

Tungseth is averaging 25.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.9 steals and shooting 51 percent from the field for the Comets, including hitting 70 shots from 3-point land.

 

3. Perham (15-2)

Last week: 67-62 win at Pequot Lakes; 64-29 win at Pelican Rapids.

Next up: at Barnesville (12-5), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Breckenridge (11-5), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Aaron Soldberg (ball) has been a big reason to Perham's 15-2 start. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Aaron Soldberg (ball) has been a big reason to Perham’s 15-2 start. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Reid Moser is getting better every game, scoring 34 in the win over Pequot Lakes and 24 in the win over Pelican Rapids. 

Yellowjackets have a pretty firm grip on Class 2A, Section 8. It could get stronger with wins over Barnesville and Breckenridge.

 

4. Lake Park-Audubon (17-4)

Last week: 54-36 win at home over Win-E-Mac; 59-58 win at Bagley.

Next up: at Mahnomen (4-11), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

LP-A's Jesse Burgh is averaging a double-double this season for the Raiders. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

LP-A’s Jesse Burgh is averaging a double-double this season for the Raiders. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Enough ignoring the Raiders. They’ve won 13 in a row behind 6-foot-10 junior Jesse Bergh, who is averaging a double-double with more than 21 points and 11 rebounds a game.

The Raiders could give the Comets fits in 6A South.

 

5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (14-4)

Last week: 79-62 win at home over Hawley; 73-36 win at home over Crookston.

Next up: at Pelican Rapids (1-16), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Waubun (13-3), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

D-G-F's Kyle Rothschadl (right) has been huge this season for the Rebels. Photo by David Samson/Forum

D-G-F’s Kyle Rothschadl (right) has been huge this season for the Rebels. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Blake Kragnes had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kyle Rothschadl had 17 points to lead D-G-F by Crookston. Those two have been the keys for the Rebels.

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (15-0)

Last week: 54-31 win at Frazee; 52-26 win at Hawley.

Next up: at Moorhead (11-6), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Thief River Falls, Monday (14-1), 7:30 p.m.

Contributions from people like D-G-F's Frannie Mercil (left) is why D-G-F is undefeated. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Contributions from people like D-G-F’s Frannie Mercil (left) is why D-G-F is undefeated. Photo by David Samson/Forum

The Class 2A Rebels aren’t messing around, heading to Class 4A Moorhead and hosting Class 3A Thief River Falls, who are a combined 25-7.

A matchup between D-G-F’s Alyson Brenna/Natalie Steichen and Sam Haiby/Brooke Tonsfeldt should be a solid battle.

Both the Spuds and the Prowlers are a good threat to D-G-F’s undefeated season.

 

2. Ada-Borup (14-1)

Last week: 64-41 win at Fertile-Beltrami; 61-39 win at home over Red Lake Falls; 84-27 win at home over Mahnomen.

Next up: host Climax-Fisher (6-9), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Win-E-Mac (16-2), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Very good test coming up for Ada-Borup in the form of 16-2 Win-E-Mac on the road. No team has come close to the Cougars in their 14-game winning streak except Pelican Rapids, which still lost by eight.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (16-2)

Last week: 46-43 win vs. Canby; 52-26 win at home over West Central Area.

Next up: at Hancock (7-7), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Ashby (3-12), 7:30 p.m.

Warriors have won six straight and are 9-0 in section play. They are coming off a big win over a West Central Area team that was supposed to give them some trouble in sub-section playoffs.

The Warriors have a 10-point win over Battle Lake and a 26-point win over West Central Area. Those are two of the three teams that could compete with the Warriors in the subsection. Brandon-Evansville, who is coming up on the schedule, is the other team.

 

4. Breckenridge (10-2)

Last week: 61-38 win at Hawley; 59-52 win at Barnesville.

Next up: vs. Wahpeton (7-5) at NDSCS, Saturday, 5:15 p.m.; at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (2-12), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Big win for the Cowgirls on the road at Barnesville. They had four in double digits in scoring with Ally Christensen having 12, Tierza Engen netting 10, Kenzie LeNoue getting 10 and Katie Fredericksen adding 14.

 

5. Pelican Rapids (11-5)

Last week: 54-46 win at Barnesville; 53-42 win at home over Perham.

Next up: host Wadena-Deer Creek (2-11), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Thief River Falls (14-1), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Another week, another big game for Pelican Rapids senior Mackenzie Korf. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Another week, another big game for Pelican Rapids senior Mackenzie Korf. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Kaylie Isaman had 17 points and eight rebounds in a win over Barnesville and Mackenzie Korf had 20 points in a win over Perham for the Vikings.

Two big section wins for the Vikings to try to separate themselves from the pack.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Top 5 area boys and girls basketball rankings (Jan. 20)

Some shuffling at the bottom of the rankings, but the top three stays the same on both sides.

Here’s the area rankings for high school basketball in Minnesota.

 

BOYS

1. Fergus Falls (14-2)

Last week: 72-60 win at home over Rocori; 59-38 win over Sisseton (S.D.) at Sioux Falls; 72-60 loss at Sauk Rapids-Rice.

Next week: host Brainerd (16-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Sartell-St. Stephen (2-13), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Fergus Falls dropped its first section game this week against Sauk Rapids-Rice. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Fergus Falls dropped its first section game this week against Sauk Rapids-Rice. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Four players in double digits against a good Rocori team and three against Sisseton. Otters continue to show they have options around the court, all of whom can hit a 3-pointer.

The loss to Sauk Rapids-Rice wasn’t good, as that’s a section team the Otters could be running into in the postseason. They were down 15 in the second half and rallied to get within two, but it wasn’t enough. The shots weren’t falling, as Fergus shot 31 percent from the field.

The Otters could be eyeing back-to-back losses for the first time this season with Class 4A 16-2 Brainerd coming to Fergus Falls.

 

2. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (13-0)

Last week: 92-41 win at home over Rothsay; 71-43 win at Wheaton-Herman-Norcross; 81-61 win over Parkers Prairie.

Next up: at Underwood (7-5), Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; host Breckenridge (10-4), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Chris Tungseth continues to lead the Comets along with Kyler Newman and Sean McGuire, but players like Sam Isaac and Tommy Thompson are gaining more confidence each game.

McGuire had 22 against Parkers Prairie, while Tungseth had 19 and Thompson had 17.

The Comets are a dangerous team right now and very close to becoming the top team in the area.

 

3. Perham (15-2)

Last week: 67-56 win at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton; 92-25 win at Hill City; 53-37 loss at the University of Minnesota-Duluth against Esko

Next up: at Pequot Lakes (10-6), Thursday, 5:45 p.m; at Pelican Rapids (1-15), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Perham's Reid Moser had a game-high 21 points in Perham's win over D-G-F. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Perham’s Reid Moser had a game-high 21 points in Perham’s win over D-G-F. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Reid Moser dropped 21 points in a big win at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to give Perham a firm grip on Class 2A, Section 8.

After rolling Hill City, Perham got a bit of a eye opener as to where the Yellowjackets sit in Class 2A with a 16-point loss to Esko.

 

4. West Central Area (10-5)

Last week: 52-39 loss at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle; 73-67 loss at home to Browerville-Eagle Valley.

Next up: at St. John’s Prep (8-7), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (5-10), Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Hard to believe a team loses both games in a week and they move up in the rankings, but there’s a bit of a disparity between the top three and No. 4 and No. 5.

Area teams simply aren’t jumping out with big wins to prove they can contend with the top three.

The Knights were down one starter, Isaiah Westby, to an ankle injury and lost another starter, Rylee Peterson, with foul trouble in the loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. They then lost by six to one of the best teams in Class 1A.

Knights can compete with the best, but whether they can beat the best is yet to be seen.

 

5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (12-4)

Last week: 67-56 loss at home to Perham; 84-45 win over Frazee.

Next up: host Hawley (2-14), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Crookston (6-9), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

D-G-F's Blake Kragnes (right) led the Rebels with 15 points against Perham. Photo by David Samson/Forum

D-G-F’s Blake Kragnes (right) led the Rebels with 15 points against Perham. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton got a bit of an eye opener in its 11-point loss to Perham. Right now, Perham has a firm grip on the section, but D-G-F has a chance to change that.

The Rebels answered back-to-back losses with a convincing win over Frazee. The Rebels have their eyes on the Yellowjackets, but they’re disciplined enough to know that’s down the road.

The Rebels close the season against the Yellowjackets. If all plays out, the teams should play for a third time in the playoffs.

Until the Rebels prove otherwise, the section belongs to Perham.

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (13-0)

Last week: 77-41 win at home over Perham; 89-78 win at Park Rapids; 63-57 win at Detroit Lakes.

Next up: at Frazee (7-8), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Hawley (4-8), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Natalie Steichen has seemingly improve each game for D-G-F. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Natalie Steichen has seemingly improve each game for D-G-F. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Hard to find a more confident team than D-G-F right now, especially after knocking off a team a class above them in 11-3 Detroit Lakes on the road.

Natalie Steichen had 16 points against Detroit Lakes, 20 points and seven rebounds against Park Rapids and 15 points against Perham. The sophomore is getting better as the season goes on.

 

2. Ada-Borup (11-1)

Last week: 57-39 win at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal.

Next up: at Fertile-Beltrami (11-5), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Red Lake Falls (6-11), Monday, 7:30 p.m.; host Mahnomen (2-10), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

That’s 11 in a row for Ada-Borup behind 13 points and nine rebounds from Elizabeth Birkemeyer, 12 points from Tianna Hilde and 10 points from Emma Kroshus against Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (14-2)

Last week: 70-24 win at home over Ortonville; 69-30 win at home over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy; 69-35 win at home over Hancock.

Next up: at the University of Minnesota-Morris vs. Canby (11-3), Saturday, 1 p.m.; host West Central Area (8-4), Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross will have to get through West Central Area and Brandon-Evansville if the Warriors want a shot at Ada-Borup for the section championship.

Big test for the Warriors on Tuesday.

 

4. Breckenridge (8-2)

Last week: 47-44 win at home over Pelican Rapids; 64-43 win at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

Next up: at Hawley (4-8), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Barnesville (7-6), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Arnhalt hit two free throws with one second left to put the Cowgirls up 46-44 on Pelican Rapids.

If any team in the coverage area is going to beat D-G-F it’s Breckenridge or Pelican Rapids. Breckenridge lost to D-G-F by 21, however, earlier in the season.

 

5. Pelican Rapids (9-5)

Last week: 47-44 loss at Breckenridge; 44-30 win vs. Battle Lake at Concordia.

Next up: at Barnesville, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Perham, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

If Mackenzie Korf and company want to compete with D-G-F, they'll have to prove more in the section. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

If Mackenzie Korf and company want to compete with D-G-F, they’ll have to prove more in the section. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

The Vikings lost on free throws in the final seconds to Breckenridge. They are still the biggest threat to top D-G-F in the area outside of Roseau, which the Forum doesn’t cover.

The Vikings lost by just eight to D-G-F earlier in the season, but they can’t hang their hat on that if they keep falling to section opponents. They have a chance to separate themselves with Barnesville and Perham coming up.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Top 5 area boys and girls rankings (Jan. 13)

Some shuffling in the bottom parts of the rankings, but Fergus Falls boys and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felont girls still at the top of the area basketball rankings for Minnesota.

 

BOYS

1. Fergus Falls (12-1)

Last week: lost 75-69 at St. Cloud Apollo.

Next up: host Rocori (12-3), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Sauk Rapids-Rice (9-5), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Fergus Falls dropped its first loss of the season last week. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Fergus Falls dropped its first loss of the season last week. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

The Otters suffered their first loss of the season to St. Cloud Apollo. Fergus Falls trailed by 17 in the second half, but cut it to four. They would get no closer.

It was just too little too late for the Otters and it doesn’t get any easier with 12-3 Rocori up next.

It’s gut-check time for Fergus Falls.

 

2. Perham (11-1)

Last week: 65-26 win at home over Frazee; 62-32 win at Park Rapids.

Next up: at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (11-3), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Hill City (2-10), Saturday, 3 p.m.; at University of Minnesota-Duluth vs. Esko (12-2), Monday, 2:45 p.m.

Aaron Solberg (right) had a double-double against Frazee for Perham. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Aaron Solberg (right) had a double-double against Frazee for Perham. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Perham had a pair of double-doubles against Frazee with Aaron Solberg getting 15 points and 13 rebounds and Jaden Anderson adding 13 points and 10 rebounds.

May have a preview of the Class 2A, Section 8 championship at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Thursday. Rebels have been told the section is Perham’s to lose.

Only one way to prove otherwise.

 

3. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (10-0)

Last week: 91-79 win at home over Battle Lake; 87-63 win at home over Park Christian.

Next up: host Rothsay (1-10), Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; at Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (4-8), Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; host Parkers Prairie (7-6), Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

It’s becoming more and more evident that Class 1A, Section 6 belongs to the Comets after a double-digit win over Battle Lake behind 40 points from Chris Tungseth, who hit 14 of the 26 shots he took and seven 3-pointers to go along with 16 rebounds.

He followed that game with 35 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists in a win over Park Christian.

 

4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (11-3)

Last week: 56-42 win at home over Barnesville; 43-40 loss at Thief River Falls.

Next up: host Perham (12-1), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Frazee (1-11), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Blake Kragnes (ball) had 17 points in a big section win over Breckenridge for D-G-F. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Blake Kragnes (ball) had 17 points in a big section win over Breckenridge for D-G-F. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Blake Kragnes dropped 17 points on Breckenridge and Ethan Edeen had 13 points to lead the Rebels by Barnesville for two big sections wins.

The three losses for Class 2A D-G-F are 64-51 to Class 3A Detroit Lakes a 68-43 loss to Class 4A Stillwater and a 43-40 loss to Class 3A Thief River Falls. Two of those games were on the road and one was at Moorhead. Those three teams are a combined 29-15.

Now, the Rebels get the shot they wanted Thursday. This is their chance to prove Perham won’t be rolling through Class 2A, Section 8.

 

5. West Central Area (10-3)

Last week: 57-48 win at home over Swanville; 60-51 win at Brandon-Evansville; 67-24 win at Ashby.

Next up: at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (7-4), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Browerville-Eagle Valley (10-1), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

West Central Area's Ben Anderson had 16 points in a win over Brandon-Evansville. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

West Central Area’s Ben Anderson had 16 points in a win over Brandon-Evansville. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

The Knights followed up back-to-back losses with three straight wins. As of this moment, it would seem the Knights will meet Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in the section championship.

For now, the Knights have their eyes on one of the top-ranked teams in the state in Browerville-Eagle Valley, which beat the Knights by just five in the previous meeting.

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (10-0)

Last week: 71-50 win at home over Breckenridge; 69-31 win at home over East Grand Forks; 61-41 win at Barnesville.

Next up: host Perham (10-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Park Rapids (3-8), Monday, 7:30 p.m.; at Detroit Lakes (9-2), Tuesday, 6 p.m.

D-G-F is one of six undefeated girls basketball teams in the state. Nothing summed up the Rebels more than their win over Breckenridge.

No one could hit a shot in the first half, so Ally Reno took over and dropped 16 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to give D-G-F a 32-22 lead into halftime. Reno was held in check in the second half and so it was Alyson Brenna’s turn to take over. She dropped 20 points in the second half for a 71-50 win.

D-G-F has options and if they are all hitting at the same time then the Rebels are nearly impossible to defend.

 

2. Ada-Borup (10-1)

Last week: 52-36 win at Waubun; 66-12 win at home over Lake Park-Audubon.

Next up: at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (4-9), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

That’s 10 wins in a row for Ada-Borup, since losing the season opener to D-G-F. The closest a team has got to the Cougars is eight in Class 2A Pelican Rapids during the win streak.

Elizabeth Birkemeyer had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in Ada-Borup’s latest win over Lake Park-Audubon.

The Cougars are averaging 30.5 points against, which is second in the state.

The Ada-Borup machine continues on.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (11-2)

Last week: 49-39 win at home over Battle Lake; 47-40 loss at Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah; 64-28 win at Rosholt. 

Next up: host Ortonville (8-4), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (1-8), Saturday, 4 p.m; host Hancock (5-3), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors are 5-0 in the section and are holding teams to an average of 37.1 points a game. Can’t ask for much more from the Warriors.

 

4. Pelican Rapids (8-4)

Last week: 48-40 win at home over East Grand Forks; 66-60 win at Detroit Lakes; 49-28 win at Hawley.

Next up: at Breckenridge (6-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; vs. Battle Lake (7-5) at Concordia, Saturday, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Pelican Rapids senior Mackenzie Korf (ball) dropped 39 points on Detroit Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Pelican Rapids senior Mackenzie Korf (ball) dropped 39 points on Detroit Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Pelican Rapids lost two of three to open the season, but are 7-2 since with losses to two top-ranked Class 1A teams. They are fresh off a win over Class 3A Detroit Lakes in which senior guard Mackenzie Korf scored 39 points.

 

5. Perham (10-3)

Last week: 59-34 win at home over Hawley; 50-39 loss at Frazee.

Next up: at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (10-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Pequot Lakes (11-0), Tuesday, 5:45 p.m.

Perham's Janie Wunderlich scored a game-high 19 points in a win over Hawley. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Perham’s Janie Wunderlich scored a game-high 19 points in a win over Hawley. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Well, there’s six undefeated girls basketball teams in Minnesota and Perham gets to face two in back-to-back games.

Perham had won seven of its last eight before losing to Frazee. That’s not the best loss, but the Yellowjackets have a chance to redeem themselves this week.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Shanley’s Sarah Jacobson closing in on 2,000 points, Maple Valley’s Rylee Nudell eclipses 3,000 points

FARGO — Fargo Shanley girls basketball standout Sarah Jacobson is closing in on a historical milestone and tonight’s EDC game against Wahpeton at Shanley’s McCormick Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. likely will be the stage where history is made.

Jacobson, an all-state guard and NDSU commit, sits at 1,997 career points entering tonight’s game and is No. 4 on the unofficial North Dakota Class A scoring list.

Sarah Jacobson of Shanley drives against Kennedi Sand of West Fargo during their basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Sarah Jacobson of Shanley drives against Kennedi Sand of West Fargo during their basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The 2,000 milestone could be taken car of early on tonight, but Jacobson could become Shanley’s all-time leading scorer if she gets to 17 points tonight.

Angie Welle is the Deacons all-time leading scorer pouring in 2,013 points from 1993-1997. Welle is No. 3 on the all-time list so by the end of the night Jacobson could get one step closer to becoming Class A all-time scoring champion.

The Class A all-time record is 2,120 points scored by Durene Heisler of Devils Lake from 1980 to 1985. Jeanette Fox of Four Winds-Mandan scored 2,061 points from 1983-1988.

Jacobson’s older brother, A.J. Jacobson — now a starter on the North Dakota State men’s basketball team, owns the Class A unofficial boys basketball scoring record with 2,002 points.

The Jacobson family record is 2,097 points held by Sarah and A.J.’s mother Pat Jacobson, who played her prep basketball at Lidgerwood from 1979-1984.

Check back later on the blog for updates on this continuing story.

Also of note is Shanley’s winning streak which is at 50 games after the team’s EDC win Tuesday night against West Fargo.

While Jacobson is closing in on 2,000 in Class A, fellow NDSU commit Rylee Nudell of Maple Valley became just the second Class B player ever to eclipse 3,000 points last night in the Raiders’ 63-56 win over Lisbon. Nudell had 37 points against the Broncos.

Nudell now has 3,019 points and is closing in on Tanya Fisher’s all-time unofficial scoring Class B record of 3,148 points.

Nudell also broke the Class B all-time rebounding record last night as well.

Maple Valley girls basketball player Rylee Nudell is trying to becom the state’s all-time leading scorer for girls basketball.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Maple Valley girls basketball player Rylee Nudell is trying to becom the state’s all-time leading scorer for girls basketball. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

 

    

Top 5 area boys and girls basketball rankings (Jan. 6)

Fergus Falls jumps to No. 1 in the boys rankings and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton holds strong at No. 1 for the girls in this week’s area basketball rankings.

A lot has happened over the holiday break.

 

1. Fergus Falls (12-0)

Last week: 76-37 win at home over Hawley; 74-61 win at home over Fargo South; 66-69 win at Detroit Lakes

Next up: at St. Cloud Apollo, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Isaiah Lemke (center) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to life Fergus Falls to a 69-66 win over Detroit Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Isaiah Lemke (center) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to life Fergus Falls to a 69-66 win over Detroit Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

The smooth basketball season for Fergus Falls just got bumpy with head coach Dave Rund crashing his car into a pond with a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal limit. Still no word on whether Rund will return to the Fergus Falls bench, but the Otters press on.

They not only won games they should against Hawley and Fargo South, but they did so in commanding fashion. The Otters then came back with a big section win over Detroit Lakes via an Isaiah Lemke buzzer beater.

Lemke finished with 21, as did Nathan Rund in the big win over Detroit Lakes.

 

2. Perham (9-1)

Last week: 72-52 win at home over Maranatha Christian; 56-45 loss at home against Spring Grove; 64-29 win at Hawley.

Next up: host Frazee, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Park Rapids, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m.

Perham suffered its first loss of the season to one of the best Class 1A teams in the state in Spring Grove. The loss is certainly forgivable.

Perham is still the favorite in Class 2A, Section 8.

 

3. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (8-0)

Last week: 66-50 win at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal; 66-44 win at Ashby.

Next up: host Battle Lake, Friday, 7:15 p.m.; host Park Christian, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

With the win over Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal, the subsection belongs to the Comets. Now, it’s time to see where they sit in the section with Battle Lake coming. Unfortunately for the Comets, they won’t get a shot at West Central Area during the regular season because they are seemingly the favorite to face the Comets in the section championship.

Regardless, Battle Lake is no pushover. Chris Tungseth dropped 30 points in the win over previously 7-1 NCE-U-H.

 

4. Detroit Lakes (10-3)

Last week: 64-54 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice, 55-50 win over Big Lake at Sauk Rapids-Rice Tournament; 69-66 loss at home to Fergus Falls. 

Next up: at Staples-Motley, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Adam Daggett (ball) dropped 18 points against Fergus Falls for Detroit Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Adam Daggett (ball) dropped 18 points against Fergus Falls for Detroit Lakes. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

For as good as Fergus Falls is, the Otters needed a 30-foot bank shot at the buzzer for a 3-point win over an inexperienced Detroit Lakes team.

It’s a tough loss, but it shows how far Detroit Lakes has come. The Lakers have a bad loss to Bemidji, but have lost to Alexandria and Detroit Lakes by a combined seven points.

This is a Detroit Lakes team that graduated 12 seniors from last season. Players like Jacob Richter, Jacob Pazdernik, Isaac Cihak and Adam Daggett will only get better as the season goes on.

 

5. West Central Area (7-3)

Last week: 70-58 loss at home to Hancock; 56-51 loss at Browerville-Eagle Valley.

Next up: host Swanville, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; at Brandon-Evansville, Monday, 7:30 p.m.; at Ashby, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

The Knights have hit a bit of a snag after coming up with a huge win over Battle Lake. They dropped a game to Hancock they should have won if they want to be a state-caliber team and then played top-five ranked Browerville-Eagle Valley extremely close. 

The Knights have three winnable games, two against section rivals, coming up they need to get.

 

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-0)

Last week: 61-50 win at home over Wheaton-Herman-Norcross; 80-53 win at home over Win-E-Mac. 

Next up: host Breckenridge, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host East Grand Forks, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.; at Barnesville, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Natalie Steichen fights not only on the basketball court, but off it with her mom's 6-year fight with cancer. Photo by Carrie Snyder/Forum

Natalie Steichen fights not only on the basketball court, but off it with her mom’s 6-year fight with cancer. Photo by Carrie Snyder/Forum

Ally Reno had 18 points in the win over Wheaton and Natalie Steichen had 18 in the win over Win-E-Mac. Steichen has fought harder battles than basketball, with her mother’s six-year fight with cancer.

Rebels getting contributions from different girls on different nights.

 

2. Ada-Borup (8-1)

Last week: 62-30 win at home over Park Christian

Next up: at Waubun, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Lake Park-Audubon, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Cougars have won eight straight with Morgan Miller dropping 20 points on Park Christian.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (9-1)

Last week: 61-50 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 64-14 win over Lake Park-Audubon at D-G-F; 74-31 win at home over Parkers Prairie

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross suffered its first loss at the hands of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, which is a class above the Warriors.

It was a good vantage point into the possibility of playing Ada-Borup in the section championship. The Cougars lost to D-G-F by one in overtime, whereas the Warriors lost by 11 to D-G-F.

 

4. Breckenridge (5-1)

Last week: 39-37 win at home over Frazee.

Next up: at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; at Sisseton (S.D.), Monday, 6 p.m.

Cowgirls have a big one coming up to see where they sit in the section on the road at D-G-F on Thursday.

 

5. Detroit Lakes (8-1)

Last week: 45-30 win over East Grand Forks, 46-26 win over Warren-Alvarado-Oslo at East Grand Forks Tournament; 40-27 win at home over Fergus Falls

Next up: host Pelican Rapids, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Park Rapids, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

Grace Swenson (right) has helped DL to five straight wins. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Grace Swenson (right) has helped DL to five straight wins. Photo by Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

Detroit Lakes has won five straight since losing its only game to section rivals Thief River Falls. 

It could very well come down to DL and TRF in the Class 3A, Section 8 championship.

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

2015 was a big year for prep sports in North Dakota

FARGO — Out with the old in with the new as 2016 is only hours away.

But before we take the plunge into the new year here are a handful of top stories on the North Dakota prep sports scene from 2015 inside The Forum’s coverage area I felt like revisiting again.

FARGO SHANLEY GIRLS HOOPS REPEAT

Sarah Jacobson of Fargo Shanley is fouled by Katie Scherr of Bismarck Century during their championship game in the North Dakota Class A basketball tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Sarah Jacobson of Fargo Shanley is fouled by Katie Scherr of Bismarck Century during their championship game in the North Dakota Class A basketball tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

In March the Fargo Shanley girls basketball team repeated as North Dakota Class A state champions. The Deacons spent the entire year as the unanimous No. 1 ranked team all year in the weekly NDAPSSA Class A polls and capped off their undefeated season with a win over Bismarck Century in the state championship game at the Fargodome. Shanley was led by first-team all state players Lauren Rotunda and Sarah Jacobson. With Jacobson and Rotund back this winter, the Deacons are in good shape to contend for a possible three-peat. Their winning streak currently sits at 49 games.

SHEARER AND LOEPP END PREP WRESTLING CAREERS WITH HISTORIC TITLES

West Fargo Sr., Jordan Shearer wrestles Bismarck, Sr., Logan Boese during the 145-pound North Dakota State wrestling championship match at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum

West Fargo Sr., Jordan Shearer wrestles Bismarck, Sr., Logan Boese during the 145-pound North Dakota State wrestling championship match at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

In February, West Fargo senior Jordan Shearer and Oakes senior Erik Loepp each capped off impressive prep grappling careers with individual state championships. Shearer became the first prep wrestler to win six individual state championships. He won the 145-pound Class A title at the Fargodome and ended his prolific career with 259 wins — the most in state history. Earlier, Loepp became just the fifth wrestler in state history to win five individual state titles winning the Class B 138-pound state title. Shearer is now wrestling at Nebraska. Loepp is now wrestling at Minnesota State Moorhead.

Erik Loepp of Oakes, right, wrestles Luke Hastings of Hillsboro-Central Valley during the 138-pound North Dakota State wrestling championship match at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. on February 21, 2014.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Erik Loepp of Oakes, right, wrestles Luke Hastings of Hillsboro-Central Valley during the 138-pound North Dakota State wrestling championship match at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. on February 21, 2014. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

STATE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO FARGO

ND state boys hockey tournament Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

ND state boys hockey tournament Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

For the first time since 1971 the North Dakota high school boys hockey tournament was hosted in a city other than Grand Forks. The state’s hockey tournament became a combined boys and girls hockey tournament in the late 2000s and has been exclusively held at Ralph Engelstad Arena until last February when local skaters converged on Fargo’s Scheels Arena for state hockey action. The 6,000 capacity Scheels Arena created a different atmosphere that fans responded to and the event is set to return to Fargo in 2017. Minot won the boys hockey title and Bismarck won the girls championship.

DAKOTA BOWL BEGINS AND ENDS WITH HIGHLIGHT REEL PLAYS

Adam Geiger of Bismarck Century makes a one-hand catch for a touchdown in the Class 3A championship football game Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, against Minot in the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Adam Geiger of Bismarck Century makes a one-hand catch for a touchdown in the Class 3A championship football game Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, against Minot in the Fargodome. Dave Wallis / The Forum

The 2015 Dakota Bowl at the Fargodome was one for the record books. The day kicked off with the 9-man championship game between No. 3 ranked Richland playing No. 5-ranked North Prairie. With both teams tied with just over a minute left to play, the Colts’ first-year head coach John Freeman called in a hook-and-ladder play dubbed by the team as the “Coop and Travor Play”. The play worked despite a scary beginning where senior quarterback Brady Heyen fumbled the snap. Heyen recovered and threw a pass to junior receiver Cooper Lingen who then pitched the ball to senior receiver Travor Flaa, who took it the rest of the way for a touchdown. It was the winning play that capped off a 11-0 season for the Colts who won their first state football championship since 2005. Richland’s road to the titles was also historic in that they defeated the other four ranked 9-man teams in the state during the playoffs — No. 2-ranked Cavalier in the second round, No. 1 Thompson in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Bismarck Shiloh Christian in the semifinals and No. 5 North Prairie in the championship game. The hook-and-ladder game winner would be tough to top as far as highlights would go, but Bismarck senior wide receiver Adam Geiger of Bismarck Century proved to be a one-man touchdown catching machine in the Class 3A title game. Geiger made two one-handed grabs in the game — including one that will likely forever go down in state high school football lore which saw him make a one-handed, outstretched 34-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter that made ESPN’s Top 10 plays on SportsCenter that night. Geiger later made another touchdown catch in the game to seal Century’s 28-21 win over Minot.

Richland's Travor Flaa, left, celebrates his game-winning touchdown against North Prairie with teammate Devin Flaa Friday, Nov.13, 2015, during the N.D. 9-man Dakota Bowl title game at the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum

Richland’s Travor Flaa, left, celebrates his game-winning touchdown against North Prairie with teammate Devin Flaa Friday, Nov.13, 2015, during the N.D. 9-man Dakota Bowl title game at the Fargodome. David Samson / The Forum

The Richland Colts football team is playing in the Dakota Bowl for the first time since 2005. Senior receiver Travor Flaa (21), senior quarterback Brady Heyen (10), junior running back Jake Ihland (28) and junior receiver Cooper Lingen (1) have helped power the team this fall. David Samson / The Forum

The Richland Colts football team is playing in the Dakota Bowl for the first time since 2005. Senior receiver Travor Flaa (21), senior quarterback Brady Heyen (10), junior running back Jake Ihland (28) and junior receiver Cooper Lingen (1) have helped power the team this fall. David Samson / The Forum



FORMER LOCAL HOCKEY STANDOUT ZACH KRAFT PASSES AWAY

Former Fargo North High School hockey player Zach Kraft is currently battling Stage 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Former Fargo North High School hockey player Zach Kraft is currently battling Stage 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Former Fargo North boys hockey standout Zach Kraft passed away in November ending a lengthy battle with cancer. Kraft gained notoriety in the region as the player who scored the game-winning goal of the 2012 North Dakota boys high school state championship game, which went into overtime. He later went onto to play junior hockey before being diagnosed with cancer. A year ago he was a volunteer assistant coach with the Spartans boys hockey team. The Spartans will hang Kraft’s jersey in the North locker room at the Coliseum and will wear decals on their helmets to honor one of the program’s best players.

SOUTH BOYS TENNIS ENDS RED RIVER’S STREAK

Fargo South sophomore Davis Lawley returns the ball in the singles championship game with West Fargo Sheyenne junior North Knewtson Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in the N.D. East Region boys tennis tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo Dave Wallis / The Forum

Fargo South sophomore Davis Lawley returns the ball in the singles championship game with West Fargo Sheyenne junior North Knewtson Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in the N.D. East Region boys tennis tournament at Courts Plus in Fargo Dave Wallis / The Forum

In October, one of the state’s longest streak of consecutive state championships won came to end. Grand Forks Red River entered the North Dakota boys tennis state tournament having won the last 17 state team championships. Earlier in the season, Fargo South ended the Roughriders’ streak of consecutive match wins and at state met Red River in the team championship. The Bruins won 3-2 with Sophomore Davis Lawley winning the decisive point at No. 1 singles. Lawley later went onto win his first individual singles championship the next day.

Top 5 area boys and girls basketball rankings (Dec. 23)

Perham beats Battle Lake to move to No. 1. West Central Area beats Battle Lake to knock the Battlers out of the boys rankings and get the Knights in.

Moorhead drops out after a three-game losing streak and Barnesville gets back in for the girls basketball rankings for the area.

 

BOYS

1. Perham (7-0)

Last week: 50-42 win at Breckenridge; 77-67 at home over Battle Lake; 73-44 win at home over Crookston.

Next up: host Maranatha Christian (1-6) in Perham Tournament, Monday, 8 p.m.

Jenson Beachy (2) came up big in the two biggest games of the young season for Perham. Photo by Jason Groth/ Perham Focus

Jenson Beachy (2) came up big in the two biggest games of the young season for Perham. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Biggest week of the season for Perham and the Yellowjackets came out unscathed, beating defending section champ Breckenridge on the road and knocking off the No. 2-ranked Class 1A Battle Lake team.

Jenson Beachy dropped 28 points on Battle Lake and had 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals against Breckenridge. Reid Moser had 18 points against the Battlers and Zach Tellinghuisen had 12. Moser had 28 against Crookston, nailing eight of 17 3-pointers, while Aaron Soldberg had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Perham continues to show it has options all over the floor.

 

2. Fergus Falls (9-0)

Last week: 68-33 win at home over St. Cloud Tech; 78-46 win at home over Little Falls; 57-40 win at Willmar

Next up: Fergus Falls Invitational – Hawley (1-8), Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Fargo South (0-5), Wednesday, 8 p.m.

The St. Cloud Tech win basically summed up Fergus Falls so far this season. The Otters hit 10 of the 15 3-pointers from seven different players. There were no huge numbers for anyone, but the Otters dominated.

Little Falls was more of the same. The Otters hit 13 of the 27 3-pointers with three different players in double figures with Nathan Rund netting 17, Elijah Colbeck adding 15 and Harry Christensen adding 13.

Fergus Falls is for real.

 

3. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (6-0)

Last week: no games

Next up: at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (7-1), Tuesday, 6 p.m.

No team has stopped Hillcrest yet this season. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

No team has stopped Hillcrest yet this season. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

No team in Class 1A, Section 6 is undefeated but the Comets. Comets get a big subsection test with Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal up next at 7-1.

 

4. West Central Area  (7-1)

Last week: 58-55 win at home over Battle Lake.

Next up: host Hancock (4-3), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

West Central Area has one loss to a team a class above them in 6-2 Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta. No team had a bigger win this week than the Knights did over Battle Lake 58-55.

The win puts Class 1A, Section 6 South in the hands of the Knights. The reason they are behind Hillcrest is because they will have to get through Battle Lake if they want to get to the section championship. The Comets have an easier road.

Regardless, Isaiah Westby, Rylee Peterson and Ben Anderson have the Knights riding high.

 

5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-1)

Last week: 71-31 win at East Grand Forks.

Next up: Moorhead Tournament – at Moorhead (2-8), Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Kyle Rothschadl has been one of the leaders for D-G-F this season. Photo by Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

Kyle Rothschadl (left) has been one of the leaders for D-G-F this season. Photo by Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

The only loss for D-G-F is to Class 3A Detroit Lakes, so the Rebels keep competing with Class 2A. Ethan Edeen had 23 points against East Grand Forks, including his first career dunk.

Rebels had Spencer Ewen with 10 and three other players with nine.

It’s seeming more and more likely Class 2A, Section 8 will come down to Perham and D-G-F.

 

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (5-0)

Last week: 76-33 win at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal.

Next up: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tournament – Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (7-0), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Rebels continuing to take care of business with a 43-point win over NCE-U-H. A nice test is coming in 7-0 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.

Rebels drop 76 points and their scoring leader is Alyson Brenna with 16. D-G-F is spreading the wealth.

 

2. Ada-Borup (7-1)

Last week: 92-24 win at Bagley; 55-47 win at home over Pelican Rapids.

Next up: no game until Jan. 5.

Lexi Nelson (left) had her biggest game of the season against Bagley. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Lexi Nelson (left) had her biggest game of the season against Bagley. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Everyone got on the board for Ada-Borup against Bagley, with Lexi Nelson leading the way with 19 points, while Tianna Hilde and Morgan Miller each added 12. Nelson passed the 1,500-point mark for her career against Pelican Rapids.

Knocking off a solid Class 2A Pelican Rapids team was big for Ada-Borup.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (7-0)

Last week: 59-29 win at Richland; 50-37 win at Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta.

Next up: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton-Tournament – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (5-0), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Biggest test of the season for Wheaton-Herman-Norcross coming up against D-G-F. Rebels beat Ada-Borup by one in overtime, so it will be a good test to see where the Warriors stand against the Cougars.

This will be the first common opponent between Ada-Borup and Wheaton.

 

4. Breckenridge (4-1)

Last week: 31-23 win at Hankinson.

Next up: host Frazee (4-4), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Perham handed Breckenridge its only loss of the season behind a zone the Cowgirls couldn’t handle. Hankinson did the same, but Breckenridge was able to scrape by with a win.

Breckenridge is still a tough team to get a read on, but they have some good tests coming up with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on the horizon.

 

5. Barnesville (5-1)

Last week: 52-41 win at Crookston. 

Next up: Moorhead Tournament – Moorhead (6-4), Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Barnesville junior Peyton Boom is nearly averaging a double-double for the Trojans this season. Photo by Carrie Snyder/Forum

Barnesville junior Peyton Boom is nearly averaging a double-double for the Trojans this season. Photo by Carrie Snyder/Forum

Trojans answered their only loss of the season to Breckenridge with three straight wins.

Peyton Boom had 31 points and 11 rebounds against Crookston. She’s averaging nearly a double-double with 13.8 points and 9.7 rebounds a game.

The Barnesville-Moorhead matchup will feature two solid sophomore-junior, point guard-power forward duos with Nicole Herbranson and Boom going against Moorhead’s Sam Haiby and Brooke Tonsfeldt.

 

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

Top 5 area boys and girls basketball rankings (Dec. 16)

Battle Lake remains at the top of the boys basketball rankings with Fergus Falls making a jump and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy entering the rankings.

On the girls side, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Ada-Borup hold strong at the top and Moorhead takes a bit of a fall. Barnesville is out and Breckenridge is in.

 

1. Battle Lake (5-0)

Last week: 74-60 win at Underwood.

Next up: at Perham (4-0), Friday, 6 p.m.; at West Central Area (5-0), Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

All but 20 points for Battle Lake came from Eric VanErp (29 points) and Andrew VanErp (25). The two hit 22 of the 36 shots they took from the field.

Now the fun starts for Battle Lake. The battle for the top team in the area is Friday at Perham. Then, the battle for Class 1A, Section 6 South is Tuesday.

Time to see how Battle Lake handles the toughest week of the season so far.

 

2. Perham (4-0)

Last week: 54-36 win at home over Barnesville; 78-65 win at home over Proctor

Next up: at Breckenridge (3-2), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Battle Lake (5-0), Friday, 6 p.m.

Reid Moser came up big against Proctor for Perham. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Reid Moser came up big against Proctor for Perham. Photo by Jason Groth/Perham Focus

Perham handed Barnesville its first loss of the season and now has defending section champ Breckenridge before Class 1A’s No. 3-ranked Battle Lake.

Perham pulled away late against Barnesville behind 18 points from Jaden Anderson, 15 from Zack Tellinghuisen and 14 from Jenson Beachy. Perham had five in double figures against Proctor with 20 from Beachy, 14 from Tellinghuisen, 13 from Anderson, 13 from Aaron Solberg and 18 from Reid Moser.

Perham’s biggest test of the season comes Thursday and Friday.

 

3. Fergus Falls (6-0)

Last week: 54-51 win at Brainerd; 72-54 win at home over Alexandria; 73-52 win at home over Moorhead.

Next up: host St. Cloud Tech (4-4), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Little Falls (3-4), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; at Willmar (3-3), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Fergus Falls beat a team a class above them in Class 4A’s Brainerd (5-2) on the road and took hold of Class 3A, Section 8 with a statement win over Alexandria.

The key for the Otters was the 3-pointers weren’t falling against Brainerd and they used a 16-6 run to end the game. They trailed, shots weren’t falling and they were still able to pick up a win.

The Otters turned a four-point lead at half into an 18-point win against Alexandria behind a double-double from Matt Monke and 24 points from Nathan Rund. The Otters had four players in double figures against Alexandria. The four in double digits were two juniors and two sophomores.

Otters had four in double digits against Moorhead as well in Harrison Christensen, Rund, Isaiah Lemke and Elijah Colbeck.

The big contributors for Fergus Falls are young.

 

4. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (6-0)

Last week: 102-77 win at home over Waubun; 73-63 win at Brandon-Evansville.

Next up: no game until Dec. 29

Sean McGuire (right) dropped 19 points in Tuesday's win over Brandon-Evansville for Hillcrest. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

Sean McGuire (right) dropped 19 points in Tuesday’s win over Brandon-Evansville for Hillcrest. Photo by Eric Morken/Echo Press

Comets get a nice two weeks off after an impressive start to the season. Impossible to ignore them after they dropped 102 points on Waubun behind 39 from Chris Tungseth.

Win No. 400 for coach Gregg Preston was a big one, as the Comets hit 17 of the 29 3-pointers they shot against Waubun.

Win No. 401 wasn’t too easy, as Hillcrest trailed 44-37 in the second half before pulling away. The game was tied at 59-59 with 6:03 to go before the Comets close the game on a 14-4 run.

 

5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (6-1)

Last week: 73-49 win at home over Pelican Rapids; 64-51 loss at Detroit Lakes; 70-36 win at Frazee.

Next up: at East Grand Forks (3-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit Lakes' Jacob Pazdernik (right) was too much for D-G-F. Photo by Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

Detroit Lakes’ Jacob Pazdernik (right) was too much for D-G-F. Photo by Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

D-G-F cut the Detroit Lakes lead to 30-28 in the second half, but that’s as close as they would get. It’s a loss that doesn’t mean entirely too much to the Rebels as DL is in Class 3A and the Rebels are in Class 2A. It also was the second game of a back-to-back and on the road.

Understandable the Rebels dropped that one.

 

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

Detroit Lakes (7-0): Lakers have won seven straight to start the season, including two section wins.

 

GIRLS

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (4-0)

Last week: 80-72 win at Pelican Rapids.

Next up: at Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal (2-3), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

D-G-F is getting big help off the bench from players like Frannie Mercil (ball). Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

D-G-F is getting big help off the bench from players like Frannie Mercil (ball). Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

D-G-F held last season’s conference co-MVP Mackenzie Korf to 12 points in the 80-72 win. Minnesota State Moorhead commit Alyson Brenna dropped 26, Anna Smith had 18 and Natalie Steichen had 13 for the Rebels.

The Rebels are incredibly balanced.

 

2. Ada-Borup (5-1)

Last week: 65-43 win at home over Frazee; 60-25 win at home over Fosston

Next up: at Bagley (0-5), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Pelican Rapids (2-2), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Ada-Borup is back to rolling teams with wins of 66, 44, 27, 22 and 35 since losing to D-G-F by one in overtime to start the season.

Morgan Miller had 25 and Lexi Nelson had 18 against Frazee. Those two will be the catalysts for this Cougar team.

 

3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (5-0)

Last week: 69-38 win at Lac qui Parle Valley

Next up: at Richland (3-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.; host Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (2-4), Monday, 7:30 p.m.

The question will continue to be whether or not Wheaton-Herman-Norcross can contend with Ada-Borup because that is who the Warriors would see in the section title game.

A good test will be Dec. 28 when W-H-N travels to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to face the one team that beat Ada-Borup this season.

 

4. Breckenridge (3-1)

Last week: 48-44 loss at home to Perham.

Next up: at Hankinson (2-1), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; host Frazee (2-4), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

 

Breckenridge has a win over Barnesville and a 13-point win over Hawley. The loss to Perham isn’t terrible, seeing as the Yellowjackets are 5-2, but the section is basically up in the air.

 

5. Moorhead (5-2)

Last week: 78-66 win at home over Bemidji; 84-55 loss to St. Michael-Albertville at home.

Next up: at Sioux Falls Washington, Friday, 7 p.m.; at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Saturday, noon; host Fargo Davies (3-0), Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Brooke Tonsfeldt has done it all for Moorhead this season. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Brooke Tonsfeldt has done it all for Moorhead this season. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Moorhead is a good basketball team and could beat any team in the area. With junior Brooke Tonsfeldt and sophomore Sam Haiby, the Spuds feel they have the main parts of a winning basketball team. They’re just a few pieces away from competing.

The scoreboard says they’re still pretty far from competing. The Spuds are just in the wrong section that features arguably the best team in Class 4A in St. Michael-Albertville to go along with Elk River and Maple Grove.

These rankings are about what team has the best chance to win a state title. Considering the Spuds just got beat by 29 to a team it’d have to overcome in the section playoffs, it’s not looking good for the Spuds.

Since no teams are exactly jumping forward as contenders, the Spuds remain in the rankings.

 

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

Barnesville (4-1): Barnesville will be right back in as soon as someone slips up. If Moorhead isn’t a section contender then the Trojans will be right back in. The only difference between Barnesville and Breckenridge at the moment is Breckenridge beat the Trojans.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.