FARGO — Here's a look at the top 10 local stories from the 2018-19 North Dakota high school sports season:
Shanley leaves 2A with a title
Fargo Shanley will play football in Class 3A for the 2019 season. Before the Deacons left Class 2A, they took a state title with them. After losing three straight state championship games, the Deacons topped rival Bismarck St. Mary's 28-21.
The Deacons trailed 14-0 to start the game, but came back to win the title. Cade Busek finished with 194 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries, overcoming two fumbles to help lead the Deacons.
Lisbon has memorable state wrestling tournament
Lisbon won the Class B state team dual for the first time since 2008 and its third consecutive Class B team individual team championship. The Broncos clinched the championship dual over New Salem-Almont when Zane Gruba was slammed on his head and won by disqualification. Gruba was motionless on the mat for quite some time, but came to and was taken away in an ambulance. The last thing he said to his coach before being taken away was he couldn't wait to wrestle next season.
Gruba ended up with no neck damage, but a separated shoulder and a concussion. Lisbon got individual state titles from Boeden Greenley at 106 pounds, Caleb Nielsen at 113 pounds and Jordan Sours at 152 pounds.
Thompson nearly makes history
Thompson was one win away from becoming the first Class B team to win a football, basketball and baseball state title in the same season, but the Tommies lost in the state baseball championship in extra innings. It was the third straight season Thompson lost in the state championship game to Park River-Fordville-Lankin.
In the Class 9-man state football championship game, starting quarterback Cadyn Schwabe went down with a collarbone injury in the third quarter and did not return. Clay Odenbach came in and led Thompson to three second-half touchdown drives for the 42-28 win over New Salem-Glen Ullin. Schwabe came back to lead Thompson to a Class B boys basketball title in the team's first trip to the state tournament, earning tournament MVP honors. The Tommies won 57-47 in overtime over Bismarck Shiloh Christian in the state championship game, finishing the season 26-1.
If that wasn't enough, Thompson's volleyball team won a Class B state volleyball championship, winning the final two sets in a five-set thriller over Oakes in the championship. It was the first state title in volleyball for the Tommies since 2005.
Huber leads area distance runners
Edgeley-Kulm's Isaac Huber won the Class B boys state cross country title and Class B state titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Class B state track and field meet. His time of 4 minutes, 17.58 seconds was a Class B boys state record. He will run at North Dakota State next school year.
Huber wasn't the only local distance runner to have a big season, as Thompson's Lana Krack took home Class B state titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the girls state track and field meet.
Hillsboro-Central Valley's Reagan Baesler won the Class B girls cross country title and Jamestown's Meghan Ford won the Class A girls cross country title as well. Ford also won Class A titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the state track and field meet.
Jamestown has huge turnaround
Jamestown became the fourth known Class A boys basketball team to go undefeated in a season, capping it with a 66-49 win over Fargo Davies in the state championship game. Jamestown was 2-19 two seasons ago and 12-14 last season. The Blue Jays went 27-0 this season behind 6-foot-7 senior center Mason Walters, who averaged 21.5 points and 11.2 rebounds a game. Walters is headed to the University of Jamestown, while teammate and junior guard Boden Skunberg is committed to North Dakota State.
Fargo Davies running programs continue dominance
The Fargo Davies girls running programs have approached the dynasty discussion. The cross country team won its third straight Class A title and did it in dominating fashion. The Eagles won by 52 points. The track and field team then won its fourth straight team title. They placed in every event and won by 41 points.
West Fargo, Central Cass still dynasties in softball
West Fargo's streak of 20 straight softball titles was snapped in the 2018 season. The Packers came back and won the Class A softball title this season via an 8-6 win over Bismarck. They scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 lead in the title game.
Central Cass played in its seventh state title game in the last eight seasons, winning its fourth title in that span and second straight. The Squirrels topped Kindred-Richland 6-2 in the title game.
Shanley girls, West Fargo boys win soccer titles
Daniel Collins scored with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the state boys soccer title match to give the Packers a 1-0 win over Fargo Davies. Collins scored 31 goals on the season, breaking a program record.
Fargo Shanley's girls soccer team trailed one time and gave up three goals all season. The Deacons capped a 15-0-2 season with a 2-1 win over Jamestown.
Sheyenne girls tennis goes undefeated
A year after getting knocked out by Minot in the state girls tennis final, West Fargo Sheyenne left no doubt. The Mustangs went 22-0 on the season and swept all three duals at the state tournament 5-0, including a 5-0 win over Fargo Davies in the championship.
Monti Knewtson, Preeti Chemiti and Mimi Gu won their singles matches at the tournament by a combined 108-14. The doubles teams of Abby College and Miranda Sommerfeld and Kaitlin Sundlie and Hailey Raan kept pace by also going undefeated in the tournament.
Corode smashes triple jump record
West Fargo senior Nsengiyumva Corode went 48 feet, 5 inches on his final jump in the triple jump at the Class A boys track and field meet. The previous meet record was set by Mike Backes of Grand Forks Red River in 1998. Backes' record jump was 46-9, which Corode broke on his second jump with a 47-1 1/2. His final jump broke the West Fargo school record, along with adding to his state meet record.