BISMARCK — Recent West Fargo graduate Cassidy Thorson was merely a spear carrier for most of Tuesday’s Lions All-Star game at the Civic Center. When duty called, however, Thorson, a 5-11 guard-forward, answered the call. With Class A down 61-56 and a minute and one-half on the clock, Thorson took charge, eventually helping her team to a 79-68 overtime win. She fired in a 3-pointer with 1:19 remaining in regulation time and she was on her way. Thorson knotted the game at 61 with a pair of free throws with 46 seconds on the clock. And that’s the way it stood at the final buzzer.
BISMARCK — Good athletes leave behind memories. Great athletes leave behind records. Elite athletes leave behind legacies. Meet University of Nebraska senior Emily Wong, who capped her final season by winning the 2014 AAI award, also known as the Heisman Trophy of gymnastics. Wong, a native of Grand Forks, is the recipient of the Dakota Award, which is presented annually by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
BISMARCK — Ryan Blees looked down a demanding, painful, stressful road as he approached last summer’s USA Wrestling Junior Nationals. And he didn’t know the half of it. Although the task proved to be even more daunting than he’d imagined, he prevailed, capturing the 152-pound freestyle championship at the Fargodome. Making Blees’ triumph even more impressive was his age.