NDHSAA YEAR IN REVIEW: 2021-22 School Year

June 16, 2022 2:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The 2021-22 school year provided many memorable moments in North Dakota High School Activities Association sponsored sports and activities.

Below is a list of top moments/stories that highlighted the year and a list of teams that celebrated NDHSAA state championships this year. Enjoy!

Class B Girls Golf makes the move to the fall

The NDHSAA Class B girls golf season transitioned to the fall in 2022 and the state tournament was played at CrossRoads Golf Club.

Kindred sophomore Avery Bartels had to rally on Day 2 of the tournament in order to mount a defense of the Class B girls golf individual state medal she won the previous spring (2021).

Bartels shot a Day 2 round of 1-under 71 and was 1-over 145 for the two-day tournament to win her second consecutive Class B girls golf individual state championship.

Bartels entered Day 2 one stroke behind Grafton junior Ainsley McLain who was 1-over through 18 holes. Bartels got to work right away in Round 2 scoring an eagle on Hole 2 and birdies on Holes 3 and 9. Through nine holes on Day 2, Bartels was 4-under par for the round and 2-under for the tournament.

In team stroke-play, Heart River maintained its Day 1 lead to win the program’s second Class B girls golf team state championship. The Cougars finished with a two-day score of 665 strokes – 27 strokes better than runner up Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter (692). 

Standout Class A girls golfers Lexi Bartley and Hannah Herbel play five playoff holes to determine individual state championship

North Dakota Class A girls golf had its own “Duel in the Sun” in early October during the 2021 state tournament played at Edgewood Golf Course.

Fargo Davies sophomore Lexi Bartley and three-time defending NDHSAA Class A girls golf individual state medalist Hannah Herbel – a junior at Bismarck Century – played a five-hole playoff to decide 2021 medalist honors.

Bartley edged Herbel in the playoff that put an end to one of the most memorable Class A girls golf state tournaments in recent memory. The playoff was “must-see” golf attracting a massive galley that got their steps in on Tuesday as Bartley and Herbel kept on playing well into the sun-drenched afternoon. Both golfers parred Holes 10, 11 and 12. Both Bartley and Herbel scored birdies on Hole 13. Hole 14 was where Bartley separated. Bartley’s approach shot landed near the pin, setting up a birdie putt opportunity. Herbel parred the hole putting the spotlight on Bartley’s birdie try for the win.   

Bartley made the birdie putt and with it earned individual medalist honors. She is the second golfer from Davies high school to win an individual state championship joining Jennifer Marsh who won back-to-back medals in 2014 and 2015. Bartley and Herbel finished with 36-hole round scores of 7-over 151.

Boys Soccer State Title Match goes 10 Rounds of penalty kicks before champion in crowned

Fargo Davies was playing in its fourth NDHSAA boys soccer state championship match in five seasons on October 9 hoping for a better outcome than its previous three appearances in the final. It took a grueling effort – scoreless 80 minutes of regulation play, two scoreless golden goal overtime periods and a total of 10 made penalty kicks in a shootout – but a better outcome was indeed achieved.

Fargo Davies defeated 25th Street rival Fargo Shanley 1-0 via penalty kicks in the state championship match of the 2021 NDHSAA Boys Soccer State Tournament played at Rotary Field on the campus of Jamestown High School. The Eagles edged the Deacons 10-9 in the thrilling round of penalty kicks.

Senior forward Sam Saye scored the deciding penalty kick goal for the Eagles. Davies finished the season undefeated with a 16-0-2 record.

Grand Forks Central boys repeat as boys tennis team dual champions

Grand Forks Central went back-to-back as NDHSAA boys tennis team dual state champions by defeating crosstown rival Grand Forks Red River 3-2 on October 7 at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks.

The state title is Central’s 11th in program history and third in the last four seasons. Central also completed an undefeated season with the victory finishing with a 18-0 record in duals. The Knights were also perfect in 2020 and are currently on a 33-dual match winning streak. Central’s last loss in a dual was October 10, 2019 in the team dual state championship match to Fargo South.

Central’s three wins in the dual with the Red River all came in singles competition. Freshmen Cole Wilber (No. 2 singles) and Ryder McDonald (No. 3 singles) got the momentum in the Knights favor winning their matches 6-0, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively. With Red River in control of the doubles matches the pressure fell on senior Logan Sandberg at No. 1 singles.

Sandberg delivered.

The defending NDHSAA boys tennis singles state champion defeated Red River’s Espen Schneider 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the Knights’ victory.

Sandberg repeated as NDHSAA boys tennis individual singles state champion with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Shanley's Kai Pierce.

In individual doubles competition, the Grand Forks Red River combo of Espen Schneider & Saylor Kuenzel took home the state championship.

Two-Day State Cross Country Meet a big success in Jamestown

In 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the NDHSAA Cross Country State Meet to be held at two different sites. In 2021, the NDHSAA Cross Country State meet was split into two days at Jamestown’s Parkhurst Recreation Area with Class B races being held on Friday, October 22 and Class A races being held on Saturday, October 23.

Bowman County had four runners – Austin Wanner (4th, 16:39.36), Caleb Sarsland (7th, 16:54.43), Taylor Wanner (11th, 17:05.67) and Gavin Scott (14th, 17:15.79) – finish in the Top 20 to earn Class B boys team state championship honors. Individual medalist honors went to Beulah/Hazen senior Ian Busche, who raced to a time of 16:22.95.

In Class B girls, Rugby earned the three-peat winning the Class B girls team state championship behind the efforts of All-State finishers Amelia Shepard (2nd, 19:40.75), Hannah Senechal (8th, 20:11.58) and Brooklyn Bartsch (13th, 20:31.92). Des Lacs/Burlington eighth-grader Brynn Hanson took home individual medalist honors with a time of 19:25.35.

On Saturday, Class A runners took to the course.

Williston swept the Class A boys and girls team competitions winning team state championships. In girls competition, the Coyotes were paced by individual state medalist, senior Eleni Lovgren who raced to a time of 18:27.02. Three Coyotes joined Lovgren in the Top 20 – Sierra Watterud (12th, 19:47.64), Dru Zander (13th, 19:48.16) and Marenn Larsen (18th, 19:52.13) helping Williston to its second straight Class A girls cross country team title.

In boys competition, Williston scored 72 as a team edging Grand Forks Red River by five points. The Coyotes had three runners – Ivan Askim (2nd, 15:44.19), Fynn Krenz (4th, 15:52.34) and Ethan Moe (8th, 16:06.83) – earn All-State finishes.

West Fargo Sheyenne sophomore Aiden Johnson took home individual medalist honors finishing in a time of 15:34.26.

DAKOTA BOWL XXIX packed plenty of prep football action into one day at FARGODOME

The Dakota Bowl once again featured four NDHSAA Football State Championship Games under one roof.

The action packed day was highlighted by the following:

  • LaMoure-Litchville/Marion defeated Cavalier 42-14 in the NDHSAA 9-man football state title game. The Loboes won their first football state title since 1991 when the program played in the NDHSAA’s Class B 11-man Division. The Loboes posted 436 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Corban Potts was a dual-threat for LaMoure-Litchville/Marion rushing for 49 yards and three touchdowns while also throwing for 154 yards and touchdown. The football state championship started the athletic year off right for the Loboes, whose nucleus of athletes also went on to take third place at the Class B Boys Basketball State Tournament and 2nd place at the Class B Baseball State Tournament.

  • Kindred defeated No. 1-seeded and No. 1-ranked Hillsboro/Central Valley 37-14 in the NDHSAA Division 11B state championship game for the program’s first ever football state title. Senior quarterback Max McQuillan opened the game’s scoring on a 2-yard keeper with just over a minute left in the first quarter. Senior kicker Jordyn Sunram connected for the extra-point kick, which is believed to be the first points ever scored by a girl at a Dakota Bowl football state championship game. Kindred junior running back Trey Heinrich ended the game with 178 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Vikings. Sunram was 4-for-5 on extra point kicks and also connected for a 27-yard field goal for her historic performance.

  • Jamestown defeated Bismarck St. Mary’s 41-27 in the NDHSAA 11A Football state championship game – the Blue Jay’s first NDHSAA-sponsored football state title in program history. You have to go back all the way to the Great Depression Era (1933) to find a claim to a football state title for Jamestown supported by winning the “unofficial state title game – a 12-6 win over Fargo Central in a game organized by the schools after the regular season. Leading the way for the Blue Jays offensively were Jakob Schempp and Payton Hochhalter. Schempp rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Hochhalter passed for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

  • The third time proved to be the charm for West Fargo Sheyenne at the Dakota Bowl. The Mustangs defeated cross-town rival West Fargo High 27-7 in the NDHSAA Division 11AA football state championship game. West Fargo Sheyenne, playing in the program’s third straight NDHSAA football state title game, had previously lost to Bismarck Century in the 2019 and 2020 NDHSAA Division AAA state title games. Helping the Mustangs change their fortunes at the Dakota Bowl was senior running back Josh Henricks who rushed for 238 yards on 39 carries for three touchdowns.

Bismarck Century Patriots’ domination at Girls Swimming & Diving State Meet continues

The team state championship points race came down to the final event on November 13 during the 2021 NDHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving Meet at the Bismarck State College Aquatics and Wellness Center.

Bismarck Century held a 3.5 points lead over West Fargo Sheyenne after 11 events making the 400 Yard Freestyle finale highly anticipated.

Century’s 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team of (Sarah Dorrheim, Taylor Cook, Olivia Schuchard, Erin Palmer) finished first with a time of 3:31.04 to help the Patriots clinch their seventh consecutive team state title. The Patriots ended the meet with 349.5 points.

Century swept all three relay events and got big wins from seniors Erin Palmer (100 Yard Butterfly and 100 Yard Breaststroke) and Sarah Dorrheim (100 Yard Freestyle).

Palmer broke her own state record in the 100 Yard Breaststroke on Saturday. Palmer’s prelim time of 1:02.70 on Friday broke Vanessa Herrmann’s 1:02.75 state record time set in the 2016 prelims. On Saturday she finished with a time of 1:02.02.

State Volleyball Tournament makes move to Bismarck & is a hit

The Bismarck Event Center hosted the NDHSAA Volleyball State Tournament for the first time November 18-20.

The weekend featured top-notch volleyball in the Class B and Class A divisions.

Linton-HMB successfully defended its NDHSAA Class B state championship. Linton/HMB defeated Northern Cass 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-22) at the Bismarck Event Center to capture the program’s second consecutive state title.

Leading the way for the Lions were seniors outside hitters Teegan Scherr and JayCee Richter, who finished with 14 and 11 kills respectively. Richter added two ace serves and 26 digs.

In Class A, Bismarck Century also repeated as state champions. The Patriots were playing in their 11th consecutive NDHSAA Class A volleyball state championship match. During that span of time, the Patriots have put together a pedigree of success highlighted by seven state titles including the 2021 state championship win against cross-town rival Bismarck High.

Century defeated Bismarck High 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-12) in the 2021 NDHSAA Class A volleyball state championship match played at the Bismarck Event Center. The Patriots were led by senior middle hitter Macy Fridgen, who finished with a team-high 11 kills. Senior outside hitter Camryn Harter added 10 kills for Century.

First ever NDHSAA Girls Wrestling State Tournament held at FARGODOME

History was made in February at the FARGODOME. The first ever NDHSAA-sponsored Girls Wrestling State Tournament was held February 17-18.

West Fargo High senior Alana Schafer won the state’s first ever individual girls wrestling state championship with a pin over Karyssa Meidinger of LaMoure-Litchville/Marion in the 120-pound girls wrestling state title match.

In team competition, Central Cass won the inaugural NDHSAA girls wrestling team state title scoring 167 points edging Bismarck Legacy who finished runner up with 158 points. Central Cass has nine individual placing wrestlers during the tournament including junior Catie Sinner who picked up the Squirrels’ first ever individual state championship in program history at the 250-pound weight class.

Bismarck High & Lisbon continue string of wrestling titles at State Tournament

Bismarck High and Lisbon proved once again they are the programs to beat at the Boys Wrestling State Tournament.

Both the Demons (Class A) and Broncos (Class B) successfully defended their team individual and team dual state championships at the 2022 NDHSAA Wrestling State Tournament at the FARGODOME.

The Demons won their fifth consecutive Class A team individual state championship scoring 186.5 points. Lisbon won their sixth consecutive Class B team individual state championship scoring 201.5 points.

Lisbon, seeded No. 1 in the Class B team dual tournament, edged No. 2 seed New Salem-Almont 36-30 in the championship match on Saturday, February 20 at the FARGODOME. The victory over the Holsteins secured Lisbon its fourth consecutive Class B team dual crown and fifth in program history.

The Demons defeated Minot 52-21 in the championship match for their third consecutive NDHSAA Class A team dual state championship and 18th team dual state title in program history. 

Dickinson High keeps its gymnastics string of team state titles in tact 

Dickinson won its seventh consecutive NDHSAA Gymnastics team state championship on February 25 at Dickinson High School tying Fargo South for the most consecutive team state titles won by a gymnastics program in state history. Fargo South also won seven straight team titles from 1977 to 1983. The Midgets scored a team total of 148.650.

Dickinson now has won 16 team state championships in program history – the most by a single program in state history breaking a tie with Fargo South, who has won 15 team state titles.

Dickinson’s Elizabeth Karsky won individual state titles in the All-Around and Uneven Bars. Amy Fridley (Vault) and Addison Fitterer (Beam) also won individual state titles for the Midgets. Karina Olson of Valley City won the Individual Floor state championship.

State Hockey Tournament a dandy once again in Fargo

Scheels Arena hosted the combined NDHSAA Boys & Girls Hockey State Tournament in late February.

For the second year in a row, the girls state championship game featured Fargo North/South/Shanley and Fargo Davies meeting in a crosstown rivalry game. The 2022 title game rematch was in Fargo adding to the intrigue. 

The Fargo North/South/Shanley girls hockey co-op first took the ice during the 2014-15 season and since then, the team has added a nickname and suffered a few heartbreakers in state championship games. But on February 26 at the Scheels Arena the Spruins hoisted the 2022 NDHSAA Girls Hockey State Championship trophy as one.

Fargo North/South/Shanley defeated Fargo Davies 2-1 in double overtime to win the co-op program’s first state championship. Previously the team had appeared in three other state championship games – a 3-0 loss to Bismarck in the 2018 final, a 2-1 overtime loss to Bismarck in the 2019 final and a 3-2 loss to Fargo Davies in the 2021 final.

Leading the for the Spruins was junior forward Rylee Bartz, who scored both of North/South/Shanley’s goals.

In the boys title game, Grand Forks Red River met Fargo Davies. Red River needed to defeat Fargo North 3-2 in double overtime in a state-qualifier just to earn a trip to Scheels Arena, but once their spot was secure, the Roughriders rolled in Fargo. 

Grand Forks Red River defeated Fargo Davies 4-2 in the 2022 NDHSAA boys hockey state championship game played at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Dillon Jackson, Carter Sproule, Wyatt LeDuc and Luc Bydal scored goals for the Roughriders. LeDuc was named Tournament MVP.

Minot High boys swimming & diving squad 5-peats, break records at State Meet

Minot’s boys swimming and diving team five-peated as NDHSAA state champions on March 5 during the state meet held at the Hulbert Aquatics Center in West Fargo.

The Magicians scored 421 points at the meet. Fargo Davies finished second with 248 points. Minot has won 30 team state titles in program history.

The Magicans were led by senior Grant Schaeffer, who set a new state record in the 200-Yard Freestyle (1:41.65) in the prelims on Friday. Schaeffer also helped Minot High's 200 Yard and 400 Yard Freestyle relay team set state records on Saturday during the finals by swimming the lead leg of each race.

Minot's 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team (Schaeffer, Alex King, Jaxon Reinke and Peyton Bartsch) finished in a time of 1:25.34.

Minot's 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team (Schaeffer, Bartsch, Reinke and King) finished in a time of 3:09.31.

Class B Girls Basketball State Tournament returns to the Betty, Kindred Vikings win title

Kindred won its third NDHSAA Class B girls basketball state championship in six seasons on March 5. All three state championships the Vikings won in that span have come on a basketball court in Grand Forks – 2017 at the Alerus Center and 2019 and 2022 at Betty Engelstad Arena.

You might say things came full circle for Kindred’s program and the standout prep girls basketball career of senior forward Abby Duchscherer on championship night.

Duchscherer, a key reserve on the 2017 squad when she was a seventh grader, led all scorers with 25 points in the 64-40 championship win over Grafton. She also grabbed 10 rebounds in the finale for a double-double effort that helped the Vikings complete a undefeated 26-0 season.

Following the victory, Duchscherer was named Tournament MVP – the second time she’s earned that distinction in her career, also winning the honor her freshman year in 2019.

Kindred senior center Terryn Johnson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the title game.

Minot sweeps Super A Basketball State Tournament

Minot became the first school to sweep the Super A girls and boys basketball state tournament since 2018 when Bismarck Century won both the Class A Girls and Class A Boys basketball state championships.

Minot High’s girls squad got things going on March 12 winning the program’s first Class A state championship since 1978.

Minot High defeated undefeated and No. 1-ranked Bismarck Century 75-68 in the 2022 NDHSAA Class A girls basketball state championship game. Leading the way for Minot High was eighth grade guard Maggie Fricke, who scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists to earn Tournament MVP honors.

Later that evening the Minot High boys squad completed the sweep with a 73-62 victory over West Fargo High to earn the program’s first state championship since 2017 when the Magicians completed a historic three-peat (2015-2017).

Minot senior guard Eric Wentz led the way pouring in 24 points, which led all scorers in the title game. Minot junior forward Darik Dissette finished with a double-double (22 points and 13 rebounds). Dissette also eclipsed the 1,000 point scoring milestone during the game and was named Tournament MVP following the championship game.

Four Winds/Minnewaukan completes undefeated season with Class B boys basketball state title

It’s been over a decade since a Class B boys basketball team has successfully completed an undefeated season enroute to a state championship.

Four Winds/Minnewaukan, No. 1 ranked in the final media poll and the No. 1 seed at the 2022 NDHSAA Class B Boys Basketball State Tournament, had an opportunity at perfection on Saturday, March 19 when it locked up with defending state champion Kindred in the title game at the Minot State Dome.

The Indians defeated Vikings 69-49 to put the finishing touches on a 27-0 season and become the first Class B boys basketball program to go undefeated since North Star in 2011.

Leading the way for Four Winds/Minnewaukan was senior guard Jayden Yankton who led all scorers with 22 points and also dished out four assists to help the Indians to their second state championship in program history with the other coming in 2016. Yankton, a 2022 NDAPSSA Mr. Basketball finalist, was named Tournament MVP following the state championship game.

Four Winds/Minnewaukan led wire-to-wire in the title game. 

Bismarck High’s Treysen Eaglestaff and Kindred’s Abby Duchscherer net NDAPSSA Mr. and Miss. Basketball Awards

Bismarck High senior guard Treysen Eaglestaff was voted 2022 North Dakota Mr. Basketball by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA). Eaglestaff averaged 30.3 points and 8.3 points per game in his senior season with the Demons. Eaglestaff finished his prep boys basketball career with 1,634 points.

Kindred senior Abby Duchscherer was voted 2022 North Dakota Miss Basketball by the NDAPSSA. Duchscherer averaged 19.5 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in her senior season with the Vikings. Duchscherer finished her prep girls basketball career with 2,662 points. 

Fargo Davies’ Bayley Scott named 2022-23 NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student winner

Bayley Scott, a junior at Fargo Davies High School, was named the 2022-2023 North Dakota High School Activities Association and Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student. Interviews were held April 27 at Valley City State University.

Jaci Praska, of Oakes High School was chosen runner up. The other finalists interviewed were:

Katelynn Albers, Center-Stanton High School; Brenna Stroklund, Kenmare High School; Rylan Parsley, Dakota Prairie High School; and Avery Goll, Park River Area High School

The six finalists were selected from applications sent in by high school principals from across the state.

State Track moves to a three-day meet 

2022 was the first season the NDHSAA Track and Field State Meet operated under a “three-day” competition format. The change in format was a resounding success as student athletes took to the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck and put up some great performances.

Some State Meet Highlights included:

  • Fargo Davies junior Cece Deebom won four individual events (Class A Girls Long Jump - 19 feet, 1 inch, 100 Meters - 12.15 seconds, 100 Meter Hurdles - 14.33 seconds, and 200 Meters - 24.41 seconds). Deebom set a new Class A Girls and overall state record in the prelims of the 100 Meter Hurdles racing to a time of 14.00 breaking the overall record held by Carrington’s Whitney Carlson (2005).

  • New Rockford-Sheyenne sophomore won four individual events in one day (Class B Girls 300 Meter Hurdles - 43.46 seconds, 400 Meters - 57.08 seconds, 100 Meter Hurdles - 14.95 seconds, and 200 meters - 24.63 seconds). Belquist’s time in the 200 meters set a new Class B girls state record breaking the previous mark (24.95 seconds) set by Carrington’s Whitney Carlson in 2006. In the prelims of the 300 Meter Hurdles, Belquist set a new overall and Class B girls state meet record in the event with a time of 42.02 seconds breaking the previous overall and Class B girls state meet record of (42.26) held by Carrington’s Whitney Carlson (2006).

  • Jamestown senior Anthonett Nabwe set a new Class A Girls and overall state record in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 10 inches breaking the overall record (48 feet, 6 inches) set by West Fargo High’s Akealy Moton (2017). Nabwe completed the throwing triple crown winning state titles in the discus (154 feet, 7 inches) and Javelin (144 feet, 9 inches). Nabwe scored a total of 36 points at the state meet while also placing third in the 100 meters.

  • Central Cass sophomore Elise Wisnewski set a new Class B girls state meet record in the 100 meters racing to a time of 12.14 seconds in the prelims. Elise Wisnewski won individual state titles in the 100 Meters (12.62 seconds) and the Long Jump (16 feet, 11 inches). She also ran the anchor leg of the Squirrels' 4x200 Meter Relay which won a state championship in a time of 1:43.98.

  • Kindred’s Paul Olson scored a total of 34 points at the State Meet helping the Vikings to a team state championship. Olson won individual state championships in the Class B boys High Jump (6 feet, 6 inches) and the 400 Meters (49.98 seconds). He finished second in the 200 Meters and third in the 100 Meters. Not bad considering he just started competing in track and field this spring. He impressed so much this spring on the track that North Dakota State signed him to compete at the school next year in track and field. Less than a week after the state meet, Olson finished runner up in the 2022 NDHSAA Class B boys golf state tournament and led the Vikings to a team state championship in that sport as well this spring.

  • Hazen’s Ian Busche had a standout meet winning individual state championships in the 3200 Meters (9:38.71), 1600 Meters (4:24.57), and 800 Meters (1:56.71). Busche also was part of the Bison’s 4x400 Meter Relay team that won a state championship.

  • Kindred (Class B Boys), Central Cass (Class B Girls), Bismarck Century (Class A Boys) and Fargo Davies (Class A Girls) all won team state championships. 

Kindred wraps up stellar athletic school year with a team title in Class B boys golf

The Vikings had impressive school year in athletics (Class B girls golf individual medalist Avery Bartels, Division 11B Football State Championship, Class B Boys Wrestling 132-Pound State Champion Carter Schmitz, Class B Girls Basketball State Championship, NDAPSSA Miss Basketball Abby Duchscherer, Class B Boys Boys Basketball State Runner Up, Class B Softball State Runner Up, Class B Boys Track and Field State Championship, Class B Boys High Jump and 400 Meters individual state champion Paul Olson, Class B Boys 200 Meters individual state champion Jaiden Peraza, Class B Boys Discus and Shot Put individual state champion Jack Packer, and Class B Girls Javelin individual state champion Abby Duchscherer)

How could it get any better?

The finishing touch on the school’s banner year was the Vikings’ boys golf squad winning the 2022 NDHSAA Class B Boys Golf State Tournament at Oxbow Country Club. Kindred finished with a two-day total of 645. In the individual competition the Vikings had three golfers – Paul Olson (runner up), Brock Woehl (sixth) and Max McQuillan (tied for ninth) – crack the Top 10 for All-State finishes.  

Beulah sophomore Champ Hettich earned Class B boys golf individual medalist honors shooting a 3-over 147 and winning the tournament by five strokes.       

West Fargo Sheyenne repeats as Class A Baseball and Class A Boys Golf state champions

The Mustangs had a nice spring going back to back in two sports. West Fargo Sheyenne defeated Fargo Shanley 3-1 in the 2022 NDHSAA Class A baseball state championship game behind the pitching efforts of junior Casey Clemenson who struckout eight batters yielding one earned run off five hits in a complete game victory.

The Mustangs also won big at the 2022 Class A Boys Golf State Tournament winning the team state championship with a team score of 593. Sheyenne was led by standout junior Nate Peyerl, who took home individual state medalist honors with a two-day score of even-par 142. The Mustangs also got top-10 finishes from Andrew Wilhelm (fourth, 148) and Ben Likness (tied for ninth, 152).

Central Cass softball continues winning ways at Class B Softball State Tournament

The Squirrels defeated Kindred-Richland 11-1 in six innings to win the program’s fourth consecutive NDHSAA Class B softball state title and sixth overall state championship since the Class B Division of softball began in 2012.

Central Cass needed a walkoff, two-run home run by senior Peyton Nelson on Friday night to defeat Renville County 3-2 and advance to its ninth state title game.

Kindred-Richland scored first in the top of the second inning. The 1-0 advantage didn’t last long as the Squirrels put together a six-run third inning ignited by a two-run double off the bat of sophomore infielder Grace Fletschock and punctuated by yet another big two-run home run hit by Nelson. Nelson’s Saturday blast hit off the center field scoreboard at Tharaldson Park. Junior Tori Richter pitched a complete game striking out four batters.

Hitting was contagious for Thompson at Class B Baseball State Tournament

The Thompson hit parade kept right on marching in the 2022 NDHSAA Class B baseball state championship game.

Entering the championship game, Thompson had scored a combined 38 runs off 25 hits in its first two games of the state tournament.

The No. 2 seeded Tommies scored 11 runs off 10 hits to defeat No. 1 seed LaMoure-Litchville/Marion 11-7 in the title game played at Newman Outdoor Field.

The Tommies also got a solid start on the mound from senior Kyle Odenbach who struckout 11 batters in 5 ⅓ innings pitched to get the victory. 

Bismarck High pushes through and wins Class A softball state title

Bismarck High defeated defending state champions Dickinson 7-6 in the 2022 NDHSAA Class A softball state championship game. Three times – 2017, 2019 and 2021 – Bismarck High had played in a state championship game only to come up just short.

Bismarck High jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a two-run home run hit by senior pitcher Logan Gronberg, but the Midgets answered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning.

The Demons got one back in the third inning and regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning by plating four runs. Senior shortstop Payton Gerving and Groberg each had RBI singles in the top of the fourth, but sophomore outfielder Brielle Wrangham provided an impactful two-run double that put the Demons up 7-5.

Dickinson scored a run in the sixth inning, but was unable to get the equalizer. 

Gerving finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs scored for the Demons. Gronberg was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and three RBIs. Wrangham was 3-for-4 for Bismarck High and finished with three RBIs.

Minot High repeats as girls soccer state champs

Minot High’s girls soccer program is in the midst of a lengthy win streak and after capturing its second consecutive NDHSAA state championship the Magi are a budding dynasty.

Minot High defeated Fargo Shanley 6-0 in the championship match of the 2022 NDHSAA Girls Soccer State Tournament played Saturday, June 4 at Starion Sports Complex in Mandan.

The victory is Minot’s 33rd in a row – a streak that started in 2021. The last time Minot High lost a girl soccer match was to Fargo Shanley in the 2019 NDHSAA girls soccer state championship match. The Magi were 16-0-0 in 2021 and ended the 2022 campaign with a 17-0-0 record.

Leading the way for the Magi in the title match was sophomore forward Maicee Burke who scored three goals

Fargo Davies wins program’s first girls tennis team dual state title, Gu (Singles) & Olson/Egge (Doubles) repeat

Fargo Davies defeated Minot 4-1 at Choice Health Fitness in Grand Forks in the championship of the 2022 NDHSAA Girls Tennis Team Dual State Tournament.

Leading the way for the Eagles were its trip of singles players Paige McCormick, Marissa Burian and India Rohl who all won their matches.

Tanis Lee and Grace Wanzek won their No. 2 doubles match for the Eagles. 

Minot scored a win at No. 1 doubles with Sidney Ressler and Sienna Ronning winning their match.

In the individual portion of the 2022 NDHSAA Girls Tennis State Tournament, West Fargo Sheyenne senior Mimi Gu repeated as individual singles state champion with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jamestown’s Phoebe Olson. The Minot doubles combo of Eden Olson and Sofia Egge also repeated as state champions on Saturday, June 4 defeating Fargo Shanley’s Madeline Abbott and Julia Wolf 6-0, 6-3.


Enderlin boys basketball standout Joe Hurlburt breaks Class B rebounding mark and eclipses 2,000 career points: Enderlin senior forward Joe Hurlburt broke the state’s unofficial all-time & Class B boys basketball career rebounds record during the Eagles’ 89-61 win over Oak Grove at Enderlin High School on February 3. Hurlburt surpassed Linton’s Dean Streyle on the all-time list, eclipsing Streyle’s mark of 1,339 rebounds. Hurlburt also finished with 37 points during the Eagles’ win. Less than a week later, Hurlburt scored the 2,000th point of his prep boys basketball career during the Eagles’ 85-47 Region 1 victory over Richland at Richland High School in Colfax, ND. Hurlburt finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds.

Trio of girls basketball standouts eclipse the 2,000 point career scoring milestone: Three girls basketball standouts – Adie Wagner (Sr., Fargo South), Megan Roob (Sr., Richland) and Ellie Braaten (Jr., Westhope/Newburg)  in the state eclipsed the 2,000 point career scoring milestone this winter. Fargo South senior Adie Wagner scored her 2,000th point during the Bruins’ 64-44 Eastern Dakota Conference victory against Fargo North on January 18 at Fargo South High School. Wagner finished the game with 26 points and became just the fifth Class A girls basketball player in state history to surpass 2,000 points. Roob scored her 2,000th point in a 52-26 win over Fargo Oak Grove during a first-round play-in game of the 2022 NDHSAA Class B, Region 1 Girls Basketball Tournament on February 17 at Richland High School. Roob finished the game with 25 points. Braaten scored her 2,000th point in a 54-40 loss to Bishop Ryan during a quarterfinals of the 2022 NDHSAA Class B, Region 6 Girls Basketball Tournament played at the Minot Auditorium. Braaten finished the game with 20 points.

Renaissance “Sportsman” Jake Deutsch of Central Cass has a senior athletic year to remember: Jake Deutsch may indeed by the definition of a well-rounded, multi-sport student athlete. The Central Cass senior standout excelled in Football, Basketball, Wrestling and Track and Field this season. In football, he earned NDHSCA All-State First Team Honors at wide receiver and helped the Squirrels to a berth into the NDHSAA Division 11B Football Playoffs making it as far as the quarterfinals. In the winter he was a dual sport athlete in basketball and wrestling. In wrestling, Deutsch finished third in the state in the Class B 145-pound weight class while also helping the Squirrels qualify for the 2022 NDHSAA team dual state tournament. In Basketball, Deutsch was a starter and led the Squirrels in scoring several games throughout the season. He scored 17 points in Central Cass’ 69-54 win over Oak Grove in the 2022 NDHSAA Class B, Region 1 third place game. At the 2022 NDHSAA State Track and Field Meet, Deutsch was a member of the Squirrels’ 4x100 Meter and and 4x200 Meter Relay teams that won state championships. 

Minot North is welcomed as a new NDHSAA Member School: At the NDHSAA Board of Directors meeting in June, the NDHSAA officially welcomed a new member school – Minot North High School. The new high school in Minot was announced in December in 2021 after voters in the city passed a bond. The nickname for Minot North is the “Sentinels.”

Some eye-popping Class A boys basketball single game scoring figures highlight the winter: Scoring wasn’t short supply in the Class A Boys Basketball division this winter. Bismarck High’s Treysen Eaglestaff scored 52 points in the Demons’ 106-103 Western Dakota Association boys basketball road victory on January 4. On January 11 Fargo Davies freshman guard Mason Klabo scored 45 points in the Eagles’ 99-90 Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball win over Fargo North. On February 8, Fargo North sophomore Jeremiah Sem scored 46 points in the Spartans’ EDC win over Devils Lake. On February 22, Jamestown senior Adam Kallenbach scored 51 points during the Blue Jays 81-67 Western Dakota Association boys basketball win over Mandan. The Scoring totals for Eaglestaff, Sem and Kallenbach each set new single game scoring records at their respective schools.

2007 Fargo South grad Tom Hoge wins first PGA Tour event, qualifies for Masters:

Former North Dakota prep golf standout Tom Hoge now has a PGA Tour victory to add to his stellar golfing resume. Hoge won the 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am championship on Sunday, February 6 shooting a 68 to beat three-time major winner Jordan Spieth by two strokes.

Hoge joins Paul O'Leary (Bismarck) and Mike Morley (Minot) as North Dakotans to win a PGA Tour event. In April, Hoge played in the Masters at Augusta National.

2016 Drake HS grad Cordell Volson selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft: Cordell Volson, a 2016 Drake High School graduate and former All-American offensive lineman at North Dakota State, officially entered the National Football League. In April, Volson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, who are defending American Football Conference (AFC) Champions, during the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft held in Las Vegas. Volson watched the draft with family and friends in his hometown of Balfour, N.D.

2017 Wahpeton graduate Tylee Irwin ends her collegiate women’s basketball career by helping South Dakota State to a WNIT National Championship: Irwin scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in South Dakota State University’s 82-50 win over Seton Hall in the 2022 Women’s Basketball National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Championship Game played April 2 at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D. Irwin played in 159 games for the Jackrabbits making 122 career starts and finished with – 1,379 career points 18th on SDSU's all-time scoring list.

2020 Bismarck Century graduate Lauren Ware makes it to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament again with the University of Arizona: Ware and the Wildcats didn’t make as far as they didn in the 2021 National Tournament, but once again the 2020 Century had the opportunity to play during March Madness. Ware scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the University of Arizona’s 72-67 win over the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in the first round. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, their season came to an end with a loss to the University of North Carolina in the second round. Ware scored one point and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss to the Tarheels.


Class B Baseball: Thompson
Class A Baseball: West Fargo Sheyenne
Class B Softball: Central Cass
Class A Softball: Bismarck High
Class B Boys Basketball: Four Winds-Minnewaukan
Class A Boys Basketball: Minot High
Class B Girls Basketball: Kindred
Class A Girls Basketball: Minot High
Class A Boys Cross Country: Williston
Class B Boys Cross Country: Bowman County
Class A Girls Cross Country: Williston
Class B Girls Cross Country: Rugby
Division 11AA Football: West Fargo Sheyenne
Division 11A Football: Jamestown
Division 11B Football: Kindred
9-man Football: LaMoure-Litchville/Marion
Class B Boys Golf: Kindred
Class A Boys Golf: West Fargo Sheyenne
Class B Girls Golf: Heart River
Class A Girls Golf: Fargo Davies
Boys Hockey: Grand Forks Red River
Girls Hockey: Fargo North/South/Shanley
Boys Soccer: Fargo Davies
Girls Soccer: Minot
Boys Swimming and Diving: Minot High
Girls Swimming and Diving: Bismarck Century
Boys Tennis: Grand Forks Central
Girls Tennis: Fargo Davies
Class A Boys Track and Field: Bismarck Century
Class B Boys Track and Field: Kindred
Class A Girls Track and Field: Fargo Davies
Class B Girls Track and Field: Central Cass
Class A Wrestling (Team Dual): Bismarck High
Class B Wrestling (Team Dual): Lisbon
Class A Wrestling (Team Individual): Bismarck High
Class B Wrestling (Team Individual): Lisbon
Girls Wrestling (Team Individual): Central Cass
Gymnastics: Dickinson High
Class A Volleyball: Bismarck Century
Class B Volleyball: Linton/HMB
Debate: Fargo Davies
Class B Plays: Richardton-Taylor
Class A Plays: Bismarck Century
Class B Speech: Enderlin
Class A Speech: Valley City
Student Congress: West Fargo Sheyenne