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FARGO—When West Fargo Sheyenne sharpshooter Maggie Manson put up her first shot of Thursday's North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament game, it was blocked by Bismarck Century's Lauren Ware. Welcome to playing against a 6-foot-4 sophomore center who is already being recruited by Division I schools. Welcome to playing against a Century team that has lost only once this season. Welcome to playing in your school's first state tournament in the Fargodome—where Sheyenne lost 66-42 to a Century team playing in its 34th state tournament.
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be? A: Super strength. Could do anything I wanted with it. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: Probably anything Katy Perry. Yeah, I've got a lot of Katy Perry. Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? A: Hopefully, I see myself playing in the NFL or professional football. If not, taking over my dad's business back home. Q: Who is your hero?
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be? A: To be invisible. Sometimes, you just want to get away. That would be my favorite super power. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: I don't know about that. Probably some U2, something like that. Anything by them is kind of embarrassing. Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? A: Hopefully I will be a game warden back home in Florida. That's kind of the plan from here. Q: Who is your hero?
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be? A: It would be to fly. To go anywhere you want. I've always been interested in traveling the world. Just get up and go wherever you want. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: I don't the name of it but it sounds like .... (singing) "taking my way downtown." ... I think it's a 'Million miles' or 'Miles away.' I have that on my phone and my teammates think that's pretty funny. Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be? A: I would want to fly, for sure. No question about it. I've always thought about it. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: Sadly, it's probably something from 'One Direction.' They might be a guilty pleasure of mine. Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? A: I would hope to have locked down a career in either the agricultural industry or something in the business world. Location? Not sure. Maybe around Fargo or maybe back home in Kansas City.
1 Eastern Washington, with an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, is located in Cheney. The school was established in 1882 as the Benjamin P. Cheney Academy. It was later renamed State Normal School at Cheney and to Eastern Washington College of Education before its current name was adopted after World War II. 2
Monti Knewtson finally won her first East Region individual tennis championship—as a freshman, as in she may contending for a few more titles. "She's been my No. 1 singles player since seventh grade," said West Fargo Sheyenne tennis coach Chad Anderson, who watched Knewtson defeat fellow freshman Shaelyn Johnson of Grand Forks Red River 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's championship match at Courts Plus.
FARGO — The North Dakota State football team's six-year run of playoff perfection came to an end Friday night against the team it all started with. James Madison University claimed a 27-17 semifinal win in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs before a raucous and stunned crowd of 18,282 at the Fargodome. The upset marked the first FCS playoff loss since 2010 for the Bison—which began its 22-0 playoff run in 2011 with a 26-14 opening-round Fargodome win over James Madison.
FARGO — A 16 seed has never beaten a 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. And it wasn't going to happen in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in the Fargodome Saturday. Nor should it have happened. North Dakota State, the top seed for the FCS playoffs and the five-time defending national champions, won — as expected — in a 45-7 victory over the University of San Diego. Not only was San Diego the 16 seed, it was a team that somehow made it this far in the playoffs without one scholarship player.
FARGO — At 5-foot-9, Anna Holen delivers a big punch in high school volleyball. At 5-foot-4, her younger sister Ellie is quickly learning to do the same. "I feel like when teams look at her, they really aren't expecting that much from her," Anna said. "She plays bigger than she is. She's awesome."