Fundraiser for Shanley AD Randy Nelson set for Sunday

FARGO – Tonight the prep football season enters Week 4 and I’ll be at Sid Cichy Stadium covering  the Class 2A, East Region matchup between Fargo Shanley and Grafton.

The Deacons and Spoliers both are 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region play.

The game also officially kicks off a weekend of events organized to help fundraising efforts for Fargo Shanley activities director Randy Nelson.

Nelson, who has been the AD at Shanley since 2007, is battling small cell carcinoma cancer and has already gone several treatments of chemotherapy.

Game officials at tonight’s game will be using pink whistles and Superintendent of Fargo Catholic Schools Michael Smith also said other festivities to support Nelson will be conducted throughout the contest.

Nelson is well known not only in the Shanley and Fargo-Moorhead communities, but also throughout the state of North Dakota and surrounding regions. Support for Nelson has not been in short supply and he has remained active at the school working a reduced schedule.

I wrote a feature story last month on Nelson that detailed his fight with cancer and the enormous amount well wishes, prayers and support he has received since the diagnosis.

A Pulled Pork Feed, raffle and silent auction is being held 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Scheels Arena. Free will donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds from the event will go to Nelson’s family to help cover the cost of medical care, equipment and other expenses.

Online Donations are also being accepted. Here is that information:

To make an online gift go to: www.dakmed.org/lendahand. Click ‘Donate’ and give to the fund benefiting Randy Nelson.

Area sports officials in all sports including football, softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball and soccer have collected funds for Nelson and that sum will be presented at the game tonight.

Shanley High School Activities Director Randy Nelson Aug. 27, 2014 Dave Wallis / The Forum

Marsh leads the way for Davies, EDC team race will be tight

FARGO – Believe it or not the Eastern Dakota Conference girls golf season is winding down. The state tournament in Jamestown is set for Oct. 6-7 in Jamestown.

There have been seven meets played this fall and a total of eight 18-hole rounds recorded thus far.

Fargo Davies junior Jennifer Marsh leads the way in the East Region with an 18-hole average of 76.6 nearly five shots better than Wahpeton senior Savonnah Haselhorst (81.5).

Marsh has won five EDC golf meets this season and has scored a 79 or better in four of the six conference meets played.

In the state, Marsh trails only Katie Kasper of Bismarck, who holds an 18-hole average of 74.4.

Marsh tied for eighth at the state meet a year ago.

Fargo Davies has won three of the six conference meets this fall and holds the best team average in the conference at 367.0 – three shots better than Wahpeton (370.0).

The team race at the East Region meet later this month at Wahpeton’s Bois de Sioux golf course figures to be very tight with only 10 shots separating the scoring averages of the top four teams in the conference.

It would be wise not to overlook the fact that Wahpeton has played its home course tough this season. The Huskies won the regular season conference meet at Bois de Sioux and also have a team win at Rose Creek.

The conference season resumes Monday at 9 a.m. when the EDC teams gather at Village Green golf course for the second to last conference meet of the season.

Fargo Davies junior golfer Jennifer Marsh has posted a 76.6 scoring average through seven high school meets this season. Forum File Photo

Fallen hero Andrew Nelson’s legacy lives on in CC meet

FARGO – Today is September 11th, a date on the calendar forever changed following the events that occurred on this date 13 years ago in New York City, Washington D.C. and rural Pennsylvania.

It is a date that should never be forgotten and since then many servicemen and servicewomen have answered the call to protect the United States and its freedoms bestowed on its citizens. Many of those modern-day patriots have not returned home and today at Lindenwood Park one soldier who lost his life fighting for the United States will be honored.

His name is Andrew Nelson, a former Fargo Shanley High School graduate who was killed in action in 2007 while serving in Iraq as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Nelson ran cross country at Shanley and following his death the school organized an annual cross country meet in his honor.

The Andrew Nelson Metro Classic enters its seventh year this afternoon and will feature 15 boys and girls cross country teams from across the region.

I covered the event for the first time last fall. The organizers make note of Nelson and his contributions to the cross country community and his sacrifice for freedom. As a result, I think everyone – fans, athletes and coaches – walk away from that event every year with a little more appreciation and that is a good thing.

FORUM FILE PHOTO (2008): Suzanne Nelson, center, looks at a plaque honoring her son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Nelson, held by 2003 Fargo Shanley classmate Courtney Horner while Adam Tehle, background, embraces Nelson’s girlfriend, Kari Brantner at the conclusion of the all schools mass Thursday at Fargo Shanley High School/Sullivan Middle School. Nelson, 22, of Moorhead, died Aug. 29, 2007, while serving in Iraq with the 82 Airborne Division. David Samson / The Forum

Bruins’ Johannesson close to two school records

FARGO – Fargo South all-state running back James Johannesson has been a household name in North Dakota prep football for some time now and his numbers, quite frankly, speak for themselves.

Johannesson, a University of Minnesota commit, is approaching several Fargo South career records that will only further cement his place as one of the best players to ever play for the Bruins.

Last Friday, Johannesson rushed for 252 yards and five touchdowns in South’s 43-20 win against Bismarck Century. After that performance he is now seven points shy of breaking Catlin Solum’s career scoring record of 330 points. Solum played for South from 2004-2006 and also holds the school’s career touchdown record at 55.

Johannesson currently sits at 54 touchdowns in his career and needs two to surpass Solum.

Johannesson will likely break both records when South travels to play Grand Forks Red River at 7 p.m. Friday at Cushman Field.

Johannesson already holds the school record for career rushing yardage with 4,512 yards and counting. He also holds the career combine rushing and receiving yards record with 4,766.

Fargo South senior running back James Johannesson is closing in on the school records for career scoring and career touchdowns. David Samson / The Forum

 

Prep volleyball beginning to heat up in North Dakota

The volleyball nets are up in gyms across the state of North Dakota and the 2014 season should be one full of intrigue leading up to the postseason.

Tonight, I’ll be at Fargo South High School covering the Fargo South-Fargo North matchup, which kicks off a full slate of matches in the Eastern Dakota Conference.

The South-North matchup is a meeting of two teams that bring back young talent from a year ago. The two teams split their regular season meetings with the Spartans winning a 3-2 match in the first meeting and the Bruins picking up a 3-1 decision in the other regular season match.

The Bruins (4-2) return junior all-state first team setter/right side Emily Stroup, junior all-conference outside hitter Maddie Erickson and senior middle blocker Anna Lawley. That trio will be expected to lead the Bruins this fall and help the team return to the state tournament.

Emily Stroup recorded her 1,000th career assist at the East-West Crossover Tournament in Bismarck over the weekend. David Samson / The Forum

The Spartans (4-2) bring back nine players that either started or saw a large amount of varsity rotations last fall.

Other matches across the Eastern Dakota Conference are:

1. Grand Forks Red River at East Grand Forks (Minn.)
2. Fargo Davies at Valley City, 7 p.m.
3. Devils Lake at Grand Forks Central, 7 p.m.
4. Wahpeton at West Fargo, 7 p.m.
5. West Fargo Sheyenne at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.

Fargo Shanley figures to be the favorites in the EDC after winning the East Region championship last year. The Deacons lost very little to graduation and most of its varsity lineup returns to the court including North Dakota commit Alivia Fraase.

Fraase, an all-state first team senior middle hitter, is a threat up front, but also plays standout defense for the Deacons. All-state second teamer senior middle hitter Somer Bucholz returns to the court as well as all-conference senior right side Lauren Sandy.

The Deacons 6-1 at the East-West Crossover tournament in Bismarck over the weekend losing to Bismarck Century … A few people may be penciling in that matchup at state tournament in Minot two months from now.

Davies lost a pair of all-state players in Katelyn Olson and Kinsey Papachek and head coach Missy Wilson said her team will need to fill those voids in regards to the lineup and leadership.

The city of West Fargo now has two prep teams with West Fargo Sheyenne joining the fold. Sheyenne was 5-1 at the East-West Crossover tournament and West Fargo was 2-4.

 

 

Fargo South to play its 500th football game tonight

The Fargo South football team is set to play its 500th game in program history at 8 p.m. tonight at South High School. The school’s football program dates back to 1967.

South, the defending North Dakota Class 3A state champion, play Mandan to open the season.

Former players in attendance will be recognized on the field prior to the game with special recognition of state and league record holders throughout the game.

Larry Quamme, a coach on South’s freshmen football team, will be recognized during the game as one of the original Bruins, who played in the school’s first game in 1967.

In its 47 seasons, South holds a 374-119-6 all-time record and has won 13 state championships.

The Bruins opened the 2013 season against the Braves and won 48-14.

Fargo South’s Ty Brooks. Nick Wagner / The Forum

OTHER GAMES IN THE METRO AREA TONIGHT …

1. Fargo Shanley vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s: The Deacons host defending Class 2A state champions Bismarck St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. tonight at Sid Cichy Stadium. The Saints handed the Deacons a 12-10 loss in the 2A semifinals last November and also defeated Shanley in the season opener. Shanley brings back plenty of talent so this one is going to be physical as the Saints aren’t likely to budge even with being on the road. INTERESTING FACT: St. Mary’s win over Shanley in the semifinals last fall was the Deacons first ever playoff loss at Sid Cichy Stadium.

2. Fargo Davies vs. Bismarck Century: The Eagles host the Patriots at 7 p.m. tonight and this matchup is another playoff rematch from a year ago. Davies locked up with Century in the Class 3A quarterfinals last November with the Patriots claiming a 31-28 victory. Both teams return their starting quarterback and this game should feature plenty of passing. Century’s quarterback is junior Dalton Feeney. Davies counters with senior Aidan Hartness, who is a threat to run and pass. INTERESTING FACT: Hartness rushed for 433 yards and 10 TDs last fall and also passed for over a 1,000 yards with 13 TDs – six of which went to his twin brother Tristan.

3. Minot vs. West Fargo: The Packers play Minot at 7 p.m. tonight and these two teams will likely be players in the state playoff picture later this season. The Magicians return junior quarterback Ben Bolinske, who saw plenty of time under center last fall stepping up the depth chart due to an injury to all-state first teamer Alex Yanosko. Minot made it as far as the 3A semifinals losing to South 38-28. West Fargo seniors Jacob Hoy and Sam Olsen proved last fall they can make plays on the offensive side of the ball and figure to be in Jay Gibson’s game plan as ball carriers in the backfield.

 

 

 

North Dakota Lions all-star BB rosters released

Below are rosters for this summer’s North Dakota Lions all-star boys and girls basketball series: The Class A and B all-stars play a two-game series with games being hosted July 15th at the Bismarck Civic Center and July 16th at the Fargo Civic Center. Tipoffs each night is 6 p.m. for the girls and 8 p.m. for the boys.

Class A boys
Grand Fork Red River: Chad Bartosh. Wahpeton: Jack Christensen. Williston: Jayden Fergusson. Bismarck Century: Robert Hutchins, Tyler Rudolph. Fargo Davies: Andrew Kozlowski and Tanner Kretchman. Fargo South: Colton Lloyd. Bismarck: Taylor Schafer. West Fargo, Travis Schock. Fargo Shanley: Patrick Strom. Bismarck St. Mary’s: Ben Weisbeck. Alternates: Hunter Cichos, Devils Lake; Jacob Hanson, Mandan; Bailee McLachlan, Fargo North; Noah Poss, Fargo South. Head Coach: Bart Manson, fargo Davies. Assistant Coach: Brent DeKok, Bismarck St. Mary’s.

 

Class B boys
Fairmount-Cambell-Tintah: D’Angelo Burns. Milnor: Wyatt Mund, Briton Bussman. Maple Valley: James Richman. Grafton: Garek Droog. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion: Brady Thielges. Munich-Starkweather: Lucas Dick. Four Winds-Minnewaukan: Hadley Smith. Max: Colton Schroeder. Westhope-Newburg: Hunter Braaten. Des Lacs-Burlington: Tanner Holte. New Town: Wayne Fox. Alternates: Austin Volk, North Border. Head Coach: Kyle Card, Fargo Oak Grove. Assistant coach: Mike Santjer, Rugby.

Class A girls
Fargo North: Kate Astrup. Bismarck Century: Jen Benz, Macy Lynch. Wahpeton: Lachelle Bumgarner. Valley City: Dierra Diegel. Bismarck: Keisha Englehardt, Courtney Trolliey. Fargo Davies: Brook Hildre. Mandan: McKayla Howling Wolf. Jamestown: Paige Peterson. West Fargo: Cassidy Thorson. Devils Lake: Madison Walford. Alternates: Callie Carlson, Grand Forks Red River. Allyson Friedt, Fargo South. Kaitlyn Langerud, West Fargo. Chelsea Peterson, Mandan. Head coach: Todd Magnuson, Minot. Assistant coach: Tonah Safranski, Fargo Davies.

Class B girls
Thompson: Shannon Galegher, Karleigh Weber. Hillsboro-Central Valley: Kennedy Henningsgard. North Star: Allie Heisler. Carrington: Kayla Hochhalter. Grant County: Ashley Werner. Bismarck Shiloh Christian: Gabby Wilkinson. Minot Ryan: Anika Rovig. Towner-Granville-Upham: Mattie Schmitt. Beach: Hailee Farstveet, Bailey Waldal. New Town: Baeleigh Brady. Alternates: Chelsey Anderson, North Sargent. Enderlin: Megan Johnson. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter: Mariah Jangula. Kidder County: Sadie Rohrich. Abby Landenberger, Underwood. Karlie Schroeder, New Salem-Almont. Head coach: Julie Stewart, Minot Ryan. Assistant coach: Jim Petrik, Bismarck Shiloh Chrisitian.

West Fargo’s Danica Dutt to swim at UND

WEST FARGO – Five months ago, West Fargo senior Danica Dutt wrapped up her prep swimming career at the state meet in Grand Forks.

Next fall, Grand Forks will be the site where Dutt’s collegiate career begins.

Thursday, Dutt signed her national letter of intent to swim at the University of North Dakota.

“I really liked the fact that UND was close to home,” said Dutt, who plans to study elementary education. “When I visited there the team was very welcoming. It helps that I know quite a few of the swimmers there. I feel that, right now, I’d be in the middle swimming wise so I’ll have swimmers to push me and I could push other people too.”

Dutt was also recruited by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bowling Green (Ohio), and Grand Canyon University (Ariz.).

Danica Dutt is a four-time state champion in the 100-yard butterfly. Dutt signed her national letter of intent to swim at the University of North Dakota on Thursday. Photo by Forum photo editor Michael Vosburg

“It has always been something I thought about,” Dutt said of swimming at the Division I level. “I have been swimming for so long so I thought I should continue on and swim in college.”

Dutt, who helped West Fargo to a second-place finish at the state swimming and diving meet last fall, is a four-time individual state champion in the 100-yard butterfly – an event she will swim at UND along with a sprint race.

Dutt also anchored the Packers’ state champion 400 freestyle relay last fall and finished second in the 200 individual medley.

“It has been exciting,” Dutt said of her time with the Packers. “Each year the team got so much closer and this past year getting second place (as a team) was super awesome. Having our relay team win was also really exciting for all of us.”

Minot Ryan girls basketball team vying for title, No. 57

March 15, 2012 – That was the date the Minot Ryan girls basketball team last lost a game.

The loss – a 46-45 setback against Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock – came in the Class B state quarterfinals.

Since that day, the Lions have won 56 games in a row. Included in that streak was a 54-50 win over Central Cass in the 2013 state championship game.

Today, No. 1 ranked Ryan (27-0) has a chance to post back-to-back perfect seasons. The Lions play No. 3-ranked Bismarck Shiloh Christian at 8 p.m. tonight in the Class B state title game at the Fargodome.

A victory tonight also gives Ryan a place in North Dakota High School sports history.

If the Lions extend their winning streak to 57 games, that mark will tie the state and Class B girls basketball consecutive wins record held by Larimore.

Larimore won 57 games from 2002-2004 and claimed two state titles during that stretch.

The Lions and Skyhawks met during the regular season with Ryan winning 77-43 on Dec. 21. It was Shiloh Christian’s lone loss of the season. The Skyhawks have won 24 straight since the loss to Ryan.

Ryan lost one senior starter – Quinn Harmon – from last year’s state title team and brought back three all-state players in Hannah Stewart, Gabbie Bohl and Annika Rovig.

Stewart and Bohl are 6-foot-2 forwards and average double figures in scoring each game.

No player or coach on the team seems all that concerned about the win streak. When asked about the milestone in front of a group of reporters following Ryan’s 54-34 win over Central Cass in the semifinals Friday night, head coach Julie Stewart replied with a smile: “We are on a winning streak?”

It is obvious the Lions came to Fargo with its focus on winning another title, the consecutive wins record is just a byproduct of their success.

Team North Dakota roster announced for Badlands Bowl

It’s been four months since the final down was played at the 2013 Dakota Bowl, but the lineup of summer all-star football games is already starting to materialize.

Today, the Team North Dakota roster for the 2014 Badlands Bowl was released and there are several players from The Forum’s coverage area on the team.

The 2014 Badlands Bowl is set for a 7 p.m. CST kickoff on June 21 at the Biesiot Activity Center in Dickinson.

Team North Dakota will lineup against Team Montana in a border battle to determine football supremacy between the two states.

Players that made the roster from The Forum’s coverage area include:

Chris Ennen,  OL (Fargo Davies)
Jordan Hjelseth, RB/LB (Fargo Davies)
Tyler Trefethren, OL/DL (Fargo South)
Drew Fahrman, OL (Fargo South)
Dallas Raftevold, WR (Fargo South)
Joe Mehrer, OL (Fargo South)
Eric Bachmeier, WR, (Kindred)
Brady Thielges, RB (LaMoure)
Wyatt Mund, TE (Milnor-North Sargent)

Kindred quarterback/wide receiver Eric Bachmeier is one of several players from The Forum’s coverage area that was named to North Dakota’s roster for the 2014 Badlands Bowl. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Bachmeier is headed to North Dakota State. Ennen, Hjelseth, Trefethren and Fahrman are all headed to Northern State.

Team North Dakota’s head coach will be Barry Holmen of Minot. Assistants are: Wayne Werremeyer (Fargo Davies), Chauncy Hendershot (Minot), Rick Philion (Hazen), Funnon Barker (Shiloh Christian) and Cody Kittelson (Kindred).

More information on rosters and the Badlands Bowl can be found at: http://badlandsbowl.com