Heath Hotzler, Published October 09 2008
Bruins ready to run at EDCLaura Roesler is just fine, thank you very much. For that matter, so too is the entire Fargo South girls cross country team.
That was the message from Bruins coach Lisa Svaleson this week when asked about the state of her team as it approaches the Eastern Dakota Conference meet on Friday. The meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo.
“The end of the season is what matters most,” said Svaleson, whose team captured second place at state last year behind the second straight individual title of Roesler. “That’s what we gear up for. … We’re excited to see how everyone performs at the end.”
This week’s inquiry was due to South’s conspicuous absence from last week’s North Dakota Class A team rankings. Bismarck topped the poll, followed by West Fargo, Minot Dickinson and Bismarck Century.
Roesler, who as a 16-year-old wowed the area by making the semifinals of the 800 meters at the Olympic Trials in June, isn’t listed in the top 10 individuals in the state. She finished second at the state cross country meet as a seventh and eighth-grader, and won the event as a freshman and sophomore.
Svaleson said Roesler isn’t injured.
“She’ll be there in the end,” Svaleson said.
And Svaleson is quick to point out that South has never been a one-woman show.
Bruins freshman Tarin Lachowitzer is ranked No. 2.
Lachowitzer, who is in her second year of cross country, finished third at state last year.
Lachowitzer and Roesler have not won an event this season, but Svaleson said she has been encouraged by the team’s performances in practice.
After the Bruins’ top two, Erin Valenti, Paige Rygg, Katie Schalow, Jennifer Storm and Lauryn Wilson are tightly grouped together.
“The thing with rankings is that you kind of have to take them with a grain of salt,” Svaleson said. “I don’t put a lot of merit in them. … What I ask from the girls is to compete like they do in practice, because I’ve never seen a group of ladies compete so hard day in and day out.”
Are you ready for some EDC football?
A favorite to take the Eastern Dakota Conference football title could emerge when No. 4 West Fargo takes on No. 1 Fargo South at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fargodome.
The Bruins (4-1) have won four in a row after a season-opening loss to Edina (Minn.).
West Fargo (5-1) suffered its first defeat of the season two weeks ago against then No. 3 Wahpeton by a score of 9-6.
South (3-0) and Fargo North (3-0) are the remaining unbeaten teams in the EDC.
The Bruins have games remaining against Fargo Shanley and North. The Packers finish the regular season at home next week against North.
Odds and ends
Six players from the EDC were named to the all-state girls golf team last week: Jamestown’s Laura Kraft, West Fargo’s Krista Weiszhaar, Fargo Shanley’s Liz Strom and Sarah Storandt, Grand Forks Red River’s Lexi Nord and Emily Schultz. Weiszhaar was named senior athlete of the year. Kraft earned the Class A state title.
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