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Tom Mix, Published June 20 2013

North Dakota's top 10 high school sports season stories

Forum sports reporter Tom Mix lists the state’s top moments in high school sports this year.

Shanley’s Jacobson has historic night on basketball court

Fargo Shanley senior A.J. Jacobson closed out his high school hoops career with a 27-point performance in the Deacons’ 73-54 win over Bismarck in the Class A state championship game. During the game, Jacobson – a North Dakota State basketball recruit – broke the unofficial Class A scoring record, finishing with 2,002 career points. Following the game, Jacobson won the state’s Mr. Basketball Award.

NDHSAA makes headlines with tournament sites and TV coverage

Following the winter tournaments, the North Dakota High School Activities Association announced its tournament committee would be exploring what it called “preferable sites” for its premier state tournaments rather than switching between several sites. The NDHSAA also announced its state tournament television contract would be changing hands. Forum Communications Company was awarded a five-year contract to televise the state’s football, basketball, and hockey tournaments, which were previously televised on NBC North Dakota the last three decades.

Milnor wins Class B boys basketball state championship

The Milnor Bison ended the season 22-6 and won their first Class B state championship with a 67-60 win over Four Winds-Minnewaukan. Ben Nelson’s Milnor squad only started one senior and was unranked the entire season.

Dakota Bowl turns 20

Every fall for the last 20 years, North Dakota’s high school football season has ended with its state champions being crowned at the Dakota Bowl. This fall, undefeated Bismarck (12-0) topped Bismarck Century 21-0 in the 3A title game. Fargo Shanley defeated Grafton 14-8 in the 2A title game. Hazen won the 1A title with a 55-28 win over Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn. New Rockford-Sheyenne (12-0) ended its season with a 40-22 win over Divide County for the 9-man championship.

Lehmann, Bosch cap standout wrestling careers

West Fargo senior Preston Lehmann and South Border senior Blake Bosch each claimed state records in their final seasons as prep wrestlers. Lehmann, a NDSU recruit, broke the state’s Class A career pins record finishing with 184 pins in 258 career prep matches. Bosch, a Minnesota State Moorhead recruit, broke the Class B wins record at the state tournament in February finishing with 240 career victories. Both Lehmann and Bosch are three-time state champions.

Bismarck Century girls athletics win big

Bismarck Century had a banner year for girls sports. The Patriots won state championships in volleyball, basketball, track and field and soccer. Century and Bismarck co-op to form the Bismarck Blizzard girls hockey team, which also won a state championship.

Minot Ryan girls basketball goes undefeated, wins Class B state title

The Lions spent the entire season ranked No. 1 in the polls, finishing 27-0 following a 54-50 win over Central Cass in the championship game. Prior to the state tournament, Minot Ryan had never trailed in the second half of a game all season.

Weather, streaks highlight spring sports season

North Dakota’s outdoor spring sports season was condensed to one month due to late snow storms. The late start didn’t stop several teams from adding to long title runs. Grand Forks Red River girls tennis won its 12th straight team dual championship, Bismarck’s boys track and field team won its 10th consecutive state title and West Fargo softball won its 16th overall state championship.

Kindred volleyball takes home Class B state championship

After sweeping its three matches in the Region 1 tournament, the Vikings appeared in their first Class B state tournament. Kindred defeated Langdon 25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22 in the championship match.

Fargo North girls swimming team ends West Region’s dominance

Fargo North’s girls swimming and diving team snapped a 35-year drought last fall when it became the first East Region team to win a state championship since 1977. The Spartans posted 386 points, edging Bismarck Century by 50 points.