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Heath Hotzler, Published September 18 2008

Broncos eyeing CC success

The Lisbon boys cross country team appears poised for another successful season thanks to a productive summer by the Broncos’ top runners.

For the first time in school history, Lisbon had three runners ranked in the state’s top 10 last week.

Senior Jayce Seelig was No. 4, senior Anthony Finstad was No. 9 and freshman Connor Stotts was No. 10.

Stotts dropped out of the top 10 in this week’s poll.

The Broncos are No. 2 as a team.

“They set a goal,” Lisbon coach Phil Martin said. “They wanted to do better than what they did last year. Of course, New Town is so talented. To even give them a shot would be a big feather in their cap.”

The Broncos, who finished third at the state Class B meet a year ago, logged several hundred miles during the summer in an effort to improve.

Martin said many of the team’s standouts challenged themselves by using Lisbon’s grueling hill on the north side of town as a training tool.

“It’s probably the toughest hill we have,” Martin said. “Once in a while we go out there and practice on it. It’s steep and it’s about 100 meters long the way we go. They have to really grunt along.”

Martin said freshman Donovan Williams logged more than 300 miles during the summer. Four or five put in over 200 miles, and another two or three ran more than 100 miles, Martin said.

That commitment has made a difference in the Broncos’

5-0 start against Class B opponents.

“This start is better than what we’ve had previously,” said Martin, whose team is led by a group of seven seniors. “Last year, we only ran with four guys in the first meet because we didn’t have enough who were ready. This time everybody made their nine practices (before the first meet). … We’re looking good now. Hopefully, we will be looking even better.”

Odds and ends

Former West Fargo High School standout running back Tyler Roehl and former Fargo South tight end Jeremiah Wurzbacher are again playing key roles for the North Dakota State football team this season. Roehl is second on the team with 178 rushing yards, despite missing significant time with an ankle injury. Wurzbacher is second on the team with 8 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end. The Bison are 2-1 and ranked No. 2 in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision coaches’ poll. … With a 3-1 comeback victory at rival Fargo North on Tuesday, the Fargo South boys soccer team improved to 5-0 in the Eastern Dakota Conference. The Bruins will begin the second half of the conference season at Fargo Shanley next Tuesday. The Deacons are No. 2 in the EDC with a 3-1 record. … David Schultz, who as a prep helped Fargo South to three-consecutive Class A state titles, is 73rd on the Nationwide Tour’s money list with $82,125. In his first full season on tour, Schultz has made the cut in 15 of 22 events.

Readers can reach Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hhotzler@forumcomm.com. Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com