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.

 

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

 

    

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.

Live Blog: DAKOTA BOWL

Dakota Bowl 2015

  • 9 a.m. — (9-man) Richland vs. North Prairie
  • Noon: — ( Class 1A) Killdeer vs. Park River-Fordville-Lankin
  • 3 p.m. — (Class 2A) Fargo Shanley vs. Beulah
  • 6:40 p.m. — (Class 3A) Minot vs. Bismarck Century


Turning back the clock: Last time Central Cass won a football playoff game was 1980

CASSELTON, N.D. — Times are good for the Central Cass football team.

Last Saturday, the Squirrels pulled off a second-half comeback to defeat Class 2A, No. 3-ranked Valley City 22-20. Central Cass trailed 20-0 at halftime in that contest and the thrilling victory marked the program’s first playoff win in 35 years.

1980 was the last time Central Cass won a playoff game according to current head coach Nate Lutkemeier, who went back to the record books earlier this week. November 8, 1980 is the exact date the Squirrels were victorious in a postseason game. On that day, the Squirrels defeated Watford City 26-12 in the Class B, 11-man state championship game.

This blog post will take a look back on the 1980 Central Cass football team that defied the odds and finished its season 12-0.

The meeting with Watford City in the Class B title game in Bismarck was one in which the Squirrels were seen as underdogs. Watford City was also undefeated and had won its previous 32 games dating back to the 1977 season. The Wolves had only allowed two touchdowns the whole season and the odds appeared stacked against Central Cass, who had defeated Carrington 21-7 in the semifinals.

According to clippings in The Forum’s library archives, Central Cass’ semifinals game was one in which the team didn’t play the greatest in the first half, but found a way to put together two scoring drives in the second half.

Even at 11-0, the Squirrels figured to have an uphill battle against Watford City coming out of the semis.

The 1980 Squirrels were coached by Joe Swegarden and had a senior quarterback in Joe Sinner. Sinner scored two touchdowns against Carrington, but his best postseason game that year would be the title game.

The Squirrels’ option offense was clicking against what many experts considered the best defense in Class B 11-man football that year. Watford City had their hands full playing against Sinner and the Squirrels. Sinner rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game and Billy Grommesh scored the Squirrels’ other touchdown.

Fast forward 35 years and Central Cass has an opportunity to add to its postseason football lore.

A year ago, the Squirrels ended a four-year playoff drought. The Squirrels played eventual Class 2A state champions Bismarck St. mary’s in the quarterfinals and came out on the losing end. However, with a solid group of returners, Central Cass figured to be in the mix to return to the playoffs this fall.

Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Cass will meet Class 2A, No. 4-ranked Fargo Shanley at Sid Cichy Stadium. Once again the odds appear stacked against the Squirrels, but like in 1980 that might not mean much.

Still, Shanley has only lost one playoff game at Sid Cichy Stadium since it opened in 2009 and the Deacons did defeat the Squirrels 20-6 in the regular season meeting between the two East Region squads.

Will Central Cass overcome in similar fashion as the 1980 team did? We’ll find out Saturday afternoon.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Shanley volleyball has won its last 28 EDC matches played at McCormick Gymnasium

FARGO — The Fargo Shanley volleyball team is in the midst of an impressive home conference match winning streak. The Deacons have won 28 straight Eastern Dakota Conference matches, including the playoffs. The streak is on the line tonight when Shanley hosts Fargo Davies at 7 p.m. tonight at McCormick Gymnasium. Davies is the only EDC team to beat the defending Class A state champions this season.

Shanley’s Emily Dietz (15) scores past Sheyenne’s Bailey Hoffner (6) during the Tuesday, September 1, 2015 game at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo, N.D.  Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Shanley’s Emily Dietz (15) scores past Sheyenne’s Bailey Hoffner (6) during the Tuesday, September 1, 2015 game at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

This one will have conference standing implications as Davies is undefeated in Conference play. If Davies wins, its stops the Deacons’ streak and clinches the Eastern Dakota Conference regular season championship. The Eagles will also clinch the No. 1 seed for the upcoming East Region volleyball tournament which begins this week with play-in matches.

Shanley’s last home loss came all the way back on Oct. 25, 2012. It was a 3-1 loss (25-14, 19-25, 20-25, 20-25) against Fargo North.  

Here is a look at Shanley’s Eastern Dakota Conference home-match winning streak, which includes postseason matches hosted at McCormick Gymnasium:

2012

Oct. 30 vs. Fargo South — W, 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-15)
Nov. 6 vs. Grand Forks Central — W, 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 24-26, 25-18) EDC quarterfinals

— Shanley finishes in fifth place at the Class A state tournament in Minot. Streak sits at two entering the 2013 season.

2013

Sept. 3 vs. West Fargo — W, 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-27, 15-2)
Sept. 17 vs. Wahpeton — W, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-9)
Sept. 19 vs. Fargo North — W, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-16)
Oct. 3 vs. Devils Lake — W, 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-15)
Oct. 22 vs. Valley City — W, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22)
Oct. 24 vs. Grand Forks Red River — W, 3-2 (25-8, 14-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-11)
Oct. 29 vs. Fargo Davies — W, 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11)
Nov. 12 vs. Wahpeton — W, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) EDC quarterfinals

— Shanley finishes in third place at the Class A state tournament in Minot. Streak sits at 10 entering the 2014 season.

2014

Sept. 2 vs. West Fargo Sheyenne — W, 3-1 (25-13, 25-10, 22-25, 25-17)
Sept. 11 vs. Grand Forks Red River — W, 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-22)
Sept. 18 vs. Fargo Davies — W, 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15, 15-9)
Oct. 2 vs. Valley City — W, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-16)
Oct. 7 vs. Grand Forks Central — W, 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-13)
Oct. 21 vs. Wahpeton — W, 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-5)
Oct. 23 vs. West Fargo — W, 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-13)
Nov. 6 vs. Fargo South — W, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18)
Nov. 10 vs. West Fargo — W, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-12) EDC quarterfinals
Nov. 14 vs. Fargo South — W, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-21) EDC semifinals
Nov. 15 vs. Grand Forks Red River — W, 3-0 (25-19, 30-28, 25-19) EDC championship

— Shanley wins state championship at the Class A state tournament in Minot. Streak sits at 21 entering the 2014 season.

2015

Sept. 3 vs. Wahpeton — W, 3-0 (25-5, 25-17, 25-12)
Sept. 8 vs. West Fargo — W, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-16)
Sept. 15 vs. Fargo North — W, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-19)
Sept. 22 vs. Fargo South — W, 3-2 (24-26, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-12)
Sept. 29 vs. Devils Lake — W, 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-14)
Oct. 13 vs. West Fargo Sheyenne — W, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-18)
Oct. 27 vs. Grand Forks Red River — W, 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-23)

— Shanley currently is 26-2 and 17-1 in the conference. Shanley’s only EDC loss came against Fargo Davies at Davies High School. Streak sits at 28 entering tonight’s home match against Davies.

So there it is. 28 straight conference matches won at home including the postseason for the Deacons. To break it down even further of the 28 matches, 21 have been sweeps and four have gone five sets.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

 

Pregame analysis (ND Class 3A football): West Fargo (7-2) vs. Bismarck (7-2)

WEST FARGO — The North Dakota Class 3A football playoffs kickoff across the state tonight. Eight teams looking to start a path to the Dakota Bowl will hit the field and by the end of the night only four will extend their seasons.

Tonight I’ll be at West Fargo High School reporting on the 7 p.m. quarterfinal matchup between No. 4-ranked Bismarck (7-2) and No. 3-ranked West Fargo (7-2).

Before I get into a quick preview on that matchup here are the other four 3A games tonight:

1) Fargo Davies at Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.

2) Fargo South at Minot, 7 p.m.

3) Dickinson at West Fargo Sheyenne, 7 p.m.

It should be a nice night for football in all parts of the state. Personally I think several of these games are toss ups and wouldn’t be surprised to see a split between the West Region and the East Region teams making it to next week’s semifinals.

Now more on the Packers and the Demons:

I had a brief preview that was published in The Forum on Wednesday: Here is the link:

There is a deep rivalry between these two teams and both squads have long-standing football traditions.

I’ll offer a little more analysis on the matchup with this post, but I honestly believe this maybe the most evenly-matched quarterfinal of the four games tonight.

First, what can’t be avoided is Bismarck’s recent dominance of the Packers. The Demons defeated West Fargo 25-18 on Sept. 4 and has won eight straight against the Packers dating back to 2010. The last time West Fargo defeated Bismarck was a 6-0 victory on Aug. 27, 2010. Since then, the two teams have met three times in the playoffs. Will the dominance continue? West Fargo played Bismarck very tough in the Sept. 4 meeting and has won seven straight games since that loss. They seem to be more polished and a victory against Bismarck would be a big feather in Packers’ hat.

Here is a look at the previous nine meetings:

9/4/15 — Bismarck 25-18
9/5/14 — Bismarck 21-14
11/1/13 — Bismarck 34-21 (Class 3A state quarterfinals)
9/6/13 — Bismarck 31-14
11/2/12 — Bismarck 22-8 (Class 3A state semifinals)
8/24/12 — Bismarck 29-0
8/27/11 — Bismarck 54-13
11/6/10 — Bismarck 24-20 (Class 3A state semifinals)
8/27/10 — West Fargo 6-0

Second, the turnover battle should be a very solid indicator of who wins this game. The Packers turned the ball over four times in the Sept. 4 meeting including a costly one in the fourth quarter. Both teams capitalize scoring on turnovers so both offenses have to play it safe and take care of the ball.

Third, the running games of both teams are very good. This game features two of the best running backs in the state. Bismarck head coach Mark Gibson isn’t afraid to give senior Jaxon Ford 40 carries in a game. On the other side, West Fargo counters with junior Chase Teiken who is closing in on 1,000 rushing yards this year and has scored 17 touchdowns. I give a slight edge to Bismarck in special teams, but as far as total offense both teams have the ability to sustain lengthy drives.

Final Prediction: West Fargo 24, Bismarck 20

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Fargo Shanley and Wahpeton set for big Class 2A football matchup

FARGO – Tonight brings more prep football across the state of North Dakota and I’ll be covering one of the bigger North Dakota Class 2A football matchups.

Fargo Shanley (5-1, 4-0 East Region) hosts Wahpeton (4-2, 4-0 East Region) at 7 p.m. at Sid Cichy Stadium.

The Deacons are ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 2A poll and the Huskies are ranked No. 5.

Tonight’s game is pivotal for playoff seeding as the winner will remain undefeated in East Region play and as a result keep its chances for a No. 1 seed for the upcoming state playoffs.

Shanley and Wahpeton have been two of the most successful Class 2A programs over the last seven years.

During the last six seasons, Wahpeton and Shanley have combined for a total of six appearances in the Dakota Bowl — Shanley (2009-2012, 2014) and Wahpeton (2013).

Shanley has won the last five regular season meetings between the two schools. Wahepton last defeated Shanley on Sept. 18, 2009 at Sid Cichy Stadium.

The score of the 2009 meeting was 14-7 in favor of the Huskies, who were ranked No. 1 in 2A at the time.

In that game Ryan Smith, who now plays professional football in Canada after a successful career at NDSU, rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 90-yard touchdown run that helped seal the game for the Huskies.

Since that game, both schools have feature many talented prep standouts and whenever the two programs meet it is a highly anticipated matchup.

Here is a look at the two school’s history playing each other since 2009:

2014: Shanley 34, Wahpeton 6 – Shanley went onto runner up finish in Class 2A
2013: Shanley 13, Wahpeton 0 – Wahpeton went onto runner up finish in Class 2A
2012: Shanley 34, Wahpeton 20 – Shanley went onto win Class 2A state title
2011: Shanley 37, Wahpeton 6 – Shanley went onto runner up finish in Class 2A
2010: Shanley 56, Wahpeton 6 – Shanley went onto win Class 2A state title
2009: Wahpeton 14, Shanley 7 – Shanley went onto win Class 2A state title

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Big night on tap in EDC boys soccer

FARGO – The final night of the Eastern Dakota Conference boys soccer season will be an eventful one.

The last several years the conference championship has been decided in the final week and in some cases the final day and this year will be no exception.

There are two matches across the EDC tonight and both will have conference title implications.

First, here are the matches:

1) West Fargo at Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove, 6 p.m.

2) Fargo South at Grand Forks Central, 7 p.m.

West Fargo midfielder Justin Masudi tries a bicycle kick in Fargo Shanley's box during a game against the Deacons on Thursday at Lodoen Field in West Fargo. Josh Francis / West Fargo Pioneer

West Fargo midfielder Justin Masudi tries a bicycle kick in Fargo Shanley’s box during a game against the Deacons on Thursday at Lodoen Field in West Fargo. Josh Francis / West Fargo Pioneer

Entering tonight’s matches, Shanley-Oak Grove (13-2-2, 8-1-2 EDC) sits in first place in the EDC standings with 18 points. South (11-1-3, 7-1-3 EDC) is in second with 17 points.

West Fargo (11-3-3, 6-2-3 EDC) is mathematically out of the EDC title picture with 15 points and even a win against Shanley-Oak Grove and a South loss the Packers will still hold the No. 3 seed from the East Region for next week’s state tournament in Bismarck. The Bruins hold a tiebreaker over the Packers based on goal differential.

Grand Forks Red River holds a goal-differential tiebreaker with Fargo Davies and will be the East Region’s No. 4 seed at the state tournament.

As for the EDC championship, it could go to either Shanley-Oak Grove, South or be a shared title between the Bruins and the Deacons.

Here are the scenarios:

  1. Shanley-Oak Grove win and South win

Shanley-Oak Grove finishes with 20 points and South finishes with 19 points. Deacons win the EDC and clinch the No. 1 seed at state tournament. Bruins earn No. 2 seed at state.

  1. Shanley-Oak Grove tie and South win

Shanley-Oak Grove and South finish with 19 points. The EDC title is shared and seeding for state is based on goal differential in head to head matches. The Bruins beat the Deacons 1-0 and the other meeting between the two teams was 0-0 tie. As a result, the Bruins would be the No. 1 overall seed from the East Region at state and the Deacons would be the No. 2 seed.

  1. Shanley-Oak Grove loss and South tie

Shanley-Oak Grove and South finish with 18 points. The EDC title is shared and seeding for state is based on goal differential in head to head matches. The Bruins beat the Deacons 1-0 and the other meeting between the two teams was 0-0 tie. As a result, the Bruins would be the No. 1 overall seed from the East Region at state and the Deacons would be the No. 2 seed.

  1. Shanley-Oak Grove win, South loss

Shanley-Oak Grove finishes with 20 points and South finishes with 17 points. Deacons earn the EDC title and No. 1 seed for state. South earns the No. 2 seed for state.

  1. Shanley-Oak Grove tie, South tie

Shanley Oak Grove finishes with 19 points and South finishes with 18 points. Deacons win the EDC title outright and earn No. 1 overall seed for state. Bruins earn the No. 2 seed for state.

  1. Shanley Oak Grove loss, South loss

Shanley-Oak Grove finishes with 18 points and South finishes with 17 points. Deacons win EDC title and earn No. 1 seed for state. South earns No. 2 seed for state.

    7. Shanley-Oak Grove loss, South win

South finishes with 19 points and Shanley-Oak Grove finishes with 18 points. Bruins win EDC title and earn No. 1 seed for state. Shanley-Oak Grove is No. 2 seed for state.

    8. Shanley-Oak Grove win, South tie

Shanley-Oak Grove finishes with 20 points and South finishes with 18 points. Deacons win EDC title and earn No. 1 seed for state. South earns No. 2 seed for state.

    9. Shanley-Oak Grove tie, South loss

Shanley-Oak Grove finishes with 19 points and South finishes with 17 points. Deacons win EDC title and earn No. 1 seed for state. Bruins earn No. 2 seed for state.

Shanley-Oak Grove has won the last five conference championships.

South last won a EDC boys soccer title in 2009.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fargo Shanley’s Rod Oksendahl is closing in on win No. 300

FARGO – Tonight stands to be a historic one at Sid Cichy Stadium on the campus of Fargo Shanley High School.

Shanley (1-1) hosts Lisbon at 6 p.m. for its homecoming game and if the Deacons are victorious Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl will record his 300th career coaching victory. The Deacons are ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 2A football poll.

Oksendahl is a coaching legend in North Dakota high school football with 42 years of experience – 36 of which were spent as a head coach.

Fargo Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl is one win away from 300 career coaching victories. Shanley hosts Lisbon tonight at 6 p.m. at Sid Cichy Stadium. Forum file photo

Fargo Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl is one win away from 300 career coaching victories. Shanley hosts Lisbon tonight at 6 p.m. at Sid Cichy Stadium. Forum file photo

Oksendahl first was a head coach at Wyndmere High School from 1975 to 1977 before moving to Cavalier. He coached in Cavalier for 28 seasons (from 1978-2005) and guided the Tornadoes to a Class B state championship in 1987 and three Class 2A state titles (2002, 2003 and 2004).

Oksendahl retired from coaching prior to the 2006 season, but returned to the sidelines as an assistant at Shanley in 2007.

After four seasons as an assistant, Oksendahl took over head coaching duties at Shanley in 2011. He entered the 2011 season with a 261-73 career coaching record.

Now in his fifth season as head coach at Shanley, Oksendahl is 38-11 with the Deacons. Shanley has qualified for the Dakota Bowl three times under Oksendahl and won one Class 2A state championship in 2012.

Oksendahl is a native of Maddock, N.D. and graduated from Maddock High School is 1969. He graduated from Valley City State in 1973.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM