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Kerry Collins, Published September 15 2009

New faces, same results for A-B

The cupboard was supposed to be relatively bare for Ada-Borup athletics after a phenomenal senior class graduated last May.

Somebody forgot to tell the kids that are still involved with Cougar athletics.

Names might be different, but the results haven’t been.

Ada-Borup is 2-0 in football – outscoring its two opponents 109-6 – and the Cougar volleyball team is 7-1.

“I think that just shows this is a strong program,” A-B athletic director Sam Marek said. “We’ve had very good numbers and we anticipated having another competitive year across the board.”

Ada-Borup went to the state 9-man football semifinals last fall, behind seniors Payton Kujava, Mark Mitteness, Nick Gordon and Tyler Purrington, to name a few.

The Cougars lost to eventual state champion Houston at the Metrodome.

The boys basketball team also took third at state, and Kujava placed at the state track meet.

The Cougars finished third at the state volleyball tournament with the efforts of Laura Kolness, Nicole Smart, Katy Ness, and Corinn Gunderson.

That bulk of that group also powered Ada-Borup to its second consecutive Class 1A girls basketball title last winter.

The athletes weren’t the only faces to change. Marek took over for Mike Kolness as athletic director.

Ruth Hayden still coaches the volleyball team, but Nathan Brager replaced Mike Gullingsrud as football coach, and Kevin Lindell took over for David Smart as girls basketball coach.

“We expect to continue the success we’ve had, because I came in here and it was like we were used to sending everybody to state,” Marek said with a laugh. “You can’t expect that every year, but those teams are already producing this fall.”

The football team knew it had a couple of good guys back in Yuri Johnson and Spencer Ruebke, and the Cougars have a lot to choose from.

Ada-Borup had 48 kids out for prep football this fall, a huge number for a 9-man school.

The girls volleyball team also brings back experienced players like Erica Myers and Haley Lindell.

Marek said the X-factor for the teams is the community.

“One of the main reasons I wanted to come here was because the community was so involved and supportive,” Marek said. “Everybody goes out to cheer on the team, and that makes such a difference.”

Rebels, Warriors meet in HOL clash

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s solid defense is no secret. The Rebels will get a pretty big test this weekend when they host Warroad.

“They definitely have a very talented and potent offense,” D-G-F coach Tony Soderberg said. “We’re going to try and isolate a few guys and then stuff ’em.”

D-G-F has given up just 15 points in its first two games, and is coming off a 7-0 win over Breckenridge last Friday – a first for Rebels seniors.

Warroad is averaging 43 points per game through its first two contests this season.

Both teams are 2-0 and are tied for the lead in the Heart O’Lakes Classic with Staples-Motley.

The Rebels lost to the Warriors 17-14 last year. Warroad scored all 17 of its points in the second quarter.

“That’s Heart O’Lakes football,” Soderberg said. “You look at the schedule and it’s a challenge every week.”

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