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Wildcats will aim to break bowl drought with talented roster BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS After a multi-year postseason drought, the North Dakota State College of Science football team is tackling 2012 with ambition on its mind. The team is off to a strong beginning, coach Chuck Parsons said. “We feel good with our first groups,” he said. “After that, we’re working on developing the guys that back those backups.” A team with a reputation for a blistering pass attack, the Wildcats promise to be skilled and athletic once again. “There’s a lot of talent there,” Parsons said. “I think they have a chance to be better than we were last year. We have more depth at every single position, and it helps because it pushes the first team.” NDSCS is busy trying to acclimate the incoming freshman to the speed of the college game.

“We’re just trying to get freshman ready to play,” Parsons said. “It’s a learning process and a complete change from high school.” Last season, the Wildcats missed the postseason by two points. It will serve as the motivation for the team moving forward. “It was a careless play on the goal line,” Parsons said. “You can’t take a play off. Fumbling the ball in the end zone, we’ve got to knock that off. We can’t hurt ourselves. We want to give these guys a position to get to a bowl game. But it’s not going to be easy.” With a unified approach, Parsons believes his Wildcats have a real shot to take the next step in 2012. “We have as good a chance as any,” he said. “But the No. 1 goal is to win the first game. And then the second game. By the time it’s all said and done, we’ll have a chance.”

The Huskies are back in the pool this fall with some familiar facew running laps for state tournament births. Four of the six members of the Wahpeton girls swim team are returning with experience from last season. Three seniors highlight the crew, and while two are new to the team, they still provide leadership in the lanes. “It’d be nice if they had more experience, but it’s nice to have the mature outlook on


A high-powered offense figures to be key again for the Wildcats, who add incoming talent to an already potent passing attack.

Wildcats Football 2012 Schedule Sept 1 - @Snow College, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 - Mayville JV, 6 p.m. Sept. 22 - @ College of Dupage, 1 p.m. Sept. 29 - DC Bottineau, 1 p.m.

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things,” Wahpeton coach Anne Retzlaff said. Makyl Ziegler and Heather Glines will be among Wahpeton’s top swimmers, and will plan on swimming at state. The pair are the Huskies’ most balance swimmers, qualifying in numerous strokes last season. “I’ll be looking for them to qualify early on,” Retzlaff said. Newcomer Shannon Thompson also has a shot at state. “It’d be nice if she can get in there and surprise us,” Retzlaff said. “She’s got some talent.”

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Oct. 6 - Columbia Basin, 1 p.m. Oct. 13 - Iowa Western CC, 1 p.m. Oct. 20 - @ Ellsworth CC, 1 p.m. Oct. 27 - @ Iowa Central CC, 1 p.m.

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Returning talent gives Huskies another chance at playoff run BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS The Wahpeton Huskies football team likes to run the ball. A lot. Thankfully, they feature one of the best running attacks in North Dakota. Runners Tyler Gripentrog and Brock Lingen will lead Wahpeton as the Huskies look for another successful season in 2012. “We’ve got two All-Conference running backs returning. Usually, you’re lucky to just have one,” Wahpeton coach Brian Dokken said. “To have two guys that can run like that and are as powerful as they are is so valuable to us, and they complement each other.” The backs are powered by a solid offensive line, featuring Tyler Ringdahl and Joel Green. “We also have a pair of AllState linemen up front,” Dokken said. “I really think those two are two of the best in the state at any level. When they put their mind to something, there’s nobody that can stop them.” Although the running attack will be featured for the Huskies, other skill players will look to contribute for Wahpeton this year. “I like to think that we have a lot of weapons,” Dokken said. The defensive side of the ball is a high-energy unit, featuring

play-makers like Mike Dassenko and Zach Reiff. “Our defense, looking at it on paper, we don’t find a lot of weaknesses. We’re solid up front and our secondary is full of skill guys. We’re as athletic as anybody,” Dokken said. Dokken said one weakness the Huskies might have is a lack of linebacker depth. “We don’t have a lot of them,” he said. After an injury in the first game, QB Jack Christensen is cleared to play, avoiding a broken ankle. “He’s been cleared to play,” Dokken said. “It’s a day-by-day thing.” Still, the Huskies remain a veteran team after losing a number of seniors after a trip to the state semifinals last season. “This is a totally different team from last year. They’re more of a laid-back group,” Dokken said. “They realize they have some skill and potential, but they’re taking it a day at a time. But especially for the seniors, last season is weighing on their minds.”



NDSCS looks for more glory after Region XIII title last season BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS

The North Dakota State College of Science volleyball team is coming off a MonDak confence title and a Region XIII championship. This year? Well, they want to do the same thing all over again. “They know how to win, and they don’t like to lose,” NDSCS coach Jane Passa said. “The experience is great, and I’m excited.” The team features mutiple returning contributors from

last season’s talented squad. “I’m impressed with our sophomores as leaders,” Passa said. “They really have set the example for our freshman.” One area the Wildcats will need to improve is on the defenive side, specifically finding a libero. “Until we find that person, we’re going to have to get through some things,” Passa said. “It’s up in the air. We’re a good hitting team, but we need to pass well and paly defense.”

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Aug. 24 - @ Ridgewater Tourney Aug. 28 - @ DC Bottineau, TBD Aug. 29 - @ Central Lakes, 6 p.m. Sept. 5 - @ Bismarck State, 7 p.m. Sept. 7-8 - @ Columbus Tourney (Neb.) Sept. 11 - Jamestown JV, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 - @ Lake Region State, 7 p.m. Sept. 14-15 - @ Ridgewater Tourney Sept. 19 - DC Bottineau, 7 p.m. Sept. 21 - Dakota County TC, 7 p.m. Sept. 24 - @ Jamestown JV, 5 p.m. Sept. 27 - Williston State, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28-29 - NDSCS Tourney Oct. 2 - Dawson CC, 7 p.m. Oct. 3 - Lake Region State, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 - @ MSCTC Fergus Falls, 6:30 p.m Oct. 10 - @ DC Bottineau, 7 p.m. Oct. 12-13 - @DMACC Tourney Oct. 17 - Bismarck State, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 - @ Williston State, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 - @ Dawson CC, 3 p.m. Oct. 26-28 - Region XIII Tourney Nov. 2-3 - District G Playoffs Nov. 15-17 - National Tourney


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Huskies Football 2012 Schedule Aug. 24 - Bis. St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. Aug. 31 - Breckenridge, 7 p.m. Sept. 7 - @ Valley City, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 - @ Central Cass, 7 p.m.

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Fresh faces stepping in for athletic Cowboys football team BY PRESTON YAGGIE • DAILY NEWS SPORTS INTERN After last year’s adversity faced run, this year’s Breckenridge Cowboy football team will have several players with some, but not a whole lot of experience from the previous up and down season. “We’re gonna be a completely new-look team,” said coach Chad Fredericksen. “It’s gonna take a while to find our identity, but we’ve got some very solid athletes who will get better and better as the year goes on.” Players who saw significant time on defense last year will be asked to step up on offense as well. Sophomore Nate Blaufuss, junior Parker Busse, and senior Michael Whitney will contribute on both sides of the football this year. Junior Connor Yaggie will likely be the team’s quarterback this year. The Cowboy defense will be

filled with smart and athletic players. The spot where the Cowboys have the most depth this year is at the wide receiver and tight end positions. The team has big play threats in the 6’5’’ sophomore Nate Lorenz, Busse, and senior newcomer Richard Grohman. The offensive line will be tall, strong, and athletic as well with Nordick, junior Alex Myrha who played significant time at tackle last year, and junior newcomer Jordan Christensen. The 2012 Cowboys will be young, athletic, and hungry for a deeper playoff run. After watching a vast amount of talented players graduate, they knew they had to put a ton of time into getting better during the offseason and will see how it turns out. “I feel like we’re confident on what we can do and by the end of the year this will be a team to be reckoned with,” said Fredericksen.


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Cowgirls Volleyball 2012 Schedule Aug. 30 - Wahpeton, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 - @ Wadena-Deer Creek, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 - @ Perham, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 - @ UMM Tourney Sept. 11 - @ Hankinson, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 - Pelican Rapids, 7:30 p.m.

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The Breckenridge Cowgirl volleyball team comes into this season with a roster looking a lot like last year’s. Half of the team has plenty of varsity experience, and half of the team is talented newcomers. “I’m looking forward to seeing how this team gels together,” said coach Linda Hillestad. “We’re in a tough conference but our players work so hard and they’re a lot of fun to work with.” Returning varsity players include seniors Olivia Boldingh and Alli Pauly, and juniors Katrina Dahlgren and Alison Beyer. Boldingh and Pauly saw time as setters and back players and Beyer and Dahlgren contributed as front players and kill machines last year. Seniors Laken Holzbauer, Tori Ellingson, and Morgan Wall and sophomore Kennedy

Conzemius will round out the rotation for the Cowgirls. “Our newcomers will have to step up in a real hurry because we play Wahpeton on Thursday,” said Hillestad. “We need to replace some talented players but we have good girls who can step in.” The team will look to play as well as they did in last year’s tournament in Fergus Falls, where they placed third and was the building block of their impressive seven game win streak. Near the end of that streak who was serving an astronomical 97 percent. The team will play in the brutal Heart O’ Lakes conference where they’ll be expected to finish in the middle of the pack again, but the players hope for a better outcome. “I think we will be pretty decent,” says Boldingh. The Cowgirls will open up on Thursday at home against cross-town rival Wahpeton.


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Deep Huskies golf team will compete near top of conference BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS


Front row, from left, Kelsey Darwin, Laken Breuer, Jessica DeVillers, Jordan Van Eps, Alexis Bell, Emma Rubish and Tess Rubish. Back row, from left, Leslie Hibl, Kelsey Breuer, Kendra Klosterman, Katie Meyer, Morgan Strand, Savonnah Haselhorst and Destiny Garcia. Aug. 13-14 - @ Jamestown Invite Aug. 20 - Bois de Sioux Invite Aug. 23 - @ Davies Invite Aug. 29 - @ Fargo South Invite

Huskies Girls Golf 2012 Schedule Sept. 5 - @ Edgewood GC Meet Sept. 11 - @ Kings Walk Invite Sept. 17 - @ Fargo CC Invite Sept. 18 - @ Village Green Invite

Sept. 24 - @ East Region Tourney Oct. 1-2 - State Tourney (from Mandan) *Home events in bold*

The Wahpeton girls team is deeper and better than in a long time. With a pair of tournaments already under their belts, the Huskies are showing they can really play in the Eastern Dakota Conference. “It’s a good start,” Wahpeton coach Jeff Ralph said. “The first two meets, we’ve played really well. The third place finish was by far our best effort. Confidence-wise, we’re playing better from that stand point.” Wahpeton has a deep team to pick from, but the roster also has varsity experience. “It’s nice to have girls that have played before,” Ralph said. “I kinda knew we would be OK, but I didn’t know how well we would play.” Ralph figures his team will elevate to near the top of the conference. “I think we’re in that 3-4-5

spot for the year,” Ralph said. “I think we should be there (at No. 3).” Leading the way for Wahpeton is young Savonnah Haselhorst, who is already breaking 90 as a sophomore. “The advantage is she plays so much,” Ralph said. “That experience has m ade her eighth in the conference. We’d like to see her do that and be All-Conference.” The Huskies’ roster is loaded with players who are setting personal bests with every round. “Morgan Strand as a senior shot a 97, and Emma Rubish is playing very well,” Ralph said. “Kelsey Darwin is a freshman on the verge of a 94-95 golfer, she’s solid all-around. And Leslie Hibl has been solid for us.” Led by those five, Wahpeton has a real chance at making the state tournament not only


New coach and new players mean opportunities for Wahp BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS After the departure of key seniors and the absence of others, it’s a completely new look for the Wahpeton boys tennis team. Not only are the key players entering the spotlight for the first time, so is their coach, Amanda Lunsetter, in her first season leading the Huskies. “We’re happy with who we’ve got this year,” Lunsetter said. “We’re getting to know each other, and everyone’s at different levels, but things are going smoother and smoother. Soon, we’ll be a well-oiled machine.” The Huskies will feature a wide range of experience levels on the court, and it will take some time to get everyone up to the pace of the varsity level. But the team is showing real promise, Lunsetter said. “It’s tough whenever you lose a senior,” she said. “But the guys are demonstrating leader-

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ship.” Jonathan Bartels, the team captain, will figure a big part of the team at No. 2 singles. “He’s really stepped up as a junior,” Lunsetter said of Bartels. Kylar Jawaski (SP) is the No. 1 singles player for Wahpeton “He has natural ability and has consistency,” Lunsetter said. “We’re looking for consistency in players, especially at the No. 1 spot.” Another key player for the Huskies will be young Joseph Langenwalter at the No. 6 spot. “He’s an eighth grader stepping up to the varsity position, and it is not easy,” Lunsetter said. “I really appreciate that; it’s brave of him.” The team’s goal is to be competitive in a difficult conference. “We’re not looking to win everything 6-0, but we want to take some matches home,” Lunsetter said.

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Sept. 8 - @ Valley City, 10 a.m. Sept. 13 - @ Fargo Davies, 4 p.m. Sept. 14- Williston, Bis. Century (@ Fargo)

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Veteran Huskies will make some noise in 2012 EDC season BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS Featuring a roster jampacked with juniors and seniors, the Wahpeton volleyball team looks to take the next step in conference play this season. After a couple weeks of practice, new coach Carla Sheeley is pleased with her team’s effort on the floor. “So far, I’m impressed with the girls. They’re working hard, giving 100 percent,” Sheeley said. w “That’s huge, and it’s going to spill over to the younger grades, as well,” Sheeley said.

“This is their season, and I’m excited from that stand point.” Captains Megan Klosterman and Whitney Klosterman will not only be vocal leaders, but are among Wahpeton’s most talented, too. “It’s a team effort, but when we have chaos on the court, those are the girls I’ll look to to settle things down,” Sheeley said. With its vast depth, Wahpeton is aiming for long playoff run. “Getting to state, that’s every team’s goal, Sheeley said.”

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The Huskies feature nine seniors on the roster this year. Front row, from left, Kim Fatland, Karly Sokness, Esme Johnson, Ellie Norwood and Heidi Eberhardt. Back row, from left, Laura Berger, Megan Klosterman, Whitney Klosterman and Molly Wynn.

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Wahp XC is low on numbers, but full of running spirit BY ERIC GROVER •DAILY NEWS Running is always a numbers game for Wahpeton cross country coach Larry Lasch. Sometimes, it is difficult for the Huskies to match the depth of other squads in the conference. Still, practices are going well thus far. “The top runners are going a little bit better than last year right now,” Lasch said. The strength of the team is its experience. Virtually everyone is back on the Huskies’ team from last season, and the team is still fairly young. “We have one senior boy and two senior girls,” Lasch said. “They all have experience, and we didn’t lose anybody.” With four boys and four girls

on each side havingw varsity experience, a door is open for a newcomer to earn the fifth running spot. “That’s the question mark,” Lasch said. For the boys, senior Micah Evans, a six-year veteran, junior Derek Meyer and sophomore Jake Ries will figure prominently for the Huskies. “Those three boys are going to lead the way for me,” Lasch said. On the girls side, its McKenzie Klocke, Courtney Breuer Samantha Klocke and Whitney Welder, who will be steady for Wahpeton. “It will be interesting to see which girl will be our top runner,” Lasch said.

Huskies Cross Country 2012 Schedule

Aug. 30 - Bois de Sioux Invite Sept. 8 - @ Milbank Meet Sept. 15 - @ Valley City Meet Sept. 22 - @ West Fargo Invite Sept. 27 - @ Fergus Falls Meet

Oct. 6 - @ Grand Forks Invite Oct. 13 - EDC Championship (@ Bois de Sioux) Oct. 17- @ Fargo South Meet Oct. 27 - @ State Tourney (Dickinson)


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