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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier and its two seniors walked off the court winners on Saturday at the Alerus Center. The Rebels' Allison Geisler and Tabby Kinzler scored the final five points in the seventh-place game of the state Class B girls basketball tournament against Glen Ullin-Hebron. The Rebels rolled 46-35 over the Bearcats. "I didn't even realize that until somebody told me," Kinzler said. "It's a great way to go out, with the two seniors coming up big and scoring."
Midkota boys basketball coach Ross Florhaug and the Mustangs wrapped up what had to be an interesting week of practice Sunday morning. They've had seven days to prepare for a game, and a tournament, nobody outside the team's circle thought they'd be playing in. The Mustangs (3-18) open today's Region 3 tournament quarterfinals facing sixth-ranked Linton-HMB (19-2) at 3 p.m. inside the Jamestown Civic Center.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Katie Entzi nearly willed Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier to victory in the second half on Friday at the Alerus Center. The sophomore standout scored six straight points and assisted on four more, helping the Rebels rally to tie Park River-Fordville-Lankin at 26-all with a minute left in the third quarter of state Class B tournament consolation play.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Taylor Mathern and Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier kept pace for a quarter on Thursday at the Alerus Center. But the undefeated Kindred Vikings caught fire in the second period against the Rebels in the opening round of the Class B state tournament. Kindred used three players to hit four 3-pointers during a 17-1 run to close the first half. Kindred led 31-19 at the break and coasted to a 56-41 victory over E-K-M. The Rebels will play Park River-Fordville-Lankin (23-2) in consolation play today at 1 p.m.
KULM, N.D.—Tabitha Kinzler understands the importance of everyone doing their part. Coming off the bench for Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's girls basketball team, the senior guard never knows exactly when she'll be needed or for how long. But whenever coach Megan Cleveland has called for No. 11 this season, Kinzler has been ready to roll. The Class B state girls basketball tournament begins today at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. E-K-M plays Kindred at 1 p.m.
Mackenzie Clark is taking her volleyball skills to the next level. The Jamestown High School senior signed a letter of intent on Monday with North Dakota State College of Science. The National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Wildcats went 27-12 last season, en route to the team's third straight Region 13 title. "At the end of last year, I saw my improvements and it really came to mind that I only had one more season and I didn't want it to end," Clark said. "I worked really hard to try and make it to this point."
Jamestown High School will have two all-staters back on the ice in boys hockey next season. Junior defenseman Connor Fuchs and junior goalie Matthew Schneider were both recently voted all-state by the coaches. Jamestown High School's Haley Hillstrom was also an all-state selection on the girls team. Fuchs, standing at 6-foot-5 without skates, was tied for third in scoring for the Blue Jays this winter with five goals and 13 assists. He blew past his sophomore numbers of two goals and a pair of assists, helping Jamestown to nine victories.
Brant Naze found his stroke at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier senior guard buried four more 3-pointers on Monday, helping the Rebels scoot past LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 53-25 in a Region 3-qualifying game of the District 5 basketball tournament. Naze finished the game with 12 points and the tournament going 11-of-20 from beyond 3-point range in the three games. The Region 3 tournament begins Monday at the Civic Center.
Finally, Ellendale boys basketball has its district championship. Brennen Vance's 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists highlighted Ellendale's thrilling 56-53 victory over Carrington in Monday's championship game of the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. The win snapped eight consecutive losses for Ellendale in district title games dating back to 1998. But Vance said this time it was Ellendale's turn to hoist the hardware.
Brennen Vance has no qualms about dropping 23 points on his football brethren. The Ellendale senior buried five 3-pointers in the second half of Saturday's District 5 tournament semifinal against Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier at the Jamestown Civic Center. Ellendale cruised 71-39 over the Rebels. Ellendale and Edgeley-Kulm won a state championship together on the Class A 11-man gridiron last fall.