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Forum staff reports, Published October 07 2010

Weekend watch: High school football: Fargo Shanley at Lisbon

High school football: Fargo Shanley at Lisbon

7p.m., Friday, Lisbon, N.D.

The top-ranked Deacons (6-0) will face their toughest test of the season when they travel to Lisbon to face the Broncos (5-1). Defending North Dakota Class 2A champion Shanley has been an offensive machine this season, racking up points each game like the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. However, the matchup with the Broncos will be Shanley’s first game against an opponent with a winning record. “To play a team that is definitely on the top side of their record on road is a challenge,” Deacons coach Steve Laqua said. “And I think that is what competitors want.” Lisbon coach Mark Moss said the matchup to watch will be the Broncos defensive backs and linebackers against Shanley’s talent wide receivers Josh Rodenbiker and Dylan Dunn. Broncos senior cornerback Nathan Qual has six interceptions. Senior Mikel Roman is at the other corner. “I think the big thing for us is that we have to get pressure on the quarterback,” Moss said. “We’ve got to make him make some throws that he may not be comfortable, maybe rush some throws.” Shanley has allowed 12 combined points in the last four games. “Honestly, we take the approach each week that we are going to prepare whether we are on top or on the bottom,” Laqua said. “That’s part of the reason we’ve been so successful. We never get too high or too low.”

– Heath Hotzler

High school cross country: Eastern Dakota Conference Meet

1 p.m., Saturday, Moorhead’s Johnson Park

The battle to become the EDC champ winds through Johnson Park on Saturday. The top five runners for each team score in the team race. Last year, West Fargo’s Alissa Mears won her second straight conference title as she helped the Packers to the team crown. West Fargo also won the boys team title with help from medalist Jamison Gehrig. Defending state cross country champion Tarin Lachowitzer returns, this time as a member of Fargo Davies. She won last year’s state title as a sophomore with Fargo South. The Davies girls are ranked No. 1 in the latest Class A poll. Grand Forks Central’s Jessica Lindsay is ranked No. 2 in the individual poll, and Lachowitzer is No. 3. Francis Mendee of Grand Forks Red River is ranked No. 2 in the Class A boys poll. Grand Forks Central could be the team to beat in the boys race. The Knights are ranked No. 3.

– Heath Hotzler

Running: FM Mini Marathon

8:30 a.m., Saturday, Fargo Civic Center

About 2,200 runners will toe the starting line in the 5K, 10K and half marathon runs in what is getting to be an increasing-popular event. The brainchild of the organizers of the Fargo Marathon, the half marathon route hugs the Red River (you’re encouraged to check the website at www.fmhalfmarathon.com for route changes due to floodwall construction in south Moorhead). “I think this whole region continues to evolve as a running community,” said Mark Knutson of Go Far Events. “Our goal is to make this event hopefully a 4,000 to 5,000 person race the next couple of years and I think we’re on our way.” The races are already closed to registration and Knutson points to good medals, good T-shirts and Oktoberfest mugs as things that please runners. The event is also raising money for accident victim Mark Schreiner and as of Wednesday was just over $1,000 short of its $10,000 goal. One mile in the 5K is dedicated to him and will be filled with his supporters, family and friends. Donations can be made on the website.

– Jeff Kolpack