MINOT—Carrie Nistler was at the Fargodome on Nov. 9 when Thompson won the 9-man football state championship. It was a thrill. "It was crazy, so intense,'' Nistler, a senior volleyball player at Thompson High School, said. "But this is a better feeling for us. It is our team's accomplishment. I know how hard we worked for this.''
MINOT—The disappointment of a state championship bid that came up short didn't have a lingering effect on Langdon-Edmore-Munich. After the top-seeded Cardinals were eliminated in Friday night's semifinals, they bounced back to take third place Saturday in the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. Langdon-E-M swept Northern Cass 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 for third place. "It wasn't what we wanted (in the semifinals),'' junior hitter Callie Ronningen said. "But it happens in sports. We had to come back and play.''
MINOT—The season series went to Langdon-Edmore-Munich. The biggest win went to Oakes. After losing to the Cardinals both times they met during the regular season, Oakes downed L-E-M 17-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 here Friday in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. "We knew the feeling of losing to them before,'' Tornadoes hitter Nicole Schmitz said. "We didn't want that feeling again. It made us work harder. "This feeling is unbelievable.''
MINOT—There haven't been many times when Thompson has allowed an opponent a run of 17 unanswered points as it did here Friday. "I don't think that's happened this year,'' Tommies volleyball coach Lisa Strand said. "But, between (the first and second) sets, I could see the girls were ready, that they were still confident.'' Thompson made the comeback. The Tommies beat Northern Cass 8-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-23 here Friday in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. The Tommies will play Oakes in Saturday's 7 p.m. championship.
MINOT—Serving has been a strength for a lot of players for Langdon-Edmore-Munich this season. On Thursday it was Lexi Olson's time to shine at the line. The sophomore served an 11-0 run early in the first set, including a pair of aces. That set the tone for the Cardinals in a 25-14, 25-8, 25-17 win against Kenmare in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B state high school volleyball tournament. Olson went to the serving line with an 8-8 tie and started the Cardinals on a roll.
MINOT—By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Thompson had the advantage in kills here Thursday. That was as much a tribute to the Tommies' aggressive defense as it was to their hitters as Thompson won in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B high school state volleyball tournament. The second-seeded Tommies swept Center-Stanton 25-15, 25-21, 25-10. Carrie Nistler had 13 digs and Lauren Cunningham 12 as Thompson slowed down the attack of the Region 5-champion Wildcats.
In addition to running for North Dakota State University, Cam Roehl also has contributed in recruiting. He had a hand in getting his younger sister, Grand Forks Central High School senior Lexi Roehl, to commit to NDSU. She signed a letter of intent Wednesday as a preferred walk-on to compete with the Bison cross country and track teams. Lexi Roehl also took a recruiting visit to University of Missouri-Kansas City and talked to coaches from Portland State and Nevada-Reno. Neither North Dakota State nor any other program in the state was originally on her radar.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Taylor Zak's hitting numbers are down by a significant margin compared to a year ago. But the Thompson High School senior volleyball player sees that as a good thing. "To me, that's a great thing,'' Zak said. "It shows that we have more balance. Mixing it up makes it harder for teams to defend us.'' Balance has been the theme for the veteran Tommies, who take a 36-1-1 record and the No. 2 seed to the Class B state tournament beginning Thursday in Minot.
LANGDON, N.D.—Madi Pritchard was proficient enough as a hitter that she started on the right side for Langdon-Edmore-Munich last season. That team finished third at the 2017 Class B state high school volleyball tournament. Yet Pritchard wasn't hesitant when she was asked to change positions for her senior season. The senior now sets for the 40-3-0 Cardinals, who won the Region 4 title and take the No. 1 seed into the state tournament beginning Thursday in Minot.
WEST FARGO—Grand Forks swimmers captured two titles here Saturday on the final day of the North Dakota girls high school swim meet. Freshman Elsa Musselman won the 200 in a time of 1:53.93. Junior Jordyn Danielson won the 500 in 5:15.20. It was the first state title for both of the Grand Forks Red River swimmers. "Elsa had a better-than-average performance,'' Grand Forks coach Bryan Walls said. "She had a lifetime best time in the prelims. She added a little bit of time to that today, but I'm happy with how she swam.