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Pelican Rapids and Park Christian enter the boys rankings, while Hawley and Ada-Borup fall out.
Barnesville knocks Hawley out of the rankings with a 50-46 win on the girls side.
Hawley has struggled early. The Nuggets (1-2) have already matched their loss total from last season. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum
1. Perham (4-0)
This week: At Crosby-Ironton Tuesday, host Pelican Rapids Friday
Perham keeps on rolling with a 61-46 win over Crookston to move to 4-0 overall. Once again, the Yellowjackets got contributions all over the court. Nick Bahls finished with 14, Eli Beachy and Hunter Salath had 13 and Sam Muer had 11.
Perham has a big week with Crosby-Ironton and Friday’s matchup with Pelican Rapids.
2. Battle Lake (3-0)
This week: At Barnesville Tuesday, host Parkers Prairie Friday
Battle Lake rolled Ashby (83-46) and Rothsay (78-33).
Nick Trosdhal had a monster game against Ashby, dropping 30 points and hauling in seven rebounds. Tyler Ukkelberg had a monster week, scoring 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals against Ashby and putting up 20 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five steals against Rothsay.
3. Fergus Falls (3-1)
This week: Host Alexandria Tuesday, Host St. Cloud Tech Friday
The Otters dropped their first game of the season to Brainerd 53-47. Austin Rund had 12 points and 15 rebounds, but had to sit with foul trouble. It’s tough for the Otters to compete without him. Someone else will have to step in.
4. Pelican Rapids (4-0)
This week: At Perham Friday
Pelican Rapids has beaten Wadena-Deer Creek, Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal, Park Christian and Barnesville to open the season and are winning by an average of 27.25 points.
Ryan Bruggeman has been incredible. Against W-DC he had 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He also had 24 points against Park Christian.
5. Park Christian (3-1)
This week: Host Lake Park-Audubon Thursday
Hunter Nickel (42) had a triple-double in a big win over Ada-Borup for Park Christian. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum
Teams like Hawley and Ada-Borup aren’t going to go away, but it’s hard to overlook the Falcons after they topped Ada-Borup – ranked 7th in Class 1A AP polls – Monday in overtime.
They were able to do that with Matt Moberg – leading scorer from last season – scoring just 10 points. Hunter Nickel can fill up a stat sheet. He had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against Ada-Borup and the Falcons are set at point guard for a long time with sophomore Zach Kvalvog.
1. Fergus Falls (2-0)
This week: Host Willmar Thursday, host Detroit Lakes Saturday
Brianna Rasmusson had 15 assists for Fergus Falls in a win over St. Michael-Albertville. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum
After dismantling Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 67-31 to open the season, the Otters knocked off the Class 4A, No. 8-ranked St. Michael-Albertville squad 72-51.
University of North Dakota commit Bailey Strand set a single-game school record with 38 points in the win over St. Michael-Albertville. She also tied the school record with eight 3-pointers. Brianna Rasmusson had 15 assists and nine points in the win over St. Michael-Albertville and Anna Monke (University of Minnesota-Duluth commit) has had double-doubles in both games this season.
2. Ada-Borup (28-4 in 2012-13)
This week: At Park Christian Tuesday, host Waubun Friday
Still no games played for Ada-Borup yet. The Cougars have been to state six times since 2006 with two state championships and last season’s runner-up finish.
Even better news for Ada-Borup is they went 28-4 and played in the state title game with one senior. Granted, losing their leading scorer Megan Kolness hurts, but the team returns everyone else, including point guard Monica Vega, who does everything on a basketball court, and forward Heidi Eggen and guard Shaina Stevenson, both of whom averaged double digits in points at the state tournament.
3. Pelican Rapids (2-0)
This week: Host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday, Red Lake at Bemidji State Saturday
So much for saying Mackenzie Korf is going to have trouble without sister Madison Korf and Sommer Haugrud. The sophomore put up a school record 41 points in the Vikings opening win over Frazee.
4. Barnesville (2-0)
This week: At Graceville against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Tuesday, host Perham Thursday
The Trojans returned six players with varsity experience this season, but lost Sydney Boom, who was all-conference and the team leader.
Holly Vancura had 14 points and eight assists in the Trojans’ opening win over Brandon-Evansville. She’s their size. The Trojans used a big 50-46 win over Hawley to crack the rankings. Perham will be a big game for the Trojans
5. Underwood (1-0)
This week: Host Parkers Prairie Thursday, host Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal Saturday
The Rockets opened the season with a 57-38 win over Rothsay.
Knocking on the door
Perham went 2-23 last season. The Yellowjackets have already surpassed their win total, winning three straight. A win against Barnesville Thursday would be big.
This group turned around the volleyball team at Perham, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see them carry that over to the basketball season.
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LONDON – Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain to promote his book due to changes in the country’s immigration laws, British media reported on Tuesday.
The American boxer and convicted rapist is currently in Paris having been due to arrive in Britain this week to plug his new autobiography “Undisputed Truth”.
New immigration rules, however, mean anyone with a previous conviction resulting in a jail sentence of more than four years is barred from entering the country.
Tyson, 47, was sentenced to six years in the 1992 for raping an ex-beauty queen.
“There was a change in the UK immigration law in December 2012 of which we were unaware,” his publisher Harper Collins was quoted as saying.
“For this reason Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the UK.”
Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, at age 20, and was the first heavyweight to own all three major boxing world title belts a year later.
The British Home Office confirmed it had changed the rules last year.
“We would not comment on the details of an individual case,” it said in a statement.
“We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone who is convicted of serious criminal offences.
“In December 2012 we toughened up the rules on entering the UK, replacing the previous discretionary approach with a clearer, stronger framework including mandatory refusals based on the length of, and time since, sentence.”
Tyson has fought in Britain before, defeating Julius Francis in Manchester in 2000 and Lou Savarese in Glasgow the same year.
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GRAND FORKS – The University of North Dakota’s search for its next football coach intensifies beginning today now that the application deadline has closed.
The application deadline for the position was Tuesday. At the end of the day, UND had received 72 applications – including one from someone with close ties to UND football.
Bubba Schweigert – a former UND associate head coach and defensive coordinator – submitted his application late Monday. He now is the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois.
Schweigert spent 15 years on the UND staff, helping North Dakota to six conference titles, eight playoff appearances and the 2001 Division II national championship. He left UND to take over the head job at Minnesota-Duluth, where he coached for four seasons.
He left Duluth to join Dale Lennon’s staff at Southern Illinois in 2008. Lennon was UND’s head coach for nine seasons before leaving for Southern Illinois.
The application pool for UND’s next coach is across the board, featuring head coaches at the Division II, III and NAIA levels, FCS assistants, FBS assistants, former assistant coaches at all levels and former pro coaches.
However, UND may not opt to hire any of the 72 applicants. The position will remain open until filled. Coaches that applied by Tuesday, however, likely will have preference in the hiring process.
Because of North Dakota’s vast open-record laws, a number of coaches rumored to be interested in the position have yet to apply – if indeed they will.
Some coaches simply don’t want their names officially linked to the application process if they’re employed at other schools.
Another factor in UND’s coaching search surfaced over the weekend when NDSU coach Craig Bohl took the Wyoming job.
With NDSU now looking for a coach, there is speculation that potential candidates that have not yet applied may be weighing options regarding the two openings.
Regardless, UND will now move forward in the hiring process.
All candidates will be scored to see how they meet UND’s requirements. From there, it’s expected three to five coaches will receive on-campus interviews.
UND athletic director Brian Faison has not placed a timetable on when he expects to make the hire, saying only the school wants to bring in a coach as soon as possible since national signing day is roughly two months away.
Realistically, the earliest UND will announce a hire is still roughly 10 days away.
There were three other candidates of note who applied Tuesday. They were Army associate coach Ian Shields; former South Dakota coach Ed Meierkort, who coached high school football in Florida after his contract was not renewed by South Dakota; and Central Michigan offensive coordinator Michael Cummings.
Nelson is the sports editor of the Grand Forks Herald
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MOORHEAD – Memorial Auditorium will have a different look tonight when Concordia hosts a basketball doubleheader.
The Cobbers won’t be using the baskets that hang from the ceiling, instead using baskets at each end that are now on standards.
“It looks like a basketball arena now,” Cobbers head men’s basketball coach Rich Glas said with a laugh.
The Concordia women’s team hosts Augsburg at 5:45 p.m. today. The men’s team hosts Augsburg at 7:45 p.m.
The new basketball standards were installed to help alleviate concerns with the roof’s snow load capacity. Concerns the school announced in the fall.
“They’re just doing some provisional measures,” said Roger Degerman, senior director for communications and marketing at Concordia. “The facility is very safe. Everything that is being done is out of an abundance of caution.”
In order to ease pressure on the roof, speakers and sound shells were removed from the Memorial Auditorium roof. The scoreboard that used to hang above center court has also been taken down.
Degerman said it is yet to be determined if any of those elements can be hung from the roof again.
The facility is still in the midst of a structural engineering study that should be completed near the end of winter or early spring.
“We are just waiting for the study to be completed,” Degerman said. “Our facilities management team and the engineering team have been in great communication.”
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