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Published December 16 2010

Hotzler: Shanley hoops teams among EDC’s best

Remember the days before kids specialized in the one sport they were sure would get them a college scholarship?

You know, back in the days when youngsters played just about every sport available just for the pure joy of competition?

That’s how a lot of high school dynasties were built. A group of kids came up together, played a bunch of sports together, and eventually won championships together.

That appears to be what’s going on at Fargo Shanley.

The Deacons boys basketball team is off to a 4-0 start. The girls basketball team is 3-0.

Take a look at the rosters.

The boys have several key players from the school’s back-to-back North Dakota Class 2A state championship football team.

Many others played on a soccer team that earned the Eastern Dakota Conference regular-season title, and a third-place finish at state this year.

The girls have several players from its EDC champion girls golf team, and from its EDC runner-up volleyball team.

Throughout the year, several players have talked about the bonds built through years of practice and games in different sports.

That has to help when the game is on the line.

Shanley is reaping the rewards of an athletic and talented group of seniors who came up together, played all sports together and have won championships together.

The senior boys: Josh Rodenbiker; Michael Dancer; Brandon Anderson; Ben Savageau; Stefan Webber; Myles Montplaisir; Trenton Olson; Kevin Buth and Dylan Dunn.

The senior girls: Sophie Kenney; Sadie Rivard; Kaitlyn Carlson; Nicole Carew and Sarah Storandt.

The teams are inching closer to securing that dynasty label.

The Deacons boys and girls basketball teams are both expected to be in the mix for conference title contention.

Who knows what could happen if they both advance to state?

Shanley is scheduled to travel to West Fargo for a basketball doubleheader today. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys begin at about 7:45.

Odds and ends

Former Central Cass boys basketball standout Calvin Kraft is fifth in scoring in the Dakota Athletic Conference with 16.6 a game. A senior at Valley City State, Kraft scored a season-high 28 points against Minnesota State Moorhead earlier this season. … The West Fargo boys hockey team’s 4-3 win against defending state champion Grand Forks Central on Tuesday night was the team’s first win against the Knights in six games.

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