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October 1 1, 2021 thr~wvvw vr—VVV— - v .7 The Star Page 1.1 r SPORTS Rolla junior Morgan Leas records a dig while her teammate‘ and fellow junior, Hanah Neameyer, looks on. Rolla netters earn t0urney championship By John Ro‘sinski . Of The Star After nearly 12 hours of volley-‘ ' ball, the Rolla Bulldogs were the last team standing at their home tourna- ment last Saturday. The Bulldogs outlasted a field of ten teams on their way to winning the championship. Rolla started the day at 9 a.m. against Turtle Mountain and came away with a 2-0 win. Rolla also earned either a win or a split against Surrey, Dunseith and Newburg-Westhope. n Rolla accumulated enough points "in pool play to earn the number one seed going into the championship tournament round. Rolla took on Nelson County for a chance to get into the champi- onship. After cruisingto a win in the first game, the Bulldogs stumbled . and lost to the Chargers, setting up a winner take all third game. The Bulldogs took control of the deciding game early and advanced to the final. Karesse Heinzidigs up a kill during Rolette's match up against Dunseith. Rolla met up with Bottineau in the championship and didnit need a third set, winning the match in two straight games. St. John also enjoyed a successful tournament. Wins have been hard to come by for the youthful Wood— . chucks but St. John managed to. ad.- ,g vance through pool play and all the way to the final four. ' St. John outlasted Newburg-West—. hope in three games to' advance to the semi-round where they were eventually tripped up by Bottineau. The Rolette Comets opened their week at home taking on Drake- Anamoose. The visiting Lady Raiders had lit- tle trouble in the match, winning three straight games by scores of 25— 13, 25-10 and 25—11. Sierra Heinz and Hailey Peltier recorded thee kills each for Rolette. J odee Fritel added eight assists and ' an ace and Sierra Heinz led the Comets efforts on defense with 15 Championship (Continued on Page 12) new By John Rosinski Of The Star The St. John Woodchucks foot- ball teampwill roll into this week's home playoff game with a wave a momentum. For the second week in a row the Woodchucks got the offense going in a big way in the second half as they cruised by North‘ Star, 56-22. The hometown Bearcats grabbed an early lead following an intercep- tion but St. John responded. The 'Chucks got a 61-yard scOre by Tuff Longie to tie the game at 8. Longie added a 25-yard score early in the second quarter but the Bearcats answered and thanks to a successful two-point conversion, en- joyed a 16—14 lead at halftime. St. John‘s defense helped jump- start the scoring in the second half with Caden Belgarde recovering a fumble. ” , St. John came up with an inter- ception on the next possession for another score and a 26—16 lead. Zavier Parisien tacked on tWo scores later in the quarter with runs of five and six yards and in the span of only 12 minutes, St. John scored 28 points to take command of the game. Parisien and Longie each added another score in the fourth as the 'Chucks locked up their fifth win of the year. St. John finished the regular sea— son with 5-3 record, including 3-1 in the region. .The ‘Chucks will have an opportunity to host a playoff game this Saturday against Four ‘Winds-Minnewaukanf The two {teams met earlier in the year with St. John getting the win. The winner of the game will ad—' vance to the round‘ of 16 to take on Nelson County. St. John Head Coach Cory Davis said the game against North Star was a good primer for the playoffs be— cause the Bearcats like to throw the ball around, much like FW—M. “This will be a different Four .Winds team than when we played them the second week of the sea- son," Davis said. "Their line has im- proved up front and they've been playing goodfootball. It‘s do or die .t'ime now." . Davis credited his team‘s overall hefense for helping to lock up the North Prairie quarterback Nicholas Mears looks to pitch the ball to a teammate in the cougars loss to Bottineau. ' ‘ ougars take it on the chin By John Rosinski Of The Star A week after losing a thrilling game in the closing seconds, the North Prairie Cougar game on Fri- day wasn’t nearly as close or excit— ing. , NP took it on the chin last week, losing to Bottineau 50—14. The Braves came into the game unde- feated and never had their perfect record threatened in a game that was out of reach early. The Braves secured the opening kickoff at the 29-yard line and needed only one passing play to torch the Cougar defense for a- touchdown. It only got worse after that for the Cougars. ' NP’s offense didn’t manage a first down on the ensuing drive and al~ though it took the Braves a few plays to score, the hometown team quickly locked down a 16—0 advantage mid- way through the first quarter. A fumble derailed NP’s next pos- session and Bottineau answered with another quick score. ‘ In almost the blink of an eye, NP was staring down a 24-0 deficit. It was another struggling quarter for Caden Belgarde brings down a North Star ball carrierin St. ‘ Sizzling "St.John' gears up far playoffs “g... I. John’s victory over the Bearcats, (Photo by'Lavonne Haugen) win over the Bearcats. "We had a really good game de- fensively and we had some success moving the ball offensively too. Our line played well and that's what ’we're going to need to have this week if we want a chance to be suc~ cessful." North Prairie junior Mitchell L'eas tries to find some daylight in his team’s game against Bottineau. the leaking Cougar defense. Com- bined with the 32 points surrendered in the fourth quarter of their previ- ous game, NP was on the hook for 56 points in successive quarters. The Cougars responded with their only sustained drive of the first half. A two-yard run by Blake Mattson put,NP on the Scoreboard, but the score would get no closer. Another pair of Braves touch- I downs sandwiched around another lost Cougar fumble spelled the end of the night for NP. Both teams junior varsity played extensively in the second half, which featured a running clock. NP finished the regular season with a 5—3 recordnThe team will hit the road this Saturday to take on New Rockford-Sheyenne in the opening round of the‘ 2021 playoffs. The two teams met in the very first week of the season with the Cougars earning a victory. The game was played in monsoon~type conditions, with heavy rain and wind marring the ability of both teams to really gauge how they matched up with each other. ' . The winner of the game will play in Bottineau the following Saturday. Dragons end season on high note By John Rosinski Of The Star The Dunseith Dragons football season didn‘t go, like the players and coaches would have wanted, but the team ended the year on a positive note. The Dragons hosted Towner- Granvill—Upham on Friday. Both teams came into the game elimi- nated from postseason contention but the Dragons shook that disap— point off to come away with a 50— 26 triumph. Dunseith led wire-to-wire. Jacob Thiefoe struck for the first of his two touchdowns on the first play from scrimmage, scoring on 26—yard touchdown. Thiefoe was also a force defen- sively for the Dragons, racking up three sacks throughout the game. ' Dunseith also got a big game from seniors Ethan Morin and Chad Parisien, who combined for four scores. "We played together as a team for the entire 48 minutes," Head Coach Wally DeCoteau said. "We have a good group of kids coming up and are excited for the future." DeCoteau said the biggest rea- son for his excitement is despite losing some talented seniors, the programs junior varsity enjoyed an undefeated season. The Dragons finished the year with a 2-6 record and a fourth place finish in the regional stand- ings. |