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Sports in Brief: Four Packers in Badlands Bowl, but Montana wins

West Fargo teammates named to the recent North Dakota Badlands Bowl Roster were (from left): Jon Pistorius (son of David and Glenda Pistorius), Alex Fontaine (son of Rod and Brenda Hartl), Zach Neer (son of Alan and Lori Neer), and Tanner Fontaine (son of Rod and Brenda Hartl). Submitted photo.

Even with four Packers in its lineup, the North Dakota team could not pick up a win during the Badlands Bowl on June 18.

Tanner Fontaine, Alex Fontaine, Zach Neer and Jon Pistorius all earned roster spots for Team North Dakota, which fell to Montana 34-13. Since the border battle began in 1994, Montana leads the all-senior series with a record of 13-5. Last year, North Dakota edged Montana 41-38

Neer went 1-for-2 receiving, and Pistorius was named Defensive MVP for North Dakota.

North Dakota actually led 10-7 after the first quarter, but they wouldn't score again until a field goal in the final quarter. In the meantime, Montana ran away with it after putting up 13 points in the second quarter and 14 in the fourth.

Other area players on the North Dakota roster included: Adam Boe, Fargo South; Dylan Dunn, Fargo Shanley; Dan Jordan, Fargo Shanley; Brad Kepler, Fargo South; Brock Larson, Fargo South; Griffin Neal, Fargo South; Andrew Okland, Fargo South; Joe Swegarden, Fargo North; and Stefan Webber, Fargo Shanley.

Okland led North Dakota after catching seven passes for a 166 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Carson Wentz of Bismarck Century, passed for 230 yards and was named Offensive MVP. Both are North Dakota State University recruits.

Neer will be playing for Northern State University in the fall.

WF players on national qualifying youth basketball team

Two West Fargo fourth graders are heading to North Carolina with their basketball team to compete in a national tournament.

Christian Kuntz and Ryan Kerr helped the Northern Heat to a first-place finish in the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services spring championships in Maple Grove, Minn. last month. The team qualified for the USSA Boys National Championships, which was held last Wednesday through Saturday.

Other team members include: Ryan Kerr of Moorhead; Connor Kvalvog and Harrison Thom of Fargo; and Caydn Schwabe and Hayden Overby of Thompson, N.D.

Gustafson, East sweep during All Star volleyball games

West Fargo senior Jill Gustafson was the lone Packer to earn a spot on the East roster for this year's North Dakota Optimist's All Star series, held Monday in Fargo and Tuesday in Bismarck.

The East swept, taking the first match 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-22 over the West, and then winning Tuesday's finale 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19.

In Monday's contest, Gustafson put up just three kills and a block, but she really broke out in Tuesday's match. The recent West Fargo graduate matched East teammate Raquel Wellentin with 13 kills. Gustafson also led the team with two service aces.

Gustafson will attend Jamestown College in the fall, and will compete in both volleyball and track and field.

Tonight billed as 'Valley Volunteer Night' at RRVS

Tonight's races at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo are being promoted as Valley Volunteer Night.

Anyone who "put forth such grand efforts to save our community" will be awarded free admission.

For tickets, stop by Petro Travel Center, 4510 19th Ave SW, Fargo, or call 701-356-5377.