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Published September 09 2010

North Dakota preps: 3 wins in 8 days for the Burros

The Hillsboro football team has had little time to practice this season. There are too many games to play.

The Burros won three games during an eight-day stretch from Aug. 24-31.

Hillsboro defeated Thompson 38-0 in the season opener, beat region foe Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 22-20 three days later, and captured a 52-22 win against Drayton last Tuesday.

“We were trying to fine tune the little stuff,” Burros coach Scott Olsen said. “But there was no time to do that. All we did was watch a lot of video. … And we tried to make a lot of adjustments on the fly.”

Hillsboro has had to endure the rough stretch each of the last two seasons to get nine games on its schedule. The Burros advanced to the North Dakota 9-man semifinals last season.

Olsen, an assistant coach for the Burros the last four years, said the grueling early schedule has helped the team down the stretch.

But what happens when things get back to normal? Hillsboro will have to wait 10 days to get back on the field when they face Norman County East in Gary, Minn., on Friday.

“You can see in practice that the guys are fidgety and they felt like they should be playing already on two days rest,” Olsen said. “But normal is always good. I love a normal week of practice.”

Shanley girls golf

suffers rare defeat

The Fargo Shanley girls golf team suffered a rare defeat on Tuesday.

Shanley coach Don Johnson said his team had won every Eastern Dakota Conference meet for five-plus seasons leading up to the tournament at King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks.

The Deacons were undefeated en route to Class A state titles in 2005-07. They continued their string with EDC crowns the last two seasons.

Shanley won its first five tournaments of the year.

“We’ve been doing well for the last six, seven, eight years,” said Johnson, whose team finished fourth on Tuesday. “It’s good to know our program is doing well. It’s nice to know our kids take golf seriously.”

Shanley played without two of its starting four players on Tuesday. Deacons senior Sarah Storandt won the tournament with a 76.

Shanley played with three eighth-graders. Senior Liz Strom is out with tendonitis.

The next EDC meet is scheduled for next Tuesday at Village Green in Moorhead.

“We didn’t even think about it,” Johnson said of the streak. “It just came naturally. … This really didn’t mean anything. We want to get our kids healthy, do well in the EDC and try to win a state title. That’s always been the goal.”

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